Leadership

THINK Together has assembled a unique blend of executive leaders who hail from business and education backgrounds. Our highly qualified team is made up of some of the most experienced and brightest leaders in the field of extended learning. These leaders are committed to fulfilling our mission and exemplifying the values that unite our organization toward the common purpose Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, and Nurturing Kids to reach their full potential and become productive adults and responsible, contributing members of the community.

Senior Management

Randy Barth, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

barthleaderthumb2Randy is recognized as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs. A successful investment advisor for various Wall Street firms and private company CEO, he founded THINK Together as a volunteer in 1997 and served as the organization’s Board Chair. Upon the sale of his company in 2003, Barth became THINK’s full-time CEO. Since then he led the development of a successful plan to scale the organization growing from an organization serving 2,000 students on $1.5 million in revenue to serving more than 100,000 students currently on more than $60 million in annual revenue. Along the way he has built a deep management team and a strong results-oriented culture. In addition, THINK Together has created 2,600 jobs over the last five years. Barth has earned numerous awards for civic and business leadership including Concordia University Irvine’s Servant Leadership Award in 2011. He currently Chair’s the Board of Directors of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and serves on the leadership of the California Afterschool Network. Barth holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA and studied under Peter Drucker at the Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Beccie Dawson, Chief People Officer

Beccie Dawson, Chief People Officer, oversees recruitment/staffing, human resources and volunteers. A 20-plus year human resources professional, she served as the executive vice president of human resources for a division of Sage Software, a leading Orange County employer. She also spent nearly 10 years with Wonderware, where she served as the Manager of Finance and Administration, and later as the Human Resources Director. Dawson serves on the board of directors for the Irvine Valley College Foundation, is a past chair and board member of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and has been actively involved with local charities including Working Wardrobes and the Orange County United Way. Dawson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco.

Mike Frobenius, Chief Financial Officer

Mike Frobenius, Chief Financial Officer, oversees finance and accounting and information technology, and is responsible for overseeing the detailed reporting to THINK Together’s school district partners, the California Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining THINK Together, he served as director of finance for LA Chemical, a $175 million leading regional distribution company. Frobenius has served as a board member for a local credit union and is an active volunteer for a number of local community youth sports programs. Frobenius holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University, Fullerton and is a California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Tia Dwyer, Chief of Field Operations

THINK-2016 cropTia Dwyer, Chief of Field Operations, directly supports regional General Managers and Leaders as well as High School and Early Literacy & Math programs. She joined THINK Together in 2009 as Director of Learning Programs where she led the building of THINK Together’s nationally recognized summer learning program in Santa Ana. It wasn’t long before she was promoted to Orange County’s Regional General Manager, overseeing THINK Together’s largest region in both students served and revenue. Prior to joining THINK Together, Tia oversaw the expanded learning programs in the Lawndale School District. Tia is a credentialed teacher who holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and a Master’s degree in Education.  Tia is originally from the Sacramento area.

Maria Reichel, Chief of Staff

picReichelMariathumbMaria Reichel, Chief of Staff, oversees the alignment of various projects and initiatives, including the planning and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Reichel joined THINK Together’s Home Office in September 2010 as Strategic Project Manager and has been instrumental as part of THINK’s leadership team in aligning key initiatives with long-term strategic objectives. She leads cross-functional teams across the organization to ensure large-scale projects are implemented successfully. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, acting as project manager for Santa Ana Building a Healthy Community, a place-based initiative of The California Endowment. Prior to pursuing her interest in the non-profit field, Reichel was a management consultant with Mercer in Los Angeles and London, and a Financial Analyst with Goldman Sachs in New York. Reichel graduated cum laude from Columbia University and Colorado College with dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and International Political Economy.

Steven Amick, Director of Policy & Partnerships

Steven Amick, Director of Policy & Partnerships, is responsible for managing the organization’s expansion across California. Amick has more than 20 years experience at every level of after-school direct service and administration. He previously served as the executive director of the League of California After-school Providers and the Region 9 Lead for Before- and After-School Programs, offering training and technical assistance to providers in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties. Amick is vice chair of the National After-school Association, is past co-chair of the California After-school Network Executive Committee, and was designated by the state Office of the Secretary of Education to serve on the California Advisory Committee on Before- and After-School Programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University.

Natalia Flores, General Manager at-large

THINK-2031 cropNatalia Flores, General Manager at-large, Natalia joined THINK Together as Director of Learning Programs in 2010. She has worked in both the non-profit arena and in extended-learning programs for the past since 2002. Since joining THINK Together, she has spearheaded supplemental programs, which include the Summer Learning Program that serves more than 10,000 students daily in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Natalia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Chicano Studies from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Education from Cal State Long Beach.  Natalia was born and raised in Lynwood.

Tracy Bennett. Ph.D., Director of Action Research

THINK-2075 cropAs Director of Action Research, Dr. Bennett strives to make data relevant for the organization. She oversees data collection, facilitates regular data reflection sessions, and promotes practical application of data-driven decisions in the field. Specifically, she communicates trends in evaluation data to field staff and facilitates discussions that lead to program-specific decisions that address the needs of the students served by THINK Together. Additionally, Dr. Bennett continually collaborates with THINK Together field staff and school administrators to create systems of alignment between programs and the schools they serve. Her doctoral research has been recognized nationally as a model of collaboration for extended learning providers. Tracy holds a B.A. in Criminology from UC Irvine, an M.A. in Educational Research from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Education from UC Irvine School of Education with a specialization in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC).

Tiffany Alva, Director of the Early Literacy and Math Program

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Tiffany Alva oversees the planning and development of the 0-5 early learning programs. She joined THINK Together in October 2011 as Center Director of the School Age Care Program.  In 2013 she  was promoted to Orange County’s Early Literacy and Math Program Manager overseeing the ELMP Center Base programs. Prior to joining THINK Together, Tiffany had more than 13 years of experience running and overseeing State Preschools in the Los Angeles area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Service /Child Development from the University of Phoenix.

Board of Directors

THINK Together is fortunate to have a Board of Directors comprised of respected leaders in business, education, healthcare and government. As stewards of our nonprofit organization, the board provides trusted guidance and leadership as THINK Together strives to close California’s wide educational achievement gap

Eric Boden,
THINK Together Board Chair

HireRight (Ret.) *

Darrel Anderson

Knott Anderson Enterprises (Ret.) *

Doug Antone

Networks in Motion (Ret.) *

Leona Aronoff-Sadacca

Aronoff Capital *

Randy Barth

THINK Together *

Steve Bilt

Smile Brands Inc (Ret.)

Celeste Cantú

Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Mary Lynn Coffee

Nossaman, LLP *

Jerry Dauderman

Community Leader

Kendra Doyel

Ralphs Grocery Co.*

Ryan Faulkner

Optum *

Glenn Howard

Law Offices of Glenn A. Howard *

Fran Inman

Majestic Realty Co.*

Paolo Leon

MVE & Partners

Catherine Muzzy

Serra Catholic School

Sangeeth Peruri

Education Management

John Poch

San Jose State University Athletics

Marti Remmell

Applied Materials (Ret.)*

Steven Robertson

Community Leader

Ken Salgado

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Earl Slee

Medtronic Neurovascular

Bill Tamblyn

Community Leader

Julie Vennewitz-Pierce

PayPal

Jeffrey Wahba

Farmer Brothers Company (Ret.) *

* THINK Together Executive Committee Member