Foundation Board Members

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
Current Board Members:
President: Arati Nagaraj
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Arati Nagaraj

PRESIDENT  |  E-MAIL: aratinagaraj@gmail.com

Arati enjoys creating measurable, positive and enduring outcomes for learners of all ages. She has harnessed technology to create innovative learning programs for employees at Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber, worldwide. While Director of the Learning Innovation Hub at Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Arati built strategy and toolsets to empower over 30 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The result has been growth in technology pathways for the future of education and the alignment of goals and measurements that ensure accountability. Arati is a Trustee of the Saratoga Union School District Board since 2010, and was Board President for 2 years. Arati has a Masters in Education, Media and Technology from Boston University and Bachelors, Early Childhood Education from India.

Vice President: Yuval Schwartz
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: Marie Bacher
Lisa Ketchum
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Lisa Ketchum

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

Lisa Ketchum is the Manager of Workforce Services at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator who works at developing creative partnerships with local colleges, non-profits and corporations to design programs that promote learning, problem solving and critical thinking for youth. Her great joy is connecting and motivating students to ignite their spark.

Lisa completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Management and her Master's degree in Educational Leadership. She holds a California Designated Subjects Teaching Credential and Administrative Services Credential. She enjoys serving students in the community and in addition to the Walden West Foundation serves on Seniors Council Foster Grandparent and East Side Union High School District Career Technical Education Advisory Boards.


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.


Steve Olmos
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Steve Olmos

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

Steve Olmos, Ed.D. is the Chief Schools Officer for the Santa Clara County Office of Education overseeing the office’s educational and student programs, including Walden West.

Steve has served as a Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, he has also taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels and held the roles of vice-principal and principal.

He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. He received a master’s degree in educational administration from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in bilingual education and a minor in Spanish from California State University, Chico.