Our Team

WHO WE ARE

Curt Yagi


Executive Director

Curt Yagi joined the R.O.C.K. family as a volunteer in 1998, a Board Member/Chair in 2000 and finally as the Executive Director in 2003. Prior to R.O.C.K., Curt spent several years in the corporate sector where he held a variety of business and technology consulting positions at small and large companies. He held the position of Chief Operating Officer at a small San Francisco company, where he gained valuable operational experience which he is able to leverage at R.O.C.K. today. Curt was the 2006 YNPN Executive Director of the Year, a 2006 graduate of Leadership San Francisco, a 2007 fellow at LeaderSpring and the 2012 Unsung Hero Award awardee of the Golden State Warriors. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Davis. In his spare time, you might find Curt chasing around a soccer ball on the soccer field, surfing or performing music throughout the Bay Area.

Bien-Elize Roque-Nido


DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS/BEACON DIRECTOR

Bien-Elize joined the R.O.C.K. family after teaching middle school and working with several education organizations both here in the US and in the Philippines. She is passionate about education, social justice, and cookies. She received her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters in Urban Education with an emphasis in Administration and Policy from Loyola Marymount University. In her free time, you will find her eating, dancing, and spending time with her family. Occasionally, you may see her trying to rock the mic at karaoke.

Kristen Harden


ACADEMIC Coordinator

Kristen is the Academic Coordinator, ensuring alignment between in-school learning and the after school program.  She is from Arizona where she attended University of Arizona and earned her degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education.  When Kristen graduated, she moved to Germany for three years working for the U.S. Department of Defense in a youth recreation program.  Kristen is currently attending Notre Dame de Namur University, pursuing her Master’s in Elementary Education.  She loves learning and hopes she can instill the same love of education in the Visitacion Valley youth Community.  When she’s not at R.O.C.K., Kristen likes to travel, do yoga and read.

Devin King

FAmily & Community engagement Coordinator

Devin is the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, focusing on creating opportunities for partnerships with families, R.O.C.K. programs, and the Visitacion Valley Community.  After finishing her undergraduate at California State University East Bay majoring in Sociology with Social Service option, she wanted to work closely with the community and their families.  She first joined R.O.C.K. as a line staff leading various enrichment activities including art, recreation, and cooking. Devin enjoys eating great food, hiking, and painting.

Sam La'a

JASP Coordinator

Sam is the second Juvenile Alternative to Suspension Coordinator to join our team. He is a 1st generation Samoan, born and raised in the Bayview Hunter’s Point housing projects. It is his passion for seeing this community’s roots and culture flourish that has kept him in the Youth Development field for over 20 years.  In his free time he enjoys cooking and baking.

Cherida Smith


JASP Coordinator

Cherida is the JASP (Juvenile Alternatives to Suspension Program) Coordinator, serving R.O.C.K.’s students in order to ensure that they do not enter the justice system.  Born and raised in Oakland, Cherida is excited to be back in the Bay Area since having moved away for college many years ago.  She received her Bachelors at Spelman College for Sociology and her Masters of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University.  Prior to joining R.O.C.K., she taught in the classroom, and is excited that she is able to make connections with a new group of kids!  In her spare time, Cherida like to play softball and put together puzzles.

Corinne Wong


HIGH SCHOOL AND ALUMNI Coordinator

Corinne is the High School and Alumni Coordinator, which means she manages programs for eighth graders, high schoolers, and R.O.C.K. alumni.  As a local of Visitacion Valley, Corinne joined R.O.C.K. right after graduating from UC Santa Cruz with her Bachelors in Mathematics.  She began as a line-staff tutor, then moved on to doing in-school, after-school and Saturday programs becoming Assistant Coordinator and eventually moving on to Coordinator.   She enjoys watching Netflix, crafting and spending time with her friends and family.

Gina Patterson


Elementary School Coordinator

Gina has a diverse background that includes elementary and middle school education as well as program administration. As a native San Franciscan, She attended Aptos Middle School and Lowell High school prior to graduating from the University of California, Davis with a double degree in Psychology and Spanish. Gina served as a Spanish teacher for grades K-5 in Seattle, WA and prior to that she was the Director for Summerbridge San Francisco, a non-profit academic program. Outside of the office Gina enjoys outdoor adventures, dancing, and sporting events. Gina and her husband are the proud parents of three children; Omar, Sophia, and Joshua.

Christina Ivy

Assistant Elementary School Coordinator

Christina is the Elementary School Assistant Coordinator, focused on creating opportunities and empowering the minds of todays youth. Growing up in both Bayview Hunters Point and Visitation Valley, she has dedicated herself to building community and bridging the gap between education and people of color. Christina first joined R.O.C.K as the lead dance and power hour teacher. After earning a degree in Sociology with a minor in Special Education at San Francisco State University, she has continued to inspire and motivate the youth within R.O.C.K.. In her free time she enjoys eating, dancing, and experiencing the various cultures within different countries.

Danielle Bezalel


MIDDLE School co-Coordinator

Danielle Bezalel is thrilled to serve as both a leader and team member of the R.O.C.K. community where she is the Co-Coordinator at Visitacion Valley Middle School.   She received a BA in Film and Media and a minor in Education from UC Berkeley and has worked with children and youth for a total of four years through programs like YWCA Berkeley Techgyrls and the SF Film Society’s Filmmakers in the Classroom initiative.  After a day at R.O.C.K., Danielle could be found singing jazz, traveling to a new country, discussing the importance of women’s empowerment, or making an awesome Zumba routine.

Genesis Licea


Middle School co-Coordinator

Genesis began her career with R.O.C.K. as the Yearbook Co-Lead, SALT Assistant, Newcomer Specialist, and eventually Assistant Coordinator.  She is now the Co-Coordinator at Visitacion Valley Middle School where she helps to oversee all in-school and after school programs.  Genesis grew up in Southern California but eagerly traded it for the Bay Area where she attended San Francisco State University, earning a BA in Latina/o Studies.  In her free time, Genesis enjoys working with youth, reading, painting and attending as many concerts as possible.

Sarah Meike


SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Sarah is the Special Projects Coordinator where she gets the opportunity to interact with the R.O.C.K. community by managing volunteers and planning events.  Originally from San Diego, Sarah attended San Francisco State University earning her Bachelors in Anthropology and minor in French. Before R.O.C.K., Sarah gained a passion for the San Francisco community, and its children by spending most of her time working in the childcare and non-profit sector. When she is not at R.O.C.K. she loves to teach yoga, rock climb and travel.

Honorary Board of Directors
Chip Conley

FOUNDER OF JDV Hotels, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy of AirBnb

Jennifer Gannon
TALENTWAVE
Rick Lewis

US VENTURE PARTNERS

David Louie

REPORTER, ABC7 NEWS

Chris Ginieczki

MCKESSON

Wylie Peterson

HCP VENTURES

Dale Ashlock

PNC REAL ESTATE

Dave O'Mara

FC ADVISORS

David Singer
FOUNDATION CAPITAL
Pete Blum

MAP ROYALTY, INC.

Luke Proskine

MAKENA CAPITAL

Board of Directors
Erin Boyce
CO-CHAIRPERSON
Erika Murdock Balbuena
MEMBER

Stephen Zerfas

MEMBER
Jalal Clemens
CO-CHAIRPERSON
Wendy Blakeman
MEMBER
Rose Yuan
TREASURER
Joe Lake
MEMBER
Amando Balbuena III

SECRETARY

Nicolette Sloan
MEMBER