Laura Bajuk (pronounced buh-JUKE) 

With family lines going back to the Gold Rush on one side, and Pilgrims and Puritans on the other, I was born to a Navy family in Ft. Meade, Maryland. This meant a new home every 2 years, and in each new community, their first stop was the local history museum. This checkered upbringing and an art degree from UCLA fueled a passion for museums, leading me to pursue a Museum Studies degree at SF State Univ. I’m the former executive director of the Los Gatos and Los Altos museums, and am happy to now be working where I live for the soon-to-be Palo Alto History Museum. I’m married to 2nd generation Palo Altan, Doug Debs, and live in Midtown with our two cats, Boris and Natasha. 

Sonia Behal 

I was born in New Delhi, but my family emigrated to NYC before my first birthday. Growing up in NYC I attended NYU and St. John’s University pharmacy school, and I worked as a clinical pharmacist at Northwestern Hospital for more than 10 years. I’m currently enjoying life in Palo Alto and am busy being there for my children 17 and 13. I love cooking, reading, knitting, working out, travel, and spending time with my family! 

Yvette Bovee 

I am a long-time Palo Alto resident, who with my husband of 32 years, has raised 6 children. In 1982, I received my BS in Human Development from UC Davis and applied my specialization in early childhood education to the design of after-school childcare centers. I’ve also been an active volunteer in the PTA, and frequently taught religious education classes, served in parish outreach, and traveled extensively to create connections between international Catholic Relief Services and our local community. I also volunteer at Zuckerberg SF Gen. Hospital as a birth and postpartum doula. At home, I enjoy gardening, reading, and sewing. My husband and I spend as much time as possible with our family. 

Abby Bradski 

I have lived in Palo Alto on and off, mostly on, since 1964, and am retired from teaching in the PAUSD; my last 22 years spent teaching Kindergarten. I live with my accountant husband, and we have 3 grown children. I’m fortunate to often get to take care of our grandchildren who are a constant joy in my life! In my spare time, I love to garden, read, cook, walk with friends, go on trips to SF, do yoga, and volunteer at elementary schools. I am also going through the Guide Dog for the Blind puppy training and plan to dog sit for people raising these fantastic dogs. I’m looking forward to participating in the activities and opportunities offered by the Woman’s Club with other women in the club! 

Peggy Burns              

I grew up in SF along with two younger siblings and the many foster children for whom my parents cared. I also ended up as a caretaker volunteering at daycares and hospitals, along with helping teachers at my schools. I’m a retired Registered Nurse who has worked in various fields and different capacities throughout my career. We moved to Palo Alto in 1980 when I remarried and focused on juggling the needs of a blended family while continuing my work as a RN. During this time, I discovered my enjoyment of designing our small home to adapt to our growing family and am most proud of my accomplishment in successfully helping our blended family become a close-knit group. I enjoy time with my children and seven grandchildren. I also enjoy reading, theater, walks, and am an avid fan of both the Giants and Warriors. 

Sharlene Carlson 

I’m a 2nd-generation Swedish American from the Midwest. You don’t make it through Midwest winters without survival skills, and I learned many from my mother who lived to 103. Encouraged from an early age to pursue higher education, I ended up with lots of letters after my names even though my parents had none. (BS in biology from Univ. of IL; MPH from SJSU: JD from Golden Gate Univ.; member of the California Bar. ) I retired in 2016 from a varied public service career that included working as a grant maker for the Packard Fdn. and many years in Santa Clara County government focusing on public health, social services and sustainability. I’ve been in Palo Alto since age 21 and currently live in the PA Redwoods condominium complex where I’ve served as president of the homeowners’ association for a long time. On the fun side, I’ve done improvisational comedy and believe one of my strongest assets is being able to see the humor in situations. I also enjoy water and nature, so I swim or hike for fitness and mental health. If you look me up on LinkedIn you will see that I am President of Fabulousity University. (Yes, LinkedIn took that!) I am super excited about getting acquainted with the strong women of what is now my club and suspect that as I get to know you I will be cranking out a lot of Fabulosity diplomas. 

Yuhui Chen 

Originally from Taiwan, I moved to CA in 2008. I am curious, well-traveled and cultured. My Asian background and western influence allows me to be both grounded in my core values as well as bringing out my best. I own Sbm Fitness, started in 2010, to help people achieve their fitness goals by incorporating a healthy thought process that includes gradual lifestyle changes and, of course, fitness of the body. I have over 15 years of fitness experience both teaching and managing fitness programs throughout the world and am fluent in several languages. I am also President Elect of the MP Rotary Club and heavily involved within the communities of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. I am very passionate and compassionate, finding that through community events, I find my best self. I have two children that are also involved in the fitness industry as well as Rotary and the community! 

