Board of Directors

“PEN enables parents and teachers to better understand the others' perspectives and work—together—in the best interests of the child. PEN offers an unparalleled collection of meetings, lectures and seminars that are receiving national attention.”
— Rick Lavoie

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Our board has a deep and personal commitment to families struggling with learning and attention differences.  Through their expertise, knowledge and passion, they are actively involved in advancing PEN’s programs, strategic national partnerships and relationship with local communities.

Jenna Ellis, Chair

Jenna Ellis received a baccalaureate degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Taxation.  She worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young, LLP serving clients in the financial services industry.  She retired in 2003 to spend more time with her growing family.

Jenna dedicates 100% of her philanthropic efforts, both time and contributions, towards educational purposes.  She has previously served on the advisory board of Children’s Center Preschool and Palo Alto Preparatory School.  She was instrumental in the founding of PEN Silicon Valley in 2012.

As the mother of six children, Jenna considers herself extremely blessed.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and children and reading (whenever all six children are asleep at the same time). Jenna is steadfastly dedicated to eliminating the stigma that surrounds learning and attention differences and is excited to help transform the Bay Area (and beyond) into a place where learning diversity is both appreciated and celebrated.

Laura Cashion, Treasurer

Laura Cashion, TreasurerLaura Cashion resides in San Francisco with her husband, Mike Hunter, and her three children. Her eldest son, who is preparing to leave for college in the fall, has language-based learning disabilities and has been a long-time active member in Student Advisors for Education (SAFE), PEN’s student organization.

Laura is a retired financial analyst who spent the past fifteen years providing valuation, transaction and financial advisory services to privately held companies. Previously, she spent over a decade in a variety of accounting and financial consulting roles, primarily in the high-tech industry. Laura began her professional career by serving customers in a variety of industries during her five years at Ernst & Young LLP, an international accounting and consulting firm.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, East Bay. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

Daphne Alden

Photo of Daphne AldenDaphne Alden was born and raised in the Bay Area and now resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and pursued a career in Event Production, Marketing and PR. She loves the excitement of start-up companies and spent the majority of her professional career in management positions at The Red Herring magazine, and software companies Connectify and Kana. Daphne is passionate about PEN’s mission to support families, educators and schools in collaborating to ensure academic and life success for all students. She has previously served on the board of directors of 150 Parker Avenue School.

Lainee Engel

Lainee EngelLainee was born and raised in the Bay Area.  She lives on the peninsula with her husband and two sons.  She was in the hospitality industry and retail/wholesale clothing business before making the switch to full time mother when her first son was born.

She has a BA in Communications from Sacramento State University.

She was introduced to PEN in 2008 while her son Ben, who is dyslexic, started at Charles Armstrong School.  She and her son Ben were instrumental in starting SAFE (Student Advisors For Education) in Silicon Valley.    

Inger Dewey Golob

Inger Dewey Golob has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past fifteen years.  As the mother of three children, Inger has directly benefited from PEN’s efforts to assist the families of all types of learners to reach their full potential. 

Inger is a co-owner of Star Innovations II, a private company which prints and ships quick-turn digital photos and logos on signature sports balls and ornaments.  Before that she was an angel investor focused on consumer companies.  Originally from the East Coast, she received her BA from Harvard and her MBA in Finance from Columbia. Prior to investing in private companies, Inger worked in asset management for JP Morgan Chase and Wells Capital Management.

Inger also serves on the board of Friends of Women’s World Banking.  Her efforts focus on spreading the message of financial inclusion for women in the developing world. She has also played an active leadership role on the advancement and development teams of a number of Bay Area independent schools.

Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer resides in Burlingame with her husband, Chuck Fontana, and three children two of whom attend Burlingame public schools, one of whom attends an independent school and all of whom she embraces and advocates for their individual learning styles.

