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For Immediate Release October 10, 2011

Contact: Diane Maxwell, 408-961-5841


Three Additional Officers Elected; Six New Trustees Named

SARATOGA, Calif. Montalvo Arts Center has announced the election of Cathie Thermond as president of the Board of Trustees for the Saratogabased arts institution. Thermond succeeds outgoingPresident Kathie Maxfield, who will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President, Michael Cole continues as Treasurer and Judy Marcus as Secretary. Montalvo also named sixnew members to its Board of Trustees: Kathy Beyers, Harpreet Chadra, Marcia Hansen, David W. Hsieh, Rama K. Shukla, and Carol Jacobsen Waitte. Before becoming Board President, Thermond served on the Montalvo Education Committee. A dedicated community volunteer, especially in the Saratoga Union School District and the Los Gatos Saratoga High School District, Thermond was recently honored for her nine years of volunteer work at Saratoga High School, specifically the drama department, with the renaming of the schools black box theatre to the Thermond Drama Center. Thermond is also on the boards of the California Theatre Center and the Saratoga Foothill Club Historic Landmark Foundation, and is a past member of the board of Theatreworks. She holds a BA in economics from the

University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Indiana University. Prior to her volunteer career, she was an executive at Amoco Corporation in Chicago. Its an honor to assume this leadership position at Montalvo Arts Center -- a place that, importantly, inspires artistic creativity and appreciation of our natural world in Silicon Valley and beyond, said Thermond. I look forward to working with Montalvos dynamic executive director, Angela McConnell, and her management team as we celebrate our 100th anniversary and embrace and expand Senator Phelans vision for this magnificent, historic venue. The following community and business leaders are joining the Board for new three-year terms: Kathy Beyers is a musician and community volunteer (Saratoga High School band). Beyers has co-chaired the Montalvo Food and Wine event the past two years and is a member of the American Heart Associations Circle of Red. She holds a masters degree in speech pathology and audiology and taught special education classes in San Jose Unified School District for five years, later working as a speech therapist at Lakeside Elementary School. Harpreet Chadha is president and CEO at Legacy Resources Group, a San Francisco Bay Area insurance and risk management service. Chadha is also a founding member of Heritage Ventures LLC, a private equity acquisitions firm dealing in real estate and other key investments. He is a former captain in the Indian Army and was educated at Harvard Business School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and Punjab University. Marcia Hansen is a community volunteer also serving on the boards of the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council and the Parents Club of Stanford University. Hansen previously held positions with the Saratoga/Los Gatos Chapter of the National Charity League and the Stanford Law School Board of

Visitors. She holds a law degree from Stanford University and a bachelors from The Ohio State University. David W. Hsieh is Vice President, Solutions Marketing, for Emerging Technologies and TelePresence at Cisco Systems, Inc. Hsieh previously was a co-founder of FaceTime Communications, a leader in instant messaging solutions for large enterprises. He also served as Vice President of Products at WebEx, entrepreneur-in-residence at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Vice President of Product Marketing at Sybase and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at LBMS. He is a graduate of Northwestern University. Rama K. Shukla is Vice President, Intel Architecture Group, at Intel Corporation and has been with the company more than 30 years. Shukla received his master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds several patents. With his family, he is an active contributor to community programs and also promotes the music and culture of the Indo-American community of the Bay Area. Carol Jacobsen Waitte is Executive Director and Board President of the Waitte Foundation, a family foundation focused on the support of charities that aid disadvantaged women and children. Waitte is also Co-Chair of Los Gatos Plein Air, a fundraising event and exhibit. Previously she was a founder of Tamber Bey Vineyards (Yountville), Vice President Operations and Business Development, and Board Member of the Studio Verso internet and technology firm, and a member of the Jacobsen/Waitte Group, which provided business-consulting services for Internet strategy planning, strategic business planning, and sales and marketing plans. The Montalvo Board of Trustees numbers 29, including Sally Lucas, a lifetime Trustee, plus four officers. The Board serves as the governing body of

Montalvo Arts Center. For a complete list of board members, visit
### Montalvo Arts Center is an oasis of culture and nature whose mission is to create and present arts of all types, nurture artists, and use our historic Villa, buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage people in the creative process. Located in Silicon Valley's Saratoga hills, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a Mediterraneanstyle villa on 175 stunning acres, including an international artist residency program. Senator James Phelan left the historic villa and grounds to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature and architecture. In January 2005, the organization changed its name from Montalvo to Montalvo Arts Center to commemorate its 75th year as an arts center and to better communicate its mission to expanding local, national and international audiences. For more information about Montalvo Arts Center, call 408-961-5800 or visit

Celebrating 100 Years! Silicon Valleys oasis of culture and nature since 1912

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