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

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

Director of Operations

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

David Wohlwend

Director of Corporate Outreach

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

Pete Ravani

Board Member

Pete Ravani joined Access Books Bay Area in October of 2020. He is an Investment Advisor and Vice President for a publicly traded consulting firm. 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 … Read More

Sammie Suresh

Director of Communications Strategy

Sammie Suresh is a San Francisco Bay Area native from Cupertino, CA. She recently returned to the Bay Area after eleven years in Illinois, with a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an M.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University. Sammie is a voracious reader with a strong interest … Read More

Kavitha Pendyala

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

Olivia Wind

Board Member

Olivia Wind was born and raised in Evanston, IL and recently migrated West to the Bay Area. With a strong passion for math and science in her youth, Olivia decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study Systems Engineering. Upon graduating in 2018, Olivia started as a consultant in Deloitte’s Tech Strategy and Business … 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.

Kathryn Rydberg

Social Media Manager

Kathryn Rydberg joined Access Books Bay Area in 2019 managing their social media. She works as a Content Strategist at SevenDesign in the Bay Area. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Kathryn earned a BA in American Studies from Stanford University in 2019 and is passionate about literacy, education, and equality.