The Family Giving Tree is extremely grateful to have an outstanding and active Board of Directors.
A dedicated group of volunteers, the Board is charged with guiding the Family Giving Tree in pursuit of its goals. Our Board members regularly commit their time, energy and funds to our overall cause and mission, exhibiting an extreme commitment and level of dedication.
Joyce Allegro, Board Chair
Joyce retired in 2013 from the Santa Clara County Superior Court where she was a judge for 14 years, prior to which Joyce was a prosecutor for 20 years. Joyce recently returned from an 8-month sojourn to Italy… a lifelong dream of hers. Joyce has served on the Board of Directors for organizations including the Ming Quong Children’s Center and the Support Network for Battered Women; she was introduced to Family Giving Tree by her son. Joyce was very impressed by the enormity of the mission and work of the Family Giving Tree by such a small yet dedicated staff and was eager to get involved as a Board Member.
Larry Sacks, Secretary
Larry has been a member of FGT Board of Directors since 1996. He has worked for a variety of firms in Silicon Valley, most recently with Netscape/AOL. In 2003, he formed a systems consulting business, KC and Associates, and classifies himself as a “systems geek.” In June of 2004, Larry and Gerry Young formed an alliance and now work together as part of Focused I.T. Solutions. He is currently employed by the City of Cupertino as an IT Assistant. He also holds a staff photographer position at The Santa Clara Weekly. Larry is an avid photographer and has his own photography business, Larry Sacks Photography. You’ll find him at many FGT events toting his camera! Larry is an active volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose and, when he is not working, he can be found racing, working pit crew, being crew-photographer for friends who race in the SCCA, autocross, driving his Fiat, cooking, hiking and playing tennis.
Kamini Sandhu, Governance Committee
Kamini has over 15 years experience in the Semiconductor industry with expertise in revenue analysis and customer care, amongst other specialties. She is currently a Sales Operations Manager at SanDisk. She joined the Board of Directors in January 2016. She is serving on the Finance and Audit Committees.
Paul Feng, Fundraising Chair
Paul grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and is thankful every day that he is able to raise his family here in the Bay Area, especially in the winter. His parents were immigrants and small business owners who struggled to make ends meet, and who taught him about the importance of helping the less fortunate. He is a Director of Product Management at Google, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. In his free time, he hunts for Pokemon with his two children (Hana, 6, and Theo, 4).
Dominic Mills, Finance Committee Chair
Dominic is a California Certified Public Accountant and UK Chartered Accountant with over seven years of experience in public accounting. Dominic began his career in the financial services industry in his native UK, where he earned his bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds. Dominic manages the execution of financial statement and internal control audits for public and private companies, and not-for-profit organizations in and around Silicon Valley. Dominic’s passion for charitable giving stems from an experience he had as a child putting together Christmas packages for children caught up in the conflict in Bosnia. In his spare time, Dominic enjoys cycling and running. He spends his weekends exploring the bay alongside his wife and young son.
Mona Taylor has more than 20 years experience in human resources with mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 industry leaders. Mona is currently the Senior Vice President Global HR at NeoPhotonics. Mona volunteers as an instructor for local Children and Youth Ministry programs as well as for the Wounded Warrior Recruitment Workshop program in San Diego, California, which provides assistance to Marines transitioning from military life into the civilian workforce. Ms. Taylor holds a BS in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.
Taya Zhou has more than 20 years of experience in finance management in both large and small companies, Fortune 500 public corporations and Pre-IPO organizations. Taya is currently the Worldwide Revenue Controller at Western Digital Corporation. She holds an MBA in Corporate finance from Boston College. In her spare time, Taya enjoys reading and gardening.
Helping out with the 2007 Holiday Wish Drive showed Andrea and her family the important role Family Giving Tree plays in local communities. The Borch family has been part of the effort ever since, with Andrea volunteering as a Drive Leader for the backpack and holiday drives. Andrea also serves on the Board of Managers for the Southwest YMCA and the Board of Directors for Humane Society Silicon Valley. Other interests include reading, walking the family’s two dogs, and traveling. Andrea has a BS and MS in journalism from Northwestern University.
Karen is a life-long volunteer supporting educational initiatives for children and youth. A mother of three successful, grown children she has worked tirelessly to raise money for her children’s schools and The Family Giving Tree (FGT). Utilizing skill sets gained as a travel agent, Karen has leveraged her people skills and logistical background to successfully manage the backstock area and warehouse store of FGTs Holiday Wish Drive. As part of this large task she manages teams of Angel Elves, trains volunteer groups for shift work, and when able, manages special events for the FGT Back to School Drive. Karen’s continuing desire to serve and make a difference in the lives of children in our communities will be put to good use as she joins our board. When not giving of her time and talent, Karen loves to travel, take photos, and scuba dive.