Board of Directors
Kyle Schriner, Chair
Kyle is an attorney and president of the Schriner Law Firm, PC. Before the birth of his first child, he and his wife came to BANANAS to attend a class about child care options. Prior to joining BANANAS, Kyle served as vice president of the board for APA Family Support Services, a family resource center in San Francisco. He is dedicated to assisting families in obtaining information and access to quality child care. Kyle lives in Berkeley with his wife and their two young children.
Laura Schewel, Vice Chair
Laura is the Chief Executive Officer of StreetLight Data, which provides advanced analytics for sustainable urban design and transportation engineering. As an employer, Laura began to see how deeply child care (and the lack thereof) could affect success at work and economic equity for women especially. Every day BANANAS helps close this gap, and Laura is thrilled to be a part of such an impactful organization. Laura, originally from Virginia, now lives in downtown Oakland.
Sanam Jorjani, Treasurer
A native Farsi speaker, Sanam is both believer and witness to the power of language and literacy as a tool for empowering identity and social change. In her role as Co-Director for the Oakland Literacy Coalition, Sanam is responsible for strategic development, direction, and management of the coalition network and various initiatives. Sanam started her role as Co-Director in 2016 after four years of supporting the coalition and leading the Oakland Reads campaign, while a part of the Rogers Family Foundation. Prior to her work with the coalition, Sanam coordinated international projects for the Teachers College, Columbia University, where she completed her Masters in International Educational Development in 2011. Sanam worked for several years in after school programs around the Bay Area. Her passion for youth development has kept her involved as a volunteer delegation advisor working with the Albany delegation of the California YMCA Youth & Government for over 10 years where she supports high schoolers in leadership and civic engagement. She came to BANANAS because her work in education and literacy has proven how critical supporting young children and families is to ensure a strong start and future success for Bay Area children. Sanam grew up in the East Bay by way of Iran and lives in Oakland with her extra adventurous cattle dog/pitbull mix.
Paula Mathis, Secretary
Paula has worked as a community volunteer and advocate for young children and their families for more than 25 years. She and her husband recently moved to Alameda from Southern California and she has been searching for the perfect organization to continue her work in helping very young children get a great start in life. She is thrilled she and BANANAS found each other. BANANAS’ programs to help families and caregivers provide the highest quality care to all children is one of her top priorities. Paula enjoys live theatre, art museums, reading, walking, and being with her family.
Robin Phipps, Member
Robin is an active community volunteer and the parent of two teenagers. She had worn many hats at BANANAS over the years: staff member, volunteer, President of Friends of BANANAS, and now Board Member. She loves being part of BANANAS and is proud that the organization is always ready and willing to help everyone with any and all child care issues. Robin is interested in child development, especially cognitive function and the value of play.
Brandy Beazley, Member
Brandy is a registered nurse whose focus and dedication is geared towards community health and social justice. She became aware of the struggles facing children and families after becoming a mother and working with children and families at Head Start. She has lived in Oakland for 9 years, and the Bay Area for 22 years. She feels a special calling to advocate for families.
Anthony Barr, Member
Biography coming soon.
Julia Ann Forte Frudden, Member
Julia first joined the Child Care Law Center in 2016. She directs advocacy and engagement efforts for the organization’s community development initiatives. In her role, she advocates for fair business and zoning laws for family child care homes. Previously in her career, Ms. Frudden taught first grade in under-served communities in East Palo Alto and in Five Points, Denver CO. She also has experience supporting youth in juvenile probation camps in Los Angeles. Ms. Frudden graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Political Science.
Lindsay Kemp Bruckstein, Member
Lindsay juggles staying at home with her toddler while also working in digital marketing. Prior to that, she spent 10+ years in the wine and spirits industry in market research. As a new parent she quickly discovered how challenging it is for families to find quality, affordable childcare. After campaigning for Alameda County’s Measure A (Childcare and Early Education sales tax), she decided to continue her advocacy for childcare and is excited to be a part of BANANAS. Lindsay also serves on the board of Alameda Family Collective, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and activities for families of young children in Alameda. In her free time she enjoys hiking and entertaining.
Jolanka Nickerman, Member
Biography coming soon.
Nathan Kleiner, Member
Nathan is an attorney and the founder and CEO of Critical Pass, a leading educational company focused on helping law school students excel and pass the bar exam. He was born and raised in Oakland, CA, where he currently lives with his wife. Before Critical Pass, Nathan worked at Cooley LLP in San Francisco, where he focused on internet privacy litigation. During his legal career, he has also worked for the Hawai’i State Judiciary. Prior to law school, Nathan worked as an advocate for medical and mental health care for incarcerated inmates in California. He is passionate about providing equal opportunities and resources for families. Nathan holds a JD from the University of California, Davis and a BA in Political Science and American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He really likes dogs.
Todd Brantley, Member
Biography coming soon.
Nancy Harvey, Member
Nancy is a child care provider, child care advocate, and a proud member of SEIU Local 521. Nurture, care, and educate is the philosophy behind Nancy’s mission whether she is serving children in her family day care, Lil Nancy’s Primary Schoolhouse in West Oakland, supporting parents in raising their children, or advocating for other child care providers. Her passion is to advocate for child care providers, fight for better wages and overall respect for the profession, and push policymakers to fix California’s inequitable child care system. Harvey feels that by being on the Board for BANANAS, she can better represent child care providers and make their voices heard. She loves BANANAS’ wide array of programs and is extremely fond of parent and provider workshops. In her free time, Harvey goes out for nature walks, indulges in interior design showcases, and spends time with her three children.