Our Staff


Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu, M.P.P., M.A., Counselor and Financial Coach earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dominguez Hills. Her professional interests include poverty reduction through regional government policy analysis as well as individual financial counseling.  Other professional interests include academic and career counseling to support poverty reduction. Prior to her work at SparkPoint, Andrea honed counseling skills at West LA College and North Orange County Community College District. Andrea also worked as a local government analyst in Southern California. anyanwua@smccd.edu  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1217C.






Victor M. Barrios is a freshman at Skyline College in his second semester of studies, where he is working on transferring to a four-year-university. Victor is a Student Benefits Ambassador for the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project, where he works with individuals and in group workshops to complete the application process for public benefits. Victor is proudly part of the TRiO, MESA, and EOPS learning communities, and continues to strive every day to become both a better student and individual. Victor’s goal and dream is to attend the University of California at Berkeley as an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major. skybacc@smccd.edu 650-738-7172 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1211.





http://www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint/about/images/image024.jpgGlenda Benavides works as an office assistant for SparkPoint at Skyline College.  She began working as a student assistant and a tutor for the Center for Workforce Development at Skyline College in 2008. Her time working in both the Center for Workforce Development and SparkPoint at Skyline College has influenced her educational career and desire to ultimately pursue a degree in nursing.  Glenda believes in serving the community and in the SparkPoint mission of delivering services to students and community members that promote self-sufficiency.  She works directly with students and clients seeking services in Spanish and English as well as providing administrative support for SparkPoint programs.  benevidesg@smccd.edu 650-738-7035 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room  1222.





Julie Brewer, B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Julie works as an Office Assistant at SparkPoint at Skyline College.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. degree in Communication Studies with a concentration on film studies and production. She has a diverse background ranging from television production to English as a Second Language instruction to administrative assistance.  She has spent the past four years teaching ESL in Bangkok, Thailand and the USA. Julie has always worked in areas to serve the public and continues to do so at SparkPoint. She welcomes potential financial coaching clients by explaining and identifying the services that best suit them, organizes and assists in professional development of staff, and manages the front office operations. brewerj@smccd.edu 650-738-7043 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1214.





Description: C:\Users\lamsonj\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\DSC_0328.jpgMelanie Espinueva, M.S. Counseling, San Francisco State University. Melanie works as an Academic Counselor and Coordinator of Financial Education Services for the SparkPoint Center at Skyline College.  She first came to Skyline College as an academic counselor and co-advisor for the Kababayan Program Learning Community in 2008. She has since maintained this role while providing counseling services for other programs such as Early Alert, General Counseling, Student Success Program and the Center for Workforce Development.  She enjoys working with the greater community and integrating her passions for education, social work and counseling. espinuevam@smccd.edu 650-738-7033 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1220.





Kenny Gonzalez, M.S. Marriage, Family and Children Counseling, San Francisco State University.  Kenny works as the English as a Second Language Counselor in the English Language Institute (ELI).  He has worked as the CalWORKS Counselor at College of San Mateo (1999-2001), Human Service Counselor at Cañada College (2001-04) and at Skyline College since 2004.  As a counselor, Kenny feels a sense of pride in steering non-traditional students towards their goals/dreams and helping them reach their full academic potential. gonzalezk@smccd.edu 650-738-4281 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1217






Saul A. Gonzalez, M.A. Organizational Psychology, John F. Kennedy University. Saul works as a Financial Coach with SparkPoint at Skyline College. He came to Skyline College as the first full-time financial coach in the nation dedicated to serving low-income clients for EARN.org. He partnered with EARN Alumni and Savers to work with them towards attaining their financial goals and achieving maximum financial empowerment. Saul is the owner of Saul Gonzalez Coaching Solutions (SGCS), a San Francisco private practice, with a combined 8 years of coaching and consulting experience. SGCS provides organizational assessments, professional coaching, and organizational interventions to nonprofit organization management, education, and private organizations. From 2003-2008, he served as a crisis communication facilitator and conflict-resolution coach for probation youth programs in Marin & San Francisco Counties. He also serves as a Board-Member for the Bay Area Organizational Development Network (BAODN) and manages the volunteer program.

Saul has a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. He studied to be a certified professional coach at John F. Kennedy University, where he obtained his MA in Organizational Psychology in 2009. He is actively pursuing his International Coach Federation (Professional Certified Coach) certification in the summer of 2013. Saul is a native resident of San Francisco (Mission District), CA, who loves to dance Salsa and spend hours drumming Latin percussion beats for fun. He is fluent in Spanish. gonzalezsaul@smccd.edu 650-738-7078 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1214.





