Mandi Billinge, Executive Director/Founder
Mandi founded KIDS for the BAY and has directed program and organization development for the past twenty-four years. Mandi was originally a classroom teacher in an inner-city London school. She founded KIDS for the BAY (KftB) to bring the same exciting, hands-on environmental science projects that she had taught in her own classroom into schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mandi’s first-hand knowledge of the type of support that teachers and their students need to develop their literacy in environmental science in the classroom and in the outdoors has ensured that KftB effectively meets the needs of teachers and students and that our programs are very successful. Mandi has a B.S. Honors Degree in Biology from Hull University, England, specializing in freshwater and estuarine ecology, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Leeds University, England and the Development Director’s Certificate from the University of San Francisco. Mandi is married to James and has three children; Sukai, Sarah and Erika. All three girls love the KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp and have enjoyed outdoor adventures in the camp every summer for the past 11 years!
Alison Mooradian, Development Manager
Alison is excited to share KIDS for the BAY’s important work inspiring young Environmentalists in the Bay Area community, through her development and communications efforts. Alison is very committed to the field of environmental education and prior to working for KIDS for the BAY, she led environmental education programming at the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Alison graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York with a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies before moving to the East Bay.
Aislinn Sterling, Program Manager
Aislinn loves teaching children and cares deeply about conservation issues. She is always excited to combine these passions in her work with KIDS for the BAY. Aislinn worked at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco as a Naturalist before joining KIDS for the BAY. She also worked at Camp Orinda for ten summers, where she started as a Camp Counselor and progressed to working as the Assistant Director. Aislinn has worked with children with special needs and made presentations to children in a variety of settings. She has a B.A. Degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Joanna Hoffman, Program Manager
Joanna was born and raised in San Francisco, and is passionate about sharing her love for the Bay Area environment. She cares about guiding people to cultivate a sense of connection and responsibility to the world around them in order to ensure a thriving social ecosystem. Joanna graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She earned a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Joanna has played, learned and taught at several outdoor science schools and outreach science nonprofit organizations in California and Idaho including Camp Arroyo, Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Foothill Horizons Outdoor School and the McCall Outdoor Science School.
Andrew Patel, Program Coordinator
Andrew cares deeply about planet Earth and loves to empower children to become our future environmental leaders. When working with children, Andrew shares his love of science and the natural world with enthusiasm and wonder. Before working at KIDS for the BAY, Andrew worked at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Zenger Farms in Oregon and in the Oakland Unified School District. Andrew received a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College and sees the environment through geologic glasses. Andrew enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking.
Cayla Naranjo, Program Coordinator
Cayla loves working with children and getting them excited about leading their communities and families towards an environmentally conscious future. Cayla uses children’s interests as a guide to create a fun learning environment. She has a B.S. Degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Cayla has worked as a Camp Counselor at the Museum of Science and Technology, as a mentor at the smART afterschool program, and as an intern at the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. She especially loves studying and harvesting wild edible and medicinal plants!
The following students at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) are partnering with KIDS for the BAY to help deliver the Strawberry Creek Watershed Action Program, which is partly funded by the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.
Dylan Chapple, Strawberry Creek Restoration Project Coordinator
Dylan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, researching the restoration of tidal marsh ecosystems in the San Francisco Bay. He works as the Graduate Student Coordinator for the Strawberry Creek Restoration Project and previously worked in the Community-Based Restoration program at Save The Bay in Oakland. Dylan is thrilled at the opportunity to parner with KIDS for the BAY to strengthen the relationship between UC Berkeley and the community.
Chloe Koslo, KIDS for the BAY Intern
Chloe Koslo is a second year Environmental Science major at UC Berkeley. She is passionate about environmental education and has been involved in lake restoration in her hometown in Southern California. Chloe is very excited to get more involved in the San Francisco Bay Area community and learn more about local ecosystems. She hopes to connect with youth and learn more about the wonders of local creek watersheds.
Rachel Faith Hokanson, KIDS for the BAY Intern
Rachel is a second year student at UC Berkeley studying Integrative Biology. She is passionate about the environment and loves the ocean. She has previously volunteered with Bay Area Scientists in Schools and is a member of multiple nature-based clubs. Rachel is excited to encourage and empower kids to get excited about science and see that they have the power to change the world!