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Board of Directors

2018-2019 SchoolForce Board of Directors

Executive Committee / Members

Alison ten Cate
President
Alison ten Cate

Alison has two daughters, one who attended K-8 in our district (at 3 of our schools) and another currently in 6th grade. She and her family have lived in Redwood Shores and Belmont since 2006. When her older daughter was in Kindergarten and the district was facing severe budget and staffing cuts, Alison and her husband realized just how important SchoolForce is for our children’s educations, and they’ve been supporters ever since.

By getting involved on the SchoolForce Board as the Sandpiper School Chair, Alison was able to really engage with the school community and meet so many wonderful parents in all our schools. Recognizing that our schools are the heart of our community in Belmont and Redwood Shores, Alison is working as President to engage all families in all schools in understanding why we need SchoolForce and working with our fantastic Board to envision the next few years of how we can support excellent education in our schools.

Alison has a professional background in energy and water efficiency with an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and B.S. from Georgetown University.

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Hector Casab
Secretary
Hector Casab

Hector Casab joined the SchoolForce Board this year and serves in the role of Secretary. Hector is married to Julia Williams, and they have two children, one at Ralston and one at Central. He has been actively involved at Central Elementary, both as part of the leadership team for Cub Scouts Pack 83 and as a mentor in the Central Vex Robotics program.

Hector is a consulting CFO for emerging biotech and life science firms in the Bay Area. He is also a member of the Band of Angels. He earned his MBA from Santa Clara University. Previously, Hector was an executive at several biotech and life science firms. He also serves on the board of directors of Benjamin Links Foundation and the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers.

Sam Leinbach
Treasurer
Sam Leinbach

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.

Barry Rowland
VP of Operations
Barry Rowland

This 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.

Mylinh Nightengale
VP of Events
Mylinh Nightengale

Mylinh 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.

Grete Fry
VP of Annual Giving
Grete Fry

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.

Kim Dunne
Endowment
Kim Dunne

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 Ralston Middle School. Kimberly was 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.

Eric Bookstein
Financial Secretary
Eric Bookstein

Eric has been living in the Bay Area for 15 years and has lived in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District for over 7 years. He and his wife have a son at Nesbit Elementary and a son in preschool. Eric is new to the SchoolForce board this year.

He currently works at Visa as a Vice President in the Strategy Group. He has an MBA from Rice University and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University.

Kori Martin
Business Outreach
Kori Martin

Kori joined the SchoolForce Board this year and is taking on the role of Business Outreach. Kori has lived in Redwood Shores for over 15 years and has two children that attend Sandpiper and Ralston Middle School. Kori has been heavily involved in the school district volunteering as Room Parent for over 7 years and has helped with Reading Power as well as the SchoolForce Annual Auction bringing in donors. Kori and her husband Scott have donated to the SchoolForce Auction through their business Blue Plum. Kori was excited about the opportunity to work with SchoolForce to help our schools offer programs that help the arts and the special needs of our students.

Kori has over 20 years’ experience in Sales in the High Tech field with a special emphasis in Customer Satisfaction Survey Software and Consulting services.

John Peacock
Website/Online Presence Development
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.

Tim Hoffman
Past President
Tim Hoffman

Tim 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.

School Chairs

April Northrop
Cipriani School Force Co-Chair
April Northrop

April is new to the SchoolForce board this year. April recently served as the co-chair for the Yes on Measure K campaign, which successfully passed and will provide an additional $1.4 million annually in local funding for BRSSD. April understands the funding challenges that BRSSD faces, and is eager to help SchoolForce provide the means to ensure an excellent education for our students. April and her husband Alan have a son at Ralston Middle School and two daughters at Cipriani Elementary. Before she began staying home with her kids, April was a high school history teacher in Los Angeles and then in Massachusetts. She has a BA in History from Harvard College.

Tiffany Booth
Cipriani School Force Co-Chair
Tiffany Booth

Tiffany is thrilled to act as co-chair for Cipriani Elementary. New to Belmont in 2017 this is her first year on the School Force board. Tiffany is a docent for Art In Action and also volunteered as co-chair for the phone banks during the Yes for Measure K campaign. She and her husband AJ have two sons; one at Ralston Middle School and one at Cipriani. Being new to the district she and her kids are thankful for the inclusive atmosphere of BRSSD. Before staying home, Tiffany has worked 12yrs in the mortgage industry working at Wells Fargo and more recently a private money lender. She holds a BS in biological science from NCSU.

Aaron Daru
Central School Force Co-Chair
Aaron Daru

Aaron is excited to help with SchoolForce this year as Central School's Co-Chair. He has twin boys in 4th grade and has lived in Belmont for 9 years.

Aaron is also president and lead consultant at Daru Consulting Inc. -- which provides website development, maintenance and programming services. Prior to Daru Consulting, Aaron worked in New York for Merrill Lynch and then as a consultant for Alliance Capital. He went to Cornell University and graduated with a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

Kirsten Daru
Central School Force Co-Chair
Kirsten Daru

Kirsten is passionate about our kids’ quality of education. SchoolForce is a major factor in ensuring they get a well-rounded education and an opportunity to shine. She is grateful for the incredible close knit community we have in the BRSSD.

Kirsten is also the Chief Privacy Officer at Electronic Arts Inc., helping keep games safe, fair and fun for players of all ages.

Sandra Sanvido
Fox School Force Chair
Sandra Sanvido

Sandra 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.

Alison Mellon
Nesbit School Force Chair
Alison Mellon

After learning so much about the district last year during town hall and school board meetings, along with the parcel tax campaign, Alison decided it was time to bring her Nesbit Puma enthusiasm to the district level. She joined the SchoolForce board this year for the first time as the Nesbit School representative, where her husband Scott and her have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener. This is their family's sixth year in the Bay Area and fourth year in the BRSSD school district, and they feel so lucky to have found such a great community in Belmont. In addition to volunteering for SchoolForce, Alison contributes time at Nesbit to Art in Action and as PTA Parliamentarian. Outside of volunteering, Alison works as a Human Resources Director at AJ Tutoring, and whenever possible, she loves to carve out time to travel and cook. Alison has a BA in Sociology from Wellesley College and an MBA from University of Virginia (Darden).

Eric Manning
Ralston School Force Chair
Eric Manning

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.

Garth Fraser
Redwood Shores School Force Chair
Garth Fraser

Garth lives with his wife Alissa in Redwood Shores. They have 3 sons, one in the finance industry in London, a second an officer in the British Army, and the third is in 4th grade at RWSE. Garth studied as a teacher in South Africa where he grew up. He has lived on 3 continents- Africa, Europe and North America. Currently, he runs youth sports leagues. His interests include traveling the world, snowboarding in the winter, golf in the sun, and he enjoys all sports in general. He loves his life and lifestyle here in California. He feels privileged to be a part of this community. His wife says he is a social butterfly.

Ying Gonikman
Sandpiper School Force Co-Chair
Ying Gonikman

Ying Gonikman is new to the SchoolForce board this year. Ying was part of the Measure K campaign serving as chair for VoterCircle. She has been a resident in Redwood Shores since 2009 and has a first and a third grader at Sandpiper Elementary School. Ying enjoys volunteering in class rooms and in youth sports leagues. She is excited to work on encouraging parent community involvement at all levels and ensuring that the schools in our district continue to excel. Ying holds a BA degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and works as an engineer at Oracle.

Shelley Tang
Sandpiper School Force Co-Chair
Shelley Tang