Our Staff

 

 

Senior Leadership

Patricia Murillo
Executive Director

Patricia Murillo joined Alternatives in Action as Executive Director in April 2007 after serving as the Senior Director of Program Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF). Prior to BGCSF, Patricia was with Alternatives in Action for seven years in senior management positions. She was the Director of the HOME Project, co-Director for the Bay Area School of Enterprise, and the Director of Adult Learning and Development. Patricia has seventeen years of progressive leadership experience in organizations serving children, youth, and families. She holds an MSW from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on Management and Planning and a BA from Vassar College.

Email: pmurillo@alternativesinaction.org

Jennifer Lyle
Deputy Director

For over twenty years, Jennifer B. Lyle has actively worked towards the well-being of young people and their families. Her education and work have taken place in the streets, across continents, with community organizations, government, schools, and academia. Jennifer has designed and directed various community- and site-based projects that focused on economic justice, academic achievement, substance abuse prevention, health promotion, and community directed leadership development and change.

Prior to joining Alternatives in Action, Jennifer was the Executive Director for the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative (BBK). As ED, Jennifer was primarily responsible for ensuring that internal systems and practices were aligned with the BBK Collaborative mission and principles; oversight and support of the 30-member collaborative and oversight of the BBK Collaborative staff and programs.

She received her Master of Social Work, Master of Sociology, and PhD in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Email: jlyle@alternativesinaction.org

Oriana Maghoney
Director of Operations & Finance

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Oriana’s commitment to serving youth and families led her to join the Alternatives in Action team in January 2012. Having served most of her professional career in the private sector, it was important for her to obtain a position in an organization that was dedicated to the development of young people. Oriana is passionate about her pledge to family participation and high quality youth programs. She has held the positions of Co-Chair and Chair of the New Haven Unified School District Hillview Crest & Alvarado Elementary School Site Council and has volunteered in many aspects with Girl Scouts of Northern California. She is a huge movie buff and loves to spend time with her family, traveling, camping, and throwing elaborate parties. She holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and feels that all people should be offered an easy road to higher education no matter what walk of life they are from.

Email: oobligacion@alternativesinaction.org

 

Community Programs Leadership

 

Alternatives in Action’s Community Programs are located at Fremont High School, Life Academy of Health & Bioscience Middle and High School, the McClymonds Youth & Family Center, and the Seminary neighborhood. Our Community Programs offer youth and their families a broad range of after-school programming and school-linked services that prepare young people for success in college, career, and community leadership.

Amal Aziz
Director of Community School Programs at McClymonds High School & Alternatives in Action High School Seminary

Bio coming soon.

Email: aaziz@alternativesinaction.org

Bronché Taylor
Community Programs Manager at McClymonds Youth & Family Center

Bronche Taylor is a California native born and raised in the greater East Bay. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City Bronche toured the country as a teaching artist performing in productions at academic institutions that addressed complex social issues and raised awareness and prevention strategies for youth. In 2009 Bronche moved back to the Bay and developed a performing arts curriculum for youth uprising in East Oakland called “Street Theatre.” In 2015 Bronche became a part of the Alternatives in Action family working at the McClymonds Youth and Family Center site. In his three years with the organization, Bronche has transitioned from a leadership coach to the Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator to his current role as the Community Programs Manager. His passion for youth development and community engagement is utilized daily at the McClymonds Youth and Family Center.

Email: btaylor@alternativesinaction.org

Christina Martinez
Community Programs Coordinator at Life Academy Middle School of Health & Bioscience

Bio coming soon.

Email: chmartinez@alternativesinaction.org

Cierra Price
Early Childhood Education Program Director

Cierra Price joined the Alternatives in Action staff in the fall of 2009 as a teacher at Alternatives in Action’s former Home Sweet Home preschool program and became the Preschool Manager in 2012. Cierra is excited to have the opportunity to grow with Alternatives in Action as we build out our Early Childhood Education Center (to open in fall 2017). She holds a BA from San Francisco State University. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with community youth, knitting, event planning, photography, and more.

