Mandala Children’s House Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Our Board of Directors is composed of a group of parents and community members 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.
ANNE KANGAS, L.C.S.W.
Clinical Consultant | Former Head of School/Director of Family Services | Board Chairperson
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.
Board Member | Communications Chair
Toni joined the Mandala Board of Directors in 2019. She knew she wanted her children to attend a Montessori preschool. After visiting a few Montessori schools, Mandala stood out because of the way the teachers spoke to and interacted with the children. Toni was drawn to the board after experiencing a fantastic first year as a parent of an early preschooler. Starting school and leaving family for the first time can be a scary and anxious experience for both the child and parent. The teachers and staff at Mandala Children’s House made the experience feel safe, easy and comforting. Toni wanted to learn more about the inner workings of Mandala and give back in any way she could. Toni is a former elementary school teacher and current reading intervention teacher in San Jose. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking.
Board Member | Fundraising
Dhruvi joined the Board in 2021. She wanted the opportunity to be more involved in her son’s school, especially since she also has a background in education including work in Montessori, counseling, behavior therapy, and as an after school program director. Currently she enjoys being a full time mom and starting up her new business as a contemporary artist!
Board Member | Finance
Tim Reynolds joined the Mandala Board in the Fall of 2021 believing that early education is critical to child development and hoping that his experience could be beneficial to the school and the community. Tim’s daughter, Arabelle (Dragonfly), found her home at Mandala the first time she stepped on the Mandala campus, and has grown and flourished over the past two years. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Speech/Theatre from Northwestern University and an MBA from San Jose State University. Tim comes to us with a wealth of Board experiencing, having served on the Boards of the Los Altos Conservatory Theatre for twelve years and the Saratoga Drama Group (now South Bay Musical Theatre) for six years, and acting as bookkeeper and Treasurer for both organizations. During the day Tim is part owner and Executive Vice President of Welker Bros., a local commercial floor covering contractor. In his spare time, Tim is an actor and singer at theatre companies around the Bay Area.
Board Member | Events & Activities
Jane joined the Mandala Board in 2021. In her search for a preschool, it was immediately clear that Mandala was the right fit for her sons – Miles and Atlas. During a tour, Mandala students were captivated by puppets and joyfully playing with dirt. The teachers exuded warmth and had experience with early intervention services. Jane continues to learn from Mandala’s philosophy of developing the whole child, especially the focus on social and emotional learning and positive discipline. Jane grew up in San Diego, studied public health at UC Berkeley, and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. Jane has over 20 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience She loves to travel, eat donuts, and solve crossword puzzles.
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.
Board Member | TBD
Bio coming soon!
Board Member | TBD
Bio coming soon!
Mandala Mission: “Nurture the child. Support the family. Nourish the staff.”