Dwayne Anthony Aikens Jr.

is an Oakland native with a community state of mind. Dwayne moved back to Oakland in September of 2005 from New Orleans after graduating from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in psychology and minor in special education. Dwayne received his masters degree in Business Administration in 2009 from University of Phoenix. In 2010 Dwayne co-found We Lead Ours with Lamont Robinson and Trestin George. We Lead Ours’ mission is to provide at-risk youth in under-served areas with an extended day learning program that will provide them with educational, enrichment, civic leadership, and sports and fitness programs. While integrating adult programs into the community that focus on college preparation, job readiness, health education, and financial literacy. Dwayne is a new edition to Keep Oakland Beautiful Board of Directors. Dwayne serves on the education, Great American Clean Up, and marketing committees. When Dwayne is not working in the community he is working diligently on his Doctorate Degree in Leadership Development Curriculum Instruction.

Sarah L. Arnett

Sarah L. Arnett, a native Oaklander, was enchanted with her city at a young age.  The promise of greater prosperity motivated her parents to migrate from the south over 60 years ago and settle inWest Oakland where Sarah grew up and learned to respect the city’s rich culture and diverse population.

While pursuing her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Childhood Obesity, Sarah developed a love affair with nutrition and fitness.  Her thesis included work on a $25 million Promise Neighborhood grant from the US Department of Education led by CSU, East Bay, where she helped to cultivate School Wellness Programs in several schools in Hayward. She also teaches nutrition to various community organizations throughout Oakland.

Sarah has a passion to see Oakland thrive and is excited about helping to form new partnerships with KOB and other community organizations to create innovative ways to beautify Oakland. She currently resides in North Oakland with her husband where she is a board member for the Santa Fe neighborhood association. She loves good food and fitness.

Bob Bodnar

Bob has lived in a 1919 Craftsman bungalow in East Oakland for 15 years. He is a government attorney and chairman of his neighborhood council (NCPC). In that capacity, he has worked on community improvement projects, adopting a large traffic island and adding planter boxes to what had been a barren, asphalt-covered eyesore. More recently, he worked with local artists to add a mosaic tile feature to the planter boxes. Bob has organized and participated in tree-planting efforts and neighborhood clean-ups in his neighborhood.

Bob is an avid bike commuter, riding from his house to the Jack London Ferry terminal and into San Francisco daily. Riding around Oakland on a bicycle can be very serene. The ride through Fruitvale and along the estuary never fails to elevate his mood. Bob enjoys the water. He learned to sail on Lake Merritt and now ventures under the Golden Gate once in a while. You might see him on his SUP, paddling in the waters off Jack London Square. He’ll be the one occasionally leaning down to pick up trash.

Bob serves as the board secretary in 2016.

Leah Cerri

Leah Cerri has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years.  She has developed training for mentoring programs and has built volunteer programs for Episcopal Community Services, Mission Economic Development Agency and San Francisco CASA.  She currently works for Eden Housing as the Volunteer Programs Manger.  Leah has her Master’s degree in nonprofit business administration from Tulane University.  In addition to being a Board Member for Keep Oakland Beautiful, she currently is part of Leadership Oakland class of 2017, and is a member of Hayward Rotary. She has previously served as the External Committee Lead for the Board of Directors for CommunityGrows, and has served on the Membership Committee for the Young Nonprofit Professional Network.  In her spare time she enjoys going on hikes with her dogs and gardening.

Jane Christen

Has been a part of KOB’s board since 2016, serving on the Community Outreach committee. She is excited to continue working with our local community through volunteering, neighborhood campaigns, and small grant facilitation. With concurrent degrees in Finance and Environmental Design, Jane works at Gensler Architecture & Design as a Consulting Analyst implementing client sustainability strategies and solving various experience design debacles.

As a newer Oakland resident, Jane is excited to get more involved and to make our city a cleaner and more enjoyable place to walk, bike and live. When she’s not hiking, camping, practicing yoga or urban exploring in Oakland, you will find Jane volunteering for various environmental stewardship organizations, attending lectures, spending time with friends and family, or curled up with a good book.

Jill Ann Cosentino
Jill Ann joined the board in 2015, serving on the finance committee and helping to administer the small grants program. She will serve as chair in 2017.
Jill Ann has lived in Oakland for about a decade and resides in West Oakland with her husband and son. She has a background in project management, human resources and special events. Most weekends you can find them doing one of the never-ending projects that come along with renovating a Victorian constructed in 1885. She enjoys cycling, yoga, statistics, strange plants, long walks around the lake and power tools.
Cynthia Elliott

is a small business owner & second generation community activist. She is a founding member of Jingletown Arts & Business Community. Formed in December 2005, JABC came together to share ideas about neighborhood cleaning & beautification, through art and garden projects in Jingletown and Oakland. Cynthia has been awarded the Neighborhood Dynamo award in 2009 from
the Oakland Indie Awards and a 2010 Community Volunteer Award for District 5. She has lived in Jingletown for 13 years aided in neighborhood recruitment
by her 4 year old dog Austen.

Michael Gabriel

Michael Gabriel brings his experience as staff consultant to non-profit groups and his interest in beautification to the KOB board. After 27 years, Michael retired from national non-profit, NeighborWorks® America. There, he reviewed over $100 million in grant applications and helped organizations to increase civic participation using mission-based, economically sustainable models. The Bay Area native studied at UC Berkeley and worked as a Zoning Administrator for Piedmont and Oakland. His lifelong interest in landscaping grew while working for a design-build landscape firm during his college years.

Michael’s community volunteer activities include serving as president of the Glenview Neighborhood Association, president of the Oakland Recycling Association, member of the Oakland Community Economic Advisory Commission, and numerous other task forces and committees. His other interests include art pottery, architecture, antiques, and gardens and he enjoys living in a 1912 Craftsman home with his family.

Ricky Kellogg

Ricky has dedicated his life to working with youth and young adults with attitude/behavior problems. His work began in 1984 as a football coach for young boys. In 2011, he founded the non-profit Attitude Change Training Program (A.C.T.P.) working with youth at Camp Sweeney, a juvenile facility in San Leandro, California.  In 2013, he received a volunteer of the year award for his cognitive-based program focusing on changing faulty thought patterns. Ricky holds multiple degrees in counseling and social services..

Jose Luis Martinez

Jose Luis has extensive experience working in the environmental education field in Alameda, Contra Costa, and West Contra Costa counties. He is a community leader in the areas of community safety, environmental stewardship, youth development, and community empowerment.

Jose Luis is a father of two elementary-aged children in the Fruitvale District of Oakland.

Andrea Silvestri

Andrea Silvestri has wide-ranging experience in several design disciplines, including graphic design, design for public space, human interface design, and information design. Her work focuses on  organizing complex information and synthesizing design and technology. Andrea is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves hiking, backpacking, swimming, and walking around Lake Merritt. She participated in Keep America Beautiful clean up days when she was a child and still remembers the crying Indian ad campaign. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Ivy Hill neighborhood.

Larry Lionel Young, Jr., MBA
A genuinely charismatic Realtor/Developer gentleman, Larry Lionel holds a Masters of Business Administration and a BA from Cal Poly. Having served for almost half a decade on the Keep Oakland Beautiful board, Larry Lionel brings diverse thought and self-sustaining actions, coupled with his classroom teaching experience and political ambitions. Previously, Larry Lionel was a 2010 Oakland Mayoral candidate, a 2012 Oakland District 3 City Council candidate, and a 2014 BART Board Director District 4 candidate. Larry Lionel is married to a physician out of Contra Costa County. They have a 9-year-old daughter attending school in Alameda County.