Staff

cropped Dave for websiteDave Higaki
Executive Director and Tennis Director

Dave has served as the Executive Director of EPATT since 1999. As a tennis coach, Dave has worked with several nationally ranked junior players, coached on the ATP tour and served as volunteer assistant for the Stanford Men’s Tennis Team. In 2011, Dave was presented with the USTA NorCal Diversity Icon Award for outstanding leadership and contribution at the national, sectional and local levels of USTA.  He has also been presented with the Fred Earle award for his contribution to coaching.  Dave currently is the Vice Chair on the USTA’s NJTL national committee and was recently named to the USTA Foundation’s Advisory committee. Under Dave's direction, EPATT has been recognized as one of the leading tennis and education programs in the country. 

 

 

Kesha Weekes

Kesha Weekes
Academic Director and Middle School Group (MSG) Director

 Kesha attended Stanford University, earning a BA with honors in Public Policy, with a concentration in Education. While at Stanford, Kesha was Director of the East Palo Alto Stanford Summer Academy, a teacher's aide at Green Oaks Elementary School and served as an intern at Washington, DC's Institute for Educational Leadership. Her honors research was a case study on the relationship between youth development organizations and schools in helping eighth grade students bridge the gap between Ravenswood and Sequoia School Districts. Kesha joined the EPATT team in 1988.

 

ChristinaChristina Erwin
Elementary School Group (ESG) Director

 Christina grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University in 2000, earning a BA in English and African American Studies with honors.  While at Stanford, she worked with numerous non-profit organizations that serve the East Palo Alto community, including Upward Bound, East Palo Alto Stanford Academy, and the Foundation for a College Education.  Christina joined EPATT in 2000 as the College Preparatory Coordinator and is now bringing her knowledge and philosophy of college preparation to the elementary school students and families at EPATT. 

 

P1090415 2Maribel Zarate
High School Group (HSG) Director

Maribel moved to the US from Jalisco, Mexico, when she was 8 years old.  She arrived not speaking a word of English but was able to pick it up in only 6 months.  She attended Woodside High School in Redwood City and the Upward Bound program at Stanford. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2005 with a BS in Earth Science.  Before joining EPATT, Maribel worked with students in a variety of capacities.  First, she worked at the Chabot Space and Science Center as a Field Trip Educator.  Next, she joined Our City Forest teaching students about the importance of trees in urban settings.  In her most recent position, she was a case manager for four years at Redwood City-based Friends for Youth, a mentoring program for youth-in-need, where she matched mentors with kids.  Maribel joined EPATT as the High School Group Coordinator in July 2014.  She was drawn to EPATT because it provides parent education, which she believes is the key to success.  She enjoys helping high school students reach their potential.

 

P1030272Adrian Amaral
Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

 Adrian started at EPATT when he was a sixth-grader at Flood Elementary School in East Palo Alto.  Adrian immediately took to the EPATT program and began to raise his academic level. Recognizing his leadership and academic prowess, EPATT recommended him to private Pinewood School for his high school education. Adrian’s affable and endearing personality helped him navigate a new social/ economic environment while EPATT helped support his academics. He thrived as a student at Pinewood. Post high school he attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, earning a BA in International Area Studies and Spanish.  After graduation, Adrian worked at American International in Spain helping Spanish student athletes get information about US colleges’ and universities’ athletic programs.  Before joining EPATT in July 2014 Adrian worked at Stanford, still managing to tutor a first-grader at EPATT.  Adrian is happy to be back at EPATT, helping other students just as he was helped years ago.

 

P1090462 2Anne Gould

Business Manager

Anne has been involved with EPATT almost since its inception.  She served on the Dinner Steering Committee for many years and was a Board Member before becoming the Business Manager in early 2011.  She has both a BA and an MA from Stanford where she coached the women’s tennis team for 4 years and then taught the Physical Education tennis classes for 26 years.  During that time she was the Administrator for the Stanford Tennis Camps, tending to every organizational detail. In addition to her role as EPATT’s Business Manager, she is also the Chairperson of the Annual Dinner and enjoys tutoring when time permits. 

 

 

cropped Amy for websiteAmy Kohrman

Development and Communications Manager

 Amy joined EPATT in 2011 with over 20 years of experience as a product manager and marketing writer for non-profits (The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University), tech companies (Art Technology Group, Common Loop) and publishers (Highwire Press, Harvard Business School Publishing).  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Babson Graduate School of Business (MBA), Amy brings a rich business background to the EPATT team.  EPATT depends on outside funding to run its programs and Amy is responsible for raising money through grants and corporate and individual donations.  Amy also manages marketing and communications to help build awareness of EPATT and its impact in the East Palo Alto community.