For the past 15 years, Oaks & Acorns has been creating safe, healthy and fun learning environments where young and old alike give and receive life lessons in understanding, respect and compassion. Whether planting trees, cleaning up the beaches, learning table manners or engaging in the art of communication, Oaks &amo; Acorns strives to be healthy, non-competitive, intergenerational and “safe” both emotionally and physically.

Jeannel King, Masters Non-profit Management Executive Director

Ms. King holds over two decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations throughout San Diego County, over fifteen years of which have been directly in nonprofit management and executive roles. Sensitive to the needs of an organization and its people, Jeannel is passionate about cultivating healthy cultures that enhance organizational effectiveness. Since 2007, this passion has led to designing and facilitating group processes in the United States and Mexico, addressing issues such as: environmental conservation; global warming;
endangered species protection; generation of powerful questions within the community; engaging ones world with compassion; and education on local and national scales. Jeannel holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. For more information about Jeannel’s professional history, please visit, or visit her profile on

Alannah Sinclaire, M.S. Education Founder, Oaks and Acorns, Inc. (Oaks & Acorns) Certified Multiple Subject Educational Specialist

Ms. Sinclaire began her first intergenerational community education program "From Cradle to Can"e while working on her Master’s Degree in Child/Family Development with a minor in Gerontology at Colorado State University in 1975. She realized the need to bring the oldest and youngest generations together in meaningful, structured and supportive experiences, and for over 25 years has had experience in creating curriculum for preschool children, elementary literacy
education and special education for children with learning different-abilities. It has been her dream to connect the wisdom and experience of the elders, the "oaks", with the unbridled enthusiasm and youthful energy of the "acorns" in her life.

Jacqueline Hicks, M.S. Educational Counseling & Pupil Personnel Services Credential Director of Educational Programs

Ms. Hicks combines eight years teaching leadership skills to adult professionals, five years developing personal responsibility and well-being in emotionally disturbed adolescent boys and girls, ten years teaching emotional, social and leadership skills to sixth through twelfth grade students and most recently, four years as principal and executive director of a public charter high school developing teachers in a Person Centered Approach to education. She resides in San Diego where she has lived most all of her life, received her education and, along with her husband of 33 years, raised her family. She is a member of the Center for Studies of the Person