KIM BOLLINGER

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Born and raised in a small mill town, Butler, Pa.  I was one of those kids, who at the age of 5, knew that I wanted to be a nurse.  Attended Nursing School in Pittsburgh, PA and worked at the Children’s Hospital.  Moved to the Bay Area in 1975, where I further pursued my nursing education and career at Stanford Hospital.  Retired now, after 40 years, my new passions are traveling, gardening, film, reading, sports and spending time with family and friends.


LABIBA BOYD

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I am a marketing and media strategist and broadcaster and have produced over 250 shows about technology, stem cells, energy, venture capital, leadership, education and technical innovations in space research, blockchain, AI, ioT, wearables and medicine. I’ve also interviewed many leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and am an enthusiastic advocate for women and innovations in education and learning. ModernTekNews is my radio show on KZSU. I also founded 3lumi, a company for digital marketing, and I am a mother living in Downtown Palo Alto.


Lorraine Brown

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Lorraine grew up in Palo Alto, attending both Jordan and Paly. She studied Economics at Stanford and earned her MBA from Harvard.  Lorraine spent her early career in brand management at the Clorox Company and then many years as an active volunteer in the Palo Alto community. Over the years, she volunteered with the Duveneck PTA, Paly Site Council, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball League, Congregation Beth Am, the City of Palo Alto Blue Ribbon Storm Drain Committee, the Riekes Center in Menlo Park, and currently as a board member for Challenge Success. She began a second career in Admissions in 2004 - combining her marketing background and passion for education - first at Stanford University and for the past seven years at Castilleja School. In 2018, she participated in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Palo Alto program and also became Castilleja's Director of Community Relations. The proud mom of Ben (26) and Emily (24), Lorraine and her husband, Joel, are officially empty nesters.  Lorraine's parents and sister still live in Palo Alto as well. In her free time, Lorraine loves to travel, hike, cook, walk with friends, binge watch great TV and read good books.


Kathy Davis

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I was born in 1941 in Madison, Wisconsin, adjacent to the Village of Shorewood Hills. I lived there with my mother Nell Gratton Coffman, a homemaker, and my father Ramon Peyton Coffman and my three brothers, Gene, Pat and Roger.
My father was a syndicated columnist (Uncle Ray's Corner), the author of 15 books for children and young people, and the writer of Uncle Ray's Corner for people of every age. In 1949, we moved to Piedmont, CA where we stayed for one year. 
My father had wanted to go back to Wisconsin, but my mother wasn't
feeling well, so she went for tests at the Northwestern General Hospital in Chicago where she was diagnosed as having a serious heart condition.  So, off we went to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where the land is flat. We lived in three different houses - ending up in one that was in the Village of Idylwild where our house was next to a canal. I also went to three different elementary schools and a junior high 10 miles out town, which gave me a head start in knowing more people and making new friends by the time I entered Fort Lauderdale High. After graduating, it was on to Stetson University for one year and then to Northwestern University where I met my husband to be, Don Davis II.  My parents, my brother Roger and I moved up to a house in Chapel Hill, NC.  Shortly thereafter, Don and I were married in The Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill. From there we had our Honeymoon in San Francisco and shortly thereafter we moved to Washington, DC where Don was an assistant to Congressman Sydney Yates and where our daughter Christine was born. I also worked at the Stanford School of Business for 30 years and at the  Congregational Church of Palo where I put out our newsletter - The Light.


FELICIA DONG        

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Originally from Shanghai, China, I moved to Palo Alto in 2016.  I feel very fortunate to be a member of the Palo Alto community.  I have spent my career in high tech company in the area of branding and internal communications for 14 years, after obtaining MBA at Fu Dan University in cooperation with Norwegian Business School (BI).  Since 2015, under the inspiration of my then 13-year-old daughter, I’ve been devoting myself to bring meditation practice to corporate staff and many more who seek to release stress, cultivate wellbeing, and develop inner strength.  I enjoy meditating, Yoga, rock climbing, hiking, traveling, and reading. 


ANN EDDINGTON

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Ann Eddington has lived on the Peninsula for most of the past 38 years. She was born in Bennington, Vermont, and has a BA from the University of Vermont. She has been a graphic designer for most of her adult life. Ann is currently the President of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, and she has also been on the Boards of the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and YCS. Travel, photography, genealogy research, glass fusing, encaustic art, knitting, and sewing are her passions. The first two often occur together. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and an extremely adorable 9-month-old granddaughter.


