Board of Directors

Shiraz Kotadia

President

An Almaden resident since 1980, Shiraz has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He has over 30 years of industry experience as Director of Information Systems, Director of Consulting Services, Program Director, Senior SAP Project Manger, and IT Advisor.  He has been a Manager or Director for IBM, SAP, Nortel, Panasonic, and General Motors and has implemented SAP systems at a number of large and medium-sized companies.  He has taught MBA courses in Production and Operations Management, Project Management, and Information Systems in the evening MBA program at Santa Clara University.  He was certified as a Fellow in Production and Inventory Management.  He is currently a senior management and systems consultant. 

His wife, Anar, is a senior Quality and Regulatory consultant for Medical Device companies.  They have two daughters.

Michele Dexter

Vice-President

Michele is the 3rd generation in her family to be born in San Jose. She grew up in Cambrian Park and Willow Glen, and has lived in Almaden for the past 17 years.  She has a long family history of business, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

 

Michele co-founded an IT services business with her husband, Rick.  She has managed the business operations for the past 15 years, while simultaneously raising two sons.  She is currently Council Liaison for District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, working to accomplish many projects in the District as well as building strong community relations.

 

Michele is eager to support AVCA in its mission to keep the residents of Almaden informed about important issues and to encourage active engagement in civic affairs.

Michael Lee

Treasurer

Michael has lived with his wife, Luz, in Almaden Valley since 1979.  He came to the Silicon Valley in 1975 to work at IBM as a research scientist.  When the IBM Almaden Research Center opened in 1986, the commute became a short walk and a hop on the shuttle to the top.  He subsequently moved to HP Labs and continued his research activities until his retirement.  He is a well-known expert in electrophotography, the process behind laser printing. 

He and his wife have helped many children of friends and acquaintances toward their goal of attending college over the years with advice and academic assistance.  While his degree is in physics, he especially enjoys tutoring math since that often requires high level view, while a typical student is mired in the details.  And occasionally, the light goes on!

Board of Directors

Shiraz Kotadia

President

An Almaden resident since 1980, Shiraz has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He has over 30 years of industry experience as Director of Information Systems, Director of Consulting Services, Program Director, Senior SAP Project Manger, and IT Advisor.  He has been a Manager or Director for IBM, SAP, Nortel, Panasonic, and General Motors and has implemented SAP systems at a number of large and medium-sized companies.  He has taught MBA courses in Production and Operations Management, Project Management, and Information Systems in the evening MBA program at Santa Clara University.  He was certified as a Fellow in Production and Inventory Management.  He is currently a senior management and systems consultant. 

His wife, Anar, is a senior Quality and Regulatory consultant for Medical Device companies.  They have two daughters.

Michele Dexter

Vice-President

Michele is the 3rd generation in her family to be born in San Jose. She grew up in Cambrian Park and Willow Glen, and has lived in Almaden for the past 17 years.  She has a long family history of business, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

 

Michele co-founded an IT services business with her husband, Rick.  She has managed the business operations for the past 15 years, while simultaneously raising two sons.  She is currently Council Liaison for District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, working to accomplish many projects in the District as well as building strong community relations.

 

Michele is eager to support AVCA in its mission to keep the residents of Almaden informed about important issues and to encourage active engagement in civic affairs.

Michael Lee

Treasurer

Michael has lived with his wife, Luz, in Almaden Valley since 1979.  He came to the Silicon Valley in 1975 to work at IBM as a research scientist.  When the IBM Almaden Research Center opened in 1986, the commute became a short walk and a hop on the shuttle to the top.  He subsequently moved to HP Labs and continued his research activities until his retirement.  He is a well-known expert in electrophotography, the process behind laser printing. 

He and his wife have helped many children of friends and acquaintances toward their goal of attending college over the years with advice and academic assistance.  While his degree is in physics, he especially enjoys tutoring math since that often requires high level view, while a typical student is mired in the details.  And occasionally, the light goes on!

Board of Directors

Shiraz Kotadia

President

Michele Dexter

Vice-President

Michele is the 3rd generation in her family to be born in San Jose. She grew up in Cambrian Park and Willow Glen, and has lived in Almaden for the past 17 years.  She has a long family history of business, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

 

Michele co-founded an IT services business with her husband, Rick.  She has managed the business operations for the past 15 years, while simultaneously raising two sons.  She is currently Council Liaison for District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, working to accomplish many projects in the District as well as building strong community relations.