Darclyn Cuerington

I’m from Orange County, New York. I moved to Monterey California in 1986 with my military husband, who was stationed at the Defense Language Institute. We’ve been married for 31 years and have three 20+ year old daughters who all live in Oakland and work in the City. While my husband attended Stanford, I worked on campus as Head GRA of Graduate family housing 1995-1996. When we moved to Palo Alto in 1997 I worked for Zane MacGregor from 1997-2002. Before recently moving back to the Bay Area, our family lived in SoCal for 15 years. While there, I became the chairperson for the Pasadena Christian School Fall Festival 2003-2004, volunteered at Pasadena Union Station family homeless shelter for six years and earned my culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. As a chef, I had my own catering business in Sierra Madre before moving back to Northern California.

Irene Deitsch

Born and raised in Ohio, I left for California with my husband after graduating from Ohio State University. We lived in the Los Angeles area for 9 years where I taught art in junior high school. We then moved to Palo Alto in 1967. I have worked at Stanford University in the Art Library, and also in the library at SRI. I eventually, opened a jewelry store in downtown Palo Alto for several years. When my husband retired, I retired also. Then we became world travelers and avid antique collectors. I collect antique posy holders and have since written a book on my collection. We have two sons who went through the Palo Alto schools. I am currently involved in the SanFrancisco SymphonyAssoc. I love to play bridge and mahi-mahi jong. 

Jennifer DiBrienza

I am an education consultant, working in districts and schools locally and nationally to support them in reflecting on and improving their mathematics teaching practices. Originally from New York, I received my BA in Psychology and an MA in Education from New York University and spent 10 years teaching in NYC public schools. I moved to the Bay Area 15 years ago (to Palo Alto 7 years ago) and started my family and completed my PhD at Stanford in Mathematics Education. I’m involved in politics and social justice work locally, including volunteering with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, serving on both the NARAL and Center for Reproductive Rights Leadership Councils, and working in various ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement. I have three children - 12, 11, and 6 years old - and I currently serve on the Palo Alto School Board. 

Britta Erickson

Palo Alto is the place where I have lived the longest. Throughout elementary school I lived in Brisbane, Australia, after which my family moved to London. In 1977, I attended Stanford, where I earned three degrees. I liked the area and wanted to stay here! The local flora seemed a mix of what I was used to from both Australia and England. My husband, a professor in the Med. School Chemical and Systems Biology Dept., and I live in College Terrace, and our two children are grown. My expertise is in Chinese art, particularly contemporary art and ink painting of the past and present. I was one of the first scholars in the west to focus on contemporary Chinese art. Two colleagues and I founded a gallery in Beijing, Ink Studio, where I am artistic director. My other big recent project was a series of ten short films about ten ink painters. I love to sew and enjoy other kinds of creativity, such as painting (pretty good in a weird way), carving wood with a chainsaw and hammer (kind of hard on my hands), very elementary crocheting, and so on. I volunteered for a while at the Nine Lives shelter, and continue to support them. They save the lives of over 1000 cats a year! 

Kiran Gaind 

I was born in upstate New York, the daughter of two immigrants: my father from Punjab, India, and my mother from the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland. I’ve always had fun as people try to guess where I am from! I attended Cornell University, studying Women’s Studies, Race Relations and Political Science. I moved to the Bay Area in 1995, and I taught history in SF and Oakland public schools for 9 years. I met my husband, an engineer at Google, in 2007. We married in 2008, had our first child at UCSF in 2009, and moved to Palo Alto in 2011 when we found out we were expecting our second little girl. I went back to get my coaching certification in 2011 and started my own coaching company called The Connected Family in 2014. I am writing my first book about a methodology I developed called True C.A.R.E., which helps parents, leaders and school personnel to live, work, parent and educate true to what matters most. I value women’s friendship, learning, community and service and look forward to all the wonderful connections and experiences in store with The Women’s Club of Palo Alto. 

Karen Kienzle

I work as the Director of the Palo Alto Art Center. Prior to this role, I served as Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Community Outreach at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, and as Assistant Curator and Curatorial Assistant at the San Jose Museum of Art. I am a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Claremont Graduate University and a lecturer at San Francisco State’s museum studies graduate program. I am also a proud recipient of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Athena Leadership Award. I also serve as a Vice President of the Board of Directors at the California Association of Museums. I grew up in Palo Alto and am delighted to be able to serve this incredible community in my current work. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, visiting museums, baking, yoga, movies, and am currently learning to crochet. 

