Giovanna Taormina, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Giovanna Taormina is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of One Circle Foundation. She provides national training, curricula, consultation, and technical assistance related to gender responsive services to non-profit agencies, government, state supported programs, institutions, and systems that work with adolescents and has served as a national consultant to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. With co-founder, Beth Hossfeld, LMFT, Giovanna co-developed the Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Women’s Circle models - comprehensive, gender-specific models for youth and women to address the risk factors and needs in a format that is conducive to building on strengths and fostering resiliency. With extensive experience in the design, development, and implementation of program services, she is recognized for her work in both the public and private sectors. Giovanna has co-developed several curricula for enhancing protective factors in the lives of youth and women focusing on themes related to bullying, competition, friendships, alcohol, tobacco and drug decision-making, sexuality, goal setting, body image, women’s health and wellness, aggression, dating violence, mother/daughter relationships, HIV prevention, and more. The curricula is utilized internationally and applied to programs in schools, mental health, juvenile probation, pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, health education, economic literacy, gang-prevention, outdoor adventure, boys and girls clubs, and peer leadership. In 2004, Giovanna was selected to be a member of the OJJDP Girls Study Group to represent practitioners in the field of girls’ programs by a group of federally appointed academic and research experts committed to providing scientifically sound programs for girls. Since 1997, One Circle Foundation has provided nationwide trainings, in-service trainings, and peer-leadership trainings with participants from all over the United States and Canada. Giovanna resides in northern California.
E-mail: Giovanna.Taormina@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119
Kiku Johnson, Associate Director
Kiku has been invested in youth work since 1989 ranging from residential, treatment, prevention, out of school time, community-based, and youth development including educational non-profit organizations in California, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, and West Virginia. Twenty years were initially girl focused work with gender specific programing including outdoor and adventure-based education, science-technology-engineering-math (STEM), college and career preparation and internship placement, rites of passage, and social emotional learning (SEL). Kiku served previously as the Girls Leadership National Program Director centering on SEL and educational theater curriculum and educator training. Kiku has also been a residential counselor with pregnant and parenting teen girls and worked with organizations including 4-H and Girls Incorporated. Kiku’s gender-transcended approach to working with youth and all individuals is culturally informed, responsive, and human centered. As a Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellow, Kiku has focused work developing a national Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) training. Kiku hails from a visual arts background engaging art mediums including photography, drawing, stained glass and mosaics with youth. Kiku resides in East Oakland, California since 2004 with an equally rock star partner who also works with elementary, middle, and high school age youth! E-mail: Kiku@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119
Laura Cartwright, National Training Director
Laura has diverse experience inspiring resiliency in youth and their families since 1991 through a regionally informed, intersectional lens. She has worked in non-profit community-based programs, athletics, education, as well as residential and day camps for girls. Most recently, Laura served as an educator for 10 years at an all-girls middle school where she facilitated Girls Circle, served as the Athletic Director, and also developed and taught the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. The content area of her teaching and curricula writing include; adolescent mental health, communication, gender and sexuality, body image, drug and alcohol education, sex education, team building, outdoor education, health and fitness, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She works with the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC) as a facilitator for the professional Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) for teachers and also served as the advisor for her school’s GSA, led by students. Before teaching, Laura spent 5 years working to empower athletes of all abilities as the Vice President of Regional Sports at Special Olympics Northern California. Laura believes that sports teams are a vehicle for empowerment for all people. She has coached more than 50 girl sports teams in volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, and softball at the Club, elementary, middle, and high school levels. Over the course of her career, Laura has worked and volunteered with multiple non-profits serving girls in prevention and intervention programs including; facilitating programs for mothers and daughters, career development for teens, literacy, physical and mental health, outdoor education, theater, poetry, and the arts. In her spare time, she loves swimming, cooking, and exploring/honoring the beauty, culture, and diversity of Oakland, CA where she lives with her amazing partner. E-mail: Laura@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119
Pat Greenwell, Customer Relations, Office Administrator
Pat collaborates with agencies and organizations that would like to provide Girls Circle or The Council Facilitator Trainings to their staff and/or community. Pat’s background includes working in the public schools, clinical residential settings, as well as media production. Pat has a long history with One Circle Foundation dating back to the 1990’s when her two daughters were in “Young Women In Spirit,” a Girls Circle group facilitated by Executive Director, Giovanna Taormina. Pat has a passion for Social Justice, Music, Art, and most of all, her family. E-mail: Pat@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119
Vanessa Brook Caveney, Communications and Design Director
Vanessa is responsible for overseeing the design strategy for One Circle Foundation's digital and print work including
curricula, presentations, and email marketing. She has over 18 years of experience working with girl and women-focused non profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Vanessa's background is in design and web development and she has employed both since the inception of the organization as the daughter of Executive Director, Giovanna Taormina. Vanessa knows first-hand the power and impact of circle models, having participated in them from age 13, and can attest to their effectiveness in fostering belonging, empathy, and self-worth. She currently resides in Southern Oregon with her partner and two daughters. E-mail: Vanessa@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119
Moorea Dickason, Contractor, Consultant
In 2016, after eight years of employment at OCF as an Office Administrator, Marketing Manager, Accounts Payable and Receivable Administrator, Girls Circle Trainer, and Account Manager, Moorea Dickason moved on to focus full time on her music career. Moorea is a full time Professional Singer, Private Singing Teacher, Studio Engineer and Content Creator. She continues to work with OCF to support the organizational mission and particularly the health of attendance at open public trainings. Her first experience with One Circle was as a high school aged participant in a Girls Circle with Giovanna Taormina, the ED of OCF as her facilitator. Moorea has since become a certified Girls Circle and The Council for Boys & Young Men Facilitator, has facilitated multiple Girls Circle groups, has been a Girls Circle Trainer, built and supported many programs at OCF and continues to spend time connected to the organization, it's staff and mission. www.MooreaDickason.com.
E-mail: Training@OneCircleFoundation.org | Phone: (415) 419-5119