Board and Advisors
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Janet Tillman is a dynamIc and motivated professional with a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing projects from concept to completion, designing educational strategies, and coaching individuals to success. Skilled in building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and making critical decisions during challenges. Adaptable and transformational leader with an ability to work independently, and developing opportunities that further establish organizational goals. Janet has been a long time supporter of Soul Shoppe.
Soul Shoppe’s commitment to empathy and checking in with how you feel and what you need resonate strongly with Kayla’s personal mission of helping people honor themselves and engage as active participants in their own lives. Kayla’s special area of knowledge is around social justice/anti-oppression work and she brings her talents of radical empathy that is embodied in inclusion, and the constant unlearning of the white supremacist, capitalist, and patriarcharal structures that we have been socialized to believe as absolute truths.
Kayla is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, spent time getting her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri, and currently lives in Berkeley. She worked as a Social Worker in the Bay Area for a few years, and spent time as a team member at Soul Shoppe, and spent time in the interior design/home staging world. She is currently running a Life Coaching/Home Styling business. In her free time, Kayla loves reading, all forms of skating, and spending time with her loved ones and friends.
Kathleen Scott, Ed. D.
(Walnut Creek, CA)
Kathleen Scott, Ed. D., (Walnut Creek, CA) a retired educator, served 42 years as a teacher, principal, district office administrator, and college instructor. As an independent consultant, she presented workshops on classroom management, motivation, and writing instruction for teachers, administrators, and parents.
As a principal for over 30 years, Kathleen feels passionately about the importance of a student’s self image, self-esteem, and personal connection as foundations for school success. The tools offered by Soul Shoppe help build this foundation.
In retirement, she works with Soul Shoppe on curriculum alignment and with other non-profits in a variety of roles. Perhaps her favorite role is that of “Grandma Kathleenie” to her two grandsons, ages two and four.
I find the mission of Soul Shoppe closely aligned with my personal values of bringing the practice of compassion and connection to life every day in the environments where I live, work, and play. Whether in my personal, family, or professional settings, the generosity of acting from a place of true curiosity and wanting to understand what is happening in the emotional landscape of those around me has been a guiding principle in my life. That Soul Shoppe’s mission is to instill this mode of being and acting in school age children gives me hope that the next generation will be emotionally and psychologically equipped to live life more wholeheartedly, help create more authentic communication (even in challenging situations), and as a result contribute to creating more connected communities.
I am moved to contribute to the mission of Soul Shoppe by bringing my 24 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience to serve the work of our organization. I am committed to bringing my experience of community building and securing resources for programs to benefit students, schools, and Soul Shoppe staff.
In addition to acting in service and community building, the passions in my life include my tween and early teen children, salsa dancing, travel, and yoga.