Terri Molano – Executive Director
As a veteran in community care, Terri is privileged to have spent the last 16 years involved in local and global community outreach. She is a strategic thinker with a history of successful community collaborations. Her focus includes education equality, helping under-resourced families, foster/adoptive families and children, the homeless community, safe parking program for people living in their vehicles, providing shelter to people in need, anti-trafficking, clean-water wells, feeding the hungry, child sponsorship and many other types of social justice. In addition, she brings many years of business development experience. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. After 25 years as a resident in Livermore, she is excited to help elevate and empower individuals in the Tri-Valley to reach their ultimate potential and develop a strong community.
Susan Munkner – Board President
Susan Munkner is a Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer with 19 years in the industry helping families gain financial stability through home ownership. She grew up in Livermore and is living there now with her husband and children. Currently, she is Chair of the Affiliate Committee and Member of the I.D.E.A Committee, which focuses on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Bay East Association of Realtors. Additionally, she served as a Board Member for Livermore Fusion Soccer Club. She has a B.S. from CSUEB with a focus on Finance. Susan came to Partners for Change, hoping to use her background in lending with her degree studies to support socially economically challenged families. When not working she enjoys camping and boating.
Pete Patterson – Board Vice President
As a lifelong resident of Livermore, California, Pete Patterson has been involved in the non-profit space stemming all the way back to his teenage years. From volunteering at various places and events including the local Bingo Ranch to St. Baldrick’s, the Livermore Wine Growers Association, and Coaching Recreational Boys Soccer for more than 8 years – Pete is always extending a helping hand to whoever is in need as often as possible. Most notably, Pete was a former candidate in the 2020 election for Livermore City Council District 3 and after a long campaign, sought out the perfect opportunity to be a part of Partners For Change. Pete is also a member of the Rotary Club Of Livermore Valley. In addition, Pete is also a well-respected Medical Sales Executive of 17 years, who manages an $18M territory helping to ensure life-sustaining medical supplies reach every aspect of each Bay Area community. When not volunteering or working, Pete enjoys golfing, working on home projects, and spending time with his long-time best friend and wife Sarah Boswell-Patterson, and son Peter.
Stephanie Sanchez – Board Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie has been an integral part of Partners for Change Tri-Valley since 2019, making her the longest attending Participant. In early 2022, she accepted a seat on the Board of Directors, bringing with her the viewpoints unique to a Participant’s journey and growth. With her expertise in accounting and bookkeeping, she has been voted in as the current Board CFO. Her deep passion for working with underrepresented communities has guided her life into various roles of advocacy and representation, including special needs IEP advocate and parent representative for the Tri-Valley SELPA CAC. Stephanie is currently enrolled at CSU East Bay, working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Concentration. During her downtime, she enjoys building and creating in many different mediums including woodworking, t-shirt designing, and artistic welding.
Karen Schwarze – Board Secretary
Karen Schwarze is a Livermore native with a passion for building connections and communities. Her academic background is in secondary education, literature, and research, but she currently works in the technology industry and loves using both her teaching and technical skills to further the mission of Partners for Change.
Joe Clark – Board Member
Joe Clark is a retired business manager. After growing up in Ohio, he started his business career in Chicago. Corporate relocations took him to Florida, Texas, New Jersey and, in 1995, to Livermore, CA. He and his wife have two grown children and a dog. Joe divides his time between outdoor activities (bicycling, hiking, swimming and kayaking) and working for several local nonprofits that provide or support human services, most recently including: Eden Housing, Kids Bike Lane, Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation, and Turning Wheels for Kids.
Janae Trevillion has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources in both the profit and non-profit sector. With a primary focus on helping people in all walks of life, Janae has dedicated her career to creating an environment of fun and focus while prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Janae has been committed to helping individuals find meaningful employment. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, has access to opportunities that will allow them to reach their full potential.
In addition to her focus, Janae has been a vocal advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the workplace. She has implemented programs and initiatives to ensure that all employees feel valued and appreciated. Janae has always believed that volunteering work should be both productive and enjoyable. She has created a culture that fosters creativity, and fun, which has resulted in high levels of collaboration. Overall, Janae comes to Partners for Change with 20 years of experience in Human Resources that has been defined by her unwavering commitment to helping people and creating an environment that is both productive and enjoyable for everyone.
Anjana has been a Tri-Valley resident for over a decade and is passionate about STEM and computer programming. She volunteers for various organizations promoting DEI and STEM for girls, including WISE, Citizen Schools, and Women in Cyber Security to name a few. She regularly speaks at various events like the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) and Women in Technology events.
Anjana is currently working as a Director in Product Management at Cisco where she is focused on growing the security business. In her spare time, she loves to learn and perform a south Indian classical dance called Bharatnatyam and coach a girls-only Lego robotics team.
Adisa Banjoko – Board Member
Adisa Banjoko aka “The Bishop” is a respected disruptor in the space of education innovation. Starting out as arguably the first writer to cover Eazy E and NWA while still in high school. He went on to write for early rap publications like The Source, Rap Pages and Vibe among others. Adisa wrote some of the earliest articles connecting Hip-Hop to Eastern philosophy and martial arts. His lectures at Harvard, Stanford, Brown, Oberlin, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. have given people completely new perspectives on the potential of intercultural communication in the space of education and nonviolence. His work with his non-profit, Hip-Hop Chess Federation, has been covered by Forbes, Black Enterprise, Good Morning America, and Rolling Stone. In 2014 the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis asked him to advise and train their curatorial team about chess and Hip-Hop for the record breaking Living Like Kings exhibit. In 2016 he released the first textbook and workbook on Hip-Hop and Chess entitled Bobby Bruce and the Bronx: The Secrets of Hip-Hop Chess. 2017 saw Adisa serve as Head Chess and Jiu-Jitsu Instructor at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. Adisa Banjoko is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose, under Alan “Gumby” Marques. He also authored two books purely on jiu-jitsu techniques called The Iron Hook Scroll and The Cloud Scroll respectively. In 2018 Adisa served as Guest Curator for Respect:Hip-Hop Style and Wisdom at the Oakland Museum of California which brought more than 100,000 attendees. His weekly podcast Bishop Chronicles is produced by PharcydeTV and can be heard on www.bishopchronicles.com, Spotify, iTunes and Mixcloud. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.