Tess Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer

Tess Reynolds has been New Door Ventures’ CEO since 2003. Under her leadership, New Door has provided over 1,000 jobs to disconnected 17-to-24-year-old youth, with over 90% of graduates still connected to next jobs and/or further education six months later.  New Door has won numerous awards including the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder’s Award in 2010 and a Google Impact award in 2014. Tess began her career as a brand assistant at Procter & Gamble and spent 20 years in the personal computing industry, where she is best known for having co-created the first presentation software, Harvard Graphics. She has held the positions of business unit general manager, vice president of marketing, and principal of her own management consulting firm.  She has also served on several nonprofit boards. Tess is an immigrant from the Philippines, has a B.A. in Economics-Honors from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California.

Chris Canter, Chief Development Officer

Chris is a respected non-profit professional with more than 25 years of development and management experience in the human services field.  He began his career with Healthright 360 (formerly Walden House) and went on to serve in senior leadership roles with organizations including Larkin Street Youth Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula and LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network).  Chris is passionate about New Door’s work and attributes his commitment and drive to having faced and overcome tremendous challenges in his youth.  He is a San Francisco native and enjoys spending time with his family including his wife and twin sons as well as biking and cooking. 

Mark Cole, Chief Operating Officer

Mark oversees New Door Ventures' social enterprises (Ashbury Images and Pedal Revolution) in addition to finance, human resources, administration and organizational learning functions. He also leads planning and development of key strategic initiatives. Mark served as the organization’s operations manager and then its COO from 2001-2008, when he left the organization to work for a national disease advocacy organization. He returned to New Door as COO in 2011. Mark received his B.A. from the University of Washington. He holds master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary.

Ciara Wade, Program Director

Ciara has been with New Door since 2005, and has over 12 years of experience in youth development. She is endorsed by the Community Network for Youth Development to provide training to others in the youth development field. Previous to New Door, Ciara worked in a specialized high school program where she led a therapeutic skill-building group and provided case management for dual diagnosis youth ejected from the public school system. After graduating with a B.A. from Taylor University, Ciara worked on a human rights research project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Currently, Ciara participates in many local forums on youth employment, including the San Francisco Youth Council, a body that advocates for the needs of youth to the Mayor and where only three seats are allocated to youth-serving organizations. Ciara is also on the San Francisco Workforce Investment Community Advisory Council and co-chairs the San Francisco Youth Employment Coalition, leading their subcommittee on performance standards and outcome measures.

Melissa Martin, Director of Evaluation and Learning

Melissa has 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, focusing on evaluation, program planning and development, and strategic initiatives. In addition to a PhD in Social Welfare, she holds a MPH in Epidemiology and a MSW in Management and Planning, all from UC, Berkeley. Prior to New Door, Melissa directed performance improvement efforts at Seneca Family of Agencies and evaluated gang gun violence interventions with the Ceasefire Initiative.

Jonathan Wang, Director of Finance and Administration

Jonathan joined New Door in 2012 after years working in operations and business development with several start-ups and education related non-profit organizations. Jonathan also worked for eight years with the San Francisco Chronicle in IT, Organizational Development and Human Resources. Before that, he was a high school science and history teacher in public schools here in San Francisco and in Oxnard, California. Jonathan graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and later received his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Steve Fiduccia,  General Manager of Pedal Revolution

Prior to joining Pedal Revolution in 2005, Steve spent 4 years managing bicycle and snowboard shops in Colorado. Steve is an accomplished graphic artist, photographer and painter. He received his B.F.A. degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tim Knapp, General Manager of Ashbury Images

Tim oversees all aspects of the business and the nonprofit social mission. Previously the Assistant GM, he was promoted in December of 2014 to GM. He received his B.A. from San Diego State University in 2005. Tim has over ten years’ experience in business and operations management. He offers years of experience, a strong work ethic, and dedication to the mission of Ashbury Images.