She is principal of 454Marketing, and has over 20 years experience in market strategy, product marketing, sales enablement, and marketing communications -- in both venture-backed start-ups and public companies. Her passion is in leading strategic projects for innovators who need the leadership and extra muscle to tie strategy to solid execution-- whether that involves implementing new marketing processes, defining new market segments, launching a new product, transitioning from a service to a product company, or entering new markets. 454 Marketing has helped marketing and sales teams from 4 to 4,000 people to deliver solid results. Key clients include companies such as: Agile Software (now Oracle), the Apollo Group (University of Phoenix), DotCloud, EMC, Instill (now ItradeNetwork), Global Healthcare Exchange, Keas, Neoforma, Solidcore (now McAfee), Voltage Security and YouSendIt.

Passionate about education reform and personalized learning, Jennifer is a member of the Full Circle Fund, Education Circle where she applies her time to helping emerging social entrepreneurs accelerate new ideas and programs to transform K12 education. She is also a parent liaison on the Burlingame Community Education foundation.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a concentration in Asian economics and politics from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Katrina Maestri

Katrina Maestri spent 15 years in an international corporate career with General Motors and has a wide range of Marketing, Strategy and New Business Development experience.  While at GM, her specialty was working with start-up operations - including entering new geographic markets as well as launching new technology ventures.  She was the marketing lead on the team that broadened GM’s presence in Asia Pacific in the mid 90’s, resulting in the establishment of manufacturing operations in China and Thailand and expanded operations across the region. She was also the Marketing Director on the team that conceptualized and implemented GM’s Internet presence in North America and overseas.   During her time overseas, Katrina worked in 8 countries and managed a series of diverse multi-cultural and multi-functional teams - her most recent position being Regional Director of Marketing Innovation for General Motors in Europe.  Katrina left GM when her second child was born, realizing more attention was needed at home to support her family’s globally mobile lifestyle.  

Katrina’s love of philanthropy was sparked while living in Brazil, where she put her marketing and strategic skills to use helping non-profits grow and become more effective. She became the leader of a group of 30+ expatriates that focused on a small group of charities in the slums. They provided services such as marketing, financial, legal and strategic consulting, set up volunteer programs, organized building projects, sponsored teachers, and served as matchmakers to corporations looking for reliable institutions to invest in. 

Katrina and her family moved to the US in 2010 so her daughter could get the more specialized support she needed to thrive with her dyslexia.  Since arriving in the US, Katrina has joined several non-profit boards on both coasts, including Montserrat College of Art and the Women’s Fund of Essex County in Massachusetts, and Chartwell School and PEN Silicon Valley in California.  She is passionate about learning differences and raising awareness regarding the high potential of these creative, fun kids.  

Kevin Rogan

Kevin Rogan was born and raised in Southern California, but has called Northern California home for the last 20+ years.  He resides in Los Gatos with his wife Barbara Rogan, a Los Gatos native, and his two daughters.  His oldest daughter, Molly, was diagnosed with ADD and learning challenges four years ago, and is in her last year in middle school.  His youngest daughter, Kate, is finishing her last year of elementary school.

Kevin Rogan is an attorney with Sheppard Mullin Richer & Hampton LLP in Palo Alto, specializing in corporate and transactional law.  Kevin Rogan received his JD from Santa Clara Law School and his BA from Claremont McKenna College.  Before his stint as a full-time stay at home dad and part-time law school student, Kevin Rogan held several positions as a Product Manager with several technology companies.

Kevin Rogan has previously served on the board of directors of the Los Gatos Education Foundation, and is passionate about helping children pursue their interests and achieve their full potential. 