Email: cprice@alternativesinaction.org

Destiny Webster
Community Programs Manager at Fremont High School

Destiny Webster joined Alternatives In Action in 2016 as Community Programs Coordinator at Fremont High School. As an Oakland native Destiny has dedicated herself and her work to the communities of Oakland and the greater Eastbay. Destiny is passionate about community building and has invested in youth communities for over a decade. Destiny began her work at the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court as a case manager serving school-aged students who committed their first criminal offense complete court appointed classes and youth development workshops. Through Youth Court Destiny developed her first program targeting rising middle school youth caseload, Essence. Essence was a gender specific program targeting middle school girls and coaching through identity development. Later Destiny went on to work for Girls Inc. running after-school programming for middle school girls in Oakland, shortly after she landed her first team; managing a group of dynamic educators through Learning For Life at Maxwell Park Elementary. Destiny spent the next 5 years at Maxwell Park as Program Coordinator, Manager and Director until they closed Maxwell Park in 2012. After grieving the loss of community, Destiny decided she wanted to focus her efforts more in social work and case management with a restorative lens. In 2013 Destiny worked managing a homeless shelter for TAY (Transitional Aged Youth 18-25) at Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (Y.E.A.H) where many of her clients were foster youth, transients, runaways and victims of severe trauma. During this time Destiny learned and became passionate about trauma informed care, harm reduction and the over criminalization of black and brown youth. Destiny Webster seeks to promote healing through self-reflection, truth-telling, and owning one’s magic.

Email: dwebster@alternativesinaction.org

Jason Peters
Community Programs Manager at Alternatives in Action High School/Seminary Youth & Family Center

Jason Peters joined Alternatives in Action in August 2015 as the Community Programs Coordinator at Alternatives in Action High School/Seminary Youth & Family Center. Born and raised in Richmond, Jason has an extensive background working with under-served communities in Oakland and Richmond for the past fifteen plus years. A graduate of Contra Costa Community College, Jason started working in youth development through the YMCA of the East Bay and developed relationships with both the Richmond and Oakland communities. Jason then took on an opportunity to join Sports 4 Kids (now Playworks) and served at two sites along with being a part of national expansion for the organization and curriculum development for secondary school aged children. Jason, also known as Coach Peters, was then promoted to Dean of Students at OASIS Charter High-School where he helped grow the school in its capacity to serve students with varied needs until the school shut its doors. Jason continued to serve the community by coaching youth football for two years, through Martinez Youth Football Association, where he helped 12-14 year olds build their skills in tackle football. Jason then joined Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) as the site coordinator for after-school at Prescott Elementary where he built up a struggling program’s foundation. Jason is a dedicated youth developer who enjoys working in urban communities that have rich histories and many needs. His dedication to his work is seen in all the communities within which he has worked.

Email: jpeters@alternativesinaction.org

Noah Lopes
Director of Community School Programs at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience & Fremont High School

Bio coming soon.

Email: nlopes@alternativesinaction.org

 

Alternatives in Action High School Leadership

 

Alternatives in Action High School serves youth from the Bay Area who are motivated to transform their lives and their communities. Our youth-initiated charter high school is located in the Seminary neighborhood of East Oakland.

Phung Lai
Co-Director at Alternatives in Action High School

Phung Lai currently serves as the Interim Director of Alternatives in Action High School. She has been an educator and educational leader in the Bay Area for over fifteen years. Phung has extensive service in various Oakland non-profit organizations, AmeriCorps programs, and in multiple K-12 charter and district schools including Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) where she was the Northern California regional program supervisor for the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities/Youth statewide mentoring program. During this time, she collaborated with OUSD, Fresno Unified School District, Merced City and County School Districts, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Del Norte County Unified School District working with school administrators, staff and students to implement mentoring throughout schools and local community based organizations. Throughout Phung’s career, she has been part of the leadership team for three charter schools, served as a mentor, teacher, and school administrator. She is also an endorsed trainer with the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC). Phung received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare with a minor in education from UC Berkeley and holds a Clear California Teaching Credential and Masters of Education in teaching with the Reach Institute for School Leadership. She values time with family and friends, enjoys sports, and loves learning and trying new things.

Email: plai@alternativesinaction.org

Logan Manning
Co-Director at Alternatives in Action High School

A Bay Area native, Logan Manning has been working in alternative education since 2002. Logan has a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a doctorate in language, literacy, and culture from the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career as a high school English teacher in the Boston Public Schools and then moved to Oakland where she was a lead teacher at an alternative high school designed to serve students who experienced educational traumas in traditional schools. Most recently, Logan has worked as an assistant professor of literacy education at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She has authored publications on critical pedagogies and was the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher in English Education. Logan was a humanities coach at Alternatives in Action High School from 2011 until 2014 and is excited to return as co-director of the high school. She is passionate about working with academic and enrichment coaches to ensure that Alternatives in Action High School offers a true alternative to traditional schooling for Oakland youth and continuing the tradition of nurturing the change-making potential in all students.

Email: lmanning@alternativesinaction.org