Afterschool at the JCCSF Contacts

Afterschool at the JCCSF Program Manager
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sedey is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who has managed afterschool programs, served as arts educator at SFMOMA and the de Young Museum, taught beekeeping and founded a well-regarded San Francisco cultural arts program, Mi Cultura Art Project. She studied Studio Arts at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Fine Arts and Spanish at University of Veracruz, Mexico.

Sedey (pronounced Se-DAY) moved to San Francisco in 2007, and arrived at the JCCSF in 2016. “I see the JCCSF as a vibrant, positive and inspiring space that is activated daily by purpose-driven and community-centered teams such as Afterschool at the JCCSF,” she says. “It is wonderful to constantly be thinking about fun ways to engage our students, to support their growth and to spark their curiosity!”

Afterschool at the JCCSF Program Assistant Manager
Hillary moved to San Francisco in 2014 from her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. With a BA in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri, she has been working with youth in some capacity since she was in high school.

She joined the JCCSF in 2016, and says that she “absolutely loves the diverse population we serve and the unique activities we provide to the greater Bay Area.”  About being part of the Afterschool team, she says, “I feel so lucky to be working with such amazing coworkers and incredible families!” Outside of work she enjoys going to the movies, and is an avid NBA fan. “I know I shouldn’t say this in Warriors nation,” she confesses, “but I am a die-hard Spurs fan.”

Gabe SicilianoGabe Siciliano is a San Francisco native who has worked with youth for his entire professional life. His personal interests have evolved in tandem with his focus in the classroom. Over the years, art and science projects have given way to explorations of culture and relationships.

In his work with youth, he hopes he can move toward helping humanity understand itself more fully.

Ray WilcoxHailing from Franklin Lakes, NJ, Ray Wilcox studied Communications & Radio at New England College before coming to San Francisco State University for his Early Childhood Education degree. He most appreciates the comfort of working with a diverse staff he respects, and he regards the opportunity dedicate himself to our community a real treat. Outside of the JCCSF, he runs an independent record label, plays music with friends and hunts down treasures at used record and book stores. Ray is also a private music teacher for guitar, ukulele and bass!

Jordie PalmerA San Francisco local, Jordie Palmer first got her degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She attended the JCCSF afterschool program as a kid, so for her it's great to be back in a teacher position. She loves spending time with her students, and in her spare time she likes to read, write, go to the beach, travel and hang out with cats.  

Melissa BrazeauComing to us from Holyoke, MA (and proud of her hometown's amazing St. Patrick's Day parade) Melissa Brazeau obtained her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Education at Assumption College before moving on to Boston University for her MA in Art Education. Thanks to our small classes, Melissa is happy that she can get to know her students on an individual level, and she feels extremely fortunate to spend every day doing what she loves – painting and teaching students how to become successful and creative. She is also a painter in her own right, so when she isn't teaching you'll probably find her in her studio!

Joel TalkoffA San Francisco native, Joel Talkoff completed his BA in International Relations at San Francisco State University. He really appreciates his fellow staff and the kids he gets to see every day. Outside of the JCCSF, Joel enjoys spending time with his friends, discovering new eateries and playing with his cat, Peaches. A self-professed avid gamer, he's also a longtime collector of Magic: The Gathering cards.

Asher LitschwartzA native from across the Bay in Berkeley, Asher Litschwartz has his degree in Politics and Education from UC Santa Cruz. What he most admires about the JCCSF afterschool program is its commitment to Tikkun Ha-olam (repair of the world), and acknowledging that while young people did not create many of the problems in today's world, it falls to young people to resolve them. Teaching at the JCCSF is one way he tries to do his part in embodying that commitment. He loves eating good food, camping, storytelling and medieval fighting.

More afterschool staff bios coming soon.