Board of Directors

“Environments are really what predict whether a student with LD/ADHD can be successful and encourages parents to focus on fixing the environment, not the kid.”
— David Flink

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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.

Dewey Rosetti, Founder

Dewey Rosetti, Founder

Ms. 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.

Karl Shaikh, Chair

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.

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.

Claudia Koochek

Claudia KoochekMrs. Claudia Koochek has been Head of Charles Armstrong School since 2009. She previously served as the Assistant Head of School for two years and three years as Lower School Director. Prior to becoming Head of School, Mrs. Koochek was also responsible for the Transition program at CAS. Mrs. Koochek worked for fifteen years with students at CAS as a Slingerland and LindaMood-Bell specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, and Instructional Coach before becoming part of the administration. During those years she was a homeroom teacher in a variety of grades and a 7th and 8th grade math instructor.

Outside of her role at CAS, Mrs. Koochek works as a reading therapist, speaker and consultant with other schools. Mrs. Koochek has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s degree and Credential in Special Education.

Tamara Centeno

Tamara CentenoPhoto of Tamara CentenoTamara Centeno is passionate about parent education. She has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and graduated from the Fellows Program in Public Affairs from Coro. Tamara dedicates her career to Parent Education, Communication and Human Development with particular attention to the Latino community. She has over 12 years of experience facilitating parental involvement education workshops to support children’s academic success.Tamara  cares deeply about her community and her work as a volunteer has earned official recognition from the San Francisco Foundation. She is the host of the education segment, “El Poder de Saber” (The Power of Knowing) for Telemundo 48, where she provides information to Latino families to help them to be involved in their children’s education and motivate their students to pursue a higher education. She also helps families to connect with local resources in their communities. Tamara loves helping people to connect with their own hearts during retreats and seminars. She is a mother, a step-mother and joyful grandmother.

Jenna Ellis

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 currently serves on the board of Children’s Center Preschool in Los Altos, and PEN Silicon Valley. Jenna also volunteers as Vice Chair of the parent group for Palo Alto Preparatory School and previously served as the Chair.

As the mother of six children, two of whom are LD high school students, 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 Silicon Valley into a place where learning diversity is both appreciated and celebrated.

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.      

Hal Hensler

Hal HenslerHal Hensler earned an MS from Pepperdine University in school management and administration and a BA in chemistry and biology from Chapman University. He also earned a life teaching credential in physical and life sciences from the University of California Irvine. While serving in the education field for the past thirty-nine years, Hal has been a principal administrator for the past twenty-eight years in kindergarten through eighth grade schools in southern and northern California. Currently, he is the Head of School at The Laurel School in San Francisco, a school serving K-8 children with mild to moderate learning differences. Throughout his career, Hal has served as Head of School, science and math department chair, math and science instructor as well as baseball, basketball and football coach. Mr. Hensler also played professional baseball for the Detroit Tigers baseball organization.

Debra Johnson

Debra JohnsonFor twenty-five years, Debra Johnson worked in the financial services, hospitality and healthcare industries with a focus on marketing, advertising and communications.  During the course of her career Debra particularly enjoyed coordinating large events, such as a film series and themed weekends targeted to a variety of affinity groups. She was instrumental in the development of the branding and collateral materials for her family’s winery, Astrale e Terra, which is located in the Napa Valley.  She has also served on the boards of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and UNICEF’s Midwest Chapter.  She currently resides in northern California with her husband and two children.

Jennifer Johnson, Principal, 454 Marketing
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.   

Sandy Otellini

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