Rochelle Bochner, Co-Founder & Board Chairman, is a long time community volunteer, philanthropist and an alumni parent of wilderness therapy graduates. For the past 20+ years, Rochelle has maintained extensive community involvement by serving on numerous non-profit boards and is a past president of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula. In addition to her commitment to Sky’s the Limit Fund, she currently sits on the board of The Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto. Honored by San Jose Magazine as “Women Making A Mark” for her service to the community, Rochelle continues to give back to her community and the surrounding areas. Rochelle is a former small business owner. She co-founded and co-owned Show Off Talent Inc, a Los Altos based SAG/AFTRA talent agency that serviced Northern and Southern California. A native Californian, Rochelle was born in San Francisco and raised in the Silicon Valley. Rochelle has lived for the past 30+ years in Los Altos with her husband Steve and has two grown children, and one grandchild.
Lani Dorff, Co-Founder & Board Co-Vice-Chairman, combines two professional careers, as a high-tech sales and marketing executive, and as a fundraising professional for non-profits, to the arenas where her skills match her passion. She recently served as Director of Development & Marketing at the Los Altos Community Foundation. Prior to that, she served in the same role for a health and human services agency, raising funds for low-income families to assist youth coming out of the foster care system, youth dealing with substance abuse and/or family violence, and children failing to thrive. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and Vintage Affaire, benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Lani is a Bay Area native, and the proud mother of two. She enjoys outdoor sports and traveling with her husband.
Elizabeth Verea-Semion (Liz), Board Co-Vice-Chairman, brings over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sector to the board. As Principal of Verea & Associates, a consulting firm she started in 2002, Liz’s work has included leading the risk and internal control assessment of one of the nation’s leading provider of treatment and educational programs for youth and adults struggling with behavioral issues and chemical dependency. As a mother, Liz understands the cost and positive impact of therapeutic programs as she’s had children graduate from wilderness and residential treatment programs. To support parents facing similar circumstances, Liz created a blog she named “Angels in the Rough” which provides practical information and support for the family of struggling teens and young adults. Liz’s education includes undergraduate and graduate studies in business from San Jose State University & the University of Southern California respectively; coaching courses through New Ventures West; & leadership seminars through the Integral Institute. Liz is currently an Individual Member of National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) as well as a member of their Alumni Committee. In addition she currently participates in conversations held by the Alliance for Families of At-Risk Youth (AFARY) and is a former volunteer for the National Council of Alcoholism. Liz currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and enjoys spending time with her extended family, which includes three adult children and five beautiful grandchildren.
Leonard Zanoni, Treasurer, brings over 30 years of corporate and operations finance leadership experience. His career included roles such as CFO, VP of Finance, Treasurer, and VP of Investor Relations with various technology companies in Silicon Valley. Len has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from DePaul University. Len and his wife, Sandy, have lived in the South Bay area for the past 38 years and have three adult children, and one grandchild.
Lynn Carteris, Board Secretary, volunteered throughout the Belmont-Redwood Shores/Sequoia Union High School district for 15 years, serving on all PTA’s as well as site council for a newly built elementary school. She helped found the education foundation for the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district, SCHOOL-FORCE, and sat on the Transition team at Carlmont High School for 6 years. Lynn volunteered at Ronald McDonald House for 4 years. She has an active 7-year career as a Realtor for Remax. She has lived in the Bay Area her whole life and has lived in Redwood Shores for the past 18 years with her husband of 27 years. She has two daughters, one a graduate of ASU and the other a junior at SDSU.
Erica Wyman Abrahamson, brings more than 25 years of creative energy and valuable experience to our board. She is an educator, businesswoman and performer with shrewd insight into the day-to-day operations of non-profit entities, having served previously within 3 organizations and building an award-winning musical theater program, twice. Erica has an entrepreneurial spirit, having served as one of two founding members of a local talent agency that catered to various print and film media. Erica has also been on stage continuously in a variety of leading and ensemble roles since she was a teenager. She was a main cast member for more than 10 years in the longest running cabaret and jewel of San Francisco, Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon. She is currently mentoring eager teenagers in all aspects of theater, with a primary focus on acting. Erica is married to Stu Abrahamson, a Silicon Valley businessman and retired Navy Commander. Together, they have an 8- year-old son, Jack.
