“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something.”
Marilyn Winkleby, MPH, Ph.D., President and CEO of Access to Achievement Education Foundation, is a nationally known expert in youth education. In 1988 she founded the highly successful Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP), a national model for pre-college science education. As Faculty Director of SMYSP, she has worked with schools and education programs, reaching out to low-income and under-represented minority high school students. She has mentored hundreds of students—students who when given the opportunity to achieve their potential go on to complete college and become leaders in their respective professions.
Irina Linetskaya, MD, MPH, Vice President, is a physician committed to a life of healing, with a deep understanding of low-income and minority youth. She met Dr. Winkleby in 1995 when she was selected to participate in SMYSP and has assumed leadership roles in youth mentoring programs since then. She brings expertise in youth empowerment and academic mentoring to the Board.
Desirae Moison, Secretary/Chief Financial Officer, comes to Access to Achievement with 10 years of work experience in Silicon Valley as an advanced administrator, with strong financial experience. Included in this is her work experience supporting the Business Banking team at First Republic Bank and handling expenses for start-up tech executives and venture capital partners. She is proficient in many computer languages, Excel, and experienced in reading financial statements.
Juan Ibarra, MPH., MSW, Dr.PH, Board Member, is a skilled, thoughtful health professional who has been involved in public health research and mentoring youth for years. He met Dr. Winkleby in 1990 when he participated in SMYSP and has been involved with outreach and mentoring youth since then. He brings an extensive knowledge of the educational needs of Latinos and other underserved youth, and strong evaluation skills to the Board.
Les DeWitt, BS, Board Member, is a well-known figure in education and public service on the San Francisco Peninsula. Mr. DeWitt is a 1970 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science. Since 1990, he has worked with Dr. Winkleby, serving on the board of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, helping guide its youth mentoring programs. He brings an extensive knowledge of youth programs, local schools, fiscal management, and fundraising to the Board.
The advisory committee is composed of SMYSP alumni, Stanford faculty, and community leaders. They have no legal responsibilities.
- Jeanne Kennedy, Palo Alto, CA
- Hannah Valantine, M.D., NIH, Bethesda, MD
- Leo Hindery, Jr., New York City, NY
- Erik Cabral, M.D., San Francisco, CA
- Daniel Fountenberry, M.B.A., Brooklyn, NY
- Phuong Vo, M.D., MPH, San Ramon, CA
- Devynn Taylor, MPA, MS, Oakland, CA
- Paul Wesson, Ph.D., San Francisco, CA
- Molly Easter, Birmingham, AL