Lianna Kali

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Lianna Kali was born and raised on Ohlone Land in the Bay Area and currently calls San Francisco home. Her journey in the world of education started at a young age, working for Camp Galileo while in high school. She realized the potential of joyful approaches to learning and decided that someday her career could […]

Victoria Ladew

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Victoria Ladew was born in the Bay Area, and raised in sunny El Paso, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, and moved back to the Bay Area to work in child welfare for the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office. She also worked with Family Builders, a Bay Area nonprofit organization […]

Francisca Guzman

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Francisca Guzman brings over ten years of experience in nonprofit development and communications. Prior to joining Live Oak, she worked as Associate Director at the Statewide Independent Living Council of TN and Development Director at Disability Rights Tennessee. Francisca is passionate about the power of stories to transform organizations and promote social justice. When not […]

Luis Martinez

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Luis is originally from Colombia. He went to Pontificia Universidad Javeriana where he obtained his MBA in Business and Finance. He’s worked for Big 4 accounting firms at the beginning of his career. When he moved to San Francisco, he worked for Shell Oil Co in the Operations and Accounting division. Luis has also worked […]

Savannah Guinn

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Savannah Guinn graduated from Sonoma State University with a double-major in Liberal Studies and Environmental Studies and Planning in 2017. For the last seven years, she has held a variety of roles at Mark Day School in San Rafael, including time in the after school program, substitute teaching and in the summer programs. In addition, […]

Virginia Paik

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Virginia Paik is Live Oak’s head of school. Virginia has been at Live Oak since 2001, where she has held positions as third grade teacher, Lower School Director and Assistant Head of School. Virginia holds a B.A. in English Literature from Pomona College and an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. […]

Kendra Mastain

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Kendra Mastain joined Live Oak as Assistant to the Head of School. After working in that capacity for two years, she moved into the Development Department. In 2012 she was named Director of Development. Before coming to Live Oak, Kendra was a freelance photographer for 17 years, and worked for the San Francisco Unified School […]

Tracey Gersten

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Tracey Gersten earned her BA in Political Philosophy at James Madison College of Michigan State University, immediately followed by a law degree at rival school University of Michigan (while remaining a devout Spartan). After practicing law in San Francisco for several years, she earned a MA in Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral […]

Emma Peat

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Emma Peat is originally from France, and moved to San Francisco at the age of 10. She attended the French American International School and received the International Baccalaureate. She then attended UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Ethnic Studies. During her junior year, she went abroad to Senegal. After college, she moved to […]

Adrian Takyi

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Adrian Takyi joined the Live Oak community in 2015 as a first grade teacher. In his time at Live Oak, Adrian has taught 1st and 2nd grade, served as a faculty trustee on the Board, and was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to Live Oak, Adrian taught 2nd grade at San Francisco […]