Tim Tabernik - Principal, President
Tim Tabernik
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tabernik has over 30 years of experience as an administrator, program planner and developer, and fundraiser in education, behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. He is a skilled group facilitator, trainer, strategic and tactical planner, and grant and technical writer. As a grant writer, Mr. Tabernik has helped numerous public and private entities obtain funding from public and private sources, raising over $80 million. Mr. Tabernik has a long history of involvement in community planning and collaboration as well as extensive experience providing technical assistance to after-school and other school-linked services. He has assisted public and behavioral health care, social services and criminal justice agencies and private institutions to develop strategic plans and implement innovative programs and system reform strategies.As executive director of a nonprofit agency for over 25 years, Mr. Tabernik developed and managed budgets in excess of $4 million and supervised a staff of over 100 professional, technical, and classified personnel.

Dina Hatchuel - Principal, Chief Executive Officer
Dina Hatchuel
Chairman of the Board

Ms. Hatchuel has over 30 years of experience in designing, developing, and managing educational, social service, and mental health programs. She has served as an administrator, trainer, and evaluator in schools, hospitals, residential and day treatment centers, and community based organizations. She has broad expertise in planning, facilitation, training, business and agency operations, and program evaluation. Working with personnel of various disciplines, Ms. Hatchuel has provided training, mentorship, and hands-on technical assistance at both the operational and administrative levels of programs and organizations. Her areas of knowledge and expertise include: children and families, preschool, education, school reform, school-linked services, health and mental health, social services, business development, agency operations, and organizational development. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Ms. Hatchuel earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Masters in Psychiatric/Clinical Social Work at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She served as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s School of Social Work from 1980 to 1983 and in 1985-86, she was an International Learning Exchange Fellow at the Center for Child and Youth Development and Research, University of Minnesota.

Lori Allio - Director width=
Lori Allio

Dr. Allio has more than 20 years of experience working with foundations, nonprofits, governments and multilateral organizations as a manager, planner, facilitator, trainer, and researcher. Her expertise encompasses several fields including health, workforce development, community development, neighborhood revitalization, migration, political economics, public policy, and evaluation. Her experience working with nonprofit organizations includes: managing a small bi-national sustainable community development organization in Veracruz, Mexico; supporting the African Democratization Program and the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Presidential Center; direct support for local, national, and international entities in various consultant capacities; and acting as a Research and Policy Manager for the California Endowment and the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Allio holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley, an MA from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Political Science from Emory University. She is a lecturer in international development, foreign policy, and international nonprofit practices and has published on a variety of topics related to non-governmental organizations, communities, policy, and development. Dr. Allio speaks excellent Spanish, good Polish, some Russian, and a bit of Italian.

Randal Malat - Director
Randal Malat

Mr. Malat has 25 years of experience as a grant writer and in journalism and publishing. Since joining HTA in 2001, he has written successful grant proposals that have raised over $180 million for school districts, city and county governments, colleges, and non-profit organizations. These grants have funded a wide variety of educational, youth development, social service, health promotion, and criminal justice programs sponsored by public and private funders. Mr. Malat is particularly adept at assimilating vast amounts of technical material in a wide variety of subject areas, working with diverse groups of collaborating organizations, and transforming this information into cogent and compelling prose. Before coming to HTA, he worked as an editor and writer in the health/medical field, journalist, and educator. Mr. Malat received a BA in History from UC Berkeley, an MS in Journalism from the University of Oregon, and an MA in History from UCLA. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Daryl Niemerow - Director
Daryl Niemerow

Daryl Niemerow, MA, Director, has over 10 years of international and U.S. based non-profit management and leadership experience. She has extensive experience in building sustainable partnerships and in developing effective programs. She leverages her considerable skills and passion by fostering national and international exposure and financial support for communities in need. Daryl has managed projects from their initial vision to full-scale implementation and is well versed in navigating and innovating within complex bureaucracies. Prior to joining HTA, she served as Vice President of Development for LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, based in the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles. LA’s BEST has an operating budget of $33 million and provides after school and summer enrichment programs to 25,000 elementary school students in the most economically distressed neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. Daryl has also worked for the Carey Institute for Global Good, based in Upstate New York; the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute, based in Israel; and the British Council, based at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Daryl has a BA in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University, and an MA in Organizational Development from Antioch University.

Danielle Toussaint

Dr. Toussaint has 15 years of experience in research, evaluation, and consulting, including key roles on cross-site, multi-year federally funded projects with experimental, quasi-experimental, or cross-sectional designs. Dr. Toussaint has broad content knowledge in youth development, after school programming, public health, ATOD prevention and treatment, co-occurring mental health disorders, adolescent risk-taking behavior, race/ethnicity, homelessness, and statistics. Prior to HTA, Dr. Toussaint has worked as a researcher and statistician for a state-level Department of Vital Statistics, a state-level Office of Court Administration, and a statewide substance abuse research group. She also conducted research in Brazil and Argentina. She brings a sophisticated understanding of evaluation methods and statistical procedures to her work at HTA. Dr. Toussaint earned her BA in Sociology, her MA in Demography, and her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her Ph.D. work had an emphasis on criminology and statistics. She speaks fluent Portuguese.

