Staff

Year-Round Team

Khemnes Fisher

Khemnes Fisher

Youth Leadership Project Director

Khemnes manages Mosaic’s Youth Leadership Project and is responsible for providing a network of teens and youth adults with opportunities for mentorship and leadership. He connects youth from all different backgrounds and offers them facilitation experience in assertive communication, conflict resolution, and Mosaic’s unique curriculum. Since 2007, Khemnes has worked with Mosaic at the Outdoor Project and through the Mosaic Consulting Project.

Khemnes’ previous work experience includes Education Specialist in the assistive technology field, Outdoor Recreation Assistant Director for Lighthouse School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Resource Program Specialist within the San Francisco and Alameda County Unified School Districts.

Khemnes has a BA from California State University of Fullerton and an Education Specialist credential from San Francisco State University. He thinks he is the best at Goal Ball, but that has yet to be proven.

Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson

Administrator

Joy is responsible for coordinating with schools, teachers and parents who attend the Outdoor Project. She is also on the year-round team and helps Mosaic run smoothly all year.

She first came to us as a stellar youth leader in 2010. She obtained a B.S. in International Business at San Francisco State University. After living in France, then working as a legal assistant, she has joined us here at The Mosaic Project. It is such a “Joy” to have her on the team.

Brian Lowe

Brian Lowe

Chief Operating Officer

Brian manages The Mosaic Project’s day-to-day operations and provides the strategic vision for the Mosaic Consulting Project. Brian’s work experience includes consulting at Price Waterhouse, corporate finance with Hewlett-Packard and Sitesmith Inc, outreach for the Golden Gate Opera, and program development for the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club. The highlight of his career thus far has been facilitating The Mosaic Project’s diversity curriculum at the Outdoor Project.

Brian received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. He is an expert bicycle racer, an avid gardener, and Mosaic’s own “Mr. Everything.”

Lara Mendel

Lara Mendel

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Lara began imagining The Mosaic Project when she was 15 years old and attended a weeklong summer camp that brought together students from different backgrounds, specifically to address prejudice and discrimination. While she went to an intentionally diverse school, this was the first time she talked about these issues outside her Jewish community. It was a powerful experience, yet the fear, defensiveness, already deeply entrenched prejudice, and occasional violence she observed convinced her that waiting until high school to address issues of difference is waiting far too long. She decided that she would one day do this work with younger students before they reached adolescence.

This determination was strengthened during a college program that brought Jewish students to Germany. Meetings with former Nazis, as well as visits to concentration camps where her great aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed, solidified her commitment to fight all forms of hatred.

After graduating from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology, Lara had a brief career in cross-species communication working with Koko the gorilla, various dolphins, and formerly captive spider monkeys. She then worked extensively in violence prevention, youth development, and cross-cultural communication on four continents before returning to the US in 2000 to found The Mosaic Project. She is an experienced backpacker, aspiring surfer, and a Black Belt in Kajukenbo Kung-Fu.

Christabel Nunoo

Christabel Nunoo

Program & Communications Specialist

Christabel first became involved with The Mosaic Project as a Youth Leader in 2016 and joined the staff as a facilitator later that year. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and continues on her path to becoming an opera singer. Being involved with Mosaic’s Outdoor Project provides her with an avenue to combine both her passion for music and youth. She also joins the Year-Round Team as the manager of the Kids Board of Directors and joins the In-School Project. She loves silly dancing and singing around the campfire, and adds to the magic of Mosaic when she shows off her operatic skills.

Chandra Page

Chandra Page

Accounting & Development Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Rebeca Pessoa

Rebeca Pessoa

Facilitator

Beca has been a facilitator for many wonderful seasons at Mosaic in addition to taking high schoolers abroad for service learning leadership programs and backpacking the world on a shoestring. She is happiest when spreading peace and love through self expression and intercultural communication. Beca also enjoys cheffing up plant based foods, dancing to Latin and African rhythms, and hiking and swimming in the Mother Nature. She was born in Brazil and raised in Fresno, CA.