Kathy Bridgman, has devoted her energy and full-time professionalism to the Los Altos community as a teacher and now as a top-producing real estate agent with Alain Pinel Realtors. Holding the distinguished Broker designation puts Kathy in the elite 15% of all Bay Area real estate agents. San Jose Business Journal lists her in the top 20 as real estate agents in the Silicon Valley. A Los Altos resident for 26 years, Kathy raised three children there and spent 15 years as a teacher and curriculum developer for the Los Altos and Cupertino School Districts. As an active community member Kathy is involved with the Community School of Music & Arts, the Center for Innovation at Foothill College, the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Altos Community Foundation. When away from her office, Kathy enjoys working out at Equinox Fitness, traveling, trying new restaurants, walking downtown for her morning coffee, spending time with her 6 grandchildren (all under the age of 6!) and is continually striving for the ever-elusive perfect golf score! 1st term
Gabrielle Carteris, Is best known for her role as Andrea Zuckerman on Beverly Hills 90210. She has been an advocate for youth throughout her adult life. Gabrielle was the spokesperson for D.A.R.E., Read to Grow, Noxzema Teen Extraordinaire, and has worked with several anti drug education programs for youth. She has produced and hosted a series of specials called “Life Stories” dealing with the many issues facing young people today. She worked on merger of SAG/AFTRA and was the National VP and local President of SAG/AFTRA. Gabrielle lives in Los Angeles with her husband Charles Isaacs, a UBS Financial Adviser and her two daughters, Kelsey and Mollie.
Deborah Eastburn, is the Director of Development at The Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto, CA. An experienced non-profit volunteer, she has served on the Board of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula as Finance Vice President and Treasurer. For three years she was the Treasurer of Vintage Affaire, a fundraiser for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She was the Parents Association Co-chair for the Thacher School. For both Williams College and Amherst College, she has served on the Parents Fund Committees. Debbie has a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has lived in Palo Alto for 20 years with her husband, John, and their three children.
Vanessa Haug, has seven years of experience with program evaluation and assessment. She specializes in working with public and private agencies serving families impacted by domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. She has over nine years of experience working with at-risk populations including very low-income families, young children, seniors, and families who have experienced violence. She has worked with organizations of all sizes, from the Office of Violence Against Women at the federal level to local non-profit organizations. Vanessa also volunteers as a Court Appointed Child Advocate, where she advocates for children placed in foster care, and received her 40-hour domestic violence training certification. She is fluent in French. Vanessa is married and has a young daughter.
Michael Sato, M.S., has worked in the high technology sector for over 20 years as a global HR Executive or L&D Executive for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems and two start-up companies. Currently, his consulting practice focuses on working with pre-IPO and established companies in the areas of: executive and team business planning workshops, organizational design, developing and implementing L&D Programs, executive coaching, and guiding HR executives on key company initiatives. Prior to his private sector work, Mr. Sato worked in the public sector as a School Psychologist. During that time, he led the Gifted & Talented Program and led the effort for district-wide implementation of a key Teacher/Student Social-Emotional Program. He also consults with District Trustees, Superintendents, Community College Presidents, High School and Elementary School Districts on educational strategy as well as Board and Superintendent Leadership and Team Effectiveness. He has a M.S. in Behavioral Psychology and received postgraduate certifications from Columbia University, School of Business for Advanced OD & HR as well as certification from Michigan State University for Advanced HR Programs. Mr. Sato is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Educational Psychologist and is credentialed as a Community College Instructor and Counselor.
Richard Sutherland (Rick), is President and CEO of ClickAway Corporation, with six ClickAway computer repair and networking locations and 20 ClickAway Mobile Verizon Wireless Premium Reseller stores throughout the Bay Area. ClickAway is focused on helping consumers and small businesses with the daily challenges of today’s computer, networking and cell phone technology. Prior to forming ClickAway, Rick co-founded and incorporated the Wheel Works chain, which he grew into a twenty five store business before selling the company in 1999. In addition to support of local organizations such as Children’s Musical Theatre, Second Harvest Food Bank, City Year and the American Cancer Society. Rick directs the Sutherland Family Foundation, which assists women and children in need through non-profit organizations. Over the years, the Sutherland Family Foundation has worked with Loaves & Fishes, Bill Wilson Center, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Martha’s Kitchen, Southeast White House, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Opportunity International and Just World International. Rick has lived in Los Gatos for over thirty three years, and he and his wife, Lani, have two children: Tom, Texas Christian University class of 2011 and Christy, Claremont McKenna College class of 2015.
Amanda Urquiza, is an attorney in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she practices corporate and securities law. She works with both public and private companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to her work as an attorney, she worked in non-profit management and finance. Closest to her heart has been her volunteer work throughout the years to ensure the mental health and well being of young people.