Frances Grisgood, BFA, California State University Long Beach, Certificate in Counseling, University California, Irvine.   Frances works as an Employment  Program  Representative  with the California Employment Development Department (EDD)Workforce Services Division in partnership with SparkPoint at Skyline College.  Frances has worked in EDD for 3 years.  She is a member of the State of California EDD Disability Advisory Committee, an EDD Equal Opportunity Advisor, & a Mentor for the San Mateo County EDD Youth Employment Opportunity Program.  Frances has developed & conducted resume workshops for Saddleback Community College & the SF Library.  Prior to EDD, Frances has  experience working with San Mateo County employers in the areas of staffing & outplacement.  Frances represented Wright & Associates as an Outplacement Trainer at the Sun Microsystems Outplacement Center.  EDD & the Sparkpoint Program she feels provides  the opportunity to draw upon both her EDD & corporate experience to assist clients in achieving their employment goals & support the work & vision of the SparkPoint Center. Frances.grisgood@edd.ca.gov  650-738-4220 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1219





Monique M. Hernandez is a sophomore at Skyline College pursuing an Associate’s degree in psychology, with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist. Monique is a Student Benefits Ambassador for the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project. She conducts individual appointments and workshops to assist participants in the BACC project with submitting online applications for public benefits to their county. This is her first semester at SparkPoint. In addition to attending school and working at SparkPoint, Monique is a proud mother of her 12-year-old son. skybacc@smccd.edu 650-738-7172 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1211.





Josh Jubelirer, B.S., Brown University. Josh is SparkPoint at Skyline’s second AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Volunteer. During his one year term of service, he will work to build SparkPoint’s capacity to carry out its mission of bringing together resources that individuals can use to achieve financial stability. Josh will be working on marketing SparkPoint’s services to the community, building partnerships with other agencies, and refining how the center collects data to improve our services. He graduated from Brown University in May 2012 with a B.S. in Human Biology. His decision to serve as a VISTA is inspired by his volunteer experience at Brown, where he assisted families in a pediatric clinic in finding and accessing resources they need to be healthy. jubelirerj@smccd.edu 650-738-4359 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1222





http://www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint/about/images/image006.jpgJulie Lamson, B.S., San Francisco State University.  Julie is a Program Services Coordinator working as the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Database Site Administrator. Julie also works as a Financial Coach for SparkPoint at Skyline College. Julie graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.  Julie provides key technical support for the implementation of ETO and new client flow practices.  lamsonj@smccd.edu   650-738-7047  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1221A. 







http://www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint/about/images/image002.jpgAdolfo Leiva, B.S., San Francisco State University. Adolfo works as a Program Services Coordinator for SparkPoint at Skyline College. Adolfo began working for the Center for Workforce Development at Skyline College in 2003 supporting innovative regional partnerships. With experience coordinating multiple projects, partners, constituencies, and services, he provided key support for the planning and implementation of the SparkPoint Center. Adolfo has been recognized by both students and organizational partners for excellence in service. After serving as President of the Classified Staff at Skyline College for 2 years, his colleagues provided him with a Special Recognition Award for “outstanding contributions to Skyline College.”  leivaa@smccd.edu 650-738-7035  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1221A.





http://www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint/about/images/image028.jpgDennis Mitchell is a freshman attending Skyline College majoring in Kinesiology. Dennis started attending Skyline in spring of 2011 and he began working for SparkPoint at Skyline College in May of 2011. Dennis is a student assistant at the SparkPoint Center working closely with the Food Pantry, and also learning to work with Microsoft Office to expand his office environment skills. He plans to transfer to a 4-year CSU to continue to meet his educational goals.  Dmitch66@my.smccd.edu 650-738-7035 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1214.







Description: C:\Users\lamsonj\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Word\Virginia Padron.jpgVirginia Padron is a member of the faculty of Skyline College where she is also the Coordinator of the Career Center and Career Services. The Career Center offers a wide variety of services and activities to assist students' career development needs including assessments and the  development of personalized career plans. Virginia has worked in community partnerships to offer career counseling services and career development courses for diverse populations in a variety of settings. Virginia has worked with prisoners to develop career goals to facilitate reentry into the workforce. She has also worked in regional workforce development partnerships in a co-located setting to meet the education needs of dislocated workers transitioning into new careers . Virginia is a working partner in the planning and implementation of SparkPoint at Skyline College where she oversees a partnership with Jewish Vocational Service to create and implement Employment Services at Skyline. Virginia earned a B.A. and an M.A. from San Jose State University.





