The Executive Team is composed of the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School, and the Family Resource Specialist. The Executive Team assumes full responsibility for the total program of Mandala Children’s House.
Our Preschool Directors, Childcare Program Manager and Bookkeeper work closely with the Executive Team. Our Founder/Consultant offers guidance and support.
ANNE KANGAS, L.C.S.W.
Head of School | Director of Family Services & Personnel
Administration, Family Support, Child & Parent Resources and Employee Relations
(408) 251-8633 x14 (In the office M/T/W)
Anne currently heads the Executive Team. She oversees the administration and decision-making of the organization, as well as the behavioral support services at Mandala. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anne offers consultation to families and facilitates staff development and employee relations. Anne assisted in the creation of Mandala in 1975. She introduced founders Marilyn Drino and Linda H. and collaborated in the vision and establishment of Mandala. Initially, Anne served on the Board for a number of years and gave administrative support and mental health consultation to the school. However, in November 1990, the need for support services to staff, children and families was recognized. Anne was hired as Family Services Director to assist with early intervention and offer guidance to families, teachers, and childcare providers about parenting and child development. Anne has three grown children who are all Mandala graduates. Anne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in parenting, child development, early trauma, and family challenges. She also has a private psychotherapy practice.
Assistant Head of School
Enrollment and Administration
(408) 251-8633 x12 (In the office M/T/Th)
Julie is a member of our Executive Team. She oversees Preschool admissions and enrollment and assists in the administration of the school. She gives parent tours, manages children’s files, and participates in administrative tasks and decision-making. Julie’s leadership gifts became clear when she served on the Board for several years and guided it as Board Chairperson with capable hands. There she learned the workings of Mandala and caught the “spirit” of our school. In 2015, we invited Julie to leave her Board position and bring her gifts to the administrative side of Mandala. She is organized, committed, and has proven her dedication. Julie has been a parent in the school since 2009. She is the mother of two graduates, and she has a two year-old son who is in the Early Preschool. Julie has a Masters’ Degree in Education, as well as Teaching and Administrative Services credentials. She has taught public school, worked in finance and banking, and comes with a wealth of educational and administrative knowledge. Julie is a collaborator who appreciates the teamwork model. We are grateful to have her as part of our group.
ATTY ROSAS, OTR/L
Family Resource Specialist
Administration and Support Services
(408) 251-8633 x14 (In the office T/W)
Atty is member of our Executive Team. She participates in administrative decision-making and offers support and resources to the classroom and our families. As a licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Atty first began working with Mandala in 2011 as a consultant to the teachers, parents, and childcare providers. In 2014, she joined the Executive Team. Because of her expertise, both professionally and administratively, Atty plays an important role on the team. Atty served on the Mandala Board of Directors for 6 years and helped us to grow and expand our vision. She has encouraged Mandala to step in new directions and offer groups and resources to further support children with a variety of needs. Atty is a gifted communicator and collaborator who brings balance and calm to our program. She has 17 years of experience working with children and non-profit agencies. Atty is a valued resource to the teachers, who look to her for guidance and direction in the classroom. Atty is the mother of two Mandala graduates, now in elementary school. In addition to her work at Mandala, Atty also provides home-based early intervention services throughout Santa Clara Co. and offers private pediatric occupational therapy to children and families. She is bi-lingual and speaks Spanish.
Childcare Program Manager /Facilities Manager
Childcare Referral and State-funded Childcare Program
(408) 251-8633 x11(In the office alternate Tuesdays and W-F)
Mary works in the office as our Childcare Program Manager. She is responsible for overseeing our childcare program for low-income families. She enrolls families, supervises family childcare homes, assesses children in the homes, and rates home environments. Mary also manages our facilities. Mary started at Mandala as a substitute teacher and became a part of our permanent teaching staff in January 1996. She worked for many years teaching in the preschool. After returning to school for her Bachelor’s degree, she was interested in taking on more administrative duties. She transitioned to the office in 2013 and assumed full responsibility for overseeing our state-funded Childcare Program. Before coming to Mandala, Mary taught at Evergreen Community Center. Mary received her B.A. in Early Child Education from National University. She has two grown children–the oldest went to Mandala and the youngest volunteered here. Mary brings optimism and “sunshine” to the school. She is well organized and efficient. Mary is bi-lingual and speaks Spanish, as well as English. Mary is now enjoying the delights of being a grandmother. She has four grandchildren, and her granddaughter attends Mandala.
Payments, Billing, and Accounts
(408) 251-8633 x15 (In the office M-F, Mornings)
Janice works closely with our Executive Team. She is in the office daily to handle all the financial needs of parents and the school program. She also provides additional HR and office support. Janice came to us in October 2015. She is highly organized, extremely efficient, and thoroughly dependable. She was able to learn the workings of Mandala’s program in a very short time. We have all appreciated having her competent guidance available to us on a daily basis. Janice has over 25 years of bookkeeping experience. She has worked in a variety of small business settings, and she ran a successful family business for a number of years. Janice is the mother of four sons, and she is now happily awaiting the birth of a first grandchild.
Founder, Retired Administrative Director, and Consultant
Advisor and Mentor to Mandala
In September 2010, after 35 years of gifted leadership, Marilyn made the difficult decision to retire to spend more time with her family. We carry her spirit with us. Marilyn has left a legacy that is lived out in the very workings of Mandala, from classroom to staff room. We call Marilyn the “founding mother” of Mandala. In 1975, she created the plans and philosophy for a preschool and satellite licensed family day care network. It was Marilyn’s vision to establish a preschool in the East foothills of San Jose that fit the diversity of the area. At first, Marilyn taught in the mornings and was the Assistant Director in charge of curriculum and classrooms. Later, she stepped into the role of Administrative Director in 1984. Marilyn was known as the “glue” that held Mandala together. In her last several years, she mentored others on the administrative staff so that she could “hand over the reins” with confidence. Marilyn continues to support the Executive Team and the Board by serving as our Consultant and she remains a most valuable resource to us all.