Amy Weingarten - Executive Director/Founder
Amy Weingarten is currently the Executive Director/Founder of the Emotional Awareness Institute. She has been in the clinical social work field for thirty years. Amy’s expertise spans across all age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds along with numerous institutions. Her creativity and innovation has produced numerous successful programs throughout her career. Amy has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1990. She graduated with her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1983. She is excellent at networking and has numerous contacts within government agencies as well as the private sector. Amy's passion is creating and implementing programs that matter. Her InnerView program is the basis for our Life Stories programs . She is also passionate about story and history that is passed down from one generation to the next. Amy has extensive training experience that has supported her program development and design.
Joshua Weingarten - President
Joshua Weingarten has served on EAI’s board since 2016. He currently serves as President. Joshua is an Associate at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in the Public Law group. Previously, he worked for Ryan, LLC, a tax services and consulting firm, as a property tax consultant. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Arizona, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lisa Arieta Hayes - Secretary
Lisa Arieta-Hayes, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW,1990) and earned, a Bachelors (BSW, 1983) and Master in Social Work (MSW, 1996) and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D, 2002). Dr. Arieta-Hayes attended San Jose State University and the University of San Francisco where she completed her dissertation on the Experience of Latina Teens in the Criminal Justice System. Her professional experience has been vast, from providing direct services in out-patient clinics, group homes, residential care and hospital based treatment facilities, as an educator with the School of Social Work at San Jose State University since 1995. Currently Dr. Arieta-Hayes is the Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Kaiser San Jose. Dr. Arieta-Hayes is a member of the Latino Social Workers Network, National Association of Social Workers and California Teacher’s Association. She is a Group Home Administrator, Certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Trainer and a Certified ProAct Trainer and has taught hundreds of training courses and presented at numerous local, state and national conferences. In addition, she is a trainer for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (O.J.J.D.P.) and has provided training for city, county and state organizations. In 2007, her professional expertise led her to be included in the Who’s Who in Executive Non-Profit Management and was named Social Worker of the year in 2014 for Santa Clara County.
Nebi Alemu - Board Member
Nebi Alemu has more than 20 years’ history of professional management experience in media, technology and transportation companies. He currently serves as a consultant to the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) and works as senior consultant at Robinson Communications. His deep experience in political and grassroots community organizing, ethnic outreach, public speaking, diversity training, and advocacy serves a variety of international and domestic organizations, where he has completed successful engagements in both the private and nonprofit sectors. He is also the principal organizer of community-based operations for the election campaigns of candidates for local, state and national offices. Nebi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix and holds a higher business education certificate from Stanford University.
Cynthia Harrison - Board Member
Cynthia has 35+ years experience in health care as a registered nurse and nurse educator. Her healthcare workforce priorities include Certified Nursing Assistant testing, Medical Assistant expanded practice, Allied Health and Nursing faculty development workshops, Mental Health program expansion, Men in Nursing workshops, RN specialty training and more. She currently serves as the Center Director for the Health Workforce Initiative and Director of Registered Nursing (LVN-RN) Program at Mission College; the Northern Regional Testing Center Coordinator for Certified Nurse Assistant Testing; a faculty nurse at Mission College and San Jose State University; and a MHSA WET advisory committee member. Her education includes a B.S. in Nursing with Public Health, M.S. in Nursing with a Nurse Educator Emphasis and post-Master's coursework in Simulation.
Judy May - Board Member
Judy May is a single mother of three adult children, one of whom has special needs. She moved from Indiana in 2015 to California to move her son in with her. He lives with his mom full time in a small town in Oregon. This is after a varied career as a stay-at-home mom, a secretary, admin assistant, a property manager, event planner, a member and president of the local Business Association she started and president of the Junior League of Indianapolis, Judy now sits as a Board member for EAI and the agency supporting her son. Working full time caring for her son and a beautiful dog who adopted us, she lives close to her grandchildren which keeps her life full.
Rachael Adelstein Weingarten - Advisor to the Board
Rachael has been a life long learner with a passion to support students in and out of the classroom. Rachael graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in elementary education. She received her masters in educational leadership and urban education from USC. She has taught grades 2nd through 6th grade in Tucson, AZ, Detroit, MI, and South Central Los Angeles, CA. The last year and a half Rachael has been part of Caliber Schools as the founding principal at ChangeMakers Academy in Vallejo, CA. Her school focuses on the whole child incorporating social emotional learning, the arts, computer science, and rigorous instruction.