CEN Board Members



Dean Morton

Chairman Emeritus, CEN

Prior to retirement on October 31, 1992, Dean O. Morton was executive vice president, chief operating officer and a director of the Hewlett-Packard Company for many years.  Morton is a member of the board of directors of Cepheid Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. He is chairman emeritus of The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits and one of the 1994 co-founders of the organization.


Robert Raffo

Board Chair, CEN

Robert Raffo is the managing partner of Hood & Strong LLP, a regional certified public accounting firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1989, having volunteered with the United Way’s former Management Assistance Program, he became an advisor for Services for Brain Injury, a nonprofit based in San Jose.  That led him to a Board position with the Agency that has since resulted in him being Treasurer, President and currently Chair of the Audit Committee.  He also serves on the Board and Audit Committee of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.His past volunteer activities include Board positions with Parents Helping Parents and the 1996 U.S. Figure Skating Championship Organizing Committee. He was a past recipient of the Volunteer Center of Santa Clara County’s Corporate Volunteer of the Year award as a result of his work with Services for Brain Injury.  Professionally he is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Homer Wong

Vice Chair, CEN

During the 28 years that he was at HP, Homer’s career included a number of different roles. Initially joining HP as a Systems Engineer in 1979, Homer’s executive experience includes being the General Manager for the North America Direct Marketing Organization, Director of HR Operations for the Americas, and Director of Strategic Alliances. Homer retired from HP in 2007.  In 2008 Homer joined the staff of Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union (which merged with First Tech Federal Credit Union in 2011) after serving on their Board of Directors for eight years.  Homer held the role of VP – Retail Sales and Business Development.  Homer re-joined HP in August of 2014 as part of the Executive Development Program.  Homer is currently on the Board of the Bay Area HP Retired Employees Club, is the past Chair of CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), and is an Executive Advisor to CAAEN (Corporate Asian American Employee Network).



Dotty Hayes

Board Treasurer, CEN

Ms. Hayes worked for over 30 years in a variety of executive finance roles in the technology industry, supporting global hardware, software and service providers of computers, scientific instruments, data storage devices, semiconductors, and financial services. Most recently, she retired from Intuit where she held the positions of Chief Audit Executive and Vice President, Corporate Controller. Prior to this role she held the position of Vice President, Corporate Controller at Agilent Technologies during its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard and IPO, where she managed a global staff of 500. Ms. Hayes holds an MS in Business Administration with Accounting Concentration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MS in Finance from Bentley University. In addition to sitting on the CEN board, she also serves the First Tech Federal Credit Union, Computer History Museum, and American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley, and has was previously involved with Silicon Valley FACES, Range Fuels, Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union, and Woodside Priory School.


Anne Yamamoto

Secretary, CEN

Anne is a partner with the firm of Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP. She specializes in tax and financial consulting for individuals and has over 30 years of tax experience. Anne is a summa cum laude graduate of California State University, Fresno where she was named the outstanding graduate in the School of Business. She has served on a number of community boards including those of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Palo Alto Red Cross, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and KTEH. She is a past chairman for both the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Palo Alto Red Cross Boards. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Dora Beyer 

Board Member, CEN

Dora Beyer is a non-profit professional with 15 years’ experience in educational equity. Most recently she worked at Breakthrough Silicon Valley, supporting first-generation students in San Jose on the path to college. She too was the first in her family to receive a Bachelor's degree, having studied Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics at the University of California Santa Cruz. Since 2015 she has volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) with another local non-profit, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. She joined CEN as a board member after completing the Latino Board Leadership Academy through the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. She also enjoys supporting her family's small business in Watsonville.

Lisa Conover

Board Member, CEN

Lisa has worked at HP for 16 years in a variety of roles with the majority of her time on the Social Innovation team where she managed the HPE Foundation, leading its community engagement programs and overseeing the company’s grant making.  Lisa’s passion for nonprofits and social impact work can also be seen in her personal endeavors such as serving on the leadership team for The Changemaker Initiative (a program designed to inspire and equip community members to make social impact), serving on the Caminar for Mental Health Board of Directors since 2016 and serving as a member of Valle Monte League since 2013.  She holds a BA in Political Science and a Specialization in Business from UCLA, and a MBA with a Specialization in Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Janice Fry

Board Member, CEN

Janice Fry, now retired, was a Human Resources Executive with more than twenty five years of experience. She held a variety of positions with Sun Microsystems, including VP of Human Resources for the Computer Systems and Network Service Provider Businesses and VP of Executive Development and Organizational Effectiveness.  In addition to serving on the board of CEN, she has also been a board member for several organizations, including Friends for Youth, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and the Palo Alto chapter of the Red Cross.  Janice earned a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.A. from Miami University.


Rob Inouye

Board Member, CEN

Rob Inouye is an IT professional with more than 17 years of experience in the high technology industry.  He is currently employed at Oracle Corporation, based in Redwood City, CA as a Senior Consultant in the QA department. In addition to his professional experience, Rob has been involved in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer for more than 25 years.  He first volunteered as a mentor or “senior friend” with Friends for Youth in 1989.  In 2006 he joined the Friends for Youth Board of Directors and subsequently served as Board Chair for four years from 2007 to 2011.  As Board Chair, Rob attended numerous leadership development programs    offered by both BoardSource and the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from UC Berkeley.


Christina McKinney

Board Member, CEN

Christina McKinney has over twenty years of experience in the field of education. She began teaching in the Mountain View School District, went on to teach music in the schools singing and performing with children in the Music for Minors program. Later, she developed a World History and English Curriculum at Egan Junior high. She taught that program and went on to teach English in both Blach and Egan Schools. For the past four years, she has been co-chair for the Music for Minors Board of Directors, a non-profit that brings music education to over 20,000 students in the bay area.

