Board of Directors

Kathy Williams

Board Chair

Since 2018

Bio

Kathryn Williams has a long history of advocacy for women and children beginning in 1994 when she began her work in the non-profit sector.  Kathryn became a well-known lecturer on domestic violence awareness and education, providing training to members of law enforcement, medical professionals, dispatchers, cosmetologists and students.  In 1995 she developed and implemented a program for high school students on dating violence, which was featured extensively in local media, as well as on CNN both nationally and internationally.

In 1997 Kathryn began her work with CASA (Child Advocates) where she advocated for 14 children and supported the agency as a member of the Board of Directors.  During her 11 years on the Board, she served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice Chair and three years as Board Chair. In addition to her other duties,  Kathryn devoted herself to fundraising and led numerous event committees.  Those events helped to garner close to a million dollars in valuable donor dollars.

In 2011 Kathryn helped to create the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department’s Victim Services Unit.  She and other members of the unit serve citizens of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno who are victims of crime or suffer a traumatic event that requires police intervention.  She has been called to the scene to offer support and resources to victims and their families who have experienced homicide, suicide, , domestic violence and sudden or accidental injury or death.   In 2013, as head of the unit, Kathryn traveled to Philadelphia with Chief Scott Seaman to accept the International Association of Chief’s of Police 2013 Excellence in Victim Services Award.

In 2014 Kathryn began her own 501(c)3 non-profit called Table for Three.  She and local restaurateur, Brenda Hammond, support other non-profits with their yearly event, Star Chefs and the Wines and Spirits They Love.  Through the participation of local, well-known chefs, vintners, breweries and spirit companies, the event attracts upwards of 350 guests who enjoy an evening of fine food and drink while bidding on high quality live auction items.  Since 2014 Table for Three has sponsored Martha’s Kitchen, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and in 2018 will produce the event for Uplift Family Services.

Kathryn is a member of the Children’s Issues Committee of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council.

A long time resident of Saratoga, Kathryn spends her free time with her five grandchildren.  She says they make her laugh every day.

Jaime Chavez

Board Vice Chair

Since 2017

Bio

Jaime Chavez is a Client Development Manager for Boston Private, his area is the South Bay Market based in San Jose. In his new role he will be responsible for growing the market share along with increasing brand awareness for Boston Private.

Prior to joining Boston Private, he held leadership positions with City National, GE and BofA. Jaime will continue his volunteer work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley, Rotary Club of San Jose, and Parisi House on the Hill just to name a few of his other commitments.

Hon. Patrick Tondreau

Board Secretary

Since 2019

Bio

Hon. Patrick E. Tondreau was appointed to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in 2002. He was a judge in Juvenile Court from 2006 until 2019, serving in both the Dependency and the Juvenile Justice Court. He was the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court from 2008 until 2018, and Supervised the Juvenile Justice Division from 2008 until 2017.

He served as a member and Chair of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, and was a member of the Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council. He chaired a statewide Task Force on Juvenile Competency and a Task Force on Dually Involved Youth. He served as the Dually Involved Youth Judge and chaired it’s Executive Committee from 2008 until 2019. He served on numerous committees, projects and task forces, including the Santa Clara Co. Human Traffic Commission and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.

Shabber Jaffer

Board Treasurer

Since 2019

Bio

Shabber Jaffer is a senior executive with over 25 years of finance and operational experience with large corporations and technology start-ups. He actively invests in early growth companies and in commercial real estate. Shabber has a Bachelor’s Degree from Bangalore University and an MBA from Kansas State University. He seeks to apply his business and financial acumen to non-profit organizations with social causes. Shabber and his wife live in Los Altos, and enjoy adventure traveling. He is also an avid soccer and basketball fan.

Liliana Nordbakk

Board Member

Since 2021

Bio

Liliana Nordbakk is a serial entrepreneur and investor with 20+ years of experience in business development, corporate strategy and finance in the software and biotech industries. She built several companies in Europe and ran them from inception to an IPO or acquisition. Liliana co-founded NorCom Information Technologies AG in 1989 and took the company public at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1999. After the IPO, Liliana served as NorCom’s CFO and was also responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as business development in the U.S. Later, as CFO, she engineered the company’s successful turnaround and oversaw its entry into the business of AI software for autonomous vehicles. Liliana formerly served as NorCom’s Chairman of the Board. She has been an Angel Investor since 2005, investing in companies in Germany and the U.S. as a member of Band of Angels. Liliana earned a business administration degree from AKAD University, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a master’s degree in biotechnology from San Jose State University.

