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Officers

John Austin, Chair
John Austin joined Hidden Villa's board in 2014. With a background in business and social equity, John is passionate about developing pathways of access for all. Introduced to Hidden Villa as the Director of Education for a San Francisco nonprofit called The Garden Project, the Duveneck family legacy of diversity, inclusion and community are what drew John to be a part of Hidden Villa's Board. With a deep interest in human centered design and systems thinking, John brings 8 years of expertise in the nonprofit space. In his spare time John is a Taekewondo instructor, musician and motorcycle hobbyist.

Ken Ebbitt, Past Chair
Ken Ebbitt is a product manager at Google and has been a Trustee at Hidden Villa since 2013. Ken is an experienced entrepreneur and investor with a history of leading product development, business strategy and investing in successful consumer and enterprise start-ups. He brings both his business acumen as well as his passion for charitable organizations to the Board. Ken is also co-founder and CEO of The Foundation for Giving Hope, a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Ken was drawn to Hidden Villa because if its community outreach programs and working with children.

Rachel Klausner, Secretary
Rachel has been a Trustee for Hidden Villa since 2016 but first explored the farm with her twin girls in 2010 after relocating to the area. She joined the Board after learning about its vision for a just and sustainable future and the supporting programs. Rachel is an independent consultant who works primarily with nonprofits and foundations. Rachel brings over 20 years of experience in research and process analysis for strategic planning, program design and organizational effectiviness for nonprofits working in a variety of areas. Prior to this, she worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, joining shortly after its inception. During her time there, she managed the development of the Global Health five-year strategic plan and corresponding business plan. Rachel coordinated the $6 billion planning effort ensuring adequate financial and human resources for implementation. She also conducted research and analysis on new areas of potential giving for the foundation by defining problems, developing and articulating potential solutions, and presenting investment and external partner opportunities. Rachel is originally from California where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She also has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as well as a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Jerry Elkind, Treasurer

Ana Akhtar, Co-Chair Development
Ana joined the Hidden Villa Board of Trustees in 2015. She was a consultant at KPMG LLP for over nineteen years. Her area of focus was helping clients achieve their philanthropic goals by assisting them define charitable objectives and develop frameworks that effectively managed the organization's philanthropic giving. Hidden Villa's mission and staff attracted Ana to the Board of Trustees. Ana wants to ensure that Hidden Villa's programs are accessible and that Hidden Villa continues to expand its reach. Ana lives in Los Altos Hills with her husband and three children.

Terry Angelos, Co-Chair Development

Lisa Monzon, Co-Chair Board Governance
Lisa has dedicated her career to the betterment of people and planet. She is drawn to supporting the mission of Hidden Villa because of its combination of social justice and environmental priorities and its focus on youth and community. Lisa is an independent consultant and coach focused on helping individuals and organizations achieve the impact they want to have in this world through coaching, strategy, leadership and organizational advisory services. Over the course of her career, Lisa has worked with others to: transform industries toward sustainable practices; to conserve large desert, forest and watershed landscapes in Latin America through national park designations; and to grow high impact organizations through talent and network development strategies. While she has traveled to 31 countries, Lisa has always revered the landscape of the golden foothills here in Los Altos. She enjoys hiking, yoga, documentary and independent films and spending time with her family. Lisa was raised by immigrant and working class parents who overcame their own circumstances and helped her form the traits she needed to pursue more than one life's share of opportunities. Lisa graduated from Stanford University with a BA in international relations and attended graduate school at University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, a dual Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science program. She sits on the board of Prospanica (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs) Silicon Valley Chapter and on the board of the International Coaches Federation (ICF) SF South Bay Chapter. She is involved with Lean in Latinas, which provides a platform of encouragement and support for Latinas in the workplace to achieve higher levels of performance.

Jennifer Taylor, Co-Chair Board Governance
Jennifer Williams Taylor is the Director of Avalon College Advising. She is the former Senior Director of Admissions at Santa Clara University, a member of the Stanford University Team. Ms. Taylor has extensive and exclusive insight into the college admission standards of top universities. She now shares these unique insights with parents and students who are looking to be highly competitive in today's college applicant pool. Ms. Taylor works with high school students with varied profiles including those who are scholar-athletes, students who will differentiate their application with portfolios, young adults who seek highly selective admission and those applicants who plan to seek colleges where students with solid B academic performances thrive. Ms. Taylor is a member of several professional associations including Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC). When Ms. Taylor is not working with clients, she can be found hiking Bay Area trails with family and her three adult children, especially at Hidden Villa.

