{Board of Directors}

The Board of Directors ensures that the organization is true to its mission.

Jacqueline van Someren, Board Chair

Jackie was in the venture capital business for thirteen years, the last several as a partner overseeing the affairs of a venture capital firm with offices in the US, Canada and Europe. As administrative partner, Jackie was responsible for operational and transactional activities as well as quarterly reporting and investor relations.

When she left venture capital she focused more of her time consulting with non-profit organizations. She is most passionate about working with community-focused non-profits that engage individuals and businesses locally.

Jackie served as trustee for Cambridge, UK-based Wallace Cancer Care, dedicated to providing complementary care and practical support to cancer patients and their families. She volunteered and served as director and secretary of the board for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, raised funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and volunteered as a coach and mentor for San Francisco-based Girls on the Run. Jackie was drawn to the transforming effect of There With Care’s simple and kind approach to care; to listen, and do what is most helpful for each and every family.

Sandra Cheung, Board Director

Sandra is a Bay Area native who spent her childhood in Los Altos. She attended U.C Berkeley where she earned her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. While at Berkeley, she spent years tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth in the Berkeley school system. She worked in laboratory research and bioinformatics for pharmaceutical companies. Sandra focused on antiviral drug discovery at Gilead Sciences. She used and programmed laboratory robotics to screen drug compounds on HCV cell systems. Sandra had a close family member go through a medical crisis with extended stays in local hospitals. After experiencing the isolation, helplessness and trauma, Sandra is passionate about working to provide thoughtful services to families in the hopes of alleviating their hardship. Sandra and her husband Harry live in Atherton and have three young children.

Kate Dachs, Board Director

Kate is a native Californian and attended The Thacher School in Ojai, California.  After high school she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she earned her B.A. in Art History.  After returning to California, Kate received her M.A. in Education as well as her California Teaching Credential from The University of San Francisco. Kate worked in the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City for many years teaching 2nd grade.

Kate has been very involved with children’s health and currently serves as a board member of Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.  She has been a member of the Family Advisory Council and Sibling Committee at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco for the last 5 years.  Currently, Kate is co-writing a book for pediatric patients and their siblings about hospitalization with a social work/child-life team at UCSF.

After experiencing a medical crisis with one of her own children, Kate became acutely aware of the compassion a family needs while struggling with a sick child.  She believes wholeheartedly in the There With Care mission and is profoundly honored and excited to help families in the Bay Area.

Oliver Evans, Board Director

Oliver A. Evans is a Managing Partner at Apercus Holdings, a family office based out of Woodside, CA. He also serves as an advisory board member for Lead Edge Capital and Metropolitan Partners, investment funds based in New York, NY, as well as being in the process of joining the boards of two technology companies based in London, UK. Previously (2008-14) Oliver was a co-founder and portfolio manager at Dorsal Capital Management, a $1.25B public-market technology fund based out of Redwood City, CA. Oliver graduated from Oxford University in 1999 with a Double First in Classics, and was President of the Oxford Union Society (1997). After time at Bain & Company in London and New York, he worked as an analyst and portfolio manager at Intrinsic Investors in Stamford, Connecticut (2006-8). He holds an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar (2004). Oliver has been active in supporting causes in education, healthcare, and the arts. He is on the Regional Committee for the Harvard Business School Capital Campaign, The Board of Benefactors at Christ Church, Oxford (recently endowing a professorship in Ancient History), and is a member of the board at Music at Menlo, a month-long classical music festival in Menlo Park organized by some of the world’s pre-eminent chamber musicians. He and his wife Chandler are also active supporters of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Hospital, where Chandler serves on the board. His interests include swimming, golf, classical music, bridge, and classical literature. Oliver and Chandler have three young girls: Elliot (7), Caroline (4), and Alexandra (1).

Frank Ghali, Board Director

Frank is the founding member and senior leader of a Private Wealth Management (PWM) team in San Francisco and advises several of the firm’s largest private client families and institutions. He is a member of the PWM Advisory Council and the PWM Top Advisors. Frank joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an associate and was named managing director in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Frank was a founding partner of a privately held import and export business for four years.
Frank serves on the board of Citizens School, an organization focused on improving the after-school experience for disadvantaged middle-school students. Frank earned a BS/BA in Business from Rutgers College in 1994. He also earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Certificate of Study in Financial Management and Public Policy from the Wharton School of Business in 2000.

Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, Board Director

Executive Director & Founder of There With Care

In 2005, Paula DuPre’ Pesmen took a sabbatical from a successful film career to found There With Care. During her time as the Associate Producer on the first three Harry Potter films, she was inspired by over 65 families of critically ill children through a program she started with film director Chris Columbus welcoming them to the Potter sets for their wish-for-a-day.

Paula also learned firsthand what it meant to be in a family facing medical crisis when her husband, Curt, was diagnosed with and successfully treated for advanced colon cancer. As founder of There With Care and as a non-voting member of its Board of Directors, Paula oversees the daily operations of the organization. The overwhelming support Paula has received from her personal and professional communities is a testament to her passion for helping families in need.  Photo: Courtesy of Cheyenne Ellis.

Katie Rottier, Board Director

Katie Rottier has worked in advertising and brand communications for 19 years, including the last 10 years at Google.  There, she partnered with Fortune 500 consumer and B2B clients on all stages of the digital planning cycle: from early campaign strategy, audience segmentation and media mix to creative development, original content, and measurement.  She focused on integrated campaigns for her clients, ranging from direct response to custom branded entertainment programs across video, mobile and search platforms.  Katie recently left Google in July, 2016 to launch her own digital consulting firm called digitalHarvest, focused on helping wine industry clients build their online brand and direct sales. 

In the community, Katie has focused on children including Board positions at the Child & Family Institute “CFI” and the Laurel Elementary School PTO.  Katie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications and lives in Menlo Park, CA with her husband, son, and two daughters.  Katie is passionate about There With Care through her own childhood experience with open heart surgery, and knowing how vital a strong family and community is during a very traumatic time.

Jennifer Sheldon, Board Director

Jennifer brings 15 years of strategy, management and business development experience from roles in a diverse set of companies. Most recently she worked for Partners in School Innovation, an education reform non-profit, where she served as Director of Special Projects leading new initiatives and organizational development. Prior to that, Jennifer worked in for-profit companies in roles primarily focused on program innovation as well as organizational and market development. She led business strategy on cross-discipline consulting teams in a digital services agency (Organic, Inc.), directed program development in a firm that convenes global leaders to problem solve (Van Heyst Group) and managed business and market development at a socially-progressive telecom company (Working Assets). In the community Jennifer has always gravitated toward opportunities that focus on children, including tutoring elementary students in reading, serving on the board of a pre-school, and volunteering to support families challenged by a medical crisis.
Jennifer is a native Californian and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Stanford University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two children.

Jocelynn Staley, Board Director

Jocelynn brings 12 years of strategy, finance and marketing experience from her roles at various for-profit companies. During her most recent role at eBay, Jocelynn managed a $60 million paid search marketing budget and was responsible for ROI analysis, forecasting, and financial reporting. Jocelynn is also active in the community as a volunteer, Treasurer on the Board of Windmill School and as a Board Member of Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Jocelynn earned a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Stanford University.
Stemming from personal experience with her first son, Jocelynn is passionate about supporting children’s health and families going through a medical crisis. She is inspired by the compassion of our community of volunteers, partners and businesses who join together to support families during an incredibly stressful and difficult time, and she is energized to bring more awareness of There With Care’s programs to the Bay Area.

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