Timothy J. Allen, M.A.
Tim earned his BA in English Literature, his California Lifetime Teaching Credential and his Masters Degree in Educational Administration all from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. He began teaching English and Reading and coaching baseball and football at Arcata High School in 1970 before becoming a high school administrator. As a high school administrator, Tim created one of the first Student Assistance Programs in the United States, which became the model for over 200 high school substance abuse prevention, education and training programs throughout the United States. Tim also provided technical assistance and consulting to the California Department of Education ï¿½Right to Readï¿½ program and served as a technical assistant to the U. S. Department of Education.
Tim left Education in 1982 to work as the CEO and Administrator for substance abuse and psychiatric treatment programs, in Florida and southern California before taking on the role of Senior VP for Contracting and Behavioral Health for Adventist Health Care of Southern California. He has also served as a Distinguished Faculty Member of the Suzanne Somers Institute, an adjunct professor of Education at CSU, Humboldt and CSU, Fullerton and spent 13 years as the Director of Employee Support Services for the Anaheim Angels Professional Baseball Team.
Tim is the author of several articles, monographs and chapters on issues related to substance abuse and the family and is the co-author of the book ï¿½Powerful Parents...Competent Kids,ï¿½ a book about effective parenting.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Doug Carlston received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1970 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1975. He is the author of five published books, from Software People (Simon & Schuster, 1985) to Beginning Swahili (Butu, 1970). He has also had many published software products and written articles, including Storing Knowledge, in Time & Bits: Managing Digital Continuity (Getty Conservation Institute, 1998).
Doug was the co-founder, in 1980, of Broderbund Software, one of the worldï¿½s leading publishers of productivity and educational software, and served as CEO (1991-96) and Chairman of the Board (1981-98). He currently serves as CEO of Tawala Systems, an Internet technology company he co-founded in 2005. Doug also serves on several boards, including AH Belo Corporation, the Albanian American Enterprise Fund, the Ploughshares Fund, the Tides Advocacy Fund, MoveOn PAC, and the Long Now Foundation. He is an active member of the NOVA Science Visiting Council, the Committee on University Resources of Harvard University and the Board of Advisors of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Doug previously served on the board of directors of the American Bank of Albania (2000-2008), Belo Corp. (2007-8), Public Radio International (1997- 2009, Chairman 2004-09) and the Santa Fe Institute (1996-2005). He is also past Chairman and President of the Software Publishers Association, and a past trustee of Dominican University.
Arun Ramanathan, Ed.D
Dr. Ramanathan started school as an English learner, began his career in special education, received his M.Ed. from Boston College and earned a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from Harvard Universityï¿½s Graduate School of Education. He has served as a teacher, research director and senior district administrator in school districts throughout California. In these positions, he honed his leadership skills, successfully redesigned systems to improve equitable outcomes for students, and led the implementation of important initiatives. Most recently, Dr. Ramanathan served as the Executive Director for Education Trust West, a leading education research and policy advocacy organization in California. At Education Trust West, he proved to be a successful fundraiser and state policy advocate on issues like the Common Core State Standards and Local Control Funding Formula, while continuing to work in partnership with a broad range of school districts on initiatives to improve outcomes for their highest need students. Dr. Ramanathan recently took over as CEO or Pivot Learning Partners, a 19-year old nonprofit known for its focus on supporting public school districts to design and implement large scale change efforts to improve outcomes for children.
Don Carlston received his BA from Harvard University in 1971 and his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1977. He is currently a Professor of Psychology at Purdue University and President of the Midwestern Psychological Association.
Don served as editor of a leading academic journal for 14 years and has been a grant evaluator for the National Institutes of Health for the past 15 years. Don has co-authored or edited four books and over 50 scientific articles and chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and last year received the lifetime achievement award in the field of social cognition.
Gary Carlston grew up in Iowa and received a BA from Harvard in 1975 in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Gary worked for the South Stockholm YMCA as a basketball coach for several years and coached the Swedish Womenï¿½s Basketball Championship team prior to returning to the United States.
