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Board of Directors

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.

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Upcoming Meetings

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


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

  • Tuesday, August 8th, 2023

  • Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

  • Tuesday, October 17th, 2023

  • Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

  • Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

  • Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

  • Tuesday, April 16h, 2024

  • Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

  • Tuesday, June, 18th, 2024

Meet The Team


Sonja Tappan



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



Kim Crellin is the part-time office manager and bookkeeper for the Foundation. She was on the Board from 2012-2021, in various roles including Treasurer and Secretary. She has two children who attended Highlands and Bayside Academy. 

Kim has a B.S. in chemistry from Duke, and a Masters in chemistry from Stanford. She was born in Canada, and raised in South Carolina by an Australian and a Yankee. Kim came to California in 1993 and fell in love with San Mateo and the Bay Area. After working as a medicinal chemist for many years, she started a family and began volunteering at her kids' schools. She likes to travel, read, ski and play tennis.

Advisory Board

Diane Shew, Board member 2016-2022

Kim Crellin, Board member 2012-2021

Bob Hardy, Board member 2016-2022

Katie Boyd, Board member 2017-2021

John Pavolotsky, Board member 2017-2021

Liz Yeager, Board member 2016-2020

Dr. Joan Rosas, SMFCSD Superintendent 2015-2021

Ways to Give

Help support the work of your Education Foundation! 

We ask families to consider a tax-deductible donation of $250 per academic school year and sign up to volunteer for one of our initiatives. Every dollar donated and minute volunteered counts and will make a difference for our students. 

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