Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Board of Directors

Officers

Cassio Conceicão (Chair)

has over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley’s tech industry. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Silicon Graphics International (SGI).  In this role he runs the day-to-day operations of the company, with direct oversight of Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Services, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain.  Previously he served in several capacities at Applied Materials and Kinetics Fluid Systems.  Cassio sits on the board of ETM Electromatic, Inc., and has volunteered his services for non-profit groups in his community such as the MVLA Soccer Club and Foothills Swim and Tennis Club.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both from Stanford University.    

Lisa Clark (Vice Chair)

is the Human Resources Director of the Packard Foundation. As a strategic leader with strong inter-personal skills and a keen sense for resolving difficult business issues, Lisa’s career has focused on program management and the leadership of multiple, high-visibility projects.  Prior to Packard, Lisa served at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies for 20+ years in managerial positions in Business Analysis, Financial Operations, Program Management, Management Consultancy and Human Relations.  Her most recent HR responsibilities included consulting, decision support and coaching to Officers and Executives to build a high performance workforce.  She has also managed programs aimed at organizational effectiveness and leadership development. And supported Business HR operations, including talent acquisition; rewards programs and performance management. Lisa says, "I have always had a special place in my heart for children, and it's why I became a CASA volunteer in Arizona and California." Lisa has also volunteered with several other non-profit organizations including the InnVision Board of Directors.

Linda Brennan (Treasurer)

is a California native, born and raised in Milpitas. She attended school in Milpitas and Palo Alto and later attended U.C. Berkeley, earning a BS from the Haas School of Business.  Linda is a licensed CPA and spent 9 years as a trusted advisor in the Audit and M&A practices at KPMG.  She is currently the Director of M&A Finance at VMware in Palo Alto where she leads cross-functional teams to support the company’s growth.  Outside of work, Linda actively volunteers with several local organizations and was previously a CASA for a Silicon Valley foster youth.

Jane Oglesby (Secretary)

is the Director of Frontend Manufacturing at Thinfilm Electronics. Jane has over 11 years of experience in the high-tech industry as both a process engineer and a program manager across several business units including manufacturing, research, and product development first at AMD and then Intel. She completed her MBA at Santa Clara University and is a founder of the United Way Silicon Valley Women’s Leadership Council. Jane has been an Advocate volunteer for Child Advocates for over six years.

Directors

Penny Blake 

is a retired Supervising Attorney from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.  Penny has represented foster children in the dependency court for many years and has been a supporter of Child Advocates from our inception nearly 30 years ago.

Shirley Cantu

is a retired Deputy Chief Probation Officer with 32 years of service. As a volunteer Shirley Cantu has been actively involved with programs that provide services to youth in our community. This includes volunteering with Eastfield Ming Quong, The United Way of Silicon Valley, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Crystal Bowl Award presented by the Junior League of San Jose at their 37th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

Debbie Crouse 

brings a wealth of business experience to Child Advocates. She has been driving change within technology, service and manufacturing businesses for over 20 years. She has provided facilitation, training and hands on delivery of projects for clients and former employers.  In more recent years, she has spent her time raising her children, leading fundraising projects for non-profits and working with technology startups to improve execution as they grow. She formerly served on the Board of Directors for Family & Children Serves of Silicon Valley and Montclaire Educational Foundation.  She also currently serves on the Advisory Board for Animal Assisted Happiness. Debbie prides herself on her ability to work across diverse teams and personalities and looks forward to applying these skills to further the mission of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Yaron Drucker

is a Manager of Brand Specialists at Google.  With a former engineering and HR management background, Yaron gravitated towards marketing and business, working with people and as many clients as possible. He has worked as a Competitive Market Intelligence Analyst with SAP, where he was involved with various very interesting projects within the Marketing and Customer Operations organization. Following SAP, Yaron worked in Media Analytics Solutions, within the advertising business at Microsoft. He worked in several roles ranging from Search Media analyst, Lead Analytics Manager, and Global Analytics Manager. Yaron started Google as a Manager of Platform Solution Consultants for Networks and DSPs on the west coast, and is currently a Manager of Brand Specialists covering the YouTube suite of ad products. Yaron's specialties include Analytics, competitive analysis, big data, operations, coaching and mentoring, digital advertising, and advanced computer proficiency in Office suite as well as Google Docs, Spreadsheets and basic understanding of SQL. Yaron is an avid traveler who has visited over 30 countries, lived in 4, and he speaks 4 languages (Hebrew, English, Portuguese and German).

Vik Ghai

is Co-Founder, CTO, Board Member at Quantum Secure (now part of HID Global). Vik is an entrepreneur, adviser, investor in technology, security, consumer focused companies as well as GP in a venture fund. Vik led Quantum Secure’s rapid growth from a concept to a global company creating a new product category in physical security industry, generated year-over-year revenue growth while securing some of the most important places on earth. Quantum Secure was acquired by Assa Abloy (STO: ASSA-B) in 2015 and merged in with HID Global. Earlier, Vik Co-founded Mokume Software (acquired by Versant), Co-founded RapidReceipt, built technology solutions at BDM International (now part of Northrop Grumman), Checkpoint Systems, Smithkline Beecham (now part of GSK). Vik has authored numerous technical papers, articles on cross section between security, business, technology and people. Vik holds patents for inventions in these areas. Vik earned MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University at Evanston, IL and Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University at Philadelphia, PA.

