Meet The Team

Meet Our Devoted Team

Welcome to the heart of MikesPlayground—our dedicated and passionate team. At MikesPlayground, our mission to serving special needs children and their families by establishing inclusive playgrounds, accessible ADA equipment, and fostering belonging for all children, is driven by the incredible people behind it. Each team member brings a unique blend of skills, experience, and a deep commitment to creating a more inclusive and compassionate world. Our team is composed of professionals from diverse backgrounds, including education, healthcare, social services, and community development, all working together to ensure every child can thrive. Get to know the inspiring individuals who are making a difference every day and learn about their roles, passions, and the motivation behind their dedication to our mission. We are proud to introduce you to the faces and stories behind MikesPlayground. Together, we are building a brighter future for special needs children and young adults. Meet the team that makes it all possible!
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Aurelia Walker
Founder

Aurelia began MikesPlayground Corporation in 2021 after witnessing the lack of resources available to her disabled grandson and wanting to make a difference in both her daughter’s and grandson’s life. She took up the responsibility of becoming a full time care provider and fought for access to the necessary resources to keep her grandson alive and smiling.

Aurelia was born in San Francisco California, as the youngest of five siblings where she learned the core values of responsibility and the importance of helping others. For over 28 years Aurelia was employed at State Farm where she built discipline and developed empathy for those around her, now Aurelia uses her abilities for the greater good of the community.

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James Yancey Jr.
President

With a Social Science degree from Boise State University, leads as President of Mikes Playground, advocating for special needs children and young adults. Co-founding the Foundation, he drives awareness, resources, and research collaborations, catalyzing progress within the special needs community. Through outreach and fundraising, James amplifies support, with purpose to improve outcomes.

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Roberto Thompson II
Vice President
As Vice President, Roberto works to hone MikesPlayground’s impactful reach enhancing the efforts and vision of leadership, shining a light on the organization’s goal to enrich the lives of special needs children. With his background in team building, training, networking, and entrepreneurship; he practices compliance, organizational efficiency, customer service, and personal development.
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Philip McGeorge
Executive Director
Philip says “I am able to direct our organization in accordance with our mission and vision. I am a mentor, visionary, advisor, and investor. Leading a staff of 5 professionals, we work together as a team to reach company goals. My goal is to build a long lasting legacy for this organization, while simultaneously looking towards the future with growth in mind.”
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Alma R. Sotomayor
CEO's Secretary & Advisor
Alma forte lies in structured organization to optimize outcomes. Married for 36-years and raised 3 college grad children. I spent 35 years working for State Farm, rising to VP of HERO group and fostering Hispanic advancement. I pioneered a voting system, boosted productivity & aided Spanish-speaking clients. Enjoys sewing, crafts, baking, event planning. Now retired, passionate about travel and caring for a lively 2-month-old Yorkie pup.
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David Austin
Director of Housing

Bio Coming Soon

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Eduardo Sotomayor
Consultant

Bio Coming Soon

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Karen S. Francisco
Research Developer
Karen advanced at Hewlett Packard, co-owned Technical Consulting Group, INC. She holds degrees from Bakersfield Junior College, San Francisco State University, and UC Berkeley. In retirement, she delves into genealogy, supports social justice, and works as a research developer for Mikes Playground, embodying dedication and community impact.
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Elizabeth Marquis
Consultant

I have an educational background in psychology, sociology, as well as social and behavioral sciences. Working in convention services, I utilize these skills to accurately and efficiently bring a client’s vision to life. I enjoy working one-on-one with client’s to plan out their events from start to finish. Seeing these events in action after months, if not years, of planning is incredibly fulfilling. Mikes Playground provides me the opportunity to continue doing something I love, for a cause that I am honored to be a part of. 

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Tammy Langdon
Consultant

I am the owner and teacher of Langdon’s Little Learners, a fully inclusive childcare. I have a Masters in education and hold a California Teaching Credential as well as an early childhood Montessori Credential. I have worked with children of many different abilities for over 16 years. I am working to create a school that allows children to learn at their own pace while still presenting a challenge.

With MikesPlayground, I assist by providing the child’s perspective within our many projects. My knowledge of children’s behavior and development allow me to see things outside of the adult mind.

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Let's change the world, Join us now!

At Mike’s Playground, we believe that together, we can create a brighter future for special needs children and young adults. Your time, energy, and enthusiasm can make a world of difference. By volunteering with us, you’ll be part of a compassionate community dedicated to inclusivity, support, and joy. Whether you can spare a few hours or commit to a regular role, your contribution will help empower and inspire those we serve. Join us now and be a catalyst for positive change. Visit our website to fill out the volunteer interest form and start making a meaningful impact today!
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