Lincoln board members are

The Lincoln Board represents the best of San Jose – the passionate, ingenuitive, and diverse people of the Silicon Valley. Committed to seeing the growth and health of the school, they give direction to the institution into its second century.

board of trustees



Frank E. Biehl

Mr. Biehl has been a Governing Board Member of the East Side Union School District since 2006, serving as President of the Board in 2011 and 2012. He also served as President of the Santa Clara County School Board Association from 2009-2010. In 2009, Mr. Biehl was selected to Chair the Santa Clara County Ed Coalition. Prior to serving in education, Mr. Biehl served as a Management Analyst to state and local governments, General Manager of an international distribution company, and as President and CEO of a regional non-profit.

Since 2008, Mr. Biehl has chaired a number of successful multi-million dollar educational bond measures. For his extraordinary efforts to provide a quality education for all students, Mr. Biehl has been honored by Californians for Justice, the Latino Parent Coalition, and has twice received the “Amigos de Puente” award.

Vice chair

Carmen Sigler

Professor Emerita, Department of World Languages and Literatures and Retired Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, San Jose State University.

Carmen Sigler was born and raised in Argentina. After completing her undergraduate education in Argentina, she received A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. Her field of specialization is Golden Age Spanish Literature and she has published books and scholarly articles on topics related to Renaissance Spanish literature and foreign language education in Spain, Argentina, and the United States. She has also spoken on higher education issues at national and international conferences.

Dr. Sigler has taught at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and San Jose State University. She joined the faculty of San Jose State University in 1987 and rose through the ranks to hold numerous administrative positions: Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, Dean of the College of Humanities and the Arts, Interim Dean of the College of Social Work, Interim Vice President for University Advancement, Acting University President, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Sigler is a former WASC WSCUC Commissioner and she has recently been elected to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges as a representative of four-year institutions.

Her commitment to community engagement is evidenced by her current and past service on numerous community philanthropic and arts organizations. She currently chairs the Board of Directors of the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza and serves on the Executive Committee of San José State University’s Emeritus Faculty Association, and the Hammer Theatre Community Advisory Group. Past non-profit service includes chairing the Board of Trustees of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, and serving on the Board of Trustees of several arts organizations, such as the Montalvo Center for the Arts, 1st Act (a regional network of Silicon Valley’s leaders in the arts, technology, and government sectors focused on bringing about transformational change for the city of San José and the Silicon Valley region), SV Creates, Opera San José, and Silicon Valley Reads. She is also a past participant in the San José Community Leadership program and a member of the American Leadership Forum Class XIX.


Delana Romero

Delana Romero was most recently the Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation (FMC). She was appointed to this position in 2011, after serving in many other capacities for FMC for over 20 years. Under Delana’s leadership, the FMC has achieved profitability for three consecutive years for the first time in its 21 year history. She is highly regarded in the community for her ability to create cohesive teams and for successfully bringing about collaborative, inclusive solutions. Prior to leading the FMC,

Delana was Director of Youth Ministry for the Holy Family Parish, where she was also a contributing member of the committee Bishop McGrath assembled to plan for the future of the Diocese into the 21st Century. She has served on the Board of Directors of Los Lupenos, and her community involvement also ties to being an active Rotarian, participating in the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer, and volunteering for numerous organizations and events, including the Hispanic Foundation Ball, Holy Family Parish, and the Cursillo community.

Delana is certified by the Institute of Fair Management Graduate Program, part of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, and she holds a National Certification in Youth Ministry.


Laura Palazzolo

past president

Rob Diridon, Sr.

Mr. Diridon, was 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. Because of term limits, 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 served as the Governor’s appointee to the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of which he is chair emeritus.

Mr. Diridon serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Empire Broadcasting Company and Corporate Advisory Board of Wells Fargo Bank and presided over the San Jose Rotary Club in 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’s recently completed terms as President of the American Public Transportation Association and the national Council of University Transportation Centers, both 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’s 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. He has received numerous other awards and citations.


Sharon Hightower

Sharon Hightower is a senior partner and the Assistant Managing Partner in the San Jose office of Ericksen Arbuthnot. Her practice includes the defense of litigation involving professional liability claims, medical malpractice, employment litigation, and personal injury in civil matters. She also provides defense in professional administrative venues. Sharon is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is an experienced trial attorney with more than twenty trials and an excellent record of defense verdicts.

Over the more than 27 years of practice, Sharon has gained the respect of her colleagues for her success at trial as well as through the ADR process including arbitration and mediation. Prior to joining the firm, Sharon had a career as a dental hygienist. After graduating from law school in 1987, she passed the California Bar Examination and joined the San Jose office as an associate in 1988. Her background in the medical field provides her with the skills necessary to properly evaluate and prepare cases brought in a number of practice areas.

Sharon is a member of and active with the State Bar and Santa Clara County Bar Associations, DRI, and Northern California Association of Defense Counsel. She serves on the ADR committee for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and has volunteered for the past fifteen years in the court’s ADR program. She serves as a temporary judge for the court for settlement conferences and as a traffic judge in addition to serving as a neutral for early settlement conferences. She was appointed to the City of San Jose Civil Service Commission as a member and hearing officer and recently elected to the position of Vice-Chairman.