Sabina Kroes 

I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, a former republic of the USSR and moved to the US in 1990. Since then I have lived mostly in the Bay Area except two years in New York where I attended the graduate school. I have spent my career in high tech in the area of business development and marketing. One of my fondest memories goes back to Palm where I launched the very first mobile phone with the very first news App on it. Two years ago my husband, Dr. Ian Kroes, and I opened a new Primary Care Concierge medical practice in Menlo Park. In my spare time, I love downhill skiing, traveling and enjoy photography. I am currently teaching my daughter Saskia (8) and son Rafa (6) how to ski ... they are fast learners. I have strong family values and try to see my brothers and parents as often as I can. They all live in the area. I also believe in giving back to the community and actively volunteers at my kids’ Synapse school as well as local synagogue Beth Am. 

Jo Maloney 

Currently, I am the Executive Director at NurseRegistry in Palo Alto. My career in healthcare started in the late 90’s, and there has never been a dull moment. I am also the Co-Chair for Palo Alto University Rotary Club’s Community Service, and serve on the Planning Committee for Pacific Stroke Associations’s Annual Fundraiser. The Bay Area has been my home for almost a decade now, but I was born, and raised in Chicago (Go WhiteSox!). I also spent some very enjoyable years in Santa Barbara. I adore my twin nephews and my bulldog, Ben. 

Edith (Edie) Miller 

I am so glad to be joining such a great group of women. My family moved to Palo Alto in 1959. I attended Jordan and Paly before going to college in the east where I met my husband. We were married after he returned from Vietnam and spent a couple of military years in south Texas before moving back to Palo Alto. Our 3 sons graduated from Paly, and I have been a teacher, a staff member, and done lots of volunteer work in the schools. I also enjoy Garden Club, book clubs and am Alumni Chair for Paly.

Mary Ann Norton 

I grew up in Westport, Connecticut and attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. I moved to Palo Alto with my husband Adam in 1987 and have never looked back! I taught Social Studies at South San Francisco High School and Woodside High School (both back in the 90’s) and more recently worked as the Elementary School Secretary at Fairmeadow and Palo Verde schools (in Palo Alto). I was a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula from 1990 to 2001 and involved in the Palo Alto PTA while our son Jim (Gunn 2012) was in school. I am involved in the Sierra Club and love to hike. I am also working on my yoga and hoping to someday to master the crow pose. 

Jill Olson 

In the fall of 2018 I will be a “free bird” as my last child flies off to college and I migrate into the next season of my life. Menlo Park has been our home since 2003 where I have actively supported the community as a board member of the MP-Atherton Education Fdn. and the Executive Boards of the Encinal and Laurel School PTAs. I received my B.A. in English Literature from Westmont College in 1989, and M.A. in Communications from Seton Hall University in 1996. I also served as a consultant to the David & Lucile Packard Fdn. from 1996-1998. For seventeen years, I served as President of the David and Carol Primuth Family Fdn. administering our grant making program. In 2010, I co-founded the grassroots nonprofit, Friends of Flood Park, in Menlo Park. I have also volunteered in the Health Library at Stanford Hospital, tutored EPA students in reading, created dramatic make-up and period hairstyles on students backstage at my sons’ high school musicals, and served as a church deacon. Currently, I volunteer as a grant making partner at the Silicon Valley Social Ventures Fund. Recently my passion for books has landed me in two monthly woman’s book clubs and my yearning to explore has taken our family to New Zealand, England and Italy. 

Theresa Peek

I lived my childhood in Minnesota, born 3rd among 7 to parents who refused to acknowledge the word “can’t” as a viable vocabulary choice. I raised my 4 children, ranging in age 32 to 17, primarily in Seattle. When not attending soccer games in full Goretex regalia, I pursued work that educated me in Jesuit spirituality. Transplanted to Palo Alto in 2008, I serve on the board of the Pacific Art League as well as Leadership Fdn., and also enjoy grass roots organizing. Along with parenting and property investment, I enjoy sailing, playing tennis and traveling with my children and friends. TheatreWorks, dining with neighbors, entertaining, playing cards and taking classes at PAL and Stanford keep me busy locally. I rely upon passion, humor and humility to compose a vibrant life. 

Analisa Pratt 

I feel fortunate to be a part of the Palo Alto community. Originally from a small town outside Minneapolis, I moved to SF in the 1990s. After attending law school at Golden Gate Univ. in SF, I took an associate attorney position with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto. Professionally, I have moved on from Wilson but, personally, I feel I have found my forever community. I reside just across the San Francisquito Creek in Menlo Park, with my two elementary school-age sons. My law practice – focusing on estate planning and administration – is also in Menlo Park. For fun, I enjoy traveling, reading, running, skiing, and surfing. 

