CHAC Board of Directors
Sandy BergAn | development Chair
Sandy Bergan is an advocate for children and served on both the PTA and School Site Council while her children attended Mountain View public schools. Currently, she coordinates one-on-one math tutors at Graham Middle School and privately tutors math in her home. Sandy has also served on the YMCA board where she coordinated many events to encourage physical activity in the community, and continues to volunteer and participate in the El Camino YMCA triathlon club. She received her BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and her Masters in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University.
Sandy joined the board after the Sandy Hook shootings because she wondered if the tragedy could have been averted if someone had helped the shooter when he was young. She believes we are fortunate to have CHAC in our community – where teachers have a resource to seek help for troubled children as young as kindergarten. Plus, she values CHAC as a resource to adults and families where they can seek help regardless of their financial status.
Judy Crates, Ph.D. | Board Affairs committee chair
Dr. Judy Crates has been involved in education for 45+ years and has taught at the elementary, middle, high school and university levels. Known for her tireless dedication to underserved communities, she served as a Principal and Deputy Superintendent in the Redwood City School District before she joined the Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD). During her tenure, she served as Principal of Bubb Elementary School, Graham Middle School and Castro Elementary School. She also worked as Director of Continuous Improvement and English Language Learners. Judy holds a BA and MA in Spanish and earned her Doctorate in Education Administration from USC.
Although “retired,” Judy trains interpreters for MVWSD, serves as faculty with the Family Engagement Institute at Foothill College, delivers parent workshops for several nonprofits dedicated to under-resourced children, and recently joined the Los Altos Community Foundation as Director of the E3 Youth Philanthropy program. She joined CHAC’s board because she saw both the significant need for counseling services and the positive impact of CHAC on students and families at her previous school sites. Judy is also involved with the Mountain View Challenge Team and is a board member of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA).
Bill James is a local patent attorney who graduated from the United States Naval Academy and Stanford Law School. He lived in Japan during his time in the Navy and spent an academic year in Mexico City under a Fulbright Grant. As a Los Altos resident with children in LASD schools, he was inspired to join the CHAC board after learning of the wide range of mental health services and support CHAC provides to local schools. Bill has served in other community leadership roles including six years of service on the Board of Directors of the Community Services Agency (CSA) and as a member of the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission.
kathy krueger | secretary
As a licensed psychotherapist, EMDR Consultant, and public speaker, Kathy specializes in trauma, military personnel/families, couples and more. She authored Tools for Change: Anger Management Program a program used by agencies and private practices. Threads of Life, a senior support group, was developed by Kathy and thrived for over a decade at the Sunnyvale Senior Center. Kathy not only has clientele in her Mountain View and Tracy, CA private practices, she also trains and mentors interns. Kathy holds certificates in domestic violence, anger management, speech communication, and CBEST, as well as professional memberships in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).
CHAC is in Kathy's blood. A long-term connection with CHAC gave Kathy the desire to continue to contribute as a board member. She interned and was staff at CHAC on school campuses in Mountain View and Sunnyvale and also worked for the Restorative Justice Program. Kathy brings to the board an MFT's perspective and knowledge as well as an understanding of the business, culture and history of CHAC.
ryan matlow, Ph.D.
Ryan Matlow, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is Director of Community Research Programs for Stanford’s Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program. A licensed clinical psychologist, his clinical and research efforts focus on understanding and addressing the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma in children, families, and communities. He works with diverse populations and systems of care to provide psychoeducation and evidence-based intervention for posttraumatic stress.
Ryan received his doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver and he completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in the Multicultural Clinical Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Services clinic.
Ryan joined the CHAC board based on his enthusiasm for its mission and to collaborate with CHAC’s team members and stakeholders to help advance its services and programs in support of evolving community needs. He enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family, and loves the beach. In his free time, Ryan can be found hiking, surfing, or playing basketball.