Sharon provides services as a private mediator and has successfully mediated cases involving nursing homes and the Department of Health. She serves as an Arbitration Specialist for the Santa Clara County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program. Her background also includes thirteen years of service on the Civil Service Commission as the Vice Chair and Hearing Officer for the City of San Jose.


Michael Ainsley, C.P.A

Mr. Ainsley spent the majority of his career at Deloitte & Touch USA LLP, where he was the partner in charge of the West Region International Assignment Services Practice.  His clients included Chevron, Toyota, Clorox, JDS Uniphase, Intuit and Sumitomo Electric.  He won the APA’s “speaker of the year” award.  From 1987-1996, Mr. Ainsley focused on tax planning at Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu Hong Kong, where he was a member of the Joint Liaison Committee of Taxation by appointment of the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong.   He currently focuses his attention on executive and leadership coaching through workshops and training programs.  He was the Vice Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Board Academic Committee at Valley Christian Schools, a National Blue Ribbon School.  He is the co-author of “A Guide to Foreign Investment in the U.S.”



James F. Barbic

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.

Deserie Escobar

Ms. Escobar is a Deputy Probation Officer III with the Probation Department of Santa Clara County.  As such, she has a heart for community organizations and activities that provide opportunities for young people to make a positive impact.  She is an enthusiastic cheerleader for Lincoln’s students, and was the Chairperson for Lincoln’s Centennial Celebration in 2019.

Susan Fish

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 member of the Board of Trustees for the West Valley-Mission Community College District. She is a graduate of the Lincoln Law School of San Jose Class of 1995.

Josue Garcia

Mr. Garcia is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Santa Clara & San Benito County Building & Construction Trades Council. The organization represents 26 construction unions with about 30,000 members. He is the first Latino to hold the position. He worked for the Northern California Fire Protection Compliance Group as the Director of Government Relations and Labor Compliance from October 2014 to January 2014 where he was also the first Latino to hold the position.

Mr. Garcia served as the Deputy Executive Officer of the Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council for 10 years, an organization that represents 26 construction unions with more than 30 thousand union construction workers. Mr. García has a weekly radio segment where he talks to the community about worker’s rights and has appeared on many TV programs on issues that affect the community.

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.”

Kathleen King

Kathleen King is a Silicon Valley community leader recognized for delivering civic, health, and technology initiatives over a 30+ year career. Since 2008 Kathleen has been the CEO of the Healthier Kids Foundation.

In 2002 and 2006 Kathleen was elected to the Saratoga City Council where she was also selected to serve two terms as mayor, in 2005 and again in 2010. She was influential in designing programs, developing partnerships, and resolving issues that led to an enhanced, more financially solvent, and safer Saratoga. Kathleen began her career with Applied Materials, Inc. Over a 19-year span she grew to manage an organization of 200 sales, service, marketing, and engineering professionals. She was integral in the company’s growth from $63M to $10B, holding responsibility for more than 3% of all company revenue. Kathleen was the first woman hired into sales and promoted into sales management in the company.

Kathleen is an active member of state and community boards including California State Dental Board, Valley Medical Center Foundation, Saratoga Monte Sereno Community Foundation, and the Housing Trust.

Kathleen has been awarded at the state and local levels for her contributions to the health and well-being of the community. These awards include Woman of the Year from the California Assembly District 24 in 2004, California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, Woman of the Year from Senate District 13 in 2010, San Jose Business Journal 2010 Women of Influence Award, Santa Clara County Medical Association’s 2011 Citizen of the Year Award, and PACT’s Community Builder Award for 2012. Kathleen retired from Applied Materials, Inc., a high-tech firm in Silicon Valley, after twenty-five years working for the company. She served on the Saratoga City Council for eight years and was mayor of the city in 2005 and 2010.

Radhika Mohandas

A Double Board Certified Family Physician with over 25 years of experience as a Family Practitioner, Ms. Mohandas is the Medical Director at Monterey Medical Center, Pacific Rehabilitation and Pain Management, Dr. Mohandas MedSpa (Monterey and Saratoga), and Monterey Pelvic Medicine and Pain Management. She is the recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award with Commendation in Continuing Medical Education, American Medical Association.  Her professional affiliations include:  Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Inc.; Associate Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Family Medicine; and an Associate member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Physicians.

Teresa Thu Huong Hung-Nguyen

Ms. Hung-Nguyen is a graduate of Peninsula University, which merged with Lincoln Law School of San Jose. She owns her own practice, The Law Office of Teresa Thu Huong Nguyen & Associates, with lawyers specializing in Immigration, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Wills & Trusts, Personal Injury, and Criminal Law.

Jim Rees

Jim Rees is the CEO at Boccardo Management Group, a privately held commercial real estate development and management company. His grandfather was revered local lawyer and philanthropist James F. Boccardo. His great-grandfather, John Boccardo, from Genoa, was a leader in the local Italian community and vice-president of the Bank of Italy, the forerunner to Bank of America.

Mr. Rees has continued his storied family’s contributions to the San Jose community by spending the last three decades building a reputation for developing and managing high quality commercial real estate projects. He serves on the boards of numerous local businesses and philanthropic organizations.