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Leadership

Executive Leadership

Meredith

Meredith joins CEEF from JW House where she was the Development and Marketing Director. Prior to this, she was Director of Marketing for the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce where her responsibilities included managing the Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival for four years. Meredith has also held positions at NBC Bay Area and Intel Corporation and has led fundraising events for other local non-profits and schools. She is an active volunteer serving on the Board of Directors at Stocklmeir Elementary School PTA, Pets in Need and currently Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley. Meredith received a Bachelor of Science degree at Santa Clara University. Click here to see full press release.

Board of Trustees

Akhil Ahuja, Audit & Nominating Committee Chair

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Akhil joined the CEEF Board in August 2012. Currently Akhil serves as a Director in the Technology Investment Banking practice at Wells Fargo focused on Systems and Hardware companies. Prior to this role Akhil spent 9 years with JPMorgan in their Technology Investment Banking practice. He earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his undergraduate degree from University of California at San Diego. Akhil and his wife Mona live in Cupertino with their three children who are attending CUSD schools.

Karen Barrett

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In June 2013, Karen retired from education after 38 years. During her tenure, Karen taught 13 years in Oregon and 25 years in California. As a teacher, Karen has taught students in grades 1st-6th and has served as an assistant principal for 3 1/2 years in middle school; as an elementary principal at Dilworth and Collins for 13 years; and, as a Director for Instruction for 7 years overseeing the English Language Development program, 4/5 Physical Education program, science and health curriculum, and state categorical programs. During this time, Karen also served on the CEEF Gala and Golf committees.

Karen graduated from Oregon College of Education with an Bachelor of Science in Education and minor in Physical Education. She also has a Master of Education with emphasis in administration from Portland State University and an administrative credential from Santa Clara University.

Karen is an avid knitter, golfer and fitness enthusiast.

Amy Chan

Amy Chan

Amy joined the CEEF Board of Directors in June 2015 after spending nearly 32 years of dedicated service to the public sector. Her early career was with the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD), serving as its Fiscal Services Manager. She then joined the City of Sunnyvale in 1983, serving initially as its Finance Director and then Assistant City Manager.  She was appointed as its City Manager in 2004. She retired from a 27-year career with the city in 2009.

In partnership with the Sunnyvale School District, Amy was instrumental in opening a highly successful neighborhood center that focused on providing health care for at-risk youth and their family members. Her community service also has included many years with the Northwest YMCA and the Cupertino Rotary Club.

Bob Fuselier, Infrastructure Committee Chair

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A member of the CEEF Board of Directors since May 2015, Bob has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years, and has been involved with capital improvement programs for the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) since 1997.  He has enjoyed his work with schools and school districts such as CUSD, San Jose Unified School District, East Side Union High School District, Milpitas Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and Solano Community College for its positive impact on education.

When not at construction sites, Bob serves as a coach, advisor, and chaperone for local students.  He was the Varsity Assistant Coach for Lincoln High School in San Jose. He also chaperoned several educational trips to Europe with seventh grade students from CUSD, excited to experience directly how students learn about history and understand how this history relates to lessons learned in the classroom.

One of his fondest memories of CEEF is wearing a tuxedo and attending the Gala. He is proud of how the event celebrates teachers in the district for all that they do for our students.

David D. Jones, Treasurer

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David Jones serves finance knowledge with a side of caring about public education and his community. He earned his BS in Business Administration (Accounting) from San Jose State University and his MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University. After earning his degrees, David worked at several firms before starting Jones Accountancy, a professional services firm specializing in tax planning, administration, and compliance. He is a member of the California Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. He also has served as the President of the Community Career Education Center in San Mateo. When not crunching numbers, David enjoys being outdoors, including golfing, duck hunting, and fishing.

Keith Kitchen, Secretary & Governance Committee Chair

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Keith joined the CEEF Board in January 2010. He has an extensive finance and accounting background, and has previously held Controller and CFO-level positions at several NASDAQ-listed companies. Currently, Keith serves as Vice President, Controller at Violin Memory, Inc. in Santa Clara, a publicly-traded maker of flash-based storage systems. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University. Keith and his wife Ellen live in Sunnyvale with their two children who enjoyed a combined total of twelve rewarding years attending CUSD schools..

