Leadership

Board of Directors (2018-2019) 

Agency Leadership Team

Jim Kaczkowski, President                    

A California transplant from Chicago, Jim brings to the 4Cs Board many decades of experience and expertise in the education and marketing fields. As a former school board member and father to three grown sons, Jim's passion and dedication to quality care and education for children, along with his innovative and creative eye, makes Jim a valuable asset to the agency. When not serving as Board president, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, going on culinary adventures inside the kitchen and out, and bicycling around his new home in Richmond. 

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Renee Herzfeld, Executive Director

Originally from Evanston, Illinois, Renee has been with 4Cs of Alameda County since 1986. Her work in family child care homes and centers prior to starting at 4Cs as an intern, and now with almost 30 years of 4Cs working in most departments, gives Renee a unique, and very experienced, perspective on the programs and communities 4Cs works with. Renee's passion for motivating and encouraging others to facilitate positive individual and organizational change is evident whether working with 4Cs staff or leading or serving on committees focused on Early Care and Education throughout California. When not at work, Renee enjoys having fun with her husband, two daughters, and dog Avi.

Calyn Kelley, Vice President

As a Bay Area native Calyn Kelley has grown to appreciate and value qualities such as perseverance, commitment, and hope. These qualities were essential in his personal triumph over escaping a childhood environment ravaged with poverty, drugs, and violence. Now as a parent and recent graduate of the University of San Francisco’s Urban and Public Affairs Program, Calyn emphasizes that values of perseverance, commitment, and hope must be paired with equity and accountability to progress from development of self to development of community. Calyn has worked with several community and school district educational programs developing curriculum for disadvantaged youth and believes that the effort to support students must start from birth. In 2018 Calyn has served as a Measure A Campaign Field Fellow and has recently completed a 300-hour internship with the County of Alameda’s Early Care and Education Program. He looks forward to a career of public service with a focus on the development and implementation of equitable early care and education policy.      

Ida Hortinela, Director, Finance

Born in the Philippines and now residing in Alameda County for almost three decades (and half that time at 4Cs), Ida brings the agency a wealth of financial information and knowledge overseeing all of 4Cs accounting department operations. Ida enjoys the challenges and responsibility of overseeing risk-management and fiscal management of the agency and, in doing so, making a difference in the lives of those who most need the help and support of 4Cs. After spending the week crunching numbers, Ida relaxes with the help of her Jack Russell Terrier, Novie, husband, grown son, and young granddaughter and grandson.

David W. Joslin, Secretary

David joins 4Cs Board of Directors as a finance, accounting, and operations expert with over 20 years of experience in the field. In 2013, David joined 4Cs Board of Directors and, with his professional knowledge and experience serving on committees focused on legislative recommendations to family and child services in the Bay Area, he is an asset to the agency. When he is not volunteering his time to community service, David enjoys spending time with his wife Teresa and their large blended family rooting on the Green Bay Packers.  

Joni Chantigian, Director, Operations

Joni grew up in Hatboro-Horsham PA, near Philadelphia and is a die-hard Eagles fan.  She now lives in San Leandro, CA. As a young mother of 4 Joni ran an in-home child care for zero to 5 year olds. She then was a teacher in a Christian school for 8 years before the family moved to California. Here she resumed her career in nonprofit management. In addition to 4Cs, Joni worked for Volunteer Center of Napa Valley and for Napa Valley Product Services & Industry group (PSI) as the office manager, HR Rep and financial assistant at both organizations. Joni is a mother of 3 girls and 1 boy all grown now and a new grandmother to a beautiful little girl. Joni’s husband Mike is a Pastor and Director of Services for Zinfi.  Joni has a Boston terrier named “Cali”fornia girl that is a treasured (spoiled) member of the family. Joni enjoys face-timing with her granddaughter, reading books (all genres), walks, fixing up her house and attending church on Sundays. She has a passion for serving the underserved populations of Alameda County and helping people and their families thrive.

Renee Tucker, Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

Paulene Prevatt-McCarthy, Director,  Programs

Almost 25 years ago, Paulene replied to a newspaper ad that 4Cs published looking for an Outreach Worker. A quarter of a century later and Paulene says the highlight of her work remains seeing the families and children that 4Cs helps grow and thrive. In addition to rooting on the families that walk through 4Cs' doors, Paulene spends football season (and pre- and post- season) rooting on her beloved Oakland Raiders. A diehard Raiders fan, you will find Paulene – and sometimes her daughter and family – at every home game and frequently traveling to away games.

Joan Bayston, Director

Joan joined the 4Cs Board of Directors after beginning a Master's degree program at University of San Francisco and speaking to a colleague about the work and impact 4Cs of Alameda has on reducing systemic poverty. Joan's experience as CFO for other nonprofits, MBA, and expertise in the non-profit and for-profit finance industry is a welcome addition to the Board. Born and raised in Nashville, Joan and her three teenagers, two dogs, and a cat call the East Bay their home. When her calendar allows, Joan spends time reading, cheering on the San Francisco Giants, and attending concerts with her teenagers.  

Celia Goetz, Director, Community Services

Originally from Los Angeles, Celia has been in the Bay Area since 2005. After several years as a kindergarten teacher in Oakland Unified School District, Celia’s passion for supporting families with young children led her to focus on improving early learning systems and services. She is honored to have joined the 4Cs team and looks forward to contributing to 4Cs’ role as a leading agency for providing high quality services in Alameda County. In her free time, Celia likes to explore the Bay Area hiking and biking, hanging out with her cat Rambo Fifi, and cooking new recipes.

Kate Kleinschmidt

One of the newest members of 4Cs of Alameda County Board of Directors, Kate's past work as a teacher and many years of experiance with and supporting nonprofits drew her to joining the 4Cs team. As a growth marketing professional and southern Alameda County resident expecting her first child, Kate felt 4Cs mission aligned perfectly with her past experiance, current career, and the next chapter of her life as a new mom. Kate and her husband live in Newark and when she is not preparing for her next triathalon, she is spending time with her family, including her adorable toddler girl, and caring for 4 kitties and 4 chickens! 

Njeri McGee-Tyner

As a professional working to provide access to health services for underserved families and community members in the East Bay, and as Commissioner on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission, Njeri is very aware of the need for essential services for families furthest from opportunity. As a mother herself, she understands the critical role child care and supports for parents and providers has in overall well-being and is excited to partner with 4Cs to make a difference in the lives of community members. When she is not dedicating her time to increasing access to important resources for Alameda County families, Njeri enjoys spending time with her family, including her four children and pet rabbit, Kit Kat. 

Evan Ponchick

As soon as Evan heard about the mission and work of 4Cs of Alameda County, he immediately was inspired to join the Board of Directors. He firmly believes that early care and education - and access to ECE - is vital for all children. Evan brings a data-driven approach to 4Cs with his background as a Program Manager of Operations at a large technology company. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, enjoying a lively game of pinball, and finding new adventures in the Bay Area's great outdoors.