BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda is the Founder and Executive Director of Teen Esteem. Since 1994, 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 health 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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Eakin is a senior consultant with Decker Communications focusing on transforming executive leader’s ability to lead, inspire and coach their own teams to create an open, participatory environment. A respected leader, teacher and coach, Susan was instrumental in the success of two non-profit organizations. She established the foundations, implemented the leadership processes and managed teams of 80+ people to help grow both organizations from the ground up. As a mother of three, two who are teens, she wants kids to know their value and live to the full extent of their potential and is excited to be part of the Teen esteem board.
John is the principle and owner of a mortgage banking firm with over 30 years’ experience in the mortgage industry. He is a respected leader who also serves on another board that focuses its outreach in local and regional areas. John has been married for 27 years and has three children. While raising his three teens, John developed a passion for youth after seeing firsthand the struggles and stresses they are facing today. He is a highly visible speaker for Teen Esteem and is convinced that the Teen Esteem message is the road map to making good choices and keeping students on track to achieve their goals and dreams.