Board of Directors



Janis Baron, Founder and Board President, Prior to founding Sunday Friends in 1997, worked for 15 years at Apple, Intel and other companies, including start-ups, in a variety of roles, including engineer, project leader and manager. 46 years of volunteer work, including tutoring, suicide prevention, inner-city community projects, work with developmentally disabled and mentally ill populations and creation of after-school curricula and community service clubs and events. She holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Jayesh Goyal, Vice President, Chief Executive Officer at Younicos. Has over 20 years of management experience in the high-tech sector, primarily renewable energy and software. Has volunteered for several years with various nonprofits, including Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, Senior Hub and Chirag. He holds a B.E. in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.

Lily Gutierrez Marinsik, Treasurer, Senior Accountant with Brewer & Hulme, CPA's for 24 years. Business Consultant for the Law Offices of Fernando Chavez. 10 years of volunteer work with the National Charity League, schools and girl scouts. Treasurer for Leland High School, Graystone Elementary School and Almaden Cabana Club. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Lima.


Vijay Talati, Board Secretary, Vice President of Engineering at Juniper Networks with over 20 years of experience in the field. Manages a globally distributed team. Has volunteered with various local and international nonprofits, including Vibha and Sunday Friends. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology.


Rodrigo Canido, Attorney with LORIC Immigration Solutions, formerly with the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield and the Law Offices of Dominic E. Capeci. Immigration lawyer focusing on a wide range of permanent and temporary immigration, deportation, deferred action, asylum and other issues. Experience at 5 different law firms. years of community service involvement, including leadership of university student government. MBA in Business and JD in Immigration Law from American University in Washington; BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University.


Gabriel Plasencia, Office Manager at H&R Block and business advisor through the Small Business Development Center of Silicon Valley. He brings over 20 years experience with insurance, credit union and banking financial services. Community affilitations include: Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Role Model Program, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Capital Club. He has taught classes on financial literacy and provided one-on-one financial consultations for Sunday Friends families for over 11 years. He holds a B.S. degree from San Jose State University.


Sandra Saffarian, Manager at T&J Properties. 12 years previous experience in HR management at California corporations and institutions. Expertise in recruitment, employee relations, benefits, employment law, performance reviews, mediation and advocacy. Has organized and hosted a number of fundraisers to benefit nonprofits, including orphanages and Ronald MacDonald House. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in marketing from San Jose State University. Affiliated with San Jose Area Human Resources Association.


Board of Advisors

Jill McClure, Senior Human Resources Consultant at Glint and other companies. 15 + years experience in human resources management, organizational development, recruitment, behavior management and customer service. She also spent 6 years as Residential Services Supervisor & Counselor managing a 6 bed facility for severely emotionally disturbed (SED) children in a clinical behavioral setting at Victor Treatment Centers. Board Member - Executive Committee - Vice President of Operations at GeoKids, a non-profit located at the US Geological Campus, Menlo Park, CA. She holds HRCI certifications for Global (GPHR) & Senior (SPHR) Human Resources Professional designations.

Nancy Pyle, Local Government and Education Leader. Experience includes: 8 years as City of San Jose Councilmember; 8 years as Board President and Trustee for San Jose / Evergreen Community College Board; Chair of the successful $135.7 million Measure I Bond Campaign; Administrator and Teacher in the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD); Legislative Analyst representing SJUSD in Sacramento; 28 years of classroom teaching for grades K through 7. She holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration from the US International University in San Diego, Ca and completed graduate studies at Syracuse University and San Jose State University.

Mike Fox, Jr., CEO of Goodwill Industries Silicon Valley.  Over 25 years of experience in redefining business processes and penetrating new markets for companies in the wholesale and B2B service sectors.  Led a team that grew Goodwill SV from a combined loss of 3.5 million dollars in 2007/2008 to a profit of $2.5 million in 2009/ 2010.  In 2012, Goodwill achieved an operating profit of over $3.5 million and invested an additional 1.3 million into Mission Services.  Extensive experience with Board membership and chair positions – e.g., San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Team San Jose, San Jose Downtown Rotary, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Foundation Board  and many more.  Also, has played key roles in multiple political campaigns.  He holds a Trans Global MBA from St. Mary's College.

