Jonathan has worked on international education and renewable energy and water development projects in Europe and Africa (Greece, Morocco, Kenya and Tanzania) for over 20 years. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Marrakesh, Morocco, where he worked on rural solar, wind energy and agricultural/village water supply projects with the Ministry of Energy at the Center for Development of Renewable Energy in Marrakesh.
From 1988-’92, Jonathan worked as Associate Peace Corps Director in Kenya, serving as the Education Sector staff liaison for Math, Science and English teachers in addition to supervising water engineers, small business advisors, small town planners and forestry managers, and a total of more than 200 Peace Corps volunteers in Kenya.
From 1994 to 2005, Jonathan served as president on the board of Global Education Partnership, overseeing its growth from East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), to Central America (Guatemala) and South East Asia (Indonesia).
As an Adjunct Professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) from 2004 to 2010, Jonathan taught a graduate level course on Natural Resource Project Management in addition to a popular workshop on grant proposal writing focused on NGO project management, budgeting, development and successful fund raising strategies. Jonathan also coordinated and led a field practicum to Belize for MIIS students interested in obtaining field experience in a development setting.
Jonathan has most recently established the nonprofit: International School-to-School Partnerships.
Robert Stayton is a physicist, author, teacher, programmer, inventor, technical writer, typesetter, bread baker, and worm farmer, with one art museum exhibit to his credit. He has degrees in physics and science communications.
Patricia Deeter is a senior finance professional with two decades of experience, most recently working with technology and consumer electronics companies.
Experienced with financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, business operations, capital raising, and company strategy for start-ups and high growth companies. I’m a team player with excellent communication skills and work well across all departments, wearing many different hats. I enjoy a challenging environment where I can really make a difference.
- Budgeting, Forecasting, and Cost Control • Strategic Planning and Execution
- Financial and Accounting Management
- Project Management and System Implementations
- Financial Reporting and Due Diligence
- Financial Analysis
- P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow
- Human Resources
Responsible for managing the finance, accounting, admin, legal, and human resource functions for consumer electronics company that manufactures wireless SD cards and provides photo cloud storage/syncing service.
- In charge of all aspects of the finance department from financial reporting to board of directors, budgeting and forecasting, overseeing daily operations, tax compliance, insurance and cash management.
- Actively participated in Series D-1 funding round
- Maintained banking relationship including obtaining financing
- Established transfer pricing policy with subsidiary in Japan
- Implemented ERP system (Netsuite).
Member at Large
After working in the tech industry of Silicon Valley, Valerie began working in education in the mid 1990’s when she was selected to be part of the management team that would build and managed U.S. Space Camp California at NASA Ames Research Center and Aviation Challenge jet fighter camp at Castle Air Force Base.
After leaving the U.S. Space Camp Foundation, Valerie started her own company, ‘Rocketman Productions’, a speaker’s bureau that represented space, science and aviation keynote speakers and authors.
Valerie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Earth, Air and Space Education Foundation, a non-profit organization building an education center in partnership with Google/Planetary Ventures at former Moffett Federal Airfield. She also served on the committee formally known as Take Flight For Kids, currently Silicon Valley Fest, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
Valerie also serves on the Board of Directors for the W Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns a large United States and Russian space program artifact collection, which operates a space museum, The Space Station, as well as loans out their artifacts to other museums and science centers.
Valerie also formally served as a Board member of SSOAR, (Space, Science, Outreach and Research), a non-profit that built and operated two charter schools, a middle school and high school in Oakland. She has worked with many organizations and schools to create hands-on STEM programs to excite and inspire children to believe in themselves and their dreams.