CSMA Board of Directors

Mike Couch, Chair

Mike Couch is the owner and president of Couch Properties and a managing member of Couch Investments, LLC. He is active in the community, serving on the board of several prominent organizations. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Los Altos Volunteer of the Year in 1995.

Mike received his BS from the University of Oregon, where he maintains membership in the Arnold Bennett Hall Society, Theta Chi fraternity and the CAS Deans Search Committee. He is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is past trustee for the University of Oregon Foundation, and was also a past chair and member of the College of Arts & Science Council for External Relations. He received his MBA from Santa Clara University.

Judy Crates, Vice Chair

Judy Crates was a teacher and school administrator for over 40 years, finishing her career at the Mountain View Whisman School District, where she held positions as principal in several schools as well as Director of English Language Development and Continuous Improvement.

Judy received her BA from St. Mary’s College, then two MAs in Spanish Language and Literature and Education Administration from University of Notre Dame and San Jose State, respectively. She earned her Ed.D at University of Southern California. Although she is officially retired, Judy serves on local boards and works with area nonprofits in family engagement in schools, as well as serving as Director of E-Cubed (E3) Youth Philanthropy Program at Los Altos Community Foundation, and as part-time faculty at Foothill Community College.

Deborah Pappas, Treasurer

Deborah Pappas is Senior Vice President and Deposit Manager in the Palo Alto office of Boston Private Bank where she has worked since 1993.  In her current role she advises her clients with regard to their cash management and liquidity needs as well as assisting with day to day banking including loan and wealth management needs.  She is also an integral member of the Northern California management team of Boston Private Bank. Deborah started her banking career in 1980 and has worked in lending, operations and office management.

Deborah is active in the local community and currently serves as Treasurer and Finance Chair of for Community School of Music and Arts.  Past non-profit activities include:

  • Palo Alto University Rotary Club, Past President
  • Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Chair
  • Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Past Board Chair
  • Palo Alto Downtown Association, Past Treasurer and Board member
  • Gamble Garden, Past member of Finance Committee
  • Palo Alto Microgrant Program, advisory council member

In 2009 she received the Athena award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and has been included as a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.

Ms. Pappas holds an MBA in Finance from Seattle University and a B.A in English Literature from New Mexico State University.

Janis Zinn, Secretary

Janis has worked as an Interior Designer and Facilities Planner in Silicon Valley for many years. She is currently a Project Manager in the Real Estate and Workplace Services team at Google. Previous experience includes Space Planning, Strategic Planning and Laboratory Design at Roche/Genentech in Palo Alto. She is a Certified Interior Designer through CCIDC, a Certified Facility Manager through IFMA and a LEED AP.  She holds a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts. Janis has had a lifelong passion for art and music. She is currently on the City of Mountain View Visual Arts Committee and a member of Google GoArt, where she hosts a gallery of rotating exhibits created by CSMA students.

Michelle Arden

Michelle Arden has held product development, marketing and executive management positions in several local high-technology companies, large and small. She has served on corporate boards for both technology companies and nonprofits. Her two daughters have attended CSMA for piano instruction and music theory classes since 2011.

Michelle received her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, her MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in Linguistics from San Jose State University.

Alan Bayer

Alan Bayer is an internet marketing specialist. He owns Wonderboy Websites, a web design and online marketing agency for small and local businesses in Mountain View. He is a lifelong music and art lover with a deep concern for music and arts education. His creative endeavors include music, painting, and cinematography.

Alan is a passionate advocate for arts education. He believes that the kind of thinking and discipline required for creative expression is fundamental to the development of children who will go on to become leaders and innovators. He believes in the ability of art to make life more meaningful, interesting and satisfying for everyone exposed to it.

John Conover

John Conover joined Borel Private Bank & Trust Company in 2003 as President and CEO, bringing 30 years of banking experience and enthusiasm for hands-on customer service and community involvement to San Mateo.

In addition to his extensive banking background, John was honored with the National Philanthropy Award in San Francisco in 1999 and one of the most admired CEOs in the Bay Area by the Business Times in 2010. He was formerly Chairman of the Bay Area’s Junior Achievement, board member of the Housing Trust Fund in San Mateo County and a board member of Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In addition to CSMA, he currently serves on the Board of the California Nevada Methodist Foundation and is joining the investment committee of El Camino Hospital.
John received his BA from CSU Northridge and graduate degree from Southern Methodist University.

John D’Ambrosio

John is a lifelong native of Silicon Valley. Born in Santa Clara and growing up in Fremont, he has been an active musician since the age of twelve. He studied drums and percussion for five years at the South Bay School of Music Arts. From middle school into his college years, he was involved in activities such as symphonic band, where he received awards for merit and leadership. He was also active in jazz band and marching band, while playing high school football for three years. John has also taken classes in art, drafting, theatre and acting. He’s been involved in several original band projects, where he obtained professional recording studio experience, and is now in a professional cover band in which he plays drums and sings backup vocals. He also dabbles in acoustic and bass guitar. 