In 1980, Gary and his brother Doug, co-founded Brï¿½derbund Software in Novato, California, where he served as both President and CEO of the company, until leaving in 1989. As the Head of Product Development, Gary originated one of the most noted Brï¿½derbund products, ï¿½Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.ï¿½
Gary married his wife, Nancy, in 1985 and in 1990 the two of them headed off on the first of many trips to explore New Zealand. Gary and Nancy settled in Boulder, Colorado in 1991, where Gary served on many Boards of Directors and spearheaded the the building of a new YMCA in Boulder, Colorado. In 2007, Gary, Nancy and their four children they returned to New Zealand where they purchased raw land, planted a vineyard and founded Tarras Vineyard, In 2008, the family returned to the Bay Area where Gary and Nancy continue to work full time, running the Tarras Vineyard business and raising their children.
Kathy Williams received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1976 and her M.B.A. from University of Southern California in international business. In 2009 she helped startup Vivo Girls Sports, Inc., the online media property and resource for girls ages 13 -24 who share a passion for sports and a healthy, active lifestyle. vivoGS was sold last year to a premier sports company. Prior to vivoGS, Kathy worked as the senior consultant for MJCalhounConsulting, a management consulting firm that provided strategic operations and management consulting to the healthcare industry including NIH. She has over 20 years of varied management experience in personnel, regulatory and government affairs including working as Director for International and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles for Flying Tigers and Federal Express, and Personnel Relations Representative for Kaiser Aluminum. She served as Director of Admissions at Marin Horizon School, a non-profit toddler through 8th grade independent school located in Mill Valley, CA.
Kathy has served on the boards of The National Conference for Community and Justice, a human relations organization, Marin Horizon School, and The Mountain Play Association, and is a life long member of the NAACP. She has considerable cross cultural experience from extended stays in Kenya, Taiwan, Japan, and Mexico, speaks Mandarin Chinese and has done extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. She has a son and daughter and two stepchildren.
Jan M. Rizzuti
Jan M. Rizzuti has a Ph. D. from Cornell University in Mathematics Education, a Masterï¿½s degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from Thiel College (PA) where she majored in mathematics. Her graduate research focused on high school studentsï¿½ understanding of functions in pre-calculus mathematics.
Jan has had a long career as a professor of mathematics and mathematics education, teaching at Bard College, Antioch University Seattle, and Central Washington University, and she has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers at all levels of K-12 schools.
Jan is currently a consultant for Scholastic Corporationï¿½s ï¿½Math Solutionsï¿½ team, working with high school mathematics teachers around the country. She resides in San Rafael CA and offers workshops in Quantitative Literacy in addition to her consulting work.
Jude C. Cooks is a Strategic Initiatives Leader for Synchrony Financial Enterprise Operations. He received his MBA, with a focus on International Strategy and Management, from Indiana University. He received his B.A. from Indiana University as well, where he majored in Computer Science and Philosophy. Jude previously held a variety of roles in Operations and Operational Risk Management for Citigroup over 10 years in both Cincinnati and Atlanta. He is also an active volunteer; he won a Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2009 for his work in animal rescue, he coordinated an elementary school economic education program designed to teach fourth and fifth graders responsible money management, and most recently has been a Cub Scout leader. He presently lives in North-Metro Atlanta, Georgia with his family and spends his free time chasing his kids, enjoying the outdoors, and reading.
Ann Mathieson is the Founding Director at Marin Promise Partnership and a member of the Leadership Council of New Schools Venture fund. Ann also serves as a Bay Area Board Member for Peer Health Exchange and is a Trustee for Marin Academy. She has been the past Board Chair of the Marin Community Foundation and spent nine years as the Director of Marketing, New Product Development at the Collagen Corporation. Ann earned her MBA in Marketing and Health care from Stanford Univerity Graduate School of Business