Kirstie Boyett-Zacharias

Executive Director

Kirstie Boyett Zacharias joined ALF as Executive Director in February 2022.  Born to a Scottish aeronautical engineer father and an English Chiropodist mother, Kirstie was raised in Israel, Montreal, Seattle and Santa Clarita Valley California.  She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002. 

A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management and a minor in Packaging, Kirstie moved to Modesto in 1996 in to work for Pacific Southwest Container as a project manager.  In 2004 she joined her husband’s family business as Director of Strategic Planning and Event Coordinator where she served until 2014.   

Kirstie credits her Mum for modeling, engagement and volunteerism throughout her life.  “I attribute my aptitude for volunteerism and community leadership to my sainted mother who was a positive, servant leader wherever she lived and in every role!” remarked Boyett.  As a stay-at-home mom and avid volunteer, Kirstie’s deep affection for Modesto and the Central Valley blossomed.  While caring for her two young children, she served as President of the Cal Poly Modesto Alumni Chapter, President of the Cal Poly Alumni Association, President of the State Theatre Board of Directors, as well as a host of other non-profit organizations.   

Kirstie re-entered the workforce in 2018 as Executive Director of The State Theatre of Modesto where she expanded and diversified programming, oversaw the construction of a second screen, and successfully navigated the theater through COVID-19 restrictions that mortally wounded many peer organizations.    

Kirstie is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Modesto, sponsored by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.  For her leadership, fund raising prowess, hard work, Kirstie was voted by her class as Graduate of the year.  Kirstie is grateful for the opportunity to develop deeper relationships with community leaders.  Kirstie is a member of Downtown Rotary, on the board of Downtown Modesto Partnership, and is president-elect of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.     

Kirstie is honored to be chosen Executive Director of ALF and looks forward to teaming with current and future ALF participants and community leaders to make the Central Valley a great place to work, grow, and play! 

Contact at

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 4.50.15 PM.png

Athena Ushana

Athena Ushana is a Stanislaus County native. She started her pursuit of volunteering and public service at a very young age. Her dedication to her community and its inhabitants is the driving force of her continuous involvement in numerous volunteering activities and her acts of service with many local and national nonprofit organizations. 


Athena received her Bachelor of Science in International Business from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. During her academic pursuit, she studied abroad in both Shanghai, China and Florence, Italy. During this time, she increased her global aptitude and cultural orientation. Her global experience has served as a catalyst in developing synergies cross-border and cross-culture. Athena is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Pepperdine Executive Associates, and the Student Alumni Organization. 


Her past professional experiences range from digital marketing, fund development, organizational administration, and partner relations. Athena's most recent professional tenure was with a human resource technology company, Revive. In this capacity, she worked in conjunction with corporate partners like Amazon, Apple, and HP to identify employee disengagement and develop workforce development programs utilizing technology solutions. Her experiences thus far continue to reinforce her dedication to diversity, equality, and inclusivity to the global community at large. 


Athena is very excited to be a part of the ALF team, she aims to collaborate on building a future that attracts, develops, and retains empathetic and impactful leaders throughout the community.

Contact at