Our Team

The 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation has established a committed and passionate national leadership board that share a single-minded vision that we can create financial opportunities for people of all ages.

Our Vision

Our vision is to foster a world in which our citizens enter adulthood financially literate. We believe that financial literacy at a young age is key to ensuring long term economic stability, breaking the cycle of poverty, and building thriving communities.

Steve Mayer5 Buckets 4 Shovels Founder

Our Board of Directors

Founder & Managing Parter, SD Mayer & Associates

Stephen D. Mayer, CPA

Steve Mayer is the Founder and Managing Partner of SD Mayer & Associates (SDM), an accounting, consulting, and wealth management firm located in San Francisco.

Prior to SDM, he was the CEO of a large regional accounting firm, Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM).

Steve has also been involved in several other businesses including a number of restaurants, co-founder of Presidio Bank, and an owner of Books Inc., a bookstore chain.

On a professional basis, Steve’s accounting, consulting, and wealth management career gives him the ability to work with his clients on accounting, tax, M&A, business advisory and strategic planning.

Steve has been very active in the community and over the last 40 years has served on more than 15 non-profit boards including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, and Riordan High School, to name a few.

He has recently published three books, and lives in San Mateo with his wife of 27 years and their three children.

When he turned 60, he did an Ironman just to make sure he was still in shape.

Business Process Manager, Service West Inc.

Dylan Mayer

Dylan is Steve’s son and currently works as a business process manager for Service West, Inc., an industry-leading commercial furniture installation and interior construction company.

He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly SLO and has previous work experience at ARMUS Corporation, a healthcare analytics SaaS company. Most of his professional career has revolved around restructuring processes, tools, and workflows to facilitate company growth and efficiency gains. Wherever there is a key, measurable metric to be found, Dylan will find it! As an avid powerlifter who has broken dozens of state and national records, Dylan is also building his own personal training business in his free time. He feels fortunate to have been taught financial literacy at a young age and hopes to spread that knowledge to help his peers set themselves up for financial success.
Retired, Chairman of the Board, Presidio Bank

Jim Woolwine

With 50 years in the Banking industry, Jim started as a Trainee and ended as Chairman of the Board. He has served on several non-profit Boards in the Bay Area.

As for education, Jim received a BBA University of Notre Dame, MBA University of Chicago.

He looks forward to adding value to the financial literacy mission of the Foundation. In his experience as a banker, he has encountered many talented people; entrepreneurs, professionals, corporate leaders, etc., who lacked the financial foundation to round out their skill set. Basic financial training at the high school level can make a difference.

Founder & President, MacKenzie Communications, Inc.

Janis MacKenzie

Janis MacKenzie is president of MacKenzie Communications, an integrated marketing communications company she established in 1983.

For many years, Janis and colleagues have helped organizations design and manage internal and external communications, serving clients ranging from countries; to colleges and universities; to health care systems; to major nonprofits, to professional services firms, including SD Mayer & Associates.

A Journalism graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Janis started her career at the Chicago Sun-Times, went on to edit a monthly business magazine, managed in-house corporate communications, and worked for a national public affairs firm before starting MacKenzie. An active member of the Bay Area business community, Janis has chaired the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Saint Francis Foundation Boards, (where she served with Steve Mayer), and currently serves on the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board and the British-American Business Council.

With a long-standing commitment to “doing well by doing good” both personally and professionally, Janis believes that helping others succeed is the most satisfying aspect of her career. She is proud to help the next generation achieve financial literacy and independence through the work of the 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation.

President & CEO, Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center

Michael Howland

Michael “ Mike” Howland is the President & CEO of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) the only non-profit organization in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Since taking over as CEO in 2014, he has strengthened the organization’s staff, Board, programs, fundraising and finances, and moved the center from a leaky building to two state-of-the-art locations.

Mike’s career includes tenures as a Presidential Management Intern in Washington, DC, San Francisco District Director and Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and President & CEO of Independent Charities of America, President & CEO of Christian Service Charities, Medical Research Charities and Neighbor to Nation, President & CEO of Noble of Indiana and President & CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He was an adjunct professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs while CEO at Noble and served as Vice President for University Advancement and Chief Strategic Relations Officer at his Jacksonville University alma mater.

In addition to JU, where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership at Commencement, Mike was the first to graduate from St. Louis University with both Juris Doctor and Master of Arts Public Administration degrees. He served as president of the student body at both universities. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Indianapolis Diversity Leadership Institute and Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2012. He also is a Certified Association Executive.
Mike has chaired a plethora of boards and campaigns in cities including Washington, DC, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Jacksonville. He currently serves as Chair of the Family Foundations of Northeast Florida Board of Directors and as Chair of the Leadership Development Team for Leadership Jacksonville.

