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The Fremont Education Foundation is currently looking for new board members. The Board meets monthly, and board members are expected to be actively involved in one or more aspects of our annual fundraising. Please contact us for more information about joining our Board of Directors.

At this time, all meetings are scheduled to be at the FUDTA Office:
39350 Civic Center Drive #430
Fremont, CA  94538

All meetings are open to the public and volunteers are especially welcome.
To RSVP for meetings, e-mail Kathy Kimberlin

Fahria Khan joined the FEF board in July, 2014. She is an MIT graduate and has lived in Fremont since 2002. She has five children and is very active in the PTO/PTA's at Weibel Elementary, Horner Junior High, and Irvington High School. She leads 2 Girl Scout troops and volunteers extensively in the community as well as working for the non-profit organization, Loved Twice. All of her volunteer and professional work directly provide a positive impact on children. She hopes to further her goal of bettering FUSD schools by being part of FEF..

Kathy Kimberlin has supported FEF for several years, in a variety of ways, including serving as the Innovative Education Grant Program and the Excellence in Education Gala chair. By day, she enjoys her work in the Fremont Unified Human Resources department as the Assistant Admin building and connecting relationships throughout the district. Both of her sons graduated from FUSD; their school years built her foundation for volunteerism and strong community relationships. Other community ties are found in her service as President of the Centerville Business & Community Association, Stage 1 Theatre board member, and as a Fremont Senior Citizens Commissioner. And in between all these community service opportunities, she thoroughly enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband.

Sherri Swinney has been on the FEF Board for over 3 years. She began as the liaison between FEF and the teachers' association. As an elementary school teacher, Sherri has been involved with her school in various leadership roles. She is now serving as the FEF board secretary. Sherri has called Fremont home for 14 years with her husband and is proud to be raising her children in the Fremont community. Volunteering time is her way of being an active member of the community. Sherri believes providing meaningful musical, learning, and athletic opportunities for Fremont students as well as being able to support the teachers is essential.

Denise Mapelli begins her first year on the FEF Board as the FUSD representative during the 2015-2016 school year. Currently the Assistant Principal at Forest Park Elementary School, she has worked as a substitute teacher, classroom teacher, district literacy coach and Curriculum and Instruction program manager since February 1993. Born and raised in Fremont, Denise and her husband are proud to be raising their children in the community. Having received several FEF Innovative Teaching grants during her tenure as a classroom teacher, she understands the importance of supporting innovative classroom teachers and students. Denise also believes strongly in providing all students with a variety athletic and musical experiences to help them develop into well-rounded, socially responsible individuals.

Emily Blackburn has been a teacher at Oliveira Elementary for the past 10 years. Oliveira is named after her great-great-grandfather. She is currently the Second Vice-President of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association. and is also involved in many leadership roles within her school and district. Emily believes in giving back to the communuty where she grew up. She is a product of Mattos Elementary,Centerville Jr. High, and Washington High School. She lives in Fremont with her husband, dog, and three cats. Emily serves on the IEG committee.

Susan Condio-Hernandez is a lifelong educator and consummate professional whose passion has been working tirelessly on behalf of all children.  Susan has taught all grade levels from kindergarten to grade 12. During her career, she has worked at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Susan is a master teacher who has trained over thirty new teachers entering the profession. Susan has had the professionally rewarding opportunity to work as a vice principal and principal in low and high performing schools at the elementary and middle school levels in California by implementing her extraordinary leadership skills. At a previous school under Susan’s leadership, it earned the prestigious California Distinguished School Award and the Golden Bell Award with her team. Susan and her husband live in Fremont with their rescue kitties. They love to travel. She is an active volunteer at Holy Spirit Church. She enjoys making a positive difference in the community. Susan is an avid swimmer at Club Sports where she is a US Master swimmer too.

Chuck Graves is in his first year as a member of the FEF Board. Chuck has been in the Fremont Unified School District for twenty-seven years with the last five as principal at Mission San Jose Elementary. Chuck met his wife Lyn of twenty-five years as they both were teaching physical education at Niles Elementary. Lyn is a junior high school math teacher in the San Jose Unified School District. Chuck and Lyn have one daughter who just graduated from the University of Oregon and is currently pursuing a teaching credential. When not walking his two Labrador retrievers, Chuck spends time in Capitola visiting his folks, walking the trails around Pinecrest Lake and attending Stanford football games in the fall. As a member of the FEF Board, Chuck hopes to provide additional support and experiences to entire FUSD family and the community of Fremont.

Sherea Westra has been an active participant of the FEF Board for over 10 years, having served as President and Vice President of the Innovative Education Grants Program. She currently serves as the President of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association and is their representative to the FEF Board. Over the years, Sherea has had an active role in the Innovative Education Grant Program by conducting grant writing workshops for FUSD teachers and reading grant applications for a number of years. She enjoys fundraising for the Foundation—whether it's helping with the annual IEG Gala, working with local businesses to give back to the Foundation, or volunteering to work on the ASB Telethon. Prior to the 2013-2014 school year, she taught for fourteen years at Niles Elementary School. Sherea is a long-time resident of Fremont and believes in giving back to the community where she received a solid education. She lives in Niles with her husband, daughter, and son.