Board of Advisors

Capture the Dream, Inc. is pleased to introduce our 2013-2015 Inaugural Board, who bring a variety of expertise and skills to compliment our growing Dream Team Family:

Aurice Guyton

Aurice Aurice was born and raised in Oakland, CA. After graduating from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, she achieved her dream of attending HBCU (Historically Black College and University). She accepted a scholarship to Paul Quinn College, where she graduated with a BS in Business. She pursued an MBA in Marketing at the University of Dallas, worked in the corporate world, and ultimately left to join the Peace Corps. Aurice lived in the small farming village of Blue Creek, Belize, and worked supporting underprivileged Mayan youth at an alternative high school. She facilitated donations and grants for the school while encouraging the creation and marketing of sustainable products to help students offset the cost of education. Her work has had a profound impact on the village, that continues to sell these products today. She joined Capture the Dream Inc. to lead our fundraising events, drawing upon her passion for community service and her extensive experience as a youth mentor, entrepreneur, and event organizer. Her dream is to grow Capture the Dream Inc. into one of the most efficiently run and successfully operated organizations in the state, with the hope of fostering future growth in other states.

Laurie Vargas

Laurie VargasLaurie comes to Capture the Dream, Inc. with a strong skill set in adolescent and youth development. She has a Bachelors in Human Development and a Masters in Counselor Education with a focus in Marriage & Family Therapy and School Counseling. An active advocator with a passion for social justice, Laurie is a social worker in a large urban school district where she works as district coordinator of their mentorship program. The program provides mental health and mentoring expertise to individual and group counseling efforts, case management, parent/guardian workshops and professional development training for the district. She has published articles on various social issues including Teen Dating Violence, and is an active presenter and member of several professional counseling organizations. Laurie joins Capture the Dream, Inc. as Chair of the Program Management Committee, which is working to grow each program to better support our clients.

Leslie Mehta

Leslie MehtaLeslie has served as Legal Advisor for Capture the Dream, Inc. since 2010, and has joined the board with over a decade of legal experience, including numerous civil rights cases. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in English Literature and Howard University School of Law in 2002. Leslie became interested in Capture the Dream, Inc. to fulfill her desire to serve her community. As a board member, she will continue to strengthen her dedication to serving families in the Bay Area. Leslie looks forward to finding new and innovative ways to grow Capture the Dream, Inc., building on its strong foundation to increase the impact on her community.

Andrew Burmester

Andrew BurmesterAndrew was born in New York and raised in the Los Angeles area. Upon graduating from Taft High School, he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he majored in Linguistics.  After college, he moved to San Francisco, where a temporary position at Levi Strauss led to a career in marketing. A position at the newly-reopened California Academy of Sciences led to him to marketing an educational message for a non-profit institution, an experience he found much more rewarding than marketing for the fashion industry. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Z Space, a non-profit theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. He joins the Capture the Dream, Inc. board, offering his expertise in marketing to a non-profit that relies on ingenuity and networking in lieu of advertising dollars, while maintaining professional standards and creating a long term strategy. A life-long love of learning about linguistics, philosophy, literature, history, science, fuels his desire to help Capture the Dream, Inc. provide educational opportunities to all who have the passion and ambition to pursue their educational dreams.

Stephanie Reiter

Stephanie ReiterStephanie brings over 15 years of expertise in strategic and financial planning to her role as Finance Committee Chair and Board Member of Capture the Dream, Inc. After obtaining her BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Stephanie built a career in finance with expertise in financial analysis, capital markets, acquisitions and project management. Her résumé includes several Fortune 500 companies such as BlackRock, Yahoo! and Goldman Sachs, and she currently holds the title of Vice President of Finance at Lending Club. Stephanie’s leadership and vast experience in financial strategy and management greatly benefits Capture the Dream, Inc. and the clients we serve.

Sumant Dhall

Sumant DhallAs a Board Member of Capture the Dream, Inc., Sumant Dhall brings over 14 years of expertise in technology strategy, product, and program management. He has held leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Walmart and is currently a Management Consultant specializing in technology and business strategy, product management and large-scale program delivery. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physics from St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi, Sumant earned a Masters of Engineering in Information Technology from RMIT University, Melbourne and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sumant is an avid reader and life-long learner, who believes a quality education is a fundamental right and a key to happy, successful and responsible citizens.

Carrina Cappadona

Carrina CappadonaCarrina Cappadona is excited to lend her operational and IT experience, along with her passion for education, to Capture the Dream as a member of the inaugural board. Raised between the Bay and Sacramento areas, Carrina graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish. She returned to the Bay Area and built a career in both technology and for-profit education industries, that included Score Educational Centers, who assist Bay Area students and their families achieve academic success. Carrina then worked for the IT consulting firm, Taos Mountain, Inc., as a member of their Executive Leadership Team, managing the Office of the CIO consulting practice and developing her knowledge of IT. In 2013, Carrina joined Rafter, Inc. to unite her passions of technology and education, to provide a software platform for colleges and universities in an effort to reduce the cost of course materials for students.

Ofer Ronen

Ofer RonenOfer Ronen is the co-founder & CEO of Pulse.io, a mobile app performance monitoring service. After graduating with an MS/BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ofer earned his MBA from Cornell and became the CEO of Sendori, an ad network with traffic from unused domains. He sold Sendori to IAC in 2008 and began investing & advising startups including Klout, Palantir, Storify, and Duda Mobile. In his spare time, Ofer mentors graduate entrepreneurship students at Stanford & Berkeley and helps non-profits like Capture The Dream, Inc. scale to meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Stephanie Sibal

Ofer RonenStephanie Sibal joins the Capture the Dream’s Board of Advisors with expertise leading strategic PR campaigns for a variety of high-profile companies. Stephanie is currently Global PR Manager at AdRoll, leading the popular ad tech company’s news strategy across the world. Previously, Stephanie has successfully executed PR campaigns ranging from thought leadership campaigns to IPO launches for a variety of clients in the technology sector while at Highwire PR and Edelman Public Relations. Pro bono and nonprofit work have always been a passion for Stephanie: In 2010, after reading Muhammed Yunus’ book “Banker to the Poor,” she packed her bags for Cambodia and served as a fellow for Kiva.org, documenting the rural borrowers’ microfinance success stories for Kiva’s blogs and marketing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Stephanie is excited to help tell Capture the Dream’s incredible story and share its vision that no career is unattainable and no dream is too big.