He has testified before Congress, addressed 35,000 San Francisco Giants fans from home plate and stood before bevies of microphones at press conferences following natural disasters. He has written a regular business column for the Contra Costa Times and op-eds for the San Francisco Business Times and Indianapolis Star.

Mike has received the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in the Federal Government, an award won by astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan among others, and resolutions honoring his leadership from the California Senate and Indianapolis City – County Council. He was selected in 2009 as one of Jacksonville University’s 75 Distinguished Dolphins.

Mike and his wife, Cathy, have three children and three grandchildren.

Managing Partner, Mayer Capital Management

Michael Mayer

Mike is Steve’s older brother and one of his biggest fans, formerly managing partner of Mayer Capital Management.

He is “retired” and is fortunate to be able to devote most of his time to his family and several educational and charitable organizations, notably Riordan High School, Amor Ministries and the Michael and Sally Mayer Family Foundation.

For most of his professional career, he was a Wall Street analyst and was consistently recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine as one of the top analysts in the energy sector. He was cited four times by Institutional Investor Magazine as one of the top ten stock pickers among all Wall Street analysts. In 1999, he was ranked in the annual Reuters Poll as the #4 analyst in all industries and the #1 analyst in the Integrated Oil category. In 2003, he was selected by Fortune Magazine as an All-Star Analyst (only eight out of about 1300 Wall Street analysts were chosen), and cited as the only analyst in the energy sector to make money in each year of the bear market.

He received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1975 and an MBA in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978. He met his beautiful, precious wife Sally at the freshman welcome dance at Riordan! They have been married for 46 years and are blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

President & CEO, Ocean Palmer Associates

Ted Simendinger

An internationally acclaimed lecturer and behavioral researcher, Ted has taught thousands in corporations and higher eduction locations across five continents.

A guest lecturer at M.I.T.’s grad school, among his most popular teaching topics are worry management, the impact of technology on behavior and happiness, and dealing with the rising menace of digital addiction. He specializes in using life skills to teach instantly usable enablers to maximize mindful awareness.

A prolific writer, Ted has authored 13 books and multiple screenplays, and has written professional comedy since the age of 17. A resident of Denver, Ted enjoys reading, writing, catch-and-release fishing, and an occasional round of mediocre golf.

In 1991 he founded the No Bats Baseball Club, a charity-focused group that has raised and donated nearly $1.8 million to a wide variety of needy organizations. With much of his adult life focused on being positive in the lives of others, Ted is proud to share his expertise and passion to help deliver the 5 Buckets, 4 Shovels mission.

President of Archbishop Riordan High School

Andrew Currier, Ph.D.

Mr. Andrew Currier joined Riordan in July 2017 after completing five years as the Principal of St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, IN.

His career has been marked by school turnaround efforts in service to under-resourced communities. Mr. Currier's formal training is in English Literature and English Education. Prior to his work in school leadership, he was a baseball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL and at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA.

Mr. Currier completed his doctoral work, focusing on executive leadership's preservation of the Catholic intellectual tradition in higher education, in the Spring of 2018. He is married to Sarah, Principal at Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires (San Francisco) where his two children attend school. They are also parishioners at Notre Dame des Victoires.

Account Executive, Salesforce

Yulee Newsome

Yulee graduated from Yale School of Management with a Master’s in Business Management.

Yulee graduated from Yale School of Management with a Master’s in Business Management and has had vast experience including being an officer in the Navy as a submarine engineer, founded a nonprofit that helped military families transition to civilian life, and currently works at Salesforce as an Account Executive. His extensive career of helping others, especially military families, shows his passion for giving back.
Principal and Founder, Hollinden

Christine Holliden

Christine Hollinden brings more than two decade of professional services marketing experience.

Christine Hollinden brings more than two decade of professional services marketing experience. Leading a team of strategic marketing consultants, Christine focuses firms on three fundamental elements of success: positioning, processes, and people. With her eye firmly focused on results, her down-to-earth guidance and in-depth business knowledge enables her clients to take steps that produce positive revenue results. Her specialty is marketing for professional services with a large focus on accounting firms.

Full-Time Staff

Executive Director

Yasi Agah

Yasi is the Executive Director for The 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation, responsible for operations, event management and strategic planning.

As a recent Business graduate of Cal Poly SLO, Yasi has years of experience in marketing, sales, community outreach, public speaking, data analysis, social media marketing, project management and much more. With numerous internships and jobs in marketing, sales and customer service, Yasi has developed strong skills in all of these areas that make her a well rounded member of the workforce. One of her passions include travel which led her to living abroad three different times throughout her college and post-graduate life – the most recent experience working as a tour guide in Florence, Italy for 6 months. Other than travel, Yasi enjoys playing tennis, hiking, surfing, reading, writing and exploring San Francisco. Yasi has always had a love for helping people – she one day hopes to be a life coach and motivational speaker. Through her work at the 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation she is excited to give back to her community while impacting student’s education.


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