Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Board of Directors



Mala Jairam


Mala Jairam (Chair) 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.



Lisa Clark


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 HRresponsibilities 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.




Annamaria Rapakko


Annamaria Rapakko (Treasurer) 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).



Shirley Cantu


Shirley Cantu (Secretary) 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.





Penny Blake


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.



Arlene Chan


Arlene Chan is an Audit Partner at Moss Adams LLP.  Arlene has practiced public accounting since 1993 and she is a member of Moss Adams’ Technology, Communications, and Life Sciences Practice.  Arlene primarily works with computer hardware, biotechnology, pharmaceutical drug discovery, and medical device companies. She consults clients in the application and implementation of new accounting policies and technical guidance in compliance with SEC, SOX 404, and US GAAP requirements. In addition, she has led numerous initial and subsequent public offerings and merger and acquisition activities including due diligence, and related accounting and SEC reporting. Before joining Moss Adams, Arlene spent 14 years with Ernst & Young in the San Francisco Bay Area, including a global rotation of two years with Ernst & Young in Singapore.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and has a BA in political economy of industrial societies from the University of California at Berkeley.



Jane Oglesby


Jane Oglesby is the Head of Production Operations at Rigetti Computing. 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.



Debbie Crouse


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


Yaron Drucker is Staffing Lead at Google Cloud of Google Inc.  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 then as 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


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.



Steve Hoffman


Steve Hoffman is Vice President and Chief of Staff at TIBCO Software, a privately held $1B global software company. As a member of the executive leadership team, he’s responsible for strategic planning, staff operations, and executive communications. Prior to TIBCO, Steve had a 25-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he held leadership roles across a range of functions including strategy, product management, business operations, branding, marketing communications and executive communications. His diverse experience, working with multiple stakeholders, has reinforced his belief that effective leadership is built on clear thinking and clear communications. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. An avid cyclist, he logs over 2,000 miles a year on his bike. For the past two years, he’s been a member of Bad Cookies, a Palo Alto-based improvisational acting troupe. 



Cassio Conceicao




Cassio Conceicao has over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley’s tech industry. Cassio is currently Chief Operating Officer of Grand River Solutions, Inc. He is the former Executive Vice President and COO at Silicon Graphics International (SGI).  In this role he ran the day-to-day operations of the company, with direct oversight of Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Services, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain.  Previously Cassio served in several capacities at Applied Materials and Kinetics Fluid Systems.  Cassio also 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. 




Denise Lombard


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


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.



Neta Retter


Neta Retter is a hardware design engineer with over ten years of technical experience designing cutting edge technology.  Currently Neta is a FIRST LEGO League partner for Northern California, managing the program at the local non-profit Playing At Learning.  Neta is passionate about STEM education and outreach, especially in underrepresented communities.  




Denise Robinson


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


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


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


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.