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.


Front row (left to right):
Kelley Salomaa, Colleen Sullivan, Diane Shew, Sajitha Vinod, Kim Crellin, Annie Tsai, Marianne Wallace, Brenda Cooks

Back row (left to right):
Alison Proctor, Bob Hardy, Molly Reidy, David Chambliss, Christina Ogburn-Chow, Marilynn Kaplan, Sonja Tappan

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, September 13th, 2021

  • Monday, October 18th, 2021

  • Monday, November 15th, 2021

  • Monday, December 13th, 2021

  • Monday, January 10th, 2022

  • Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

  • Monday, March 14th, 2022

  • Monday, April 18th, 2022

  • Monday, May 16th, 2022

  • Monday, June 13th, 2022

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 was on the SMFCEF Board from 2012-2021, in various roles including Treasurer and Secretary. She became the office manager and bookkeeper for the Foundation in September 2020. She has two children who graduated from Highlands and Bayside, and are currently attending Aragon High.

Kim has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Duke University, and a Master's in chemistry from Stanford. She was born in Ottawa, Canada, but grew up in South Carolina. Kim moved to California in 1993, and loves San Mateo and the Bay Area for its culture, diversity, weather, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities.

Advisory Board

Katie Boyd, Former Board Member 2017-2021
Kim Crellin, Former Board Member 2012-2021
Dr. Sarah Drinkwater, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services / Former Board Liaison 2018-2021
John Pavolotsky, Former Board Member 2017-2021
Dr. Joan Rosas, Former SMFCSD Superintendent 2015-2021
Elizabeth Yeager, Former Board Member 2016-2020

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.