Gunn Foundation Board of directors
Our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer board members work hard to raise funding for the scholarships. We also support students throughout the scholarship application process and distribute funds as students embark on the next steps in their education.
Meet the Members of the 2022-23 Board:
Anupa Bajwa, Secretary
Anupa is a parent of a sophomore at Gunn and a long-time participant on school and district committees. At Ohlone, she was a founding member and Chair of the Core Values Committee. At Terman/Fletcher she was the lead coordinator for the School Dance. She is a current volunteer on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) District Action Committee.
Anupa brings her experience and caring – head and heart – to serve on the Foundation to support our hard-working seniors' smooth transition from high school to college. She is an Aerospace Engineer and has been working at NASA Ames Research Center for over 20 years.
Ken is orginally from Ohio. He has two children (a son at Gunn and a daughter soon to be at Wellesley in MA) He is currently serving as an officer on a HOA board and Gunn sports boosters and is starting his second year with the Gunn Foundation. Ken moved to Palo Alto from Hong Kong. His work overseas includes work in Albania and at a university in Nanjing. He believes continuing education can create opportunities that lift in a way no other can.
Armie Duterte, Treasurer
Lorenzo Gomez has 10 years of high school experience where he has served in roles from instructional aide, community liaison and school registrar. He is going into his second year as a Counselor at Gunn and is excited to make a positive impact on students and help them reach their goals.
Emily Jaquette, Chief Donations Officer
A bay area native, Emily has been involved in many Palo Alto educational causes since moving to South Palo Alto in 2005. She has been a Project Cornerstone reader, the treasurer or auditor for both the Palo Verde and JLS PTA, and was a school chair and then board member for Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE). In 2014, Emily joined the PiE staff. In 2018, she served as treasurer for Measure Z, the bond measure for PAUSD. Emily is eager to help streamline Gunn Foundation's finance and donation management processes and is thrilled to be focusing on and enabling higher educational opportunities for the population of students served by Gunn Foundation.
Judy Lee, Board President
Judy Lee is the parent of a Gunn senior and is excited to begin her third year with Gunn Foundation. A Bay Area native, she was an attorney in the government sector for many years, before retiring in 2019. She now works in real estate management in San Francisco. During the past two years, she has found helping students realize their college aspirations to be an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience. She looks forward to continuing Gunn Foundation’s mission of helping Gunn seniors achieve their college dreams.
Veronica is originally from Venezuela. She came to the US as a college student and is now an American citizen. Veronica has three children. Two of her children attend Gunn while her youngest is at Juana Briones. She has a background in neuroscience but Veronica has worked at different organizations helping prepare students from underrepresented backgrounds for college admission exams such as the SAT and ACT.
Veronica enjoys hiking with her family, cooking and traveling. She is excited to be a member of the board and helping students achieve their academic goals.
Sky has been involved for many years with Gunn’s Focus on Success Program and also as Assistant Coach for the Gunn Boys Varsity Basketball Team. He serves on the board of the Business of Success beyond Sports (BOSS) Program for middle and high schoolers in Long Beach, CA; and he and his wife also are parents of two Gunn graduates. Sky believes that “Every child is one caring adult away from a success story” and is excited to be a part of an organization that he has long respected and admired and that has opened so many doors for so many families.
Wendy Stratton, Gunn High School Principal
As our high school’s Principal, Wendy has a standing seat on Gunn Foundation's board. She arrives at Gunn after a year at Paly having spent a long educational career as an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and award-winning teacher in Marin County.
Alena Villari, Chief Scholarship Officer
Alena has a son and daughter at Gunn and a son at Juana Briones. She has served on the boards at her children's pre-school and elementary school. She teaches Art History and Art classes in the PAUSD elementary schools through an Art Education Department volunteer program. Alena has lived in Palo Alto since 2011. She enjoys sewing, cycling, hiking, trips to the beach, and skiing with her husband and kids. She's a first-generation graduate of Barnard College and is happy to serve helping all students find a path to higher education.
APPLYING TO GUNN FOUNDATION'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Gunn Foundation recruits members to the Board annually for three year terms. If you would like to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a Gunn Foundation board member, please contact us at email@example.com.