Governance & Policies
Caminar is governed by a Board of Directors who oversees the Chief Executive Officer.
Board of Directors
President, Pantano Properties
Dennis, a Caminar Board member since 2009, is President of Pantano Properties in San Mateo, holds a CA State Brokers License, and is a Certified Residential Specialist and a member of the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. With 35 years of experience, he has been a Commissioner on the San Mateo County Assessment Appeal Board since 2004 and has served 9 years on the CA and San Mateo County Assoc. of Realtors Boards. Dennis, founder of “Books for Kids” program, helps fund books for local elementary schools. He received the “Golden Apple” award from the Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Resolutions Award and State of CA Senate Award for his contribution to local educational systems.
Board Co-Vice President
Founder and Chief Operating Officer, FCE Benefit Administrators, Inc.
Steve Porter is the founder of FCE Benefit Administrators, Inc. (FCE), a Bay Area fringe-benefit administrator that has guided top US defense contractors through the challenging prevailing-wage legislation. FCE is the leading administrator serving government contractors subject to the Davis Bacon and Service Contract Acts. Steve works with these contractors to ensure that their employee populations receive a maximum benefit-value within the mandated fringe budget. He helped stabilize federal projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Antarctica. Among the 250 corporations that comprise FCE’s business are several Javits-Wagner-O’Day companies that provide employment opportunities to disabled Americans and service-disabled veterans. A native of Alabama, Steve graduated from Troy University and moved to northern California where he gained recognition as an accomplished real-estate developer. He remains active in property development, such as his recent purchase and renovation of the historic Highland Dell Lodge, Monte Rio, California. Steve and his family reside in San Mateo.
Board Co-Vice President
Carol Whitfield has a proven and successful track record in the high technology industry, driving 2 IPO’s in the enterprise application software industry: Consilium (CSIM, acquired by Applied Materials) where she was a founder and Promis Systems (PRMS, acquired by Brooks Automation) where she was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Carol began her career at Intel Corporation where she held a number of senior positions in planning and material management. Her experience includes executive positions in sales, marketing, corporate planning and field operations. Carol served on the board of Red Pepper Software that was acquired by PeopleSoft. Serving on the board of the Family Services Agency, Carol helped raise millions for their capital campaign. She has also served on the board of the Palo Alto Hills Country Club. Carol holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford University.
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Fahey Properties, Inc.
Suzan is a lifelong coast-side resident and Realtor for over 30 years. In 2013 she was elected President of the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® Foundation (SAMCAR) and is a consistent SAMCAR award winner. Suzan has been on Caminar's board since September 2013 and currently serves as Board Secretary.
Richard D. Van Doren, Jr.
CFO, Marcato Capital
Rich joined the Caminar board in early 2011 and brings a wide range of expertise in investment management. Previously, Rich has been the CFO at Cannell Capital LLC. He has also been a Member and Trustee of the Hartland Trust Company, and the Accounting and Finance Manager at EXP Systems, Inc., a software technology company. Rich received his B.S. degree in Finance from the USF McLaren College of Business, Vice President Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He currently resides in Hillsborough with his wife and two children.
Lia is a retired nurse administrator and graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while raising six children. Her career centered on the field of geriatrics, including administration of day care, home care, residential and skilled nursing. As a Legal Nurse Consultant, she assessed care and services given to elders as related to established standards of care. She lives in Benicia, Solano County and was born and raised in Canada. Her strong personal interests in mental health and illness arises from familial relationships with four members living with schizophrenia.
Marie is an engaged community mental health advocate and a past President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) San Mateo County where she served seven years on the board. Marie has served in advisory roles for San Mateo County Community College District and San Francisco State University and is currently a NAMI CA Advisor. She also worked as an Administrator for San Jose Unified School District, Nutrition and Food Services Division. Marie received her MPA, concentration Public Affairs, from Notre Dame de Namur University and B.S. Nutritional Science from San Jose State University. She is a member the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley and the World Affairs Council Northern CA.