Leona Pearce is an accounting and finance professional with 20 years of experience with for-profit and non-profit global organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Financial Management from CQ University in Australia and is an Australian Chartered Accountant. She held management positions in Finance at Goldman Sachs and began her career at KPMG in Audit, Assurance and Advisory. Most recently, she was Chief of Staff at Room to Read, a San Francisco non-profit that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education in Asia and Africa.
Leona joined the CHAC board to become more involved in the community in which she enjoys living and values the need for the counseling services and programs that CHAC provides to families and students.
Leona grew up in Australia and has spent 10 years living and working in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India before relocating to the Bay Area in 2010. She lives in Mountain View with her husband Jason, and their two young sons.
Carol rhoads | Vice Chair
Carol Rhoads is an attorney and a Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commissioner who has made her career leading for-profit and not-for-profit organizations through change and growth. She was president and CEO of healthcare start-up Delos, vice president of PacifiCare of California and of PacifiCare Health Systems, vice president for administration and finance of Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of FSI, a non-profit in Orange County helping homeless adults rebuild their lives. She has an undergraduate degree from Brown University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a law degree from Concord Law School.
Carol joined the CHAC board because of the critical need for high quality mental health services for all children and families in our community. Prior board and volunteer service has been primarily with social justice organizations serving children, women, and the disadvantaged. She and her husband, Keating, live in Mountain View, not far from their children, grandchildren, and canine family member
Phil Rose | board chair
Phil Rose retired from city management, having worked in three cities, Mountain View, Placerville, and Los Altos. Phil was born and raised in San Jose where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from SJSU. While in graduate school, he worked as an intern for the City of Mountain View. This experience led to a 30-year career in City Management. For the past 45 years, Phil and his wife, Patti, have lived in Mountain View and Los Altos, where they raised their two daughters.
After retirement from city management, Phil wanted an opportunity to do more volunteer work in our community and he feels fortunate to be actively involved with CHAC, Community Services Agency, and the Mentor Tutor Connection. Phil continues to be a member of the Los Altos Rotary Club, having first joined Rotary in Mountain View over thirty years ago.
Anna is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience working with both non-profit and technology innovators. She is co-founder and principal of Market Strategy Group (a marketing and communications consultancy) and served in senior leadership roles at Stanford University, Arts Council Silicon Valley/SV Creates, as well as several well-known technology companies
A long-time resident of the Peninsula and an active community volunteer, Anna joined the CHAC board because she values the critical support CHAC’s counseling services and programs provide to local families when needed most. She is also on the board of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), and has served in board leadership roles with the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), Los Altos History Museum and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. Anna grew up in Los Altos where she lives today with her husband, Jack, and rescue Lab-Mix, Cali. Their daughter, Lauren, attended Los Altos schools and is a college student.
MARSHA DESLAURIERS | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Marsha became CHAC's Executive Director in August 2016 and has led CHAC into a viable, flexible and responsive 21st century service-oriented organization, growing services to 34 schools and creating a vision for CHAC's next 45 years.
Marsha is a seasoned Financial and Operations Executive, passionate about guiding non-profit organizations, capably balancing respect for mission with a sustainable financial model to achieve success. She specializes in developing and executing strategic direction through sound, sustainable infrastructure to deliver an organization's mission and goals.
With a background that includes Fortune 50, start-up and non-profit organizations, Marsha, as a Senior Executive for two startup ventures in the performance management sector, guided the strategic direction and capital acquisition efforts for both. In her 20-year experience, she held senior executive positions in the financial and operational divisions for Target Corporation and Federated Department Stores, culminating a corporate career as Director of Finance for Target Corp.
Marsha lives with her husband in Palo Alto and has two adult sons. In her spare time Marsha enjoys yoga and bike riding with her husband. Marsha holds an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management and a BS with Honors from Skidmore College.
JOAN MACDONALD | COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Joan, a member of CHAC’s founding board in 1973 as a representative of the Whisman School District Board (13 years) remained a board member through her years on the MVLAHSD Board (9 years) and a community representative in other years. She served as President of the CHAC Board during early crucial years.
