Team & Culture

We tell each other: if you have an emergency at home or with your child, it’s ok to walk out the door.

"Family first" means working more (or less) depending on your financial needs and the needs of your child. It means bringing your infant to work for the first year and working from home when you need to. In a very multicultural office, we celebrate all our children and all our holidays - from Eid to Xmas. We want FRN to be a place where everyone is happy to come to work.

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“I started as a client at FRN. I was able to preserve critical services that could easily be lost. It was important to me that my child have friends and be in her neighborhood school and grow with the kids in her neighborhood. We would not have been able to figure this out without the help of FRN because there are not many who would take our calls.”  -KANAKA

OUR STAFF


EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Kausha King

Kausha King

I love NBA basketball. My family and friends often have to remind me that I am neither a player nor a coach, but this doesn’t stop me from sharing my strategic plays anyway.

MANAGEMENT

April Key-Lee

April Key-Lee

I have been working with FRN families since 2018. I am a parent of two boys who adore complex contraption games and playing Minecraft. During my free time, I enjoy cooking and baking a variety of foods, DIY projects, and sight-seeing natural wonders with my family.
Carol Cohen

Carol Cohen

Position: Program Manager
I have been working with children with complex medical needs since 2006. One of the best parts of my jobs is bringing families to the annual Family Voices Health Summit to help families connect with their elected representatives.
Corina Samaniego

Corina Samaniego

Specialty: Spanish
I am a program manager but I have a lot of extra jobs at FRN – as staff ask me for help with their computer or phone. In my spare time, I like spending time with my family, doing crafts and baking.

STAFF

Andrea Pablo

Andrea Pablo

Specialty: Mam, Spanish
I love having a job where I can help my community. There are so few places that people who speak Mam can get the help and support that they need. I am really happy to help FRN be one of them.
Betty Wong

Betty Wong

Specialty: Cantonese
I was born in Hong Kong. It’s always my pleasure to help the community and Chinese-speaking families. I love purple. You would always see me with purple hair. I love traveling, shopping, trying out new restaurants, learning another culture.
Emilee Leon

Emilee Leon

Specialty: Spanish
I have been with FRN more than 10 years now, and I have 3 children. When not busy helping families, I like playing practical jokes – but only on my co-workers.
Isabel Alvarez

Isabel Alvarez

Specialty: Spanish
My son Santi, who is 10 years old, has autism. I attended an FRN support group and from day one I felt welcomed, understood, and started to know about resources for my son. My goal is to help families by connecting them with the system to make their journey a little easier.
Mayyadah Zaidani

Mayyadah Zaidani

Specialty: Arabic
I studied democracy and human rights and I am an advocate for women. I love helping others and making more people aware of the services and resources they can be provided with, especially Arab people because I come from the same background as them and want to guide them in the right direction by providing them with useful resources.

Rocio Peralta

Specialty: Spanish
I joined FRN after being a parent leader. The other staff tease me and say that they always know when I am working because they smell coffee and popcorn – but I like coffee and popcorn.
Sameena Ishaq
Sameena Ishaq

Sameena Ishaq

Specialty: Hindi, Urdu
I am the warrior mom of two kids and my younger son has a rare disease and has special health care needs. In addition to working at FRN, I co-run the Union City Special Needs Library Playgroups. I have a passion for arts and crafts. I enjoy working with families and helping them advocate for services.
Silvia Gonzalez

Silvia Gonzalez

Specialty: Spanish
I love the work I do for families! When not working, I spend time with my family. I love taking pictures, and taught everyone at FRN how to take good selfies.
Simran Sahni

Simran Sahni

Specialty: Hindi
I am a mom of two boys and first came to FRN as a parent. My goal is to provide support and guidance to acquire all the resources available for their children. Besides being a strong advocate for my son, my other passion is teaching. I like spending quality time with my family doing outdoor activities, watching movies, playing board games.
Sonia Waters

Sonia Waters

I have been working with FRN for over 20 years, and I stay because it is so rewarding to work with families. And I get to see lots of babies, and I do love seeing the babies.

ADMINISTRATION

Alex Guerrero

Alex Guerrero

Specialty: Spanish
I love working for an organization that does amazing things for the community. I found out about FRN through my mom because FRN helped her in many ways. I love what we do and am so happy to be a part of this team. In my free time, I enjoy fitness and watching movies.
Maia Campbell

Maia Campbell

Position:
I am a student studying to become a future elementary teacher. I love baking treats and cakes to add a bit of a sweetness to everyone’s lives! In my free time I like to binge Netflix or enjoy the great outdoors.

OUR BOARD

Our board is made up of: parents who are great advocates and who want to give back to the community and professionals who dedicate their careers to helping children. All our board members are passionate about our mission and make significant contributions to the families of Alameda County.


LEADERSHIP

MEMBERS