Founding Chairperson, Six Seconds
Karen joined the Board in 2011 and is a founder of the Nueva School in Hillsborough, where she published Self-Science, her visionary emotional intelligence curriculum. She is dedicated to Synpase, which she hopes will become a model for future schools. She is the Chairperson and Co-Founder of Six Seconds, a non-profit that offers training and materials on emotional intelligence. Karen has presented at several symposia and conferences and has served on a broad range of trustee and adviosry boards for social, emotional and mental health issues. In 1981, she was named educator of the year by the California Association of the Gifted. She attended Stanford University, and earned a Master's degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Karen resides in Portola Valley with her husband, George - co-founder and managing director of McCown De Leeuw & Company, Menlo Park and New York City.
Nurse Practitioner and Community Leader
Carole Middleton joined Caminar for Mental Health's board in November 2014. Involvement in community and charitable activities has been an important priority for Carole over the years. In addition to her work with Caminar, she is also on the Board of Trustees for Mills Peninsula Hospital Foundation, US Olympic, and Ruskin Group Theater in Santa Monica. She has been an active volunteer in programs for youth, health care, education, and African issues.
Born in New York and raised in Connecticut, Carole received her B.A. from St. Francis College in New York before moving west. She received her Nurse Practitioner license from San Jose State University and worked for 20 years in Family Planning. She resides in San Francisco and has three beautiful children: Jennifer, Alex and Tara.
Betsy joined the Caminar board in 2014. She has over 30 years experience in marketing and management
with a proven track record of developing disciplined approaches to marketing,
strategy and company stewardship. She began her business career overseas with
The Boston Consulting Group before joining Apple Computer, where she led marketing for the Apple’s K-12 Education business. Betsy
then joined Paramount Communications as VP Marketing of their educational
software division before becoming General Manager of Paramount Interactive, an
internal technology start-up. She left here to join early internet start-up,
OnLive Technologies, first as VP Marketing and subsequently as CEO. Since 2004,
she has worked as a management consultant providing strategic market-driven advisory services to help companies and non-profits
fuel their ideas with smart market decisions and successful business results.
Betsy has been an active, enthusiastic volunteer in the community and also
serves on the board of Peninsula Family Service. Betsy received her BA from
Brown University and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Enterprise Account Director (EAD) at SuccessFactors
Lori was recruited by Hewlet-Packard from college and held a variant of leadership positions within the company. Lori ran the Key Talent Programs for the top 1% of the VPs and Directors globally within HP, this strategy accelerated competitive leadership capabilities through cost-effective, innovative learning and performance solutions and experiences. Lori currently works for SuccessFactors and is the face of their EAD program. She holds an MBA from Indiana University, and a double degree B.S. /B.A. from the University of San Francisco in Biology and Sociology. She is an active community volunteer in numerous agencies such as Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation, Home Away from Homelessness, and the Cancer Society. In addition to serving on the Caminar Board since January 2010, she has also been listed in Who’s Who among American Woman for over 17 years, and was named the 2012/2013 National Association of Professional Women of the Year.
Sportscaster for the San Francisco 49ers, NBC and NBC Sports Network
Ted is the radio voice of the San Francisco 49ers, lead play by play voice for the Pac-12 Network and in his second decade as tennis and Olympics play-by-play announcer for NBC.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Quantum
Ted is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Quantum. His professional experience with a number of leading Silicon Valley technology companies is complemented by his commitment to community engagement with a focus on mental health and education. Ted has served as the Chair of the San Francisco Mental Health Board and as a Board Member of Community Vocational Enterprises in San Francisco. He holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He and his family reside in Menlo Park.
Michelle Leu Zaccone
Michelle grew up in Taiwan and came to the States to pursue a law degree from Santa Clara University. A former partner with leading Bay Area firm, Carr McClellan, Michelle followed her entrepreneurial heart to open a solo practice in July 2012 and specializes in real estate and construction law. In her extensive experience, she has advised and counseled clients on transactions, dispute resolution and litigation. Michelle is based in Burlingame, and is a licensed real estate broker with a LEED® AP Building Design & Construction designation.
Director, San Mateo County Health Department (retired)
Margaret Taylor is the retired Director of the San Mateo County Health Department. She founded both a local health plan and a children's health insurance program. She is a current member of the Board of Regents for Santa Clara University. She serves on the Boards of Sutter Mills-Peninsula Health Services/Palo Alto Medical Foundation and several non-profit organizations.
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