A Cal Berkeley grad, with an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling (precursor of MFT’s) from SF State and faculty in Speech and English at Foothill and De Anza led to her recruitment to non-profit boards encountering board difficulties. She co-wrote a bilingual language development booklet for pre-school through 3rd grade; founded “Productive Communication Works” to provide healthy workplace interactions.
Mountain View’s diversity attracted her to settle here in 1960 from her native San Francisco with her husband and raise their two children here. Joan appreciated CHAC’s initial mission: to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol abuse among teens and feels CHAC’s continuing strength is being nimble to create programs that meet changing needs.
DENNIS YOUNG | TREASURER
Dennis is a Senior Partner at Young, Craig + Co., LLP (YCC), a full-service CPA firm based in Mountain View, California. He practices primarily in the areas of tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals, their related closely held businesses, estate planning, real estate, and non profit entities.
A CPA for over 40 years Dennis has always been very involved in both civic and professional organizations. He has held many leadership positions in the community and the CPA profession and is immediate Past Chair of the California CPA Society statewide Professional Conduct (Ethics) Committee and is a member of the statewide Finance Committee. He is a past Chair of the Housing Industry Foundation, Chair (2011-2013) of the Los Altos Community Foundation, current Treasurer of the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association, Chair of the University of San Francisco Accounting Department Advisory Board, formerly a member (and Chair) of the Accounting Advisory Committee at Santa Clara University and was President of the Los Altos Rotary Club in 2010-2011 (among other activities). He is a Gardner Award recipient, a recipient of the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Volunteer Award, the Chamber of Commerce Singer Award, the Community Services Agency Hometown Hero Award and in 2006 he was the Santa Clara University Accounting Alumni of the year. In 2008 he was recognized by the California CPA Society with their statewide Public Service Award and in 2016 he received the CalCPA statewide Distinguished Service Award.
Dennis holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of San Francisco, an MBA in Management from Santa Clara University and has done graduate studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University. Dennis has lived in Los Altos since 1971, where he and his deceased wife raised two exceptional sons.
Vaishali Sirkay | Community Representative
Shali Sirkay comes from a public health background in Community Health and Development. She believes that taking a multi-generational, systems-level approach to improving health outcomes is critical for lasting behavioral change from the individual through community levels. Her passion for empowering communities has led to her joining the CHAC Board, where her goal is to use her experience to support CHAC’s critical mission, and to further the goals and services CHAC offers. She believes that CHAC is an integral and irreplaceable part of the community.
Shali is currently the Associate Director for Community Health at the Center for Age Friendly Excellence. As an active member of her community, Shali serves in leadership positions on the Los Altos Community Coalition, Los Altos Forward and the Los Altos School District’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance. She has previously sat on the Executive Board of the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council, serving three local school districts.
Shali received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and her Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking. Shali and her family enjoy living in Los Altos.
Margaret Abe-Koga | City of Mountain View
Margaret is serving her third term on the Mountain View City Council, having served two terms from 2007-2015, and reelected in 2016. She served as Vice-Mayor in 2008, and as Mayor in 2009, making her the first Asian American female to serve in those capacities in Mountain View's history.
Margaret serves on regional bodies including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority, and has served on the Santa Clara County Cities Association; the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Agency, the Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council, and on the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Clara County. She also served on the Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors and Chaired the Board in 2011. In 2012, Margaret was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. Prior to her service on the City Council, Margaret served as Trustee for Area 1 on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.
Professionally, Margaret has served as Government Relations Manager for Synopsys, Inc., District Director for State Assemblymember Evan Low of the 28th District, and Foundation. She has been Associate Director of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) at De Anza College; owned and ran a small business– an indoor cycling fitness facility, and served on the District Office staff of U.S. Congresswoman Ann Eshoo. Margaret is also a member of the American Leadership Forum Class XXII, an Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Senior Fellow, and a graduate of the Working Partnerships Leadership Institute, as well as Leadership Mountain View.
