Board of Directors


Meghan Farley

ForWords Treasurer, Entrepeneur, UC Santa Cruz Alumni

Miguel A. Godoy

Youth Advocate and Educator

Jeffrey Gough


Judy Gough

Former Board Administrator, San Francisco Fine Arts Museums

Diana Hammer

Marin County, California Real Estate Specialists

Dr. Lanette Jimerson

Director MUSE University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley Alumni

Dave Nelson

Senior VP Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Alejandro Palacios

Community Media Center Marin, Communications and Development Manager

Marleen Roggow


Dr. Cheryl Ruby

Digital Arts/Media Specialist

Michelle Severy

UC Davis Alumni

Gail Siegel

Founder/President ForWords, Over 25 years in education, UC Berkeley & Bay Area Writing Project Alumni

Lawrence Siegel, J.D.

Founder/Director ForWords, Author, Attorney, director of the National Deaf Education Project , Fulbright Scholar Specialist, UC Berkeley & Hastings Law School Alumni

Elisabeth Siegel

Founder ForWords, Fashion Designer, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Alumni

Molly Stack

Editor/Writer – BACKROADS

Brian Staufenbiel

Creative Director, Opera Parallele

David Warner

CEO of Redhorse Constructors, Co- Founded Human Needs Project, UC Berkeley Alumni

Nancy Wasserman

Educator, Master teacher, UC Berkeley Alumni

Steven Wasserman

Attorney, UC Berkeley Alumni

Brenda Winston

UC Berkeley Alumni

Advisory Council


Peter Bratt

Critically Acclaimed Film Producer, Writer, Director, La Mission, Follow Me Home

Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Rabbi, Rodef Sholom Congregation

Clara Greisman


Susan Matross

Legal administrator

Alan Mayer

Attorney at Law in Marin County since 1975

Sheila Pressley

Education Director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Judy Walsh

International Leadership, Corporate Management, and Strategic Planning Consultant

Dr. Kristina Woolsey

Distinguished Scientist – Apple Computer,
Project director, San Francisco Exploratorium



Florence Collins, Page Hersey, Dr. Lynette Jimerson,
Cherise McBride, Caitlan Mohan, Jennifer Seely, Meredith Pike-Baky,
& Nancy Wasserman

University of California Bay Area Writing Project & Math Project Consultants/Teachers

Alejandro Palacios, Maggie Harth, & Maryssa Wanlass

Artists in residence

Dr. Cheryl Ruby

Digital Arts/Media specialist

Noah Wasserman and William Winston

Digital media & photography

Dr. Femi Vance & Natalie Levine

Consultant and evaluator

Alberto Martinez

Bookkeeping Services


Guest Artists


Roma Olvera

Educational Programs Director, Opera Parallele

Alma Pazmino

Performance Artist

Brian Staufenbiel

Creative Director, Opera Parallele

David Swope

Swope Productions

Maryssa Wanlass





David Calderone

Former ForWords student; Sarah Lawrence College student

Juan Diego Rios

ForWords student; College Of Marin student