Board of Directors
Photo of the Education Foundation Board members.

The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by a Board of Directors consisting of dedicated parent and community volunteers.

We strongly believe that every child deserves the best education possible, and that educating the whole child is necessary for developing the next generation of future leaders and community members.

Join our Board

The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation is looking for passionate individuals to join in the work of making sure every child in the school district gets the well-rounded education they deserve. Please join us in doing this important work.

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Upcoming Meetings

1170 Chess Drive | Foster City

7:00p - 8:30p unless otherwise noted

All meetings are currently being held virtually. If you are interested in attending, please email our Office Manager.

  • Monday, June 14th, 2021

Contact Us

Office Manager, Kim Crellin

Executive Director, Sonja Tappan

President, Colleen Sullivan


Volunteer Opportunities

Bring your time and talent!


Colleen Sullivan
President

A good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone else.

—Mathab Narsimhan

Colleen Sullivan began working with the SMFCEF in December 2015 and has been the Board President since 2016. She served on the San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Directors from 2007-2015 (serving as President in 2011 and 2015). She has two children who attended Highlands and Borel. The eldest graduated from Aragon High School and UCSB. The youngest graduated from Hillsdale High School and attends University of Denver. While the kids were at Highlands, she served seven years on the Highlands PTA and coordinated the Art in Action program. She then moved on to Borel to help in the office.

Colleen has a B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College. She was born and raised on Oahu and moved to the mainland for college. She received her secondary teaching credential from the University of Michigan and moved to the Bay Area in 1988. She worked as an Actuary for Fireman’s Fund and Industrial Indemnity before joining GE Computer Leasing as a programmer.

Colleen currently volunteers at LEAD Elementary teaching and supporting the Art in Action program. She is on the SMFC District Equity Task Force. She is passionate about education and providing access and opportunity to every student in our District.

Diane Shew
Vice President / Treasurer

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

—Nelson Mandela

Diane Shew has been on the SMFCEF board since 2016 and is currently Vice President. She was previously Site Council President and PTA Board Member at Highlands Elementary. She has two children who have graduated from Highlands Elementary and Borel Middle, and now attend Aragon High School.

Diane was Treasurer and Board Member at Home & Hope for 8 years prior to joining SMFCEF. She has 20 years of experience in the investment management industry where she managed teams of portfolio managers and traders. She currently works part time for the San Mateo Union High School District as an Instructional Assistant for Special Education students.

Diane is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has a B.S. in Finance and Organization Behavior/Industrial Relations from U.C. Berkeley. She is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership program for San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame and Hillsborough. Born and raised in San Francisco, Diane has lived in San Mateo since 1997.

John Pavolotsky
Secretary

I am not a teacher but an awakener.

—Robert Frost

John Pavolotsky, a resident of San Mateo since 2005, has served on the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2017. His children attend Borel Middle and previously attended Baywood Elementary.

Currently, John is Managing Counsel at Intel Corporation. Before Intel, John was Of Counsel in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group of a global law firm. He is an active member of the IP Section of the California Lawyers Association and co-authors the Licensing Corner column in New Matter, the IP Section's quarterly journal. He is a graduate of the U.C. Davis School of Law, where he has taught Technology Transactions and served on the Alumni Board of Directors. In addition, John holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Katie Boyd
Director

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

—Malala Yousafzai

Katie Antheil Boyd has been a member of the San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation since 2017. Before that she served in various elected roles over 5 years for the North Shoreview PTA. She has two children who have attended North Shoreview, Borel Middle, and Aragon High School.

Today, Katie leads content marketing strategies for tech startups in the fields of wellness, aging, and education. Originally from Bucks County, PA, she moved to the Bay Area for the first dot-com boom in the late 90s. When her kids were little, she shifted to fund development and grant writing for various Bay Area organizations for about 10 years, before going back to tech in 2011. She earned her degree in Philosophy from Kenyon College.

Angel Haight
Director

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

-Benjamin Franklin

Angel Haight joined the SMFCEF board of directors in September of 2019. Born and raised in Redlands, California, she has been a resident of Foster City since 2010. Her children attend Audubon Elementary. Angel enjoys volunteering in the classroom, leading Art in Action lessons and serving on the Audubon PTA executive board.

Currently, Angel leads proposals and business development for a public policy research group. Previously, Angel was a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton for 10+ years. Angel is a graduate of Tufts University, where she studied Political Science and International Relations.

Bob Hardy
Director

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

—Maya Angelou

Bob Hardy has lived in San Mateo since 2003 and has served on the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation board of directors since 2015. He has 2 children, both of whom attended Parkside Elementary where he was an active member of the Montessori Parents Committee and one-time PTA President. His eldest went to Bayside STEM Academy and graduated Hillsdale High School. His younger child currently attends Borel Middle School.

Bob is a former software developer and is currently working for an Energy Efficiency consultancy where he manages IT and Support Services. He has a degree in Management Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kim Crellin
Director

The quality of your public education shouldn't be defined by your zip code.

—Jalen Rose

Kim Crellin has been on the SMFCEF Board since 2012, first as Treasurer and currently as Secretary. She has also been a PTA Board Member at Highlands Elementary Elementary and Bayside Academy. She has two children who graduated from Highlands and Bayside, with one attending Aragon High School. She has also enjoyed leading a Girl Scout troop since 2013.

