The Leadership Team is critically important to the success of our event. This amazing Team is guided by the National Conference Advisory Board and provides big ideas, new connections, practical strategies and adds credibility to the planning process. This comprehensive Leadership Team represents the diversity of out-of-school time programs and includes representatives serving at all levels of the field. We are a quality conference truly planned by out-of-school time professionals, adding voice and value to the needs of the field.


Sandra PhotoSandra Bishop, Director Club TC
Chula Vista Middle School






Jered PhotoJered Cherry, Co-Founder & Program Director
Positive Adventures

Jered Cherry, 28, is currently the Co-Founder and Program Director of Positive Adventures LLC. Specializing in building community, increasing physical fitness and developing positive relationships though adventure team building programs. Positive Adventures has exploded onto the scene in San Diego over the last five years with a focus on after-school enrichment programs, ropes course trainings, outdoor education wilderness retreats, team building and staff development programming. Positive Adventures is currently designing programs for over 75 schools, and 5 of the major districts in San Diego County.

Prior to Positive Adventures Jered’s passion for physical fitness and outdoor adventure has taken him all over the globe supporting and volunteering with a variety experiential/outdoor education programs. Jered truly believes that outdoor adventure programs can change and alter the direction of youth across the country. He is committed to his field and passionate about incorporating his work into the traditional school settings.

When not at work you can find Jered hanging from a cliff, riding a wave, running a river, skiing through powder and enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. At a young age he discovered that his talents lied in working with kids and he continues to work on the ground level developing young minds across California.


Larissa PhotoLarissa Johnson, Physical Activity and Community Youth Organization Coordinator
Network for a Healthy California - San Diego and Imperial Region

Larissa Johnson is the Physical Activity and Community Youth Organization Coordinator for the Network for a Healthy California - San Diego and Imperial Region. She has worked with the organization for over five years and was recently awarded UCSD's Exemplary Staff of the Year for 2010. As part of the organization, Ms. Johnson has recruited over two hundred after school sites to use the Children's Power Play! Campaign materials and has trained over five hundred after school staff on physical activity and nutrition education games that are relevant for their sites. During the 2009 school year, Ms. Johnson served on California Afterschool Resource Center's Physical Activity and Nutrition training teams and worked to created four online training modules. Ms. Johnson has been a dance and fitness instructor for over fourteen years and currently teaches ZUMBA throughout San Diego.


Christine L PhotoChristine Lafontant, Recreation Manager
County of San Diego, Parks & Recreation

Christine Lafontant is a Recreation Program Manager for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. She is responsible for managing 3 community centers, organizing major special events including health fairs and movies in the park, and coordinating an Outdoor Adventure Program for foster youth. Ms. Lafontant holds a Bachelors degree from Boston College and has over 15 years of experience in the field of recreation and youth programming.  She has been a camp counselor, program coordinator of after school and summer programs, and has served as a consultant and trainer for over 300 after school programs in San Diego County.

Ms. Lafontant is a member of the San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative Leadership Council, the Greater San Diego Recreation and Parks Coalition for Health and Wellness, San Diego Nutrition Network, and the Coalition for Children and Weight.  In 2006, Ms Lafontant developed and wrote the Vending Machine Contents Policy that was adopted by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and later by the entire County of San Diego.

Ms. Lafontant has presented workshops on a range of health related topics to groups including the California Parks and Recreation Society Annual Conference, CPRS District XII Trainings, and the National Recreation and Parks Association Health and Livability Summit.


Tia Quinn

Tia Quinn, Executive Director
BOOST Collaborative

Linkedin Profile

For more than 22 years, Tia Quinn has worked at all levels of programming in the field of after school, supporting out-of-school time programs throughout the nation via training, technical assistance, quality assurance, and program development.

Tia fell in love with after school programs in 1992 while working in Hartford, CT as an art teacher and later the Program Director in the Asylum Hill community. Tia spent the first part of her west coast experience working at an after school program and later as a Program Director, overseeing programming at 65 before and after school programs through Harmonium Children's Services, one of the largest after school providers in California. Tia also served for 5 years as the Co-Lead for Region 9 Technical Assistance Center, After School Programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this capacity, she supported over 600 after school program sites in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties, serving over 100,000 students annually. While in this role, Tia managed numerous regional and statewide committees and after school initiatives.

In the regional lead capacity, Tia and her team were the 2005 recipients of the California School Board Association's Golden Bell Award for Partnerships and Collaboratives as well as the Cities, Counties, and Schools (CCS) Partnership Award 2005. Additionally, Tia is the recipient of the 2001 Director of the Year, awarded by Mentor San Diego; the California School-Age Consortium's 2006 Award of Excellence, Program Administrator of the Year; and the 2013 STEVIE® Bronze Award for Women In Business under the category of Female Executive of the Year – Business Services. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Collaborative Solutions, Sacramento, CA and believes in the CCS mission to help others discover innovative and effective ways to achieve shared goals. Most recently, Tia is a member of Entrepreneur's Organizations' Accelerator program and is eagerly pursuing her mission to take her ideas and company to the next level.

As an Out-of-School Time Consultant, Tia presents customized workshops and staff development seminars at numerous local, state and national conferences. Tia works closely with school district administrators, CEO's, non-profit agencies, program directors, supervisors, and line staff to increase student retention, promote academic achievement, and overall student success through quality, engaging staff development opportunities.

Tia is currently the Founder and CEO of the BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Collaborative, a purpose-driven organization supporting global out-of-school time professionals through state-of-the-art professional development opportunities, program and resource development, and community partnership advancement. BOOST advocates for quality out-of-school time programming, offers opportunities to share promising practices, and provides a variety of training and consulting services.

Tia is also the founder of the annual BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, California, the nation's largest conference for after school and out-of-school time educators, convening all levels of key stakeholders to initiate change and inspire successful programming. The BOOST conference includes over 150 workshops, 100 Exhibitors, Film Festival, 5-mile Tour de BOOST charity bike ride, Town Hall meetings, Master Classes, networking opportunities and special events.

Tia is passionate about creating positive change for today's youth as well as the people, communities, and partners supporting them in the out-of-school time hours. She loves her driving her golf cart around San Diego and seeking new travel adventures with friends.

Stevie Awards - Bronze Winner

Jim Stevens PhotoJim Stephens, Director of Child Development Services
Orange Unified School District

Since 1990, Jim Stephens has been the director of the Child Development Services department with Orange Unified School District, in Orange County. The Child Development Services department includes the 23 School Age Care “SAC” programs, preschools and the child development programs located throughout the district, serving over 1700 children. Jim has been working in the afterschool field since 1978. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Child Development and Business, Jim has a Masters in Education, which has allowed him the opportunity to teach human development courses at Cal State Fullerton and the local community colleges in Orange County. He has been involved with the BOOST Conference for many years and enjoys serving on the Leadership Team. Jim has been married to Barbara since 1993 and they are the extremely proud parents of their daughter Waverly, who was born in 1996, and son Spencer, born in 1999.


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