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CEN Board Members


 

 

Dean Morton

Chairman Emeritus, CEN

Prior to retirement on October 31, 1992, Dean O. Morton was executive vice president, chief operating officer and a director of the Hewlett-Packard Company for many years.  Morton is a member of the board of directors of Cepheid Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He is chairman emeritus of The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits and one of the 1994 co-founders of the organization.

 

 

Homer Wong

Board Chair, CEN

During the 28 years that he was at HP, Homer’s career included a number of different roles. Initially joining HP as a Systems Engineer in 1979, Homer’s executive experience includes being the General Manager for the North America Direct Marketing Organization, Director of HR Operations for the Americas, and Director of Strategic Alliances. Homer retired from HP in 2007.  In 2008 Homer joined the staff of Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union (which merged with First Tech Federal Credit Union in 2011) after serving on their Board of Directors for eight years.  Homer held the role of VP – Retail Sales and Business Development.  Homer re-joined HP in August of 2014 as part of the Executive Development Program.  Homer is currently on the Board of the Bay Area HP Retired Employees Club, is the past Chair of CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), and is an Executive Advisor to CAAEN (Corporate Asian American Employee Network).

 

 

Janice Fry

Vice Chair, CEN

Janice Fry, now retired, was a Human Resources Executive with more than twenty five years of experience. She held a variety of positions with Sun Microsystems, including VP of Human Resources for the Computer Systems and Network Service Provider Businesses and VP of Executive Development and Organizational Effectiveness.  In addition to serving on the board of CEN, she has also been a board member for several organizations, including Friends for Youth, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and the Palo Alto chapter of the Red Cross.  Janice earned a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.A. from Miami University.

 

 

Anne Yamamoto

Treasurer, CEN

Anne is a partner with the firm of Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP. She specializes in tax and financial consulting for individuals and has over 30 years of tax experience. Anne is a summa cum laude graduate of California State University, Fresno where she was named the outstanding graduate in the School of Business. She has served on a number of community boards including those of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Palo Alto Red Cross, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and KTEH. She is a past chairman for both the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Palo Alto Red Cross Boards. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

 

Claudia Coleman

Secretary, CEN

Claudia Coleman began her technology career when she joined Hewlett-Packard in 1971. Before leaving HP in 1992, Claudia was promoted to Americas Peripherals Marketing Center Manager in the company’s multibillion-dollar Computer Peripherals Organization. For most of the past two decades, Claudia’s energy has been focused on various volunteer, charitable, and philanthropic activities, including the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities where she and her husband Bill are founding donors.  She is secretary of the Coleman Colorado Foundation Board, past Chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board and currently co-Chair of the Los Altos Community Foundation Board.  In 2011, Claudia was honored with a Community Service award from the Cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.  She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado in 2001 as well as was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

 

Mark Walker

Past Board Chair, CEN

Mark is the current CEO of TCSI-Transland.  Previously, he was the Managing Director of Global Community Affairs at Applied Materials and the Executive Director of the company’s Foundation.  Mark was responsible for corporate social responsibility strategy globally including philanthropy and employee involvement.  Prior to joining Applied Materials, Walker served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Silicon Valley where he led the organization to create a new   strategic funding model. He also has extensive experience in corporate government and community affairs leadership thanks to a 23 year career with SBC Communications (AT&T). He serves on the board of directors of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society, and Destination:  Home.

 

Pam Brandin

Board Member, CEN

Pam Brandin has been Executive Director of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1994 and was the Director of Development there for the five previous years. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. In addition to serving on CEN's board, she also serves on the Stanford Historical Society board. She recently served on the boards of the National Vision Serve Alliance, the Stanford Alumni Association, YMCA mid-peninsula and the Junior League of Palo Alto mid-peninsula. She is a past president of the Palo Alto Rotary Club.

 


 

Dotty Hayes

Board Member, CEN

Ms. Hayes worked for over 30 years in a variety of executive finance roles in the technology industry, supporting global hardware, software and service providers of computers, scientific instruments, data storage devices, semiconductors and financial services. Most recently, she retired from Intuit where she held the positions of Chief Audit Executive and Vice President, Corporate Controller. Prior to this role she held the position of Vice President, Corporate Controller at Agilent Technologies during its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard and IPO, where she managed a global staff of 500.

Ms. Hayes holds an MS in Business Administration with Accounting Concentration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MS in Finance from Bentley University. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley, and a recipient of the YWCA TWIN award. In 2010 she was named to AGENDA Magazine’s Diversity 100 – Top Diverse Board Candidates. In addition to sitting on the CEN board, she also serves the First Tech Federal Credit Union, Computer History Museum, and American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley, and has was previously involved with Silicon Valley FACES, Range Fuels, Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union, and Woodside Priory School.

 

Rob Inouye

Board Member, CEN

Rob Inouye is an IT professional with more than 17 years of experience in the high technology industry.  He is currently employed at Oracle Corporation, based in Redwood City, CA as a Senior Consultant in the QA department. In addition to his professional experience, Rob has been involved in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer for more than 25 years.  He first volunteered as a mentor or “senior friend” with Friends for Youth in 1989.  In 2006 he joined the Friends for Youth Board of Directors and subsequently served as Board Chair for four years from 2007 to 2011.  As Board Chair, Rob attended numerous leadership development programs    offered by both BoardSource and the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from UC Berkeley.

 

Michelle Mann

Board Member, CEN

Michelle is an experienced leader in the field of corporate citizenship and corporate philanthropy, with over 20 years experience.  Michelle most recently served as Executive Director of the Adobe Foundation and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.  Before joining Adobe, Michelle had similar roles at Intel and Kaiser Permanente, managing community benefit programs, government relations, local giving and employee volunteerism.  Michelle has volunteered on boards and committees for organizations including the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mission City Community Fund, and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation.

 

Christina McKinney

Board Member, CEN

Christina McKinney has over twenty years of experience in the field of education. She began teaching in the Mountain View School District, went on to teach music in the schools singing and performing with children in the Music for Minors program. Later, she developed a World History and English Curriculum at Egan Junior high. She taught that program and went on to teach English in both Blach and Egan Schools. For the past four years, she has been co-chair for the Music for Minors Board of Directors, a non-profit that brings music education to over 20,000 students in the bay area.

 

Robert Raffo

Board Member, CEN

Robert Raffo is the managing partner of Hood & Strong LLP, a regional certified public accounting firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1989, having volunteered with the United Way’s former Management Assistance Program, he became an advisor for Services for Brain Injury, a nonprofit based in San Jose.  That led him to a Board position with the Agency that has since resulted in him being Treasurer, President and currently Chair of the Audit Committee.  He also serves on the Board and Audit Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.His past volunteer activities include Board positions with Parents Helping Parents and the 1996 U.S. Figure Skating Championship Organizing Committee. He was a past recipient of the Volunteer Center of Santa Clara County’s Corporate Volunteer of the Year award as a result of his work with Services for Brain Injury.  Professionally he is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Sharon Williams

Board Member, CEN

Sharon Williams is the former Executive Director of JobTrain (formerly OICW). She began her career there in 1973 as a GED instructor. Under Sharon’s leadership, JobTrain developed from a small non-profit program into an accredited vocational training and placement institution.  Sharon has participated on a number of community boards including the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Senior Center, and currently CEN. Sharon has been honored with the Career Action Center’s Woman of Vision Award, the Palo Alto Chamber’s Athena Award, induction into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame and University of the Pacific’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her BA in English from University of the Pacific.