We are a diverse team with a shared goal of championing young children and shaping the future of San Mateo County. Each staff member brings unique experience, knowledge and perspective to our work. We believe the future is in our collective hands, and we take that responsibility seriously.
Kitty Lopez, Executive Director
Kitty taught kindergarten, second grade, and high school in the Bay Area and in Santa Barbara, and was a consultant in schools with children who have autism and special needs. Additionally, Kitty worked in a residential substance abuse treatment center in San Francisco and psychiatric hospital in San Diego.
She attended University of California Santa Barbara earning a California Teaching Credential and B.A in Psychology. Kitty is active in her community serving on several community boards including HEART (Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County), and is the past President of the San Mateo Rotary Club.
Chonne Sherman, Communication & Operations Liaison
Ms. Sherman’s varied background includes HIPPA Compliance and Fiscal Liaison for Redwood House, a residential treatment facility supporting mental health consumers in crisis, and construction project management for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose’s projects, such as the SAP Center and Children’s Discovery Museum.
Ms. Sherman attended Weber State focusing on Communications and is fluent in American Sign Language. In 2012, Chonne joined the board of the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County and served as Vice-Chair from 2014 to 2015.
Emily Roberts, Health Program Specialist
Emily graduated from Colorado College (undergrad-major Psychology) and UC Berkeley for both Social Work (MSW: Management and Planning concentration) and Public Health (MPH: Health and Social Behavior concentration) for grad school. She loves spending time at the beach or in the woods with her family, growing things to eat in her garden, and being a conscious and positive contributor in her various communities.
Emily is passionate about health equity, civic engagement, and the ROI of investing in young children.
Jenifer Clark, Evaluation Program Specialist
Karen Pisani, Family Support Program Specialist
Karen’s work value is to align her personal interests with her profession. This approach was the entrée to her work at The Center for Domestic Violence Prevention/CORA where she served as the Director of Development for 5 years and as Interim Executive Director during the organization’s merger with Sor Juana Inez Services for Battered Women. At CORA Karen volunteered on the 24-hour crisis line, became a State Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, successfully fundraised to establish the agency’s endowment, and was interviewed on live TV by Nancy Grace when the infamous Scott Peterson murder trial verdict came in.
Prior to her work at CORA, Karen served as the Membership Manager and Interim Director of Development at the Peninsula Humane Society, where she combined her love of animals with her fundraising skills and her interest in child development. At PHS Karen volunteered in the Second Chance Class, where shelter dogs are rehabilitated so they have a “leg up” on adoptions, and volunteered in the children’s summer camp with her 240 pound Mastiff, Dino, teaching young children about the proper care and handling of animals. Karen also worked in Stanford University’s Development Department for 5 years, serving as Assistant Director of Stewardship.
But Karen’s most notable and heart-felt role is that of mother to her son, Spencer. When it was time to become a mother Karen’s work value of aligning personal and professional interests brought her here to F5SMC in 2005. Karen gave birth to Spencer in July of 2006 and her role as solo parent and provider has been the impetus for walking her talk regarding practical and compassionate family support services.
Khanh Chau, Fiscal Management Analyst
Mey Winata, Fiscal Office Specialist
Michelle Blakely, Program and Planning Director
Michelle currently serves as an early education consultant for a variety of projects including the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County and the Golden Gate Region Center. She is currently working with F5SMC to lead a collaborative process with over 15 organizations, government agencies and philanthropies for over $3 million in funding for special projects.