Rich Boccia

Executive Director

Rich is a native New Yorker and a die-hard Yankee fan. It is that fast paced, smart working characteristic trait that has been engrained in him by his father who was a high school mathematics teacher on Long Island.

Rich attended Syracuse University as a celebrated gymnast. He and his wife Diane were recruited to provide leadership to the Glendale YMCA Gymnastics Program which quickly became recognized as a national program, competitive with the private gymnastic clubs in the region.

He was appointed to United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) as the National Junior Boys Age Group National Chairman and the United States Olympic Committee as the Training Sites Director and Venue Administrator for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games Gymnastics Competition.

Rich earned degrees from Syracuse University and the California State University at Los Angeles and took his first teaching position as a kindergarten teacher with the Pasadena Unified School District. He recently retired from public education after spending many years in leadership positions including school principal at all levels and as a superintendent of schools.

Rich has two daughters, Mary and Kristen, and aspires to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Emily Woods

Program Administrator

A Bay Area native, Emily comes with a background in outdoor recreation and maker-spaces. While attending UC Santa Cruz for Environmental Studies, Emily was a volunteer backpacking instructor for UCSC’s Wilderness Orientation program which led her to the world of gear-heads. Beginning in 2011, Emily worked in sales for REI which developed into an outreach role where she led many camping and hiking classes, volunteer trail clean-up days, and local in-store events over the course of four and a half years.

Emily’s love for customer interactions and working one-on-one with people led to her role as Senior Member Ambassador for the maker-space, TechShop in San Francisco. She worked to build relationships between makers and TechShop, providing them with the support and guidance to ensure their ability to develop, build and prototype their ideas at TechShop. In 2016, Emily transitioned into TechShop’s education department, where she led a team of 30 instructors to provide over 300+ classes and workshops at TechShop San Francisco. She has also worked as a social media and PR contractor for a large women’s entrepreneurial conference in San Francisco.

Today, Emily sits on the Board of Directors for Autistry, a therapeutic maker-space for people with Autism. In her free time, she enjoys making leather wallets and bags. Emily is a weekend warrior and can be found climbing, skiing, and hiking all over the Sierra Nevada with her partner and their two dogs, Stella and Winston.

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