Kandis Scott

I have worked as a lawyer in the Bay Area since 1969. The early part of my career was in legal aid and other public service fields. I turned to teaching at Santa Clara Law and retired recently. On leave from SCU, I served in the Peace Corps in Romania, taught in China, and did election work in Bosnia. I volunteer for the Midpeninsula Open Space District and enjoy cultural events, such as dance, theater, and movies. 

Shamila Sihota 

I have been a Montessori teacher for 7 years. I taught in Hong Kong and Japan and have lived in India, London, Baltimore, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. I moved to Palo Alto last year. For last 7 years I have been involved with a nonprofit foundation whose focus is to spread happiness through breathing techniques and meditation to release stress at the cellular level. It gives you inner strength, builds immune system and makes you fearless. 

Maria Spasojevic 

This fall marks 20 years since I came to California! I grew up in Houston, Texas and attended undergraduate in Massachusetts before coming to graduate school at Stanford in the department of Electrical Engineering. I have remained at Stanford as a research scientist the field of space physics studying how solar storms energize the space environment around the Earth and cause the northern lights. My husband, Mirko, a former-Yugoslavian, works as a software engineer in the Valley. We have two daughters, Nina aged 10 and Lola aged 7. I volunteer in Girl Scouts of Palo Alto, serving as troop leader and cookie sales manager for my daughters’ troops. I am also active in Project Cornerstone, a YMCA initiative focused on positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help children and teens thrive. 

Jan Strohecker 

I was born in Missouri, but my family moved to California when I was seven. I worked as an accountant prior to becoming a realtor and started my real estate career in Cupertino. When we moved to Palo Alto in 1987, I worked for Fox & Carskadon which became Coldwell Banker, then Cornish & Carey & Cashin Co., which was also bought by CB. I’ve been with CB Downtown Palo Alto for several years and love every facet of real estate. My husband , Bob, and I are longtime members of the Los Altos Methodist Church. I’m a member of the Palo Alto Host Lions Club, Gamble Garden, Garden Club of Palo Alto & Cantor Arts. I enjoy playing tennis, watching Stanford Sports, traveling, reading, music, gardening & the arts. My motto is: Faith, Family, Friends & Fun! Amy Sung 

Roma D’cruz Tuli 

Born and raised in Mumbai (Bombay), India, I moved to the US only a few months ago with my husband. After spending 10 years in advertising, having written copy for everything from L’Oreal to the Economist, it’s time to discover something new I can be good at, and I think Palo Alto is the perfect place to do so. A self-confessed procrastinator, amateur photographer, enthusiastic cook, avid traveller and mild adventurer, I dream of writing children’s literature and making the perfect waffle. Having moved to Palo Alto very recently, I was thrilled to discover the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and look forward to meeting such a diverse and interesting group of women, as well as participating in the many activities and groups that are a part of the Club. 

Betsy Tullis 

I grew up in Montana and moved to Oregon in high school. After college I spent several weeks backpacking in the Wind River Wilderness, and still enjoy hiking and walking with friends. I lived and worked in SF before marrying Barclay and moving to Palo Alto when he was at Stanford. We have 2 children, Kathryn and David, and I enjoyed volunteering in all their schools, as well as with Environmental Volunteers and Project Look. I was on staff and worked for many years in TV production at the Mid-Peninsula Media Center. Art museums, theater, opera and bluegrass draw me to San Francisco, as well as spending time there with family and friends. 

Linda Wauk 

I was born in Palo Alto, but I was raised in Sacramento. Nevertheless, I keep returning to Palo Alto. I came here for school, moved to Los Angeles, returned to Palo Alto, moved to England, and returned to Palo Alto for the final time in 1986. I’ve retired from the health care industry and am now granny-nanny to twin grandchildren who start kindergarten this fall so my hours should reduce to about 16 hours/week. My other two grandchildren are also in Palo Alto; I’m very fortunate to have both daughters in Palo Alto. I’m greatly looking forward to participating in the Woman’s Club. 

Polly Wingfield 

I’m a second generation from Reno, Nevada and proud of it! I moved to Palo Alto with my mother and siblings in 1961, weeks before going to boarding school at Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut; one of my life’s greatest gifts. Four years of high school, and fifty-plus years of great friendships and memories. Two magnificent sons: Matt and George Kline, And three joyous grandchildren, Elyse (5), and Sonny (6) and Wyatt (4). I worked for a couple of newspapers, and tried catering before teaching 3rd grade at Hoover School in Palo Alto for 20 years. That was my favorite job! Am still involved with the Green Team there, an ecology-focused club. Now, I spend summers in Montana, and as much time as possible with family and friends, having fun wherever. I love to hike, walk, ski, swim, cook, read, go to movies, and learn whatever I can. I’m excited about my time with the fabulous women in the Women’s Club.