Administrative Staff

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Shelley Lobell

Executive Director


Shelley Lobell received her Masters in Learning Disabilities from Boston University and holds California Life Credentials in Learning and Severely Handicapped Special Education. Inspired by her father, special education pioneer Herb Lobell, Shelley has devoted her career to helping students with learning differences. She founded and directed Learning Services of Northern California, including the NPS Erikson School which served behaviorally challenged youth for over 30 years. Shelley consulted with the San Francisco Unified School District Department of Special Education, training teachers in behavior management, and was a member of the SFUSD Program Development Committee. She joined the Bayhill Community as Executive Director in August 2011 where she has directed and transformed the Bayhill program to provide quality educational and transitional services for students and their families.

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Donna Austin

Assistant & Admissions Director


Donna has worked in the field of learning disabilities for nearly 20 years. She earned a BA in History from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She later earned her credential in Special Education. Donna began her career at Lindamood Bell Learning Processes eventually becoming Clinical Director of the Boston site. Donna founded and directed The Center for Reading & Language Development in Wakefield, MA and taught special education in the public school system. Upon returning to California, Donna worked as the Literacy Specialist for Seneca Center for two years. In addition to teaching and educational therapy, Donna is co-author of the Writing Adventures curriculum. In her free time, Donna is an avid runner of half marathons and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

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Gregory Trevigne

Dean of Students


Gregory Trevigne earned his BA in Psychology and MA in Special Education from SF State University. He holds a Social Science Single Subject Credential From UC Berkeley, as well as a Specialists Instruction LH Credential, both Lifetime. He has worked in the field of Special Education for the past 32 years as a teacher and administrator, serving as the principal of Erikson School in San Francisco for 28 years. He has been a certified trainer for “PRO-ACT” and “Handle With Care," and currently serves as a Fieldwork Supervisor in the University of San Francisco Special Education Teacher Induction Program. Greg joined Bayhill in 2012 as a resource specialist, and is currently the Dean of Students. He is enjoying his new position, and hopes to continue playing a vital role in the education of our youth.

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Lydia Stacey

Business Manager


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Kimberly Chao

Administrative Assistant


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Rebecca Field

College Advisor


Rebecca has worked at Bayhill High School since 2008. She has held various positions including Director of Admissions, Vocational Coordinator, and College Advisor. She is currently the Director of College Advising and loves it. Prior to her work at Bayhill, Rebecca was a teacher and school administrator and was the founding Dean at the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland. Rebecca earned an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a BA from Vassar College and a certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to her work at Bayhill High School, Rebecca runs a private practice in Oakland where she helps LD students through the college application process and the coaches them to stay there.

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Vanessa Brown

Transition Coordinator


Vanessa N. Brown earned both her B.A. in Human Services and Diversity and a M.A. in Education from Holy Names University. Vanessa has extensive professional and personal experience mentoring and training families, from diverse backgrounds, to successfully navigate the education, health and/or social services systems. She has a broad range of experience in services identification, funding entitlements and empowering students and parents through self-advocacy training. Vanessa is well-connected in the DEAF Community, has developed programs for DEAF children and other children with special needs, and is one of the co-founders of the Deaf Plus Adult Community non-profit agency. Vanessa joined the Bayhill Community in 2012 and believes that when students find their individual voices, they are then equipped to make a difference in self, in others and in society.

Faculty & Staff

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Jackie Whitwill

English Teacher


I have worked in education for 10 years: First by teaching reading to young children at Kumon as a Senior in high school, next as a middle school ELD tutor and advocate while in college, and finally at Bayhill as a teaching assistant for two years, and the past three as a teacher. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of CA, Santa Cruz with a bachelor's degree in English Language Literature and a minor in Modern European History. Once hired at Bayhill, I developed such a heart for the student population with learning differences that I changed my graduate school plans to pursue my Education Specialist Teaching Credential at San Francisco State. Through all of these experiences I have determined to support and then empower my students to tackle the highest academic challenges they can master. Our students are exceptionally intelligent, and yet so frequently unaware of the fact. I want to change that.

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Erin Odonnell

ASL Instructor


Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Erin moved to Northridge, CA in 1994 to attend California State University, Northridge. After completing her B.A. in Child Development in 1999, she continued her education at San Jose State University for two semesters for the credential in Special Education in 2001. Erin has worked professionally as an ASL instructor since 2005 at several community colleges and some high schools. She resides in Livermore with her husband of fourteen years and their two children, one dog, and one cat.

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David Dawson

Art Instructor/ Facilities Manager


Instructor David Dawson draws on decades as a working artist and 6 years of teaching experience to bring a highly individualized, dynamic and diverse set of skill-building and expressive challenges to Bayhill’s art students. The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for all students, regardless of their level of ability and confidence, to experience pride in their artistry. Visual arts classes at Bayhill are a part of a broad approach to fostering academic success, mixing hands-on practice with important educational values and skills like critical thinking, empirical reasoning, and cultural literacy.

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Laura O'Brien

English Teacher


After careers in the entertainment, law, and banking industries, Laura O'Brien began teaching ten years ago at a non-public school in Los Angeles. She re-located to Oakland and began teaching at Bayhill High School in the summer of 2013. Her goal is to make her students as excited about reading and writing as she is. Laura has a degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and her California mild/moderate special education credential.

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Mele Satini

Science Teacher


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Ken Kreider

Math Teacher


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Holly Storey

Math Teacher


Holly has been working with special education students since 2007. Previous to Bayhill, Holly taught at Seneca Center in San Leandro and abroad in Thailand. She earned her BA at Cal State Long Beach and her Education Specialist credential from Brandman University. Ms. Storey believes that all students can learn given the right environment. She is excited to continue her teaching career at Bayhill.

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Randall Harding

Physical Education Teacher/Coach


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Greg Gourley

Social Studies Teacher


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Jason Bystrom

Digital Media Instructor/ Teaching Assistant


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Jason Hoopes

Music and Academic Support


Jason Hoopes is a musician, band leader, and educator who moved to the bay area in 2006 to attend graduate school at Mills College. He graduated in 2008 and '09 with an MA in Music Composition, and an MFA in Performance and Literature, respectively. Jason's experience spans a wide range of style and approach, from abstract free improvisation, to various forms of rock, jazz, and contemporary classical. He is a widely sought after bassist, performs and works with some of the most respected names in bay area music, and performs internationally. His extensive experience as an improviser gives him a unique advantage to teaching, as everyone learns differently, and everyone's needs evolve over time. Jason lives in Oakland where he also teaching privately out of his home.

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Sara Lunson-Holtzman

Educational Therapist


April Rasmussen

English Teacher


Stefan Oste

Math Instructor


Ruthe Ann Garner

Teaching Assistant


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Pay Rose, MFT

Licensed Therapist


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Kris Neugebaurer

Speech and Language Pathologist