Sara Marcellino came to a SchoolCARE Meet & Greet back in the fall of 2010 hosted at the home of Helene and Gary Class, and immediately became helpful by offering to be the liaison to Cornell Elementary School PTA. Anyone who knows Sara also knows that she doesn’t test the waters by dipping in a toe; she jumps in. Since last fall, Sara has taken on a communications role (previously provided by Barbara Grady Ayer), helped the fundraising team of Carol Newborg and Yael Bloom write and distribute letters to our business community, crafted a letter to new to district families including new kindergarteners, spearheaded a “thank you” campaign, and planned and moderated a SchoolCARE Board fundraising brainstorming session to help us focus our volunteer energy and efforts. Sara agreed to join SchoolCARE’s Board in June of 2011.
In her “real life”, Sara has more than a dozen years of experience in the Bay Area nonprofit sector, with significant experience in all types of fundraising, program and financial management, communications and outreach. Currently, as development Director for the Oakland-based nonprofit organization TransForm, Sara ensures the organization has the revenue to implement its mission to create
world-class transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and throughout California. Sara holds a M.A. in Geography and Human Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in both Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College. Originally from New England, Sara moved to the Bay Area in 1995. Sara is married and the proud mother of two wonderful boys, Leo and Dexter. Sara nurtures her family and environment, including her vegetable garden, fruit trees and native plants.
Christopher Noble became involved in SchoolCARE only a few months ago in August by proactively sending me an email “wondering if anything needs doing over the summer”. We immediately put his much-needed writing and editing skills to work and by the end of August he had prepared the SchoolCARE flyer for the Back-to-School packets distributed to every incoming student. After meeting the Board (and enjoying the genial atmosphere, wine, and food at the home of Treasurer Julie Burke), he agreed to join the SchoolCARE board in September, and most recently created our newsletter which was distributed to our donors in early November (a job recently done by Ellen Toomey). Even though this was more work than he originally expected, he is on board to help write and edit our Brochure (created and provided previously by Stacy Eisenmann) which will be dropped on the doorstep of all Albany residents in February.
In his “real life” Chris has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having reported on stories including the launch of the single European currency, the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Kosovo, an examination of problems plaguing reconstruction efforts in Japan, and a 2009 reportage on South Africa’s economy. He is presently MarketWatch’s assistant managing editor for international news, responsible for daily coverage of international financial and economic news with a staff of about 14 journalists in eight Asian and European bureaus. Chris’ work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Daily News and American Photo magazine. Born in Suffern, NY, Chris earned a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree, also from Columbia. He has two sons, one in fourth grade and one in ninth.