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Melinda Leung
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Melinda joined California Education Partners in February 2019 and brings over twenty years of accounting and finance experience from both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Ed Partners, Melinda was the Director of Finance at Tides with prior finance management positions at Brandeis Hillel Day School, Presidio Graduate School, Kaiser Permanente, and Heald College. She earned her BA in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University. Melinda is dedicated to making an impact in the education sector, and she is passionate in supporting Ed Partner’s mission and vision.

When not working, Melinda spends quality time with her family, especially with her nieces and nephews. She also enjoys dining out with friends and trying out new restaurants.

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Iva Sijan 
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Iva is a former English as a Second Language teacher and has lived in Asia and Russia for several years. She taught English to children in Taipei, Taiwan, as well as to teenagers and adults in Moscow, Russia. She also actively volunteers as a Film Selection Juror for the United Nations Association Film Festival, a nonprofit documentary film festival dealing with human rights issues. Prior to joining California Education Partners, Iva also worked as a Manager in the office solutions industry, an Administrative Assistant in nonprofit, participated in several film projects, and taught ESL privately to children and adults of all ages.

Iva holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema, specializing in film production and screenwriting from San Francisco State University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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Violet Leo 
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

For the past 14 years Violet worked as an administrator and librarian for the largest preschool under the Woodland Group of Pre-Schools in Hong Kong. She is delighted to be back in the Bay area to be closer to her family. She is a graduate of Oakland High School and is happy to be back in the city where she started her academic journey. She studied Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley and Computer Science at California State University, Hayward. She worked as a systems analyst for IBM in both Hong Kong and San Francisco as well as for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. She served as internal product support for database management at IBM Hong Kong.

Violet believes that a caring and safe environment for children induces learning. She is happy that at Ed Partners, she could contribute to better California's public school education. In her spare time she likes to curl up with a good book or watch Korean drama at home.

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