Jeannie Sangiacomo

Jeannie Sangiacomo resides in San Francisco with her husband, Sandro and their three children.  She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with a BS in Business Management.  She has worked for such firms as Career Seminars, Western Athletic Clubs and Wells Fargo. Jeannie was blessed to stay at home raising her three children. She has one son with dyslexia and another son with ADHD/dyslexia.  Jeannie joined PEN in 2002 and served as a PEN Liaison for Schools of the Sacred Heart and continued her support of PEN at St. Ignatius College Preparatory until her kids graduated. Jeannie has been a strong advocate of kids with learning differences, and she is committed to the philosophy that every child has the right to succeed.  For the past twenty-five years, Jeannie has devoted a significant amount of time to volunteering and serving on Boards such as: St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Schools of the Sacred Heart, Little Sisters of the Poor, American Ireland Fund and Children of Shelters.  

Stu Shader

Jennifer JohnsonStu resides in Pleasanton with his wife Mary and their two daughters who both have learning disabilities and ADHD. Stu has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry within Enterprise computing with companies such as Accenture, Apple, PeopleSoft, Documentum/EMC, Hyperion and Microsoft where he is a global sales account manager. He is also a strategic start-up advisor helping with business strategy, competitive positioning, and organizational strategies to early stage companies.

Stu came to PEN through his association with Charles Armstrong School where he was a member of the board as part of the technology committee while his youngest daughter was a student. He is very passionate about learning differences. He is fanatical in trying to effect change in his community, so he created and produced an annual Neurodiversity Conference at the Microsoft campus in the Silicon Valley. Website

Karl Shaikh

Karl Shaikh, ChairKarl Shaikh has over fifteen years of experience in researching, developing, critiquing and/or implementing strategy for a range of organizations, including major European and international firms, as well as numerous small businesses and nonprofits.

Karl has an MBA and a Masters in Finance from London Business School, with a focus on Strategy, Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. Since arriving in San Francisco in Oct '09 from London, Karl has been managing his business in the UK remotely. He is also enjoying serving as a stay-at-home dad to his 30-month-old boy named Zac, and the recent addition of 9-month-old Zara.

In his spare time, Karl teaches a Strategy course and an Entrepreneurship course to an MBA class at USF. He has also delivered three service grants to nonprofits in San Francisco on behalf of the Taproot Foundation. It was while delivering a Taproot service grant to PEN that he first encountered the organization and was eventually invited to join the board.

Karl is passionate about PEN's mission because he believes that the best way to make a difference to people's lives is by helping them learn - and that helping people learn how to learn, to suit their own learning style, is perhaps the greatest gift.

Dewey Rosetti, Director Emeritus

Dewey Rosetti, FounderMs. Rosetti resides in San Francisco with her husband Bill, and two daughters who both have learning disabilities and ADHD. She has been a tireless advocate for her daughters and others with learning and attention difficulties for over twenty years.

In 2003 Ms. Rosetti founded Parents Education Network.  She has been a board member for the last ten years.  Ms. Rosetti is the co-founder and board chair of Project Variability.  She is a past Trustee of the Charles Armstrong School, the founder of the Parent Support Group at Katherine Delmar Burkes School, and a past board member of Burkes School. She is also past President of the Little Sisters of the Poor Auxiliary.

Ms. Rosetti retired from Levi Strauss as Merchandise Manager responsible for 125 million dollar business. Prior to that, she was a Research Analyst/Librarian at McKinsey & Co.

Ms. Rosetti received her M.B.A. from University of California at Berkeley in 1976, and her B.A. from the University of Florida in 1967.

In 2011 Ms. Rosetti received the Heroes and Hearts Award sponsored by San Francisco General Hospital for her work with PEN.

Sandy Otellini, Director Emeritus

Ms. Otellini resides in San Francisco with her husband, Paul, and daughter who is dyslexic. She retired from Intel Corporation in 1995 where she held several legal and management positions. Prior to joining Intel, Ms. Otellini was an associate with the legal firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker where she represented Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of employment law.

Currently Ms. Otellini is co-founder of the Parents Education Network. She is Vice Chair and Director of the Exploratorium, and a Board member of the de Saisat Museum at Santa Clara University. Ms. Otellini served on the Steering Committee of the Hearts in San Francisco Project, a project benefiting the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation