BAVC's Career Panel for Youth

Event Date: 
Wed, 11/14/2012 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Join us Wednesday, November 14th at City College Mission Campus (Valencia Street, between 23rd/22nd, Room 109) for a FREE Next Gen Career Panel. 

Panelists include:

Stuart O. Anderson is a senior software engineer at Twitter, where he serves as technical lead for development of real time relevance infrastructure.  Previously, he founded Whisper Systems, developing mobile security and device management solutions for the enterprise, and earning inclusion in Forbes magazine's 30 under 30 in technology. Stuart studied humanoid robotics at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, and as a fellow at the Institute for Disruptive Studies, where he applied a background in applied math, systems integration, and machine learning.

Richard Bougere Jr., affectionately monikered Big Rich, is one of the Bay Area's supreme talents in the music industry. Richard hails from the notorious Fillmore District of San Francisco, California. The Fillmore, a hot bed for cultural expression and talent, has produced several high profile rappers yet Big Rich has always stood out as one of the area’s largest and most notable entertainers.

Tricia Creason-Valencia is a filmmaker and founder of Flacafilms. Flacafilms is a women-owned film and video production company conceived by three filmmakers, Amy Happ, Meadow Holmes, and Tricia Creason-Valencia, while students at San Francisco State University’s film school many years ago. Tricia is the founder of FLACAFILMS, where she works as a director/producer and digital video editor. She has taught film/video production and documentary filmmaking in the Social Documentation department at U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Drexel University and in collaboration with several youth-related non-profit organizations. Tricia is a PBS/CPB Producer's Academy Fellow (2008) and a Latino Producers Academy Fellow (2008). She serves on the Board of CreaTV San Jose a community access television station and training center. Tricia received her BA from U.C. Berkeley (Psychology and Chicano Studies) and graduated from San Francisco State University with an MFA in Film Production. She lives in San Jose, California, with her husband and two children.

Rhiannon Bell is the Creative Director of Zynga’s zDirect studio, overseeing the creative team responsible for developing products that build direct relationships with Zynga’s players and 3rd party developers. 12 years creative experience in the digital, broadcast and gaming industries. Her client list ranges from EA to the BBC. She uses gamifcation as a methodology for user experience, and her creative focus is on building playful and inventive ways to problem-solve the dullest of digital obstacles.

Mary Harburg-Petrich is the Creative Lead at SAY Media. Originally from Washington State, Mary Harburg-Petrich moved to California to study Graphic Design at University of San Francisco. Soon after graduation, she started working at Say Media in online brand advertising. In her time at Say she has been instrumental in growing the STudio from a single designer in San Francisco to an international crew of 60 members in five years. She has one jerkface cat, three bikes, four ukuleles, 17 black hoodies and a bevy of opinions on what to eat in SF.  

Justin Tyrone Perry is a Media Editor with PAC-12 Enterprises in San Francisco. Orginally from Washington, D.C., Justin attended San Jose State University, and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Radio, Television, Film.  Justin had the opportunity to gain professional experience in the field in his role as News Editor at KNTV- NBC Bay Area 11. Justin's major interests include reading, video editing, sports, photography, and people watching (Yes, it is an art...). Justin is the first person in his immediate family to graduate from a four-year university.  He changed his major three times and still graduated in 5 years. He believes that if he can do it, ANYONE can!


Eboni Dunbar earned her bachelor's in English from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN and her Master's degree in Fine Arts with a Creative Writing emphasis at Mills College in Oakland, CA. As a first generation college student from a low-income family, the transition to college life was difficult. Although she received support getting into college, Eboni largely felt alone in the higher education system once she transitioned. She overcame her feeling of loneliness by creating new support systems on campus through participation in various activities and organizations. She became a Resident Advisor, served as president of the Black Liberation Affairs Committee, and co-chaired the Queer Union and Black Women of the Diaspora. While she enjoyed her path through college, Eboni began to see a need for additional support for students from low-income, underrepresented backgrounds. Watching her peers struggle and drop out in college drew Eboni to serve as a tutor at the Palo Alto Unified School District and eventually to Beyond 12, where she is excited to unite her passion for helping others succeed with her unique background to support student success through college and beyond.
Michelle Channel, Mission Graduates. Michelle brings 10 years of professional experience in the areas of community advocacy and college counseling.  Her passion lies in empowering underrepresented students and families, and demystifying the college process so that ALL students have access to higher education.  She is a consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she works with youth and families at various non-profit organizations. A first generation college student, Michelle is the first in her family to earn a college degree. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from UCLA, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from UC Berkeley, where she specialized in education policy and focused on college success and retention.  Currently, Michelle is a consultant at Mission Graduates, a college access organization in the Mission District, and she is very excited to be working with the students and families of BAVC!