Board of Directors

MVEF is a non-profit educational foundation run by an unpaid Board of Directors of dedicated parent and community volunteers who are elected annually. Their time, expertise and energy enable the MVEF to maintain a low overhead, so more of every dollar donated goes directly to fund our programs.

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Dena Seki, Executive Director
Dena Seki has been an active volunteer in Palo Alto public schools since 2010. This has included serving five years on the Addison Elementary School PTA and Greene Middle School PTA executive board in various roles, including co-president at Addison. She was on the board of Palo Alto Partners in Education as Assistant Treasurer and then worked as Development and Campaign Manager. Prior to moving to Palo Alto, she worked for over twelve years in various finance and banking roles. She was a VP/Account Officer for Wells Fargo Foothill and worked in various positions for GE Capital, the most recent being as a Deal Manager. While working for GE Capital, she served as the Elfun Chapter Treasurer and acting Secretary. Elfun is a global organization of GE volunteers. Dena has a BA in International Politics from Penn State University and a joint MBA/MA from the University of Connecticut.

Dwight Rodgers, Board President
Dwight joined the MVEF board in 2013, a year after inspiring the Board to reopen its endowment campaign. He has two children who attend Bubb Elementary. Dwight has lived in Japan and Taiwan, and used to spend his free time doing geeky things like learn Chinese and Japanese by writing software that sorted all of the words in his e-mail inbox by frequency and Palm Pilot and Pocket PC software that automatically quizzed him on those words while he would otherwise have been idle in the subway. Now he spends his rare free time playing with his kids. Dwight holds a BS in computer engineering from Princeton University. He is an Engineering Manager at Adobe by day (and often night).

Patrick Neschleba, Vice President

Patrick joined the board in 2021. He and his wife Kerri have had kids in the Mountain View elementary and middle schools for the last 10 years, and have lived in Mountain View for over 18 years.  Patrick served as the School Site Council Chair at Monta Loma Elementary from 2015-2017, focusing on addressing achievement gaps and school culture, and helping run the school's Walk-a-thon for 8 years.  He has volunteered at the district level, serving on facilities committees implementing Measure G improvements. Patrick currently serves on the Measure B Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Patrick brings significant fundraising and endowment oversight experience from his time serving as Chair and Fundraising lead on the Stanford Band Alumni Board.  He is a 23-year technology veteran with multiple patents, and currently works in a Chief of Staff role at a major semiconductor company in Silicon Valley.  He holds a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.


Tamara Patterson, Treasurer

Tamara joined the board in 2019 to help the community raise our children to love learning and learn to work hard. Tamara is currently leading the California Equity and Excellence Initiative, focused on growing confident readers by 3rd grade. She is also on the board for Community Services Agency, which provides vital social services to our most needy residents. Prior to these roles, Tamara was a product manager and on the management team of a cleantech startup. She has a BA from Wesleyan University, a BS from Caltech, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Tamara has three kids with her first at Gabriela Mistral and her other two in preschool. She loves making her children smile, family dance parties, and adventures on the road.


Aisha Rengan, Secretary
Aishwarya grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been living in the Bay Area for 17 years. She worked as medical device quality engineer with a focus in risk management. She is also passionate about education and has taught middle school math and science. Aishwarya fosters her love of education by teaching Math Olympiad at her local elementary school. She served as the VP of memberships and secretary for the local elementary PTA and volunteers in the classroom. Aishwarya’s educational background is in chemical engineering and math. She holds a B.S.E. in ChE from University of Michigan and and M.S. in Industrial Mathematics from Michigan State University.


Tamara Wilson

Tamara grew up in the Bay Area and has been involved in MVWSD schools since before her son was born, volunteering with Reading Partners at Castro Elementary. By the time her son was 3, she was spearheading a campaign for the construction of what is now Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School. Most recently Tamara retired from the MVWSD Board of Trustees where she served as President and is thrilled to continue to serve our kids as an MVEF Board Member. In her day job, she works as a Research Geographer at the U.S. Geological Survey and is Deputy Director of the National Innovation Center. Her passion for education and reading stems from being a lifelong learner herself. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from California State University East Bay and an MA in Geography from the University of Arizona. Tamara enjoys adventure travel, backpacking, scuba, cycling, and is trying to become a better runner while keeping up with her soccer player son who enters Crittenden this Fall 2021.


Brad Dux

Brad joined the board in 2020.  Brad grew up in Toronto, Canada and then attended middle school through college in Arizona. He has been living in the Bay Area for 10 years. Brad has taught Math Olympiad at his local elementary school,and teaches several coding classes online. Brad's educational background is in math and computer science, and he holds a degree in both from the University of Arizona.


Andrea Maes

Andrea joined the MVEF Board in 2013.  Andrea has over 15 years experience in the field of education, both at the secondary and post-secondary level, as well as in the non-profit world. Her varied career includes hospitality/event planning, student leadership development, fundraising/grant writing, communications and marketing. Andrea is currently a part-time education and development consultant at the San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School. Her children go to Stevenson Elementary where she is actively involved in the PACT Foundation and has served as the chair of the Parent Education Committee as well as Chair of the PACT Foundation Board of Directors. Andrea has a Masters in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University. In her free time, she likes to go to the beach and spend time generally being active with her kids.


Ania Mitros
Ania has three kids. After a brief experience at a private school, Ania dove into understanding how our public schools work. Realizing how key MVEF is to a well-rounded education for Mountain View students, she joined the board in 2017. Ania remains active with her PTA, seeing it as another piece of the puzzle of how our public schools achieve excellence on par with some private schools. Ania works as en electronic engineer designing battery monitoring systems for electric cars. She has a B.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Caltech. She enjoys camping, bicycling, skiing, and writing.


Laryssa Polika

Laryssa’s passion for education and support for our school system was inspired by her mother who specialized in early childhood learning. After volunteering extensively at her children’s elementary and middle school PTAs, including holding several executive board positions, she joined the MVEF board in 2018 to help ensure that children across the district receive an effective education that includes art, music, and science. Laryssa has two children—a son at Landels Elementary and a daughter at Crittenden Middle School. She holds honours degrees in English and History from the University of Guelph and Communication and Publishing from Simon Fraser University. Laryssa currently works in Product Marketing and has a background in educational technology. In her free time, Laryssa enjoys frequent visits to Monterey, running 5k’s, and snuggling with her cat while reading a good (or bad)