Afterschool at the JCCSF Contacts

Sedey Gebreyes SEDEY GEBREYES
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!”

Hillary BurenHILLARY BUREN
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 to 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 is working on 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.

Julena ConeA bay area local, Julena Cone grew up at the East Bay JCC and Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. She is very active in the Jewish community, working at Camp Newman and attending San Francisco Hillel. Her work experience includes ABA Therapy helping children with special needs and Special Ed Program Leader at the Chinatown YMCA. She is passionate about working towards making a difference in the world and helping each child grow. Outside of work, she enjoys writing, hiking and roller blading.

Cole LarsonA local San Franciscan, Cole Larson has his degree in Evolutionary Biology from the University of British Columbia. He loves the energy in our afterschool program, and feels that everyone’s genuine enthusiasm brings with it unique perspectives. He also participated in our program from Kindergarten to 5th Grade! In his spare time, Cole likes to read, hike, play music and draw.

Brie FlonesRaised in Washington and eager to find sunshine, Brie Flones moved to California in 2014 and earned her Master’s in Education from UCLA before finally arriving in San Francisco. Brie is passionate about education and loves to collaborate with kids in a hands-on, kid-centered community. When she’s not conducting science experiments with her students, Brie likes to spend time writing, surfing, and hiking.

Nate CoombsOriginally from Palo Alto, Nate Coombs studied History and Broadcast Journalism at Gonzaga University. He loves that the kids in our program get hands-on with a wide variety of classes and experiences. Funny story about Nate – his wife actually attended our afterschool programs when she was a kid! When he isn’t working, you can find him playing disc golf.

Bernadette TrubatiskyBernadette Trubatisky comes to us all the way from Arlington, TX with a degree in Psychology from Depaul University. Outside of work, she’s a health counselor, owner-operator of a snack food company and an advocate for women; she loves our program’s specific community-centered approach that helps everyone succeed. In her spare time, she loves travel, being creative, and connecting with her community.

Margo Brichkova Born and raised in San Francisco, Margo Brichkova has her degree in Liberal Studies and Communication from SF State. She loves getting to know kids and watching them make positive changes as they develop socially and mentally. In her spare time, you’ll find Margo catching up with friends, practicing her creativity, playing with her cat or thrift store shopping.