Board of Directors
Joanna Oshman, Chair
Joanna Oshman is a former elementary educator in Palo Alto at Keys School, the director of Y.W.C.A.’s Child Development Center in Palo Alto, and is a current member of Wheelock College (Boston, MA) Board of Trustees, whose mission is to “Improve the lives of children and their families.” She served as a California advisory board member for Free the Children, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth to help change the world through the education of social justice issues, service learning trips and leadership skills. During her tenure with Free the Children, she was an integral part of growing the organization’s impact to several schools. As a board member of the Oshman Family Foundation, she helped to found and support the development of a ground-breaking after school program for high school students at Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, who used volunteers from nearby technology companies to create after school workshops, exercise classes and study groups.Joanna Oshman is a former elementary educator in Palo Alto at Keys School, the director of Y.W.C.A.’s Child Development Center in Palo Alto, and is a current member of Wheelock College (Boston, MA) Board of Trustees, whose mission is to “Improve the lives of children and their families.” She served as a California advisory board member for Free the Children, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth to help change the world through the education of social justice issues, service learning trips and leadership skills. During her tenure with Free the Children, she was an integral part of growing the organization’s impact to several schools. As a board member of the Oshman Family Foundation, she helped to found and support the development of a ground-breaking after school program for high school students at Phoenix Academy in East Palo Alto, who used volunteers from nearby technology companies to create after school workshops, exercise classes and study groups.
Carol Ezrati, Vice-Chair
Carol Rutlen Ezrati is a CPA with significant experience in tax and human resource issues associated with international tax, human resource, and global stock plans. She specializes in global stock plan issues such as process improvement and risk management. Previous positions include partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, adjunct professor in the Master of Tax program at San Jose State University, co-founder and President of a small software company, and managing partner of Rutlen Associates.
Brandon Gordon, Treasurer
Brandon Gordon formerly served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster youth in San Francisco and was a Big Brother for five years in Boston where he learned first-hand the need for teens to have accurate and accessible information about sexual health and wellness.
Brandon works at NerdWallet, a San Francisco based personal finance recommendation site as a Director, HR. NerdWallet’s mission is to provide tools and objective advice for all of life’s financial decisions. Prior to joining NerdWallet Brandon was a founding member of the Accounts team at education startup Clever and was a management consultant with Bain & Company previous to that.
Brandon graduated from Brown University with a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he’s been a Bay Area resident since 2011 and enjoys getting outdoors and also taking advantage of the arts, culture and food scene in the area!
David Garcia Ortiz, Secretary
David Garcia Ortiz has worked as a science teacher for the Sequoia Union High School District for the last five years. He has taught biology, physics and environmental science as well as language development classes in the same subject areas designated for English language learners who have recently arrive to the country. Prior to coming into the classroom he worked as a coordinator for a science maker space to give access to science and engineering experiences to low-income communities and marginalized students at the middle school level.
Jamie Barnett is an advisor for and investor in high-technology startups. She has spent most of her career as a product and marketing leader in high-technology with a focus on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and cybersecurity. She served as chief marketing officer at AppZen and Netskope, chief customer officer at Scalyr, and board director for La Comida. She also taught Strategic Communications as an adjunct lecturer in the Executive MBA program at University of San Francisco. Jamie has a bachelors from U.C. Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. She is a die-hard Monty Python fan with a zest for movie lines, terrible puns, and practical jokes.
Cathy Gale is a recently retired pediatric nurse. She has 20 years of hospital pediatric nursing experience and another 12 years of school nurse experience working with students from K -12 in the Fremont Unified School district.
Before going back to school for nursing, Cathy worked as an analytical chemist for Alza Pharmaceuticals. Now she spends her time as a Nature Education docent and a house and garden docent at Filoli, traveling around the country and the world to visit with her three adult children and her six-year-old granddaughter.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Smith College, a Bachelor’s in Nursing from UCSF and a School Nurse Credential from San Jose State University.
Jessica Rosenberg is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Credentialed School Nurse serving kids and families on the Peninsula. Over her 20+ year pediatric nursing career, she has worked in the fields of hematology/oncology, camp & school health, and primary care. She is passionate about adolescent health, patient education, advocacy and family-centered care.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the California School Nurses Organization and holds a guest clinical faculty role at the UCSF School of Nursing. She has been a community health educator for the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, the Girl Scouts of America, and the San Carlos School District.
In her spare time, Jessica can be found working on social justice projects, hiking, and volunteering at her daughters’ schools.
Thea has worked in public health for over 15 years primarily in childhood obesity and community health education. She is the co-founder of Kurbo, an evidenced based, online/mobile weight management program for kids, teens and families that was recently acquired by WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers International). Thea designed the 3-month behavior modification program that includes an app for self-monitoring and education combined with weekly meetings with a trained behavior coach via video chat. Kurbo launched in 2014 and now provides coaching services to tens of thousands of youth and adults in the US, Canada, Bermuda and Singapore. Thea’s primary role is to manage the day to day operations. She oversees all science and product development, customer support, account management, and leads a coaching team responsible for managing and supporting Kurbo’s coaching staff of 100+ coaches in the US and Singapore.
Prior to starting Kurbo in 2013, Thea was the lead behavior coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program at Stanford Children’s Hospital for 15 years where she taught classes for parents and kids, developed curriculum, and trained behavior coaches and health professionals. She also spent 3 years as the Wellness Director for a San Francisco Bay Area school district. In this role, Thea and her team worked closely with administrators, teachers, parents and students to develop and implement cost-effective sustainable programs that addressed the priority health and wellness needs of the community.
Thea completed her Master of Public Health degree from San Jose State University and her BA from UC Berkeley. She currently pursuing a doctorate degree in public health from UNC Chapel Hill.
Pear is a marketing guru who has enjoyed an extensive career in Silicon Valley’s high-tech marketing industry. She’s worked broadly across medium to F500 companies advancing their strategy, branding, messaging, and communications as well as telling their success stories. As head of Kanreki Productions, she provides marketing consulting to non-profits and burgeoning companies. She is an alumni of California State University Long Beach and Antioch University, Los Angeles where she received a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Pear is passionate about multi-cultural arts and social change, collage, taiko drumming, and design.