Meet the Nea Board
Jana Chabre became Lead Facilitator for Nea's K-12 Program in 2020, after serving as the Lead Facilitator for the K-5 program since July 2017, and as a Facilitator (grades K-2) since 2011. She holds a BA in Art and Spanish from St. Mary's College, and a Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State. She obtained her teaching credential at UC Irvine.
Jana has 16 years of classroom teaching experience and, even as a classroom facilitator, she took leadership roles in several school-wide initiatives, including curriculum development for grades K-2, coordinating Nea's successful full-term WASC accreditation process, and initiating a reading intervention program for learners needing additional support.
As K-5 Lead Facilitator, Jana fostered continuity, community and unity in the K-5 program. She looks forward to continuing these efforts as she takes leadership of the 6-12 program as well.
Yesenia Ezell is in her 6th year as a Nea facilitator. From 2016 to 2021, she facilitated 3rd to 5th grade math. This year she moved into Nea's middle school and is facilitating 6th and 7th grade math.
Born and raised in Oviedo, Florida, Yesenia studied Elementary Education and Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University. She then moved to Miami, Florida where she began teaching 4th and 5th grade math and science.
Along with education, her passions include music, theater, and spending time in nature (particularly in or near a body of water!) California had always been a distant love, so she is happy now to call Oakland home.
Susie McKee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Nea Governing Board. This is her 13th year at Nea and her 24th year in education.
Susie is currently Nea's ELD Coordinator and Art Facilitator for grades K-5. She considers this hybrid position to be her dream job, combining her passion for working with English Language Learners and her love of art.
Susie holds a BA and Multiple Subject teaching credential from UOP (Go Tigers!) as well as a supplemental ESL credential and CLAD certificate. Susie received her MA in Curriculum Development with an emphasis in ESL from SSU.
In addition to ELA and Art, Susie loves to get out into nature, backpack, run, garden, bake, paint, social distance with friends, paddle board on the Bay, and hang out with her family and their dog, Jake.
Lelia Richardson (she/her) is an Educational Consultant and Wellness Practitioner specializing in massage therapy and pre- and postnatal doula care. Before becoming a wellness practitioner, Lelia created a community in education, as a former high school Dean of Students, Camp Director, and Afterschool Programs Coordinator. Lelia enjoys the Nea community as a parent, advocate, and community member where she feels her voice and contributions are welcomed. When Lelia is not spending time with family and friends she is finding joy in nature, baking and making!
Elizabeth Douglas (Bio coming soon!)
Danielle Pence (Bio coming soon!)
Charlotte Picket (Bio coming soon!)