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Board Bios – 2017

Executive Committee

Tim Hoffman

Tim HoffmanTim and his wife were both born and raised on the Peninsula, and have lived in Belmont for over 16 years. They have two children attending Cipriani Elementary, and one child attending Ralston. Tim enjoys volunteering in our local schools and for youth sports leagues, and he most recently served for over two years as SchoolForce’s Endowment Chairperson.
Tim is a proud product of California public schools from Kindergarten through his years at U.C. Santa Barbara, where he obtained BA and MA Degrees in Economics. His professional background includes positions as a professional economist with particular emphases on applied finance and economic & consumer research. Tim also has extensive product management & development experience in the financial services industry. He is currently a member of a small LLC in San Mateo that provides expert consulting services chiefly related to large commercial litigation involving intellectual property disputes, antitrust and industrial organization issues, and class actions.

Shelly Kim
VP of Finance

Shelly has two daughters at Ralston Middle School. She moved to the Belmont-Redwood School District a few years ago and recently joined SchoolForce as treasurer. She has been a Central PTA volunteer for three years, co-chairing Walking Track and working in the classroom assisting with Art in Action. In addition, she has two years experience as a PTA treasurer in another school district.
Before staying home with kids, Shelly worked as a city and transportation planner in the Los Angeles area. She holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of California, San Diego and a masters in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles.

Kelsey Homyk

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Mylinh Nightengale
VP of Events

Mylinh NightengaleMylinh has served on the SchoolForce board since 2015. Previously her role was the VP of Communications. Currently she is serving as the VP of Events and spearheading the Annual Event for a second year. Prior to joining the board she served as the Redwood Shores PTA President, VP of Fundraising and sat on the PTA Council for a number of years. Her goal is to continue to communicate and promote the importance of School Force to parents within the District. She enjoys encouraging parents as well as students to volunteer and get involved within our schools.

Professionally her background includes over a decade within the financial industry working for Bear Stearns and Citibank. Currently Mylinh is working part-time as a project consultant

Barry Rowland
VP of Operations

Barry RowlandThis is Barry’s second year on the SchoolForce board, after having previously served as its Secretary. As Operations Chair he is interested in making strategic operational improvements to help SchoolForce achieve its goals. Barry has a student at Ralston and has spent a number of years before as Secretary for the Cipriani PTA and volunteering in the classroom. His education is as a mechanical engineer and he now works in process improvement for a pharmaceutical company and is originally from Australia.

Sarah Scott Phillips
VP of Outreach

Board Members

Jeff Schnitz
Business Outreach

Jeff SchnitzJeff Schnitz is Managing Director and President of SVB Wealth Advisory, Inc. Jeff and his team tailor unique, comprehensive wealth advice and work with others in the Bank to find banking solutions that meet the needs of technology professionals and investors.

Before joining Silicon Valley Bank, Jeff co-founded Exos Partners, a startup investment advisory and broker dealer firm. Prior to Exos, Jeff spent 13 years in a variety of key positions with Merrill Lynch, including Director of National Advisor Training and Regional Business Manager.

Jeff received his master’s in business administration from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from University of California, San Diego.

Sarah Hirx
Nesbit School Chair

Sarah HirxSarah is new to Belmont having recently moved from Connecticut with her husband and children. She has two daughters at Nesbit, one in TK and one in first grade. Sarah and her husband were both raised on the east coast and were surprised upon moving to learn about the funding gap that exists in California public schools. She highly values arts and enrichment in education, having been greatly impacted by music education during her own schooling. This is why she decided to volunteer for SchoolForce.
Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is currently the Manager of Perioperative Education at Stanford Health Care. She can be found on the soccer field sidelines Saturday mornings cheering on her girls. Sarah is enjoying discovering all of the fun activities that the Bay Area has to offer.