Rachel McGillis, Executive Assistant, was raised in Los Altos, and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Bucknell University where she played four years of Division 1 water polo. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to work in the Lending Systems department at First Republic Bank. Realizing the corporate world was not a right fit; she followed her dream of teaching English abroad, and moved to Thailand for one year. Upon returning to the Bay Area, Rachel began her involvement in the nonprofit world. She worked as a Youth Mentor at the Boys and Girls Club of East Palo helping to pilot and establish their Summer Learning program. In addition, Rachel interned at Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), a nonprofit in San Jose, delivering weekly after-school fitness and motivational programs for girls in low-income elementary schools. Working part-time for STLF enables her to work for another nonprofit, Riley’s Place, which provides animal assisted therapy. Rachel brings a variety of hands-on nonprofit and administrative experience to the STLF office, along with a strong passion to help those in need.
Kristen Garcia Dumont is a partner in the law firm of Goodwin Procter. Kristen is in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its Labor & Employment and Technology Company Practices. She focuses on defense work for technology companies related to a wide range of employment disputes, including employee mobility lawsuits, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblower complaints. Kristen also works extensively in the area of multi-plaintiff and class actions, including claims for unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, penalties and unfair business practices. She has counseled clients on all facets of employment relationships, including social media policies, privacy issues and protection of trade secrets. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Ms. Dumont was a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s San Francisco office, where she specialized in labor and employment litigation for technology-related clients
Mike Gass – Director, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research (OBHRC) is a Professor & the Coordinator of Outdoor Education in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. He is the current Director of the NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) Research Database. He also serves as the Editor of the Journal for Therapeutic Schools and Programs, published by NATSAP. In 1990 he wrote the first set of accreditation standards for the Association of Experiential Education with Jed Williamson and served as the first Chair of AEE’s Accreditation Council for six years. In 1998 Mike received the Association for Experiential Education’s Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2002 he delivered the Kurt Hahn Address for AEE. In 2005 he received the UNH College of Health and Human Service’s Distinguished Career Research Award. He has published over 100 research studies in his career and made over 200 professional presentations. Mike also serves on the REAP and CORE Committees for the Association for Experiential Education. Mike has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, has completed post-doctoral work in marriage and family therapy, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of New Hampshire, and is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. His research Interests are: Wilderness and Adventure Therapy program effectiveness, Social Development of Adolescents in Adventure Programs, Program Accreditation, Effects of adventure therapy on specific psychological issues with adolescents, and Effective facilitation techniques with therapeutic populations.
Richard Kline (Rick) is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Technology Companies and Securities & Corporate Finance Practices, specializing in all areas of corporate and securities laws with a primary focus on capital markets transactions. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2011. Rick represents a full range of corporate clients on a wide variety of matters, including company formations; venture financings, M&A transactions, capital markets transactions, corporate governance and advising boards of directors. He has also represented a number of banks in securities transactions. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Kline was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Previously, he was employed as a CPA at Coopers & Lybrand in Boston. He received his CPA in Massachusetts in 1996.
Vania Matheus, MA, MS, is founder of V. Matheus – Therapeutic & Educational Consulting. In her seven year practice as a consultant, Vania has helped hundreds of families allocate appropriate treatment options for teens and young adults struggling with behavioral health issues. Vania is an expert in designing and implementing interventions. She also has developed a resiliency and strength based approach to transitioning students home post-treatment. Her expertise with teens, young adults, and their families comes from experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings including: Clinical Therapist for the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Child and Adolescent Clinical Social Worker at St. Helena Hospital, and Family Therapist at Caritas Counseling. Vania holds an M.A. in School Counseling from La Sierra University and a M.S. in Family Systems Therapy from Loma Linda University.
Naomi Chavez Peters is Director of Talent Development at salesforce.com in San Francisco. Her professional experience also includes roles in leadership development, organizational development, strategy, and communications at Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation. She has been a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula since 1993, where she served on the board of directors several times, including President in 2005-2006. Naomi also consults and trains with local and national non-profits on the subjects of leadership, governance, and membership engagement. She currently sits on the board of The Children’s Health Council, in Palo Alto. Naomi lives in Los Gatos, CA is married, has a teenage son, Matthew, and with her family, has personally gone through the wilderness therapy and aftercare experience.
Rebekah Tayebi, M.S. owner and director of Satya Family Coaching Services. Rebekah received her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. She worked in the inner city, specializing in clinical work with children and families. After completing grad school, Rebekah decided to make the move to the west coast in order to work in residential treatment. She spent three years working in residential treatment with teenage girls and their families. Through this work, Rebekah gained experience working with addictions/recovery, personality disorders, DBT, adoption issues, and trauma.