SUNFLOWER HILL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Houghton, CFRE – President
Ms. Susan Houghton is President of the board for Sunflower Hill and has a 24-year-old son with moderate autism. A Certified Fundraising Executive, (CFRE), her background is in public affairs, government relations, corporate and crisis communications, educational communications and philanthropy. She’s worked for the University of California at Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Safeway, Chevron and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, among others.
Ms. Houghton has been on the founding board of directors for two other non-profit organizations devoted to autism and special needs (Exceptional Needs Network and Kern Autism Network) in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University and started her career as television journalist. In addition to her responsibilities at Sunflower Hill, she serves on the Cal Poly SLO President’s Journalism Advisory Board.
Tanya Ludden – Vice President
Ms. Ludden has been a resident of Pleasanton for the last 22 years and has been directly involved in Children Advocacy at the community, state and national level. Her affiliations include the Parent Teachers Association, where she served as the local, county and then, District President – overseeing 167 schools within Alameda County. In addition to the education component, she has served as a board member for large community organizations including Northern California Alzheimer Association and Valley Care Health Foundation. Her compassion for community involvement has led to successfully running nine political campaigns in the Tri-Valley. She is currently an elected delegate on the California State Democratic Committee.
Tanya has been married for 37 years and is a grandmother and the parent of three adult children – Lisa, a tenured teacher in the Pleasanton Unified School District, John who is actively serving our country within the Navy’s EOD Special Forces and Michael who is a social worker for the State of California.
Dave Muller – Treasurer
Mr. Muller has held executive/financial management positions within the telecom and IT industry over the past 30 years, and currently is a Partner for a leading global technology research and advisory firm. He and his family have lived in Pleasanton, CA for over 20 years, volunteering and supporting multiple local charities and school organizations. Dave is the father of a 17-year-old son with autism. Dave has a BS in Business Administration, Finance from California Polytechnic State University.
Debi Zentner – Secretary
Ms. Zentner has been a Pleasanton resident for 20 years. She was one of the founders of the Ruby Hill Charity Committee and the Pleasanton branch of Adopt an Angel. Her brother, Bruce, is very involved in Special Olympics and she was his coach for 11 years. She was also involved in Pleasanton Partnership in Education and she was the co-Finance Chairman for Proposition B School Bond while her two adult daughters were students. Debi has been married for 37 years, has a Paralegal Degree from University of Santa Clara and has been a mortgage broker for the past 23 years.
Lynn Monica – Garden Director
Ms. Monica has over 25 years of executive management experience in mobile/digital product, marketing and development. Lynn is currently an independent digital marketing/product consultant and previously has held executive level operations and product management positions leading the development of mobile/digital applications at a variety of companies including EVEO, HandsOn Mobile, Neilson, Openwave and Motorola. She is also an independent filmmaker and the Founder and Festival Director of the Livermore Valley Film Festival. She was a Board Member of the SF Museum of Craft & Folk Art Museum. Lynn is a step-mother to two, including a 22-year-old special needs son. Lynn has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of New Hampshire and a Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Christina Bogert – Board Member
Ms. Bogert is employed at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company as a Senior Systems Engineer in Advanced Programs. She has extensive volunteer experience in the autism community, including ten years with Parents Helping Parents and four years serving on the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s School Site Council. She has also volunteered for nine years as the “engineer mentor” for middle school students in the National Engineer’s Week “Future City Competition”. Ms. Bogert is the mother of three, including a 17–year-old son with moderate-severe autism. Chris has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Janeen Rubino Brumm – Board Member
Ms. Rubino Brumm is a social media consultant at The JRB Group. Prior to that, she worked part-time at Happy Talkers/School of Imagination in HR and was a Medical Equipment Sales Specialist for many years before having children. Janeen has a BA in Advertising from San Jose State University and a MS in Exercise Physiology from California University East Bay. She has also been a constant volunteer at her boys’ schools over the years. Janeen and her husband Dan have two sons, 18 & 20. Her older son has a rare chromosome variation called 48xxyy, as well as high-functioning autism. Janeen is the Community Outreach Chair and Social Media Manager for Sunflower Hill.
Kathy Layman – Board Member
Ms. Layman has managed implementation of large software systems for over 25 years in retail, consumer products and healthcare industries for such companies as Mervyns, Target, Williams Sonoma, Clorox and Kaiser Permanente. She has a BS degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University and is PMI certified with the Project Management Institute. A resident of Pleasanton, she has a special needs grandson who keeps her very busy in his love of all types of sports.
Anis Shaw-Administration Manager
Ms. Shaw has been in the Human Resources field for over eight years. Her strengths include employee relations, training and recruitment along with office management. She is a mother of one and lives with her husband in Pleasanton.