Shannon Trifiletti, President is a Texan transplant who moved to Lafayette in 2015. After majoring in Linguistics and Contemporary Art at the University of Texas, she moved to Europe for several years, where she continued her studies and worked as a tutor, translator and in property management. Once back in the U.S., Shannon co-founded and ran a flight school, worked as a flight attendant, a headhunter, a small business consultant and most recently, as a marketing supervisor for a mutual fund firm. A mother of four, she left the corporate world in 2009 to focus on her family and has been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Shannon’s youngest daughter Naomi was diagnosed with Autism and Aphasia in 2012 and is a graduate of Lafayette’s Early Intervention program. Naomi now attends Springhill’s moderate to severe Special Day Class. Shannon has volunteered for several charities in the social services sector, including Ronald McDonald House and Project Homeless Connect. Locally, she has served on a ballot measure campaign for school funding, is a supporter of LPIE and is active in her PTA. Shannon loves cooking for a crowd, outwitting the deer in her garden and being at the ocean with her family and friends.
Greg Millar, Vice President grew up in Buffalo, NY and attended the University of Notre Dame. After graduating, he spent time in Miami, FL working in development at a homeless shelter for children before moving to the Bay Area to start his career in technology. Greg has been in the software industry for 22 years, most recently in sales leadership at Salesforce. He also is a member of the development team for the Notre Dame Tropical Disease Foundation, which is on the verge of eradicating elephantiasis from Haiti. Most recently, Greg has been a stay at home parent, helping to raise his three boys into fine young gentlemen. Greg is excited to be a new member of the SEED board and both he and his wife, Hannah, have been inspired by the wonderful support SEED has provided the Lafayette community.
Ember Bailey, Secretary became a resident of California in 2009 along with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Utah with a focus in Family and Consumer Sciences. Ember’s boys were both diagnosed with Autism at a young age and currently attend Stanley Middle School, and Acalanes High School, while her daughter attends Happy Valley Elementary. Previous to living in Lafayette (along with a quick year in Seattle), Ember lived in Orinda where she was a volunteer member of P.O.I.S.E (Parents in Orinda with Individuals in Special Education) and a liaison between Wagner Ranch Elementary and the OUSD. Through daily in-home ABA therapy with RCEB and Applied Behavior Consultants, along with weekly guidance from their certified behavior consultant, Ember became empowered as she learned the crucial skills it takes to be a parent of her autistic boys. This ignited Ember’s passion to help other parents feel empowered and embrace special needs as part of their family dynamic. SEED became a perfect fit for Ember to channel her love for the special needs community.
Randy Levandowski, Treasurer grew up in San Diego and then moved to the Bay Area about 30 years ago. His schooling included the United States Air Force Academy, UC San Diego, and UC Berkeley, where he obtained an MBA in finance. His corporate experience included almost 20 years in (primarily wireless) telecommunications, most recently with Vodafone, which was the largest mobile phone operator in the world at the time. As Director of International Operations, his portfolio included wireless joint ventures in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and India. He also spent two years in Thailand as the Managing Director of their in-country operations. He currently does rural residential real estate development and financial consulting. Randy was one of the founding board members of SEED and is happy to contribute again to SEED after several years away. He and his wife Laura have two children, a freshman in college and an eighth grader at Stanley Middle School. They have lived in Lafayette since 2002.
Celeste Balaban moved to Lafayette in July 2018. She settled on Lafayette after she found out her husband’s job was transferring him to San Francisco from Seattle, where she dove in head first! She received her BS degree in Psychology from University of Georgia and is currently in school at Boston University online pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. In the fall of this year, Celeste will begin the internship portion of her degree at UCSF working in the oncology unit with cancer patients. Celeste has two children attending Springhill and Happy Valley Elementary. She enjoys the flexibility of staying home with her kids and being active in the community! Celeste felt immediately at home after visiting a SEED breakfast for the first time last year seeking support for her daughter, who recently was diagnosed with autism. She is passionate about connecting families with children who have any type of difficulty and believes strongly in the power of community.
Robyn Dobruck has spent most of her adult life either in or on the water. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BS in Marine Biology and spent the next decade working as a naturalist on tour boats, an aquarist at aquariums or as a driver on research and tour vessels. After Robyn’s kids, Elle (10, 5th grader at Lafayette Elementary) and Sam (8, 2nd grader at Springhill), were born she worked as a Safety Officer for a non-profit research, education, and conservation organization and as an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. Robyn and her husband Brian relocated their family of four from Maui to California in 2013 in search of better medical care for their son, Sam. Brian currently works as a ferry boat Captain in San Francisco and Robyn holds down the fort at home!
Rachel Dreyer A Midwest transplant growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel knew that Bay Area was the place she wanted to live from her very first visit here when she was 15 years old. Rachel graduated from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire in 1994. Rachel moved to San Francisco in 1995, in the early years Rachel worked in the retail industry and became an insurance broker with a focus in Directors & Officers coverage for publicly traded companies. Rachel grew up riding horses and her love for the sport lead her to become a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor. She also worked with adults with developmental disabilities. In 2002 Rachel met her husband Terry, they were married in 2003 and they have two boys. Both of the boys have been diagnosed with learning disabilities as well as ADHD. School has been a challenge for the boys and Rachel found SEED to be so helpful as she and Terry navigated through the IEP process. Both boys have IEPs. Currently Rachel is a Real Estate Agent working for Dudum Real Estate Group, a profession she chose so that she could have the flexibility to be there for her boys.
Rachel Force has lived in the Bay Area since 2004. She has a background in architectural history and historic preservation, and previously worked for the City and County of San Francisco as a Planner and Legislative Analyst. Rachel has dabbled in web design and coding since 2002, and is currently the volunteer communications and website manager for SEED. Since the birth of her son, she has found joy in volunteering as a means to apply her professional skills while maintaining flexibility to meet his needs. In addition to SEED, Rachel is the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee to the Contra Costa County SELPA, and also the Legislative Representative for her school’s PTA.