Waterside Workshops Board of Directors
WorkAbility I Site Director & CaPROMISE Program Manager, Oakland Unified School District
Petrina is a certificated teaching professional with more than twenty years of experience working in an urban public school district, at the secondary level supporting special needs students with an emphasis on transition planning. She has referred many Oakland youth to Waterside’s programs over the past 10 years.
PhD, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
Both in his doctorate studies and at Waterside Workshops, Charles focuses on childhood education in alternative learning environments, specifically as it pertains to bicycle mechanics. Charles helps with structuring and planning the bicycle mechanics program and raising funds from private foundations and corporations.
Assistant Director, Waterside Workshops
Neil brings five years of fundraising and nonprofit administration experience. Prior to joining Waterside, Neil worked at Bike Works, a similar youth focused nonprofit in Seattle, and Pacific Forest Trust in San Francisco. Neil believes that the bicycle is a vehicle of empowerment, an amazing tool for experiential education, and the key to building sustainable communities.
Vice President and General Manager Mobile Analytics, SAP
Waterside Workshops Executive Director
Our executive director believes that the only way to lead is from the ground-level. Born and raised in rural North Carolina by traditional artisans, she spent her young life getting her hands dirty working in a blacksmith’s shop and on the family farm. Upon going to college, she chose to study architecture, because it seemed to fuse her passion for preserving the environment, and inspiration as an artist, but quickly found it required too much time quietly working in an office. At Waterside, she oversees fundraising, budgeting projects, organizing staff and interns, and ensures the activities of the organization serve the community to the fullest extent possible. She is committed to going the extra mile for young people in need, even if that means walking most of the way.
Berkeley Boathouse Program Director
Born and raised in the Azores Islands, Helder developed a love of traditional boats as a very young child. Helder is a UC Berkeley alumni holding a degree in Archeology. His academic studies took him around the world studying ancient cultures and often studying their watercraft. Tiring of academic pursuits, and craving working with his hands, Helder moved back to California to study traditional wooden boat building, but continued his connection with is homeland. Helder has worked in the Azores not only as an underwater archaeologist, but has also apprenticed with one of the last master Azorean whaleboat builders. His passion “for all things maritime Portuguese” has also taken him to mainland Portugal where he has worked with traditional bateira builders of the Aveiro region of northern Portugal. He hopes to educate people young and old, as well as further his own knowledge of the time-honored craft, and to establish a community of people who are passionate about wooden boats.
PhD, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy
Erika brings years of experience in Public Policy regarding Foster Care and Youth Services. Her professional experience includes extensive research and evaluation of outcomes from the Child Welfare System, and her personal life is reflective of her passion for making sure children of all backgrounds have access to their basic needs.