Michelle Whitman

Board Member

Since 2017

Bio

Michelle Whitman is the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Robert Half, a position she has held since June 2015. Prior to this role, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Robert Half’s international operations in 20 countries around the globe. Michelle has a distinguished track record built over 20 years of creating and delivering successful global marketing and branding strategies in both the professional services and consumer goods industries. She joined Robert Half in 1999, and over the course of her career, she has held a variety of marketing roles with major corporations. Michelle graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a bachelor of science in Marketing.

Sean Finigan

Board Member

Since 2018

Bio

Sean Finigan has over 10 years working experience for the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County. Most of his time was as Data Administration and Business & Finance Analyst. His current job title is Operations Manager, whose responsibilities include organizational effectiveness, process improvements, and leadership over the financial functions.

He has a passion for accounting and non-profits. After graduating from Bellarmine College Prep in 2001, he attended DeAnza College where he got a certificate of achievement-advanced in Accounting.  He prefers to serve in the background, and gained his passion for charity and numbers from his father.

Emily Mikailli

Board Member

Since 2019

Bio

Emily was born and raised in Los Gatos. She graduated from Duke University in 2004, and Santa Clara School of Law in 2010. After having her first child in 2011, she pivoted from law into HR, and has been working at local tech companies ever since, including Google, SurveyMonkey, and her current company, Signifyd, which is located in San Jose. At Signifyd, she is a member of the executive leadership team and oversees HR and Recruiting globally. Her husband is also a lifetime Los Gatos/Saratoga resident, and they live with their two children, a daughter and a son, in Los Gatos. Emily is passionate about helping women and particularly children that are impacted by addiction, and trying to break the family cycle of addiction.

Elaine Sulzberger

Board Member

Since 2017

Bio

Elaine Sulzberger has over 25 years of experience in high technology finance.  She earned her bachelor of science degree in Individual and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in finance from San Jose State.  For 10 years, Elaine was an advocate for a youth in the foster care system.  She was the board chair and secretary of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and serves on the board of TACO- Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra).  When not working or volunteering, Elaine enjoys riding a tandem bicycle with her husband.

Kathie Heidenreich

Board Member

Since 2021

Bio

Kathie Heidenreich was born in Chicago and moved to California when she was 7 years old. She graduated from the San Bernardino College of Medical and Dental Assistants in 1971 and the Ganaye Aesthetics Academy in San Jose in 2000. She has been involved in philanthropy for many years and currently serves as Vice President of the Heidenreich Foundation, which she started with her husband Gary. She was President of the USA Board of Directors for Casa de Melagros Orphanage in Peru from 2009 to 2012 and President of the Silver Creek Valley Country Club Women’s Club in San Jose from 2013 to 2021. She loves working with children to help them further their education and her hobbies include studying math, science and history, and reading, crocheting and drawing.

Babak Taheri

Board Member

Since 2021

Bio

Babak Taheri is the President and CEO of IBTechnologies. The company is a leading partner with VCs, PES, hedge funds, and invests in startups. He has held other positions such as CEO/CTO and member of the Board of Directors at Silvaco Group, Acting CTO at Novasentis, VP/GM of Sensors Solutions Division at Freescale (now NXP), VP/GM at Cypress Semi (now Infineon), and VP of Engineering at Invensense (now TDK).  

Babak has received a number of awards, including “the perfect project award” in 2003 at Cypress; the “Diamond Chip Award” in 2013 and 2014 at Freescale; MEMS and Sensors executive of the year award in 2014, and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal from UC Davis College of Engineering in 2015, where he is currently Chair of the Advisory Board to the college.

Babak started his carrier working at Apple in 1984. He then moved to SRI International while completing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UC Davis with majors in EECS and neurosciences. He has over 20 published articles and holds 30 patents.

Jonathan Michael

Board Member

Since 2021

Bio

Jonathan Michael is a business executive with over 30 years of experience spanning multiple industries, including private, public and nonprofit entities. Jonathan is the CFO at Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to the publication and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Prior to Annual Reviews, Jonathan spent over 15 years as CFO of several startups in the solar, automotive and semiconductor space. Jonathan started his career in public companies, spending 15 years in financial roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA.

Bani Malhotra

Board Member

Since 2021

Bio

Bani Malhotra is Director of Product Management at Walmart and has 11 years of experience across product, strategy and operations. After a few years in investment banking and working for a venture capital firm, Bani moved to product management to pursue her interest in solving complex problems via technology. She has worked across diverse industries, including grocery, retail and tele-health. She enjoys dancing, traveling and mentoring aspiring professionals. As a young mother on a mission, Bani is passionate about keeping moms and children together to have a chance at rebuilding their lives.