our Board of Directors
Elena Marimo Berk
Founder of the Creekside School
Jim French – Treasurer
National Office Partner/Corporate Responsibility Leader at PwC
Shannon Hunt-Scott President at The Scott Foundation
Legal Consultant to Avanade
Greg Murphy - Chair
Vice President of Business Operations at Aruba Networks
Attorney at Rehon & Roberts
Carla Robbins Silver
Executive Director at Leadership + Design
Vice President of Human Resources Legal at Applied Materials
Sherice Torres Marketing Director at Google
Maria Nash Vaughn
Elena Marimo Berk
Elena Marimo Berk was born in Downey, CA and raised in east San Jose, CA. She is a proud graduate of Silver Creek High School in the East Side Union High School District. After receiving her B.S. in Sociology from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential from Stanford University’s STEP Program, Marimo returned to her high school to teach. She dedicated fourteen years of her life to the classroom and community. A few years after the birth of her son, Marimo co-founded the Creekside School in San Jose for children with autism. The Creekside School is devoted to discovering untapped potential often overlooked due to communicative and/or sensory motor-based issues. When she is not fighting for equal access to quality education, you can find Marimo competing in triathlons and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.
A native of the UK, Michelle Cale has lived in California since 2001. In the 1990s, Michelle spent two years at the Royal Commission for Historical Manuscripts in London, before joining the UK Ministry of Justice as a policy adviser on legal aid and family law policy. She led a legislative team working on pension sharing on divorce and was also a speechwriter for the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC. After moving to the US, Michelle became Associate Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University from 2005-09 (under director Professor Londa Schiebinger) where she was responsible for everything from working with donors to editing research papers and creating publicity materials. Since 2013, Michelle has been the owner/manager of a small horse training business in Woodside, CA. She is also District Commissioner of the Portola Valley Pony Club.
Michelle became involved in community service and philanthropy in 2008. Her philanthropic interests are education, criminal justice reform, and the empowerment and security of women and girls She has served on the Silicon Valley Regional Board for Reading Partners, for which she has also been a volunteer reading tutor since 2009. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the board of The Women's Foundation of California, and is a member of the WomenGO giving circle.
As the first in her family to go to university, Michelle has a passionate belief in the power of education to open doors and change lives.
Jim French is a partner serving in PwC’s National Professional Services Group and is based in San Jose. Previously, Jim was the PwC Austin Office Managing Partner from April 2008 - September 2012, where he served clients ranging from a Fortune 50 multinational company to VC-backed startups in the software, internet , semiconductor, life science and computer, and peripheral industries. Jim has over 25 years of experience serving clients and advising on the challenges facing Boards of Directors, management teams, and the companies they represent, such as capital raising including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, business alliances, international expansion, compensating and rewarding employees, and corporate restructuring. In his National Office role, Jim helps PwC client service teams and their clients navigate the myriad of complex and emerging accounting rules surrounding revenue recognition, business combinations and employee benefits, and assisted companies with the resolution of challenging SEC inquiries into their accounting practices. Jim also serves as the PwC San Jose Office Corporate Responsibility Partner Champion. In this capacity, he leads all San Jose office efforts related to achieving PwC’s three principal corporate responsibility missions: Developing Future Leaders, Maintaining a Sustainable Environment, and Promoting Diversity and Inclusion.
Jim graduated magna cum laude in 1988 from the University of Connecticut with a BS/BA in Accounting. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California, Connecticut, and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Jim resides in Los Gatos, CA with his wife, Lin.
Shannon Hunt-Scott is the President of The Scott Foundation, a private grant-making organization focusing on educational equity, childhood hunger, and women and girls in STEM. Shannon co-founded the foundation in 2014 to empower Bay Area children to achieve their personal best, and has provided over $2.5 million in grants to 15 organizations to date. Shannon transforms her gratitude for life into philanthropic-based service for several organizations, demonstrated through her involvement as a Trustee and Capital Campaign Co-chair for Hillbrook School — an innovative school supporting the social-emotional learning of each child — and on the fundraising committee for NARAL Pro-Choice America. Shannon’s service has also included chairing the Stop Childhood Hunger Campaign for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, serving on the fundraising committee for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and serving as one of the founding board members of the Tim Griffith Foundation. Shannon has raised over $8 million for the causes she champions, and continues to expand her tribe of good people supporting great causes.
