To inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.
We believe our greatest gift to a child is to provide them with the necessary literacy resources to increase overall academic success and life potential.
Kristi is a wife, mother, Olympic Gold Medalist, author and philanthropist. “All the athletic glory and honors are wonderful. But sometimes I come face-to-face with a disadvantaged child or with a struggling mother or father, and I am grateful for my gifts. And I rededicate myself to doing whatever I can to help someone in need. The good feeling I get rivals anything I felt on the Olympic stand in Albertville.” Favorite children’s book: E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web”
Jennifer is the Co-Founder/President/Executive Director of Elim Care, Inc., which specializes in the care ofindividuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Jennifer is a wife and mother o three, and devotes her time to the welfare of her family and her clients in fundraising for community service organizations.Favorite children’s book:Robert Kraus’ “Little Louie the Baby Bloomer”
Jan pioneered the magazine format on television as co-host of San Francisco’s highly acclaimed “Evening Magazine.” Currently, she is the Director of the School of Multimedia Communications at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Jan has won multiple awards including an Emmy and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, she is the mother of six and an author.“I loved reading “Momotaro,” “peach boy” in Japanese, to my kids.”
Nadyne is a San Francisco native, and spent more than 20 years in sales & marketing working in Silicon Valley’s technology industry, when she decided to branch out on her own and founded her skincare company called Pure Hapa. She decided her new calling in life, besides being a Wife, Mother and Grandmother, is to commit her time & support to non-profit organizations in the Bay Area with great purpose and focus. One of her top priorities is to continue to teach her grandchildren the important value of giving back to the community.
Favorite Children’s Book: Watty Piper’s “The Little Engine That Could”
Bridget brings more than 20 years of marketing and media experience to the ADF board. Currently, she is a marketing communications project manager for Bio-Rad Laboratories, managing asset creation for global product launches. Prior to Bio-Rad, Bridget led marketing strategy, partnerships and engagement for San Francisco magazine as its Director, Brand Marketing/New Business Development, and for Diablo magazine as its Marketing Director. Favorite children’s book: Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”
Bret is a two-time Olympian and played 17 years in the National Hockey League (NHL), winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. Currently, Bret is the radio color analyst for the San Jose Sharks. He also helps with the USA Women’s Olympic Team as an assistant coach. In 2011 he started his own licensing company, E360 Global, and is the co-founder of Rosterbot.com and Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi. Bret’s wife, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, and their two daughters, Keara and Emma, are his highest priority. Favorite children’s book: J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series
Hoyt recently retired as Senior VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. Prior to joining Hawaiian, he was the Publisher of Hawaii Business magazine, and before that the Executive Director of an international telecom industry non-profit organization based in Honolulu. For most of his career, however, he was an attorney who practiced in San Francisco and Honolulu, both in law firms and in-house with various companies. He also served in the Clinton Administration as Chief Counsel for Export Administration, Department of Commerce, in Washington, DC. He now splits his time between Honolulu and the SF Bay Area.
Favorite children’s book: Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows
Matt is on the People Team at Facebook, where he focuses on organizational design and effectiveness, change management, employee relations and engagement. When not working, Matt can be found performing with the professional Japanese drum ensemble San Jose Taiko.
Favorite children’s book: Margaret Wise Brown’s “Good Night Moon”
Patricia is an entrepreneur. Most recently, she co-founded Bergine, an online retail business acquired by Gilt. Previously, Patricia created CSG, a non-profit program that serves more than 13,000 students in the San Francisco Unified School District. Her work was honored with an AT&T Community Hero Award and the AIGA Cause/Effect Award. Patricia began her career in public relations as a partner at Gentry Communications where she managed national media campaigns. Raised in San Francisco, Patricia now lives there with her husband and young son.
Favorite Children’s Book: Any of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
Judy is Vice President of Global Marketing Communications at Advantest, a leading manufacturer of automatic test equipment and measuring instruments. During her 20+ years in the semiconductor industry, she has managed all areas of communications from employee, customer and financial communications to M&A, change management and corporate restructuring. Active with several non-profit organizations, Judy is also a Board Member of Raphael House, San Francisco – the first homeless shelter for families in Northern California.
Favorite children’s book: Margery Williams’ “The Velveteen Rabbit”
Matthew joined Farallon Capital Management in 2001 and is currently Farallon’s Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Matthew ran a consulting company, Invision Software, that provided software engineering services to a number of financial companies in the Bay area. He has over 25 years of experience developing software across various industries including finance, manufacturing, transportation, printing, fulfillment and direct mail.
Kim is responsible for all Retail, Commercial and Wealth Management clients at Fremont Bank. Fremont Bank is a 50 year old community bank headquartered in Fremont, California. Kim joined Fremont Bank in November of 2011 and assumed the newly created role of Group Executive to coordinate the focus on client satisfaction and relationship growth across Fremont Bank. Kim also serves on the East Bay Zoological Society’s Board of Trustees.
Favorite children’s book: Dr. Suess, “Oh The Places You’ll Go!”
Andrew brings 12 years of marketing and nonprofit management experience to the ADF board. Currently Director of Engagement for Cooper, an award-winning design and business strategy consultancy, Andrew previously served as Executive Director of Alumni Relations for University of California, San Francisco, and worked for University of California, Berkeley, The George Washington University and Edelman Public Relations. Andrew spends his time singing with San Francisco semi-professional a cappella group Scales of the City, an organization he founded.
Dean Osaki’s professional insights and perspective comes from a diverse background in community relations, sports and corporate philanthropy, cause-related marketing, branding, fundraising and management of non-profits.
Currently serving as a consultant, his past experiences include, Campaign Director of United Way in Silicon Valley, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Kristi’s Always Dream Foundation, Director of Marketing for the Examiner and Target, Manager Community Relations, Western & Southwest Regions.
Favorite Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham”
Lori is the Executive Director of the Always Dream Foundation. She spent several years on the Board of Directors before taking on the Executive Director role in July 2011. Prior to her directorship at the Always Dream Foundation, Lori spent 16 years at Franklin Templeton Investments, most recently as the Director of Global Financial Operations. Lori’s two young daughters serve as her inspiration for ensuring other children are provided with opportunities to succeed in life.
Favorite children’s book: Roald Dahl’s “James and The Giant Peach”
Our past successes and goals for the future could never have been accomplished without the help of our generous partners and supporters. We are fortunate to have a variety of outstanding corporations, organizations and individuals that share our deep commitment to our communities and to the welfare of underserved children; we are grateful to work in such great company.
Always Reading 20th Anniversary Major Donors
Dream Maker's Circle
- Fremont Bank
- Richard Barker
- Tom Fujisaka
- Linda Lester
- Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican
- May Hirose
- Jennifer and Ed Lee
- Jan Yanehiro
- Orona Family Foundation
- Dede Wilsey