Saurabh heads the Media & Information Services Industry, Major Markets unit for Tata Consultancy Services. In over 20 years in the IT Consulting and Technology Services industry, he has worked with startups and early stage companies to large organizations, across a variety of industries including HiTech, Media, Telecom, Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance and Manufacturing. Saurabh is excited about the opportunity to leverage his experience and professional network to further Playing at Learning’s mission.
Novel Huang Brewer
As the Director of Tax at Lumentum, Inc., Novel heads the corporate income tax department. Prior to that she has worked in in tax management at Atmel Corporation, Intuit and SAP. Novel started her career at public accounting firms as tax manager before moving on to Internal Revenue Service where she worked as an internal revenue agent. A FIRST LEGO League coach for four years, Novel has seen first hand its impact on youth and wants to help the FIRST programs continue to grow and expand so more and more kids can benefit.
Mark is a Co-Founder of Playing At Learning. He has brought his software design and development skills across several industries to Hitachi, and Cirrus Logic, among others. Mark serves on the Game Design Committee for FIRST Tech Challenge. He has received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service. Mark was recognized at the FIRST Tech Challenge Volunteer of the Year at the 2012 FIRST Championship. He was also recognized as the Woodie Flowers Finalist for the the 2013 Sacramento Regional for outstanding FIRST Robotics Competition mentorship. Mark serves as the Overall World Head Referee for FIRST Tech Challenge. Mark received a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Mark founded and serves as lead mentor for FIRST Robotics competition team 2489, The Insomniacs and has taught robotics to curious students for more than 12 years.
Bob is Sr. Director, Memory Technology at Western Digital. Prior to that he was VP Technical Support at SanDisk. Bob is a 25+ year veteran of the technology sector. His favorite pastimes are helping people learn to make things and enjoying the outdoors. In addition to FIRST related activities, Bob is also an active volunteer and board member with Citizen Schools California. Bob was awarded a CSEE from Purdue and MS in Software Engineering from UT Austin. Bob is a big believer in FIRST and the role and mission of Playing At Learning.
Spencer Greene is an Angel investor and advisor to startups. He has spent the last 25 years in product management, engineering, strategy and M&A roles at technology companies in Silicon Valley. He has co-founded and sold two startups, and invested in and advised several others. He is currently interested in digital health. Spencer has a BS Electrical Engineering and BA French from Rice University, and MS Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Sudhanshu “Suds” Jain designed integrated circuits for 25 years. In 2008 he retired from Broadcom Corporation to volunteer and improve education in areas of science and climate. He also coached a FIRST LEGO League team for 5 years and the high school FIRST Tech Challenge team at Wilcox High School for 3 years. He currently serves on the City of Santa Clara planning commission. He also serves on the Board of Acterra.org and active with Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Sudhanshu holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from MIT.
Rathish has been involved in FIRST as a Volunteer for over 12 years including coaching world class FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams and has been Tournament Director and Event Coordinator for many Intel Folsom FIRST events, and past Chair of the FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Regional Championship Organizing Committee. He is a Chief Technologist at Intel Corporation with over 25 years of research, development and test experience and holds a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. Rathish is an Adjunct Professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to direct university research on DFX. In 2016, Rathish received Intel’s highest volunteer service award (Intel Involved Hero), in large part due to his dedication to promoting STEM.
Varsha is a co-founder of Arrow Packaging, a family owned distribution company supplying packaging materials to Bay Area Customers. She is also an enrolled agent and tax specialist and previously, has been a bank manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Robert (Bob) Steinfeld
Bob has completed a successful 33-year long career at Apple where he last held the position of Engineering Manager in Electromagnetic Compatibility. He contributed to the design of many products and played a key role in getting them to market. He currently consults for one of the Fortune top 10 companies. He also volunteers for FIRST, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and other groups. For the past 3 years, he has been mentoring a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) community team. Graduated from San Jose State University and recipient of Standard Secondary teaching credential, also from SJSU.
Jill is Co-Founder of Playing At Learning and currently Board Chair. Jill has held senior management and program management positions at Intel, Synopsys, LSI Logic and is currently a senior Technical Program Manager at Micron Corporation. In addition, Jill has co-founded and joined several early stage tech startups. Jill holds a BSEE from Purdue. Jill volunteers as World Championship Judge Advisor for FIRST Tech Challenge and has been recognized as FIRST Tech Challenge West Super-Regional Championship Outstanding Volunteer in 2016-2017. Jill also is the program manager for the Northern California FIRST LEGO League program. She has received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 4,000 hours of Volunteer Service.
We are looking to add several new board members.
- Be civic-minded and committed to helping the public
- Be committed to enabling enrichment activities for all and adhere to a broad nondiscrimination policy
- Have the ability and commitment to be on the Board of Directors for at least two years
- Have the ability and commitment to attend board meetings. The board will meet at least quarterly. Special board meetings will be held as needed with advance notice given.
- Be committed to participate in our mission in a fair and reasonable fashion and abstain from conflicts of interest
- Be a willing and positive advocate for the organization including representing Playing At Learning to the community
- Have the ability to evaluate and approve program goals as well as develop and evaluate progress to overall strategic goals
- Review minutes and stay informed regarding the organization’s fiscal and program work
- Participate in setting overall policy and program oversight
- Participate in the performance evaluation of the executive director and as needed, other key staff
- Participate actively (as needed) on board committees of the organization
- Actively raise funds for the organization and/or Contribute annually from personal resources to the extent possible (Give or Get)
- Be committed to learning about and putting into place the best practices for nonprofit boards
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