EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS
ANDREA CIPLICKAS - Chief Executive Officer
Andrea is a CUHSD veteran, having been heavily involved in the community since even before her son Jonas and her daughter Tori began their studies at Branham. Looking for ways to make a difference in both the lives of her children and the school community, she was first involved as a member of the Branham High School Music Boosters where she served two terms as treasurer, one term as president, and helped to coordinate volunteer, food service and production efforts. She has also served as a member of the Home and School Club, a board member of the School Site Council, and was the School Site Volunteer Coordinator for the Measure AA Bond Campaign.
Andrea grew up in New Jersey and attended University of Pittsburgh, studying Sociology and Black Studies. Following that, she immersed herself in the Pittsburgh community, teaching pre-school and running parent support groups through the local mental health agency. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked as teacher and director at the Saratoga Parent Nursery School. More recently, she has been active in her local community volunteering at Bagby Elementary School and working as a reading aid for ESL students. While at Bagby she also co-founded a small education-technology startup, Weave Games, leveraging technology to increase student engagement through whole-class videogames.
Andrea has dedicated her life to helping individuals and building communities. Looking to the future, she is excited to synthesize her experience as an educator, mother, volunteer, and businesswoman to help the CUHSD Educational Foundation reach its full potential!
NICOLE SHADDOX - Secretary
Nicole Shaddox is one of the founding members of the CUHSD Education Foundation. She has been a dedicated volunteer for the past decade. She was an active volunteer at her daughter's elementary and middle schools. When her daughter entered high school at Westmont she decided to become very involved in supporting the Westmont community and CUHSD. In the last four years she has been part of the Westmont PTSA board, the last two years as president and grad night chair. She was on Westmont’s School Site Council. She is also part of the LCAP and Financial Advisory committees at CUHSD. In 2016, she co-chaired the CUHSD Measure AA campaign. Her passion for volunteering comes from the loyalty of being part of a 3rd generation Westmont and 4th generation CUHSD family. Her dedication to advocating and volunteering on behalf of today’s youth does not stop at there, she is also part of organizations that support and advocates for foster and LBGTQ youth. Also, she is part of organizations that support youth in need of mental health and special education serveries. Her daughter, Samantha, graduated from Westmont HS in June 2017. Nicole was honored by being awarded Westmont’s and CUHSD volunteer of the year in 2017.
Nicole believes . . .“Volunteering for the school district that my family has been part of for the past 50+ years, has been an honor and a gift. I look forward to helping to build a strong, lasting foundation that promotes community and truly impacts, inspires, and supports the whole student. I believe wholeheartedly in supporting, empowering, and inspiring youth. It gives them the tools to succeed in life, in turn helping them become responsible citizens of their community and the world. Every child should be given the opportunities and tools needed to change the world. As a mother, an advocate and member of society supporting today’s youth, I hope that my actions will help bring a better tomorrow. It is our responsibility as adults to empower our youth. I believe that this is what the foundation will do for our community of students.”
BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE
EVE WALTON - Board Member at Large, Communications Chair
Eve has many years of experience working in the high tech sector as a technical recruiter, human resource manager and program manager. A UCLA Art History graduate, she finds motivation and satisfaction working together with people on a common cause and believes that effective communication is a cornerstone of organizational success. In 2016, she was motivated by the district's aging school campuses and then wide spread lack of air conditioning to volunteer as the Co-Chairperson and Campaign Manager for Measure AA where she helped to lead a large team of volunteers in the successful passage of a facilities improvement bond benefiting the Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD). She is a founding member of the CUHSD Education Foundation and a participant in the CUHSD Facilities Improvement Committee.
Eve believes . . . "Volunteering to help students and the community brings me great joy. I love the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment I feel working together with like minded people on a common cause like the education foundation."
NICKOLETA ANTONOPOULOS NGUYEN - Board Member at Large, Communications Contributor
Nickoleta is a proud team member of the CUHSD Ed Foundation and was a communications team member on the Measure AA Campaign Committee with the Founders. Nickoleta is here because ... "I want the most enriching education for my children - one that goes beyond theory, builds character, develops life skills and empowers future leaders. Volunteering my time to achieve this is the best gift I can give my children."
