The Stride Center
The Stride Center is a non profit social venture working to empower economic and social mobility for individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are harnessing the power of technology and the digital economy to help men, women and families on the road to professional careers in the technology field.
Executive Director – 510.234.1300 ext 101 – Email Barrie
Barrie is a former supply chain management executive in the high technology sector working at fortune 500 companies including Sun Microsystems, Bay Networks and Marconi Communications. In 2010, he was recognized as National Social Enterprise Leader of the Year, by the Social Enterprise Alliance and in 2012 received the Jefferson Award for nonprofit leadership. He is the president of the board of directors for Care Through Touch Institute and an appointed member of the Richmond Workforce Development Board. Barrie is a past fellow of the Leaderspring Executive Fellows program and an alumnus of the University of San Francisco where he completed a B.S. in Organizational Development and a Master of Nonprofit Administration.
Deputy Executive Director – 510.234.1300 ext 113 – Email Steve
Enrollment Manager – 510.234.1300 ext. 104 – Email Marcela
Enrollment Associate - 510.234.1300 ext. 126 – Email Jannette
Training Department Administrator – 510.234.1300 ext 103 – Email Rachelle
Rachelle worked in the travel industry for over ten years, but when her office closed, she made the transition to The Stride Center in order to obtain skills towards an Office Administrator position. She enrolled as a student in March 2004, and has taken all classes that The Stride Center has to offer. She has also received several industry standard certifications, including MOS, A+ and MCDST. In 2005, Rachelle joined The Stride Center as the Office Manager. She earned her B.A. in Speech and Communications from San Francisco State University.
Operations Administrator\Development Associate – 510.234.1300 – Email Ruth
Ruth has been an with The Stride Center since 2011. She brings to The Stride Center over 20 years of experience in Office Administration, Customer service & Project Management. Ruth earned her degree in Family Counseling from The Kaleo Institute in Florida.
Director of Finance – 510.234.1300 ext 114 - Email Patricia
Contact Center Manager – 510.234.1300 ext 113 – Email Willie
Willie brings to The Stride Center over 20 years of Information Technology Service Delivery in the corporate arena, as well as significant experience in the community service sector. In addition to working as a project manager for Kaiser Permanente, Willie managed the Project Management team for the Federal Reserve Bank's Call Center, where he managed project activity that covered a five-state region. His help desk management and network administration experience provide insight to students seeking careers in IT. Willie has always enjoyed community involvement, and has served on the Board of Directors for several community-based IT organizations. His experience includes serving as the professional development chairman for Black Data Processing Associates, project manager for the Martin Luther King Elementary School campus-wiring and technology roll-out, as well as instructor for IT summer camps. Willie earned his B.S. in Information Technology Management at the University of San Francisco. Willie currently directs the Stride Center's newly launched Contact Center.
Employment Services Manager – 510.234.1300 ext 119 - Email Karen
Chief Academic Officer – 510.234.1300 – Email Bruce
Bruce began his career as an intern during high school and has 20 years I.T. experience in the field. He progressed from PC Service Center Technician to Service Manager in Sacramento before expanding his horizons. He was recruited to assist in designing and managing the manufacturing processes for a Michigan-based PC manufacturer. He stayed on to supervise the training of new technicians. After the plant closure his professional network enabled him to be recruited to teach computer courses for the United Auto Workers Union. After getting married he returned to Sacramento to teach A+, Net+, and Windows NT/2000 MCP courses in the private sector. Bruce currently owns and operates a Sacramento area consulting company providing solutions to home and small to mid-sized businesses.
Instructor – 510.234.1300 – Email Deana
Deana Lawrence has been an instructor with The Stride Center since 2013. She earned a BA in Information Technology in 2010 through the University of South Florida after redirecting from Elementary Education and Secondary Mathematics. She worked as a tutor for more than 17 years and for 10 years in different areas of computing. This includes design (web and graphic) as well as running a computer repair company that specialized in rebuilds, updates and migration services. She carries the following certifications: Comp TIA A+ Certified Professional IT Technician, CIW v5 Professional & Associate, CIW v5 Site Designer, Comp TIA Project+ Management Certified Professional and MicroSoft Certified Professional (configuring and installing Windows 7). In 2014, she received an MBA in IT Management and the following month after graduating, enrolled in a second master's program. She is expected to graduate the Master in Education program specializing in Instructional Design in 2016.
"The Stride Center has helped me in achieving my life's goal which incorporates my passion for teaching with my love of IT while giving me an opportunity to give back to the community in which I live."
Instructor, A+ – 510.234.1300 – Email Jeffrey
Instructor, A+ – 510.234.1300 – Email Thomas
Thomas Lam has been an instructor with The Stride Center since 2015. Before that Thomas has earned a B.A. in English. Thomas has obtained over 3 years experience working in the I.T. field at Northwestern Polytechnic Unversity, ARC Document Solutions and Google. Thomas carries the following certications: CompTIA A+ Certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA),Microsoft Certified Profession (MCP), VMware Certified Associate.
Reception – 510.234.1300 ext 108 – Email Hung