The Shoes 4 Kidz Team

Myriah Volk

Myriah Volk

Founder of Shoes 4 Kidz

As one of the most highly decorated multi-sport athletes to come out of Sonoma County, Myriah was honored in April 2013 with an induction into the Healdsburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Her athletic honors include an All-American award in basketball, an All- Western US award in soccer, and multiple All-SCL awards in softball, leading up to a California State Athlete of the year nomination in 1993. (Award went to Olympian, Marion Jones)

Myriah trained at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, as well as under former US Women’s Olympic basketball coach, Tara Vanderveer. She attended Cal Poly SLO on a basketball scholarship. In recent years Myriah has focused on empowering youth through fitness. She started a local Let’s Move organization in 2013, offering free training to youth and their families. She led Let’s Move Sebastopol in both the Windsor Half Marathon Event (5k), and The Russian River Mud Run. In addition to working as a personal trainer at Coaches Corner Fitness Center as well as out of her home gym, Myriah teaches PE at The REACH School, offers a Fitness Enrichment course at Sunridge Charter School, teaches a weekly fitness/games class at CASTLE Preschool, and she is the Head Coach of the Summerfield Waldorf Girls Soccer team.


Elizabeth Najmabadi

Elizabeth Najmabadi

President, Board of Directors

Elizabeth is a Sebastopol native. She attended Saint Mary’s College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2015. While at Saint Mary’s, Liz was a peer health educator planning educational health programs that promoted fun, interactive, and preventative campaigns around health and wellness. She is currently working on her Masters in Public Health with a focus on Maternal Child and Infant Health graduating in 2017 and is a volunteer at Sonoma County Department of Health Services. Liz has a passion for helping children and has been a crucial part of helping Shoes 4 Kidz get up and running.


Joseph Passalacqua

Joseph Passalacqua

Vice President, Board of Directors

Although Joe is an attorney who has been practicing law since 1988 in Healdsburg, California, the practice of law does not truly define who he is as a person. He is a person with a great passion for sports, who has enjoyed playing multiple sports all of his life. In high school he participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and tennis. In college, he played football and ran track for two years at Santa Rosa Junior College, and then doing the same for two years at California State University of Chico.

Upon graduating from Chico, Joe studied law at the University of Santa Clara for three years. After law school he moved back to his hometown of Healdsburg where he entered law practice with his father Emil and brother Richard. In addition to being an attorney since 1988, he has been a mentor and coach to many of our youth in Sonoma County. He first started coaching girls basketball at Healdsburg High School from 1988-1992. He then refereed high school football and basketball for several years, before becoming an assistant varsity football coach at Healdsburg High School from 1996-1999. In the fall of 1999 he took over as head varsity basketball coach at Petaluma High School for three years. He then spent one year as an assistant with the Men’s basketball program at Santa Rosa Junior College before becoming the head varsity girls coach at Windsor High School from 2003-2010.

Most recently he has been involved coaching at the youth level with St. John CYO basketball. When President Myriah Volk asked Joe to be a part of Shoes 4 Kidz, it was an easy decision for him, having known Myriah since he helped coach her in basketball at Healdsburg High School. He shares all of the board members’ enthusiasm for the youth in our community and in addition, the vision of building this non-profit organization to a level where every child can have a new pair of shoes. He looks forward to working with all of the board members  to ensure that every child has an opportunity to get in the game!!


Samantha Mineo

Samantha Mineo

Secretary, Board of Directors

Samantha is passionate about improving the quality of life for children in our community. Charter President of Active 20-30 in Sebastopol she discovered Shoes 4 Kidz through local media and has been an active supporter ever since. Samantha has a 14 year old son, manages an optometry office and is working on her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Marketing.



Founding Members

Steve Dutton

Steve Dutton

President Dutton Ranch

Kim Rostein

Kim Rostein

Former San Francisco Marketing Professional

Anna Guzman

Anna Guzman

Assistant Super Intendant Santa Rosa City Schools

David Brown

David Brown

Executive Director YMCA

Rich Ruybalid

Rich Ruybalid

Treasurer