Board of Directors

Photo of the board members

Nawz Talai, President

Nawz Talai is a Senior Administrative Analyst with the San Francisco Department of Public Health at Laguna Honda Hospital. She has several years of experience in program design and evaluation, strategic planning, grantmaking, and engagement with diverse communities. Nawz has a substantial academic background in population and family health, public health practice and policy, as well as service-based research. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree in public health sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Nawz has served on the Board of the San Francisco Children’s Art Center since 2015.

Karen Banks

Karen is Chief of Community Engagement for Family House, Inc. in San Francisco housing kids and families battling serious illness. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Marketing, and from University of San Francisco with a MS in Organizational Development. Prior to working in nonprofits, she had experience in project management and marketing research, with Old Navy.

Carol Berghen

Carol is an architect with a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is the owner of Wolf & Berghen Architects in San Francisco specializing in design for Healthcare. She has been affiliated with SFCAC since her daughter began attending in 1996 and has served on the Board since 2002. She is passionate about children’s access to creativity. In her spare time, she caters events, hikes and enjoys time with her family.

Anika Dokes

Anika is a Human Resources Professional with seven-plus years of experience. She is currently working at the University of California, Berkeley in the Biological Environmental, Science, and Technology (BEST) Department where she provides expertise in all areas of Human Resources. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a minor in Political Science from Santa Clara University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame De Namur University. She has a passion for working with children because they represent hope and the future. Working with children is an excellent opportunity to be of service to one’s community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, hiking, traveling, and attending NFL Raider games. Anika has been on the Board of Directors since October 2020.

Radhika Goel

Radhika is Director of Finance at Planet. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Southern California. Her experience spans multiple industries, including defense, entertainment and healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, yoga, and acro yoga.

Myrto Koimtzoglou

Senior Vice President, International Funds Regulatory Risk and Compliance, Wells Fargo.  Bio coming soon.

Bruce Li

Bruce is a Private Equity Associate at GI Partners focusing on healthcare and life sciences investments. Prior to joining GI Partners, Bruce was an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup in New York. Originally from Georgia, Bruce graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science. He has always been an ardent fan of creativity and expression through art and is proud to support the Children’s Art Center in its mission.

Yvette Lorenz

Executive Communications, Flex.  Bio coming soon.

Ryan McCrackan

Ryan is an Investment Banking Associate at Cain Brothers, a premier healthcare-focused middle-market investment bank. Prior to joining Cain, Ryan was a Senior Associate at Prairie Capital Advisors in Chicago. Ryan has a B.S. from Miami University (OH) majoring in Finance, an M.S. in Finance from DePaul University, and is a CFA charterholder. When not working, Ryan spends his time dancing, traveling, reading, and exploring San Francisco with his dog Porter.

Sydney Novak-Federmeyer

Sydney is the Senior Graphic Designer at WideOrbit, where she leads visual design initiatives for events, product marketing campaigns, and the company’s brand. She studied Design and Communications at University of California, Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2016. She is a Bay Area native who enjoys cooking, attending concerts, and the outdoors. Her passion for children, the arts, and education drove her desire to become a board member at San Francisco Children’s Art Center.