Kidpower Board of Directors

Kidpower Board of Directors

Kidpower Board members. Photo taken at Kidpower’s 20th Anniversary Conference in July 2009

Board Job Description


April Yee, Board President
– Investor Relations Specialist and Health Care Advocate

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

Arnie Kamrin
– Business Owner

Eileen DiFranco
– Director of Development Communications, Stanford Medicine

Harold A. Johnson, Ed.D.
– Emeritus Professor/Special Education, Kent State & Michigan State University (2006 – 2013)

Janice Flynn
– IT Senior Analyst

Jennifer Turner-Davis
– Professional Business Coach and Trainer

Linda H. Matsumi
– Senior Patent Paralegal, Life Technologies, and Dog Brothers Martial Arts

Nancy Driscoll
– Non-Profit Development Consultant

Robert Meltzer
– 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

Advisory Board

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

Honorary Trustees

Robert Stevens - Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery Owner

Karen Ho – Accountant

Gayle Ortiz – Gayle’s Bakery Owner

Neil Cliff – Community Volunteer


Job Description

General Responsibilities:

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.

Individual Commitments:

  1. Attend quarterly or bi-monthly meetings by conference call and, if possible, board retreat or conference when one is scheduled.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete a minimum of one 3-year term as Board Member. Terms are renewable.
  5. 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.
  6. Actively merge life experience skills with Kidpower to contribute a diversity of knowledge, experience, and talents for the benefit of the organization.
  7. Be a leader or a major participant on a minimum of one Board committee.
  8. 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”).
  9. Actively participate in fundraising efforts for Kidpower in ways that work well for you.
  10. Attend a Kidpower class/workshop if you have not done so already.
  11. Actively communicate by:
    • Being willing to speak up directly and promptly if there is a concern.
    • Being respectful and responsible about communication.

Also see:

Mission, Goals, and Values

Kidpower’s Ten Best Practices

Integrity in Communication

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