Board and Volunteers

Ulla Foehr has served as CAF President since 2017. Prior to that, she served as CAF’s Student Leadership Board liaison. Her work at CAF was preceded by a long history of involvement in our local public schools. She has worked on parcel tax campaigns and has served on the SchoolForce Board in various capacities, including Communications Chair and school liaison for both Central and Ralston. Some of her favorite volunteer work includes teaching Art in Action, and coaching volleyball at Ralston and soccer. She and her husband, Matt, have three daughters, two of whom are currently at Carlmont, and one of whom graduated in 2019.

Ulla’s past professional work focused on research on youth and media – content, exposure, literacy, effects, and policy. She received a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Ulla also serves as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for Belmont, and in her free time enjoys swimming and hiking with the family dog (Daisy).

Michelle Kelley currently serves as CAF’s VP of Campus & Community Outreach and chairs CAF’s Annual Bagpiper Bash.  Last year she also served as PTSA President for Carlmont High School.

Michelle has over 10 years experience volunteering for PTA and the SchoolForce Education Foundation while her children were in the Belmont Redwood Shores School District.  Her roles for the PTA included Fundraising Chair for Central Elementary, 17th District PTA Council President, and co-chair of the Discovery Day event at Central for 5 years.  During her time on the SchoolForce board, Michelle volunteered in several roles including Central’s School Chair and the chair for SchoolForce’s District-wide fundraiser for several years.  Michelle has long been involved in local sports and served on the Belmont Redwood Shores Little League for 4 years.

Michelle and Steve Kelley have two sons, one is a senior at  Carlmont High School and the other graduated from Carlmont in 2021.

Robin Bennett joined CAF in 2016 and has a senior at Carlmont plus two children who graduated in 2020. Robin and her family have lived in Belmont since 2004, and have made supporting Belmont’s public neighborhood schools a family affair with both Robin and her husband, Matthew English, previously volunteering for SchoolForce – Robin as treasurer and Matthew focusing on major donors and endowment before becoming President.

Robin currently volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advisor (CASA) for foster youth in San Mateo County and is a corporate attorney with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. She has a BS from Northwestern University and a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Mandy Gibbs serves as VP of Marketing for CAF and has been CAF’s graphic designer since 2017.  After years of volunteering with Art in Action in the classroom, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Art In Action, and is the chair for Carlmont’s PTSA Reflections Art Program.  Mandy and her family live in Belmont.  Her son is currently a senior at Carlmont and her daughter a junior in college. 

Shelly Kim joined the CAF board as secretary in 2018. Previously, she served as treasurer for both SchoolForce, and Tulita Elementary in Redondo Beach. When her husband and two girls moved to the Bay Area in 2012, she volunteered at Central Elementary in the classroom as needed, and on campus co-chairing the “walking track” program.

Before kids, Shelly worked as a City Planner in Southern California after receiving a MA in urban planning from UCLA. Currently, she teaches upholstery for Palo Alto Adult School, and is on the board of Belmont Runners, a local run club.

Heidi Bianchi is the the Director of Events for a large financial institution where she leads the planning, management and execution of corporate and client events for the company. She enjoys giving back to her community and her childrens activities. She has been the lead for the Nesbit Reading Power event and manages her sons soccer team. Heidi is excited to be a part of CAF and making a difference for Carlmont.

Heidi lives in San Mateo, CA and enjoys watching her kids’ activities and enjoys a good book.

Raquel Peasley joined CAF as Treasurer in 2018.  She grew up in Belmont and is an alumni of Ralston and Carlmont.  She lives with her family in San Carlos and has 3 sons (a junior and senior at Carlmont and one in 6th grade).  Raquel is currently the Corporate Controller at ThoughtSpot.  She has over 20 years of accounting experience with public and private high-tech organizations in Silicon Valley, including Saba, Rambus and Oak Technology.

Raquel is a Certified Public Accountant in California and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

Julia Williams joined the CAF board as Financial Secretary in 2021. She has been actively involved in Belmont schools for a decade, serving on the Central Elementary PTA in various roles, and leads her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.

She is originally from north-west England and moved to the Bay Area in 2000 to work for Applied Biosystems.  Julia is a Certified Public Accountant in California, a Chartered Management Accountant and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in England.  She is a finance and accounting consultant for high-tech start-ups in the Bay Area.  Julia and her husband, Hector, live in Belmont and have a10th grader at Carlmont and an 8th grader at Ralston.