SEED 2018 - 2019 Board
Elsa Troy-Slovik, Co-President has spent the past five years as a full-time stay-at-home mother. Prior to that she spent two years as the co-founder and CEO of RemedyEHR, an electronic health records company focused on the treatment of obesity. She remains a majority owner with her husband Josh. Before that, Elsa worked for 11 years as a strategic account manager at Synopsys and related Electronic Design Companies, driving all aspects of the business worldwide on some of the highest profile accounts in the 13th largest software company in the world. Elsa is the proud mother of three boys, 9, 7 and 2. The older two go to Springhill Elementary. One of them has autism and attends the mild-to-moderate special day class at Springhill. She holds an MBA and BA in business from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.
Robyn Dobruck, Co-President 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 (8, 3rd grader at Lafayette Elementary) and Sam (6, Kindergarten at Burton Valley), 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!
Bo-Kyung Kim, Treasurer is a California licensed professional fiduciary, specializing in trust administration and conservatorships. She is also a tax attorney with 15 years of experience working on international, federal, state, and local tax matters for Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups. She has worked at Baker & McKenzie, LLP in Palo Alto and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and San Francisco where she advised clients on various state and local tax matters. Ms. Kim was a tax counsel at Chevron Corporation until 2012 when she left the company to spend more time with her son. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University. Her son, Timo, was diagnosed with spastic CP at age two and with autism at age six. Timo has attended Lafayette Elementary, Springhill Elementary (SDC), and Stanley Middle School. He is now a junior at Acalanes High School.
Heather Marshall, Secretary grew up in a small community in East Central Illinois where she earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Along with her husband, she has moved around to several cities, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami before relocating to Lafayette in 2014. She has spent the past three years as a stay at home mom. Prior to that, she worked 13 years in the area of employee benefits consulting. Upon moving to Lafayette, she began attending SEED events and is excited to be a part of the SEED Board.
Ember Bailey. In 2009, Ember Bailey became a resident of California 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. To her surprise, the degree turned out to be pretty useful to her as a stay-at-home mom, aka Domestic Empress. Ember's boys were both diagnosed with Autism at a young age and currently attend Stanley Middle 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. Ember assisted in the production of the 2015 SEED/P.O.I.S.E Resource Fair and the 2017 SEED Resource Fair. During her kids early elementary lives, the family received daily in-home ABA therapy through RCEB and Applied Behavior Consultants, along with weekly guidance from their certified behavior consultant. This in-home therapy empowered Ember 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. She describes her life with autism as a continuous flow of laughter, admiration, and learning - with a small side of frustration and fatigue. When she gets a break from wrangling her children and managing the family, Ember enjoys the sun, heat, running and hiking. Dark chocolate and coffee are a daily must and she never passes up a good dystopian novel. Ember is grateful for the opportunity to join the board of SEED and hopes to continue connecting with many parents and organizations in the special needs community and beyond. If you see her at Peet’s coffee, be sure to say hi!
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.
Cathy Kauder moved to Lafayette from the East Coast in 2009 with her husband Joe and two children, Sophia, now a freshman at Campolindo High School and Nicholas, a 6th grader at Stanley Middle School. A stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, Cathy has worked as a journalist for many news outlets, including ABCNEWS.com, TheStreet.com and Dow Jones Newswires, where many of her stories were published in The Wall Street Journal. Her freelance articles have appeared in publications such as Glamour, Ladies Home Journal and All You magazines. Since moving to Lafayette, Cathy has volunteered with many organizations including Lafayette Juniors, LPIE and Lafayette Elementary’s PTA board. She is looking forward to being on the SEED board and helping to promote programs that support Lafayette’s special education community.
Randy Levandowski 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 senior at Campolindo High School and a seventh grader at Stanley Middle School. They have lived in Lafayette since 2002.
Shannon Trifiletti 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 the Burton Valley Elementary Stepping Stones program. 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.