President’s Message

2016 was my final year as Board Chair of College Access Plan. During my tenure I saw CAP grow both strategically and in terms of impact. This year was no exception. CAP began work with continuation and alternative high schools, bringing necessary resources to the students that need them most. CAP has also evolved to focus not just on getting students into college but through college successfully, and, this year, we saw our fourth cohort of alumni transition into our I Heart College program. I am honored to continue to serve on the board under the leadership of Mo and our incoming Chair, LaWayne Williams. We are in good hands with them. Together we will continue to serve Pasadena, ensuring that every student that wants to go to college has that chance.

Sam Gelinas, Board Chair

Executive Director’s Note

Once again, I’m in total awe of how much CAP can accomplish in a single year. I know it’s because we have the best partners in the world: the Pasadena Unified School District, our community partners, our investors, and, most of all, our students and their families. Our staff are totally devoted to the mission of supporting students, and they’ve worked alongside myself and our board to develop an approach that adapts to each student in their personal, social, cultural, and educational context. This spring, we saw students choose a diverse array of colleges from our own local schools like Pasadena City College, Cal Poly Pomona, and UCLA to colleges across the state, like Sacramento State, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford to colleges throughout the country, like Tulane, University of Arizona, Gonzaga, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. We couldn’t be prouder of these graduates and all of our students from middle school through college as they develop into tomorrow’s diverse leaders in business, technology, the arts, public service, and education. Thank you to everyone who makes this work possible. I have the best job ever.

Mo Hyman, Executive Director






“The check-ins every now and then are great. It feels great to know that I have a support system back home that is rooting for me.”
- Saidy Amador, UCLA



The heart and soul of CAP is our students -- and this year was another full of new relationships and successes. We always keep an eye out for those key "aha" moments when a middle school student pictures himself at a dream college, a high school student realizes that she can and will do well on the SAT test, or a college student becomes a mentor for others who are also the first in their families to attend. Our students have the tenacity and the ability to make their bigger dreams come true, and, this year, we helped them to hone their focus, explore their options, and navigate the speed bumps at two middle schools, seven high schools, and dozens of colleges.

Our newest program partnerships this year brought our programs to students attending non-traditional continuation and alternative education high schools. These 288 students at Rose City High School, CIS Academy, and Learning Works Charter School explored and enrolled in postsecondary opportunities with the support of a CAP college counselor. In addition to continuing to grow our classic programs, we are so proud to provide added college resources to these creative and driven students.

Finally, two collaborations provided approximately $224,000 in scholarships to select graduating seniors who will participate in our I Heart College alumni program. These 26 students will each receive $7,000-$10,000 over four years. CAP thanks The All Ways Up Foundation and The California Masons for these significant investments in our fabulous 2016 grads!

“I am proud to say that the SAT prep class helped me in a lot of ways. It disciplined me to be prepared for the length of the exam, provided a sense of community in dealing with the stress of it, acted as a support system, and gave me strategies to find the answers fast. Of course, I had to do my part as well. The course was like a give and take system. It only works if you are willing to communicate and actively participate. Overall, I don´t know where I would be if it weren´t for this class. It increased my chances for success, and I would without a doubt recommend this for all juniors.”

-Ulani, John Muir High School Class of 2017

where our 2016 grads are going to college








Mo Hyman

Executive Director

Sarah Promnitz

Director of Programs

Joanne Do

Director of Outreach & Engagement

Joyce Hsiao

Counselor, Postsecondary Education Specialist

Lina Calderón-Morin

College Transition Counselor
& Program Specialist

Natasha Mahone

Middle School Coordinator

Yadira Perez

Middle School Coordinator

Michael Fenn

Resource Development VISTA
"I genuinely enjoy our partnership with Learning Works because it brings college access to a student population that often has little to no exposure to their academic and career options nor knowledge of support programs and services on college campuses."

