Foundation Board Members

Board Members:
President: Alexia Krispin
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Alexia Krispin

PRESIDENT  |  E-MAIL: alexia@waldenwestfoundation.org

Growing up in the Midwest Alexia was rarely inside and instead spent hours outside climbing trees, observing anthills, picking raspberries and soaking in nature. In high school, she volunteered as a tutor for other students which instilled a lasting interest and passion for education and teaching. After living in Colombia, China, and Southern California, she eventually settled in the Bay Area.

She is currently an executive at a Biotech startup focused on sustainable fashion, as well as a strategic adviser for marketing and business strategy. On weekends you are likely to find Alexia hiking local trails, venturing up and down the coast, or camping in the sierras. She enjoys sharing her love for nature, conservation, and education.

Secretary: Jennifer Lo
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Jennifer Lo

SECRETARY  |  E-MAIL: jenniferrnmba@yahoo.com

Jennifer Ferrell Lo currently serves as Secretary for the Walden West Foundation. She is the Managing Director for Innovation, Performance and Strategy for Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. In addition, she serves as an Instructor in the Boston University School of Medicine’s Cross-Country Clerkship Program and was a member of the faculty at the Boston University Questrom School of Management. Jennifer has a Master in Business Administration from BU and a Bachelor of Science from Saint Louis University. She and her husband David have two daughters who attended Walden West Summer Camp as campers and counselors.

Treasurer: Christin Roberts Veargason
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Christin Roberts Veargason

TREASURER  |  E-MAIL: veargason@yahoo.com

Christin Roberts is Treasurer of the Walden West Foundation. She is a CPA (inactive) and former board member of the California Society of CPAs. Christin works for Sage Intacct as a Professional Services Practice Manager. She and her husband, John Veargason, have two daughters who attended Walden West Outdoor Science School and Summer Camps.

Board members: Lisa Andrew
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Lisa Andrew

BOARD MEMBER  |  E-MAIL: lisa@svefoundation.org

Lisa “Sunshine” Andrew is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Education Foundation. She is an educational leader, capacity builder, and advocate dedicated to ensuring access and opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community members.

Lisa has been involved with Walden West as a teacher, principal, and parent and has seen how a visit to Walden West can transform children and adults. Lisa enjoys time with her family and german shepherd at the beach and baseball games.


Marie Bacher
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Marie Bacher

BOARD MEMBER  |  E-MAIL: Marie_Bacher@sccoe.org

Marie “Pineapple” Bacher is Director of Environmental Education at Walden West. Her last assignment was Educator-on-Loan to the Alameda County Office of Education in Hayward for Integrated Middle School Science Partnership, which was a $12 million dollar NSF-funded grant working with middle school science teachers all over the Bay Area. In her 22 years as a teacher for Santa Clara Unified School District, Marie has taught 2nd through 8th grade. Marie started her teaching career at Walden West and to this day believes the best way for everyone to learn is through engaging hands-on, minds-on experiences in nature. Marie has two beautiful children, Kate and Rick. When not at Walden West, Marie can be found spending time with her family, surfing, hiking, camping, playing her ukulele, or dancing the hula. She has a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Humboldt State University.


Jessica Bonduris
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Dr. Jessica Bonduris

BOARD MEMBER  |  E-MAIL: jbonduris@sccoe.org

Dr. Jessica Bonduris serves as Assistant-Superintendent of Educational Services for Santa Clara County Office of Education. Dr. Bonduris has 22 years of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, Director of Principals with San Francisco Unified, and Senior Director of Personnel Services with San Leandro Unified. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and English from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Mary’s and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Mills College.


Cecilia Carrillo
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Cecilia Carrillo

BOARD MEMBER  |  E-MAIL: cecilia@waldenwestfoundation.org

Cecilia attended Walden West in 2002 when she was in 5th grade at Sartorette Elementary School. It was a formative experience as it was her first big trip away from her parents as well as camping in the outdoors. She developed her sense of adventure, independence, awareness, love of the outdoors and passion for protecting the environment early on thanks to this experience.

Cecilia received her B.S. in Computer Engineering at University of the Pacific and is now working as a Physical Security Systems Analyst at University of California, Santa Cruz. When she’s not working on computers, Cecilia trains for triathlons, hikes and enjoys time outdoors.


Nick Moless
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Nick Moless

BOARD MEMBER  |  E-MAIL: nick_moless@msn.com

Nick Moless joined the Foundation Board in May 2018, but his involvement with Walden West dates back to 1990 when he first attended the Outdoor School as a 6th grader. The experience was hugely impactful, opening his eyes and heart to the natural world around him and helping him build self-confidence. He continued his involvement through high school, volunteering as a cabin leader 10 times, as well as working at the summer program.

Nick completed his B.S. in Chemistry with honors at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He currently works for Whole Foods Market as a Senior Global Produce Buyer, where he manages tree fruits for the company. In his free time, Nick enjoys the sport of triathlon as has completed 13 Iron distance events, and is a proud “dad” to two cats.

Potential Walden West Foundation board members are invited to serve on the board because of their talents, knowledge of the community and their commitment to generating financial and other resources in support of the Walden West environmental education program, which is a part of the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Board Members:

  • Learn about Walden West and become ambassadors for its programs
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan and review and approve the foundation’s fiscal management and budget
  • Participate in fundraising for the organization in one or more of the following ways:
    • Contribute to special campaigns (e.g.,a capital campaign)
    • Assist in identifying individuals, businesses and foundations which could be contacted about Walden West
    • Assist in contacting and soliciting donations from those individuals, businesses and foundations
  • Work in partnership with the Walden West Director to determine the needs of Walden West programs and to help carry out foundation goals
  • Attend all board meetings
  • Review materials sent before the board meeting and participate in all discussions
  • Evaluate the performance of the board on an annual basis and take action to correct problems
  • Follow the guiding principles of the Walden West Foundation by-laws
  • Hold office for the duration of the initial term