Tim Allen


Tim earned his BA in English Literature, his California Lifetime Teaching Credential and his Masters Degree in Educational Administration all from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He began teaching English and Reading and coaching baseball and football at Arcata High School in 1970 before becoming a high school administrator. As a high school administrator, Tim created one of the first Student Assistance Programs in the United States, which became the model for over 200 high school substance abuse prevention, education and training programs throughout the United States. Tim also provided technical assistance and consulting to the California Department of Education Right to Read program and served as a technical assistant to the U. S. Department of Education.

Tim left Education in 1982 to work as the CEO and Administrator for substance abuse and psychiatric treatment programs, in Florida and southern California before taking on the role of Senior VP for Contracting and Behavioral Health for Adventist Health Care of Southern California. He has also served as a Distinguished Faculty Member of the Suzanne Somers Institute, an adjunct professor of Education at CSU, Humboldt and CSU, Fullerton and spent 13 years as the Director of Employee Support Services for the Anaheim Angels Professional Baseball Team.

Tim is the author of several articles, monographs and chapters on issues related to substance abuse and the family and is the co-author of the book Powerful Parents...Competent Kids, a book about effective parenting.



Kathy Williams


Kathy Williams currently serves on the Human Rights Commission and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission for Marin County and works on educational equity issues as Vice Chair of Bridge The Gap College Prep. In addition, she chairs the board governance committee of Aspen Public Radio. She has over 20 years of management experience with organizational, regulatory and governance issues including working as COO of Vivo Girls Sports, Inc., and Director for International and Regulatory Affairs for Flying Tigers and Federal Express in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She served on the board of and later Director of Admissions at Marin Horizon School, a non-profit toddler through 8th grade independent school located in Mill Valley, CA.

Kathy has considerable cross cultural experience from extended stays in Kenya, Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. She’s blessed with two sons and a daughter.Kathy received her B.A. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from University of Southern California in international business.


Doug Carlston


Doug Carlston was the co-founder, in 1980, of Broderbund Software, one of the world’s leading publishers of productivity and educational software, and served as CEO (1991-96) and Chairman of the Board (1981-98).  Doug serves on several boards, including Internews, the Albanian American Development Foundation, Aspen Public Radio (Chairman), and the Long Now Foundation.  Doug previously served on the board of directors of the American Bank of Albania (2000-2008), Belo Corp. (2007-8), Public Radio International (1997- 2009, Chairman 2004-09), Ploughshares Fund (2008-2017), Dominican University (2011-2017) and the Santa Fe Institute (1996-2005). He is also past Chairman and President of the Software Publishers Association.

Doug Carlston received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1970 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. He is the author of five published books, from Beginning Swahili (Butu, 1970) to Software People (Simon & Schuster, 1985). He has developed and published many software products and written articles, including Storing Knowledge, in Time & Bits: Managing Digital Continuity (Getty Conservation Institute, 1998).


Arun Ramanathan, Ed.D


Dr. Ramanathan started school as an English learner, began his career in special education, received his M.Ed. from Boston College and earned a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from Harvard University�s Graduate School of Education. He has served as a teacher, research director and senior district administrator in school districts throughout California. In these positions, he honed his leadership skills, successfully redesigned systems to improve equitable outcomes for students, and led the implementation of important initiatives. Most recently, Dr. Ramanathan served as the Executive Director for Education Trust West, a leading education research and policy advocacy organization in California. At Education Trust West, he proved to be a successful fundraiser and state policy advocate on issues like the Common Core State Standards and Local Control Funding Formula, while continuing to work in partnership with a broad range of school districts on initiatives to improve outcomes for their highest need students. Dr. Ramanathan recently took over as CEO or Pivot Learning Partners, a 19-year old nonprofit known for its focus on supporting public school districts to design and implement large scale change efforts to improve outcomes for children.


Don Carlston PhD


Don Carlston received his BA from Harvard University in 1971 and his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1977. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Purdue University and Past-President of the Midwestern Psychological Association.  Don served as editor of a leading academic journal for 14 years, was a grant evaluator for the National Institutes of Health for 15 years, and has organized a prestigious, invitation-only conference in his field for around 30 years. He has co-authored or edited four books and over 50 scientific articles and chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science and recipient of the lifetime achievement award in the field of social cognition.  


Gary Carlston


Gary Carlston grew up in Iowa and received a BA from Harvard in 1975 in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Gary worked for the South Stockholm YMCA as a basketball coach for several years and coached the Swedish Women's Basketball Championship team prior to returning to the United States. In 1980, Gary and his brother Doug, co-founded Broderbund Software in Novato, California, where he served as both President and CEO of the company, until leaving in 1989. As the Head of Product Development, Gary originated one of the most noted Broderbund products, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.

Gary married his wife, Nancy, in 1985 and in 1990 the two of them headed off on the first of many trips to explore New Zealand. Gary and Nancy settled in Boulder, Colorado in 1991, where Gary served on many Boards of Directors and spearheaded the the building of a new YMCA in Boulder, Colorado. In 2007, Gary, Nancy and their four children they returned to New Zealand where they purchased raw land, planted a vineyard and founded Tarras Vineyard, In 2008, the family returned to the Bay Area where Gary and Nancy continue to work full time, running the Tarras Vineyard business and raising their children.


Jan M. Rizzuti PhD


Jan M. Rizzuti has a Ph. D. from Cornell University in Mathematics Education, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from Thiel College (PA) where she majored in mathematics. Her graduate research focused on high school students’ use of technology in their understanding of functions in pre-calculus mathematics. 

Jan has had a long career as a professor of mathematics and mathematics education, teaching at Bard College, Antioch University Seattle, and Central Washington University, and she has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers at all levels of K-12 schools. After moving to CA in 2011 she served as a professional development consultant for Scholastic Corporation’s “Math Solutions” team, working with high school mathematics teachers around the country. 

She currently is an adjunct professor at Dominican University of CA in San Rafael, teaching Quantitative Reasoning courses to Humanities and Business majors. 

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Jude Cooks

Secretary/Treasurer of the Board

Jude C. Cooks is the Vice President for Credit Solutions for Synchrony. He received his MBA, with a focus on International Strategy and Management, from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He received his B.A. from Indiana University as well, where he majored in Computer Science and Philosophy. Jude previously held a variety of roles in Operations and Operational Risk Management for Citigroup and Synchrony in both Cincinnati and Atlanta. He is a father of three young children and in the process of becoming a foster parent. Jude is also an active volunteer: in addition to his work with CCF, he volunteers with his kids' school and with his church. He presently lives in North-Metro Atlanta, Georgia with his family and pets, and spends his free time chasing his kids, enjoying the outdoors, and reading.



Ann Mathieson


Ann Mathieson is the Founding Director at Marin Promise Partnership and a member of the Leadership Council of New Schools Venture fund. Ann also serves as a Bay Area Board Member for Peer Health Exchange and is a Trustee for Marin Academy. She has been the past Board Chair of the Marin Community Foundation and spent nine years as the Director of Marketing, New Product Development at the Collagen Corporation. Ann earned her MBA in Marketing and Health care from Stanford Univerity Graduate School of Business