An educational professional with more than 35 years’ experience, Sherry has focused on school and college admission, financial aid, recruitment, organizational management, organizational change and school to college selection and matriculation. She is especially committed to serving the needs of the underserved, under-resourced and first-generation students navigating transitions from Kindergarten to graduate degrees.
Sherry has worked with students from the most challenging neighborhoods especially in the cities of Los Angeles, Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco. She has also spent time connecting with influential members of major companies and foundations in order to provide the necessary resources for the students in which she served. From her earliest days in college admission to her later years working as a Managing Director at an educational foundation, Sherry has helped low-income students reach their dream of being accepted, attending and graduating from college. As the Executive Director of Berkeley Community Scholars, Sherry continues her efforts to create pathways for our most deserving, challenged and under-resourced population of students.
Lynn grew up on the east coast and earned her B.S. in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. She began her career serving youth and families in the child welfare system in New York City. Her passion for improving access to resources and opportunities for youth led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UT Austin and later to obtain a certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from UC Berkeley. In her role as the College Success Manager, she develops programs and provides coaching and support to empower scholars to reach their higher education and career goals. Since joining BCS in 2014, Lynn has focused her efforts on deepening relationships with community partners and growing a supportive community of mentors, scholars, and alumni. She has increased scholar engagement by involving students in the planning and delivery of services. Lynn is grateful to the High Hopes Scholars whose talents, drive, and social activism provide constant inspiration and hope for future generations.
Terrance is passionate, dedicated, and experienced in the field of education and youth development. With experiences domestically and internationally, Terrance has worked with various audiences around the globe including Indonesia with the Peace Corps and high schools in the Czech Republic while studying abroad.
Terrance graduated from CSU Chico and earned a B.A. in Sociology. During his time there he worked as a paraprofessional with the Educational Opportunity Program (E.O.P.) where his interest in the field of youth development launched.
As a College Success Advisor, Terrance co-manages the Community College High Hopes Program. In addition, he guides the community college application process and advises scholars to reach their goals and full potential.
A former High Hopes Scholar herself, Colleen initially joined the BCS staff as an intern, and currently works as a College Success Advisor and Communications Coordinator. She helps coordinate all communications efforts and her duties include managing our website, writing monthly newsletters, designing graphics, and managing social media. Colleen received her B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. Her studies focused on contemporary issues in higher education, social justice theories, advocacy, and community building. She has long had a passion for education and social justice, leading her to intern for other education-focused non-profits, and is thrilled to be able to give back to the organization that helped her through college.
SaVannah Hudson is a bright young ambitious woman from San Francisco, CA. Being born in Berkeley and raised across the Bay, SaVannah shares a lot of the same struggles and life experiences as our scholars. This makes her extremely excited to work and become a part of the Berkeley Community Scholars network. Helping others has always been a passion for SaVannah as she first experienced this traveling abroad and volunteering in the rural town of Cana Segura, Dominican Republic. After witnessing first-hand true poverty, it inspired SaVannah to study and graduate college with a degree in International Studies and Affairs from San Francisco State University. After graduating SaVannah worked at Hamilton Families, a non-profit transitional housing shelter for homeless families in the Bay Area. Also having work experience in finance and property management, SaVannah is looking to return to her Berkeley roots in hopes that her skills and talent will be an impactful contribution to BCS.