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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Kevin Roy
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Board Chair, Managing Partner at Healthcare Finance Partners

Kevin Roy was first involved in CASC in 1997 as a first-year attendee at a local conference. After seeing the value and being inspired, Kevin decided to get involved with the organization and took up leadership positions first as Region 12 president then as State President for the 1999-2000 year. Kevin continued his education and attended University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy in 2004. After working for several Fortune 500 companies, Kevin decided to open his own healthcare investment banking firm in 2010. He resides in San Diego and has been an active board member since 2013.

Shawn Tennenbaum
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Vice-Chair of the Board, San Benito School District Superintendent

Dr. Tennenbaum serves as the Superintendent of the San Benito Union High School District. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and both an MA and Doctorate degree from San Jose State University. He has received numerous awards from Region 10 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and currently serves on the ACSA Board of Directors. He is also active on the San Benito Business Council.

Becky Ozoa
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Secretary-Treasurer, Principal at Ozoa Consulting LLC. Professor at Ohlone College

Becky Ozoa has over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources leader for companies such as Nestlé Waters North America, Quakers Oats and CoreLogic. ln addition to her consulting practice, Becky is a full-time faculty member at Ohlone College teaching courses in Business Administration. She is also the Faculty Professional Development Coordinator for the college.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a concentration in Human Resources and Organization Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

Kelly Wachowicz
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Chair of Finance Committee, Chief Financial Officer for Planetary Hydrogen

True believer in the power of people and ideas to change the world. Currently serving as CFO of XPrize winner Planetary Technologies, developing a low-cost solution for carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere using ocean chemistry for permanent, safe, and durable storage. Favorite ocean phenomenon include cuttlefish, siphonophores, and the languages of fishes. Co-founder of Catch Together, an impact investment platform financing fishing quotas and permits in North America in exchange for conservation. Lead the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative (www.investinvibrantoceans.org) to develop six sustainable fisheries investment opportunities in Chile, Brazil, and the Philippines. Advised foundations and NGOs on sustainable fisheries investment opportunities in twelve countries.  Served as member of the Global Think Tank for the World Bank’s Ocean Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation, and as judge for the Economist World Ocean Summit Ocean Innovation Challenges. Prior roles at Encourage Capital (Partner), AllianceBernstein’s US Real Estate Fund (MD and COO), iStar Financial/Timberstar (acquiring and managing forestland), NYC EDC, and Goldman Sachs. Received a BA in History with Honors from the University of California in Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Maria Pappas
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Board Member, Chief Philanthropy Officer, The Tech Interactive

Maria has a 30 year history in nonprofit where she began her career at the American Heart Association learning the basics of fundraising, board development and community engagement. She was Development Director, Executive Director and Senior Business Development Director while at the AHA. Maria joined The Tech in 2012 as Vice President of Development and has recently been promoted to Chief Philanthropy Officer. Maria leads the development team and has been responsible for The Tech raising over $150M from 30,000 donors during her tenure. Maria's CASC involvement started when she was 16 years old and attended a summer conference at Stanford. She then went on to become a counselor and gamma. Maria was part of the international team that developed Agenda 21, proposals which were presented to Secretary-General Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow and President Ronald Reagan in Washington DC in 1988. Maria earned her BA degrees in Sociology and Psychology with a business emphasis from UCLA and recently completed her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University.

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Eric Schwartz

Board Member, Director of Marketing for Clorox

Eric leads successful consumer product portfolios. At Tyson, Hillshire, Henkel & Clorox, Eric has owned P&Ls of up to $3 billion and led teams including R&D, Food Service, Analytics, Insights, Project Management, Marketing and Innovation, with indirect leadership of Manufacturing, Logistics, Financial Planning and Accounting.   He has led diverse Food and Household product portfolios including breakfast sandwiches, poultry, breakfast meats, corn dogs, waffles, frozen desserts, water filters, trash bags, detergents, fabric softeners, air fresheners, hard surface cleaners and insecticides.  
Eric’s multi-chapter career began in CASC programs at age 15.  He was a CASC summer programs delegate before any involvement in student leadership, and went on to serve as a student member of hi school board, as student body president, and as a staff member for CASC programs.  His involvement with the CASC organization intensified, and – like for many CASC alumni – became a personal and professional formative experience that continues to pay dividends in workplace setting decades later, including instilling an unbreakable habit to work with others to drive change. 

