Staff

Mark Lillis Executive Director Mark Lillis has years of experience working to improve the lives of kids. First as the founder of a summer camp program for Las Positas Park in the City of Santa Barbara, and then as leader of the city’s youth programs.  His years as a founder and executive director of Leaven Kids rounds out an accomplished history of service to kids in need.
 
Having achieved a master’s degree in organizational and strategic leadership at Azusa Pacific University, Mark was inspired by his church to help find Leaven Kids in 2009. Leaven Kids has become an award-winning program providing after-school and summer tutoring for children in grades K-5 living in under-resourced communities in California.
 
In fact, Leaven Kids under Mark’s leadership has become the fastest growing grassroots nonprofit in Fairfield, California, and has expanded its programming to Southern California. Mark now sees that the undeniably strong results of Leaven Kids' educational and character-based programming is a model that can work almost anywhere. 
 
In addition to leading Leaven Kids' after-school tutoring centers, Summer Success program, volunteer recruitment, and development, Mark is enjoying the support of his exceptional board of directors, staff, and volunteers to continue growing the impact of Leaven Kids.
Renee Tadlock Assistant Executive Director Renee Tadlock has a passion for community outreach that shines brightly as the Operations Director of Leaven Kids, purposefully leading and training a team of individuals working toward the common goal of instilling hope into the lives of our youth. She is dedicated to the mission of Leaven Kids to empower these communities by providing influential mentors who will invest in the academic, moral, and spiritual foundations of children and their families. Beginning as a volunteer with Leaven Kids herself nearly a decade ago, she gained the compassion and drive that compelled her transition to Leaven Kids Operations Director position. Renee Tadlock, serving beside her husband, Mike, as lead pastor for Real Life Church in Fairfield, is part of an entire family who shares her commitment to engage the whole community in coming together to resource underserved neighborhoods.
Mark Hagan Corporate Partnership Director Mark grew up in Solano County, and has recently returned after raising his family elsewhere in California and in Arizona. His background in public relations and real estate, as well as business development makes him a natural in corporate relations. Leaven Kids was a program that he quickly embraced when he moved back to Solano County. “I’ve never seen a cooperative effort like Leaven Kids; everyone from community leaders and businesses to educators and churches pull together to impact our kids. If what you do with your money matters and you want to invest in the community, this is a great organization. It is truly changing the face of the community!”
Vicki Dawson Church and Community Relations Director Vicki Dawson is adding a new kind of "wildlife" experience as our Church and Community Relations Director here at Leaven Kids to her years of "real" wildlife experience. She has her degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University and years of experience as an educator and handler for Wildlife Associates. She is also the Founder and President of the Solano Community Animal Response Team. Her help with Leaven Kids' Horse and Pool party at the Groves shows her passion for animal care is matched by her passion for helping kids. She volunteered at Leaven Kids for over 9 years before accepting this new role in 2020. Vicki’s plan is to helpLeaven Kids students “discover their strengths and gifts and use them to glorify God in ALL they do.”
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