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.
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Amourence Lee, Executive Director (email@example.com)
Willow Lune, Newsletter Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kristen Podulka, Membership Manager (email@example.com)
Tai Clyde, Small Events Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alison Lee, Development Coordinator (email@example.com)
Kim Hixs, Bookkeeper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Board of Directors
Masumi Patel, Chair/VP At Large (email@example.com)
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
Melina Patterson, President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I joined PAMP in 2007 after my daughter was born and am incredibly grateful for all of the support and information that PAMP provides. Although I have lived in Palo Alto for over a decade, PAMP has helped me learn so much more about my community and the wonderful people who live here than I ever thought possible. For over eight years I worked as an attorney at a large law firm in Palo Alto where I honed not only my legal skills, but leadership and strategic thinking skills as well. During the 2011-2012 board term, I applied those skills to the VP of Legal position and worked collaboratively across the organization to strengthen PAMP’s infrastructure and focus. I look forward to continuing these efforts in the President’s role and to cultivate the growth of PAMP while staying faithful to the organization’s mission.
Lori McCormick, Secretary (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Ginny Haynie, VP Online Community (email@example.com)
Our family lives in Mountain View and is comprised of my entrepreneurial husband, myself and three very active kids. I have been a member of PAMP since moving to the Bay Area from Atlanta three years ago. PAMP has proven to be a valuable asset giving me everything from doctor reviews to information about local activities that my “native” Californian friends don’t even know about (not to mention a discount with the dry cleaner). I am so excited about joining the organization and helping to create a fantastic Online Community. I have a great love for websites and parenting so this seems like the perfect position! I have been employed as Mom for the past 11 years, but in my previous life I was a Kindergarten teacher and have a degree in Elementary Education.
Chanden Moya, VP Small Events (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I joined PAMP soon after my son in early 2010. I have always had a passion for volunteering as far as I can remember – starting with being a junior volunteer at the local hospital at the age of 13. Although I have a full time day job working at a software company in the finance department I have continued to volunteer in the community. I have been a Project Leader for Hands On Bay Area for over four years and have volunteered for PAMP for numerous events. I also run a playgroup through PAMP. I live in San Jose with my wonderful husband, son and two cats. When I am not working in finance or volunteering my family and I love to be outdoors, visit family, or cuddle up with a good book.
Grace Chen, VP At Large (email@example.com)
I joined PAMP after my daughter was born in 2008, the same year we moved to Los Altos from San Francisco. PAMP has been the best resource to meet people and find everything a young family could possibly need in the Bay Area. Currently I work as a lead clinical outcome analyst for Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. Volunteering has always been part of my life. When I was in college in China, I volunteered as a translator every summer for 4 years to help a Japanese foundation to build elementary schools in the most deprived provinces outside of Beijing. After coming to Boston to obtain my master degree at Bentley College, I volunteered at the National Asian American Professional Association as an event organizer for many years. Since I joined PAMP, I volunteered at numerous events, and worked as the account payable person, budget analyst and the interim treasurer when our treasurer was on maternity leave. I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to this fine organization and hope to be able to use my expertise in implementing database and CRM system to build a more robust back-office system for PAMP.