Chandreve Clay - Planning and Training Coordinator
Chandreve Clay
Chief Operating Officer and Associate

Ms. Clay oversees operations for HTA and with the CEO helps to set and implement the strategic vision for HTA. She is also an associate with over 15 years of planning, evaluation, and consulting experience. Ms. Clay has extensive experience in data collection and analysis in the areas of community health, education, and social services. Her experience working with non-profit and public agencies includes small emerging non-profits to large scale multi-partner community change initiatives such as Promise Neighborhoods and criminal justice reform initiatives. She is a founding member of Clear Creek Services, Inc, a non-profit providing aging-in-place housing for adults with developmental disabilities, and remains an active volunteer and current board member. She received her BS in Health Science and her Master’s in Public Administration from California State University East Bay.

Russ Lobar
Russ Lobar
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lobar brings over 20 years of experience in business, financial management, customer service and logistics. Before joining HTA, Mr. Lobar served as Controller at Bookpeople a large independent book wholesaler, Finance and Operations manager at Torque Systems Data Storage and Business Manager at the East Bay Jewish Community Center. Mr. Lobar received his BA from New College of California.


Professional and Technical Staff

Rezene Ahferom
Project Manager

Mr. Ahferom has over 10 years of experience working with international non-profits, United Nations agencies such as UNHCR, UNICEF, and the World Food program, and philanthropic foundations and non-profits in the Bay Area. In these past roles he has been involved in addressing migration and land use challenges, refugee rights, designing community health programs, project management, and evaluation in the Bay Area and on the African continent. Mr. Ahferom has a BA in economics from the University of Asmara, Eritrea, and an MA in economics from California State University, Fullerton. He is fluent in Amharic and Tigrinya.

Ruthie Chang - Associate
Ruthie Chang

Ms. Chang brings over ten years of experience from the fields of educational research, family and child social services and the elementary school classroom. Ms. Chang has conducted research on large- and small-scale education studies on topics including: online math games; teacher professional development programs; and a statewide science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) initiative. In addition to broad content knowledge regarding K-12 education trends, research, and innovations, she has a particular interest and expertise in the social-emotional and cognitive development of youth. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Sociology and Communications and her Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Mind, Brain, and Education program.

Sarah DeWitt Akin

Ms. Akin brings 10 years of experience in project management and program development benefiting low-income Bay Area communities to the HTA team. At HTA, she has provided support in program planning, coordination, and grant writing for community-based organizations, school districts, and foundations. Sarah received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MA in Economics from California State University, East Bay. She is proficient in Spanish.

Leah Fortin

Ms. Fortin brings 20+ years of grant writing, evaluation, program management, and consulting experience to HTA. She is an expert in youth development and social services programs. Before joining HTA Ms. Fortin oversaw afterschool and mentoring programs across Oakland. As an independent consultant, she has written successful grant proposals for nonprofits specializing in services for youth experiencing homelessness, behavioral health services, workforce development for system involved youth, and renewable energy.

Kristie Glatze - Associate
Kristie Glatze

Ms. Glatze has seven years of evaluation and consulting experience and has conducted a number of evaluations of after-school, health education and social service programs. Ms. Glatze conducts and oversees others conducting site visits, key informant interviews, program activity observations, and she helps to design and oversee online and hard copy survey administration. Previously, as the HTA Evaluation Coordinator, she worked with the entire Evaluation Team to organize work flow and ensure compliance with a wide variety of funder requirements. Ms. Glatze received her BA in Liberal Studies from California State University at Hayward and has taken formal education and counseling courses at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. She has elementary school classroom experience.

Kendall Heaton
Kendall Heaton

Ms. Heaton has over 12 years of experience as an educator and social worker committed to the process of creating vibrant communities and integrated support systems that allow children, families and communities to thrive. She has extensive experience as a coach, trainer, facilitator, researcher, and advocate in the fields of education, early childhood education, child welfare, and community development. Kendall has provided program planning, coordination, evaluation, and analysis for community-based organizations, school districts, and foundations. She is an expert in multi-systemic, multi-stakeholder reform efforts, in particular, with planning and implementation of Full Service Community Schools. Kendall holds a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a focus on Community Practice, Planning and Policy. Her undergraduate degree is in Education and Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Cross-cultural Humanities from San Francisco State University. Kendall is fluent in Spanish.

