The Education Foundation of Anaheim Hills (EFAH) was founded in February 2016 with a straightforward mission. We exist to invest directly in the education of students at Running Springs Elementary School, and empower teachers and administrators to be innovators in learning.
This includes investment in classroom technology and supporting new STEM programs that augment the existing curriculum, with the goal of helping our children to become 21st century leaders.
The EFAH Board of Directors is comprised of parents and community members from the Anaheim Hills area that volunteer their time, talents and expertise to carry out the EFAH mission.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can support EFAH and/or joining the Board of Directors, please use this contact form:
Meet the current Board of Directors
Janet Kwon, President
About Janet: Anaheim Hills is a hidden gem and we love raising our children here since 2008. My husband, Steve, and I have a child at El Rancho Charter School (alum of Running Springs Elementary) and another child at Running Springs Elementary. I have been a Team Mom, a Room Parent, a volunteer for PTA events, and served on the School Site Council.
I attained a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Smith College and graduated with a Multiple Subject K-12 Teaching certificate. I was then recruited, and accepted, to teach 4th grade by the Corona-Norco Unified District. While there, I furthered my teaching experience by substituting K-6 during off months and teaching Adult ESL.
I then attended Harvard Graduate School of Education where I earned my Ed.M. with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. I continued my career by accepting positions at the University of California Irvine: first providing college counseling for underrepresented communities in LA and Orange Counties and then as a Scholarship Coordinator for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. I currently work as a college admissions consultant, providing guidance to families through high school and the college application process.
I deeply believe that as parents and community members, we have a responsibility to ensure the best education for our children. Running Springs Elementary is a fantastic school with amazing administration and staff. We can make it even better by raising funds and encouraging innovation in teaching and learning. I am passionate about this endeavor and serving as a board member to raise funds to make our vision a reality.
Sandeep Baweja, Vice President
About Sandeep: It’s all about the kids. For me, it’s that simple. We have three children, with 2 at Running Springs Elementary and 1 starting next year. So investing in our children is our top priority, which motivates my involvement with our community’s Education Foundation.
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara and then obtained my law degree from Syracuse University. After initially practicing law, I became Vice President Al Gore’s Political Director for Washington State, where I ran his 2000 presidential campaign. This was the most challenging, frustrating, exhausting, fun, exciting, amazing experience of my life. It was also the most illuminating as well. I worked with numerous organizations representing varied causes, including educators and teachers unions. As a result, I gained a true appreciation for the vital role of grassroots community activism.
I now serve as President of Intellex Strategic Consulting, a business consulting firm based in Anaheim, which works with small companies on growth strategy, business development, and risk management. In my spare time, I coach youth soccer with the Canyon Hills Soccer Association and remain active with charitable causes benefitting children, such as the Orangewood Children’s Home and OC Foster Care Auxiliary.
Now in its third year, the Foundation is movin’ and groovin’ all for the benefits of our kids. We intend on carrying this momentum forward by integrating more technology and STEAM programs in our school, which in this modern era is an imperative for our kids’ success. It’s exciting to be part of this movement.
Kristin Dunn, Secretary
About Kristin: My husband Frank and I are the parents of three children, each of which attended or is currently attending Running Springs Elementary. Our daughter is a Canyon graduate and is currently attending USC majoring in Broadcast Journalism while our son is a freshman at USC. We have our youngest son at Running Springs where he is extremely involved in school and sports. I have been a Running Springs parent since 2001 and have served as Room Parent, School Site Council member, Chairman of the December Crafts, Vice President of Canyon High Football Booster Club and member, and Chairman of the Outdoor Education Fundraising Committee over a 6 year period. For 13 years, I served as Girl Scout leader with 11 girls continuing through high school graduation. I currently serve as the Hospitality Chair for PTA.
I grew up in Hawaii and came to California where I met my husband. We are both graduates of the University of Southern California and Loyola Law School and practiced civil defense litigation for 12 years. I am extremely proud to now serve as Secretary of the Education Foundation of Anaheim Hills.
Abel Casanova, Treasurer
Steven Thurman, Parliamentarian
About Steven: Me and my wife Amanda have three children, including two that attend Running Springs Elementary. I am a Neuroscientist with the United States CCDC Army Research Laboratory. I received a B.S in cognitive science from the University of California San Diego in 2006 and a M.S and Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from University of California Irvine in 2011.
I worked for four years as a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA and University of California Riverside studying cognition and perception using computational modeling, functional brain imaging, and behavioral studies. I’ve published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and presented my research at over twenty international conferences.
As a member of the ARL West STEM outreach committee, I am passionate about promoting science, technology, and computer literacy to our children in the local community. As an example, I’ve volunteered to lead the Running Springs Robotics Club in 2019 and plans to build up the program over the next few years. My goal as an EFAH board member is to help create new programs, and foster existing programs, that enrich science and math education for all students in Anaheim Hills.
