Hand in Hand Parenting Board of Directors
Board of Directors - 2013
Ellyn Bader, since 2008
Palo Alto, CA
Parent, psychologist, speaker, trainer, co-founder and co-director of The
Couples Institute, and author of several books about couples and couples
therapy. Member of the Program and Marketing Committees.
Jeff Crowe, Chairperson since inception
Parent, partner with Norwest Venture Partners which helps build and grow
successful businesses, full range of financial experience with start-up
businesses, helped start Hand in Hand at the beginning. Member of the
Executive Committee and Board Chair.
John Heltzel, since 2009
Los Altos, CA
Parent, Managing Partner, Los Altos Advisors. Los Altos Advisors is a strategic
advisory firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area providing strategy and
business development consulting services for early stage and multi-national
technology companies focused on the internet, consumer and software as a
service areas. Chair of the Finance Committee.
Mary Lou Johnson, since 2001
San Bruno, CA
Parent, Owner/Director of Happy Halls Schools, programs for children 18 month
to 12 yrs. old, Board President of PACE (Professional Association for Childhood
Education), Hand in Hand Instructor in English and Spanish, provides outreach
to early childhood education professionals. Member of the Program and Finance
Teresa Kelleher, since 2007
Palo Alto, CA
Parent, executive background in marketing and strategy, Hand in Hand Instructor
in English and Spanish. Chair of the Fundraising Committee ane member of the
Ron Meiners, since 2012
Parent, Social Media and Online Community Consultant, 15 years industry
experience in utilizing social media to create, grow, and sustain community.
Member of the Marketing Committee.
Kathy Neuman, Secretary, since 2003
Menlo Park, CA
Parent, Vice President and e-Business Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Board
Secretary and Member of the Finance Committee.
Penny Righthand CLU,ChFC, since 2012
Parent; involved grandparent; Financial and Insurance Advisor, Legacy Planner,
Philanthropy Counselor with Eagle Strategies, LLC, a financial planning and
services firm; journalist and sometime radio show host.
Sara Wood Smith RN, since 1999
Santa Cruz, CA
Parent, previous Family Resource Center Director, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Hand
in Hand Instructor in English and Spanish. Chair of Program Committee and
member of the Executive Committee.
Sushmita (Sush) Das Vij, since 2012
Palo Alto, CA
Parent, Executive background developing growth strategies for online products
and leading teams to execute releases and create exponential user and
advertising revenue growth, had lead responsibility at Microsoft for
product management and planning www.msn.com and MSN video properties,
including www.video.msn.com. Chair of Marketing Committee.
Patty Wipfler, Founder, Voting member since 2011
Parent, founder of Hand in Hand Parenting, creator of Parenting by Connection.
Serving parents and families for decades through education, training, support,
and consulting. Member of the Program, Marketing, Fundraising, and Executive