Christine Kennedy has been a longtime volunteer with Breakthrough Silicon Valley, helping to develop and lead our professional skills workshops for high school students. She earned her undergraduate degree from Union College in New York, and graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1990. For several years, Christine was a litigation associate with Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn in Connecticut before moving to San Francisco to join the firm of Folger Levin & Kahn. The East Coast called her back for a few years during which time she was the Associate General Counsel of Lone Star Industries (now Dyckerhoff AG). From 1998 to 2001, Christine lived in Paris, France and worked for IBM EMEA as a senior transactions attorney. She then served as in-house counsel for Arch Chemicals in Connecticut before moving back to sunny California with her family. Christine presently serves as a legal consultant to Avanade Inc. Within her local community, Christine served on the Hillbrook School Board of Trustees' in various positions from 2009-2015 and supports various local philanthropic efforts. In her free time, Christine enjoys time with family and friends, reading and tennis.
Greg Murphy is Chief of Staff and Vice President, Business Operations at Aruba Networks, in Sunnyvale, CA. Aruba Networks is the leading provider of next-generation access management, network infrastructure, and mobility application solutions for mobile enterprise networks. Previously, Greg served as Aruba’s Vice President, Marketing and as Vice President, Outdoor, Mesh & Industrial products. He was previously the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of AirWave Wireless, a network management software company that merged with Aruba Networks in 2008. Prior to AirWave, he held senior executive positions at Idealab and On Command Corporation. Greg received an M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Amherst College. He resides in San Francisco, CA with his partner. When not at work, he enjoys tennis, reading, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox.
Rogelio Ruiz is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and he was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1990. Rogelio has extensive experience in governance and organization counseling for public and private sector clients. He represents school districts and other public bodies and agencies in governance issues, real property acquisitions and dispositions, public contracting, Proposition 39 bond-financed construction and requirements, construction disputes, facilities planning and issues, and joint use agreements. He also counsels school district clients on all aspects of public employment issues, contract issues, student discipline, and Education Code and Brown Act issues.
Carla Robbins Silver
Carla Robbins Silver is the Executive Director of Leadership + Design. She has been a career independent school educator, administrator, and student. She has served as the Middle School Division Director and Director of Development at The Children’s School in La Jolla, CA; the Director of Summerbridge San Francisco, A Breakthrough Program; English teacher at San Francisco University High School; and teacher and coach at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Carla attended Manzano Day School and Albuquerque Academy. She holds a B.A. in English from Emory University and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of San Diego. She has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations and schools in areas of strategic planning, governance, development, marketing, and branding.
Sharon Timoner is VP, HR Legal at Applied Materials. She’s been at Applied Materials since 1996. Applied Materials operates in 19 different countries and has about 14,000 workers. Sharon makes sure the company handles employment matters properly for all of them. In 2011, she was recognized and honored at the ‘Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards’ as the ‘Best Labor and Employment Lawyer.’ Sharon loves what she calls “the drama of employment law,” but her first job after graduating from Johns Hopkins University was teaching English in China in 1985 and 1986. She returned to the states via California and has since made it home. She attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, followed by four years at San Francisco firm Pahl & Gosselin. Sharon lives in Campbell, CA with her husband, Chris, and their two young children.
Sherice is an inspirational leader with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, brand and product management, strategic planning, change management, and organizational development. She currently serves as Marketing Director for Google’s kids and family products. Sherice previously served as Marketing Director for Android Pay and as Marketing Director for Google Express. Prior to Google, Sherice spent nearly 15 years at Nickelodeon in a variety of leadership roles with multi-billion dollar P&Ls covering consumer products, strategic planning, and digital. She is a mother of two boys, with a passion for revolutionizing the public education system in the U.S. In addition to her work with Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Sherice is an advisor and former board member of the Global Language Project, a non-profit bringing language learning to urban schools. Sherice is a GooglersGive ambassador for North America marketing, focused on education projects including MadeWithCode, I/O Youth, on-campus tours, and speaking opportunities with students from South Bay and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts. She also volunteers with the Google for Education Engagement Program team.
Maria Nash Vaughn
Maria Nash Vaughn has dedicated over two decades of her life to the Silicon Valley community. She volunteers on a regular basis with the Common Ground Speaker Series, Santa Clara University, Hillbrook School, and Castilleja High School. She is on the Santa Clara Board of Regents and the Castilleja School Association (CSA). Maria graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991. She lives in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose with her husband, Issac, and their two teenagers. Maria and her family are huge San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara University Bronco fans. The Vaughn home bleeds Red and Gold!