Mark Robbins, B.S. Computer Science & Psychology, Troy State University as well as a Secondary Teaching Credential in Biological Science from San Francisco State University. Mark represents the Employment Development Department (EDD) in the SparkPoint Center at Skyline College. In addition to a full range of workforce (job-seeker and employer related) services, Mark specializes in providing intensive services (including tuition assistance) through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for workers displaced due to trade related layoffs. The majority of Mark’s professional career was in the software development (computer programming) field, which began with the United States Air Force. After the collapse of the technology industry, Mark obtained his teaching credential to finally be able to “make a difference” in the quality of people’s lives. Although he never obtained a permanent teaching assignment, his position within EDD allows him to help others realize their dreams. Mark is happily married with two grown children and two grandchildren. Mark.Robbins@edd.ca.gov 650-738-4220 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1219.





Leigh Anne Shaw, M.A, School for International Training. Leigh Anne is on the full-time faculty of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department at Skyline College.  Leigh Anne envisioned and spearheaded the launch of the English Language Institute (ELI), and its integration into the SparkPoint model. She provides ongoing leadership to deliver one-stop services for nonnative English speakers seeking education, careers, and financial stability. Additionally, Leigh Anne serves Skyline College as Vice President of the Academic Senate. sippell@smccd.edu  650-738-4408  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1218.






Heather Drusilla Smith, M.P.A., Monterey Institute of International Studies. Heather Smith is SparkPoint at Skyline College’s Assistant Project Director. In this capacity, Heather leads the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project which connects low-income students to public benefits, i.e. food, health care and cash assistance. BACC is part of a national pilot project directed by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). It aims to demonstrate that when low-income students access additional financial support services to offset their cost of living, they realize greater success in school and in their future careers. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Cross-Cultural Studies, and minors in International Relations and French. She has worked with the United Nations Environment Program in several capacities in Kenya, Germany and South Korea. Heather was a Peace Corps Master’s International student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, earning a Master of Public Administration in International Management degree while serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize City, Belize. She recently conducted research on cognitive and emotional challenges Belizean children face that impede integration into their schools and communities. Heather is proficient in French, Creole and English, and has basic Spanish skills. She serves as a member of Meridian Health Foundation’s Board of Directors, an organization for which she was a consultant for several years. smithh@smccd.edu 650-738-4240 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1211.





Shandra Thomas serves as a Certified Credit Counselor at SparkPoint at Skyline College, as well as at several other SparkPoint centers around the Bay Area. Shandra is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Life OnTrak, a non-profit that provides financial education, focusing on credit counseling and debt management for families with low to moderate incomes. Prior to her work with the SparkPoint centers, Shandra was a licensed and successful Real Estate Agent for many years in Southern California. Her extensive background in credit and real estate provides clients who hope to one day become homeowners with an insider perspective on how to build or rebuild their credit. Shandra holds a B.S. in Small Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Phoenix. She is also seeking certifications in Financial Counseling and Housing Counseling to further serve her clients. Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1212.





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William Watson, Ed.D., San Francisco State University.  William directs SparkPoint at Skyline College, part of the United Way of the Bay Area's SparkPoint Initiative to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020. The model for SparkPoint is based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families. SparkPoint includes the English Language Institute, the Grove Scholars Program, the Center for Workforce Development, the Career Center and Employment Services and the Food Pantry.  As Director of the Center for Workforce Development, William has partnered with regional Workforce Investment Boards to serve youth, adult, and dislocated workers. He currently serves as a member of the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board – Youth Advisory Council. William earned an Associate’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Philosophy | Comparative Religion and Anthropology (which included study in Peru and Mali), and he earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  He recently conducted research on the role of social capital in Latino educational attainment to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. william.watson@smccd.edu  650-738-7035  Skyline College Building One, Floor Two, Room 1221.





Savannah A. Wilson is a Student Benefits Ambassador for the Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) project. She conducts individual appointments and workshops to assist participants in the BACC project in submitting an online application for public benefits. She helps organize many outreach activities, including tabling and class presentations. Savannah also does daily data entry for BACC. This is her second semester working in the SparkPoint Center and attending Skyline College. Savannah is currently pursuing her Associate in Science degree with a major in Surgical Technology. She plans to eventually transfer to a four-year college to continue her education to become a Pediatric Surgeon. skybacc@smccd.edu 650-738-4240 Skyline College Building One, Floor Two,

Room 1211.