Our Administrative Team
Oaks & Acorns would like to introduce our administrative team —
our Founder, Alannah Sinclaire, & our Executive Director,Kia Bordner.
Thanks for getting to know who we are.
Who we are
Alannah Sinclaire, our founder & intergenerational pioneer, completed her Master’s Degree in Child/Family Development with a minor in Gerontology at Colorado State University in 1975. Because of her education, she realized the importance of bringing the oldest and youngest generations together. While there, she began her first intergenerational community education program “From Cradle to Cane.”
In addition, for over 32 years, Alannah created preschool, elementary literacy, and special education curriculum. As a result, her dream was to connect the wisdom and experience of the elder “Oaks” with the unbridled enthusiasm and youthful energy of the “Acorns.” Alannah founded Oaks & Acorns to facilitate meaningful, structured, and supportive experiences to bridge the generations.
Our Executive Director
“Kia” Bordner is an active community advocate, focusing on education, reproductive rights, health equity, restorative justice, and transportation. She stands for the inherent worth and dignity, and equitable treatment of all persons. Kia has three adult daughters, a teenage son, and cares for multiple Acorns, ranging from newborns to preschoolers. Being a mother influences her decisions, focuses her vision, and inspires her advocacy.
A decade of work in virtual and blended education provided valuable insight on working with students, parents, and educators. As a result, she has spoken to legislators in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. about the importance of educational options. Furthermore, she has been a Learning Coach for elementary and middle school students. Because of her experiences, ensuring access to resources for all students, so they can succeed, academically and personally, is one of her priorities. Currently, Kia is a parent representative on the e3 Civic High School’s Site Council and Advisory Committees.
As a doula, Kia helps little Acorns come into the world. Caregiving for terminal patients gave her unique insight into the challenges of elderly and folks transitioning. She has also provided services as a patient advocate for many. As a result of her specialized work at both ends of a lifespan, Kia is a natural addition to our team.
In addition, Kia is the City Heights community representative on the Restorative Community Conferencing Steering Committee of the Mid City CAN’s Peace Promotion Momentum Team. Also, Kia is part of a year-long Rockwood Leadership Institute Building Power Fellowship, a cohort of 24 community leaders in racial and health equity. Furthermore, she is a member of the City Heights Town Council. Finally, in fall 2018, Kia will be remotely attending Meadville Lombard Theological School to pursue a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Leadership Studies.