Our Team

Board of Directors

The Access Books Bay Area board of directors is a team of hard-working, hands-on, passionate advocates for the cause of literacy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amanda Collins

Executive Director & Board President

Amanda Collins joined Access Books in 2015, and founded the Bay Area chapter in 2016. As a school librarian herself, Amanda is excited to be bringing the valuable work of Access Books to schools in need in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Amanda holds a B.A. in History from UC Santa Barbara, and a … Read More

Alison Guan

Program Director & Board Secretary

Alison Guan was born and raised in Northern California and attended UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, earning a Master’s from UCB’s School of Information. She had a career as a User Experience Designer which she’s now moved on from, but she retains a strong interest in design. Alison is also passionate about education and … Read More

Linda Forrester

Program Director & Board Member

Linda Forrester has been volunteering with Access Books Bay Area since March 2017 and joined the Board in May 2017. She is passionate about reading and educational equality leading her to Access Books Bay Area .  Linda has been an active volunteer at her children’s schools for the last 15+ years while raising her two … Read More

Pete Ravani

Board Member

Pete Ravani joined Access Books Bay Area in October of 2020. He is an Investment Advisor and Vice President for CBIZ Retirement Services. He earned his CFP® designation from UCLA and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. Pete also serves on the Board of FEI (Financial Executives International) and is an Executive Committee member for a … Read More

Kavitha Pendyala

Board Treasurer

Kavitha Pendyala was born and raised in India but has been a Bay Area resident for almost 20 years. She attended Louisiana State University and UC Berkeley, earning an MBA from Haas School of Business. A mom of two readaholic kids, she currently works at Stanford University as an Assistant Director of Finance. Prior to … Read More

Jady Wei

Board Member

Jady Wei is a Bay Area native from Cupertino, and leads our corporate fundraising endeavors along with grant application efforts. Growing up, reading had a very special place in her heart, and some of her favorite books were To Kill a Mockingbird and Jane Eyre. Jady attended Cornell University, where she double majored in Economics … Read More

Staff

These talented and dedicated individuals volunteer their time long-term with Access Books Bay Area in a variety of fields. To join this team, contact us at info@accessbooksbayarea.org.

David Wohlwend

Corporate Outreach and Fundraising

David Wohlwend is a father to two amazing children and the Vice President of Finance for ModSquad, Inc. David heads up our corporate fundraising endeavors along with grant application and administration efforts, and our Finance Committee. David was born and raised in Wisconsin but has lived in California since 1988. David has a BBA in … Read More

Cheryl Kovalchik

Director of Communications

Cheryl Kovalchik, our volunteer Director of Communications, is a marketing strategist who works primarily with media platforms, creators, and products. Throughout her tenure at Sony Music Entertainment, she served as a mentor to young female professionals and became involved with initiatives to support equal access to higher education. As a lifelong reader and lover of all things bookish, Access Books Bay … Read More