SEED 2017 - 2018 Board


Elsa Troy-Slovik, President 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.


Julie Manning, Vice President. Early on in life Julie had an interest in the arts and pursuing a career in the design field. After completing her BA of Fine Art she moved to San Francisco, worked in sales, and met her husband of 10 years. Julie received her Masters Degree in Interior Design in 2006 and spent the first five years of her career working for Architectural firms doing Commercial and Hospitality Design in Atlanta. In 2011 Julie and Darren moved back to the Bay Area to pursue careers and raise the family. A year later Julie formed J Manning Studio, providing interior design services to families in Lamorinda. It was also at this time that their family began navigating the road of special education for their eldest son, who is ADHD/ Autism Spectrum and attending Springhill Elementary.  Julie and Darren live in Lafayette with their three children, ages 8, 6 and 3.  

Bo-Kyung Kim, Treasurer 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 junior at Acalanes High School. 

Robyn Dobruck, Secretary 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 (8, 3rd grader at Lafayette Elementary) and Sam (6, Kindergarten 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! 

Ember Bailey. In 2009, Ember Bailey became a resident of California along with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Utah with a focus in Family and Consumer Sciences. To her surprise, the degree turned out to be pretty useful to her as a stay-at-home mom, aka Domestic Empress. Ember's boys were both diagnosed with Autism at a young age and currently attend Stanley Middle School, while her daughter attends Happy Valley Elementary. Previous to living in Lafayette (along with a quick year in Seattle), Ember lived in Orinda where she was a volunteer member of P.O.I.S.E (Parents in Orinda with Individuals in Special Education) and a liaison between Wagner Ranch Elementary and the OUSD. Ember assisted in the production of the 2015 SEED/P.O.I.S.E Resource Fair and the 2017 SEED Resource Fair. During her kids early elementary lives, the family received daily in-home ABA therapy through RCEB and Applied Behavior Consultants, along with weekly guidance from their certified behavior consultant. This in-home therapy empowered Ember as she learned the crucial skills it takes to be a parent of her autistic boys. This ignited Ember's passion to help other parents feel empowered and embrace special needs as part of their family dynamic. She describes her life with autism as a continuous flow of laughter, admiration, and learning -  with a small side of frustration and fatigue.  When she gets a break from wrangling her children and managing the family, Ember enjoys the sun, heat, running and hiking.  Dark chocolate and coffee are a daily must and she never passes up a good dystopian novel. Ember is grateful for the opportunity to join the board of SEED and hopes to continue connecting with many parents and organizations in the special needs community and beyond. If you see her at Peet’s coffee, be sure to say hi!

Cathy Kauder moved to Lafayette from the East Coast in 2009 with her husband Joe and two children, Sophia (8th grader at Stanley) and Nicholas (5th grade at Lafayette Elementary). A stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, Cathy has worked as a journalist for many news outlets, including ABCNEWS.com, TheStreet.com and Dow Jones Newswires, where many of her stories were published in The Wall Street Journal. Her freelance articles have appeared in publications such as Glamour, Ladies Home Journal and All You magazines. Since moving to Lafayette, Cathy has volunteered with many organizations including Lafayette Juniors, LPIE and Lafayette Elementary’s PTA board. She is looking forward to being on the SEED board and helping to promote programs that support Lafayette’s special education community.

Heather Marshall grew up in a small community in East Central Illinois where she earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Along with her husband, she has moved around to several cities, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami before relocating to Lafayette in 2014. She has spent the past three years as a stay at home mom. Prior to that, she worked 13 years in the area of employee benefits consulting.  Upon moving to Lafayette, she began attending SEED events and is excited to be a part of the SEED Board.

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.

Kenny 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 5th 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.

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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