Board of Directors
Fiscal Year 2021-2022
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
Board Chair/President: Candice P. Schwab
Candice has been involved with Peninsula Volunteers since 2004 and has stepped into leadership roles such as Vice president, chair of the Rosener House program as well and co-chairing major fundraisers for the organization. Her unique professional experiences range from Pan American World Airways to Co-owning a clothing boutique to becoming a stylist for the Worth Collection. Candice’s professional background positively impacts her ability to contribute to the organization as well as provides a unique perspective on program and organizational needs.
President-Elect/Vice President: Georgie Gleim
Georgie Gleim, a Palo Alto native, and current resident, has been a member of Peninsula Volunteers for over ten years. She is President of Gleim the Jeweler; President, Palo Alto Historical Association; Senior Advisor, American Gem Society; Past President, Palo Alto University Rotary Club; Past President, American Gem Society; Past Board Chair, Jewelers of America; Past President, Jewelers Education Foundation; Winner, Robert M. Shipley Award, 1999 and Winner, Athena Award, 2007
Secretary: Susan Sweeney
Susan Sweeney is an international meetings and communication consultant and a national leader of the local education foundation movement. For many years Susan was Executive Director of the California Consortium of Education Foundations (CCEF). Susan has served on community boards focusing on youth and families, including the Palo Alto Community Fund, Filoli, Gamble Garden, YMCA Mid-Peninsula, Vista Center, Palo Alto Foundation for Education, and the Las Lomitas Foundation for Educational Excellence. She has been President of the Junior League of Palo Alto, President of the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, President of the Stanford Historical Society, Chair of the Palo Alto Centennial Board, President of the Las Lomitas School District Board of Trustees, and President of Peninsula Volunteers. A native of Los Angeles, she received her B.A. at Scripps College in Claremont and her M.A. in education at Stanford University. Her decision to join PVI in 2008 was the direct result of her family’s participation at Rosener House.
Treasurer: Patricia Wilkinson-DeBrincat
Pat Wilkinson-DeBrincat has been a member of Peninsula Volunteers since 2007. She has served on the Board of Directors for 8 years during that time; she is currently Treasurer and chairs the Finance and Investment Committees. Ms. Wilkinson has worked for 40 years in non-profit managerial positions in the Bay Area and Washington, D.C., serving as Associate Development Officer at the Smithsonian Institution, Deputy Director for Administration at the Oakland Museum, and Director of Administrative Services at Santa Clara University. Her retirement has enabled her to volunteer at a number of local non-profits including Peninsula Volunteers.
Ms. Wilkinson-DeBrincat has a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Mical Atz Brenzel, Previous Board Chair/President:
Mical Brenzel has been a member of the PVI Board since 2013, serving as Treasurer from 2013 to 2018, as Vice President in 2018-19, and as President in 2019-2020. She worked for 30 years in corporate treasury and finance in both the Bay Area and New York, retiring in 2006 as Assistant Treasurer at Agilent Technologies, Inc. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Technology Credit Union in San Jose, a position she has held since 2006. She has been a member of the credit union’s board since 1989. Mical has had nonprofit volunteer leadership roles with Saint Francis High School, the San Francisco Symphony, and Ragazzi
Sandy Ferer, Fund Development Chair
Sandra Ferer worked 30+ years in the mining industry with the world’s largest mining company, Rio Tinto, starting in public relations and then moving up to global procurement as the Global Director of Strategic Accounts for Explosives. Subsequent to Rio Tinto, Dyno Nobel, the world’s largest explosive company, offered the position of Vice President of Global Strategic Accounts reporting to two Presidents, one of Asia Pacific and one of North and South America, as well as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Incitec Pivot, Dyno Nobel’s parent company. In both organizations negotiated billion-dollar, multi-year explosive contracts. Participated in various community non-profit organizations: Board of Directors, Campbell County Commissioners; President-Elect, Rotary International, Campbell County; President, Powder River Symphony Board of Directors; Board of Directors, Salt Lake City Ronald McDonald House. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westminster College, a private college, in Salt Lake City.
A member of Peninsula Volunteers for 47 years, presently on the Board Of Directors and Co-chair of the Fund Development Committee. Sandy’s history with Peninsula Volunteers includes styling and chairing all of the Peninsula Volunteer Fund Raising Fashion Shows. Co Chaired two Major Fund Raisers such as Sky’s the Limit opening the Design Center S.F. Star Light Star Bright celebrating the 60th and the Anniversary of Peninsula Volunteers in San Francisco. Membership Chair Co-Chair Little House and Rosner House Governance Committee. Presently on the Board of Directors at Dignity Health, Sequoia Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Sequoia Hospital Community Outreach, and Past Chair of Wings -Working in Giving Sequoia, Development for Disney Family Museum San Francisco. Sandy trained and worked in the Press Public Relations field in San Francisco for 5 years. As well as experience working with marketing publicity for 20 years as a liaison to press and publications.
