Board Members

Connect’s governing board ensures that Connect is carrying out its mission and remains financially sound.  The board also works to raise awareness of the school and its work, fundraise to support its mission, and help set the strategic direction of Connect.  Members are volunteers.

The board meets regularly, in public.  You are welcome to attend; find our meeting schedule here.

Cesar Castillo, Board President
Cesar has served on the board since 2018. He is a registered nurse, active volunteer at the American Red Cross, and co-leader of a Girl Scouts troop. Cesar has two daughters (both Connect students).

Kathryn Hopkins, Board Secretary
Kathryn is a founder of Connect who has served on the board since 2012.  She currently directs communications and outreach at Peninsula School; previously, she managed Independent Learning at Summit Public Schools, directed an Aim High summer program for Redwood City middle schoolers, and conducted education policy research at Stanford.  Kathryn has a son and daughter.

Tommy O’Toole, Board Treasurer
Tommy has served on the board since 2016.  Tommy has three children (two current Connect students and one former Connect student).

Dylan Arena
Dylan has served on the board since 2013.  He is a learning scientist with a background in cognitive science, philosophy, and statistics whose areas of expertise are game-based learning, next-generation assessment, and personalized learning.  He is also co-founder of an educational technology company called Kidaptive.  Dylan has two sons (one former Connect student).

Hayley Dupuy
Hayley is a founder of Connect who served on the board in 2012–2013 and rejoined in 2018.

Anabel Jensen
Anabel has served on the board since 2017.