Program Staff


Joel St Julien, Employment Program Manager

Joel manages all youth development operations and support YD staff work effectively with disconnected youth. He brings more than eight years of social service experience to the Youth Development Team. Joel has worked in case management with both adults and children with severe mental illnesses. Joel spent 4 years working with foster care youth at Edgewood Center for Children also serving as the Cultural Diversity Trainer for new hires and staff. Joel received his B.A. in both Sociology and Urban Studies at Eastern University.

Kelsey Palmer, Business Partnerships Manager

Kelsey joined the New Door team in 2016. Previously, she helped created systems and scale growth at Old Skool Cafe, a social enterprise providing job training, employment, and support to at-risk youth. She also supported partnerships at Westmont in San Francisco, a living-learning community connecting undergraduates to professional internships and social justice initiatives. Kelsey is passionate about designing innovative and sustainable solutions that both empower young people for their futures and strengthen the Bay Area's workforce. She holds a B.A. in Social Work and Sociology from Gordon College and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning, and Administration from the University of Southern California.

Rena Marie Guidry, Education Specialist

Rena Marie joined New Door Ventures in 2015 after years of working in education, mental health, and the performing arts. She brings this breath of knowledge and experience to the Educational Specialist position. Rena Marie teaches the GED classes which began in April 2015, while also developing new ways to engage current students, and graduates of the youth development program. She has introduced a film project, dance opportunities, and hosted their first ever Hour of Code in December 2015. Rena Marie firmly believes that people need to feel connected and invested in order to thrive in educational settings. Rena Marie graduated from University if San Francisco with B.A. in History, and earn her M.A. in counseling psychology (Drama Therapy) from California Institute of Integral Studies.

Kendra Edwards, Youth Development Team Lead

Originally from Southern California, Kendra attended school in Ohio where she earned a B.A. in Sociology – Criminology. After graduating from Ohio University, Kendra worked in the Bronx borough of New York City as a Case Planner, serving adolescents in foster care, primarily working with families with mental health concerns and developmental disabilities. Adding to her youth development and community building experience is her time spent volunteering throughout South America on various projects, uniting the goals of human and environmental rights for sustainability and self sufficiency.

Jon Appleby, Youth Development Specialist

Jon is a native San Franciscan who served as the Youth Director for nine years at Grace Fellowship Community Church and has partnered with several homeless outreach efforts in the San Francisco area. He earned a Masters degree from Golden Gate Theological and taught Systematic Theology at San Quentin for several semesters before joining New Door earlier this year.

Liz Brent, Assistant Teacher

Liz first realized she loved working with young adults as an Assistant English Teacher in a rural high school outside of Kyoto, Japan, during her time as a participant of the JET Program. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has continued to find ways to connect, mentor, and teach young people. Liz graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BFA and Honors Magna cum Laude in Dance, a Minor in Religious Studies, an award in Costume Design and Technology, and as a Phi Beta Kappa member.

Kareem ErvinYouth Development Specialist

Kareem is a San Francisco local who has worked extensively with the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers in youth advocacy and development. Kareem was also previously employed with the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. He earned a B.A. from the University of Memphis.

Aviana Danekas, Youth Development Specialist

Aviana is a San Francisco Native with a broad background in advocating the rights of foster youth in the bay area. Prior to obtaining her B.A. in Child Development from San Francisco State University, Aviana worked closely with a number of community based organizations in San Francisco to identify common struggles within the foster care community and promote alternatives designed to maximize adolescent development.

Maddie Deegan, Youth Development Specialist

Maddie joined New Door in 2015 after four years on the student development staff of her Alma Mater, Westmont College, where she studied History and Spanish. Originally from Chicago, she moved to San Francisco in 2011 to work in a supervisory and mentorship role on the staff of an undergraduate living and learning community, emphasizing career and vocational counseling. She has spent several years volunteering with youth in San Francisco in a variety of capacities and is thrilled to transition into full-time service as a part of the New Door team.