PAT EMSLIE

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Pat has lived in Palo Alto for 30 years, and was born and raised in the Chicago area.  She has a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in English, and currently works for the Palo Alto Family YMCA as an executive assistant. She retired from Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development in August 2014 after 12 years, and before that worked at Stanford University. Pat is currently Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, Lt. Governor of Kiwanis Division 34, Past President of the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, was Co-Chair of the Palo Alto Black & White Ball in 2010 and 2012 and chaired the Palo Alto May Fete Fair for five years.  She has had many years of volunteer experience with Palo Alto youth, including YCS Board, Walter Hays PTA, room parenting, Co-Chair of the PALY 2004 Grad Night Committee, Cub Scout Den Leader and Pack Committee Chair.  Pat and her husband Steve have one son, Alex and a daughter-in-law Tina, who live in San Francisco.


LEEANN HIGGINS

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Leeann is a long time resident of the bay area.  She enjoys raising her family of two kids with her husband.  Some of her passions are health and fitness, where she works as a personal trainer.  Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and weekly Sunday trips with the family.


CHRISTINA HOOD

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My maiden name is Sanchez, which in French, loosely translates to ‘without place’.  Being an Air Force brat made the loose translation into my reality as a child and young adult.  Living in Panama and then Germany before heading to college is why my degree from the University of Southern California is a B.A. in International Relations.  My passion for travel and working with a global perspective influenced my career choices, first in Hollywood where I worked with talented individuals making movies, then as a Flight Attendant for United Airlines where I traveled the world. In 2001, my world changed, and I realized the value of living your dreams.  One dream was to move from the back of the plane to the front, and I became an airline pilot in 2004. While an amazing accomplishment on so many levels, the one dream that I truly desired was to be part of a community.  I took a leave of absence from flying and realized another dream, real estate; a passion since college. In 2015, my husband accepted a job in Palo Alto, and we moved to Midtown where we live with our two dogs, Dante & Quattro.  In the short time we have lived here I have found community. I serve on the board of the Junior League of Palo Alto - Mid Peninsula and have graduated from Leadership Palo Alto.

 


LUANNE KALMAN

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I was born and raised on a small farm near Modesto and we literally lived off the land long before it was considered responsible, healthy and cool. When my nest became an empty one sixteen years ago, I moved to Portola Valley. I retired early from a satisfying tax accounting career, returned to school and am now enjoying my encore career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. My mantra is “training your body for life” and I am an advocate for healthy and active aging. I continue to enjoy being a wife, a mother and a “gram”, but I am truly looking forward to making new friends, sharing new adventures, becoming more active in the community and honoring the tradition and fellowship that the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto has to offer.


BARBARA KITCHEN

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I am originally from central New York where I lived in a small town called Endwell. I graduated from the University of Rochester where I studied elementary education. I taught second grade in the northeast for 4 years before moving to San Francisco in 1969. I taught in West Oakland until a move to Phoenix. Soon I headed out to Evergreen, CO.  Along the way, 3 sons appeared in 4 years. I absolutely loved Colorado! It was hard to leave even though I was returning to the Bay Area. While raising the boys, volunteering at their schools, Boy Scouts, sports, etc. kept me very busy, I decided to return to teaching, earn my Master's degree and became a reading specialist. 22 years later I am now retired, playing hard at being a grandma, gardening, reading, and looking forward to meeting new friends. I hope to drop in on a bridge group or two and volunteer with you.


LISA KNOX

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I moved to Palo Alto in 2006 with my husband and two daughters. After 18 years in Pittsburgh, PA (and childhoods in Michigan and Connecticut), we were ready for some sunshine! I was promptly recruited to join the team at Midtown Realty after meeting the proprietor during a volunteer project in my neighborhood, and I’ve been practicing real estate there ever since. My degrees are in English, and I’ve spent much of my career in writing-heavy marketing positions. Once my girls were in preschool, I made a major pivot and started my own portrait photography studio, which allowed me to spend a lot more time doing “mom things.” Now that the offspring are grown up and working on the other side of the country, I spend my free time pursuing various passions – hiking (rather a lot!), cooking and recipe development and – most recently Japanese Taiko drumming (BOOM!). I volunteer regularly in my Greenmeadow neighborhood, and love organizing the annual progressive dinner there. A logistical triumph! I look forward to lots of fun times and philanthropy with all of you.


CAROL LAMONT

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For decades I worked to develop and implement programs to advance solutions to poverty and housing needs in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Now retired, I continue to do so as a community advocate. I have a BA degree in Sociology from the University of the Pacific, a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San José State University, and received leadership training at Harvard. While I have developed many policies, launched many programs, and financed many developments and services over the years, my insight and determination are derived from more than a conceptual understanding of urban problems and solutions. They are inspired and informed by my personal experiences of poverty and homelessness as a young single mother on welfare. My life’s course was changed when I was selected for a full scholarship at UOP through the Community Involvement Program, which educates disadvantaged students. It changed again in 1975 when I secured a job with a fair housing nonprofit organization in Palo Alto and members of the board discovered that I was living in an abandoned building with my child and took steps to secure a home for us in Palo Alto. We moved away in 1980 and I returned ten years later when I purchased my home downtown.

