Executive Team

Susan Gilmore President & CEO 

Susan Gilmore is responsible for the oversight of the entire organization, which includes board development, fund development, program development, community relations, budget and finance, and the supervision of the administrative team. Ms. Gilmore has been with the agency since 1986. She holds a degree in Child Development and has more than 35 years of experience in the child development field.

Susan serves on various boards and commissions throughout the North Bay further linking NBCC to numerous resources in Marin and Sonoma County. Susan chairs Petaluma’s Health Action Cradle to Career work group, serves on the QRIS consortiums for Marin and Sonoma County, and is actively involved on committees for both counties on establishing strategies that support early education investments. Susan’s ability to make connections, network and build relationships with different community sectors creates a win-win situation for all involved. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion inspires those around her, and encourages collaboration toward system change.

e: sgilmore@nbcc.net  t: 415.883.6222

Kristina Sisseck, M.A.  VP of Programs

Kristina works closely with NBCC’s Site Supervisors on all aspects of program operations, which include: processing enrollment, state reporting, curriculum development, program evaluations, staff development, and parent engagement. She also works closely with NBCC’s elementary school partners and program enhancement specialists on curriculum alignment and implementing school readiness strategies. Kristina received her Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Leadership in Early Childhood Education from Chapman University and a Bachelors of Art in Family and Consumer Science with a focus in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She holds a Program Directors permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 12 years.

e: ksisseck@nbcc.net  t: 415.883.6222

Lori Mogan, MNA  VP of Development & Communications

Lori works closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Team to support the organization in all aspects of fund development, marketing, and communications. She has more than 20 years nonprofit experience in fundraising and program administration.  Lori holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.   Prior to joining NBCC’s Executive Team, Lori served as the Managing Director for Marin Girls Chorus and as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer for the nationally recognized Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Lori is a past Board President for Marin County’s San Rafael Host Lions club and volunteers for several nonprofits. Lori lives in Novato with her husband and two children.

e: lmogan@nbcc.net  t: 415.883.6222

Eva Kirsch, CPA  Director of Finance and Administration

Eva is responsible for contracts management and overseeing all aspects of the finance department. Eva previously worked in the central coast and East Bay in mid-size non-profits in both childcare and behavioral health services. Before coming to NBCC, Eva worked in medical research finance at the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles, in grants administration and finance for an alternative energy research and development corporation, and for a large behavioral health non-profit in Santa Barbara. She subsequently moved to the Bay Area to join her husband who works in education.

Eva likes to learn languages and is fluent in Hungarian and Russian, in addition to some German. She enjoys cooking and sharing meals with friends and family. She is also an avid gardener.

e: ekirsch@nbcc.net  t: 415.883.6222

 Teresa Fogolini  Garden of Eatin’ Director

Teresa FogoliniTeresa brings over 17 years of experience and education developing and teaching nutrition, garden, and literacy programs for children and communities in Sonoma and Marin counties. Her work in education includes non-profit organizations, libraries, early childhood and elementary schools. She holds a California multiple subjects teaching credential and reading certification. She earned her Master’s degrees in Education and Reading & Literacy in order to further her commitment to provide enhanced and equitable learning experiences to children and families.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at UC Davis.

e: tfogolini@nbcc.net  t: 415.559.3207

Mary Berbae  Human Resource Director

Mary Berbae serves as the HR Manager for NBCC, bringing 8 years of human resource management and 12 years of operations experience to the team. Mary is responsible for providing a full HR infrastructure to the employees, including employee relations, performance management, benefit administration and helping to create and promote a positive, vibrant and safe working environment.
Prior to working for NBCC, Mary worked 5 years in clean energy financing as the Vice President of HR and Operations for CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital. Previously, Mary worked in the non-profit sector as Operations Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, and a decade before that, while living in Northern Thailand, Mary volunteered for numerous non-profits serving under-resourced children and women, i.e. The Charity Rooftop, Foundation to Encourage the Potential of the Disabled, School-For-Life, Skills-4-Life, Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, and tsunami relief organizations to name a few. Before moving to Thailand Mary spent over a decade in healthcare administration working for several large hospital systems in Southern California (i.e. Mission Hospital, Western Medical Center and Sisters of St. Joseph)

Mary lives in Sausalito, enjoys biking, hiking, foreign films and appreciates all aspects of Asian art, food and cultures. Mary also speaks “nit-noy” Thai.

e: hr@nbcc.net  t: 415.883.6222

Ralph O’Rear  Facilities & Operations Director

Ralph O'Rear Facilities & Operations DirectorRalph O’Rear is a legendary “Facilities” figure and has three decades of experience in large scale building and operation management, strategic planning and project management.  The children call him “Fix It” Ralph.  Ralph’s career in Marin County was spent at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, the Lucas companies (Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts Entertainment Company) and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Even in his early years Ralph was very aware of the pressing need to develop affordable early child care options that serve working families. He led onsite initiatives for child care services at the Lucas Companies and the Buck Institute.

Coming out of semi-retirement, Ralph joined NBCC in 2018 with the new role of Facilities & Operations Director. Ralph oversees all aspects of facilities management, capital and construction projects, and information technology. Ralph leads NBCC’s Bright Futures Task Force and is overseeing the capital construction project to replace and expand NBCC’s main campus facility in Novato.

e: rorear@nbcc.net  t: 415.883.6222

 Board of Directors

Mariah Shields

Dr. Mike Pelfini
Immediate Past Chair

Brandi Campbell
Vice Chair

Marty Rubino

Alice Pidgeon

Gina Benedetti-Petnic
Mickele Carpenter
Beth Spotswood Daza
Stan Hoffman
Patricia Kendall
Steven B. Leonard
Jeanne Peters
Kelly Smith
Beth Wolk

Emeritus Board

Forrest Craig
Susan McQuaid

Advisory Council

Melissa Ahern
Clark Blasdell
Al Brayton

Brad Breithaupt
Col. Bill Cope
Beverly Eden
Nancy Gorsich-Bracken
Nannette Griswold

Norma Howard
Cynthia Murray
Anthy O’Brien
Jordan Shields
Kathy Shields
Brian Sobel
Walt Spevak
Frima Stewart

North Bay Children’s Center
932 C Street, Novato, CA 94949 415.883.6222

13 North Bay Locations

Healdsburg • Santa Rosa • Petaluma • Sonoma • Novato

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