Peter HartzellCo-Chair Mission Fulfillment
Peter is a business person with a successful career as a Cummins Inc. executive and the owner of a local, specialty construction company. Recently he founded a firm, Skills Gap Bridge which works nationally with schools, businesses, and government agencies to build strong pathways for middle-skill employees. Having grown up on the peninsula, Peter visited Hidden Villa as a youth. recently he was drawn back into Hidden Villa's orbit inspired by the legacy of Frank and Josephine Duveneck and all that Hidden Villa has accomplished consistent with and building on the Duveneck's spirit. He brings his previous non-profit board and business experience to Hidden Villa hoping to assist, deepen and expand its impact.

Board Members:

Kristen Bryan

David Duveneck
David Duveneck has a very long history with the organization, as his grandparents, Josephine and Frank Duveneck, founded Hidden Villa. David joined the Board of Directors in 2005 and enjoys his role in representing the Duveneck family. He deeply believes in the mission of Hidden Villa and is proud to carry on the legacy of the Duveneck family of promoting social justice and environmental education. David is a Landscape Contractor and former certified Nurseryman and has been in this field for the past 35 years.

Gloria Escobar 
Gloria is the Training Coordinator for Genentech's Site Services' Design & Construction Department, which is responsible for project delivery of projects $50K-10M+.Gloria has a BS in Business Administration, with a Concentration in Management from San Francisco State University. She volunteers at Gene Academy, an award-winning program that provides weekly mentoring to 3rd-5th graders from underperforming South San Francisco public schools. She also volunteers for the 3,000+ person strong Green Genes program, Genentech's Sustainability program aimed at increasing colleagues' knowledge and awareness of all forms of sustainability. This hugely successful program has demonstrated improvements in the environmental performance (energy, solid and liquid wastes, water, and atmospheric emissions) of Genentech's operations, our communities, and our homes. She also volunteers for Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) on National Rebuilding Day, held annually in late April. This longstanding event brings together, for RTP, over 3,000 volunteers to restore in excess of 50 homes and 25 community centers and schools for low-income and disadvantaged neighbors in need across the Peninsula. She brings experience in employee onboarding, written and spoken communications and process improvement. Gloria is well versed in introducing new IT concepts to broad audiences through scheduled training sessions. Gloria was introduced to Hidden Villa years ago when she volunteered for one of her younger sister's field trips. In her spare time, you can regularly find her on a beautiful scenic hike with her three small dogs, or crafting furniture using her woodworking skills in her backyard.

Sally Falkenhagen
A Hidden Villa trustee from 2005-2012, Sally rejoined the board in the fall of 2013 and served as Chair from 2014-16. Sally grew up at Zephyr Cove, Nevada, on Lake Tahoe, a place that instilled in her a deep, abiding love for nature and wild places. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Human Biology in 1975, then moved to Los Angeles, where she began a career in investment sales.  She managed the Fed funds account for the Investment Department of a Texas bank, then moved to London, England, with her husband, where she worked for Bank of America and Banker’s Trust selling bonds to institutional accounts. After returning to the US, she became a ‘professional’ volunteer and stay-at-home mom.  Sally’s volunteer career includes fund raising for Stanford University, for the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, and for the Rosalie Rendu Center in East Palo Alto.  Sally also serves on the National Advisory Board of The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. 

Rick Kniss
Rick is a retired exectuive and officer at Agilent Technologies (formally HP) having been responsible for their Chemical Analysis/Bioscience Group. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Bruken Corporation and chairman of the Compensation Committee. A resident of Palo Alto for over 45 years, he and his family have had many wonderful experiences as well as involvement with Hidden Villa. Now three of his granddaughters, that live close by, are frequent visitors as well. Rick and his wife Liz have long been advocates of preserving open space in the peninsula. He feels that Hidden Villa is a unique and special treasure, not only for its natural beauty, but more importantly for the educational programs and access it provides to animals and nature. An experience that might otherwise be missed. Rick joined the Board in the Fall of 2014. 

Rich Peers
Rich was a lawyer for thirty plus years in Silicon Valley, practicing corporate law at two international law firms. Rich was introduced to Hidden Villa when he began hiking its beautiful trails while growing up in Los Altos Hills. He became a Board member at Hidden Villa in 2008 and served on the Board until 2015, serving as Chair 2013-14. He rejoined the Board in 2017. Rich is inspired by Hidden Villa's mission of sustainability and social justice because of the growing importance that sustainable living and full civic participation by all citizens has on our communities, today and in the future.

Bill WhitmerVice Chair Board Governance
A retired Manufacturing VP at Komag, Inc., Bill began volunteering at Hidden Villa in 1998. He has served in many vice chair roles over the years and held the office of Board Chair from 2010-12. Some of his other volunteer activities include helping seniors and low income people prepare their federal and state taxes and teaching computer use at Avenidas, the Palo Alto senior center. Bill is also on the Advisory Board for the Committee for Green Foothills. He believes our mission, with its explicit dual focus on sustainability and social justice, will inspire us in our service to the well being of our community adding our own contributions to the legacy begun by the Duveneck family.