Rupesh Shah
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Board Member, Granular

Rupesh currently leads Product, Analytics, and Customer Support for Granular, the software arm of Corteva Agriscience, a leading agricultural company. Rupesh has 20+ years of product experience, striving to solve significant customer problems by developing deep customer empathy and working closely with design, engineering, and data science to design and build innovative software and data products for end users. Previously, Rupesh held leadership roles in product development at Khan Academy, Infusionsoft, LAUNCH, Simpa Energy, and Intuit; he has also led sustainability and solar initiatives at Simpa Energy and Intuit. In addition, Rupesh is on several boards, including De La Gente, a coffee cooperative and wholesaler based in Guatemala, Nexleaf, a global health company working to ensure the high potency of vaccines, and is an advisor to several high-potential social enterprises through Rippleworks. Rupesh holds a BA in Sociology from UC San Diego and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Derek Yung
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Board Member, CFO of TransForce

Derek Yung was  elected to the CASC Board of Directors in December 2022 and will serve on the Marketing Committee. He was recently named Chief Financial Officer of TransForce. Previously, he was CFO at wine.com. Derek holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Derek served CASC as a trainer and trainer of trainers for our leadership conferences and was involved with our work with the Association of Young Leaders based in Moscow, Russia.

 

Derek Yung is the Chief Financial Officer for TransForce, a leader in commercial driver solutions and operates a nationwide network for drivers to match truck drivers through an online marketplace. Derek has a history of impactful CFO roles at technology-driven companies, including Wine.com, eHealth, Hotwire (part of Expedia Group) and Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora Media). Derek began his career as a management consultant at Accenture and Alvarez and Marsal, where he specialized in partnering with Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement technology enabled business strategies.  Derek has an MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

For almost a decade, Derek served CASC as a trainer, trainer of trainers, and assistant director for leadership conferences.  Derek was also involved with CASC partnerships with the Association of Young Leaders, a Russian-based youth leadership organization, and with Earth Train, a worldwide campagn by youth to youth to ensure a liverable planet.

Ellie Lian
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State President

Ellie Lian is a current senior attend Portola High School in Orange County, California, and the current State President of CASC where she leads the organization in student empowerment and creating youth-centered, positive change on the legislative level. With a passion for racial equity, civic engagement, and equitable educational opportunities, Ellie now harnesses her skills and efforts in a variety of initiatives within the advocacy sphere. Her goal is to champion diversity, inclusion, accessibility as a top priority when developing the structures and institutions affecting youth and marginalized communities. 

Esther Kim
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GAP Director

Esther Kim is a current junior attending Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California. Ever since she first attended the California Association of Student Council’s summer conference in 2020, her passion for youth empowerment has led her to do diverse work for youth civic engagement and education. As a part of youth advocacy organizations, the student board member of her school district, top 6 state student board member candidate, and founder of the organization Unity as well as Project Dear Students, Esther strives to empower all students to become active stakeholders and collaborators in their education.

Simi Shetty
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YASC Director

Simi Shetty is a senior at California High School! Alongside serving her 3rd year in CASC, she is currently the YASC Director and is serving on the board of directors this year. In her free time, she enjoys writing and watching films. Though she unsure of what she wants to specifically do in the future, she hopes to find a path where she can best help people around the world!

Madyson Chung Lee
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Communications Director

Madyson Chung Lee was elected by the 2022-2023 State Council of the California Association of Student Councils to serve a one year term on the Board of Directors. Madyson is currently a Senior at Portola High School. Her passions lie in student advocacy, education policy, and youth engagement with our civic system. She currently serves as the communications director of the California Association of Student Councils. 

Kristie To
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Development Director

Kristie To is a junior at Northwood High School in Irvine, California. She is the current Development Director on the Executive Branch of CASC’s State Council and is grateful to be serving on the Board of Directors this year! In her free time, she enjoys working on her nonprofit organization, Hearts Against Hate, playing piano and percussion, and pursuing her passions of youth empowerment, advocacy, and advancing equality!

Executive Director

June Thompson, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors

Liebe Geft, Director
Museum of Tolerance

Ted Lempert, Executive Director
Children Now

L. Karen Monroe, Superintendent

Alameda County Office of Education

David Nakashima, Consultant

Jack Russi, National Managing Partner
Deloitte & Touche

Robert Sternfels, Director
McKinsey & Company

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