- Lina Calderón-Morin, College Transition Counselor & Program Specialist



Sam Gelinas


Jodi Epstein


Kate Kelly


Jana Blumenthal


Jessica Cobb


Saru Ramanan


Lawayne Williams


Kathleen Parent

Co-Founder &
President Emeritus (non-voting)

“Where do we get an education from? College Access Plan
We can also get a great Plan;
There is a way to get a Bachelor’s degree,
You just need the opportunity.
There are 9, there are 23
There are a bunch of public universities.
There are Cal States and UC’s
Which one is the best for me?”

— “CAP Rap” composed by Washington STEAM middle school students


Ayo Sutherland Bryson Moore Carlos Valledares Chelsea Ho
Cheri Herrboldt Daniel Hernandez David Reyes Delacey Rodrigue
Emily Baird Erick Aguilar Genevieve Tikasingh Geoff Albert
Jason Brown John Bacolores Jose Becerra Josh Hing
Juliette Derbyshire Kate Kelly Kathleen Ting Kathy Chen
Katrina Gumushian Kimberly Silviero-Bautista Kyle Hoellger Lance Wyndon
Liliana Velasco Garcia Lisa Caruso Lola Osborne Margie Cameron
Michael Fenn Mike Stammer Nancy Buck Saidy Amador
Stacey Jeffrey Stephanie Bower
For three-and-a-half years, Michael volunteered full time for CAP as an Americorps VISTA member. The average VISTA serves for one year, so this is a REALLY BIG deal, and we were so lucky to have Michael on Team CAP, forging relationships with community members and overseeing our volunteer program, which he built from a nascent idea to a full-fledged and dynamic program with training and support services for volunteers that work with students, support our operations, and grow our impact in the Pasadena community.

Thanks to Michael’s efforts, volunteers contributed 1,916 hours this year, valued at $52,862!


Our Funders

Albert & Doris Pitt Foundation All Ways Up Foundation The Corporation for
National & Community Service
Green Foundation
Opus Community Foundation Pasadena Community Foundation Pasadena Rotary Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Sacchi Foundation The Ahmanson Foundation The Annenberg Foundation The Charitable Foundation (BHHS)
The Gilbert Foundation Webster Foundation

Our Community Partners

Blair High School Blair High School PTSA Blair Middle School The California Masonic Foundation
Caltech - Community Science Academy Caltech Y - Rise Program CIS Academy Collaborate PASadena
Day One Flintridge Center Jericho Road John Muir High School
Lake Avenue Community Foundation Learning Works Charter School LW @ Homeboy Industries Marshall Fundamental High School
Pasadena Educational Foundation Pasadena Education Network Pasadena High School PasadenaLEARNs
Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Youth Ambassadors Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley Rose City High School
SKILLZ SoCal CAN: The Southern
California College Access Network
Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Our Supporters