Kim has a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University, and an M.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University. She was born in Ottawa, Canada, but was raised in South Carolina. Kim moved to California in 1993, and loves San Mateo and the Bay Area for its culture, weather, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities.

Marianne Wallace
Director

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

—Malcolm X

Marianne Wallace has lived in Foster City since 2007 and joined the SMFCEF board of directors in September 2019. She has four children, two of whom attend Audubon Elementary School, where she is an active member of the PTA. Her two younger children will enter kindergarten at Audubon Elementary in August 2020.

Marianne is a former financial analyst and portfolio manager for a hedge fund in San Mateo. Prior to working at this hedge fund, she worked as a financial analyst at Franklin Templeton. Marianne is also a former executive board member of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, where she worked closely with the 49ers Foundation on their annual Bowl for Youth event. Marianne graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Psychology.

Dr. Joan Rosas
Ex-Officio
Superintendent, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Dr. Rosas has dedicated over 30 years to students, parents and staff in the field of education. She has served as a bilingual elementary school teacher, middle school teacher and an administrator. In 1993, Dr. Rosas opened Fiesta Gardens International School, a K-5 magnet program, in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. She continued her work in the San Mateo-Foster City School District as the Director of Education Services, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. In 2011, Dr. Rosas joined the San Mateo County Office of Education as the Associate Superintendent of Student Services. In that role, she was responsible for the county court and community schools, Regional Occupation Program and Special Education program. Her mission is to support all students in reaching their academic and personal goals. She has served as the District’s Superintendent since July 2015.

Dr. Rosas earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco in Organizational Leadership. She has received the Latino Community Education Award, Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year from the Association of California School Administrators and the 17th District PTA Honorary Service Award.

Dr. Sarah Drinkwater
Ex-Officio
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Sarah is the District Liaison to the Education Foundation Board of Directors since joining the San Mateo-Foster City School District in 2018. She most recently worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services at the Oregon Department of Education for 6 years, and previous to that spent over 20 years as a student services/special education director in the Puget Sound area of Washington.

Sarah’s move in 2018 to the Bay Area is actually a return, as her family moved to San Francisco when she was in middle school, so she attended middle school and high school in the City. She is a graduate of UCSB, and obtained her graduate degrees in early childhood special education at the University of Oregon.

Alison Proctor
Ex-Officio
Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Alison is our Board of Trustees Liaison to the Education Foundation. She was elected to the School Board in 2019. Alison is deeply committed to serving our local public schools. She has been a PTA leader at Foster City Elementary School, serving as the PTA President for 2 years and the PTA Treasurer for 2 years prior to that. She was also on the School Site Council in 2018-2019. Prior to her time spent at Foster City Elementary, she was the Treasurer of Sea Breeze School and the Foster City Parents’ Club. Alison has been a Foster City resident for over 15 years and is the proud mom of 2 boys in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. She is Bay Area native and a product of the Millbrae School District and San Mateo Union High School District.

Alison earned a BA in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara, a Master’s in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and is a licensed CPA. She is a Partner at Seiler LLP, a CPA firm in Redwood Shores where she’s worked since 2002. In her spare time, Alison enjoys traveling, going to the movies and watching her boys play baseball.

Brenda Cooks
Ex-Officio
San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association (SMETA) Liaison

Brenda Cooks has been a teacher at San Mateo Park Elementary for 18 years. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, however, most of her 18 years have been dedicated to 2nd and 3rd grades. With the exception of a brief hiatus during 2014-2015, Brenda has been on the Executive Board for SMETA since 2007. She has been Vice President, Secretary, and is currently Treasurer. For the past three years, she has enjoyed being SMETA’s Liaison for the Education Foundation.

Brenda was born in San Mateo and attended Meadow Heights Elementary for two months before her family moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. In 1985, she moved to Half Moon Bay where she graduated high school. She attended the College of San Mateo and then transferred to the University of San Diego. In San Diego, she received her B.A. in Liberal Arts and her teaching credential with a concentration in Multicultural Education.

As Brenda attends Education Foundation meetings, she is always amazed and grateful for the dedication and hard work that the Education Foundation Board puts forth for all students in our San Mateo-Foster City School District.


Staff
Sonja Tappan
Executive Director

Sonja Fuentes Tappan is our part-time Executive Director. Sonja has lived in the San Mateo-Foster City community for over 40 years. She loves this area so much that she raised her four, now adult, children here. Sonja and her kids have all attended our very own schools! Her passion for learning, involvement in our community, and generous philanthropy make her a natural fit as our Executive Director.

Sonja brings with her 20 years of design, project management, and operations experience, currently working at a design studio in San Mateo, and previously at Genentech, Inc. She graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

As great education is not accidental, she is excited to rally the support of every parent, raise awareness within our community, and secure strategic partnerships to ensure every child has access to the best education possible. Feel free to say hi to her in English, Spanish, or Dutch.

Kim Crellin
Office Manager

Kim Crellin has been on the SMFCEF Board since 2012, first as Treasurer and currently as Secretary. She has also been a PTA Board Member at Highlands Elementary Elementary and Bayside Academy. She has two children who graduated from Highlands and Bayside, with one attending Aragon High School. She has also enjoyed leading a Girl Scout troop since 2013.

Kim has a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University, and an M.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University. She was born in Ottawa, Canada, but was raised in South Carolina. Kim moved to California in 1993, and loves San Mateo and the Bay Area for its culture, weather, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities.


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