board of directors

ASHLEY PAPAGNO 

Product Manager, Customer Engagement at UserTesting with years of experience in B2B SaaS. Prior to UserTesting, Ashley was the Product Manager for PayPal's Reporting and Insights, Invoicing, and Marketing Solutions for Large Enterprise products. In her time at PayPal, she additionally earned a spot in PayPal's 2017 and 2018 Top 20 Innovators list and led volunteer efforts for Women In Product, Kiva, and the Spark Program. She holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

ARUN BHATTARCHARYA

Currently works at Adobe Inc. as a Product Marketing Director in the Digital Marketing / Analytics space. Over the past two decades, he has held similar leadership positions across global technology companies like Intel, Hewlett-Packard, CA Technologies, Citrix Systems and Cadence Design Systems. He has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from India and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Arun has been associated with multiple volunteer / non-profit organizations serving the underprivileged communities in India and the US for over 35 years.

IBE EWALT

Director of Business Operations and Program Management, 3D&1 at Adobe. With over 20 years of experience in M&A, Business Operations, Marketing and Sales Operations, her expertise is to generate data-driven insights to steer strategic initiatives, drive processes optimization and form excelling teams. A highly active member of her community, she is a Girl Scout troop leader, Chair of the Auction Committee at her children’s school and an avid volunteer in a number of non-profit organizations. Ibe holds a B.S. in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College and is currently completing the Stanford LEAD certification program from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

HING LEE

Founder and CEO of Search411. Over 30 years in the electronic and software design industry. Has held R&D management positions at companies including Analog Solutions, Trimble Navigation, Terayon, Network Appliance, and Accet Network. Active Boy Scout volunteer and volunteer with the Los Altos Schools for 14 years. Chair of the Board at EqOpTech Inc., a Los Altos nonprofit. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

ENEDINA RUIZ-OROZCO

Assurance Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CPA. She has over 8 years of public accounting experience servicing large multinational clients in the San Jose Bay Area.  Has volunteered with various nonprofits, including Sunday Friends. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Santa Clara University. 

LUCY LEE

Board Secretary, Principal at Data5D and CFO at Search411 Inc. CPA, CITP, Deloitte alumna with more than 30 years of technical accounting and operational finance experience. Has held senior management positions with NetApp, Inc., USWeb/CKS, and Integrated Device Technology. Serves on the Faculty at Golden Gate University, teaching graduate courses. Has served as a Boy Scout Community Service Chair for 7 years, elected member of XBRL.US steering committee and as Board Secretary at EqOpTech Inc. She holds a BA degree from University of Essex and MS degree in Finance & Accounting from University of Manchester in England.

RENE RAMIREZ

Board President, Chief Operating Officer at HomeFirst with over 20 years of non-profit and community service experience in the areas of education, mental health, and homelessness. He has held positions with the City of San Jose's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services division, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and the Alum Rock Counseling Center. He holds a BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University.

SEBASTIAN BECK

Chief of Staff for PayPal’s Global Diversity & Inclusion team with responsibility for company culture and employee engagement. A Diversity & Inclusion professional with more than 13 years of experience building strategies around workforce, workplace and marketplace inclusion at global companies. Prior to PayPal, Sebastian worked at Amazon, where he led that company’s participation at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as Amazon’s internal gender diversity conference and the company’s Affinity Groups. He previously worked at The Walt Disney Studios where he helped start Women@Disney and built the business case for D&I. Sebastian began his D&I career at Macy’s. Sebastian earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is originally from Chile, and has lived all over the world, including in Japan, Spain and Saudi Arabia. Sebastian currently lives with his wife and daughter in Silicon Valley.

TASHIYA GUNESEKERA

Senior Financial Analyst at Adobe. Prior to Adobe, Tashiya worked for four years as a management consultant for BERK, a Seattle public sector consulting firm, where she worked on projects that ranged from economic development to early learning education to urban planning. Before BERK, Tashiya spent two years working as an Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she taught English to 7th and 8th graders and built the first library in her rural community. Tashiya was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. Having experienced the short and long term challenges of immigrating to the United States, Tashiya wants to use her multi-faceted skills to listen and work towards empowering families to break the generational cycle of poverty. In her free time, Tashiya likes to challenge herself by going on long hikes and traveling to foreign lands.

board of advisors

JAYESH GOYAL. Senior Vice President at Aggreko, formerly 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.

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.

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.

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.

JANIS BARON. Founder, 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.

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.

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 MIDDLEBROCK. 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.

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.

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