Dr. Jon Skolnick
Chief Executive Officer
Jon Skolnick, Ed.L.D has over 15 years of experience supporting educational organizations to improve and innovate in ways that honor the diversity and potential of children, families, and communities. From 2016-2020, Dr. Skolnick served as Executive VP at Educational Alliance, a social services and education nonprofit, where he led the creation of a new strategic plan, a research and evaluation team, and a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. He began his career as a high school history teacher and later served as a manager in the NYC Department of Education's (NYCDOE) Office of School Leadership and as a senior director in the NYCDOE's Office of Innovation. He holds a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a masters in the science of teaching from Pace University, and a bachelors in modern U.S. history from Brown University. In his free time, Jon is often playing guitar, traveling, catching up with his eight siblings and seven nephews and nieces, or hanging with his goldendoodle, Willie.
VP of Operations and Growth
Melissa Bryan joined FACES SF as the VP of Operations and Growth in March of 2022. She brings nearly 30 years of experience with nonprofit social justice organizations focused on gender, racial, educational, and health equity. Melissa’s passion for service was sparked as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, where she volunteered as an environmental justice educator at under-resourced schools. Through this opportunity, Melissa first witnessed the transformative power of participant-led programming, built on values of community, collaboration, and compassion. She has carried this learning across her varying leadership roles to practice values-based leadership, restorative justice, and equity-centered design to transform how organizations partner with communities, staff, and stakeholders. As she embarks on her role at FACES SF, Melissa hopes to build authentic and joyful partnerships to co-design effective and equitable systems and growth, so our staff can focus on what’s most important- the children and families whom we serve. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys hiking Wildcat Canyon with her two scruffy dogs, discovering ways to make tofu delicious, and watching Marvel movies with her family.
Child Development Program Director
Kim Wong has been serving as our Child Development Program Director since 2011. With over 28 years of experience, Kim has truly made a difference in the Early Childhood Education realm. She chose to join the FACES SF team when she recognized the challenges we face providing every child access to quality education and she was confident that she could be instrumental in upgrading our services. She was absolutely correct! Because of her, we are able to offer each of our students the very best. Kim received a B.A in English from UC Berkeley, a M.A in Education from San Francisco State University, and a J.D. from Hastings College of Law. When she’s not changing the lives of our students, she’s an active volunteer in a variety of educational roles ranging from school room parent, Sunday school teacher, and even serving as a Board Member for her former organizations and her Parish. Her most current volunteer position is on the Advisory Committee for the PATH Program.
Maggie Ni joined FACES SF as our incredible Finance Director over 10 years ago, after spending many years in various accounting roles. She initially joined the organization because it seemed like a once in a lifetime job opportunity but quickly found herself falling in love with not only the organization, but the people we serve. She adores how this organization changes the lives of others, as well as the lives of our staff. She received her A.A. in Accounting from City College of San Francisco, and has grown tremendously since. Outside of the office, Maggie serves as a member of Buddha’s Light International Association at San Bao Temple.
Child Development Data & Compliance Director
Seiko Velder has been serving as FACES SF’s Child Development Data & Compliance Director for the last 9 years. Prior to taking on this challenging, and incredibly important role, she served as the Child Development Supervisor at Head Start in Colorado. Having originally signed on to work with Florence Crittenton Services - she enthusiastically stayed on board during their merger with the Whitney Young Child Development Center. Seiko’s love for FACES SF’s mission is infectious and her passion for supporting San Francisco’s children and families practically radiates off of her. Passionate about the importance of Early Childhood Education, she received her M.A. in ECE from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a proudly certified trainer of PITC - The Program for Infant and Toddler Care.
Director of our Workforce Development Program
Susan Murphy has been working with FACES SF for 14 years, having started in January of 2005. Prior to becoming the Director of our Workforce Development Program, Susan was an integral member of the Florence Crittenton Services volunteer team, serving as an instructor for the Learning + Earning = Achievement and Power Program (L.E.A.P). Susan has been an important advocate and activist for the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood for over 40 years, with a focus in community health, environmental concerns, and women/children’s issues. She is an alumni of the Coro Women in Leadership Program, and continues to dedicate her time and energy to the Sunnydale Collaborative Impact Group and the Visitacion Valley Providers Group.
Human Resources Director
Lindsay joined the leadership team in 2019. Prior to assuming her role as our Human Resources Director, Lindsay spent 14 years mastering all manner of HR at San Francisco State University. She chose to take on this important role because she wanted to be part of a small, intimate, and dynamic organization where her love and commitment to people and their growth could flourish. FACES SF also keeps her connected to her first love: education. Lindsay is a proud 4th generation San Franciscan native, and loves that she gets to serve the citizens of her home city. She has a deep love of San Francisco, its eccentricities, and its profound soul and intensity. She holds a B.A. in English from San Francisco State University and is a proud member of the SHCP and SFSU Alumni Associations. In her spare time, you can find her celebrating the Giants and Coaching for CYO athletics.
Idalia Ruvalcaba has been working with FACES SF for 16 years. Prior to taking on this role, she worked as a school Secretary for the South San Francisco and Napa Valley Unified School Districts. She has been with FACES SF since it was originally Florence Crittenton services but made the decision to stay during the merger. She loves the mission of serving our community, families, and children. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as she walks into a classroom gives her the satisfaction that we are serving our mission of helping our families and making a difference in their lives. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies are baking for special occasions and decorating for the Holidays.