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Board Bios – 2017

Executive Committee

Tim Hoffman
President

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 has served as SchoolForce treasurer since 2016. She has been a Central Elementary PTA volunteer for several 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.

Grete Fry
VP of Annual Giving

Grete joined the SchoolForce board in 2017 after 10 years volunteering for SchoolForce and Central Elementary PTA in many roles. At Central, she served as PTA President, VP of Fundraising, and chaired several school auction committees. Grete has served on SchoolForce’s annual event committee for more than 5 years, soliciting donations and leading the charge to encourage schools and individuals to host parties “for the kids”. In 2012, Grete created the Dolphin Dash, Central’s fun-run fundraiser, carnival and breakfast, serving almost 600 people annually. She enjoys dreaming up and hosting fundraising events for kids and adults.
Jay and Grete Fry have two kids, one currently at Ralston Middle School one at Carlmont High School. Prior to parenthood, Grete worked in public relations and holds a MA in political science. She and her family travel to Germany whenever they can and Grete really is bummed out that German is not taught in schools anymore.

Sarah Scott Phillips
VP of Outreach

Sarah Phillips has two children at Sandpiper Elementary School. She and her family recently moved Redwood Shores from Seattle, WA and quickly learned that public schools in Silicon Valley are underfunded and so over the past three years she has been extremely involved with the PTA and SchoolForce. She has lead teacher appreciation events, chaired the book fair, acted as an Art in Action Docent, Room Parent and volunteered where needed. In 2016, Sarah chaired a pilot program for the SchoolForce’s Reading Power fundraiser and increased the fundraising income by over 20%.
Before trading in her career for community engagements and volunteering in her kids lives, Sarah worked in Marketing and Training for Development and Multi-Family companies. She thrives on the opportunity to redefine industry standards and create a measurable impact within the organization.

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. 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.

Kelsey Homyk
Secretary

Kelsey joined the SchoolForce board in 2017 as Secretary. She is thrilled to contribute to BRSSD’s passionate community of education supporters and promote top-notch education for our children. Kelsey has been an active part of California’s public school system since her children were in Kindergarten in Southern California, including service as a PTA board member, room parent, and frequent classroom volunteer. She moved to Belmont in 2014 along with her husband, Andrew, and two children, who currently attend Ralston Middle School. Before staying home full time to raise children, Kelsey did research and taught a lab course at Caltech. Kelsey has a BS in Biochemistry from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

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.

Sid Tao
Nesbit School Chair

Sid is currently the EVP for Nesbit’s PTA and was the PTA Council Rep the previous 2 years. His family (wife, son at Nesbit, daughter in preschool) has been a BRSSD resident since 2013. Sid has been a San Mateo County resident since 2003 and currently works at Salesforce as a Lead Solution Engineer. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Susanne Schubert
Nesbit School Chair

Susanne joined the SchoolForce board in 2017, and previously served as the SchoolForce Reading Power chair for Nesbit K-8. She also volunteers regularly at Nesbit. Originally from Germany, Susanne and her family moved to the Bay Area in 2014 after spending 2 years at the East Coast. Frank and Susanne Schubert have two kids in the district, one at Nesbit K-8 and one at Ralston Middle School.
Susanne’s professional background is in Science. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and worked as a research scientist at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Brookhaven National Lab and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

John Peacock
Redwood Shores School Chair

John PeacockJohn 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 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.

Sam Leinbach
Financial Secretary

Sam and his wife have been living in the Bay Area for 18 years and in Belmont for over 5 years. They have a daughter at Central Elementary where Sam serves on the executive board of the PTA as Financial Secretary. Sam is involved in several other volunteer roles at Central Elementary and has contributed planning SchoolForce’s Save the Music festival. He sits of the Measure R Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and is a coach and board member of the Belmont-Redwood Shores American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 108. One of his favorite pastimes in Belmont is an exhilarating mountain bike ride in Waterdog Lake Park.
Sam holds Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and a certification from the Advanced Project Management school at Stanford University. His professional background is in the ecommerce software space managing the innovation and growth for software products and is a founder of a Silicon Valley software startup where he was a visionary and responsible for financial security and acquisition of the company.

Eric Manning
Ralston School Chair

Eric is a father of two children, one at Central Elementary and one at Ralston. As a stay home father, he has been volunteering in the district since 2010, in the classrooms, with the Central and Ralston PTAs, Ralston Music Boosters, and SchoolForce. He has served on the SchoolForce Board since 2013. Eric 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 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 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.

Jen Coakley
Central School Chair

Jen is new to the SchoolForce board this year, but she has been an active volunteer at Central, sitting on the PTA Board, and serving as BRSSD PTA Council President last year. Jen has also volunteered her time on several district-wide committees related to enrollment growth. She and her husband have lived in Belmont since 2012, and their two sons attend Central Elementary. She holds a PhD in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, and works for a non-profit organization in the South Bay.

Ryan Young
Donor Development

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.

Kim Dunne
Endowment Chair

Kimberly Dunne joined began volunteering for SchoolForce on the Endowment Committee in 2012 and acts now as the Endowment Chair. She and her husband are natives of San Mateo moving to Belmont in 2002 where she has two boys at Cipriani Elementary as well as a step-son at Carlmont High School. Kimberly is a frequent volunteer driving on field trips and in the classroom doing Art in Action at Cirpriani Elementary. Kimberly is also the current Treasurer for Belmont Redwood Shores Little League.
Professionally, Kimberly works in residential lending through Bank of America. She has worked in Financial Services since 2002 utilizing her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of San Francisco as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego.