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 hanging out with his wife and two kids, practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu, surfing or performing original music throughout the Bay Area.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
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.
Growing up, Hanna Doerr moved all over the US with her family, but spent most of her time in the Bay Area which she considers home. After getting her BS in Psychology from UC San Diego and her Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University, Hanna worked at several non-profits focused on educational equity. She spent time at DC VOICE, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and CollegeSpring. She got to know and love San Francisco public schools through her more than seven years with the San Francisco Education Fund, culminating her time there as the Interim Executive Director. Hanna is thrilled to continue her work serving San Francisco’s public school students as R.O.C.K.’s Deputy Director. Outside of work, you’ll find Hanna taking long San Francisco hikes her husband Brett and two dogs Maude & Oliver, cooking, or hanging out with her amazing nephew Trey.
MARKETING & dEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Hayley was born and raised in a small town in Monterey County, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California Polytechnic State University, and her Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the R.O.C.K. team, she discovered her passion for nonprofit service through her work with the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the Giants Community Fund. In her free time, Hayley enjoys creating art, adventuring to new hiking spots, and playing with her chocolate lab, Koda.
Outdoor education and recreation director
Natalie is a Bay Area native who is passionate about bringing excellent programming to the youth and families of San Francisco. Over the past 12 years, Natalie has gained experience working with youth through various after school programs, summer camps, and outdoor education non-profits. She brings with her a background of program management and hands on classroom experience. In her free time Natalie enjoys reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, exploring local nature, cooking, spending time with her family and traveling.
Family engagement coordinator
Faaofia was born and raised in San Francisco. He grew up in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood and lived in the Sunnydale housing projects. Faaofia attended Visitacion Valley Elementary School and Visitacion Valley Middle School, where he was introduced to R.O.C.K and participated in programs like Skill Drills and SALT until graduating from high school. In 2017 he joined the R.O.C.K. staff as an After School Program Assistant, and has since risen through the ranks to become the organization’s Family Engagement Coordinator. When he’s not working, you can find Faaofia at a local gym playing pickup basketball or going on hikes all around the Bay area.
Beacon Director, El Dorado Elementary School
Adrianna began her journey at R.O.C.K. as a student intern, Assistant to the Beacon Director, Assistant Elementary School Coordinator and is now the Elementary School Coordinator. Adrianna grew up in East Los Angeles before attending San Francisco State University as a first generation student, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She has developed a love for the city and passion for working with the youth of Visitacion Valley. In her free time, Adrianna enjoys watercolor painting, singing, watching her favorite tv shows, and spending time with her loved ones.
Site Coordinator, El Dorado Elementary School
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, De’Janique (NeNe for short) moved to San Francisco in 2019 for a fresh start and to be closer to her grandmother. She has always had a passion for working with kids, even during her youth. Her first job was at a summer program providing math tutoring and mentorship for middle school students, and she later became a Site Coordinator for that same program. Before becoming the Site Coordinator at El Dorado Elementary School, NeNe served as one of R.O.C.K.’s Wellness Leads, where she provided a safe environment for students to show up as their authentic selves. Outside of work, she enjoys being a homebody, singing, listening to music, binge watching TV shows, and just relaxing.
Site Director, Visitacion Valley Elementary School
Originally from Los Angeles, Air moved to San Francisco to attend SFSU and graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts. While living in the city, Air developed a passion for plants and nature and continued pursuing their education in horticulture and urban gardening. They brought their skills and passion to Visitacion Valley Elementary School where they led the development of the Outdoor Science Program. As the Garden teacher at VVES for 4 years, Air taught students how to grow food, explore their natural world as scientists, and be stewards of their environment. Through their time at VVES, Air developed a deep love and commitment to this community and is excited to continue growing with them. In their spare time Air enjoys cooking (and especially eating), gardening, basketball, skateboarding, and soaking in both the urban and natural spaces the Bay Area has to offer.
Site Coordinator, Visitacion Valley elementary School
Tristan was born and raised in the Bay Area. She grew up in the Visitacion Valley attending R.O.C.K at “Lil Vis” and “Big Vis.” She graduated from Lowell High School prior to attending Utah Tech University, formerly known as Dixie State University. Tristan lived in Utah for four years with her husband, Dominick, before moving back to San Francisco. Tristan brings with her prior experience in management and passion to uplift and meet the needs of the Visitacion Valley community. Outside of work, Tristan enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her Samoan community, watching Marvel and Star Wars with her husband and spending time with her family.
Beacon Director, Visitacion Valley Middle School
Kania re-joins our team as the Middle School Coordinator. Kania’s journey with R.O.C.K. started in 2013 as a tutor and then Technology Coordinator soon thereafter. In 2015, Kania was presented with the opportunity to teach Drama and Digital Media at Visitacion Valley Middle School and carried on with teaching until last year. Kania returns with the same drive, passion, and commitment to educate and build community for the children at VVMS. Kania is a graduate of UNLV where she studied set design and lighting. Kania is also the oldest (and very proud) sister of three younger siblings and she loves to laugh, organize spaces, and design/create things with her hands.
Site Coordinator, Visitacion Valley Middle School
Gisell is originally from San Francisco but moved back and forth from the Bay Area to the East Bay. She later lived in Mexico for a few years and attended middle school and her freshman year of high school in Morelos. Upon returning to the United States, she continued her education at Balboa High School and later received her Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies from California State University, East Bay. She is passionate about serving her community and giving back however she can, as well as being an overall resource for the Latinx community. Outside of work, Gisell is very active with her church in the Mission district, where she teaches young kids and leads on the worship team. Her hobbies include swimming, hiking, and running, and she loves to write creative fictional stories and read Toni Morrison books.
Elementary School WELLNESS Coordinator
Marco is a Bay Area native with a deep love for the arts and a passion for early childhood education. Marco grew up shadowing his mother in her classroom, who worked as a preschool teacher, as often as he could. When he wasn’t in the classroom, he enjoyed expressing himself as a singer, dancer, and actor. After receiving his BA in Theatre from UCLA, Marco decided to marry his two passions and join the R.O.C.K. team as a Wellness Coordinator across sites. He uses storytelling, dramatic play, and trauma-informed, restorative practices to foster an environment of deep social connection, understanding, and empathy. He is honored to work with the Visitacion Valley community and help kids navigate the big world of feelings, mental health, and wellness.
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