AEF Who We Are

 Who We Are

     The Alhambra Educational Foundation is comprised of people just like you — parents, community members, business owners and managers, teachers and staff — who are dedicated to enhancing our students’ educational opportunities for all of Alhambra USD’s schools. As the official fundraising partner of AUSD, AEF raises funds to provide and enhance educational programs and curriculum at all schools, K-12.
     Our all-volunteer Board of Directors works tirelessly to ensure that our mission of “assisting in the achievement of a superior public education system” is a reality for all students. If you are interested in getting involved in our schools, meeting new people, and making a real difference in our childrens’ education, please consider joining the AEF Board of Directors, or our volunteer group called ‘Friends of the Foundation.’ The Board of Directors meet once a month at the AEF Office, and help plan and implement AEF fundraising events, including the annual ‘Service to Education’ gala awards dinner, our annual Summer Academy/Summer High School program, and our Annual Fundraising Appeal. Please contact us for more information about getting involved.

2018-19 Executive Committee . . . .

Steve Perry

Steve was born in Alhambra and attended Martha Baldwin School and San Gabriel High School. He joined the AEF Board in 2005, was elected president in 2006, and continues to lead the Foundation today as president. Steve has served on the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education and as a member of the Alhambra Civil Service Commission. He is a Director-Chairman for the Tournament of Roses. His many community activities have led to many honors. Among them: Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year, 2008; Boy Scout Citizen of the Year, 2016; AEF Life Time Achievement Award, 2017; and Honorary Life Membership Award from the Alhambra District PTA. His wife Debora is the Instructional Specialist at Garfield School and his son Caleb attends Park School.

Cliff Bender
1st Vice President

Cliff is a long-time Alhambra resident and has served on the AEF Board since 2010. He has held the office of treasurer and is presently first-vice president. He has two adult daughters who have gone through schools in the Alhambra Unified School District. Cliff is a retired educator, with 37 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Julio Martinez
2nd Vice President

Julio has been a member of the AEF Board since 2015. His wife is a second grade teacher at Northrup Elementary School and their three children attend Brightwood Elementary School. Julio is the Executive Director of the ScholarShare Investment Board, which oversees ScholarShare 529, a California state-sponsored college savings plan.

Maria Chow-Kakazu
3rd Vice President

Maria is the parent of two former Alhambra district students. She has been a member of the Board since 2012 and has served as secretary and third vice-president. She has worked for over 25 years at the Garfield Medical Center in various positions and is presently Director of Rehab for Garfield Medical Center and Monterey Park Hospital. She has received the Superb Performance Recognition from Garfield Medical Center and Tour De Cure for American Diabetes from 2010 to 2014. She loves cycling, painting, live theater, concerts and art.

Martin Ulloa

Martin is a teacher at Independence High School in Alhambra and has served on the AEF Board since 2003. He presently holds the office of secretary on the Board. Martin has also been president of the Alhambra Latino Association and the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association. He holds degrees from Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles and Grand Canyon University. Martin served as PTA president at Northrup School during the time his three children attended Northrup.

Carolyn Ortiz

Carolyn joined the AEF Board in 2010, and has served as treasurer and vice-president. Her son is a graduate of Martha Baldwin School and is presently a senior at St. Francis High School. Carolyn grew up in Alhambra and attended Ramona School and graduated from San Gabriel High School. She holds an AA degree from Pasadena City College and a BA and Masters from the University of Phoenix. She is presently employed as a Business Administrator at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

2018-19 Board of Directors . . .

Ed Aguirre
Ed retired from AUSD in 1998. He served as principal at Northrup, Ynez and Fremont schools during his Alhambra career. He joined AEF Board of Directors in 1998 and became their third President. After 5 years as President, he began AEF Summer Elementary Enrichment Academy and the Summer High School Program. Ed, a die-hard USC Football fan with tickets on the 50 yard line, has been married to Marsha for over 32 years.

David Duarte
David is a parent of children attending Fremont Elementary School and Alhambra High School. He is a graduate of Alhambra High School and holds a AA degree from Citrus College. He works as Director of Sales for Exon/Mobil. David is the president of the Alhambra Pride Foundation, past president of Alhambra Little League and has been a board member of AEF since 2017.

