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Andy Shin, Executive Director [bio]
Jenee Palmer, Senior Program Director [bio]
Sasha Mungal, Director of Volunteer Programs and Community Partnerships [bio
Josh Shald, Director of Curriculum and Instruction [bio]
Rebecca Asch, Development Officer [bio]
Trisha Regine Fuerte, Program Associate [bio]
Dalia Barrientos, Program Assistant [bio]
Enyolli Martinez, Program Assistant and Spanish Interpreter/Translator [bio]
Melissa Canela, Spanish Interpreter/Translator [bio]
Agnes Choi, Chinese Interpreter [bio]
 
 

Andy Shin, Executive Director

Originally from New York, Andy taught at the Breakthrough sites in Long Island and Cambridge as an undergraduate and was immediately hooked. He subsequently taught sixth grade math and science in Oakland as a Teach For America corps member before returning to Breakthrough as Program Director at the Cambridge site. Andy has done short-term work for The Steppingstone Foundation, Aim High, and Summer Search, where he served as an Education Pioneers Fellow. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University and was an Urban Scholars Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, receiving an Ed.M. in School Leadership. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two daughters.

   

Jenee Palmer, Senior Program Director

A native San Franciscan, Jenee’s history with Breakthrough started as a student at the SF Day and University High School programs. She went on to graduate from Lowell High School and from the University of California at Berkeley, earning a B.A. in Public Health. At Cal, Jenee competed on the rowing team, worked as an Academic Peer Advisor for incoming student athletes and completed a thesis on health care policy and high risk communities. Before joining the full-time staff in 2010, Jenee coordinated and taught domestic violence prevention classes in Contra Costa County high schools and volunteered with a number of organizations that focus on access and equity in the health field. Her interests include running, trying to keep up with what the Breakthrough students are reading, and supporting local sports teams.

   

Sasha Mungal, Director of Volunteer Programs and Community Partnerships

A native of Boston, Sasha returned home after college to work at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and as a youth advocate and community organizer with the non-profit FAMILY, Inc. She then relocated to Miami for three years as a first and second grade teacher with Teach For America. Among other highlights, Sasha was selected as a regional finalist for the Rookie Teacher of the Year award and also launched the Leadership Academy, an after-school service learning program. Sasha received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S.Ed. in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. Her interests include traveling, arts and crafts, watching movies, and dancing.

   

Josh Shald, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Josh was born and raised in Kansas, and began his career in education as a first grade teacher in Glendale, Arizona. He later worked on the Teacher Leadership Development team at Teach For America for five years, eventually leading a team of coaches that supported over 200 Arizona teachers. Ultimately, Josh returned to the classroom, this time as a seventh grade social studies, math, and reading teacher in South Phoenix. He also served as a School Director at Teach For America’s summer institute for two years. Josh moved to San Francisco and joined the amazing Breakthrough team in 2016. He holds a B.A. in History from Washburn University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership from Arizona State University, in addition to being a certified principal. Outside of work, he is an avid runner, reader, and movie watcher, and travels to new places whenever possible. 

   

Rebecca Asch, Development Officer

Originally from the Bay Area, Rebecca earned her B.A. in Political Communications from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After college, Rebecca returned to San Francisco and spent several years working in politics for Gavin Newsom before transitioning into the nonprofit world. She also obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and spent time in elementary school classrooms. Prior to joining Breakthrough in 2016, Rebecca led the Children’s Fund of San Mateo County. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, swimming and spending time outdoors with her husband, young daughter, and their dog.  

   

Trisha Regine Fuerte, Program Associate

Trisha is the Program Associate at Breakthrough San Francisco. Her fast growing love for Breakthrough began in January 2014 as the Program Assistant. This led her to eventually teach fifth grade literature, Happy Club, and Disney Club as a Breakthrough teaching fellow during the summer of 2015. Trisha graduated from the University of San Francisco in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child and Youth Studies. She loves working with youth, exercising, dancing, and singing everything from Broadway to Beyoncé.

   

Dalia Barrientos, Program Assistant

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dalia recently became a nursing student at the University of San Francisco and a member of the Breakthrough team. She previously worked as a summer camp leader and camp director for her hometown’s recreational department and was President of the Youth Advisory Board at her high school. She was drawn to Breakthrough because she was a student in a similar non-profit organization, Foundation for a College Education. Because of the tremendous amount of support and encouragement she received, she wants to give back to the community and help students in the way she was helped. Dalia loves watching movies, listening to a wide variety of music, and enjoying life with friends and family. 

   

Enyolli Martinez, Program Assistant and Spanish Interpreter/Translator

Born and raised in San Francisco, Enyolli is now a first-year student at the University of San Francisco. She recently graduated from The Urban School of San Francisco, where she led the Students of Color group, helped start the Latinx affinity space, and was part of the Multicultural Leadership association. A Breakthrough alumna, Enyolli developed her enthusiasm for service as a Volunteer Leadership Participant over the summers and as an after-school program tutor during the school year. Her passion for social justice stems from her experiences as a first-generation college student. Enyolli loves participating in conferences that relate to social justice and cultural representations, and is excited about future possibilities.

   
  

Melissa Canela, Spanish Interpreter/Translator

Melissa was born and raised in San Jose, attending her neighborhood public schools. Her Breakthrough history began in 2006, as a student at the Silicon Valley site. She returned to Breakthrough Silicon Valley as a Teaching Fellow during the summers of 2012 and 2013, and volunteers for events and activities there whenever possible. She has worked at Breakthrough San Francisco since her initial year at the University of San Francisco, where she recently earned a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in education. Melissa currently serves as a Community Liaison for the Alum Rock Union School District in San Jose. Her interests include attending baseball games and dancing folklórico.

   

Agnes Choi, Chinese Interpreter

Born and raised in San Francisco, Agnes has been a member of the Breakthrough team for the past four years. Agnes attended Alice Fong Yu, a bilingual immersion school, where she developed her love for learning languages. Her passion continued to develop when she served as an ad hoc interpreter for her parents. In college at the University of California, Berkeley, Agnes served as a translator and interpreter for multiple health care organizations, including San Francisco Hep B Free. Agnes left the Bay Area and attended the University of Rochester School of Nursing and currently works as an RN at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In her free time, Agnes loves spending quality time with friends and family, running, and traveling.