Kidpower Board of Directors
April Yee, Board President
– Senior Associate, Investor Relations at Pantheon Ventures
Claire Laughlin, Vice President
– Communication / Educational Consultant
Kim Leisey, Ph.D., Secretary
– Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Peter Lewis, Ph.D., Treasurer
– Head of School, The Winston School, Short Hills, NJ
Abby Bleistein, M.D.
– Pediatrician/Doctor of Internal Medicine
– Business Owner
– Marketing Consultant
Harold A. Johnson, Ed.D.
– Retired Professor/Special Education, Kent State & Michigan State University (2006 – 2013)
– IT Senior Analyst
– Professional Business Coach and Trainer
Linda H. Matsumi
– Senior Patent Paralegal, Life Technologies, and Dog Brothers Martial Arts
– Non-Profit Development Consultant
– MyGym – LA Owner
Sandra Menefee, LCSW
– Corporate Facilitator/Family Therapist
Founding Board President
Ellen Bass – Writer and Co-Author of The Courage to Heal and Free Your Mind
Manny Solano - Police Chief
Peter Alsop – Pyschologist and Educator
Kim Klein – Grassroots Fundraising Founder
Deborah A. Malkin – California Attorney
Victor Cheng – Business and CEO Coach
Robert Stevens - Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery Owner
Karen Ho – Accountant
Gayle Ortiz – Gayle’s Bakery Owner
Neil Cliff – Community Volunteer
The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governing of the organization, including reviewing and establishing policies; supervision, evaluation, and, when needed, selection of the Executive Director; overseeing the financial health of the organization; etc.
Kidpower Board members are individuals with high credibility who are willing to meet the commitments below and who have important skills and resources they are willing to use on behalf of our organization. People who receive personal income from their work with Kidpower may serve on committees, but are not eligible to become Board members.
- Attend quarterly or bi-monthly meetings by conference call and, if possible, board retreat or conference when one is scheduled.
- Commitment is to do what you can in ways that are realistic in your life, with the understanding that different life situations can require flexibility in order to make participation possible.
- Be supportive of, and knowledgeable about, and commit to functioning within the Kidpower Vision, Mission, Goals, and Values and Ten Best Practices of Team Members.
- Complete a minimum of one 3-year term as Board Member. Terms are renewable.
- Be willing and excited to be an active advocate for Kidpower to one’s personal communities/spheres of influence. Personal Communities might be geographic, service, professional, etc. Board Members’ role is to keep affirming Kidpower as an important contribution to society.
- Actively merge life experience skills with Kidpower to contribute a diversity of knowledge, experience, and talents for the benefit of the organization.
- Be a leader or a major participant on a minimum of one Board committee.
- Make an annual financial contribution of a personally meaningful amount. There is not a set amount, but this should be a significant philanthropic commitment for you personally (“You should feel it and it should feel good”).
- Actively participate in fundraising efforts for Kidpower in ways that work well for you.
- Attend a Kidpower class/workshop if you have not done so already.
- Actively communicate by:
- Being willing to speak up directly and promptly if there is a concern.
- Being respectful and responsible about communication.