Board of Directors
Sarah Sobel, Co-President
I joined PAMP in 2011 when I moved to Menlo Park and I knew I needed to find other parents to connect with in the neighborhood. I’m a Bay Area native but the Peninsula was foreign to me, so I was thrilled to find the vibrant and active community that is PAMP and to make wonderful friends through the organization. In 2013 I stepped up my PAMP involvement and became the volunteer host for PAMP science classes at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. I quickly found that volunteering for PAMP was a rewarding experience and I loved attending classes with my son. I served as Co-President during the 2015-2016 year. Prior to serving as the Co-President, I served as the Director of Membership, which taught me a lot about how PAMP works and what our members want and need from the organization. I have two wonderful sons who love bike riding, grandparents and all things train related. I’ve benefited greatly from my experience with PAMP and I’m looking forward to further supporting our club and its members.
Maya Herstein, Co-President
I joined PAMP in 2012 after moving down to the Peninsula from San Francisco. With a one year old in tow, I quickly wanted to familiarize myself with activities and spots that could fill our days with fun and games. I found PAMP to be a tremendous resource for that and for parenting in general. Wishing to pay it forward, I joined the PAMP board in 2013 as VP Communications and my appreciation for this organization has grown even more. I continued on the Board as the Director of Outreach, and most recently served as Co-President of PAMP. I am excited for the opportunity to serve as Co-President for another year. I live in Menlo Park with my husband and two lovely daughters. I have work experience in the field of brand marketing and hold a MBA as well as a law degree. I hope to help grow this fantastic group and continue to connect our members to the PAMP community.
Marissa Song, Secretary
I have been a member of PAMP since 2006. I served as the Director of Legal, and in 2015 as Secretary of PAMP. I live in Los Altos with my husband and three kids. My professional experience and community involvement provide me a unique perspective that can help PAMP serve the community. I graduated from UC Berkeley and received my J.D. from USC. After working at a large firm in Los Angeles for 5 years, I joined a large biopharma company, where I have worked as the Associate General Counsel, Corporate, for over 10 years.
Lisa Raghav, Treasurer
I joined PAMP in spring of 2013 right after I learned we were moving to Palo Alto from Seattle. I mostly used the forums to find referrals and recommendations for area resources to help get my family settled. In 2014 I became more involved with PAMP, joining the staff as Membership and Volunteer Manager. Through that role I really had a fun opportunity to meet many members and really learn about (and help shape!) all that PAMP has to offer. I served as PAMP's Treasurer during the 2015-2016 year, and look forward to the opportunity to continue using my professional finance background to help support and shape the future of PAMP.
Alix Pora, Board Director - Engagement
After having been a part of mom groups in the North Bay after my first son was born, I was eagerto join PAMP when we moved to this area while also expecting our second son, in the beginning of 2015. PAMP has been an invaluable tool for us as a relatively new family looking for a community, especially since my husband and I are transplants here and raising our two boys, Nicolas and Maxwell, on our own. It has been a huge help to be able to find answers to our questions through the PAMP forum. I started volunteering for the Membership committee and I was excited to share ideas with the Board members who have been wonderfully receptive. I also co-founded the Professional Network subgroup, since we are fortunate enough to live in an area that offers a great opportunity to create contacts with people from all types of professions and backgrounds. Most recently, I served as Board Director of Membership, and I am very excited for the opportunity to serve as the Director of Engagement.
Shirley Shtiegman, Board Director – Legal
I was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and moved to NY in my late twenties, where I had thepleasure of learning a different legal system and culture. I now live in Palo Alto with my husband, my 10 year old daughter, my 9 year old son and our family dog. We moved to Palo Alto after spending 10 years in Seattle and we love the area and enjoy spending time outdoors as a family.
When my children were younger, I was always eager to find interesting activities for them and with the challenge of balancing work and family, it would have been wonderful to have a resource such as PAMP available. Moving into the Bay Area, I did not know of PAMP and had a difficult time meeting people, getting familiar with the area and what it had to offer for my family. I joined PAMP as Director of Legal in 2015 and am excited to help drive more awareness of PAMP and help make it an even better resource for parents in the area.
Heather Gaillard, Board Director - Marketing & Communications
I joined PAMP in 2011 upon moving back to Palo Alto, after 5 years in Minneapolis. Returning with two children, I found my former home a bit of an unknown – what to do with kids, where to go, how to find a preschool, and many other questions. PAMP is a rich resource of information that quickly got me up to speed and helped me adjust to the move back and my new stage in life. I joined a playgroup early on, and have been an active participant in the PAMP Book Club.
I joined the PAMP board in 2015 as Board Director of Marketing and Communications as a way to give back to the PAMP community, and as a way to contribute my marketing and communications skills. I live in Palo Alto with my husband, daughter and son. I have work experience in the areas of strategy, marketing, and general business, and hold an MBA. I am looking forward to contributing further to this fabulous local parent community.
Alice Chao - Board Director, Membership
I joined PAMP in 2015 when my daughter was about 6 months old. I'm a San Francisco native, but have spent the last 17 years in the Palo Alto/Mountain View area. Being a new mom, I knew I needed support from my local community and PAMP was just what I needed. In just a few short months of joining PAMP, I found myself reaping so many benefits that I felt compelled to volunteer and share my experience. Professionally, I'm Associate Director at Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve PAMP and the greater community.
Jaimi Haydel - Board Director, Events
I moved to Menlo Park from San Francisco in 2015. As much as my husband and I loved living in the city, we had just had a baby boy and now as a family of four (we have a chocolate lab too!), we were looking for more space, to be closer to my husband’s job, and a place to plant our roots. I was a part of a parents group in SF, so I knew I needed to join PAMP and start getting involved in all that the group had to offer. Since joining, I’ve had the pleasure of hosting some of the “blanket babies” groups at our home which has been rewarding for me and my son. The amount of support and resources that PAMP offered really made my transition to parenthood enjoyable and gave us a social outlet as we got to know our new neighborhood. My background is in the mental health field, I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and have several years of experience working with parents and children. I hope that my professional work with families will help me in my role on the PAMP Board as Director of Events. It is my goal to understand the needs of the community and to come up with creative and fun ways to engage families.
Jennifer Wang, Board Director, Member at Large
Like many members, I joined PAMP soon after the birth of my first child, in 2009, new to this whole parenting thing. A critical project was to sort out childcare before I returned to work, and it was thanks to the PAMP forums that I was able to find a wonderful nanny. Since then I've discovered what a valuable resource PAMP is, for the advice of the online forums, classifieds, as well as the myriad of small and large events. I grew up out east in West Virginia, but have resided in the Bay Area since 1996. I currently live in Palo Alto with my husband and two school-age children. Professionally, I work full-time as head of Customer Success at a Silicon Valley high-tech company. I’ve served as Board Director, Engagement, since 2014. I am thrilled at the prospect of continuing to serve on the PAMP Board as Member at Large to help our members get the most value out of this amazing resource and organization.
Ann Wondolowski, Operations Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Melissa McKenzie, Marketing & Communications Manager (email@example.com)
Iris Safar, Events Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Divya Visweswaran, Membership Manager (email@example.com)