Mosaic Consulting Project Facilitators

Members of the year-round team will be joined by the following:

Maiya Lanae Evans

Maiya Lanae Evans

Maiya Lanae Evans has been a Mosaic Facilitator since 2009. She earned her MPH from San Francisco State University where she was also certified in holistic health. Much of her research examines the intersection between holistic health, public health, and social justice. She previously worked as a health educator at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and currently teaches courses in public health at Skyline College and San Francisco State University. Maiya is also the founder of Hey Girl Health, a health, wellness, and culture brand that puts women of color at the center of the health conversation. She is also the host of The Hey Girl Health Show, a podcast and radio show that features interviews about health issues that impact women of color and the communities in which they live. She is currently an EPIC Community College Fellow at Stanford University.

Sandra Martin

Sandra Martin

Program Specialist

Sandra joined The Mosaic Project for the first time as a youth leader in 2007, and since then has returned year after year in many roles including Lead Facilitator, Outdoor Project Logistics Coordinator, Youth Leadership Project co-director, and currently as a Program Specialist facilitating in-school workshops and MCP trainings. She earned her MA in International & Multicultural Education at USF, and also holds a BA in Global Studies. In addition to creating engaging, creative educational opportunities for people of all ages, she’s also worked in arts administration. She loves painting, drawing, playing harp (especially at Mosaic campfires!), gardening, and winning board games.

Kara Murray-Badal

Kara Murray-Badal

Kara Murray-Badal first joined The Mosaic Project as a Youth Leader in 2008. Since then, she has served just about every role within the organization, including Administrative and Outreach Director. She is currently a member of The Mosaic Project’s Board of Directors. She has also worked as the Senior Project and Change Control Coordinator at Bayer and a Research Assistant and Harder + Company Community Research. Kara received her B.A. from Stanford University and is currently an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School and MPA Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Mark Yanez

Mark Yanez

Mark Yanez has been a Mosaic Facilitator since 2011. He has also served in several other roles at The Mosaic Project, including Deputy Director. Mark’s background is rooted in activism in his home community of South Los Angeles and in the LGBT and Chican@ movements. He has worked at many nonprofit organizations around the Bay Area, including the Our Family Coalition. Mark is the first member of his family to attend a four-year college and received a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of California, Davis. He has an extensive zine collection and enjoys cooking vegan Mexican food, discussing decolonizing efforts, planning his next Disneyland visit, and playing cooperative board games. He is currently the Operations Manager at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Outdoor Project Facilitators

Peter BG Pita Chipper

Peter BG Pita Chipper

Bio coming soon!

Michael DeJuarez Jr

Michael DeJuarez Jr

Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

Jyler Donovan

Jyler Donovan

Facilitator

Jyler is a full-time experiential educator who believes strongly in the importance of employing both theory and practice in social justice work. Each year, Jyler travels the US and works with K-12 students on challenge courses and in a variety of outdoor settings. In their free time, Jyler enjoys rock climbing, reading, visiting amusement parks, and playing video games.

Andria Gonzales

Andria Gonzales

Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

Jeron Jennings

Jeron Jennings

Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

Zakery Ijadi

Zakery Ijadi

Facilitator

Zak is an outdoor educator, backpacking guide, and general nature lover from Seattle, Washington. In his off season, he works at Mt. Baker Ski Area and Camp Unalayee. On his weekends off you can find him thrifting, looking for fresh tomatoes at the farmers markets, or napping.

Kineta Lyde

Kineta Lyde

Kineta was a staff facilitator during Mosaic’s very first pilot session. Now she returns as the Logistics Director to get everything and everyone where they need to be, support staff with her wise words, and to make magic behind the scenes!

Kia Parrish-Haim

Kia Parrish-Haim

Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

Theron (Fame) Reed Jr.

Theron (Fame) Reed Jr.

Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

Jakeya Sanders

Jakeya Sanders

Facilitator

Professional Musician, Vocalist, Educator and Youth Mentor from Philadelphia Pa, who loves people and social justice work. Jakeya believes that the most rewarding work is mentoring and empowering youth and children. “Motivating our youth to believe that they are limitless, to manifest and achieve anything that they put their minds and will to doing, is what brings me complete joy”

D'Andre Smith

D'Andre Smith

Facilitator

Bio coming soon!

CJ Suitt

CJ Suitt

Facilitator

CJ has been flying to the Bay Area from North Carolina since 2011 to facilitate at the Outdoor Project. He is a poet and facilitator working to elevate youth and their collective voices through spoken word poetry. He is Co-founder of the Sacrificial Poets, a youth organization that works to create safe spaces for young people to empower themselves through the sharing of their stories. CJ is dedicated to being a creative catalyst for the highest potential of a dynamic generation not afraid to speak truth to power.

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