 

Michele is eager to support AVCA in its mission to keep the residents of Almaden informed about important issues and to encourage active engagement in civic affairs.

Michael Lee

Treasurer

Michael has lived with his wife, Luz, in Almaden Valley since 1979.  He came to the Silicon Valley in 1975 to work at IBM as a research scientist.  When the IBM Almaden Research Center opened in 1986, the commute became a short walk and a hop on the shuttle to the top.  He subsequently moved to HP Labs and continued his research activities until his retirement.  He is a well-known expert in electrophotography, the process behind laser printing. 

He and his wife have helped many children of friends and acquaintances toward their goal of attending college over the years with advice and academic assistance.  While his degree is in physics, he especially enjoys tutoring math since that often requires high level view, while a typical student is mired in the details.  And occasionally, the light goes on!

Board of Directors

Shiraz Kotadia

President

An Almaden resident since 1980, Shiraz has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He has over 30 years of industry experience as Director of Information Systems, Director of Consulting Services, Program Director, Senior SAP Project Manger, and IT Advisor.  He has been a Manager or Director for IBM, SAP, Nortel, Panasonic, and General Motors and has implemented SAP systems at a number of large and medium-sized companies.  He has taught MBA courses in Production and Operations Management, Project Management, and Information Systems in the evening MBA program at Santa Clara University.  He was certified as a Fellow in Production and Inventory Management.  He is currently a senior management and systems consultant. 

His wife, Anar, is a senior Quality and Regulatory consultant for Medical Device companies.  They have two daughters.

Michele Dexter

Vice-President

Michele is the 3rd generation in her family to be born in San Jose. She grew up in Cambrian Park and Willow Glen, and has lived in Almaden for the past 17 years.  She has a long family history of business, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

 

Michele co-founded an IT services business with her husband, Rick.  She has managed the business operations for the past 15 years, while simultaneously raising two sons.  She is currently Council Liaison for District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, working to accomplish many projects in the District as well as building strong community relations.

 

Michele is eager to support AVCA in its mission to keep the residents of Almaden informed about important issues and to encourage active engagement in civic affairs.

Vandana Kadam

Treasurer

Vandana Kadam has lived in Almaden valley since 2003. Prior to moving to the Almaden valley, she lived in Santa Clara. Vandana lived in Seattle with her husband Abhay and son, Indraneel before the family relocated to the bay area. She has always loved to volunteer in the community. Vandana is a yoga instructor and has been conducting free yoga classes at the Vineland library since 2005. Although she is a yoga enthusiast, Vandana has a different full-time job. She is a middle school math teacher and is the Mathematics Department Chair at a private school in San Jose. 

 

Vandana has been on the board of other community organizations in the past. She is a chapter coordinator for the San Jose Chapter of the North South Foundation, an organization that conducts educational contests for students in grades K to 8. With her background in education, Vandana wants to give back to the community through AVCA as an Education Chair.

 

Vandana grew up in India majoring in Math & Physics in college.  Her husband is a software engineer and works in the tech industry in Sunnyvale. Their son is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

AVCA is close to Vandana as she strongly believes in the mission of the organization. 

Jim Johnson

Secretary

Jim Johnson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He grew up in a small town in west central Wisconsin.  After high school, he entered North Central University, graduating in 1977.  After college he married Leisa and served as a youth pastor in Rockford, Illinois. 

Moving to Colorado, he started his own business and continued serving as a youth pastor.  In late 1984, Jim and Leisa moved to San Jose and brought his business to the Bay Area.  They have resided in Almaden Valley for almost 30 years. 

In 2008 Jim organized 190 volunteers to help victims of the Summit Hill Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Jim and his volunteers helped many people clean up their properties, cut and plant thousands of trees, and rebuild houses.  Out of that effort grew a food outreach that now feeds about 1000 people.  Jim, once again, organized volunteers to help the victims of the 2017 Loma Fire.

Jane Frommer

Director

Jane Frommer has been a resident of the Almaden Valley since 1993.  She and her husband Steve raised their two children here, participating in school and youth athletic organizations.  They both had long careers as research scientists at the IBM Almaden Research Center. They now serve as science advisors at Google, expanding the reach of molecular recognition and association in scientific search.

Jane takes an active role as editor, reviewer, and board member in organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.  She is committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists, particularly those first in their families to seek advanced degrees.  Her recognition includes the Perkin Medal Award, the ACS Industrial Chemist Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women Award, and an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for Imaging and Manipulating Single Molecules.

