Board of Directors

Bob Miyahara
Bob Miyahara | Board Chair | Corporate & Business Development at Cloudinary.

As a student, Bob participated in a variety of service programs. For him, service involvement provided a unique outlet for personal growth outside of academics and athletics. Drawn by the similarities between the programs in which he was involved and YCS, he joined the Board in 2016 where he currently serves as the Board Chair.

Barbara Spreng

Barbara Spreng | Board Chair (2013-2017) | Palo Alto Community Volunteer

Barbara has served on the YCS board of directors since 2006. She is also served on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco from 2009-2015 and was a member of the Bay Area Regional Board of Advisors for Facing History and Ourselves from 1999-2011.

Sue Eldridge

Sue Eldredge | Board Member| Youth Community Service

Sue joined the YCS Board in the fall of 2017 and brings years of youth development experience having founded and led the Community Network for Youth Development, a capacity building organization working with youth-serving organizations and schools throughout the Bay Area. Sue brings her nonprofit organizational and fundraising experience to the YCS Board.

Leif Erickson

Leif Erickson | Executive Director | Youth Community Service

Leif has served as YCS executive director since 2004. Before that, he worked for over 20 years in corporate marketing in Silicon Valley with biotech and technology firms. Leif began volunteering with YCS in 1995 as a parent supporter.

Melissa Kervin Brooks

Melissa Kervin Brooks | Board Member | Staff Scientist for Logyx™ LLC

Melissa is an astrobiologist for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. She has served on the YCS board of directors for over a decade.

Linda Lenoir

Linda Lenoir | Board Member | District Nurse for Palo Alto Unified School District

Linda is a district nurse for the Palo Alto Unified School District. She has served on the YCS board of directors for over a decade.

Kala Mehta

Kala Mehta | Board Member | Professor, University of CA, San Francisco

In my professional life, I have developed a deep interest in public health and epidemiology. As an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco I teach clinical research methods to medical students, residents & fellows. Similarly dedicated to research, I am involved with several international research projects. I’m interested in understanding how to strengthen the work of health workers in low resource settings. I chose my job as a direct influence of my experience as a YCS alumni. This is why I am strongly dedicated to seeing young people serve in the community and think service can many important decisions they make in life. I’m also a mom of two daughters, both have valued their experience at YCS’ Summer of Service.

Candice Reimers

Candice Reimers | Board Member | Independent Consultant

Candice first served as a teacher sponsor for YCS in 1995 and proudly joined the Board in 2015. She has worked for over 20 years in Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development and Education most recently at Google and now as an independent consultant.

Nick Rugh

Nick Rugh | Board Member | Financial Planner at Rugh Financial

Nick has served on YCS’s board of directors for several years. He is a practicing financial planner in the community and provides his financial expertise for the benefit of the mission of YCS. He supports the organization because he believes in the need to build leadership skills and to provide guidance for youth at this critical point in their lives.

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