SEED 2016 - 2017 Board

President Elsa Troy-Slovik has spent the past five years as a full-time stay-at-home mother. Prior to that she spent two years as the co-founder and CEO of RemedyEHR, an electronic health records company focused on the treatment of obesity. She remains a majority owner with her husband Josh. Before that, Elsa worked for 11 years as a strategic account manager at Synopsys and related Electronic Design Companies, driving all aspects of the business worldwide on some of the highest profile accounts in the 13th largest software company in the world. Elsa is the proud mother of three boys, 9, 7 and 2. The older two go to Springhill Elementary. One of them has autism and attends the mild-to-moderate special day class at Springhill. She holds an MBA and BA in business from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.

Treasurer Bo-Kyung Kim is a California licensed professional fiduciary, specializing in trust administration and conservatorships. She is also a tax attorney with 15 years of experience working on international, federal, state, and local tax matters for Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups. She has worked at Baker & McKenzie, LLP in Palo Alto and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and San Francisco where she advised clients on various state and local tax matters. Ms. Kim was a tax counsel at Chevron Corporation until 2012 when she left the company to spend more time with her son. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University. Her son, Timo, was diagnosed with spastic CP at age two and with autism at age six. Timo has attended Lafayette Elementary, Springhill Elementary (SDC), and Stanley Middle School. He is now a freshman at Acalanes High School. 

Robyn Dobruck has spent most of her adult life either in or on the water. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BS in Marine Biology and spent the next decade working as a naturalist on tour boats, an aquarist at aquariums, or as a driver on research and tour vessels. After Robyn's kids, Elle (6, 1st grader at Lafayette Elementary) and Sam (4, Early Intervention at Burton Valley), were born she worked as a Safety Officer for a non-profit Research, Education, and Conservation organization and as an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. Robyn and her husband Brian relocated their family of four from Maui to California in 2013 in search of better medical care for their son, Sam. Brian currently works as a ferry boat Captain in San Francisco and Robyn holds down the fort at home! 

Jennifer Perlmutter moved to Lafayette in 2009 from Los Angeles. Moving back to this region was coming home. Born and raised in the Bay Area and Napa, Jennifer became a professional artist in 1996. Since then her entrepreneurial spirit has forged a longtime art career. Along with her Husband, Sean, they have made a home in Lafayette. In 2014, she opened the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery where she continues to exhibit, teach and empower other artists to represent themselves. Community is at the forefront of her endeavors and special education, students rights and parental support is the reason she has accepted the board position.

Viyada Satyapan is the mother of Charles, a 3rd grader at Springhill Elementary. Charles shares time between Viyada and his dad, who also lives in Lafayette. Charles first attended Burton Valley in the Stepping Stones program. He is now mainstreamed at Springhill with some support in the classroom and the resource room. Viyada has a MA in History and a BS in Business Administration both from Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California. She has had a history of marketing at, Johnson & Johnson, and other online companies from the dotcom boom (and some busts) era. She became a stay at home mom for 5.5 years after the birth of Charles and recently returned to work full-time work. She's currently the Marketing Manager in Concord for a home and garden decor named Regal Art & Gift. 

Shannon Trifiletti is a Texan transplant who moved to Lafayette in 2015. After majoring in Linguistics and Contemporary Art at the University of Texas, she moved to Europe for several years, where she continued her studies and worked as a tutor, translator and in property management. Once back in the U.S., Shannon co-founded and ran a flight school, worked as a flight attendant, a headhunter, a small business consultant and most recently, as a marketing supervisor for a mutual fund firm. A mother of four, she left the corporate world in 2009 to focus on her family and has been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Shannon’s youngest daughter Naomi was diagnosed with Autism and Aphasia in 2012 and is a graduate of Lafayette’s Early Intervention program. Naomi now attends the Burton Valley Elementary Stepping Stones program. Shannon has volunteered for several charities in the social services sector, including Ronald McDonald House and Project Homeless Connect. Locally, she has served on a ballot measure campaign for school funding, is a supporter of LPIE and is active in her PTA. Shannon loves cooking for a crowd, outwitting the deer in her garden and being at the ocean with her family and friends.

Kendall Tuckerman grew up in the Florida panhandle and then attended Auburn University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting.  He later received a Master of Accountancy from the University of Georgia.  He first worked as a bank auditor, then as an accountant and executive assistant for the Athens Child Abuse Council. After earning his Master of Accountancy, he joined Georgia Pacific Corp. where he rose to the rank of Accounting Supervisor.   He later taught Accounting at West Georgia Technical College, Columbus Technical College, and Heald College.  In 2002 he moved to Northern California and, in partnership with David Tuckerman, acquired and operated two Dairy Queen franchises (in Concord and Sacramento).  Kendall and David sold the franchises in 2006 and moved to Lafayette so they could focus on the raising of their twin sonsCarter and Jacob. Carter is intellectually disabled and attends 4th grade in the mild-to-moderate Special Day Class at Springhill Elementary.  Kendall is currently a full-time parent, while David works as a technical consultant.

Laura White and her husband, Carlton, have lived in Lafayette for twenty years.  They have two children, Ian and Collin, ages 13 & 10.  Laura has served on the PTA and PFC Executive Boards for Lafayette Elementary, Springhill, and Stanley Middle School in various capacities over the past several years and enjoys working as part of a team.  She has also served on the Board for Lafayette Juniors and has co-chaired their annual Kitchen Tour three times.  Laura has spent the last 10 years working for Litman Gregory Asset Management in Orinda, currently in the Private Funds Group. She has been a member of SEED for about five years now and hopes to make a greater contribution by serving on the Board.  She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of CA and in her free time, Laura enjoys hanging out with her family, cooking, baking and reading.

SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization run by parent and community volunteers to benefit diverse learners in Lafayette, California.

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