Jane has a BS in Chemistry from Tufts University and a PhD in organometallic chemistry from Caltech.

In all of her endeavors - local and far - she upholds an idealistic yet rational approach.

Donna Zangeneh

Director

Donna Zangeneh is a San Jose native who received her BA degree in Chemistry from U.C.S.B. and a M.S. degree in Chemistry from SJSU.  She has worked at a City Water Plant investigating water samples, taught chemistry at SJSU and a college consulting firm.  She currently tutors science and math to middle school and high school students.  Her other interests include legal studies, investigative journalism and politics.  Her belief is that bridging the community with government can help solve problems together in a cooperative fashion.

Committee Chairs

Linda Stone

Communication Chair

Linda is a California native who has lived in Almaden for 40 years. Her husband, Jim, is a forensic meteorologist and they enjoy the wonderful recreational activities offered in the Bay Area.

 

After spending many years in the legal profession in Voting Rights litigation and Intellectual Property Prosecution as well as managing a boutique IP firm, she decided to go back to her first love, journalism, and started classes at Stanford University.

 

While working in journalism she managed the Tri-City Voice newspaper, and was published in several magazines and newspapers. Starting her own business, Stone Media Group, she took on several media campaigns including business advertising, public relations and provided consulting services.

 

Linda is a certified Toastmaster and enjoys public speaking. 

 

Currently she serves as a Commissioner with the city of San Jose on the Appointment Advisory Commission. Her duties include interviewing applicants for the various city commissions. Linda also serves as Communications Chair for the AVCA.

Kris Anne Gustavson

Parks & Rec Committee Chair

Kris Anne Gustavson was born in Safford, Arizona and moved to Kailua, HI when she was 13 years old.  She received a degree in Recreation Education at Brigham Young University.  She met and married her husband, Paul, at BYU.  They moved to Chicago, IL after graduation where they both worked for Amoco Oil.  They moved to San Jose in 1979.  She has three daughters, a son and eleven grandchildren. 

 

She and her husband founded the management consulting firm, Organization Planning and Design where she has taught brain dominance, team building and creativity workshops to clients since 1985.  She has also volunteered as a Red Cross CPR, Lifeguard Training, WSI and swim instructor.  In the LDS Church, she was Camp Director at Camp Ritchie in the Sierras (a summer girl’s camp), headed the youth and children programs, taught early morning seminary and is currently an Assistant Public Affairs Director.

Michael Lee

Transportation Committee Chair

Michael has lived with his wife, Luz, in Almaden Valley since 1979.  He came to the Silicon Valley in 1975 to work at IBM as a research scientist. 

 

When the IBM Almaden Research Center opened in 1986, the commute became a short walk and a hop on the shuttle to the top.  He subsequently moved to HP Labs and continued his research activities until his retirement.  He is a well-known expert in electrophotography, the process behind laser printing.

 

 He and his wife have helped many children of friends and acquaintances toward their goal of attending college over the years with advice and academic assistance.  While his degree is in physics, he especially enjoys tutoring math since that often requires high level view, while a typical student is mired in the details.  And occasionally, the light goes on!

Ray Potts

Public Safety Chair

Ray has lived in Almaden for many years and has a background in education.  His full biography is pending completion.

Michele Dexter

Membership Chair

See bio above.

Vandana Kadam

Education Committee Chair

See bio above.

Adrian Rafizadeh

Webmaster & Youth Chair

Adrian Rafizadeh is the graduating Senior Class President at Leland High School and an incoming first year student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is passionate about civic engagement and is very active in District 10, having interned with Councilmember Khamis and served as the vice-chair of the District 10 Youth Advisory Council. 

Donna Zangeneh

Grants & Hospitality Chair

See bio above.

Patricia McGinnis Kidd

Director

Trish McGiinis Kidd, MA, LMFT, grew up in Almaden Valley from age 10 (originally from Minnesota). Attended Bret Harte, Leland High School, received her BA degree from UC Berkeley in Psychology, her MA degree in Clinical Psychology from John F Kennedy University. She is a licensed therapist and has worked in the public sector off and on since 1993. 

She works within the Santa Clara County System, managing their EAP program which provides services to all 23, 000 Santa Clara County employees. She also has a private practice in San Jose. She has two young adult sons who attended Bellarmine (BCP) High school, Loyola and San Jose State Universities. She lives in Almaden Valley, helps care for her older adult parents and is an advocate for social justice. Her dog is named Toto.