Mala Jairam

is an entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of experience in Telecom networks, Information Management & Technology Consulting Services.  She is currently heading up an enterprise technology concept validation and Product Strategy consulting practice, advising start-ups on market entry and exit strategies.  Prior positions include co-founder and CEO of Onehaystack, Inc. and almost 20 years at AT&T and Bell Labs where she held various positions of increasing responsibility in Systems Engineering, Operations, Product Management and Strategy. She is an executive coach for women entrepreneurs, corporate women and minorities, and mentors college women and minorities in STEM.  Mala holds an MBA from UMASS, Amherst and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Denise Lombard

is Cisco’s Director of Supplier Diversity, responsible for the overall strategy and architecture for Cisco’s Supplier Diversity Program and execution of Global Procurement services program. She has a track record of building and leading high performing global teams. Her expertise in solving complex business problems and providing outstanding service to internal and external customers sets her apart in transforming operations.  Denise started in the Cisco Services Organization leading the Sales Operations Team over 10 years ago. She then joined the Sales organization where she managed approximately $100 M spend for the Inside Sales Vendor Management Organization, deploying approximately 1000 contingent workers. This experience more than prepared her for leading the Procurement Relationship Management team, known as the “trusted advisors” to the internal business functions, capturing their demand and optimizing their supplier landscape. Prior to Cisco, she was with Sun Microsystems where she led their Technical Support Organization and various Sales Operations teams.  In her current role, Denise is able to apply her passion to diversity and inclusion and her goal of making a significant difference within Cisco and the community. Denise also Co-Leads the San Jose Connected Women’s Community Outreach pillar, which is focused on increasing young women’s excitement and awareness around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers. She received the Teacher of the Year award from Citizen Schools 2013 and one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence for 2017.  Denise is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for 2 foster children.  She graduated from San Jose State University with a BS degree in Business Management.

Michael O’Leary

is a consultant with over 25 years experience in senior level management positions at high-technology companies. For the past 12 years Michael has been involved with At-Risk youth as a foster parent, a CASA advocate, a board member for a domestic violence shelter, a board member at Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the funder of a partial college scholarship through the Boys & Girls Club.

Annamaria Rapakko

is a former International Tax Services Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP.  As a strategically oriented financial executive, Annamaria has a proven track record in leading teams through both calm and turbulent economic times with a 20+-year career spanning across Finance, Tax, Operations, and Human Resources. Over the years, she has become known as a “rainmaker,” with a longstanding legacy for “getting the job done,” and enabling organizations and leadership teams to reach their full potential. The majority of her career spans across Global Tax Strategy and Transfer Pricing, Specialty Tax, and Corporate Tax Planning, with earlier international tax advisory and business experience gained while in Finland, Germany, and Sweden. Additionally, her experience expands across P&L accountability, risk management, corporate governance, and M&A/IPO.  Ms. Rapakko’s mantra has always been, “Where there is change – there is opportunity,” and within that scope, as a tax partner and leader at PwC for 19+ years, she has been successful in leading teams and businesses through a dizzying array of challenges – which enabled PwC to powerfully leverage “change” as a catalyst to strengthen its services, client relationships, and positioning in the marketplace.  A graduate of Stanford Law School with a Doctor of the Science in Law degree, Annamaria earned her MBA degree from Turku Business School (Finland) and her J.D. degree from Turku Law School (Finland).

Denise Robinson

is the founder of Spinnaker Consulting which specializes in helping small companies develop and execute growth strategies. She has 15 years of experience in the areas of corporate strategy, business development, marketing and operations first in Coopers & Lybrand’s financial consulting practice then at AirTouch Communications.   She also brings non-profit Board experience in fundraising, program management and strategic planning.  Denise holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Moe Rubenzahl 

is a marketing consultant with 35 years of experience in marketing management, strategic marketing, marketing communication, product marketing, and web and search marketing for business-to-business and consumer high-tech companies. Prior positions included business development and marketing management roles at a consumer electronics company; and engineering, management, and marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Michael Schlemmer

is a partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.  He counsels businesses on all aspects of their employment law needs. Mr. Schlemmer also defends clients in US federal and state courts and arbitration on class, collective, representative, and single-plaintiff employment litigation matters. His practice includes wage and hour class and collective actions, and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and leave issues. In addition, he handles employment-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and provides training on employment law compliance. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Michael served as an associate in the labor and employment practice of Wilson Sonsini, where he delivered litigation, counseling, transactional, and training services to high-tech and life science companies. While at Wilson Sonsini, Michael served as Child Advocates pro bono legal attorney.  Michael has a BA from UC Santa Cruz and JD from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.  Before law school, he spent five years as a social worker helping foster youth through the emancipation process.

Howard Slayen

has over 40 years of experience in tax, mergers and acquisitions, and financial advisory services. He was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 23 years, prior to being CFO of a number of start-up enterprises. He is both a CPA (inactive) and an attorney (inactive).  Since retiring from active practice, he has spent his time as a professional board member for a variety of nonprofit, and publicly and privately held corporations.

Greg T. Warder 

is an attorney with over 15 years of experience counseling clients on matters related to intellectual property.  He currently holds the position of IP Legal Director at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s patent portfolio.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Greg worked as an engineer in the electronics and telecommunications industries, and served as an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He has also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for one of Child Advocates’ children.