Terry has been on the AchieveKids Board of Directors since 1991. He has worked as an attorney at the law firm of Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean since his graduation from Santa Clara University Law School in 1979. As a shareholder of the firm, his practice includes forming and advising corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures, as well as representing creditors and debtors in financing transactions, sellers and buyers in business acquisitions and sales, and structuring licenses and other contracts involving intellectual property rights. Terry is a past-president and former member of the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Community Fund and currently serves on its Advisory Board. He also has been active in the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, and was the Chair of its Legislation Committee. In addition, Terry is a former Board member and President of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, and former Board member of the Santa Clara University Law School Alumni Association.
Luke graduated from UC Davis in 2002 with a BS in Managerial Economics. After a few years of working in Palmdale, CA, he and his wife moved to the Bay Area in 2004 where Luke began his career in banking. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager at Presidio Bank, providing financing and cash management solutions for a number of business clients, non-profits, high net worth individuals, and commercial real estate investors.
Since moving to the Bay Area Luke has volunteered with a number of local community organizations and non-profits in various capacities including KIPP Collegiate, 2nd Mile, and Young Life. He recently served on the Board of Directors of Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) for six years, where he was a member of the Finance committee, chaired the Fund Development and Investment committees, and served as Chairman of the Board in 2011. He was recently accepted as an associate board member of the Housing Industry Foundation. He is very excited about the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board of Directors at AchieveKids.
Maria Shi is the Director of Strategy & Operations for the North America Enterprise Group at PayPal. She is responsible for all internal activities supporting the Enterprise Unit ranging from Business Operations to Product Marketing and Go To Market. Prior to moving cross-country to California and joining PayPal, Maria lived in New York City and was a Director at American Express focused on Partnership and Merchant Product Strategy. While at American Express, Maria also held a variety of roles ranging from risk management to new product development and analytics. Maria holds a BA in Economics and a MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Maria has always been very passionate about the importance of education and community service and has participated in various mentorship and shadow programs as well as done some volunteer teaching over the years. Maria is also a Board Member of the Stanford Alumni Women’s Impact Network. She is thrilled to join the Board of AchieveKids and play a more active role in giving back to the local community.
Scott is a Certified Public Accountant for Petrinovich Pugh and Company, LLP, a medium sized CPA firm in San Jose. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 2000 with an MS in Accounting, Scott received his CPA license in 2003 and a Masters in Taxation from San Jose State in 2007. As a senior manager at the firm, Scott provides audits, reviews, consulting and tax services for closely held businesses and high net worth individuals.
As a father of two young children, including an autistic son, Scott is looking forward to helping support Achieve Kids, which provides a gateway to independence their students.
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The father of a former AchieveKids student, Karl Kadie is a fiduciary who manages trusts and conservatorships for local families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Previously, Karl specialized in partnerships and globalization, holding management positions and providing consulting for many high technology companies, including SDL, Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, HP, Veritas Software, PRTM, and the Gilbane Group.
Nancy has been a volunteer in our community for the past 25+ years. She belongs to The Association for the Senior Day Health Program and has been their President. Nancy joined the Peninsula Children's Auxiliary in 1997 and served as President and co-chaired Festival of Trees 3 different times. She feels a deep commitment to AchieveKids and the incredible work they do for the students in their schools.
Venous Farsad is a Digital Marketing Manager at Stanford Health Care. She has 20 years of experience as a volunteer, intern, student researcher, fellow, patient care employee, and business professional at six academic medical centers, including three of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals.
Her prior experience includes roles at Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Health System, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics.
Ever since childhood, Venous has felt a special bond with children. In her adult life, she has gravitated toward children's studies and causes. Having studied child psychology, Venous conducted research on fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome with babies and mothers in college.
Venous received a MS in corporate public relations from Boston University and a BS in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Venous chose a career in health care because she wanted to make a difference in her local community. She has the same passion and enthusiasm for contributing to the AchieveKids mission as a board member.
Kathy was a committee member and active donor of AchieveKids prior to joining the Board. She currently works as a Principal Product Manager at Symantec. Her past positions include tenures at RSA (the Security Division of EMC), Adaptec, Clarke American, and Xerox. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the University of Rochester. Kathy is a member of the community service group Hands on Bay Area and the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club. She also participates in community theater with the Lyric Theatre.
