Ellen has worked in finance and operations in the computer industry for over 25 years. She has a degree in accounting and an MBA from Babson College, where she has served as a trustee. Since 1991 Ellen has lived in Los Altos with her husband, where they have raised three daughters.
Ellen has been active in Girl Scouts, LAHS Athletic Boosters and PTSA and National Charity League, where she served on the National Board of Directors as both treasurer and president. Currently Ellen serves on the Foothill-DeAnza College District Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, as a mentor at Los Altos High School, and continues to serve as an adviser to National Charity League.
Jean has been involved in community service for over 20 years. As an active member of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, Jean has served on the Board of Directors in a variety of positions including: Community VP, Administrative VP, Finance VP and President as well as chair of the League’s Endowment Fund.
Within the Los Altos community, Jean has served on the board of the Los Altos Education Foundation, as President of the Almond PTA, and as Secretary of the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council. She is currently on the board of the Stanford Hills Chapter of National Charity League. Jean is an 18 year resident of Los Altos where she lives with her husband and daughter. In addition to serving on the board, Jean is helping LACF as part of a team evaluating how we could manage and incubate programs even better.
Julie Mahowald CFO Consultant
Julie has worked as a Corporate Treasurer, Controller and CFO for several technology companies and continues to consult in Corporate Finance for small to medium sized companies. She holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Lauder Institute Fellow. She earned her BA at Tulane University.
Julie currently serves as Vice President of East Palo Alto Kids foundation where she has been a board member for eight years. She is also a Sustainer of the Junior League of Palo Alto.
Previously Julie has volunteered in many capacities in her children’s schools: PTA President of Almond Elementary School, Parliamentarian of the Los Altos High School PTSA, and Chair of LAHS’s Writers Week. Julie was also an Advisor to the Rosalie Rendu Center in East Palo Alto. Julie is now LACF’s Treasurer and chair of our Finance Committee.
We are very thrilled to have both Jean and Julie on the LACF Board!
Los Altos Community Foundation today added two new active community volunteers, Christina Chu and Crysta Krames to its Board of Directors. Christina and Crysta join three additional new members, Mike Kasperzak, Bob Kresek, and Kevin Schick, who have joined within the last quarter. The Board now contains 17 members.
“The new board members add to the talent, perspective, and community focus of the LACF Board and will further enable the Foundation to positively impact our community,” said Joe Eyre, Executive Director.
Los Altos Community Foundation, founded in 1991, improves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View by promoting, fostering, and sponsoring philanthropy. It does this through grantmaking, program management and fiscal sponsorship, charitable funds, and community leadership.
Christina Chu who grew up in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, currently owns her real estate firm, Silicon Tech Realty Inc. She has volunteered with Child Advocates, and has fundraised and donated to the Mountain View El Camino YMCA.
Crysta Krames has a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She currently is the Development Director for Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Los Altos Rotary, serving as the Director of Fine Art and the Park for the past two years.
Mike Kasperzak has extensive public service experience. He is serving in his fourth term on the Mountain View City Council and has served twice as Mayor. He has been on a number of Bay Area boards and commissions, has been President of the League of California Cities and is now on the Board of the National League of Cities. Mike is a commercial mediator with Silicon Valley Mediation Group and has practiced law for 11 years. He is now a member of the Advisory Board of Nextdoor.com and on the Board of Acterra.
Bob Kresek, CFP®, CIMC®, is a Principal at Buckingham Asset Management LLC, where he is a personal financial advisor to Silicon Valley executives and venture capital firm partners. Previously Bob served as vice president of two high-technology start-ups and held numerous management positions over 18 years with Hewlett-Packard Company. Bob formerly served as Board Member and Board President for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
Kevin Schick has a Finance degree from Marquette University and MBA from Northwestern. During his career he served in a number of financial executive roles with several companies, including 27 years with Con-Way, Inc., a $5.5B freight transportation and logistics company. He is now an active community volunteer with the Los Altos Rotary, Roadrunners, and the El Camino Hospital.