Mel Flanagan, Youth Development Specialist

Originally from New York, Mel has spent her years in the Bay Area working in underserved schools. She has extensive teaching and tutoring experience, particularly with immigrant students. Prior to joining New Door in August 2015, Mel worked as a Playworks Program Coordinator at an elementary school in Richmond, using games and sports to teach students life skills. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy from the University of Notre Dame.

Emma Hyatt, Youth Development Specialist

Originally from Boston, Emma has spent her years in San Francisco working to increase the employability of high-risk youth. Prior to joining New Door in 2015, Emma worked for several years as a Program Coordinator and Instructor at San Francisco Conservation Corps. She has been involved in youth development in many capacities, including performing research and data evaluations for similar organizations. Her passion to teach life skills and professional development, combined with her relatability and desire to intentionally leave a positive impact on youth lives has paved her way to join the team at New Door. She received her B.A. in International Development & Social Change minoring in Spanish; she received her M.A. in Community Development & Planning, both with honors from Clark University.

Leila Vega, Youth Development Specialist

Leila joined New Door after working with the Seneca Center San Francisco Community Treatment Facility for three years providing behavior modification interventions and therapeutic services for youth who have been exposed to severely traumatic experiences and mental health illnesses. Leila also worked at the Richmond Village Beacon at George Washington High School in San Francisco as an Activities Leader for after school programming. Her passion to teach life skills and positively impact the lives of youth who face challenging circumstantial obstacles in their lives has paved her way to New Door Ventures. She received her B.A. in Community Studies with emphasis on Youth Empowerment from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Grace Reinhalter, Intake & Program Coordinator

Prior to joining New Door in 2013, Grace spent two years as an Americorps Program Coordinator with Playworks, providing safe, healthy, and inclusive play to an underserved public elementary school in Richmond, CA. Her passion for youth development and social justice was cultivated during her college years when Grace spent time abroad in various African countries, partnered with community based organizations to work with incarcerated youth, orphan children, and border communities. Grace holds a BA in Sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Development, Marketing, and Administrative Staff

Maria Moodie, Community Partnerships Manager

Maria brings a wide range of experience from both the nonprofit and education worlds. She began her career in the Jesuit Alumni Volunteer program as a full time volunteer working with traditionally underserved students on Chicago’s south side. In the years since, Maria has specialized in volunteer recruitment and management, marketing, event planning and logistics, and peer-to-peer fundraising. Maria has earned a BA in Spanish from John Carroll University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.

Nancy Gallegos,  Business Development Manager

Nancy supports the development of New Door’s two social enterprises along with building corporate partnerships to support the mission of New Door Ventures. Prior to New Door, Nancy worked in management and international retail operations. During her time at Loyola Marymount University, she earned her B.A in Business Administration while managing and leading various student activities including, international volunteer trips, social justice & leadership conferences, youth mentoring programs, and was a Resident Advisor for three years.

Svetlana Sheykhet, Staff Accountant

Lana spent 16 years working in Industrial Engineering in her home country of Ukraine. She focused primarily on methods engineering in time and motion study in an industrial setting. After immigrating to the United States in 1991, she was trained as an accountant and began working for New Door in 1993. Lana holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Mogilev Belarusian-Russian University.

Jacqueline Smith, Development Associate

Jacqueline began her career as a patient navigator, providing health education and data evaluation for a nonprofit health clinic in Colorado. She decided to take the leap and move to San Francisco, and Jacqueline started working at New Door Ventures as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, with a focus on development and data management. Her passion for social justice is a culmination of her experiences growing up in New Mexico and researching public health concerns in the United States, Brazil and India. Jacqueline holds a BA in Biology and Human Geography from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. 

Larry Rose, Operations Manager

Larry returns to New Door after 2 years in Guatemala working for an NGO. He assists with various projects aimed at improving processes and increasing efficiency within New Door. He has 9+ years of non-profit experience in various roles from direct service to database administration. Larry worked at New Door as a case manager and then data and evaluation manager from 2007 – 2013. He holds a B.A. in Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

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