MASTERS ($2,500-$4,999)
Meg Grimes Robert and Kathleen Wade
VALEDICTORIAN ($1,000-$2499)
Deb & Matt Silverman Gretchen Roubeck Philanthropic Fund IBM
SUMMA CUM LAUDE ($500-$999)
Ann Paradiso Christopher Warley Dick Davis
Jana Blumenthal Joel Meyer Lisa Goren
Mario Milch.Michael Fenn
& Kimm Nasser Fenn
Mo Hyman & Jason Brown Sam Gelinas &
Anna Silverman
Sara Thompson Saru Ramanan Wells Fargo Foundation
MAGNA CUM LAUDE ($250-$499)
Brandon Stephenson Brian Dillard Carly Efros
Elizabeth DeRoven Jodi Epstein Kate Hausler Kelly
Kathy Parent LaWayne Williams Melanie Goodyear
Michael Araujo Richard Freeman Rosanne Currarino
Stephanie Lazicki Tammy Do Tim Blumenthal
CUM LAUDE ($100-$249)
Bernie & Sue Potts Amanda Miller Ananth Thyagarajan Annika Iltis
Barbara Snyder Catherine Haight Christopher Sprunger Dan Bree
Daniel Schnur Darlene Geiger Dawn and James O'Keefe Eddie Newman
Elizabeth Pomeroy Fred Cooper Georganne Haswell Gwen & Bob Whitson
Ide Morin Jen Haybach Jennifer Buchman Jessica Rosenberg
Jessie Okelberry Joanna Hartigan Joanne Do Jonathan Wysocki
Joy West Justin Do Kathleen Givner Kathryn Zyla
Kathy Uhley Kelly Leffler Kimberly Hoang Kristin Paulson
Kyle Hoellger LaTierra Eubanks Linda Machida Lisa Wilson
Mackenzie Peykov Margaret Gillham Marjorie Rubright Matthew Emmick
Pamela Chen Reel Ideas Renae Stone Shauna Nep
Susanne Bucher
SCHOLAR (to $99)
Aaron and Sherry Goren Adina Rubenstein
& Bella Pierce
Al Stern Aleem Hossain
& Jenn Kao
Alice Hsiao Allison Chan Amy Sandoz Andy Sharkey
Anthony Portantino Arameh Anvarizadeh Brandon Reim Charles Andrean
Charles Todd Cheryl McDonald Chris Tuggle Christian Port
Cindy Bronen Cory Frank Crystal Rosales Daryl Connui
David Hoffman David Sanchez Derek Halet Dora Mora (I)
Doris Chon Dorthea &
Joe Prince
Earl Yaokasin Elizabeth Gibb
Emily &
Jordan Berman
Emily Jackson Emma Cobb Enrique Pantoja
Fabian Sandoval Gefrey Manohar Geoffrey Albert Gwenmarie White
Hannah Wasserman Ilana Milch Isis Krause Jacob Medjuck
James Aboagye Jeannie Benhain Jeffrey Promnitz Jennifer Waggoner
Jessica Cobb Jessica McMunn Jil Freeman Jill Boyd
Johanna Kennelly Ullman John &
Michele LuValle
John Leach Joseph Guisti
Joyce Hsiao Joyce Rabideau Judith Silverman Julia Chuang
Justin Dobies Kari Cassellius Karla Sosa Kim Kenne
Kyle Wade Laura Zachar Leslie Hoellger Liliana Rosales
Lina Morin Linda Rubright Lola Osborne Lorena Guillen
Margaret Fernandez Marny Conui Martin Gonzalez Mary Donnelly Crocker
Matthew Wang Meagan Partilla Mike Jackson Milena Blake
Nick Fox Oscar Perez Pat Promnitz Patricia &
Paul Brown
Patrick Reilly Preston Johnson Public Works Inc. Rachel Lessem
Rachel Schneider Rebecca Snavely Rebecca Velasco Rob Schraff
Roberta Kaufman Ryan Kaufman Sai Deep Tetali Sean Williams
Sharon Privitte Silver Lake Yoga Steven Lopez Susan Higo
Susan Schwartz Tahvia Vance Tanya Nordhaus Taylor Giali
Taylor Wolfson Ted Carmichael Teri Phillips Terrence McGlynn
Thomas Ream Tiffany Panlilio Trina Smith Whitney Woodward
William Macias Yadira Perez (donor) Yee Hlaing Zak Witus
Zeinab Elhawary Zoe Melczer
Galloping Tintypes Elevated Media Aquarium of the Pacific The Cheese Store of Silver Lake
Chipotle Corner Bakery Discovery Science Foundation DosageHelp.Com
Food4Less Fremont Centre Theatre Homage Pasadena Hollywood Wax Museum
Inland Empire 66ers iPic Theaters Jeny @ Neighborhood Salon Jorian Hill
Kidspace Museum LA Galaxy LA Lakers Lavender & Honey
Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza Masa of Echo Park Natural History
Museum of Los Angeles
Pasadena Playhouse
Pavilions Printing & Copy Store Ralphs Rise Bar
San Diego Zoo Starbucks Vons