"Both education and community involvement are important values in my family. I am glad to be of service to AchieveKids, to help the organization in its mission of providing individualized programs to help students succeed and contribute to their school, family, and community."
Mark is a communications consultant and adjunct professor of mass communications at San Jose State University and also serves on the De Anza College Journalism/Mass Communications Advisory committee. Mark earned his B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany and his M.A. in mass communications from the University of Denver.
Mark has spent several years as a high school English teacher followed by communications management positions with Bechtel Power Corporation, Bank of America, Hitachi Data Systems, and Notre Dame de Namur University.
For the past 30-plus years Mark has been helping San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley companies formulate and articulate messages for a variety of key constituencies. He has worked for a broad range of industry sectors including high tech, energy, academia, and financial services. He has won the Telly Award for a 3Com video script, and an International Association of Business Communicators(IABC) Silver Six Award for a Bank of America speech.
The mother of a school graduate who successfully transitioned back into the public school system, Ginny has been a volunteer grant writer and Development Committee member at AchieveKids since 2010. She is passionate about supporting AchieveKids' programs, students and staff. In addition to AchieveKids, Ginny is also a volunteer staff member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Davis and spent over two decades in marketing communications for Franklin Templeton Investments.
Carol began as a volunteer at Zonta from 1976-78 and then co-led a classroom for a few years. She left the classroom to start two group homes for Zonta as a volunteer and has been a volunteer ever since; working for many years in order to fund the start-up costs and extra expenses of the group homes, and writing grants to fund the beginning of the vocational program.
Carol joined the AchieveKids board in the 1980's serving 2 terms as Board President. She chaired the capital campaign to raise money for the San Jose site.
In addition to her work at AchieveKids Carol has worked on the program committee of the Cleo Eulau Center in its early days. She has volunteered in many capacities over the years at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos and at her grandchildren's schools.
Gopi Rangan is a Managing Director with USAA's Corporate Development team and a member of USAA's Executive Management Group. The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to more than 10 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. He is responsible for managing USAA's corporate venture investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Prior to his current role, Gopi was a Director with the Corporate Strategy Team and a member of the CTO Office at Altera Corp. Gopi has co-authored more than 30 patents and spent several years in key product development positions working on technology research, intellectual property and operations.
Gopi has an M.B.A. from INSEAD, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, and a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology in India.
"I am extremely impressed by AchieveKids' respect and dignity based approach to improving the quality of life of children with developmental and emotional problems. Through this leadership role I seek to actively contribute to community development by supporting children with behavioral issues as they strive for their self-reliance."
Archana has worked at Cisco Systems for the past 20 years. She is currently the IT director and lead for Collaboration Enterprise architecture. She is a wife and mother of 2 teenage boys. Archana is very interested in the area of education and has been involved in her son's school activities. She also participates in the volunteer activities that Cisco sponsors. Archana believes that with a stronger participation from members of the society we can make a difference in the lives of less privileged children and provide them with education and life skills to become productive members of our society.
Cecilia graduated from San Jose State University in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science. After working for a high tech company for eight years she decided to switch to her original career goal of working in the nonprofit sector. She is now the Client Care Manager at Cancer CAREpoint, a nonprofit resource center for cancer patients. Inspired by the dedication and commitment of the board members there she enrolled in the Latino Board Leadership Academy, offered by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, with the goal to serve on a board herself. Through this she learned about AchieveKids. Having grown up with family members and friends with developmental disabilities she was drawn to AchieveKids and their mission. Cecilia looks forward to being an advocate and voice for AchieveKids.
Matt is a Manager in KPMG's Transaction Services Group in Santa Clara. He manages buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, providing financial and business due diligence to corporations and private equity investors. Prior to his current role, Matt worked in KPMG's audit practice leading external engagements and researching technical accounting issues. Matt graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BS in Business Administration and in 2012 with a Master's degree in Accounting, receiving his CPA license shortly thereafter.
Matt is excited to contribute to AchieveKids mission and to help build an effective source of support for the students and families in need of special education services in the greater Santa Clara community.