Board of Directors


Molly Beyer

Education Manager, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Retired

Meghan Farley

ForWords Treasurer, Entrepreneur

David A. Calderon Varguez

ForWords Director of Youth Education, poet, playwright and performer

Jeffrey Gough

ForWords President, Contractor

Judy Gough

ForWords Executive Committee Former Board Administrator, San Francisco Fine Arts Museums

Dave Nelson

Senior VP Wells Fargo’s Corporate Properties Group

Marleen Roggow

Literary Agent, Writers’ Wings

Dr. Cheryl Ruby

ForWords Executive Committee, Digital Arts/Media Specialist

Michelle Severy


Gail Siegel

ForWords Executive Director, Founder of ForWords

Lawrence Siegel, J.D.

Founder/Director ForWords, Author, Attorney, director of the National Deaf Education Project , Fulbright Scholar Specialist

Elisabeth Siegel

ForWords Youth Educator, Founder ForWords, Fashion Designer

Molly Stack

Editor/Writer – BACKROADS

Brian Staufenbiel

Creative Director, Opera Parallele

Nancy Wasserman

Educator, Master teacher

Steven Wasserman

Attorney, President Drawbridge – An Expressive Arts Program for Homeless and Underserved Children

Brenda Winston

ForWords Development and Marketing Committee

Advisory Council

Renee Baldocchi

Arts Consultant, Former Director of Public Programs Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Mary Jane Burke

Marin County Superintendent of Schools

Rabbi Stacy Friedman

Rabbi, Rodef Sholom Congregation

Clara Greisman


Diana Hammer

Marin County, California Real Estate Specialist

Susan Matross

Legal administrator

Alan Mayer

Attorney at Law in Marin County since 1975

Alejandro Palacios

Video Artist

Sheila Pressley

Education Director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Judy Walsh

International Leadership, Corporate Management, and Strategic Planning Consultant

David Warner

CEO of Redhorse Constructors, Co- Founded Human Needs Project

Dr. Kristina Woolsey

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


Gail J. Siegel

Executive Director

David A. Calderon Varguez

Director of Youth Education

Edwin Martinez, Elisabeth Siegel, and Barbara Yupit

ForWords Youth Educators

Dr. Cheryl Ruby

Digital Arts/Media specialist

Noah Wasserman and William Winston

Digital media & photography

Dr. Femi Vance & Natalie Levine

Consultant and evaluator

Jeanne Bogardus


Friedlander Cherwon Capper LLP


Alberto Martinez

Bookkeeping Services

Diana Kornblit

Database Manager

Melissa Oviedo

Administrative Aide


Guest Artists


Roma Olvera

Educational Programs Director, Opera Parallele

Alma Pazmino

Performance Artist

Brian Staufenbiel

Creative Director, Opera Parallele


ForWords Student Interns


Alondra Ruiz

Senor, San Rafael High School

Kimberly Gonzalez 

Junior, San Rafael High School

Paulina Ruiz

Freshman, San Rafael High School