JobTrain is a large, complex organism, and we couldn’t carry out our important work without strong, visionary leadership.

As a result, this page has a long list of worthies! Click the items below to jump to information on the branches of our leadership tree:

Board of Directors

Executive Staff

Strategic Advisory Committee


Board of Directors

Ruben Abrica, Council Member, City of East Palo Alto
Jesse Cool, Restaurateur
Teri Eyre, Human Resources Executive
Clarence J. “Bud” Ferrari, Jr., Partner, Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling LLP
Richard Hanley, Principal-in-Charge, KPMG Bay Area and Pacific Northwest Advisory Practice
Jerry Hurwitz, Co-Founder, J & J Air Conditioning
Anees Iqbal
Clay Jones
J. Scott Kaspick
Vivian Kral, Attorney
Wade W. Loo
Tamar Pichette
Kristin Reinke
Becky Sunseri
Charlene Trinh
Tara VanDerveer, Director of Women’s Basketball, Stanford University
Michael Williams, Director of Business Development, SD Mayer & Associates
Rita C. Williams, Award-winning KTVU reporter

Board Officers

Chairperson: Wade Loo
1st Vice Chairperson: Tamar Pichette
Secretary: Vivian Kral
Treasurer: Jerry Hurwitz

Go to board biographies


Executive Staff

Nora Sobolov, President and CEO
Nora brings over 25 years of experience as a founder and leader in the nonprofit, cooperative and private sectors.  Prior to joining Jobtrain, Nora was co-founder, President and CEO of the Community Forward Fund (CFF), a first of its kind investment fund that provides loans and financial coaching to nonprofits. Prior to CFF, Ms. Sobolov was President and CEO of the Canadian Lung Association, where she led the creation of a national action plan on lung health, attracting over 500 consultation partners and several million dollars in government and private sector financing.  Ms. Sobolov was also CEO of the Canadian Cooperative Association (the umbrella organization of business and nonprofit cooperatives in Canada) and Vice-President of the national credit union system.  Ms. Sobolov’s private sector experience includes being a small business owner, and a board member and mentor to mid-level manufacturing companies and technology start-ups.  Ms. Sobolov began her career as one of the founders and Executive Director of Housing Help, a one-stop resource and support program for homeless families and individuals.

Nora holds a Master of Laws (specialty in negotiation and mediation), a Master of Social Work (specialty in nonprofit management and policy) and a BA in Sociology and Urban Planning.  Ms. Sobolov is a frequent speaker and guest columnist on nonprofit finance and impact.

Susan Boiko, Director of Development and Marketing
Susan has been with JobTrain since 2006 and was appointed Director of Development in 2011. Prior to that she worked as a grantwriter in the Development Department. Susan oversees and participates in fundraising activities, including research, writing, materials design and relationship-building. Prior to joining JobTrain, Susan worked as a program officer for an educational foundation.

Susan has a Master’s Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Politics of Education.

Alonzo Emery, Vice President of Programs
Alonzo has been with JobTrain for over 13 years and has over 28 years of experience working in a social service environment with youth and adults. He is responsible for managing, developing and maintaining quality in all training areas including vocational, pre-vocational, and academic and life-skills. Alonzo manages training staff, evaluates current training components, researches new training areas and techniques, and coordinates training with outside sources. Prior to joining JobTrain, Alonzo worked as Community Service Coordinator with Arizona Boys Ranch, a detention center that stressed education and rehabilitation.

Alonzo is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in Education. Alonzo is also a proud father of two children who have received high honors in their coursework and followed a career path in education. He is also a proud grandfather.

Christal Lee (Min Choo Lee), Director of Finance
Christal was appointed Director of Finance for JobTrain in July 2006. She is responsible for the organization’s financial operations and executive financial management. Prior to her Director of Finance appointment, Christal was an accountant with JobTrain. Prior to joining JobTrain, Christal was an accountant with a local CPA firm where she specialized in outsourced bookkeeping, payroll and tax filing.

Christal graduated with honors from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance. She later earned a Masters of Accounting from the University of Western Australia and Masters of Science in Computers from Santa Clara University. Christal is a Certified Practicing Accountant of Australia (CPA Australia) and also a Certified Public Accountant.

Steven E. Schmidbauer, Chief Operating Officer

Steve has a rich background in operations, including as a Senior Manager of Community-Based Programs at FamiliesFirst in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as Executive Director of Child Family Health International, where he was responsible for all global operations.  He holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Broadcasting and Speech from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from California State University East Bay.


Strategic Advisory Committee

Frank Caufield, Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Paul Chamberlain, Committee Chairperson, Fmr. Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Paul M. Cook, Co-Founder, Raychem Corporation
Susan Ford Dorsey, President, Sand Hill Foundation
Dick Gould, Director of Tennis, Stanford University
Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Fame
John Lovewell, President, The Lovewell Company
Duncan L. Matteson, Chairman, The Matteson Companies
Hon. Becky Morgan, President, Morgan Family Foundation
Dean Morton, Former COO, Hewlett-Packard Company
Russell Pyne, Managing Director, Atrium Capital
John Sobrato, Chairman & Founder, Sobrato Companies
John Volckmann, Chairman & Founder, J. Volckmann & Associates, Inc.