BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda is the Founder and Executive Director of Teen Esteem. Over the past 21 years, she and her team have developed educational programs for youth and their parents. These programs focus on educating, equipping, and empowering young people to make well-informed choices guided by respect for self and others. Her close relationships with students, parents, school administrators, community leaders, and healthy care professionals have provided Linda with extensive knowledge on this subject matter, allowing her to provide relevant and current programs impacting the community as a whole.
Linda sits on numerous service committees in the Tri-Valley and is a sought after speaker, addressing challenges young people face in today’s ever-changing youth culture.
Chairman of the Board
Tim currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Teen Esteem. Tim is the principal of Hunt Enterprises, a communications and government affairs consulting firm. He has served as president and director of many non-profits during more than 30 years of involvement in community affairs.
Tim saw how Teen Esteem is uniquely positioned to provide young people and their parents with critical information, and he considers it his privilege to help guide the organization as it expands to reach thousands of young people and their parents in the Bay Area and beyond.
Chris is a diversified senior executive with almost 30 years of senior financial, business/operations and acquisition/divestiture experience. He is the founder and president of ClearPath Business Advisors, which he established in 2000. He has held roles as Chief Financial Officer, General Manager, Director of New Business Evaluation and In-House Legal Counsel. He is an inactive member of the Oregon Bar and is an inactive Oregon CPA. Chris is also on the board of directors and the treasurer of another non-profit organization working to prevent the re-trafficking of trafficking victims in the Philippines. Chris, the parent of two teen-aged daughters, joined the Teen Esteem board after seeing how effective the Teen Esteem program is in the classroom.
Garrett Fitch is a math teacher at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon. With over 8 years of classroom and coaching experience, Garrett actively works to help students not only succeed academically, but to develop strong character and personal responsibility as well.
Garrett joined the Teen Esteem Board because he believes that Teen Esteem can and will help teens to make smart and educated choices that will impact their future in a positive way.
Jim, Operations Manager of Tier 1 Automotive Interiors, has 23 years of experience leading manufacturing and engineering organizations on a path of continuous improvement and innovation. Having exposure to automotive, aerospace, high technology and construction industries allows him to draw connections and pull together uncommon combinations of ideas and resources. In addition to Teen Esteem, he has been actively involved in the leadership of local Boy Scouts of America packs and troops. Jim has two boys just entering their teens and is excited to be involved with the Teen Esteem Board as he sees the effectiveness of the program in equipping students to make courageous and well informed choices.
Terese is a chief human resources officer with operations and board experience. She is a market aware strategist with a history of guiding organization to outstanding levels of performance. She has held positions of increasing responsibility for 30 years – almost 20 years at global technology companies and 10+ years at one of the largest nonprofit senior living companies in the U.S. Terese has two teen-aged daughters who have had positive experiences from Teen Esteem assembly and classroom presentations at their middle school and high school. Terese joined Teen Esteem because she has a heart for helping teens avoid risky behavior, grow in self-esteem, and make good choices that will launch them toward realizing the future to which they aspire.
Kent Wisenor grew up in Lodi and graduated from Chico State with a B.S. in Marketing. Soon thereafter he married Tracy, his wife of 22 years and together they are raising 4 kids…all teens or almost teens. They reside in Danville where Kent has worked in technology sector sales for the past 25 years. Kent has a heart for youth and loves seeing kids lean into their talents and passions and using them for meaningful work.
In 2013 Kent partnered with Teen Esteem, Decker Communications and Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton to create a Family Fun!-D-Raiser for Teen Esteem. This one of a kind event not only raised money for Teen Esteem but also started the partnership between Kent and our organization.
Nick serves in the community as a chaplain for Community Chaplain Resources. He is a chaplain with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, San Ramon Police Department, Danville Police Department and the Office of the Contra Costa County Sheriff. Nick currently sits on the Contra Costa County Suicide Prevention committee and is a member of the San Ramon Valley Heartsafe Committee. Nick is passionate about the work Teen Esteem does because he sees firsthand the devastation resulting from drugs, alcohol, prescription drug abuse and suicide. He knows that Teen Esteem has an accurate pulse on the issues facing teens today; and recognizes the positive impact Teen Esteem is making on youth and how it is saving lives.