• Jerry Smallwood


      Contact Jerry Smallwood

      Jerry has been on the POE board since 1984 and for the first 20 years of POE she was the sole mentor for all the students. She has both taught and worked as an aide in elementary schools for over 20 years and was also active as an environmental docent in the schools as well as an organizer of the Palo Alto Girl's Softball League.

    • Richard Smallwood


      Contact Richard Smallwood

      Dick is an entrepreneur and mathematical modeler who taught formal courses for many years in Stanford’s School of Engineering, and has also served as a mentor for many younger colleagues in the practical world of management consulting.


POE SF Peninsula and POE Mid-Atlantic

All Pursuit of Excellence Board Members were selected because of their interest in and dedication to education for young people. They are all committed to furthering POE's mission to support the education and growth of low income, hard working students.

  • Carol Mullin
    President, Board Member since 2000
    Contact Carol Mullin

    Carol worked as an engineer and toy designer before having children. She now spends her time doing data analysis consulting, tutoring students in math, volunteering at her children’s schools and running the POE SF Peninsula program.

  • Jean Dawes
    VP Mentoring, Board Member since 1995
    Contact Jean Dawes

    Jean’s career has been in education, from elementary grades through high school. As a high school college counselor for over 20 years, her responsibilities included student scholarship programs. She is also a current board member of Palo Alto Housing, a non-profit affordable housing provider.

  • Anne Battle
    VP Mentoring, Board Member Since 2004
    Contact Anne Battle

    Anne has worked many years as a volunteer as well as a paid aide at a local high school. She works predominantly with underserved students who desire a college education. Anne has set up several programs dedicated to this purpose.

  • Carol Ann Smallwood
    Mid-Atlantic, Board Member since 2011
    Contact Carol Ann Smallwood

    Carol Ann has worked for many years in the publishing industry at both National Geographic and Addison Wesley. She runs POE Mid-Atlantic which she started with her husband in 2008. She and her husband have three children and all enjoy hiking, biking and kite-boarding together.

  • Colene McBeth Vort
    Secretary, Board Member since 2011
    Contact Colene McBeth Vort

    Colene worked at Microsoft (both in the US and UK) for 18+ years focusing on global business strategy, marketing, and product management. She now spends her time consulting with start-ups and volunteering at her children’s schools.

  • Dana Fenwick
    Treasurer, Member of Board since 2016
    Contact Dana Fenwick

    Dana has been the Treasurer for both CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) and PACCC (Palo Alto Community Child Care). Prior to moving to Palo Alto to raise three children, she had a 12-year career in finance as a commercial banker.


POE South Bay Chapter

  • Donna Guldimann
    VP: POE San Jose and Los Gatos
    Contact Donna Guldimann

    Donna is a co-founder of the San Jose and Los Gatos chapter of POE. Prior professions include being a special needs teacher, adult school coordinator and landscape designer. Now retired, Donna can focus on POE and improving her own garden.

  • Rosemary Rossi
    President: POE San Jose and Los Gatos
    Contact Rosemary Rossi

    Rosemary is a co-founder of the San Jose and Los Gatos chapter of POE. She is in her twelfth year as a trustee of the Saratoga-Los Gatos High School board. Helping with her 2 young grandchildren is a pleasure and continual learning process.

  • Allen Hill
    Treasurer: POE San Jose and Los Gatos
    Contact Allen Hill

    Allen is a serial entrepreneur and executive who works in the medical technology arena and has served on boards of philanthropic and academic organizations.

  • Ken Ogle
    Board Member
    Contact Ken Ogle

    Ken is a chemical engineer, retired from the Printed Circuit Fabrication industry. He and his wife Jane, moved from the East Coast 20 years ago with 5 children. They now have 11 grandchildren. Ken enjoys warm ocean beaches, diving, photography and motorcycles, but generally spends his time working on their house.

  • Michelle van Zuiden
    Board Member
    Contact Michelle van Zuiden

    Michele is a retired health care executive. She has served on a variety of public and not for profit boards including serving 8 years as a publicly elected school board member for Los Gatos Saratoga high school district. Michele is committed to serving disadvantaged children through her work as a Court Appointed Child Advocate and as a mentor for POE South Bay

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