Judy Koch, Founder, President
Prior to founding Bring Me A Book in 1997, Judy was owner of RSP Manufacturing Corporation from 1989 to 1997. RSP provided precision sheet metal fabrication, stamping and electro-mechanical assembly services to companies in Silicon Valley. Bring Me A Book grew out of a benefit program she had provided employees of her company. Judy began her career as an English teacher in California public schools. She is a member of The Committee of 200, Women’s Forum West, University Rotary Club of Palo Alto, and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Judy received the Philanthropic Innovator Award from the Committee of 200 in 2004 and a Purpose Prize Fellow Award from Encore.org in 2007. She has two adult sons and four grandchildren who live in Silicon Valley.
Lea Anne Borders, Board Member
Lea Anne Borders is a founder and principal of Bookelicious LLC. Bookelicious is a startup dedicated to inspiring children to read by finding great books that match each child’s personal interests, age and reading ability, and making those books available through online purchase and school and local libraries. Ms. Borders has also served as an advisor to Silicon Valley startups since 1998. Prior to Bookelicious she was general counsel for MyWire, Inc. an online media retail startup, where she led development efforts to create online multi-media products including Let’s Cook! Life Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum. A former partner at Cooley LLP, a Silicon Valley-based law firm known for its expertise in the areas of venture capital and technology transactions, Ms. Borders holds an MS in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a JD from the University of California Hastings College of Law, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mike Knych, Board Member
Mike oversees accounting, financial analysis, risk management and cash management for Asset Management Company and its portfolio. He focuses on financial transactions, policies and procedures related to Asset Management Company's family office operations. Mike is responsible for funding the venture, non-profit and wealth management functions of AMC. He has over twenty years of experience in venture capital, private equity, startup company management and investment banking. Prior to joining Asset Management Company, Mike worked with Trimingham, Inc. where he provided special services to underperforming and distressed middle market companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University.
Christine Z. Loker, Board Member
Chris has had a 25 year career in Human Resources working with a number of Fortune 500 organizations. Most recently Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Charles Schwab & Co., Chris also has held senior management HR positions with Universal Studios, Levi Strauss & Company, and Bank of America. She is currently proprietor of Children's Book Gallery, an antiquarian bookshop in San Francisco specializing in children's books of character, color and charm from 1750 to 1950. Chris is also the author of two children's picture books, and a award-winning book called One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature. Chris serves on a variety of national and international nonprofit boards, where she is active in HR, strategic planning, leadership, and board governance work. She received a BA from Stanford University and attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chris Loker is an author of children's books and books about children's literature, including One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature.
Susan McDonnell, Board Member
Susan McDonnell is an active community volunteer, having served for the past 18 years in numerous educational leadership and task force positions, including Site Council Chair and PTA President at K-12 schools in Palo Alto, California in addition to spending considerable time as a pre-3 classroom aide. Susan served six years on the board of Bay Area Adolescent Counseling Services and was a founding board member of PiE (Partners in Education), the funding foundation for the Palo Alto Unified School District. She was also a partner in SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Ventures Fund) a social venture philanthropy partnership, and focuses on the area of educational impact. Prior to raising two daughters with her husband, Jim McDonnell, Susan held management positions at Morrison & Foerster and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
Jon Porter, Board Member
Jon Porter is currently a Director at Three Bridge Wealth Advisors and works directly with both entrepreneurs and venture capital and private equity firm partners. He was previously a Financial Advisor in the Venture Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Menlo Park office and also spent five years heading the global licensing group at Apple, Inc. Prior to Apple, Jon was the Director of Business Development for Lambda Optics and worked in the corporate finance group for international law firm Morrison and Foerster, LLP. He holds a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA, with honors, in Political Science and English from the University of Washington. He is a member of the California State Bar Association and holds Series 7, 66, and multiple state insurance licenses. Jon is actively involved with both the University of Washington and the Santa Clara University School of Law, frequently guest lecturing on topics relevant to his role as a private wealth advisor.
Deborah J. Stipek, Board Member
Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. is Professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. She also chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students’ Engagement & Motivation to Learn and the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center.
Kristine Schray Erving, Board Member
Kristine is a community leader with strong experience in non-profit board development, community project development and resource utilization. As well as former President, Junior League of Palo Alto • Mid- Peninsula, Kristine also has chaired the boards of the YMCA-Mid-Peninsula, Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista Center), Palo Alto Senior Coordinating Council (Avenidas), as well as served the Experience Corp, and the East Palo Alto YMCA.
Kristine co-founded Stanford Hospital’s medical library for the lay public, and Peninsula Habitat for Humanity’s first accelerated build and fundraiser. She has been involved with Bring Me A Book since 2002.
Kristine received a BS from the University of Oregon, and an MAT from the College of Notre Dame. She and her husband John are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren who first learned to loved reading from BMAB books.
Ann Zeichner, Board Member
Ann is a managing director at Taylor Winfield, a retained executive search firm, where she brings over twenty-five years of technology market experience building winning teams across the technology spectrum at service providers, hardware, and software firms. An experienced C-level executive, Ann knows first-hand how team dynamics can make or break a company: she has lived both outcomes. Finding the right candidate means taking a deep dive into her client’s business: the industry, market position and company culture. She works tirelessly to recruit and place leaders with the character, passion and experience suited to each opportunity. Beyond functional needs, Ann excels at recognizing and matching behavioral traits that will prove successful and has expertise in building a balance of skill sets and personalities at all levels to optimize results within the organization. Having the unique operating experience of directing sales and marketing for a large enterprise, running a company as the CEO, taking a company through an IPO, and selling several, Ann’s understanding of leadership and organizational structure propels her to be an invaluable asset to her clients as she applies that knowledge base to their recruiting needs. Ann has conducted assignments across a broad spectrum of industries, including gaming, online services, manufacturing and consumer products, spanning both publicly-traded and privately-held companies. A graduate of Rutgers University, Ann is based in Taylor Winfield’s Silicon Valley office. She has served on the advisory boards of several privately-held companies and on non-profit boards such as the Los Altos Educational Foundation and Entrepreneur’s Foundation. She is also a member of Penrhyn International, upholding the best standards of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Ann believes the concrete evidence which indicates reading aloud with children improves early literacy is simply so powerful. The opportunity to positively impact children’s lives, collaborating with the fabulous BMAB team, humbled and compelled Ann to join the BMAB Board.