Before joining the AbilityPath Auxiliary in 2019, Kirsten worked as the Adult Volunteer Coordinator at Students Rising Above, an organization serving low- income high school students throughout the Bay Area. Previously, she chaired the Development Committee at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School and participated in a variety of volunteer activities at St. Matthew’s and at St. Ignatius College Prep. Kirsten received her undergraduate and MBA at the University of California, Berkeley.
Marilyn has an MPA in Public Administration and was an elementary teacher before becoming a principal of an elementary school, then principal of Crocker Middle School followed by being Superintendent of the Hillsborough City School District for eighteen years. She was active in State, National, and International education associations and has spoken at educational conferences within the United States, Europe and Asia. Upon her retirement from public sector work, Marilyn enrolled in the floral design program at Filoli and after graduation became a volunteer there and chaired the Filoli Flower Show multiple times. She served as a member of the county’s Grand Jury. Volunteering as a member of the AbilityPath Auxiliary is both an enjoyment and fulfills the need to be productive in retirement years. Marilyn is married to her elementary school sweetheart. They have three children, and very happily, four grandchildren.
Susan taught public school for 35 years; most of her years of service were on the Peninsula. She retired from the Portola Valley School District. After retirement, Susan spent another 10 years as a lay reader for high school AP literature and a private tutor. She’s enjoyed sports and outdoor activities since childhood. Her interests now are reading, golfing, walking, playing bridge, and traveling. Oh yes, and to deal with the aches and pains of aging, she swears by reformer Pilates! Being a member of the AbilityPath Auxiliary extends her passion for advocacy for the members of our society who cannot always speak for themselves.