She holds a degree in American Government from Harvard University. She and her husband Yotto Koga have two daughters in Mountain View’s public schools.
Phil Faillace, Ph.d. | MVLA High Schools
With a B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton, a M.Sc. in Mathematics from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar -- credentials buttressed by membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma XI honor societies and awards of NSF, NDEA and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships -- Phil seemed destined for academia.
He began his professional career teaching Math as a post-doc at Stanford. But Silicon Valley’s siren song lured him to a consultancy at Intel to develop software and firmware for the world’s first floating-point numeric accelerator on a chip. He left Stanford to form his own company that provided both technical and management expertise in computer science for the next 25 years and led to a third career as an expert witness helping to resolve intellectual property disputes.
Phil was a founder of the Los Altos Educational Foundation and a Los Altos School District trustee for 13 years, until voters elected him to the Mountain View Los Altos High School District's governing board, on which he is serving his fifth term. 35 years of close familiarity with CHAC’s service to the schools have convinced him that CHAC is a community treasure.
Laura Blakely | trustee, MVWSD
Laura is a transactional attorney practicing commercial law with GCA Law Partners in Mountain View. A Leadership Mountain View graduate, she is an active volunteer in local public school affairs and was elected in 2016 to serve as a trustee of the Mountain View Whisman School District. Laura served as an executive officer and board member of both the Mountain View Educational Foundation and the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation and has extensive experience chairing school parcel tax campaigns. Her two sons attended Mountain View Whisman schools and are recent graduates of Mountain View High School. Through her work in the schools and in the community, Laura has developed a deep appreciation over the years for the critical support services CHAC provides our community.
John Radford | Town of Los Altos Hills
John Radford is an executive compensation expert who has spent 42 years as a successful business leader in Silicon Valley. He founded his own company, Radford Associates, and continues to work as a Founder/Partner at Radford an Aon Hewitt Company.
In addition to his position as a JPA representative on the CHAC board, John is an active community volunteer and currently is on the board of the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) and Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence. Previously, he served a variety of public education initiatives including the Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), and supported the Mountain View and Los Altos Scholars Programs. He also was on the board of directors for the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT). As an elected community leader, John was elected to the Los Altos Hills City Council in 2010, served as Mayor in 2104 and is now the Vice Mayor of the Town.
John holds an MBA in New Business Enterprise from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Bryan Johnson | LASD
Bryan is a retired software engineer and stay-at-home dad who has long been active in Los Altos and Mountain View. He is passionate about education, supporting teachers, and building strong communities. Bryan has served in leadership positions in multiple local groups including the Santa Rita Elementary School PTA and the Los Altos Community Center Alliance, and he has thousands of hours of experience volunteering in local elementary schools.
Elected to the Los Altos School District (LASD) Board of Trustees in 2016, Bryan joined the CHAC board because he has seen first hand the importance of the services it provides to our children and our schools. Bryan lives in Los Altos with his wife Jocelyn Goldfein and daughters Maya and Madelyn.
Jean Mordo | City of Los Altos
Jean graduated with an engineering degree in France and received an MBA in Finance from Stanford University. He served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in New York, followed by 18 years with United Technologies, where he climbed the ranks of financial management, ending as CFO of the Otis Elevator Company, then the Pratt & Whitney jet engine division. He later joined the Scotts Company as CFO, then head of International, and moved to the Bay Area for a position with Knight–Ridder as CFO.
After his retirement in 2001, Jean served eight years on the Los Altos Hills City Council. After downsizing and moving to Los Altos, he was elected to the Los Altos City Council and has been an active Rotarian with the Los Altos Rotary Club for 15 years. He has served on several non-profit boards and is proud to serve on the CHAC board because of the critical service performed by the organization.