Andrea Yamasaki, Board Member
About Andrea: Andrea Yamasaki is the Governing Board Member for Trustee Area One of the Orange Unified School District. She was elected in 2016. She is a member of the Legislative Committee and the Cities Schools Committee.
Her commitment to students and schools began 18 years ago as a highly involved parent of 3 children who attended Nohl Canyon Elementary School, El Rancho Charter School and Canyon High School. Her oldest recently graduated from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and is working on internet marketing and analytics. Her second child is studying Business Finance at UC Riverside. Her youngest just finished her first year at UC Irvine majoring in Computer Science. Both of her daughters have experience in teaching Code to students.
She served as a board member at all 3 of her children’s schools which includes PTSA President at both El Rancho Charter School and Canyon High School. She currently serves on the Orange Community Council PTA Executive Board, the Canyon Education Foundation Board and on the board the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Member Association. When her children were in primary school, she served on the Nohl Canyon School Association Executive Board and started the afterschool enrichment program and chaired the first carnival.
She is a founding committee member of Community Advancement through Renovation for Education, the organization that supported OUSD bond measures. She played an important role in the passage of Measure S facilities bond – a first for OUSD.
She also had leadership positions with the Canyon High School Girls Basketball Booster, Girl Scouts, National League of Young Men and American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. She is passionate about fighting cancer as she lost her youngest brother to cancer.
Andrea considers it a privilege to be on the Education Foundation of Anaheim Hills. The needs and concerns of parents is constantly evolving and feels that it is important to connect with and support parents with young children.
Brandi Lau, Board Member
About Brandi: My husband, Casey, and I moved to Anaheim Hills in 1999 after we got married. After growing up in Yorba Linda, I knew a tight-knit community was where I wanted to raise our children and we found that in Anaheim Hills. We have two boys – one who graduated from Running Springs and is an 8th grader at El Rancho and one that is a 5th grader at Running Springs.
I graduated from UC Riverside with a Business/Marketing Degree and have worked in Advertising for over 20 years. I currently work at Global Team Blue, the Ad Agency for Ford Motor Company as a Media Director, overseeing Media Planning for the Ford dealers in the Western Region. I’m a full-time working mom who travels, but regardless of how busy life is, I always try to help in the classroom or volunteer at school events. I also served as the Running Springs PTA Newsletter Editor for 2 years.
My husband is also very passionate about being involved with our children and coaches just about every sport they have ever played, from baseball to flag football and everything in between. I joke that if I’m not in a meeting or on an airplane, I’m somewhere on a field supporting my boys! My husband and I have both stressed the importance of education to our children. Working in the Marketing world every day, I see the need to evolve with the latest digital knowledge and how it affects our accomplishments. Being competitive is the only way we will ensure our children will have great success in their future. I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of the Education Foundation and to see technology be integrated into their daily culture.
Katherine Heidelman, Board Member
About Katherine: My late husband Bill and I moved to Anaheim Hills in 1998. We fell in love with the neighborhood when looking to put down roots and have never regretted it!. We have 4 children, one who attended K-6 at Running Springs and is now a Junior at Xavier University. Our twins are in sixth grade and we have a fourth grader. As a member of the RSE PTA since 2002, I have been a Board Member, chair of the Talent Show for 7 years, I have been a room mom and volunteered in the classrooms, while balancing my career. I also was a delegate to the State PTA convention, where my passion for technology and education were sparked.
I am a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Industrial Engineering. I have worked my entire career in the telecommunication industry, building teams that support the Education and Public Sector verticals. I worked for SkyTel, Nextel/Sprint, Dimension Data, (a Cisco partner), and most recently am an Account Manager for Spectrum Enterprise. I hold a Cisco Sales Certification, and have also been certified on multiple technologies that are centered around 21st century learning. My career experience, combined with raising kids across two decades, has given me a unique look into technology and the impact to education. My passion is to help our children utilize the tools that are available, while making sure the infrastructure and professional development for our educators is in place.
I have partnered with school districts across all of California to implement BYOD and one-to-one programs as well as prepare for Common Core testing. This includes network optimization, equipment testing, as well as implementation and future planning for “flipping the classrooms”. Running Springs has made great strides with upgrading their network and now the STEAM lab. I am excited to help move the technology forward even more and help make RSE a flagship technology school for Orange County. I am excited to see what we can accomplish as a community.
Vaishali Bhatt, Board Member
Past Board Members
- Andy Howard, Vice President Emeritus
- Tamara Murphy, Board Member Emeritus
- Jia Dadabhoy, Board Member Emeritus
- Keri Prochnow, Board Member Emeritus
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