 


VENUS LARA

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I moved to Palo Alto in 1993 to begin my adult life. I could not have chosen a better safe place to live and start my own Family. I was raised by parents who were teachers, therefore education is my passion. I have been married for almost 25 years and was blessed to be a mother. I have a loving daughter who loves to read (Lucianna-12 years old) and a son who enjoys playing soccer and dinosaurs (Imanol - 6 years old). In 2001, I founded a multicultural bilingual program inspired by the Reggio approach called “Venus’ Little Stars”. I have the opportunity to support many families to stay in the workforce while children flourish under VLS’ care. While not working, I like to read, enjoy the theater, travel, hiking, Bible study, working out and being with my family. Some of my favorite books are: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krauss, Frederick by Leo lionni and The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Looking forward to meet you all at the Club.

 


ELIZABETH MACMORRIS

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I was born in Rochester MN and grew up outside of Philadelphia in a small Quaker town in New Jersey, got my BA in Art History and my Masters Degree in Library Science in Philadelphia and have spent the last 47 years happily working in university and private law libraries.  I retired last November from my position as manager in a law firm library here in Palo Alto after 31 years (!). As for extracurricular activities, I was a violinist in the San Francisco Recreational Symphony and later in the Redwood Symphony, and am now a member of the bell choir at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. Along with music, I also love silent films.  I am thoroughly enjoying the exercising, traveling, reading and relaxing for which I finally now have time. I’m very much looking forward to participating in activities and committees at the Woman’s Club and meeting many new friends.

 


SUE MCCOLLUM

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Sue McCollum is the Founder and CEO of My Blue Dots, a non-profit organization that fuses art with science to promote healing, hope and health to those going through a cancer experience. A graduate of the University of Michigan she has written seven books and also writes two Newsletters on line each month. Through My Lens depicts life as seen through her lens, and the My Blue Dots Newsletter, current news about her non-profit organization My Blue Dots. (www.mybluedots.org) Sue lives in California with her husband, Bob. They have three grown sons, Mike, Dave, and Jeff and eight grandchildren.

 


THERESA MCDERMOTT

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I spent my childhood in NYC, and in 1991 I took a risk and came out West to the San Francisco Peninsula.  I quickly fell in love with the bay area and now could not imagine living anywhere else.  This fall I will be entering my 19th year as a teacher for PAUSD, and I feel exceptionally fortunate to work with young people.  It is an honor to be a part of my student's lives.  When not working, I spend as much time as possible outside, nature restores me. I love to garden, kayak, walk, and bike.


PARINDA MEKARA

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I was born and grew up in Thailand.  I started travelling when I was in high school and have lived in a few countries. After I got my MS in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University, I moved to California for a job. I have now been in the Bay Area for almost 20 years. I live in Mountain View with my young adult son who will soon get his own engineering degree and a dog that is a rescue mutt. I left my engineering job because I wanted to have my own business and needed flexibility to be able to travel to Thailand for my elderly mom. I found a franchise opportunity that is a high-end eyelash extension called The Lash Lounge.  One of the reasons I chose to go with this franchise was because I know a lot of young women who don’t have a college degree, but have good work ethics. They are stuck with minimum wage jobs.  With this business model, I could help these young women achieve their potential of having a higher income.  This makes me very excited.

 


RUTH OWEN

Born and raised in Norway, I moved to Palo Alto in 1979, after a few years on the East Coast. Before moving to the US, I lived in Cambridge, England for three years. In the 80s, I worked for Hewlett Packard for seven years and then moved on to De Anza College to work in their Adaptive Physical Education program during the late 80s/early 90s. For the next decade, I taught yoga classes at the Santa Clara Park and Recreation, the Cupertino Senior Center, through Mountain View Adult Education and at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto. I still teach several weekly classes at the California Yoga Center and have taught there for over 25 years. I was a Co-Owner/Co-Director of the center from 1997 to 2010. Since 2012, I have volunteered with the Mid-Peninsula United Nation Association, working in their gift shop in Palo Alto and being part of the management team there. My interests include yoga, hiking, walking, reading and bridge, in addition to traveling - visiting friends and relatives in Norway, Switzerland and the U.K. I very much look forward to participating in the WCPA.


