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Meet All Our Board Members
Sebastien Hutchinson joined the Family Connections Board in 2018. He got to know Family Connections and developed an appreciation for the organization while a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at the GSB, his work in a strategic philanthropy class led him to conduct thorough diligence on Family Connections in his search for a Bay Area non-profit that impacted the lives of families through early childhood education. Sebastien believes that the best way to impact the lives of underserved children and their families is through investment in early childhood education in conjunction with parent education.
Professionally, Sebastien is Partner at Crescent Park Management, an investment firm in East Palo Alto. He started his career in investment banking before transitioning to be an investor. Before Crescent Park, Sebastien held several investment analyst positions. Sebastien received his bachelor’s in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He lives in Hillsborough and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, trying new restaurants and watching sports.
Claudia Schweikert learned about Family Connections through Little Wonders, a cooperative preschool that her children attended. Little Wonders proved to be a transformational experience for Claudia’s family, which inspired her to join the Family Connections Board in 2019. She wanted families from all demographic backgrounds to be able to experience the magic of a high quality preschool classroom, a supportive parent community, and nurturing teachers.
Claudia’s professional background is in law and education. As an attorney, she practiced securities litigation. She also worked at a legal services agency, serving low-income clients in the areas of housing, consumer fraud and public benefits. Claudia served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity at Stanford, working to attract and retain graduate students of color. She served on the Site Council at Escondido Elementary School and is an emeritus mediator for the City of Palo Alto. She also served on the board of Parents Nursery School and is a former volunteer with the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team.
Claudia received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in History and French Literature, and a JD and MBA from Stanford University. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and three children. She enjoys traveling, playing with her children, and reading.
Kevin Laws joined the Family Connections board in 2019. He discovered the organization when his daughter was tutoring students in Family Connections’ Young Scholars program. Kevin believes that reaching entire families while children are still young is the best way to invest in improving their opportunities.
Kevin is a founder and investor in early stage technology startups globally. He has worked as CEO of AngelList and of Vast/Carstory (sold to Vroom in 2020) and was VP Product at Epinions (sold to Ebay). He earned a bachelor’s in Computer Science at Dickinson College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Kevin enjoys traveling and volunteering for organizations that his children get involved in.
Yukari Schneider’s family are proud graduates of the Family Connection, which her children attended for three enriching years. The experience was so inspiring that Yukari went on to embody one of Family Connections’ primary goals of empowering parents as well as children: she became a board member in 2019, and is now the Board Chair.
Professionally, Yukari has a PhD in Mass Communications and a master’s in Public Health from the University of Florida. She has expertise in audience and market research, and science and health communications. Previously, she promoted community health through back-to-sleep campaigns for infants, bullying prevention, and traffic safety education. She also draws from her multicultural experience growing up in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Yukari is owner of Yukari Presents, a children’s alphabet game company inspired by her kids and based on her own Japanese childhood. She loves to explore, create, and experience new things with her husband and two boys.
Board Vice Chair & Advancement Committee Co-Chair
Robin Rudikoff joined the Family Connections board in 2020. She brings her expertise in fund development to help us further our mission to build thriving families as a former director of development and marketing for StarVista,
Anita (“Anaita”) Kapadia joined the Family Connections board in 2020. She was introduced to the organization by a friend, went on a tour of one of Family Connections’ preschools, and was impressed by the range of services that Family Connections provides families in addition to high quality education. She particularly valued the fact that Family Connections supports underserved caregivers in becoming leaders in their families and communities; Anita worked full time while raising two sons and knew how much her family benefited from a high-quality preschool with strong supportive leaders.
Anita is a leadership and certified Positive Intelligence (PQ) Coach. She focuses on overcoming the pressure to be perfect, builds on strengths, and encourages learning to handle healthy conflict to find mutual purpose. For over 20 years, Anita held leadership roles in high tech companies and has a dual degree in Math & Computer Science from UCLA. She is now focused on helping others who feel stressed, anxious, or need clarity to manage negative self-talk, lower anxiety, and learn to stay calm while managing life’s challenges. She loves to read, travel and volunteer.
A long-time supporter of Family Connections, Amy Schwimmer joined the board in 2021. A native Bay Area resident, Amy is passionate about supporting opportunities for under-resourced populations, especially in education. Her background includes being a teacher and administrator at Middle College High School sites serving at-risk students, and working as Director of Operations and Communications at The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit promoting sustainable, cost-effective global extreme poverty interventions. She is also a long-time volunteer with local organizations including PTAs, Friends of the Library, Second Harvest Food Bank, and of course Family Connections. Amy enjoys applying her communications and project development skills to supporting Family Connections’ important work.
Amy received her bachelor's degree from U.C. Davis in International Relations, and her secondary teaching credential in English from U.C. Berkeley’s Bay Area Writing Project. She and her husband enjoy hiking and spending time with their daughter, who is a high school choir teacher, and their son, a product manager.
Neely Norris, joined the Family Connections board in 2022. She learned about the organization from many colleagues and families at The Carey School, where she works, who were supporters of Family Connections because of its emphasis on the importance of early education for all children. Neely enjoys the conversations about creatively supporting this dynamic organization and partnering with the organization’s leadership to think strategically about its future.
Neely has been an educator for almost 20 years, with many years as an elementary school teacher and Assistant Head of School. Neely is now the Head of School at The Carey School in San Mateo, a preschool through fifth grade school committed to developing curious, confident, joyful learners in a diverse and inclusive community.
Neely received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from U.C. Davis, her California State Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and her Master’s in Independent School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center, Teacher's College at Columbia University.
Neely and her wife, Brooke Reynolds, are parents to two boys and live in Redwood City. You’ll find Neely spending time with her two boys, walking the family dog, Rosie, in a local park, or trying out a new recipe.
Elizabeth Weal, who joined our board in 2022, first learned about Family Connections more than 20 years ago while teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Sequoia Adult School in Menlo Park, where many of her adult students were enrolled with their children in the Family Connections program.
Elizabeth is the founder of Upward Scholars, a local non-profit that provides adult immigrants support to continue their education in community college. Prior to working as an ESL teacher, she was at Apple Computer, then spent a decade as a freelance marketing communications consultant. Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an elementary teaching credential from Santa Clara University. She recently retired and is loving the freedom of having time to improve her Spanish, read, volunteer, and spend time with her grandchild.
Program Committee Member
Lauren O'Rourke joined the board in 2022 and brings her expertise and passion in education and family engagement as a educator in Santa Clara county for 23 years. Lauren has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a B.A. in Psychology Child Development and multiple teaching credentials.
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