Our staff supplies the professionalism, experience, and commitment to keep TEL HI running smoothly. Here are some key members of our team:


  • Nestor L. Fernandez II

    CEO/Executive Director

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    Nestor L. Fernandez II

    CEO/Executive Director

    Nestor has been involved with Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center since 2002, first as a volunteer, then as a board member, and since 2009 as a staff administrator. He has been a San Francisco resident for almost 40 years and earned his bachelor of science degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of San Francisco.

    Nestor is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, a public speaker on various business topics, and a youth basketball coach. He is actively involved with various public service organizations as a member, board member, and volunteer.

  • Yvonne Curley

    Development Director

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    Yvonne Curley

    Development Director

    As Development Director Yvonne works closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and Staff at TEL HI to develop and implement all areas of fundraising for the center. Yvonne joined TEL HI as a volunteer in April 2014 after a 20 year career in sales and project management. Yvonne had the desire to do something more meaningful and make a difference in people’s lives and in August 2014 she accepted the position of Development Director. She says of her first day at TEL HI, “from the minute I walked through the front gates and saw the kids on the playground I was hooked and I knew that this was where I wanted to work”.  She loves engaging with TEL HI’s supporters, staff, board of directors, and clients to create a culture of fundraising at TEL HI!

  • Ruchira Karamchandani

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Ruchira Karamchandani

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ruchira has been with TEL HI since 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s degree in business administration/finance. She passed the CPA
    exams in February of 2016. Ruchira did volunteer work in India before relocating to the United States. She enjoys contributing her financial skills to an organization that makes a difference in people’s lives.

  • Jora Atienza Washington

    North Beach-Chinatown & TEL HI Program Director

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    Jora Atienza Washington

    North Beach-Chinatown & TEL HI Program Director

    Jora was hired in 2010 to lead the new Youth Employment Services program. Previously she served as Senior Program Director with Oakland Asian Students Educational Services and as an After-School Learning Site Coordinator with Mission Learning Center and the San Francisco Unified School District.

    Jora is proud to have been an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years, where she worked with and coached SFUSD teachers to improve their classroom practice. She has also been involved with the Youth Development Peer Network/Youth Worker Collective as a Steering Committee member and was selected as one of 50 statewide Peer Mentors for California Afterschool Network’s Statewide Mentoring Project.

    She grew up in the Philippines and Los Angeles and holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian with a minor in linguistic anthropology from UCLA. She enjoys creating engaging, relevant programming for young people.

  • Melody Wong

    TEL HI Program Director

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    Melody Wong

    TEL HI Program Director

    Melody has been involved with TEL HI since second grade – first as a program participant, then as a volunteer as she attended Francisco Middle School, then as an employee while a student at Galileo High School. Melody attended U.C. Irvine and would come back every summer to work in the preschool and summer camps. Upon graduating from college Melody was hired as TEL HI’s Senior Program and Volunteer Manager, a position she excelled. Melody now oversees the After School Academy (ASA), Senior Program, as well as the Garden and Nutrition Program.


  • Edward Cheveres

    Program Manager, NBC Beacon Programs, Francisco Middle School

  • Ashley Latoof

    Marketing & Communications Manager

  • Samson Lin

    Senior Program Manager

    • 415.421.6443, ext. 28
    • Involved with TEL HI since 2016
  • Connie Luu

    Early Education Childhood Programs Manager

    • 415.421.6443, ext. 12
    • Involved with TEL HI since 2014
  • Nico Placido

    Leadership & Workforce Development Manager, North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center

  • Rahul Sharma

    Teen Programs Manager, Galileo High School

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News & Programs

  1. Golden State Warriors Players Get Personal about Their Finances to Educate TEL HI Youth

    On Monday, January 9, 2017 TEL HI’s North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center at Francisco Middle School hosted Golden State Warriors players Ian Clark and Shaun Livingston for an interactive discussion around the importance of having financial knowledge. The event was part of the Future Leaders program, a financial literacy program that was formed by the Golden State […]

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  2. TEL HI is Recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco

    We are excited to announce we are now one of 10 nonprofits in the city of San Francisco recognized as a San Francisco Green Businesses! As an organization that has been around for over 126 years, we know the importance of taking care of the planet so that it remains healthy for generations to come. […]

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  3. Crowdfunding Campaign for TEL HI’s Senior Program Hits Goal

    On September 1, 2016 TEL HI launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise $8,888 for its Senior Program. The campaign, Christmas in September for Seniors, was a huge success!  With over 40 people making online and offline donations, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (TEL HI) hit its fundraising goal in 2 months! “We are so […]

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