ANA PEDRIERO

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Ana has lived in the United States since 1992 with her husband and two sons.
She serves as Secretary-Treasurer and head of business operations at O’Connor Tract Co-Operative Water Company. She is also the President of an early stage startup developing home automation devices. She taught Brazilian Portuguese at various Bay Area corporations such as Google and Intel. She enjoys hiking, traveling, volunteer work, and reading.

 

 


RACHNA RANGAN

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I am a resident of Palo Alto since 2009, and prior to that have lived in New York City, Boston, Singapore and India. I started my career as a researcher with a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology living and working in Boston and NYC. When I moved to California, I developed a passion for counseling work through volunteering at several non-profits in the bay area that eventually led to a second doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Over the last few years, I have practiced as a psychologist at El Camino Hospital, Stanford University, Palo Alto Veteran Affairs Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and various community clinics. As of last year, I am in private practice in Palo Alto. I also teach part time at the Wright Institute at Berkeley, CA, and serve as the Program Director for EPARG, a research initiative on the topic of mindfulness, emotional wellbeing, and altruism. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family (my husband, our 10-year old son and 1-year old Labradoodle), traveling, visiting museums, yoga, movies, and crochet. I value friendship, community and service and am looking forward to connecting with other members of The Women’s Club of Palo Alto.


KAREN ROHDE

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Karen D. Rohde is a retired Human Resources Executive.  Her last role was Chief Human Resources Officer for Marvell Technologies.  She has also held the top Human Resources role at Amyris, Inc. (bio-tech) and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.  Prior to those roles, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Talent Officer for Sun Microsystems.  Karen is passionate about unlocking the potential of people, teams and organizations, creating order out of chaos, and making connections.  She also believes in volunteering in her local community.  Karen has served on the Boards of Directors of The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and The Girls’ Middle School.  Karen and her husband, Bruce, reside in Palo Alto, where they have lived for over 20 years and raised their two daughters.  Karen’s hobbies include working out, hiking, reading, handicrafts, art and travel.


KRISTINA LERSTEN SAKAMOTO

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Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kristina has lived in Menlo Park since 1997. She and her husband, John, have four children, ages 13-19, and a much-loved dog named Latte. Kristina and her family lived near London, UK for three years. They traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East during this time and are still avid travelers. While in England, Kristina was active in an American women's club, similar to The Woman's Club of Palo Alto. This experience sparked her interest in joining you now that she has moved back to Menlo Park! Kristina has a B.A. in International Relations and studied Japanese and lived in Japan. Currently not working outside the home, she previously worked for Hitachi America, Meredith Corporation and Intuit. She loves volunteering for All Students Matter and does fundraising for the Ravenswood Education Foundation. She is also a member of the Menlo-Atherton (high school) Foundation Board.Her hobbies and passions include exercise, traveling, taking Stanford continuing-ed classes, meeting friends for coffee, and dining out! Fun fact is that her half-Japanese husband speaks no Japanese, yet she does. It makes for interesting experiences when they travel there!


NAOMI SHIBATA

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California has been home to my family for five generations. I was born in Palo Alto, raised in the Bay Area, and even took ballroom dancing lessons at the WCPA.
After graduating from Cal, I lived in the West Indies and England before returning home to pursue an eclectic, forty-year career in the agribusiness and technology industry sectors. My most recent venture is helping seniors write about lives well lived. Family and friends have always been my greatest blessings. I look forward to getting to know the extraordinary members of the Woman’s  Club of Palo Alto.

 

 


AMY YANG

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I grew up in Jiangxi, China and have lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years. My family and I moved to Palo Alto from Southern California in 2009.   I am now the full time mom of two teenage boys and a 10-year-old girl. I have always been an active volunteer in the local school and community. I am the co-founder of PACPC (Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club) and serve as CFO for WizChinese, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. I am a fellow of the Leadership Palo Alto Class of 2017 and currently serving as a volunteer ambassador for the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, vegetable gardening and hiking.

 

 


KARISHMA JUMANI

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I’m a practicing Orthodontist in the Bay Area with a holistic practice that includes not only making smiles, but is also popular for weight loss aligners and sleep apnea therapy. Apart from practicing Orthodontics, I also founded Ordemy, a vocational dental career institute.  My involvement in the community, especially with seniors without dental care, inspired me to create “The Ordemy Foundation”. This foundation partners with dental organizations to place implants at cost for needy seniors. Unbelievable but true, “Nobody is turned away without giving them a smile”.   Amid all this, my husband, a bay area software entrepreneur, complains that I have little or no time and makes sure that he schedules dinner parties with friends and date hikes to keep me grounded. Being a foodie, I will make time for a special meal!  My community work and desire to uplift people around me inspired me to be part of “The Woman’s Club of Palo Alto”, where I can share my journey and learn from other women from all walks of life.