Katie Middlebrook, District English Learner Instructional Coach, San Jose Unified School District.  Over 20 years of experience in elementary education in Santa Clara County.  Collaborative educational administrator offering 12 years of transformational leadership with proven results in a range of school settings. She seeks to create positive learning environments for school communities where trust and productive relationships between students, parents, teachers and administration yield exemplary results, both academically and socially. Honored as the principal of a California Distinguished School,  Katie holds her BS/MA in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University.

Michael Fallon, Emeritus Faculty, San Jose State University, Sociology; and retired Director, Center for Community Learning & Leadership. Lifelong educator, K-12, Mission College, SJSU -- volunteers oversight to SJSU partnerships and initiatives on homelessness, human rights, creek restoration, sustainability, and Santa Clara Valley National Heritage Area. Author of The St. Patrick's Day Festivity Book, and Kevin Moore's Hail Mary Pass.

Lynne H. Brown, Ph.D., non-profit consultant with fundraising and resource acquisition expertise.  25 years of experience in software and semi-conductor companies.  Extensive community involvement including active committee roles in Step-up Silicon Valley, The Franklin McKinley Children's Initiative and the Charity Council of The Silicon Valley Capital Club. Plays a key role in the ongoing revitalization of the Santee Community. She holds a BS and MS in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Applied Statistics from Purdue University.

Ann Danner, Consultant to Nonprofits, specializing in strategic planning, board development and fundraising planning. Currently serves on two boards: Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) and Housing for Independent People (HIP). Until recently, served on the Board of The Health Trust. Former Executive Director of the Nonprofit Development Center (now CompassPoint), 1993-1997. Former Executive Director of the Foundation for HOPE (8 years). Served on the Foothill DeAnza Foundation, honored by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Silicon Valley Chapter, as Professional Fund Raiser of the Year.

Seth M. Schalet, Chief Executive Officer, Prevent Blindness Northern California. Previously, the Executive Director of Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA and prior to that, the Chief Operating Officer of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, CA, responsible for a $15M operating budget and leading programs, IT, finance, facilities and work with Board and volunteers. 25 years in global operations, sales, marketing and business unit leadership with public, private and nonprofit entities. Fortune 2000, start-up, VC and private equity backed portfolios. Seth is also serves as Principal, Operational IMPACT Partners LLC., providing operations management services to 501 (c)(3) nonprofits.

Archana Sathaye Ph.D., fundraiser for nonprofits, technology consultant in Data Analysis and Mathematical Modeling. Board member of Air Systems Foundation Scholarship Board, Advisory Board of The Harker School . Past positions include Santa Clara University Business School Adjunct faculty, San Jose State University Computer Science faculty, Principal Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Harker School Fashion Show 2007 Event Chair, 2003-2007 Sponsorship Chair and Executive Committee Member of Harker School Capital Campaign.

Mark Rakic, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, Coherent, Inc. Over 20 years experience in human resource leadership roles within software, hardware and biotech industries. Specializes in mergers and acquisitions, staffing, organizational development, professional development and employee relations.

Jen Stirling, Associate Director of Development at Santa Clara University, serving as a Major Gift Officer for individuals and families and liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences and de Saisset Museum. Formerly worked for the Office of Development at Stanford University and as a 4th grade teacher in East Side San Jose. 8 years of volunteer work as a Child Advocate for a foster child. Active member of the Junior League of San Jose. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis in Alternative Education and Correctional Psychology from Santa Clara University.

Ron Victor, President and co-founder of Vibha Inc., founded in 1991. Has over 20 years of expertise and experience in social change causes. Is a technology entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, California, working on next generation wireless technologies. Has also played an active role at other non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, The American Red Cross and Missionaries of Charity.