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Elise DeYoung, National Operations Director

As the National Operations Director, Elise manages the financial, accounting, human resources, and facilities activities for GFC. She is very excited to put her extensive professional business experience from the corporate world to work supporting the Program and Development staff Girl participants, volunteers and donors. In her corporate life, Elise was the Vice President of Finance and Administration for an international water purification company and the General Manager for a Palo Alto based water service company. Elise also brings two unique academic perspectives to GFC. She has recently been appointed to the position of Board Member for the Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education. Additionally, Elise worked for 3 years as a full-time substitute teacher for Santa Clara Unified School District with primary focus in middle school and special education classrooms. Her hands-on experience as a classroom teacher helped Elise recognize her true passion – youth development.

Elise has been married to her husband for 23 years and is the proud mother of two teenage sons, ages 15 and 17. While home full-time during her sons' elementary school years, Elise was an active community volunteer and coordinator. She was a member of the Santa Clara Las Madres group, Little League coach and manager, elementary school volleyball coach, Cub Scout Leader, and active participant in the Santa Clara Historical Home Tour program. Especially focused on enhancing the public school opportunities in her home school district, Elise has served continuously on both unit and council level PTA organizations as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Auditor, and Parliamentarian. She has twice been recognized as an outstanding school volunteer during the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) Public School Week Awards (1997 and 2005) and received the SCUSD Board of Trustees Certificate of Recognition in 2004. Community involvement continues to be a high priority for Elise which she pursues through her role as Popcorn Kernel (popcorn sales fundraiser leader) for the Pioneer District of the Santa Clara County Council of the Boy Scouts, Treasurer for the Santa Clara High School PTSA and Auditor for Santa Clara Unified School District Council PTA.

Elise earned her Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree in Marketing and her Masters in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance and Management from Santa Clara University.


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