TVM Program Director
Twenty years ago, Mahea Gaskins, saw a need to support Black youth and families in having better life outcomes. Her experience includes working as an Educator for eight years, developing and implementing curriculum for school districts and consulting principals. During that time, she has also gained a Bachelor’s degree in Child & Adolescent Development and then subsequently getting a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in helping Black People. Created and enhanced curricula, as well as support instructional leadership using culturally and linguistically responsive approaches. Over the past seven years, Mahea has managed projects and often served as a liaison with K-12 parents, teachers, and administrators to communicate the data and results of programming and the progress of students. This all has been the strength of TVM providing a direct service to youth and family members.
Mark A. Gaskins
TVM Co-Founder/Board Chair
Raised in Union City and attending schools from elementary to graduating high school, Mark Gaskins has an intimate perspective on being a Black male student and resident. Over the past fifteen years, Mark has dedicated himself to being a community servant and has effectively connected with city officials, law enforcement, local clergy, alumni, and businesses. He combines his passion for supporting the youth and families with his experience of consulting global enterprise organizations in the evaluation, purchase, and implementation of software solutions. Mark’s ability to network with large corporations, engage youth and families, and manage multiple projects has proven to be valuable in moving TVM to the next level of partnerships and collaborations in the SF Bay Area.
RT Fisher Educational Ent., Inc.
Semajh Bilaal is unrivalled in her ability to think through various plans, strategize for maximum impact and develop events/programs that address every detail. For over 15 years, she has been responsible for managing the office of an educational consulting firm based in Oakland, CA. Her expertise has provided TVM with the ability to plan community engagement events, which have been praised for being very enriched and thoughtful in delivery. As Secretary of the Board, Semajh captures notes from Board meetings, and helps to keep TVM on track with deadlines, goals, and milestones.
James Williams has over 10 years of experience in monitoring and balancing budgets with companies like Ernst & Young, NewFaze Development and CalPers. His passion for philanthropic work and being fiscally responsible has been a useful guidance to TVM and the Board. He and his wife are the proud parents of three beautiful children.
Ten years ago, Paris Williams entered the education world as a K-5 teacher within Aspire Public School. After only two years, she was moved into a leadership role as Principal. With two beautiful children and one on the way, she has taken a role that will enable her to transition towards her passion to open a school of her own. Her experience with school administration, parent engagement, and overall communications is a major benefit as TVM designs methods for partnering with schools in Union City.
Monique August has over fifteen years of combined experience as an executive and administrative professional. She enjoys wearing various hats and working in ever changing environments. With directly supervising over thirty staff, she thrives off being in collaborative settings working toward a common goal. Monique brings a rich combination of fundraising, data management, and networking to support TVM in its mission.