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Our Team

Board of Directors

Steve Mayer

Founder of 5 Buckets, 4 Shovels Foundation; Managing Partner at SD Mayer & Associates

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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.

Ted Simendinger

President & CEO, Ocean Palmer Associates

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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.

Janis MacKenzie

Founder & President, MacKenzie Communications, Inc.

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Jim Woolwine

Chairman, Presidio Bank

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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.  

Michael Mayer

Managing Partner, Mayer Capital Management

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Mike is Steve’s older brother and one of his biggest fans. 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.

Karen Kehl-Rose

Past President, LEA Global

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LEA Global is an international professional association of independently-owned accounting and consulting firms. It enables member firms to access the resources of a multibillion dollar global professional services organization that provides business development, professional training and education, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities nationally and globally.

Karen helped accounting firms around the world by facilitating connections among members, providing consultative support and delivering high quality resources that enable firms to better compete and improve the management of their practices.

Karen has over twenty five years of management experience in professional associations. She was appointed as President of LEA Global in October 1999 when the organization was created and directed and managed all the organization’s activities. Starting with 16 US firms, LEA Global is now one of the largest accounting associations in the world boasting membership in over 100 countries and 220 member firms.  

Her prior positions include, Vice President, Member Services & Benefits, Illinois CPA Society and Senior Director, Illinois Hospital Association.  She was the President and a founding member of the Illinois Association of Quality Assurance Professionals.

As the Vice-President of Member Services and Benefits for the Illinois CPA Society, Karen’s  key responsibilities included managing and directing member services and related areas in the finance and education departments.  

At the Illinois Hospital Association, Karen was a nationally recognized expert in health care quality and utilization management and consulted for hospitals and medical groups throughout the US.

Michael Howland

President & CEO, Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center

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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.  

Dylan Mayer

Business Process Manager, Service West Inc.

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Full Time Staff

Yasi Agah

Program Director, 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation

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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 is a certified Zumba instructor. 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.

Bradley Brewster

Intern, 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation

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Bradley Brewster, a Palo Alto native, is entering his senior year at the University of Oregon where he studies economics. His interests include traveling to new places, hiking, and binge-watching his favorite TV shows. The widespread benefits and vast need for financial literacy drives his excitement to work on the foundation. Led by his firm belief that financial education is an overlooked necessity, Bradley looks to utilize his sales and marketing experience to bring the 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation to new heights.