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Board of Trustees

James F. Barbic, E. A.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and a former professional baseball player, Mr. Barbic has been an enrolled tax consultant for over 40 years. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he is known for both his skill and community activism. He has served as Chairman or Director of the California Society of Enrolled Agents, Central YMCA Board of San Francisco, Catholic Social Services, Chinese Youth Alternatives, East Side Heroes, and the World Boxing Foundation (with Mohammed Ali). He was a founding director of Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Willie D. Brown

Willie D. Brown, Jr. is an attorney in the legal department at San Jose Water Company where his practice focuses on general corporate matters, contractual arrangements, compliance matters, and transactions.  Prior to attending law school, Willie served an enlistment in the United States Air Force, was employed as a financial analyst with Applied Materials, Inc., and worked as a cost accountant with IBM.  During law school, he served as an extern for the Honorable Anthony W. Ishi, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California and authored the note, The Forgotten Type of Capital: Addressing the Social Capital Deficiency in the Inner City, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Vol. 11, Nov. 3, 2004.  Willie is the first lawyer in his family and obtained his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.  He earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as a student Senator.  Willie attended Mission Community College in Santa Clara, California, where he served as a Student Trustee.  He is currently a board member of the non-profit, For People of Color, Inc. which works to diversify the legal profession, is a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, and is an active volunteer at St. Clare School and St. Clare Parish.  He also served as a board member of the YWCA of Silicon Valley from 2009 to 2011.  Willie was raised in Hanford, California and is of African-American and Filipino decent

David Cortese, J.D.

Mr. Cortese is President of the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County. He grew up as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural and business affairs. He was elected to the San Jose City Council in 2000, was Vice Mayor and was the only councilmember re-elected without opposition to a second four year term.  Prior to serving on the city council, Mr. Cortese served on the East Side Union High School Board of Trustees and served as President of the Board on two occasions. He chaired the Evergreen Valley High School new school committee and co-chaired a successful $80 million bond campaign which led to the first new high school in Silicon Valley in over twenty-five years. Mr. Cortese was educated at Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, the University of California, Davis and Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor. He has been involved in a variety of civic and community affairs, including the Police Athletic League Board of Directors, Board of Directors of the East Valley YMCA, the Italian American Heritage Foundation, President of the Sons of Sicily Club, the PTA and the Board of Directors of Rotacare. He has been a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Santa Clara County School Boards Association, the San Jose Real Estate Board, the Tri-county Apartment Association, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the Cal Aggi Alumni Association, the Most Holy Trinity Church Development Committee, East Side Heroes and St. Francis of Assisi Parish. He has been directly involved with the Evergreen, East Hills, Alum Rock and Berryessa Little Leagues. He was one of the founders of East Valley Girls Softball and formerly President of the San Jose (East Evergreen) Rotary Club and also a member of the Evergreen Business and Professional Association. He has also had the opportunity to work with his father, former Assemblyman Dominic L. Cortese over a political career that commenced in 1968.

Rod Diridon, Sr.- Chair

Mr. Diridon, the Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute created by Congress at San Jose State University in 1991, began his political career in 1971 as the youngest person ever elected to the Saratoga City Council. He retired, after 20 years and six terms serving as chair of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Transit Board. He is the only person to have chaired the San Francisco Bay Area's three regional governments: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments serving nine counties and 104 cities. He is currently the Governor's appointee to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board of which he is chair emeritus. He also serves on the Corporate Board of Directors to the Empire Broadcasting Company and Corporate Advisory Board of Wells Fargo Bank and presided over the large San Jose Rotary Club 2009/10. He founded and served as President of the Decision Research Institute, where he developed a shared survey research procedure adopted by UNICEF. He recently completed a term as President of the American Public Transportation Association and the national Council of University Transportation Centers, in Washington, DC. Mr. Diridon earned a BS in Accounting and a MSBA from San Jose State University where he received the College of Business Lifetime Achievement Award. Upon his retirement from elected office, the historic Amtrak/CalTrain Station in San Jose was renamed the San Jose Diridon Station in his honor. 

Sarwat S. Fahmy, J.D.