John Peacock
Redwood Shores School Chair

John Peacock
John Peacock joined the board in 2016 as the school chair for Redwood Shores Elementary, where two of his children (son, K, and daughter, 3rd) attend. He’s excited for the opportunity to educate the community about the importance of community based funding in the lives of today’s BRSSD students.
John and his wife, Julie, moved to Redwood Shores in 2011 where he has been active in the community coaching AYSO soccer and Little League baseball teams. John works at NetSuite in the Product Management organization, and when he isn’t working, volunteering, or taking the kids to yet another sporting event, he’s sleeping.

Alison ten Cate
Sandpiper School Chair

Alison ten Cate
Alison worked with Sandpiper’s Reading Power team prior to taking on the role of SchoolForce chair for Sandpiper Elementary. Resident in the district for over 8 years, she has two daughters, one at Sandpiper and another at Ralston. Alison greatly appreciates the combination of community, great schools and excellent music programs for her children and wants to ensure that the schools in our district continue to excel.
Alison’s professional background is in energy and water efficiency, with experience in government, academia, and the private sector, including co-founding an energy efficiency consultancy. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Kim Dunne
Endowment Chair

Kim Dunne

Eric Manning
Ralston School Chair

Eric ManningEric is a father of two children, one at Central Elementary and one at Ralston. As a stay home father, he has been volunteering with both SchoolForce and Central’s PTA since 2010, as well as in the classrooms. He is committed to providing the highest possible levels of education to students in BRSSD.

Before staying home, Eric worked at Navigant Consulting in their Life Sciences group for 7 years. He holds a PhD in Immunology from Dartmouth and a BS in Molecular Biology from Florida Tech.

Gerald Truong
Cipriani School Chair

Gerald TruongGerald Truong is now on his second year on the SchoolForce board this year and happy to have a role in supporting the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District as it grows and maintains a high level of education. Since his son joined Cipriani elementary as a Kindergartener in 2015, he has been an active member of the Cipriani community and can be seen Wednesdays and Fridays morning welcoming students at the Cipriani drop-off line. He volunteers in the classroom as an Art in Action and Project Cornerstone parent teacher.
Gerald has a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and now develops web applications for different software companies. He is looking forward to working with the SchoolForce board to ensure an excellent education for every student in our school district.

Sandra Sanvido
Fox School Chair

Sandra SanvidoSandra is new to the SchoolForce board this year. She is passionate about making sure that our kids get an exceptional public education. She is excited to work with the other school chairs to unify SchoolForce’s on-campus presence and foster community across all school sites in the district.

Sandra and her husband, Marco, have lived in Belmont for 10 years. They have 2 sons; one at Fox Elementary and one at Ralston. Sandra has been an avid volunteer at Fox for years and sits on the board for the Fox PTA.

Professionally, Sandra is an independent CRM and Marketing Strategy Consultant. She holds an MBA from University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Dyuti Sengupta
Central School Chair

Dyuti Sengupta
This is Dyuti’s first year as a SchoolForce chairperson. She has one daughter at Central Elementary School and one preschooler. Until this year, her volunteer efforts focused on Art in Action, which she is continuing this year with a strong contingent of parent-volunteers. She grew up primarily in South Dakota and for a short time, Minnesota. She has lived in Belmont since 2005 with her husband, Rajneel Ganjoo. Dyuti has worked as an adjunct Geography professor at both Foothill College and San Jose State University and currently works full-time at Guidewire Software in the education and curriculum group. Dyuti attended the University of Washington (BS Engineering), Mills College (MA) and UC Berkeley (PhD, Geography).

Ryan Young
School Outreach Chair

Ryan YoungRyan Young is a Senior Associate with Colliers International with a comprehensive commercial real estate background. Ryan represents clients in buying, selling and leasing of office investment properties. He and his wife Michele moved recently into the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District and have two boys who attend Redwood Shores Elementary. Ryan is involved within the community at Redwood Shores Elementary, Cub Scouts of America, and is the Coach of two little league teams.