Our Team

Leaders & Innovators at Our Award-Winning San Francisco Schools

C5 Children’s School provides leadership in the fields of early care, learning, and development as an innovator in using and creating world-class best practices in working with children, their families, our staff, and the broad community. Learn more about the leaders and staff at our San Francisco schools.

Meet Our
Board of Directors

Beverly Melugin

Executive Director

Cathy Rivlin

President

Jamie Dolkas

Vice President

Linda Delgado

Board Member

Sarah Gawley

Board Member

Shanna Kim

Board Member

Keiko Murayama

Board Member

Yoko Takada

Yoko Takada

Board Member

Joe Wiseman

Board Member

David Zellhart

Board Member

Meet Our Staff

The instructional staff at our centers are highly trained, exceptionally experienced, and hold high level permits in Early Childhood Education from the California Department of Education. They receive ongoing in-depth in-house training and coaching in C5’s philosophy and practices and related concepts. 

They also attend special conferences, workshops, and seminars and engage in extensive self-study to increase their skills and understanding. Our progressive, award-winning infant-toddler, preschool, and Pre-K programs are possible and influential because of our exceptional and professional staff. Learn more about our Staff Qualifications here.

  • At our SFPUC Building Center, we have the capacity for 20 teaching staff members and 76 children.
  • At our CA State Building Center, we have the capacity for 14 teaching staff members and 76 children.
  • At our SF Permit Building Center, scheduled to open in early 2024, we will have the capacity for 10 teaching staff members and 48 children. 

Our staff at both of our centers are highly trained, exceptionally experienced, and hold high level permits in Early Childhood Education from the California Department of Education. They receive ongoing in-depth in-house training and coaching in C5’s philosophy and practices and related concepts. 

They also all attend special conferences, workshops, and seminars and engage in extensive self-study to increase their skills and understanding. Our progressive infant-toddler and preschool programs are possible and influential because of our exceptional and professional staff. Learn more about our Staff Qualifications here.

C5 families gather for food, socializing, play, games, and welcoming new families.

Beverly Melugin

Executive Director


Mary Loyola-Salcedo

Resources Management & Admissions Director

Joe Wiseman

Director of Learning


Josh Berkowitz

Curriculum Specialist

Asako McGee

Center Director–SFPUC Building Center

Lilian del Mundo

C5 Main Office Manager

Isabella Hill

Head Teacher

Aiwei Li

Infant Toddler Teacher

Amy Mak

Preschool Teacher

Thomas Luu

Head Teacher

Emily Ruan

Toddler Teacher

Huihong (Gigi) Guo

Infant Toddler Teacher

Union Wu

Head Teacher

Megan Spear

Toddler Teacher

Selestina Sautia

Kitchen & Housekeeping

Emma Wimsatt

Infant Toddler Teacher

Van Duong

Van Duong

Infant Toddler Teacher

Support Staff

We have seasoned staff members in all key management and support positions. Our office managers and assistants are skilled in many areas. They include accounting, communications, client relations, planning, resource acquisition, supporting the instructional program, and general management practices. Our kitchen and housekeeping staff are skilled in facility maintenance and food handling. They are also trained by and certified by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Consultants and
Services to C5

Here are some other marvelous people who work closely with our program outside of our regular staff:

Chris Parsons – Of Parsons Hosting, as the Director of Engineering and Support, works with us in hosting our websites and providing expertise on Internet security and resources for ongoing development and improvements.

The Postcard Agency – With Jonathan Ochart in the lead, and his team, has helped us to develop this new Public Website beginning in the fall 2022. 

SCubed Corporation — Has helped C5 develop prototypes for our websites and other technologies and has maintained our URLs and server systems for many years.

Michelle Kemper Verplaetse — She is our Consulting Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience and specializes in early childhood assessments and interventions. She also provides services to the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto, Early Head Start in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools.

Kathy Wharton — She has been our program seamstress for over 15 years. She has helped us with tablecloths for the children’s dining tables, pillow covers, projection screens, divider panels, scarves for music and movement, dramatic play costumes, puppets for our Festival of Learning Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and a wealth of other items.

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