Board of Directors
Heather Lubeck, President
Heather has served on the Mission Kids Board as President since 2011. In 2009, she co- founded Mission Kids and since then has worked in all areas and aspects of the school’s growth as a director, teacher and parent. Heather received her B.S. in Educational Psychology from University of Georgia and her Masters in Special Education from Georgia State University. She is the mother of three Mission Kids alumni.
Christina Maluenda, Director
Christina is one of the founding Co-Director/Teachers of Mission Kids and has been working in early childhood education for over 15 years. She was the Founder and Director of Imagine Preschool, which merged with Mission Kids to become a licensed child care facility in 2009. Christina served as the Director of Partners in Autism Treatment, a non-profit agency serving young children on the autism spectrum. Christina has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from Duke University and a Master of Science in Child Development from University of California Davis. Christina is a Spanish bilingual educator, a certified CLASS observer, a trained member of San Francisco’s NERT program, and she serves on the Board of Trustees for Presidio Hill School. Christina’s two children both are Mission Kids alumni.
Judy Lee, Admissions Coordinator
Judy has served on the Mission Kids board as Head of Admissions since May 2017. As a Design Thinking coach, consultant, and designer, she builds capacity in her clients to learn new behaviors and mindsets that are needed to make shifts in process, culture, and organization. Judy received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Design at North Carolina State University. She and her husband have one current Mission Kids student and one MK alum.
Oona Marti, Annual Fund/Capital Campaign Coordinator
Oona has served on the Mission Kids board since March of 2017, focusing on the annual fundraising efforts of the school as well as a potential capital campaign that would help the school expand. She is a professional nonprofit fundraiser, working most recently for nine years for the Commonwealth Club of California where she ran all aspects of their fundraising and membership efforts, including their development, membership, guest services and travel departments. She currently stays at home full-time with her two kids. She graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in French Studies. She and her wife have one current Mission Kids student and one MK alum.
Gretchen Pagan , Secretary
Gretchen joined Mission Kids board as Secretary in 2021. Gretchen is of Mexican heritage, first generation American. While living in Southern California, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and her Masters in Social Work from Cal State Fullerton. Working within the community has always been a passion of hers, as she continues to work part time providing counseling services. In her free time she enjoys cooking, watercoloring, and spending time with family and friends. Gretchen and her husband have one current MK student and a future MKer on the way!
Dan Spinnerty, Treasurer
Dan joined the Mission Kids board in 2019. In his professional life, he owns and operates a professional services practice advising small businesses on all things finance, accounting, and HR. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Illinois. He looks forward to helping MK grow into its new home at 969 Treat. Dan and his wife Christine have two children, one current Mission Kid and one future Mission Kid!
Jennifer Clevidence, Fundraising Chair
Jennifer has served on the Mission Kids board since June of 2020 with a focus on fundraising events to support furthering the school’s mission and building its community. Professionally, Jennifer serves as an Executive Coach to a growing number of leaders globally, supporting them in their own personal and professional growth as well as advising on organizational development. She graduated with a B.A. in Human Resources from Ohio University, and a Masters of Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University. She also holds certifications from New Ventures West and the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Jennifer and her partner (David) have two children, both attending Mission Kids. Together they live in San Francisco’s Garden District.
Laura Lara-Brady, Outreach and Diversity Chair
Laura joined the Mission Kids Board on 2020, focusing on infusing equity practices throughout classrooms and MK processes, as well as exploring ways in which we can build a more inclusive community. Her work outside of MK focuses on building equitable practices in higher education systems for close to 15 years, more recently in her capacity as a Dean and researcher at CCSF and currently working with the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Laura got her B.A. from SFSU and her Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, enjoys being near the ocean, and loves showing the world to her amazing daughters. She and her husband have a current Mission Kids student and a little one waiting to join the party in a couple of years.
Cummings Nauer-Takapautolo, Board Member
Cummings is proud to be born, raised, and educated in San Francisco’s Portola, Mission, and Inner Richmond neighborhoods! She joined the Mission Kids Board in June 2021 with particular interests in Admissions and Fundraising. She is a Program Specialist with the Human Services Agency’s (HSA) Investigations Division and has worked in various HSA departments for over 15 years. Cummings graduated from the University of San Francisco (USF) with a B.A. in History with a dual emphasis in European and American histories and earned an Ethnic Studies certificate. She works closely with the Samoan and Pacific Islander community in the SF Bay Area and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Samoan Community Development Center (SCDC) in SF’s Visitation Valley district. She also volunteers as a choir pianist/singer at two local SF churches and is an active member of the Pacifica Moose Lodge. Cummings and her husband, Anthony, currently have one Mission Kids student enrolled and are very excited to be part of the MK community!
Chris Thomas, Board Member
Chris joined the Mission Kids board in June, 2021. He’s been focusing on creating videos and online events for Mission Kids. He’s a co-founder of Potluck Productions, a media production company in SF. He previously worked as a teacher, a planning director at the Youth Employment Partnership, and as a planner at the Center for Partnership Studies. He was a founding board member of Camp Kesem National, dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer, at no cost to families. He has a B.A in Biology from UC San Diego an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. He and his wife, Amanda, both work part time and have one current MK student and one MK alum.