Erica Varize is a champion of all things girls, domestically and globally she is strengthening the bond between two world of girls who long to use their education for self sustainability. Erica advocates and encourages the greatness that lies within any young girl that she meets.
Erica has been a sponsor, and investor of BayGanda Foundation since 2005.
2017 Erica became CEO since then she has been instrumental in providing each of our Ugandan students with sponsor families, she is raising awareness in the urban communities about the importance of passion discovery within young girls. She has established the business ambassador program within the BayGanda foundation. Erica understands the importance of arts and education here at home and abroad in Uganda. Previously Erica worked with Attitudinal Healing Connection teaching the art of sewing in 9 Oakland Unified schools developing curriculum for sewing and mentorship. She owned and operated EVarize apparel and is the founder of the award winning Sew What Sewing camp.
I look forward to taking BayGanda to new heights .
Teresa Hernandez-Lara graduated from San Francisco State University, with a BA in Business Communication. She has more than twenty years of corporate experience, with a background in corporate social responsibility. Most recently, she leads Global Marketing Creative Services, at Levi Strauss & Co., as the Global Director of Photo and Motion Production.
Teresa and her family live in Moraga, California, and enjoy the outdoors, family road trips, and hosting events in their home.
She has two daughters, who have attended the Sew What Summer camp, and she has great passion for educating women and children, globally. She is thrilled for the opportunity to serve on BayGanda’s board of directors.
Josetta Jones is Managing IP Counsel, Downstream, Chemicals & Midstream Law. She has responsibility for a team of trademark attorneys, patent attorneys, and patent agents who support the Downstream & Chemicals business, ETC – Downstream Technology & Services, and Enterprise trademarks and copyrights. In addition to her managerial responsibilities, she supports Oronite’s IP needs which include patent risk assessments, preparing and negotiating agreements, and client counseling.
Josetta joined Chevron in 2002 as a patent attorney in the Intellectual Property Law Group, supporting Oronite. Prior to joining Chevron, Josetta was as an environmental engineer for a petrochemical company in Channelview, Texas; and, she also was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), examining patent applications for methods of making semiconductor devices.
From 2008-2014, Josetta served as the Chair of Chevron’s Law Function Diversity Council which promotes diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, within Chevron and within the legal profession. She has been a role model volunteer for Techbridge since 2003 and is a member of Techbridge’s Advisory Board.
In February 2011, Josetta was named Best Bay Area Counsel – Diversity Champion -- by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times. In July 2011, she received the Diversity Champion Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club’s Diversity Committee.
Josetta received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University; a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and, a Master of Laws in Patent and Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University.
In her spare time, she likes to read, travel, bake, and spend time with her family and friends.
Darryel joined the BayGanda team as an ambassador and sponsor in 2007 in 2017 Darryel joined as Director of facilities development in Uganda. His 20 year career in production facilities at Bayer Pharmaceuticals Berkeley, CA / 20yrs has been invaluable to the team, with his knowledge we have completed dining facilities and dormitory in Uganda.
This husband and wife team founded the SAND Foundation in 2009 -
SAND - Student Adoption Network Development provided Ugandan orphans with an opportunity to be sponsored by an American family. This family would provide public school tuition and a viable future for children in Uganda. SAND encouraged families to communicate with their children by email and using Skype. The children live in a private residence where all basic needs are provided. SAND believes that education must be accompanied by a healthy, loving, and safe environment where children can thrive. In 2017 SAND teamed with “Sew What” and together adopted the new name BayGanda Foundation.