Shirley Gudal
Shirley is a retired AUSD Instructional Specialist who worked at Northrup School for 39 years. She joined the AEF Board in 2016 and serves the Foundation as one of our grant writers. She has attended Pacific Lutheran University, Cal State Los Angeles, and Point Loma University and holds a Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Education. Shirley volunteers much of her time with Friends of the San Gabriel Library, Las Alas (assistance league of Arcadia), and was on the School Board for Grace Christian Academy. Shirley is the 2012 recipient of the AEF Service to Education Award.

Steven Klein
Steve joined the AEF Board in 2016. He is a prodigious blood donor, having donated over 14 gallons of his own blood. He has been recognized for his zeal by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the American Red Cross. Steven was appointed to the City of Monterey Park’s Traffic Commission in 2015 and serves as its chairperson. He was a Los Angeles Unified School District classroom teacher and faculty president.

John Nunez
John joined the AEF Board in 2006. He is presently serving on the Garvey Board of Education and was first elected to serve a four-year term in 1981 and re-elected in 1993 and 2017. He has dedicated considerable effort to community service work through a wide variety of projects, boards and offices, including: Board Member for Alhambra Unified School District; Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember for Rosemead City Council; Regional Representative for San Gabriel Valley Council of Government’s Committee on Energy and Human Development; Co-President of the Garvey Council PTA; and many other boards and committees. He has received two PTA Honorary Service Awards, and the Golden Apple Award from the Association of California School Administrators.

Dawn Rock
Dawn is a parent in the district with a graduate of Mark Keppel High School and a student at Brightwood Elementary. Dawn is a graduate of Keppel and holds a BA and MA from Cal State Los Angeles and a Ph.D. from Claremont. She is presently employed in the Rosemead School District as the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services. Dawn has been on the Foundation Board since 2014.

Alice Tan
Alice is a parent of two children, one of which attends Baldwin School. She is a former AUSD student, having attended Baldwin School and San Gabriel High School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and is presently a Financial Consultant at Kaiser Permanente. Alice is active in Girls Scout Daisy Troop #00421 and holds the position of treasurer of this troop. She also is a pre-school Sunday school teacher at Evergreen Baptist Church. Alice has been on the AEF Board since 2017.

Lorraine Tom
Lorraine is presently a teacher/librarian at San Gabriel High School. She has been on the AEF Board since 2005. Lorraine holds a BA in History from Cal State University Los Angeles and a California Teaching Credential.

Sophia Tsoi
Sophia a CPA moved to California from Hong Kong at age 13. I went to Schurr High School and graduated from USC with a B.A. in accounting. “I believe education is the foundation to success. I am grateful for the education I had, which enabled me to have a profession, and which enabled me to raise my two daughters as a single mother. My greatest leisure passion is golf. I also like reading, singing, cooking, scuba diving and traveling.

Dr. Marcia Wilson
Dr. Wilson is a Dean in the Pathway Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness Division at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. She has been actively involved in the community since she moved to Alhambra in 2000. She has served on the board of the PTA at both Emery Park Elementary School and Alhambra High School, serving as President at both schools for two non-consecutive terms. She has two sons who both graduated from Alhambra High School (2010 & 2017). Marcia has been on the AEF board since 2014.

Sharon Woo
Sharon is a software engineer by profession, with a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering and a MS degree in Electrical Engineering, from USC and Cal State University Fullerton. She retired from the engineering world to become a full- time mom and active volunteer at all of her children’s schools. Desiring to continue helping students after her children graduated from Keppel, Sharon became an instructional aide for the AUSD Special Education Department. Sharon is a member and office holder of the Mark Keppel High Alliance, PTSA, Instrumental Music Boosters, Drama Boosters, and more. She is the recipient of many awards, including the AEF Service to Education Award, PTSA Honorary Service Award, Golden Oak Award, Keppel Honorary Thespian Award, and others. She has been an AEF Board member since 2012 and held the office of 2nd Vice-President.