Board of Directors

2020- 2021 Board of Directors Profiles


Anne Cavanaugh

Anne is the Director of Annual Giving at Nueva School and the immediate past Chair of Helios’s Board of Directors. Prior to her role at Nueva, Anne was head of communications and marketing at ReSurge International, a nonprofit that provides free reconstructive plastic surgical care to underserved populations in developing countries. Prior to ReSurge she spent 10+ years in marketing in various enterprise B2B software startups. Anne’s favorite startup is Helios, which she is delighted to have helped grow from a school of just 25 students to the thriving community of 100+ students it is today.  


Christian Dubiel  

Christian is a Partner of Kingfish Group, private equity investment and advisory firm. Since co-founding the firm in 2004, Christian has been responsible for advancing Kingfish’s overall investment strategy, building strategic relationships with capital partners and overseeing the firm’s portfolio of private equity investments.  He is passionate about developing growing organizations and has 25+ years of experience in building and investing in privately-held companies. 


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 bachelor's and master’s degree from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Maryland. 


Shawn Sears 

Shawn loves 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. 


Lillie Stephens

Lillie co-founded Helios School and has provided leadership on the Helios Board of Directors for over ten years. She is an Associate General Counsel at Facebook on the Commercial Transactions Team. Lillie earned a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a J.D. from Stanford University.  


Jing Tian  

Jing is the country manager for Shift Energy USA, a company that specializes in financing, development, and operation of solar systems.  A veteran in the solar industry, she has been involved with many solar companies and has advised many startups.  Jing is the parent of Helios alumna of the class of 2017.  Jing earned her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Drexel University.  Jing is an active volunteer in her community. She was a mentor at AWIS for 6 years.  She is a Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and climate change advocate. 


Jason Trip

Jason Trip 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.


Rob Zehner  

Rob and his wife Kristine have been members of the Helios community since their oldest child joined the school in 2014. Rob is a regular participant in parent workdays; among other hands-on contributions, he designed and installed the climbing wall in the Hummingbirds play area. He also enjoys chaperoning on school camping trips and helping out in iLab. In his professional life, Rob is a director of product development at Amazon's Sunnyvale campus. Rob earned his doctoral degree in physical chemistry from The University of Chicago after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond.