CTE Foundation Staff

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Kathy Goodacre,
Chief Executive Officer

CEO Kathy Goodacre has led CTE Foundation since its inception and is recognized throughout the community for her leadership in advocating for the Foundation’s mission. Having raised two children with different learning styles, Kathy has a personal passion for ensuring all students see a viable education and career path out of high school. Her vision is for more parents, employers, community leaders and educators to recognize the value of career technical education as an equitable path forward for students to become better prepared to tackle life after high school. By engaging employers, Kathy is committed to a “grow our own” philosophy to ensure our young people can be trained here, go to work here and most importantly have fulfilling lives here in Sonoma County. 

Ms. Goodacre started her career in Sonoma County in 1990 where she served as the Vice President of Marketing/Fund Development for the local United Way. Following her departure from United Way in 1997, she launched a non-profit consulting business providing an array of services with an emphasis on program and fund development. 

Ms. Goodacre holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky and resides in Santa Rosa with her husband Matt.

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Amber Figueroa,
Vice President Operations and Programs

Amber began supporting CTE Foundation’s marketing, fundraising and outreach efforts as an independent contractor in 2014 and joined the team full time as Director of CTE Programs in January 2017. Her love for generating positive outcomes for people and planet was fostered through a variety of leadership roles, guiding nonprofit organization strategy and development at ChangeLab Solutions, Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County, Bioneers and the Real Medicine Foundation. 

Before deciding to apply her efforts to mission-driven work, Amber enjoyed a successful career in advertising and marketing management for a variety of global brands. Amber earned a BA in International Business from Seattle University, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

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Brandon Jewell,
Director of Industry Engagement

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in communications from Sonoma State University, Brandon began his career in marketing and business development at Sonoma County BEST (Building Economic Success Together), an economic development program of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. Brandon then became the Director of Economic & Workforce Development at the Chamber. Starting in July of 2017, Brandon became the Director of Industry Engagement at CTE Foundation where he aligns industry and education to provide relevant work-based learning experiences to students as they explore and prepare for future careers. Brandon is also a member and First Vice President of Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50. 

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Kristin Loheyde,
Director of Resource Development

Kristin joined the CTE Foundation team in 2019. She has over twenty years of professional, academic and volunteer experience in fundraising and education, most recently with the SRJC Foundation and CSU East Bay. Prior to a career in major and planned giving, Kristin taught ESL for many years and was a learning consultant in culturally competent healthcare at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. 

A long-time sailor, Kristin volunteers with Blue Water Foundation to provide at-risk and under-represented young people an opportunity to experience the same joy and sense of freedom she does on the water. Kristin has a BA in International Studies and French from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and an MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Originally from New England, Kristin now considers herself a West Coaster having lived in Oregon, British Columbia and California. She moved to Santa Rosa in 2018 to be near family.

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Leslie Simmons,
Director of Marketing & Communications

Leslie has directed marketing and communications at CTE Foundation since February 2019. Prior to her work for the nonprofit, she spent over a decade running a video and film production business in northern California, crafting engaging visual and written content to meet the marketing and branding needs for clients from billion-dollar corporations to grassroots nonprofits. 

Before she launched her business, Leslie worked in program management for organizations focused on child and youth development, and led community organizing efforts for social and economic justice in Santa Cruz and Sacramento. A native of Healdsburg, Leslie graduated U.C. Santa Cruz with her bachelor’s degree in community studies. She currently resides with her husband and kiddo in Cloverdale.

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Debbie Schoemaker
Administrative Manager

Debbie joined the CTE Foundation team in March 2020 as Administrative Manager. She moved to Sonoma County from New York in 2011, where she enjoyed a long career at Deloitte delivering global technology solutions to her colleagues around the world. After many years in the private sector, she decided to apply her experience in the education sector, working in various schools throughout Petaluma, and later joining the development team at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, a nonprofit organization delivering music and arts education to children. 

She has always had a passion for helping children thrive and has volunteered her time to various organizations including Junior Achievement, NY Cares and Gilead House. She received her BA in Business Administration from Baruch College in New York. A native New Yorker who loves the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced city, Debbie has come to love the more relaxed pace of living in beautiful Sonoma County along with her son Justin and partner Tim.

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