Aubrey Merriman


Board Member, CEN

Aubrey Merriman is a proven leader who is known for his compassion, vision, and significant accomplishments. He has extensive experiences in overall nonprofit leadership that includes strategic planning; board development; human resources; resource development; facility planning as well as program operations. Mr. Merriman has a proven track record of building growing and successful operations throughout his career.

Aubrey brings to the Club a wealth of skills and expertise gained over the course of an exemplary 25+ year career in nonprofit management, as well as demonstrated passion for the Boys & Girls Club Movement, borne out of his upbringing as a Club kid and former Youth of the Year. Under Aubrey’s leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County has experienced unprecedented organizational growth. Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County was recognized with the Mayor’s Award from the City of South San Francisco and the Outstanding Community Service Organization Award from the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce.

Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Merriman was the Executive Director of Summer Search Silicon Valley from 2013-2015. During his tenure, Aubrey built the most diverse staff team throughout all of the seven Summer Search sites throughout the nation. Prior to this role, Aubrey spent over 12 years with Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada. Aubrey was one of 15 researchers from throughout the country selected to attend the prestigious Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aubrey later moved to the Bay Area and accepted the Executive Director’s position with Camp Fire in 1999. In 2001, Aubrey accepted the position as the Silicon Valley Regional Vice President for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. Aubrey worked his way up to Chief Development Officer managing local vision, field offices, resource development programs, and initiatives throughout Northern California and Nevada.

Mr. Merriman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii with an MSW. Aubrey recently completed the Stanford School of Business, Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, and is currently a member of the Class XXXVII of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley.

James Otieno

Board Member, CEN

Mr. Otieno is a retired Vice President of Executive Compensation and Services at Hewlett-Packard and is currently an independent business consultant. He has over 30 years of experience in executive compensation, board of director compensation, general compensation, sales compensation, benefits and human resources. In his role as the Vice President of Executive Compensation and Services, he managed programs in over 70 countries with a budget of over $1billion (covering approximately 3,500 executives and over 150,000 other employees worldwide). Mr. Otieno’s other company experiences include Henkel Corporation, Control Data Corporation and St. Paul Companies where he was responsible for a variety of human resources activities. He is also currently the Lead Director of PV Technology Inc., - a US based solar energy startup, with primary operations exclusively in Africa.

As an independent business consultant, Mr. Otieno has most recently worked on projects with eBay, Synnex, Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Music for Minors organizations. The projects included advising on matters of human resources, executive compensation, stock equity programs, board governance, organizational alignment, strategy and goal setting, etc. He has formerly served as board chair for both Palo Alto University and Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and is also on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Health Council (CHC). In addition, he is a former Encore Fellow and has also launched his own foundation - Karibu Rafiki Foundation. 

Mr. Otieno holds a bachelor’s degree (1982) in Economics & Psychology, and a master’s degree (1984) in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. He has an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Palo Alto University (2016) and was the recipient of the 2014 John Gardner Award for outstanding community service in Santa Clara County from the Los Altos Community Foundation and of the inaugural 2015 Dan L. King Award. Mr. Otieno is originally from Kenya, East Africa and has made California his home for the past 30 years. He is married to Maren Otieno and they have three children (Emmanuell, Nereya, and Alena).

Amari Romero Thomas

Board Member, CEN 

Amari Romero Thomas is the Principal Consultant and Executive/Soul Coach at Mosaic Consulting and Coaching.  Mosaic assists organizations and individuals “put all the right pieces” together in service to their personal or organizational mission. Amari consults on executive, leadership and organizational development, strategic visioning and planning, executive search and her coaching work specializes in life transitions such as retirement, new role and personal effectiveness. Prior to creating Mosaic, Amari spent over 20 years in the non-profit and corporate sectors as Consultant, Executive Director, Philanthropy executive and numerous other managerial positions.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University with a special emphasis in International Relations and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. In addition, she is bilingual in Spanish and bicultural having been born in Santiago, Chile.

Jim Salas

Board Member, CEN

Jim Salas is a Talent Acquisition professional with over 20 years of experience leading and directing highly productive teams. He has extensive experience in management and enjoys leading teams and creating an environment where people can excel and perform at their very best. Jim currently is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Stellar Solutions, an Aerospace Engineering company based in Palo Alto, CA. In his current role, he manages Recruiting, HR and Payroll.  Before Stellar Solutions, he worked at various hi-tech companies to include VMware where he spent 8 years recruiting and managing the University Relations efforts.  He has and continues to serve proudly in the United States Army Reserve where he holds the rank of Command Sergeant Major, E-9. His 32 years of service have included Intelligence, IT and Cyber Warfare efforts. Born in San Francisco, Jim was raised in the Mission District and is bilingual in Spanish. He earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix. 

Anna Waring, Ph.D.

Board Member, CEN

Anna L. Waring, Ph.D. has been Executive Director of Foundation for a College Education, an East Palo Alto organization dedicated to increasing the number of local low-income students of color who graduate from four-year college or university, since 2007.  Before coming to the Bay Area, Anna was in Chicago, IL, serving as president of Josephinum Academy, a Catholic school that educated low-income Latina and African-American girls.  At DePaul University, Anna was an administrator and a faculty member in the Public Services Graduate Program. Anna has a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College (1978) and received her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University (1995). She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA, the Education and Youth Development Fellowship and John Gardner Selection Committees for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and is on the advisory board of Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto, CA. In 2006, she received the Bicentennial Medal from Williams College for her work in education.