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.

Joseph Passalacqua

Joseph Passalacqua

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 coacfh 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!!

Jerry Robinson

Jerry Robinson

Vice President, Board of Directors

Jerry Robinson was a star athlete at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, California. He captained the football, basketball and track teams. He ran the 100-yard dash in 9.5 seconds and high jumped 6 feet 5 inches. UCLA used him as a wide receiver his freshman year and moved him to inside linebacker just before the Rose Bowl game with Ohio State. As a linebacker Robinson made All-American three times. He was a consensus choice in 1976, unanimous in 1977 and 1978. He set a school record for most tackles in one game -28 against Air Force in 1976. His career total, 468 tackles, set a UCLA record. The Downtown Athletic Club of New York named him Linebacker of the Year in 1977 and 1978. He received the Pop Warner Award as Best West Coast player in 1978. Robinson stood 6-3, weighed 208, and wore jersey No. 84, which UCLA retired and he was named to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as the College Football Hall of Fame. Jerry was also 1 of only 50 players to be named to The All Century Pac 12 Team. He played pro 14 years 1979-1992 with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Raiders.

Shoes 4 Kidz is thrilled to have Jerry on our team.

“If I can help change lives for the better, that is my PURPOSE. To give a kid a moment of HAPPINESS and HOPE- that’s what it’s all about!” – Jerry Robinson

Elizabeth Najmabadi

Elizabeth Najmabadi

Secretary, Board of Directors

Elizabeth, attended Saint Mary’s College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2015. While at Saint Mary’s, she was a peer health educator planning educational health programs that promoted fun, interactive, and preventative campaigns around health and wellness. She recently graduated with her Masters in Public Health. Elizabeth is passionate about helping children and making sure every child is given an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. She has been a crucial part of helping Shoes 4 Kidz get up and running.

Chip Castleberry

Chip Castleberry

Member, Board of Directors

Chip Castleberry is a Sebastopol native. He was a  football and track star at Analy High School and San Francisco State, he then coached  at SFSU, SRJC and Analy, where he was also the Athletic Director. Chip was recently inducted into the Analy High School Hall of Fame, and a new football stadium was built and named in his honor. Chip’s dedication to the youth of our community makes him an excellent addition to our Board of Directors.

Gianni Colombana

Gianni Colombana

Member, Board of Directors

Founding Shoes 4 Kidz Board Members:

Steve Dutton- President Dutton Ranch

Kim Rostein- Former San Francisco Marketing Professional

Anna Guzman- Assistant Superintendent Santa Rosa City Schools

David Brown- Executive Director YMCA