LISA DOWNEY - Board Member at Large & Grant Writing Liaison
Lisa Downey is thrilled to join the dedicated members of the CUHSDEF in improving the district’s overall well-being for students, staff and families. Lisa traces her educational roots to the feeder schools of Campbell Union High School District, and is a proud Branham parent. Professionally, Lisa oversees the Environmental and Stewardship grant-making for the Morgan Family Foundation. She is an active member and the former co-chair of the Bay Area Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC), which helps build the field of environmental education through leveraged funding, partnerships and learning, and she also serves on the Steering Committee for the California Economic Summit, which is committed to ensuring that California’s opportunities are available to all people.
Lisa most enjoys working alongside people who care about improving their communities, both locally and globally. Before coming to Morgan Family Foundation, Lisa was the Director of Grant-making and Grantee Impact at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), and before that, she spent 14 years living and working in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Lisa takes to heart the “Learn by Doing” motto of her alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: on most weekends, Lisa can be found biking, supporting marching bands or making stuff.
JENNIFER SMITH - Board Member at Large
Jennifer represents the adult education branch of the Campbell Union High School District. She shares the Foundation’s passion to provide support to all students in the district.
Jennifer has been an educator for twenty-three years. A native of Canada, she attended Queen’s University where she earned her degree in English Literature and Education. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Education from State University New York, Buffalo. For the first ten years of her career, she taught English Language Arts at international schools in Seoul, South Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to joining Campbell Adult and Community Education, she also taught in a small rural high school near Fresno, California. Her passion as an educator is to be able to meet students where they are at, and to facilitate an environment where they can excel. She is a strong advocate for adult education because she believes it is never too late to achieve one’s dreams.
DR. ELIZABETH WARD, PhD - Board Member at Large
Elizabeth is delighted to be a volunteer for the CUHSD Education Foundation, and is looking forward to helping bring about positive changes within the community.
Born and raised in Cheltenham, England, Elizabeth was sponsored by GCHQ to earn a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Warwick, and then took a gap year before pursuing a career. Volunteer work on Iona was followed by a temporary job to earn enough money to backpack solo around New Zealand. Upon returning to England, she worked on pan-European collaborative research projects, and at the same time was able to earn her PhD in optoelectronics as an external part-time student at Imperial College, London.
Elizabeth moved from England to Campbell in 2004, for what was supposed to be a one-year transfer with her husband’s work in the tech industry. She still lives in Campbell with her husband and sons: their daughter graduated from Westmont in 2019; two sons are at Westmont, and their youngest son is at Discovery Charter School. She is delighted to be able to volunteer with the same great group of people who were involved in Measure AA.
ANDREA FAISS - Board Member at Large
Andrea is a Senior Planner in the Chronic Homelessness Initiative at Tipping Point Community. Previously, she worked at Episcopal Community Services, an organization testing new strategies to address homelessness. She was Chief Operating Officer for American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley, a nonprofit committed to building diverse networks focused on community transformation efforts. Andrea spent nine years at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she oversaw a portfolio of more than 100 performing arts organization grantees. Andrea held senior development positions in several Silicon Valley organizations and was Producing Director for City Lights Theater Company. While her daughter attended Leigh High School, Andrea was a volunteer student coach and member of the theatre department volunteer team, ACTS.
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STACEY BROWN - CUHSD Board Liaison
Stacey Brown was born and raised in the New York Tri-state area. After receiving her engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and because Silicon Valley is the "If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere" place for engineers, she relocated to San Jose. Stacey worked for a legendary Silicon Valley software company in a range of positions from software development to system integration, implementation and sales, eventually starting her own consulting firm. In addition to working with hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, Ms. Brown held P&L responsibility and profitably grew revenue 61% a year with 0% employee turnover and a 97% repeat customer rate. After a break to start her family she founded ProjectZone to help her clients deploy technology solutions to solve complex business problems.
In November 2010, she was elected to San Jose's Cambrian School District Governing Board. After completing her term on the Cambrian board in 2014, she was elected to the Campbell Union High School District Governing Board where she is currently serving her community.