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The Fremont Education Foundation is currently looking for new board members. The Board meets monthly, and board members are expected to be actively involved in one or more aspects of our annual fundraising. Please contact us for more information about joining our Board of Directors.

All meetings are open to the public and volunteers are especially welcome.
To RSVP for meetings, e-mail Kathy Kimberlin




Fahria Khan joined the FEF board in July, 2014. She is an MIT graduate and has lived in Fremont since 2002. She has five children and is very active in the PTO/PTA's at Weibel Elementary, Horner Junior High, and Irvington High School. She leads 2 Girl Scout troops and volunteers extensively in the community as well as working for the non-profit organization, Loved Twice. All of her volunteer and professional work directly provide a positive impact on children. She hopes to further her goal of bettering FUSD schools by being part of FEF..




Kathy Kimberlin has supported FEF for several years, in a variety of ways, including serving as the Innovative Education Grant Program and the Excellence in Education Gala chair. By day, she enjoys her work in the Fremont Unified Human Resources department as the Assistant Admin building and connecting relationships throughout the district. Both of her sons graduated from FUSD; their school years built her foundation for volunteerism and strong community relationships. Other community ties are found in her service as President of the Centerville Business & Community Association, Stage 1 Theatre board member, and as a Fremont Senior Citizens Commissioner. And in between all these community service opportunities, she thoroughly enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband.




Sherri Swinney has been on the FEF Board for over 3 years. She began as the liaison between FEF and the teachers' association. As an elementary school teacher, Sherri has been involved with her school in various leadership roles. She is now serving as the FEF board secretary. Sherri has called Fremont home for 14 years with her husband and is proud to be raising her children in the Fremont community. Volunteering time is her way of being an active member of the community. Sherri believes providing meaningful musical, learning, and athletic opportunities for Fremont students as well as being able to support the teachers is essential.




Denise Mapelli begins her first year on the FEF Board as the FUSD representative during the 2015-2016 school year. Currently the Assistant Principal at Forest Park Elementary School, she has worked as a substitute teacher, classroom teacher, district literacy coach and Curriculum and Instruction program manager since February 1993. Born and raised in Fremont, Denise and her husband are proud to be raising their children in the community. Having received several FEF Innovative Teaching grants during her tenure as a classroom teacher, she understands the importance of supporting innovative classroom teachers and students. Denise also believes strongly in providing all students with a variety athletic and musical experiences to help them develop into well-rounded, socially responsible individuals.




Emily Thomas has been a teacher at Oliveira Elementary for the past 10 years. Oliveira is named after her great-great-grandfather. She is currently the Second Vice-President of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association. and is also involved in many leadership roles within her school and district. Emily believes in giving back to the communuty where she grew up. She is a product of Mattos Elementary,Centerville Jr. High, and Washington High School. She lives in Fremont with her husband, dog, and three cats. Emily serves on the IEG committee.




Sherea Westra has been an active board member for over fifteen years. She has served many different roles for the Foundation in those years, including president. Mrs. Westra enjoys fundraising for the Foundation—whether it's helping with the annual Excellence in Education Gala or working with local businesses to give back to the Foundation. She is currently teaching third grade at Niles Elementary School and was named Alameda County Teacher of the Year in October 2018. Sherea is a long-time resident of Fremont and believes in giving back to the community where she received a solid education. She lives in Niles with her husband, daughter, and son.




Jim Tietz applies technical insight, marketing perception, and real-world startup & investment experience to his role as a cleantech advisor. He has led multiple due diligence teams for an angel investment community, invested privately in pre-valuation ventures, held advisory roles to the executive teams of several pre- and post-money companies, and is a long-time volunteer startup mentor for the Cleantech Open. Previously, he provided superior leadership across small teams and large organizations in the semiconductor equipment industry.




Zack Larsen was born in Fremont at Washington Hospital to two FUSD educators.  After graduating from Mission San Jose High School he matriculated to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he majored in History.  From there he returned to Fremont and the world of education with student teaching stints at Mission Valley Elementary School and John Gomes Elementary School. Zack was hired to teach 5th grade at Gomes and taught for 8 years before leaving to pursue an administrative position as assistant principal at Mission San Jose High School.  Following that role Zack moved to the principal role at Mission San Jose where he served for 6 years. Currently Zack is the Director of Secondary Education in Fremont and he is serving his first year as a board member for the Fremont Education Foundation. Zack believes in the power and impact of public education and seeks to secure resources which support students and teachers.