Mission Education Projects, Inc. staff is comprised of an executive director, a program assistant, a lead tutor and two tutors.

The executive director, Jene Rita Alviar, is present daily in the classroom/office, and overseas all the MEPI programs. She is a long time Mission resident, who has designed, implemented and supervised the MEPI programs in the Mission for almost 30 years.

Jene Rita began her career in education in the early 1960's as a member of the Bryant Elementary School PTA. Since then she has been involved with the community as a member of many groups and organizations. The following is a partial list of those community organizations: the Emergency school Aid Act (ESAA) Spanish Bilingual Program, The San Francisco Head Start Policy Council, The Economic Opportunity Council, The Career Opportunity Program, The Certified Children's Center Employees Calendar Committee, The Mayor's Mission Task Force, The Mission Community Education Committee, and the San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board.

As executive director, Jene Rita has been responsible for the documentation of the organization's policies and procedures, program organization and supervising the preparation of all corporate reports and related documents. Jene Rita is also charged with initiating contacts with Federal, State and City departments and agencies, private foundations and other funding agencies in developing new funding sources and program development strategies. Jene Rita provides assistance and advice to local school administrators and Mission Community Educational agencies that collaborate with MEPI in the delivery of services. Other duties include organizing activities involving students, staff, parents and community members and assisting in the resolution of specific Mission Community problems arising in the areas of education, health, and culture. As part of her development as an executive directo she also attends community meetings, seminars, workshops and other conferences in order to glean best practices that can be incorporated in to MEPI's program.

The program support assistant, Elsa Cabezas, has been with MEPI for 7 years. She has attended City College of San Francisco, where she has taken coursework in the areas of Microcomputer Business and Secretarial Applications, Intermediate Desktop Publishing, Intermediate Access, Clerical Procedures, Microcomputer and Office Technology, and Microcomputer Applications. At MEPI Elsa is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in daily office activities, establishing and maintaining client files and computer records, assisting the tutorial staff in the Tutorial and Homework Assistance Program, preparing MEPI correspondence, scheduling and notifications to agency board members and clients of all organizational activities.

The lead tutor is responsible for scheduling and coordinating the efforts of staff and volunteers; identify improvements and supervise the production of reports to inform parents of child progress and challenges; train, monitor and supervise staff performance to improve service; maintain open lines of communication to identify and resolve problems quickly; develop trust, personal rapport, and strong working relations with students, parents, staff and volunteers; contact schools and teachers regarding student's progress and initiate communication between parents and schools/teachers regarding parents concerns, and coordinate field trips.

Chantelle Patterson is a graduate of San Francisco State University , where she received a Bachelors Degree and Cabrillo Community College of Santa Cruz where she received an Associates Degree. She is enrolled at City College of San Francisco taking Spanish Conversational classes to improve her Spanish and Early Education classes that focus on the importance of discipline and group involvement for young children. Chantelle is part of the San Francisco School Volunteer Program and volunteers 9 hours a week at Starr King Elementary School during math hour for the second and third grade class. Her educational goal is to become and elementary school teacher and enter a credential program.

E. Milagros Cabezas is a student at San Francisco City College . She has taken child development classes focusing on child growth and development, early childhood, and child, family and community. E. Milagros currently volunteers her time tutoring neighborhood students after work and mentoring pre-teen girls. Her educational goal is to become an elementary school teacher.


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