Board of Trustees

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.

We are seeking an Executive Director.

Photo of the Education Foundation Board members.
Colleen Sullivan

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 Trustees 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

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.

Kim Crellin

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.

John Pavolotsky

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

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

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

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.

Marianne Wallace

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.

Liz Yeager

Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.

—Sonia Sotomayor

Liz Yeager has been on the SMFCEF Board since 2016 serving as Treasurer for a year and, subsequently, as the Readathon Chair. She has four children, one at College Park, two at Bayside and one at San Mateo High.

Liz served for five years on the College Park PTA Board and coaches Middle School Cross Country and Track at Bayside. She is also active at her church serving as a Deacon and as the Chair of Worship Ministries.

Liz moved to San Mateo in 2006 from Washington, DC where she worked for seven years in the U.S. House of Representatives and, prior to that, with the U.S. Committee for Refugees. She graduated with a B.S. in Social Sciences from Spring Arbor University in her home state of Michigan.

Liz hopes her own children and the greater community will grow their ability to view one another through a lens of equality and potential.

Dr. Joan Rosas
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
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.

Shara Watkins
Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Shara is our Board of Trustees Liaison to the Education Foundation. She was elected to the School Board in 2017. Shara has dedicated her life to education and to the students in her local communities. In August 2013, Shara and her husband moved to San Mateo and have finally found their home. Since moving to Bay Meadows, she has been actively involved in serving and supporting her community. As an SMFCSD School Board Trustee, she looks forward to continuing to give back to the students, families, teachers, and San Mateo-Foster City community in a way that leverages her expertise and continues the trajectory of excellent schools for all kids.

After graduating from Wellesley College, Shara participated in the Teach for America program in New York City. During this time, she earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood General and Special Education. Over the past twelve years, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum designer. Shara has lead extensive teacher training on a variety of topics, from equity in education to using technology as a tool to improve student learning.

Brenda Cooks
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.


Executive Director
Position Overview

The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation (Foundation) is seeking an Executive Director to serve as the main point of contact for all Foundation relationships and programs, with a major emphasis on community building and fundraising activities. The Executive Director will collaborate with the Board of Directors, San Mateo-Foster City School District (District) staff, and volunteers to meet annual budgetary and program goals, as well as serve as the Foundation representative, promoting the Foundation’s mission within the community and school district.

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Responsibilities Include

- Annual Campaign & Fundraising

  • Coordinate the Foundation’s annual giving campaign. This program must generate income for the Foundation’s operating costs, District programs, teacher grants, and other school-specific programs.
  • Coordinate and write grant proposals for funds from the corporate, foundation, government, and private sectors.
  • Manage existing corporate, foundation, government, and individual relationships, and provide impact reporting for grants as appropriate.
  • Provide oversight and organizational support for fundraising events including Readathon, Run2FunD, Gala, and any other events.
  • Provide oversight and organizational support for Athletics.
  • Manage the donor database and "thank you" paperwork.
  • Develop an annual giving campaign brochure/newsletter.

- Community Building & Outreach

  • Serve as the spokesperson and leader for the Foundation’s vision, strategy, and operations.
  • Establish and manage relationships with Superintendent, District staff, school staff, and parent communities.
  • Develop marketing materials to expand our reach to the broader communities to garner support, participation, volunteerism, and donations (newsletters, emails, social media, website, etc.).
  • Manage external communications and dissemination of key messages through the Board, District/staff, schools and other related organizations (PTAs, Athletics).
  • Work closely with District and school sites to continually strive to provide equal access to programs for all schools/students and identify new and innovative programs. Oversee rollout of new programs as appropriate.
  • Cultivate and expand the development of key donor families and community members.

- Financial & Operational Reporting

  • Provide oversight of bookkeeper’s reporting and accounting of income and expenses.
  • Assess and report fundraising progress to the Board.
  • Prepare budget/planning guide for YTD performance vs. budget on how yearly goals are being met.

- Strategic Planning

  • Coordinate with the Foundation Board in the following activities: development of the Foundation’s strategic plan; development of annual Foundation goals, action plans, and budgets; planning and execution of fundraising activities; communication and relationship building with the community, donors and potential donors, and district employees at the administrative and school site levels.
  • Continually research and develop new relationships to expand the Foundation’s donor base to increase year-on-year growth of income and programs offered.
  • Strive for year-over-year growth, and identify and implement new strategies for future years.
  • Establish relationships with other Education Foundation Executive Directors to develop best practices.

- Performs all other tasks and duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

- Fundraising (50%)

  • Work with the Board and appropriate committees to meet all aspects of the budget
  • Oversee an Annual Giving Campaign
  • Submit grant requests and necessary grant reports to corporations, foundations, and state educational departments
  • Assist with the solicitation of individual and corporate prospects to maximize program and event sponsorships
  • Assist special events committees in managing all aspects of annual special events
  • Supervise the maintenance of accurate records of all fundraising activities, donor gifts, and special event sponsors
  • Share appreciation with donors by providing follow-up and ongoing communications
  • Collaborate with the School District Superintendent or designee to identify school district funding priorities
  • Collaborate with school site principals, staff and parents to identify school-specific funding priorities
  • Create and maintain donor databases (Little Green Light)

- Public Relations & Promotions (25%)

  • Work closely with the Foundation Board to develop and produce communications (brochures, marketing materials, press releases, website, etc.) to educate the community about the mission of the organization as well as particular special events and services
  • Make presentations in and around the community to the District, PTAs, businesses, clubs, etc. to increase awareness of the Foundation’s existence and to obtain potential general donations
  • Maintain open lines of communication with the community organizations for partnership opportunities
  • Work with Board to assist the recruitment of volunteers to serve on Board Committees
  • Write articles for the Foundation and District newsletters

- Administration (15%)

  • Maintain office and supervise staff
  • Manage and perform annual performance review of Foundation staff
  • Work with the Treasurer to review and monitor financial reports and monthly financial statements to develop both the annual budget and necessary reports and data for the annual audit and tax return forms
  • Supervise volunteers
  • Work with District and Foundation committees in managing all programs and services of the Foundation

- Board Relations (10%)

  • Work with the Board to develop, monitor, and communicate the annual and long-term plans in reaching the Foundation’s goals
  • Attend Board meetings and prepare reports as directed by the Executive Committee
  • Help define the priorities and develop teamwork among board members, District staff, school staff, and volunteers
  • Maintain schedule of events/tasks and help to prepare Board meeting agendas


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Event planning experience helpful
  • High energy level, persistent, and self-motivated
  • Outstanding written and presentation skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented, able to work independently
  • Passionate about education and equity for all students
  • Experience with Google suite of software and QuickBooks

Goal Setting & Evaluation

  • An evaluation/review meeting will be held after 90 days to objectively discuss both the position as the reviewers see it, and the Foundation, in total, as the employee sees it, then annually thereafter.

Other Details

  • Hourly position with the opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus
  • 20 hours (0.5 FTE) per week with the potential to increase hours per week based on performance and scope of work
  • Office/computer in the SMFCSD Foundation office with flexibility to do some work from home

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter