Staff

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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 Kirstie@greatvalley.org

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Aujinel Verdon

Program Coordinator

Experiencing over twelve years of positive growth within the education field, Aujinel is excited to support the ALF fellowships. She has a background in psychology and received her B.A. degree in 2013 from the University of San Francisco. While attending school, she enjoyed supporting graduate events as the Lead Admissions Representative of USF’s Graduate Admissions office. As a first-generation college student, she shared her knowledge with future high school graduates attending the same after-school program, College Track, that helped prepare her for college.

Humbled by her study abroad experiences in Asia and Africa, Aujinel broadened her knowledge on various concerns around social justice. In Thailand and Cambodia, she discussed human trafficking with officials during a US Embassy briefing and helped design two children’s books to increase hygiene and safety awareness. She also met with various organizations, such as UNICEF, Nyemo, and the Mirror Foundation supporting vocational training programs and refugee protection rights. In Zambia, she co-formed a recycling campaign with ZCU students for Zambia Catholic University. Nearing the end of her trip, she discussed HIV prevention with young sex workers and worked with the organization, Friends of the Street Children, to teach “street children” math and grammar.

 

Upon graduating, Aujinel joined ConnectEd California, a non-profit organization focusing on equity and inclusion, and helped implement Linked Learning into various school districts. She supported contractors through graduation, analyzed collected data, and formally secured logistics with external vendors. Aujinel has successfully planned 25 national trainings and supported 450+ consultants on their journey to becoming certified Linked Learning Coaches. While passionate about helping others, as well as her work, Aujinel is eager to contribute in the growth of our ALF-GVC chapter.

Contact at aujinel@greatvalley.org