Mr. Fahmy is the principal and Chief Executive Officer of Calandev, LLC, a worldwide real estate development company headquartered in San Jose. Mr. Fahmy has been a major developer in China and the Middle East, as well as the United States. An honor graduate of Lincoln Law School of San Jose, he holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Masters degree in Tax Law from Golden Gate University. He received his B. S. degree from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

Susan Fish, J.D.

Susan Oster Fish is a partner in Sheuerman, Martini, Tabari, Zenere & Garvin, a civil litigation firm specializing in medical malpractice defense.  Prior to attending Law School, Susan was a graduate of the Santa Clara University/O'Connor Hospital School of Nursing and practiced hospital, private practice and clinical Nursing.  Susan is a graduate of the Lincoln Law School of San Jose Class of 1995.

Honorable Teresa Guerrero-Daley, J.D.,  Judge of the Superior Court of California

Judge Guerrero-Daley is a graduate of both Lincoln Law School and San Jose State University. She is a Superior Court Judge serving in Santa Clara County. Judge Guerrero-Daley serves on the Executive Board of the Courts in Santa Clara County. She served as the Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose where her work received national, as well as international recognition. She was previously in private practice specializing in criminal law. Judge Guerrero-Daley was appointed to the Discipline Audit Panel of the California State Bar and graded the Bar Exam for five years. She is a former President of both La Raza Lawyers of Santa Clara and La Raza Lawyers of San Mateo County, formerly served on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and chaired the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Robert S. Kieve

Robert S. Kieve is president of Empire Broadcasting Corporation, a company which he formed in 1967.  Empire owns and operates 1590 KLIV and acts as operating partner of 95.3 KRTY. He also serves as a radio commentator, frequently sharing his views about issues in Silicon Valley. After graduating from Harvard and after summer jobs in New Jersey radio stations, he became Information  Officer of the American Embassy in Madrid.  He was program director of a radio station in Geneva, NY and was a promotion writer for CBS in New York City. In 1953 he became a special assistant in the White House, acting as a writer for President Eisenhower. In 1957 he was named manager of station WBBF in Rochester, NY. During his ten years in Rochester, he also put on the air station WBBF-FM, a 24 hour classical music station which won the first annual award of the American Music Council for excellence in FM programming. He is  the author of El Arte Radiofonico, a book that for many years was Spain's only publication on radio broadcasting.  He has been deeply involved in San Jose community activities, including the San Jose Rotary Club,  Symphony Silicon Valley,  the San Jose Chamber of Commerce and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and as such is affectionately known by many as "Mr. San Jose."

Willem P. Roelandts

Mr. Roelandts is currently the lead independent director on the Board of Trustees of Applied Materials. He served as Chairman of the Board of Xilinx, Inc., from July 2003 to February 2009, and as a director from January 1996 to August 2009. Mr. Roelandts also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Xilinx from January 1996 to January 2008. Prior to joining Xilinx, he held various executive positions during his 29-year career at Hewlett-Packard, where he last served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Computer Systems Organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors of Aruba Networks, Inc. Mr. Roelandts is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University. A native of Belgium, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rijks Hogere Technische and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Santa Clara University and K.U. Leuven. The latter degree noted, His achievements are remarkable and can to a major extent be ascribed to his very personal management style focused on human values.

Carmen Sigler, Ph.D

Dr. Sigler is a Professor of Romance Languages at San Jose State University. She has also served as Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts, Interim Dean of the College of Social Work, Acting President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Her field of specialization is Golden Age Spanish Literature and she has published books and articles on topics related to Renaissance Spanish literature and foreign language education. Prior to serving as Provost, Dr. Sigler was Teacher Education Coordinator, Associate Chair for Curriculum, and Department Chair in the Department of Foreign Languages at San Jose State. She also served as Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts, Interim Vice President for University Advancement and Acting Dean of the College of Social Work. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Montalvo Center for the Arts, Opera San Jose, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, and the YMCA Metro Board and is a Commissioner for WASC. Dr. Sigler was born and raised in Argentina. She received A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan.


Craig E. Needham

LeRoy J. Neider

James F. Boccardo (1911-2003)

Peter Carter (1943-2013)

Barry Swenson

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