Jessica Bylo Chacon, Founding Director
Jessica is an educator with a passion for quality history teaching and the inclusion of human rights in the curriculum. While teaching for nearly a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was selected to travel with the Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teachers Program and traveled to Rwanda to study genocide and its effects. After leaving the classroom, she created the website bylochacon.com, the inception of Woven Teaching. Jessica holds a masters degree in modern world history, and an executive certificate in nonprofit management. She is a Teacher Fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as the National World War I Museum. In addition to Woven Teaching, Jessica is also Deputy Executive Director at the Educators' Institute for Human Rights, and an active board member for the non-profit Running Chicken. She lives in Berkeley, California with her family.
Nina Simone Grotch, Executive Director
Nina Simone Grotch is a longtime educator and advocate for social justice She is a recognized and sought-after public speaker with over 20 years of experience teaching children, youth, adults, law enforcement officers, and government officials. Her experience includes working with diverse audiences locally, nationally, and internationally on examining and interrupting prejudice and discrimination. Ms. Grotch served as the Education Director for the Anti-Defamation League in Northern California where she ran diversity and anti-bias programs for students, educators and community members. Ms. Grotch has a bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and master’s degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University. She is very excited to be part of the Woven Teaching staff and to continue creating resources and tools to teach about human rights, the patterns of genocide, and the power of individual choices and actions.
Shivani Banfal, Director of Development
Shivani Banfal is a young woman of color and an award-winning designer. In her philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, Banfal is the founder of the non-profit organization Students of Sport and has developed youth sports programs for underserved communities all over the world. She has executed campaigns with the J.R. NBA, Meals on Wheels, Right To Play International, the Special Olympics, the Mandela Foundation, Know Your Rights Camp and many others. She is also the co-founder of the popular Augmented Reality App, Dumb Fun. Banfal’s professional experience includes brand work with Nike Inc, Jordan Brand, Roche, Clear Channel, Sony Music Group, iTunes / Apple Music, where she has a wide range of experience from design to campaign and partnership building to experiential and events.
Nikki Bambauer, Director of Operations
Nikki Bambauer is an experienced Holocaust and genocide educator and a passionate advocate for social justice. With several years of non-profit experience, she is skilled in curriculum development, writing/editing, implementing organizational processes, and large-scale event planning. Nikki received a master’s degree in Modern European History from San Francisco State University with additional coursework in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. She is particularly interested in issues of racial justice, social equity, and genocide prevention.
Tosha Tillotson, DIRECTOR OF Education for California's Central valley
Tosha Tillotson is a founder of Woven Teaching. She has been a Holocaust Educator since 1999, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow and a Vladka Meed Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Program Participant. Tosha was one of only ten American educators chosen to participate in the Holocaust Teachers’ Summit and Study Tour in Poland. The conference was organized by the Polish National Teachers’ Training Center in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and took place in October, 2009. After teaching for more than ten years, Tosha is currently principal of a k-8 school and a board member and regular presenter for the Central Valley Holocaust Education Network.
Casey Henderson, Contributing Photographer
Casey Henderson has been working in the photography industry for more than a decade. She loves helping people preserve their precious memories, whether it be archiving, printing, framing, or making photo gifts. She studied photography and American Sign Language, and on occasion combined the two by interpreting camera classes. She has a passion for taking pictures, and some would say that her camera is glued to her wrist.