Mandala Children’s House Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Our Board of Directors is composed of a group of parents who dedicate themselves to helping Mandala live out its mission to “nurture children, support families, and nourish staff.”
The purpose of the Board is to set goals and policies that follow the philosophy of our school and reflect the diverse needs of our children and families. The Board acts as a “compass,” guiding our future while holding us accountable to our original vision. Board members are elected for two-year periods. Board meetings are held monthly at the school. Each spring, we recruit new Board members. We encourage interested parents to apply.
Sheri joined the board in 2018 and is excited to contribute to Mandala’s continued success. After visiting several preschools in San Jose for her then two-year-old daughter, Mandala stood out to Sheri for the way its teachers treat children with respect, and allow them to grow in their own way and in their own time. Sheri was thrilled to witness her own daughter’s exceptional experience at Mandala starting as a Cocoon. Her daughter has moved on to Kindergarten and Sheri’s son is now in our Early Preschool classroom. In addition to being a busy mom, Sheri is an attorney and has her own civil litigation practice in downtown San Jose. In whatever spare time she has left, Sheri loves practicing yoga, scuba diving, reading, and writing.
Board Member | Fundraising
Gina Warren Leuth, mom of Oliver (alumni) and Gemma (Dragonfly), joined the Mandala Board in the fall of 2018 after catching the Mandala spirit. As an East San Jose resident, she was thrilled to find a preschool close to home that provides a play-based introduction to education for her two children. A Sacramento native, Gina attended undergrad and graduate school at Pepperdine University where she earned her MBA and co-chaired a non-profit that raised money for local charities. She now works as a regional sales manager in the South Bay for ADP. When she is not working, Gina loves running, yoga, hiking with the kids and golfing.
Board Member | Communications
Toni joined the board in 2019. Profile coming soon!
Dhruvi joined the Board in 2021. Profile coming soon!
Tim joined the Board in 2021. Profile coming soon!
Jane joined the Board in 2021. Profile coming soon!
ANNE KANGAS, L.C.S.W.
Clinical Consultant | Former Head of School/Director of Family Services | Board Member
Administrative and Child & Family Resource Support
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anne provides weekly clinical consultation and administrative support to the Management Team and is available by referral to meet with families for consultation. Anne retired in August 2018 from her position as Head of School/Director of Family Services at Mandala. She worked alongside Julie and Atty for several years, preparing them to take over the leadership and management of Mandala. Anne assisted in the creation of Mandala in 1975 with founders Marilyn Drino and Linda H. She originally served on the Board and gave administrative support and mental health consultation to the school. In November 1990, when the need for support services at Mandala 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. She also assumed the role of Head of School for several years until the current Executive Team could step into place. Anne has three grown children who are all Mandala graduates. Anne specializes in parenting, child development, early trauma, and family challenges. She also has a private psychotherapy and spiritual direction practice.
Consultant | Founder-Retired Administrative Director | Board Member
Consultant and Mentor to Mandala
In September 2010, after 35 years of gifted leadership at Mandala, 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 a Board Member. She remains a most valuable resource to us all.
Mandala Mission: “Nurture the child. Support the family. Nourish the staff.”