About

The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is a diverse group of parents who have come together to form a volunteer-led, non-profit organization to offer community, resources, knowledge, and support on common interests.

PAMP is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. Founded in 1991 by a small group of mothers, today our membership has grown to 3,000 extending up and down the Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, both within our club and our community. PAMP offers an array of services and programs to our members thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Leadership Team, about sixty volunteer members who coordinate programs and serve on the Board of Directors. Every year hundreds more volunteers are mobilized from within our membership and also through organizational partnerships to support our events, subgroups, playgroups and do all the other nitty-gritty work to make PAMP tick. In addition, we have a tiny team of part-time staff that keep our operations and key programs running smoothly.

Want to learn more about PAMP? Please read our annual reports:

 

 

Staff

Willow Lune, Newsletter Managing Editor (newsletter@pampclub.org)

Kristen Podulka, Membership Manager (membership@pampclub.org)

Tai Clyde, Small Events Manager (semanager@pampclub.org)

Alison Lee, Development Manager (sponsor@pampclub.org)

Kim Hixs, Bookkeeper (accounting@pampclub.org)

 

Board of Directors

Masumi Patel, Chair/VP At Large (chair@pampclub.org)

I have been an active member of PAMP since joining in 2009, most recently serving on the Board as VP of Volunteer Relations and Secretary.  I live in Mountain View with my husband and 2 young daughters. When I’m not parenting, product managing Verizon’s FiOS service, or volunteering for PAMP, my neighborhood HOA Board, or the Womens’ Association Board at Verizon, I can be found spending time with friends or searching for airfare deals to Boston where I grew up and attended college. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Telecommunications from Boston University, as well as an MBA from Babson College. I have worked at Verizon Communications in various roles for the past 14 years. I hope to contribute my professional and personal experience to help PAMP continue to be a valuable resource to the community

Chanden Moya, President (president@pampclub.org)

Chanden joined PAMP soon after her first son was born in early 2010. She has always had a passion for volunteering – starting with being a junior volunteer at the local hospital at the age of 13. She has a full time day job working at a computer networking company all the while she continued to volunteer in the community.  Before children she was a volunteer Project Leader for Hands On Bay Area for over four years. Since becoming a member of PAMP she volunteered in numerous PAMP related areas such as the Speaker Series, the annual Moon Festival, revamping the discount program, and then eventually took on a board position as the VP of Small Events.  She also ran a playgroup through PAMP. Chanden lives in N. San Jose with her wonderful husband and their two sons. When she is not working or volunteering she enjoys being outdoors with her family, catching up with friends, or knitting.

Lori McCormick, Secretary (secretary@pampclub.org)

I joined PAMP in 2010 off recommendation from a friend not knowing all of the resources available and really only using it for the forum and classifieds.  It wasn’t until last year when I started taking my toddler to PAMP hosted activities and events that I discovered how amazing PAMP is.  My only regret is not doing this sooner.  Meeting the dedicated volunteers and staff that keep PAMP running is the reason I wanted to join the Board. Being a full time working mom and a volunteer takes a lot of juggling, but it’s worth it when the community you are volunteering with is PAMP.  When I’m not attending PAMP events, or working with high school students on their college applications, my husband and I are chasing after our two boys – a charismatic preschooler who’s enamored with marching bands and anything with wheels, and a precious baby boy who we’ve been told smiles with his whole body.

Emiliano Martinez, VP Legal (legal@pampclub.org)

I joined PAMP in 2011 after my son was born, and have found it to be an incredibly valuable resource, as well as a great way to meet other parents in the area. I am a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School, and currently work in San Francisco at a private foundation that focuses on human rights work both domestically and internationally. I’m very happy to be back in the area after my time in Michigan and then in Los Angeles as a litigator at a large firm, and am very excited to be serving as the Vice President of Legal for such a great organization. It is a privilege to be able to give back to PAMP, and I’m looking forward to this term.

Jacquie Kush, Treasurer (treasurer@pampclub.org)

I worked in San Francisco, at a Big 4 accounting firm, for many years. In 2010, I joined the finance department at a venture capital firm in Menlo Park and moved to Redwood City. I grew up in Sonoma County and was not familiar with the resources and events on the Peninsula. Joining PAMP after having my son in June 2012, was a great way to connect with other parents in the area and learn more about the community. I am now back at work full time and learning the juggle that all parents perform.

Tatyana Ventura, VP Volunteer Relations (volunteer@pampclub.org)

I am a linguist and a localization specialist working for a Radiological Research company. I live in Palo Alto with my husband, my four year old son and a new baby boy. When I am not busy chasing my preschooler, taking care of the baby or volunteering for PAMP, I enjoy cooking and traveling though those are currently a distant memory! I have been actively involved with PAMP for over 3 years, first as a VP of Small Events, then as the President. I am excited to be taking on the role of the VP of Volunteer Relations as it plays such an important role in our volunteer-led organization. I hope that over the course of this term, more and more members will offer their invaluable time and tremendous talents to serve our incredible organization.

Shirley Chen, VP Small Events (vpsmallevents@pampclub.org)

I joined PAMP right before my son was born in June 2011 for information and resources. By August I was attending Blanket Babies and shortly became the host of that event.  As my son grew and we attended more classes and events, I volunteered for the music classes and Meet & Eats and it’s been a great way to meet other families who were also enjoying the great events PAMP offered.  I am excited to join the organization as VP of Small Events and look forward to lending my experience, ideas and energy (what is left after taking care of a super high energy toddler) to create and execute memorable events for all PAMP members.