Jeanne Fischer (joined PVI in 1992) PVI Past President (2001-2002),
Properties Chair (three years), Finance Chair (three years), Audit Chair, Rosener House Chair (two years), Rosener House Building Committee Chair and Capital Campaign committee member; extensive public school advocacy and volunteer work, including Menlo-Atherton High School PTA President (two years), UMA President, and member of the LongRange Planning Committee of the Sequoia High School District.
Philanthropist, artist, and homemaker; major donor to PVI; all three children have been dedicated volunteers at Rosener House and Little House; family foundation president raising need-based scholarship funds for high school and college students; successful fundraiser for other educational causes, including UPMA, which provides educational resources to underprivileged children.
Honor Huntington, Little House Chair
Honor Huntington has been a PVI member since 2016 and currently chairs the Little House Committee. She is strongly committed to the mission of PVI, supporting a number of Little House activities and also delivering meals for Meals on Wheels. She has an extensive financial background, serving as CFO for a number of both public and private Silicon Valley software companies, including Network General Inc., NetManage Inc., Clairvoyant Software, Inc. and RedSeal Systems, Inc. She has served the Menlo Park Budget Advisory Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and chaired the Advisory Districting Committee and served on the board of Until There’s a Cure. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Texas and is a CPA.
Anna Marie Janky, Meals on Wheels and Membership Chair
Anna Marie Janky has been a member of Peninsula Volunteers for just over 10 years! She has served as Board Chair/President twice as well as chairing various committees throughout her time. Janky describes herself as, “totally committed to the PVI mission”. She has assisted with various program needs such as being the Meals on Wheels Committee and co-chair for major fundraisers like Authors Salon. Janky’s professional experience as Activity Director of the Los Altos Senior Center for over 6 six years contributes to her passion for caring for seniors. She feels that advocating for seniors is extremely important because “People should be given an opportunity to find ways to enjoy themselves and to contribute during this stage of life, and then to be adequately taken care of by those of us who can”.
CFO and Vice President of Harvard Investment Company; former President of the Board of the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired and President of the organization’s Vintage Affaire fundraiser; extensive volunteer work for the Junior League of San Francisco and Palo Alto and the Menlo Charity Horse Show; long-term experience in the airline and travel industries, including founding her own regional airline and running regional sales for Crystal Cruises and American Hawaii Cruises.
Deborah Gordon, Member at Large
Deborah C. Gordon is an independent consultant providing consulting services to several small technology companies. Gordon is an Advisor to Rhombus Power, Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., Peninsula Volunteers Properties, the Arms Control Association, Probability Management, Inc., the Institute for Security and Technology, Council on Strategic Risks, m-Lab.us, and the Fort Ross Conservancy. She is an Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University from which she retired in August 2019 after 22 years as the Executive Director of the Preventive Defense Project. She is the former Mayor of Woodside, CA and served 17 years on the Town Council. She has also served as Director, City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County and as Chair for many San Mateo County and California State Advisory bodies. Gordon has over 30 years of experience in algorithm design, signal processing, network design, and network security and holds U.S. and Canadian patents for her work in medical instrumentation. Gordon holds a BS in computer science from the University of Southern California.
Venkat Avasarala, Community Member
Venkat is the Founder and CEO of Acuvity Consulting, a management consulting firm providing services in Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, and Technology Strategy. Before starting his own firm, he served as the Head of Technology at Financial Accounting Foundation in Connecticut and worked as a Manager for Deloitte Consulting in Chicago. He has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters in Computer Sciences from Villanova University. Venkat joins the board of PVI with a strong passion and belief that the world would be a better place where our senior citizens are revered, respected, and cared for through the high quality and nurturing programs and the social programs offered by the organization. Venkat currently lives in Sunnyvale, California and enjoys playing tennis, solving puzzles, and reading non-fiction.
Lisa Deal, Community Member
Lisa Deal joined the PVI Board of Directors in 2020 because she is passionate about the health and well-being of seniors in our community. Lisa has a long career in nursing, public health and leadership that culminated in her role as CEO of Mission Hospice, where she worked in nursing and management for over nine years. Lisa is currently taking a sabbatical from the workforce, enjoying community volunteer work, including Board positions with both PVI and the Global Aides Interfaith Alliance (GAIA), and supporting her aging parents. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master of Public Health from The University of Washington, and a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University.
Louise Patch (joined in 2016)
PVI Rosener House Committee member and past Investment Committee member; extensive educational volunteer work with Woodside Elementary School and Woodside High School Foundations and Whitman College in Washington State; professional experience in helping seniors with housing transitions.
Peter Olson, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Peter Olson previously served as the Director of Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, since 2010. He has over 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, specifically older adults, individuals with special needs, and children. Peter’s professional experience includes the Director, Public Affairs and Communications for Easter Seals Bay Area and the Health and Wellness Director at the Easter Seals Timpany Center in San Jose. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from San Jose State.