Richard Lowenthal

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A former Citizen of the Year and mayor of Cupertino, Richard Lowenthal is the founder and former CEO of ChargePoint, the world’s largest network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in US, Europe, and Australia. Previously he has served in executive roles at Cisco, StrataCom, Stardent Computers, and Convergent Technologies. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley and holds over 30 technology patents.

Richard also has been heavily involved in the nonprofit sector, working closely with such organizations as the Rotary Club of Cupertino, the Cupertino Rotary Endowment Foundation, West Valley Community Services, the Fremont Union High Schools Foundation, the Silicon Valley YMCA, and the Santa Clara County Library system – work for which he was awarded the Character Award by the Santa Clara County Boy Scouts. He has two daughters and lives in Cupertino with his wife of over 37 years, Ellen.

Orrin Mahoney

Orrin Mahoney

Orrin Mahoney has strong ties to the city of Cupertino. His community achievements are numerous, including being named the 2005 Cupertino Citizen of the Year and serving as the mayor of Cupertino for two years. He also has made his mark on such organizations as the De Anza Commission, Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara, and the Rotary Club of Cupertino.

Orrin received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon, and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He retired from Hewlett-Packard after 35 years, and continued to contract with Hewlett-Packard part-time for seven additional years after his retirement. He and his wife Carolyn have four daughters and four grandchildren.

Karen Rizkalla, President & Fund Development Chair

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Karen Rizkalla spent over 15 years in the technology consulting industry, first working for Andersen Consulting, and then leading her own usability consulting company for several years. Since moving to California, Karen spends the majority of her time volunteering in her children’s school classrooms and performing various different contributory roles in their schools and at CEEF.

Karen would like to ensure that today’s students in CUSD are awarded with the highest quality education possible in these demanding financial times. She believes that the partnership between CEEF, CUSD and the parent and business communities can be strengthened, and that there is much more that can be done to further support our local schools. Karen received her BA in Psychology and Economics from Swarthmore College and her MA in Instructional Design and Technology from the Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Stuart Rosenberg, Budget Committee Chair

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Stuart Rosenberg spent over 25 years in various engineering, marketing and management positions at Intel Corp. Stuart had always been interested in supporting education in Cupertino and volunteered at his children’s schools in both parent organizations and in the classroom. After leaving Intel, Stuart became a certificated teacher and taught at Garden Gate Elementary School for over 10 years. More recently he has been working on supporting improved use of technology in the classroom within CUSD.

Stuart is looking forward to building a strong connection between CUSD, CEEF, teachers, parents, the Cupertino community, and local business focused on providing a rich and well-rounded educational experience for all the students with the Cupertino Union School District.

Stuart received a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Science from the University of Wisconsin, his teaching credential from Santa Clara University and an MA in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University.

Nancy Turner Thompson

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Nancy earned a BA in English literature from the College of William & Mary and her law degree from Georgia State University. During law school, she was President of the Public Interest Law Association while working at the Fulton County Juvenile Court as the Volunteer Attorney Coordinator for the nonprofit, K.I.N.D. (“Kids in Need of Dreams”) K.I.N.D. pairs volunteer attorneys with children charged with truancy to address the underlying issues threatening their access to education. As an attorney, she worked for the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia, where she represented clients who had legal issues related to their HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

Prior to moving to Cupertino in 2011, Nancy and her husband Clayton owned and operated a farm in their native Northern Virginia, where they raised organic heirloom tomatoes for sale to gourmet restaurants and cared for sheep, goats, horses, dogs, chickens, and barn cats. Former Co-President of the Parent Faculty Group and Chair of School Site Council at McAuliffe School, Nancy is excited to help CEEF work together with the district, teachers, and the greater Cupertino community to ensure that all of our students continue to receive an exceptional education.

Hilary Weddell

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Hilary Weddell is a Litigation Associate with McManis Faulkner, representing clients in a variety of civil cases and complex disputes. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Boston College Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice. Prior to earning her JD she received her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in management from San Jose State University. Her husband, Adam, is a teacher at Cupertino Middle School.

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