Aurelio Rivera
Junior Associate

Mr. Rivera works with the planning and evaluation teams at HTA where he provides analysis, coordination, and support. Mr. Rivera served as a field manager for the Hayward Promise Neighborhood survey where he oversaw surveyor safety and provided quality control for completed surveys. He was previously the executive / operations assistant at HTA. Mr. Rivera received his BA in Chicano Studies and International Relations from the University of California at Davis. He is fluent in Spanish.

Sara Sherman
Project Manager

Ms. Sherman brings over 11 years of project management experience to HTA. She provides coordination, grants research and project management support to the HTA Grant Team. Ms. Sherman has extensive experience with operations, marketing, financial and project management. She also brings several years of administrative experience in highly demanding, fast-paced positions in the medical field. Her technical skills, ability to multi-task, and calm and helpful demeanor make her the ideal Grants Coordinator. Ms. Sherman received her BA in architecture from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Simon Troll - Operations and IT Coordinator
Simon Troll
Technology Associate

Mr. Troll brings over 10 years of experience in project support and IT. He provides company-wide administrative, IT, and graphics support including Geographic Information System (GIS). Mr. Troll has provided GIS mapping for use in grants, planning and evaluation projects in support of entire company. Prior to HTA, he was an analyst for land use economists and the production manager for video-based trainings. Mr. Troll received a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from San Francisco State University and a BA in Language Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Affiliate Associates

In addition to our core team, HTA works with a number of experienced affiliate associates on a project by project basis. These associates generally have subject matter expertise specific to the project. HTA Senior Associates and our project management staff work with all affiliate associates to assure consistency, quality, and an exceptional experience for our clients.

Lori Allio - Senior Associate/Planning and Training Team Manager
Carol Hill
Affiliate Associate

Dr. Hill has more than 20 years of progressive leadership and expertise in the development, implementation and management of successful educational programs and initiatives. Dr. Hill works with HTA’s sister non-profit the Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCi) as the director of the Bay Area Community Schools Network. She is an expert in the Beacon Community School, Full Service Community School, and Out-of-School Time movements. Dr. Hill is an accomplished team builder, supervisor and coach, skilled in hiring, developing and supervising engaged, productive and cohesive teams. She is a skillful relationship-builder, adept at establishing and nurturing partnerships with funders, school district staff, parents, teachers, and youth. Dr. Hill has a doctorate in Education and MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and a BA in French and Black Studies from Wellesley College.

Tony Maltbia
Affiliate Associate

Mr. Maltbia brings to HTA over a decade of deep experience in education. He has served as a special education teacher, a school administrator, and at the district-level as the Executive Director of Student, Family and Community Supports for the Champaign Unit 4 School District in Illinois. He is committed to authentic community, family, and education partnerships and developed a community school model for Champaign. He is a member of the Minority Teacher Recruiting and Retention Committee where he works to recruit and retain minority teachers for the district. Mr. Maltbia received a BA in Education from Southeast Missouri State University,  an MA in Special Education from Oakland City University, Indiana, and an MA/EdS in Educational Leadership/Educational Specialist from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Sharyl McGrew - Affiliate Associate
Sharyl McGrew
Affiliate Associate

Ms. McGrew has more than 18 years of experience as a nonprofit program director, researcher and educator in higher education, community development, and food systems. Currently, she serves as the Director of Substantive Change at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission where she analyzes changes in access, delivery and ownership in higher education and recommends policy directions for the Commission. She is a skilled writer, editor, trainer, and classroom instructor and has taught in K-12, college, and prison settings. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis.

Kirsten Piroth - Affiliate Associate
Kirsten Piroth
Affiliate Associate

Ms. Piroth has worked in research and evaluation for 15 years. The majority of her experience has been in the fields of public health and education where she has worked on a number of studies pertaining to substance abuse, women and child health issues, teen parenting and school readiness as well as in homeless and welfare populations. Her experience has involved design and implementation of surveys and standardized measures, as well as the analysis and subsequent presentation of data to public agencies. Ms. Piroth received a Bachelor of Biological Science (BSc honors) degree from Edinburgh University, Scotland and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) research degree in sport psychology from Brighton University, UK.

Jayne Williams - Senior Associate
Jayne Williams
Affiliate Associate

Ms. Williams has over 15 years of grant writing experience. She has raised more than $160 million in funding for city governments, workforce investment organizations, school districts, community colleges, and non-profit organizations. Her content expertise includes experiential education, job training, labor market research, school-to-career initiatives, and criminal justice. Ms. Williams has demonstrated expertise in helping clients thoroughly plan initiatives and programs and in securing funding to implement these plans. Ms. Williams worked at NOVA, a nationally-recognized workforce organization in Silicon Valley, where she was involved in strategic planning, quality initiatives, and marketing, as well as writing grants. Ms. Williams’ received her BA in Russian Language and Literature from Harvard University, and her MA from UC Berkeley. She is a published author in the field of health and fitness. She is fluent in Russian.

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