John earned a B.S. in Urban Design at Arizona State University in 2000 and has been in the food service industry for over ten years. He is the Senior Project Manager for his family’s company Fulfillment Systems Inc. in Sunnyvale, which overlooks four family-owned and operated Bay Area Italian restaurants. He currently lives in San Jose with his wife, Kristin.  They like to spend their free time traveling, hiking, and being outdoors. They are huge animal lovers, having rescued a dog and two cats. John also spends his free time recording music in his own private in-home recording studio and teaches drum lessons part-time at a local music school. 

Lily H. Kim

Dr. Lily H. Kim grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated with a dual degree in Economics and Physiological Optics. She also received a doctorate in Optometry at UC Berkeley and completed her residency at San Francisco Veteran’s Medical Center. Dr. Kim has been in practice in the Silicon Valley for over twenty years. She is a Diplomate of American Board of Optometry and a member of Santa Clara County Optometric Association.

Music has always been a part of her life as player of piano and cello (a former member at the San Jose Youth Symphony). Her three daughters have had music (and art) lessons at CSMA.

She has volunteered her time in various organizations including the Lion’s Club and VOSH, as well as local and international communities.

Brian Korek

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Brian Korek is an integrity-driven Executive Consultant with a highly successful track record of leading the development and delivery of well known consumer technology products. He combines strong emotional intelligence and engineering depth to guide organizations towards scalable, sustainable, and long-term business growth. His resume includes decades of experience in hardware, software, mechanical, and modern engineering management at Silicon Valley’s top tier (Apple, PayPal, ebay, and several startups).

Brian is also Executive Director of the Michael & Ina Korek Foundation, its primary mission is to save lives by preventing drunk boating. Previously Brian served on the Board of the ManKind Project of Northern California.  He received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Peter Landsberger

Peter Landsberger has lived in Los Altos since 1978, the year he was appointed Foothill-DeAnza’s first General Counsel. Peter first served on CSMA’s board in the early 1980s when CSMA developed its in-school arts education programs. Today, he is an active member of the CSMA community, as well as other education-related non-profit boards, including the Foothill De Anza Foundation; UniteLA, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which seeks to promote business-education partnerships; and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which recently launched a new education initiative, Strive San Jose.

Anne Marie McCauley

Anne Marie has been an Investor Relations professional for more than a dozen years, working for software technology firms including Mercury Interactive, Check Point Software, and Wind River Systems. In this profession, she has worked closely with executive management teams and has been responsible for all investor relations activity, including ongoing communications with financial research analysts and institutional investors. Prior to investor relations roles, she held various finance positions and Cadence Design Systems and Space Systems Loral. Anne Marie holds an MBA and a BS in Finance, both from Santa Clara University.

She has been an active member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) at both the national and local levels. She was a member of the NIRI Silicon Valley Board from 2000 to 2007 and was President of the board from 2003 to 2005.

John J. Miller, Jr.

John was first involved in arts education when he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant as an architect-in-residence at a suburban city government and its local high school. John is also involved in neighborhood organizations, city planning commissions, and other nonprofit organizations.  His focus in architecture is religious buildings, schools and non-profit organizations.

Robert Reay

Robert Reay has been involved with CSMA since 1994 when he started studying classical piano with faculty member Nicholas Isaacs. He joined the board in 1995 and was Chairman during the planning and construction phases of Finn Center. With a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984, Bob is currently the Vice President and General Manager of the Mixed Signal Business Unit at Linear Technology Corporation. 

Ruth Rogers

Ruth Rogers’ interest in CSMA began when she was looking for someone to take over a music program in Mountain View Schools that she had begun in 1980, and gave it to CSMA. She eventually became a CSMA volunteer, then music faculty. Ruth is currently retired.

Sohi Sohn Chien

Sohi Sohn is Co-Chair at GWC Foundation. Prior to this, she worked at Google on the Policy team and at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. She first got involved with CSMA in July 2014, when her preschooler began taking art classes. Impressed with the quality of the teachers and content of the art lessons, Sohi began taking art classes herself. She began volunteering on the Board Program Committee in 2015 to help improve student access to financial aid. She admires CSMA’s mission to create access to arts for all. Sohi graduated with her BS and MA from Stanford University.

Carolyn Stuart

Bio coming soon.

Kathy Thibodeaux

Kathy Thibodeaux is the founder of KM Thibodeaux Consulting LLC, a San Francisco Bay Area-based government affairs and strategic leadership company launched in 2006. She has been a successful executive leader in both the profit and non-for-profit sectors for over 25 years. She has extensive experience working with local government and public policy. Kathy consults with real estate developers, corporations and schools on public affairs strategies in support of high quality housing and commercial building in local communities. She also provides strategic consulting to community-based organizations. Kathy received her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her AB from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Kathy has been on the CSMA Board of Directors since 2008.

Anna Weldon

Anna Weldon is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience working with both non-profit and technology innovators. She is co-founder of Market Strategy Group (a marketing and communications consultancy) and served in senior leadership roles at Stanford University and Arts Council Silicon Valley, as well as several well-known technology companies.

Anna was inspired to join the CSMA board after experiencing first-hand the many positive impacts and opportunities a robust arts education provided her daughter, a long-time participant in CSMA’s music and arts programs. She is also on the board of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), and served in board leadership roles with the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Educational Foundation, Los Altos History Museum and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. These roles reflect her passion for local philanthropy, education and the arts, and have added further experience as well as depth to both her professional and personal life.