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Los Altos Hills resident selected to lead Foothill-De Anza Foundation

Directors of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation elected four of their peers to leadership positions for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Newly elected president Kathleen Santora of Los Altos Hills said the foundation’s theme this year is “Changing Lives, One Student at a Time.”

Santora has served on the foundation’s board of directors since 2010 and leads its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also in charge of the new STEM speaker series slated to launch this fall. The series, run through Foothill’s Science Learning Institute, will feature leaders in science, technology, math and engineering.

A community advocate for sustainability and education, Santora founded the Slow the Flow conference at Foothill and championed installation of rainwater harvesting and catchment systems at the college for resource conservation. She also serves on the board of the Montalvo Arts Center and is a member of GreenTown Los Altos, through which she organizes the biannual Recycle Bike Drive.

“I’m excited to lead the foundation forward by supporting our colleges and making a real, tangible and positive impact on our students,” Santora said. “As a 28-year resident of our community, I appreciate the significant impact that Foothill and De Anza colleges have had on our region. These colleges are community treasures.”

Santora succeeds Saratoga resident Ben Dubin. As immediate past president, Dubin will continue to serve on the board’s executive and finance committees for 2013-2014. Now in his second term on the foundation’s board, Dubin is an investment banker with Asset Management Ventures and has been a Silicon Valley software engineer, high-tech executive and start-up company founder.

Incoming Vice President Don Aoki of Mountain View is senior vice president of professional services at Keynote Systems. Aoki joined the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board in 2012 and also serves on the board of the Community Health Awareness Council.

New board secretary Lisa Elliott is a charter member of the 100 Charitable Women Foundation and brings a background in advertising and marketing to the foundation board. The Los Altos resident joined the board in 2012.

Los Altos resident Martin Neiman, a board member since 2008, was re-elected the foundation’s treasurer. The retired high-tech executive also serves on the board of Hidden Villa and the advisory board of The Terraces at Los Altos.

“We’re thrilled to have such an amazing and accomplished group of board members leading our foundation,” said Sheryl Alexander, the foundation’s executive director. “Their commitment and enthusiasm for our mission to change student lives is infectious, and I know we will accomplish exceptional things through their leadership.”

The nominating committee for the new officers included board members Sue Levy, a Portola Valley resident who directs the governance committee, and past presidents Anita Manwani Bhagat of Los Altos and Dianne McKenna of Sunnyvale.

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors provides oversight, guidance and support for the foundation. The foundation’s mission is to change student lives by raising and investing funds to support educational excellence at Foothill and De Anza colleges. Its goal for 2013-2014 is raising at least $4.8 million.

For more information, visit foundation.fhda.edu.

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