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.



Homer Wong

Board 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).



Janice Fry

Vice Chair, 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.



Anne Yamamoto

Treasurer, 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.



Claudia Coleman

Secretary, CEN

Claudia Coleman began her technology career when she joined Hewlett-Packard in 1971. Before leaving HP in 1992, Claudia was promoted to Americas Peripherals Marketing Center Manager in the company’s multibillion-dollar Computer Peripherals Organization. For most of the past two decades, Claudia’s energy has been focused on various volunteer, charitable, and philanthropic activities, including the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities where she and her husband Bill are founding donors.  She is secretary of the Coleman Colorado Foundation Board, past Chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board and currently co-Chair of the Los Altos Community Foundation Board.  In 2011, Claudia was honored with a Community Service award from the Cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.  She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado in 2001 as well as was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.


Pam Brandin

Board Member, CEN

Pam Brandin has been Executive Director of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1994 and was the Director of Development there for the five previous years. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. In addition to serving on CEN's board, she also serves on the Stanford Historical Society board. She recently served on the boards of the National Vision Serve Alliance, the Stanford Alumni Association, YMCA mid-peninsula and the Junior League of Palo Alto mid-peninsula. She is a past president of the Palo Alto Rotary Club.


Lisa Conover

Board Member, CEN

Lisa worked at HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise for a total of 15 years, with the majority of her time on the Social Innovation team.  Most recently she managed the HPE Foundation, leading their community engagement programs and overseeing the company’s grant making.  Lisa currently serves as an independent consultant working with corporations and non-profits.  She also serves on the leadership team for The Changemaker Initiative, an Ashoka partner program, and is also conducting a fellowship in social impact.  Lisa has served on the Caminar for Mental Health Board of Directors since 2016 and has been 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.


Dotty Hayes

Board Member, 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.


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.


Michelle Mann

Board Member, CEN

Michelle is an experienced leader in the field of corporate citizenship and corporate philanthropy, with over 20 years experience.  Michelle most recently served as Executive Director of the Adobe Foundation and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.  Before joining Adobe, Michelle had similar roles at Intel and Kaiser Permanente, managing community benefit programs, government relations, local giving and employee volunteerism.  Michelle has volunteered on boards and committees for organizations including the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mission City Community Fund, and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation.


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).


Robert Raffo

Board Member, 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.

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.

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.