Board of DirectorsBoard of Directors

Nicholas Wickes, Executive Director and Board Chair

Nicholas Wickes is the founder and principle consultant for Tracebase Solution, LLC, a San Francisco based software quality consulting firm. In January 2006, he founded Good For Kids with Jessie Simms and Joyce Taira. Outside of work Nicholas is a certified ski instructor and tennis instructor for Tennis for Kids, a San Francsico based youth development non-profit. He serves on the board of Tennis for Kids and works closely with other local arts and sports organizations. Nicholas is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.


Joyce Taira, Treasurer

Joyce Taira works for the Sierra Club, the nations largest nonprofit environmental organization. She also volunteers her time building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Joyce holds a B.S. degree from Boston College in Accounting. She is dedicated to the mission of Good For Kids and to providing children with hope for a brighter future, opportunities to succeed and exposure to the arts.


Thomas Rousseau, Secretary

Thomas Rousseau is an administrator with the San Jose Unified School District. He serves as a middle school Assistant Principal. Previously Mr. Rousseau has served the students of San Jose Unified as Technology Resource Teacher, Elementary Classroom Teacher, and District Title 1 Resource Teacher. Prior to becoming an educator, Mr. Rousseau was Marketing Director for several media companies, consulted in Poland, and worked in advertising. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in Psychology and a MBA. He received his teaching credential from San Jose State and is certified in Gifted and Talented Education. He is an advocate for all students' learning.


Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is the Technology Director for the Snow Leopard Trust, an international wildlife conservation organization that works with local communities of Central Asia to protect the endangered snow leopard. Previously he worked in a variety of technical and project management roles at Microsoft. He has served as a volunteer mentor with MentorNet to encourage diversity and achievement in engineering and science, and is very pleased to help support the Good For Kids mission of enabling young people to nurture their individual talents and realize their potential.


Past Members of the Board

Jessie Simms, founding board member