THINK Together Kids
Our Story

Our Story

Every great story has a fascinating beginning, a middle that pulls you into the unfolding drama, and an ending that leaves you satisfied. It becomes a story you want your friends to experience. A story that inspires you or sparks your imagination.
THINK Together is a great story.
We begin in the early 90s. In a tough neighborhood in westside Costa Mesa, a group of incredible mothers decided they’d had enough. Gangs and drugs and prostitution had created an unsafe environment for their kids so they reached out for help. Community leaders came together to open the doors of Shalimar Learning Center, a space for the neighborhood kids to come after school, get help with their homework, and stay safe. Over 100 kids showed up on the first day.
From those beginnings at Shalimar, THINK Together was founded as a non-profit in 1997 to expand educational support services for under-resourced kids like the ones at Shalimar. THINK Together developed partnerships with school districts in the major urban areas of California to provide these services at school sites. Programs are designed to help kids with language and math skills, provide STEM instruction, and arts and healthy living activities, all of which reinforce and build on the instruction students receive during the school day. THINK Together’s affiliate Principal’s Exchange works with teachers and administrators in schools with high populations of historically struggling students to create sustainable instruction strategies and provide development opportunities to teachers.
Within this great story are a lot of amazing smaller stories. Families talk about THINK Together as a partner in their kids’ education. Students thrive on the support they’re receiving and embrace more opportunities in school and in life. School administrators and teachers appreciate the shared effort toward helping students succeed.
And the ending of this story? Nowhere in sight. We’ve got too much great work left to do to create opportunities for all our kids. Together. Let’s THINK Together.


April 27, 2017 6PM
Pacific Ballroom, University of California, Irvine

Cocktail Attire

Join us to celebrate the first twenty years of THINK Together. The celebration will honor the many friends and financial supporters who have made the beginning of this story possible. Attendees will experience the impact of THINK Together’s programs, meet some incredible students and alumni, and hear the vision for the next twenty years. It will be a fun and memorable night benefiting our kids.

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Randy Barth

Founder & CEO
THINK Together

Eric Boden

Chair, THINK Together Board of Directors
Chairman & CEO (Ret.), HireRight

Tracy Carmichael, PhD

Chief Engagement Officer
THINK Together

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Darrel Anderson
Secretary/President (Ret.)
Knott Anderson Enterprises


Doug Antone
President & CEO (Ret.)
Networks in Motion


Leona Aronoff-Sadacca
Aronoff Capital


Steve Bilt
President & CEO
Smile Brands Inc.


Celeste Cantu
General Manager
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority


Mary Lynn Coffee
Attorney at Law
Nossaman LLP


Kendra Doyel
Group VP, Public Relations & Governmental Affairs
Ralphs Grocery Company

Glenn Howard
Treasurer/Attorney & CPA
Law Offices of Glenn A. Howard


Fran Inman
Senior VP
Majestic Realty Co.


John Lee
Executive VP


Paolo Leon
MVE + Partners, Inc.


Juan Lopez
Superintendent (Ret.)
Val Verde Unified School District


Sangeeth Peruri


Marti Remmell
Community Leader


Steven Robertson
VP of Finance
Ellie Mae

Ken Salgado
Assurance Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP


Earl Slee
Executive VP
Medtronic Neurovascular


Bill Tamblyn
Space-Time Insight


Dawn Trautman
Senior VP, Product and Strategy Management
Pacific Life Insurance Co.


Julie Vennewitz-Pierce
Global Philanthropy & Employee Engagement


Jeffrey Wahba
Co-CEO (Ret.)
Farmer Brothers


Dan Young
Camino Enterprises



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