TRUSTEES

MR. CLIFF WRIGHT JR
DIRECTOR

Mr. Wright has over 23 years’ combined experience in organization management, facilitated mentoring, social-emotional leadership, and education. Mr. Wright has devoted his entire educational career to Adventist Education. He has served in several capacities from elementary, secondary, higher learning, conference administration, and consulting. If you talk to him, he will tell you, “Mentoring is all I do!” This is because Mr. Wright believes that true mentorship is discipleship and discipleship is the education of life.

PASTOR ANTHONY PASCHAL
BOARD CHAIR

We are committed to populating a new earth one person at a time. It starts with the CARES Learning Partnership. Pastor Paschal believes every person deserves to be given the best opportunity to develop into someone who will impact this world in a positive way.
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” ~ Stacia Tauscher

ISAAC R. PALMER JR
FINANCE CHAIR

Mr. Palmer is a native Chicagoan born in Calumet City. After graduating from Oakwood University (HBCU), he returned to his hometown and was eventually appointed CEO of Bolingbrook Hospital where he served 4 years, transforming the stand-alone emergency room into a full-service hospital. After supporting a variety of initiatives in Florida and Louisiana, leading faith-based hospitals at the executive level, in 2019, he returned home again to raise his kids close to family and friends.

Upon leaving the hospital boardroom with 20+ years of healthcare leadership experience, Mr. Palmer’s second career commits him to transform the healthcare system for the forgotten, the overlooked, and those simply at the system’s edge. MATCCH begins this journey anew. Together with local leaders, healthcare professionals, and people that care, he plans to make healthcare work for ALL Chicagoans.

V, NENAJI JACKSON, PhD.
TRUSTEE

Dr. V. Nenaji Jackson is a consultant who has served in senior-level leadership roles in higher education, business, and public affairs for over 25 years.  Her capabilities in innovative project management, non-profit management, public service, public policy, race, equity, diversity, outreach, political education, employee development, and the use of data as a strategist has contributed to maximizing the effectiveness of the missions of entities such as Howard University, California State University, Washington Adventist University, The California Community Colleges, Goldman Sachs-10,000 Small Businesses, and The John and Harriet Mack Foundation. She is also the former City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commissioner. Currently, Dr. Jackson serves as an NBC4 Los Angeles and KTVU Fox2 San Jose News on-camera expert in Public Policy and Social Science.  She began her career as a White House Intern under President Jimmy Carter. 

RICH GRAYSTONE
TRUSTEE

Founder of Brindl and a consultant for several start-ups in the bay area. Mr. Graustone is passionate about growing, building, and learning. Mr. Graystone is an entrepreneur for the 21st century. He asks the questions that others miss and provides solutions that generate operational excellence.

SHAUNNA FOSTER M.S.
TRUSTEE

A member of the Golden Gate Academy Re-Organization Committee since its inception in 2012, driven by her passion for students, love for Christ, and the unlimited impact Christian Education will have on the San Francisco-Bay Area. Ms. Foster has been an educator for the past 25 years in both Adventist and public schools and is currently employed as a Secondary Mathematics Coach with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD). I’ve worked as a Secondary Math Teacher, Middle School Math Specialist, and a Support Provider for the WCCUSD Teacher Induction Program. She currently collaborates with other SF/Bay Area educational organizations to bring professional development and support to teachers with the goal of having quality mathematics instruction for all students. “Nothing to it, but to do it!”

DARRYL E. ALLEN, MPM
TRUSTEE

Mr. Allen is the Founder and Chief Education Officer for the Mentorship Institute.  Professor Allen taught at the University of Cincinnati, and currently manages project implementation initiatives for La Sierra University’s Center for Conflict ResolutionClemson University’s Olweus® Program, and Golden Gate Academy’s Education-Incubator (Oakland, CA).  Notable deliverables that he developed are: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America’s® Teen Mentoring ModelJPMorgan-CHASE’s Executive Mentoring Program, and he co-authored the American Library Association’s® Mentoring Best Practices Model for member librarians.