Board of Advisors
Capture the Dream, Inc. is pleased to introduce our Board of Advisors, who bring a variety of expertise and skills to compliment our growing Dream Team Family:
Stacey Smith, a Veteran of the United States Air Force, worked over 25 years in the private sector (compliance, financial services, etc.) and worked in the public sector for last 26 years, including 10 years as a Program Manager overseeing internal controls, strategic/operational planning, financial services, quality assurance, change management, technology, contracts, project management, and customer service. In addition, to her role as Program Manager, she is the founder and Chief Operating Officer of an employee/patient safety organization, currently serves as a Board Member of the Welcome Home Housing, Inc., a delegate for the managers/supervisors, and serves on the employer’s Disability Advisory Committee.
Reared in Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Smith realized she was able to accomplish her goals and dreams due to two loving parents and a supportive community. Ms. Smith remembers a teacher telling her mother she would have difficulty in school. As a result, education became her vehicle to achieve her personal and professional goals. She received various honors in school, the military, and throughout her career, and earned an Associate Degree in Financial Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctoral Health Care Administration Program.
Ms. Smith and her spouse adopted two children to give them a better life and to open doors for them to explore to become productive members in society. Ms. Smith knows first-hand how family and community are vital to children’s home and school environments. As the Capture a Dream, Inc. Executive Director, she brings her dedication, experiences, and commitment to working collaboratively with various stakeholders, organizations, and community members to bring children’s goals and dreams into reality regardless of their demographics and socio-economic status. Ms. Smith strongly believes, “Our children need us more than ever, so it is imperative we make the time to love, support, an uplift our children to ensure a brighter tomorrow for them, and in turn, our society.”
Laurie 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.
Carrina 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.
Jane brings more than 20 years of experience in ecommerce, information technology, operations, and nonprofits to Capture the Dream, along with her longstanding passion for helping turn dreams into reality. As an engineering student at Stanford, she built a NASA-inspired curriculum called “How to Be a Rocket Scientist” to interest at-risk youth in East Palo Alto in STEM subjects through hands-on exploration. Currently the Vice President of Systems and Operations for Tea Collection, a children’s clothing company in San Francisco, Jane volunteers with a variety of nonprofits focused on helping kids discover their passions. As Chief Information Officer of Capture the Dream, Jane is excited to build and support a technology roadmap that enables Capture the Dream and its clients achieve their goals.
Dr. Jeanine Hawk
Dr. Jeanine Hawk is joining Capture the Dream, as the board member specializing in Board Governance. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Bay Area Council and Bay Area Council Foundation. Jeanine has over 20 years of administrative experience in higher education, primarily at the community college level and brings a commitment to supporting student success within a social justice framework. Dr. Hawk is currently adjunct faculty at Napa Valley College. She has previously served as a K-12 board member, Puente mentor, and founding board member of the Josephine County Human Rights Alliance, which addresses LGBT legislation and hate speech in Southern Oregon. She has considerable experience with non-profit board development, fundraising, advocacy, and grant writing. Dr. Hawk received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine, her Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University and her doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. She is a San Francisco native and currently resides in her home town.