Board of Directors

2019 - 2020 Board of Directors Profiles

Lillie Stephens, Co-Founder, Chair Emeritus
Lillie co-founded Helios School and has provided leadership on the Helios Board of Directors for ten years. She is the Lead Commercial Council, Ads, at Facebook. Lillie completed her B.A. at University of California, Santa Cruz, and her J.D. at Stanford University.

Anne Cavanaugh, Board Chair
Anne has served on the Board of Directors for Helios for seven years. She is Director of Communications and Marketing for ReSurge International. She holds a B.A. in English/Economics and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Christian Dubiel, Treasurer
Christian is a Founder and Partner of Kingfish Group, a private equity firm. He has served on the Board of Directors for Helios for 7+ years. Christian earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Anu Ramesh
Anu became a member of the Helios Board of Directors in 2018. She is an Organizational Consultant and works on research and design of HR processes. Anu holds a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Delhi and a PhD in I/O Psychology from the University of Maryland.

Jing Tian
Jing is President, North American Region, for Trina Solar. She joined the Helios Board of Directors in 2018. She earned her PhD in Chemistry from Drexel University.

Shawn Sears
Shawn loves the Helios School and its mission! He co-founded his own educational organization, Vida Verde, also for a special population, with his wife Laura in 2001. He still works there today as Executive Director, also serves on the board and works directly with many schools across the Bay. Shawn hopes to bring these experiences in nonprofit management/governance and communication clarity as well as his delight for children and their potential to his service on the board.

Jason Trip
Jason is a senior sales engineer with Juntos Global, a company that partners with financial institutions to reach out to often-overlooked folks to build trust with the financial system and educate them about savings, loans, and business skills. Jason was previously a classroom teacher and director of admissions at Helios. After Helios, Jason was an education consultant with MIND Research, where his role was to inspire district and school staff in the classroom and in presentations and workshops to adopt STMath in the classroom, advocating for the benefits of the research-based visual approach to learning math and for the benefits of productive struggle.