Meet The Board

Behind Our Work

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Sam Brasch

Board President

Sam joined the Adopt A Family’s Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently Sr. Managing Director at Kaiser Permanente Ventures. Sam has been an investor or operating executive in healthcare technology companies for the past 15 years. Sam received an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Public Policy from Stanford University. Sam was born and raised in Mill Valley and now lives in San Rafael with his wife, Alicia, and three children.

Lisa LaHorgue

Vice President

Lisa is a Communications Associate at Marin Academy, where she supports the efforts of the Advancement Office. She also acts as the liaison for the Marin Academy Parents Association, providing support in promoting MAPA’s many programs. Lisa received her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in English, French, and Film Studies. She still loves the movies and reading, and is a life-long francophile. She recently joined the board of Adopt a Family of Marin.

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Sylvie Zolezzi

Secretary

Sylvie joined Adopt a Family’s Board of Directors in 2015. She currently is a luxury residential specialist with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenbrae. Sylvie worked as an investment and commercial banker and a human resources manager for over 15 years. Sylvie received her BA from the Université d’Aix en Provence, France, her MA from Columbia University and attended business classes in the Fordham University MBA program. A French native, Sylvie moved to the United States to attend graduate school and never looked back.

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Patti Anderson

Patti has been an active member of RVWL since 2011, holding a number of leadership positions and serving on their Executive Board. Patti is currently Principal/COO of Gear Up Consulting, LLC that specializes in management consulting. Previously, she was Regional Sales Manager for Vineyard Unlimited and worked in this marketing specialties business for 11 years. Her prior career was spent as a retail buyer for Macy’s for ten years. Patti graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Textiles and Clothing; Fashion Merchandising.

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Adam Engelskirchen

Treasurer

Adam is President of the Capiterra Group, Inc., a San Francisco commercial real estate investment and advisory firm. He is a development advisor, real estate lawyer and commercial broker with particular expertise in leasing (including complex ground leases), historic buildings and public-private real estate transactions. A long-time open water swimmer, he completed a solo crossing of the English Channel in 2012.

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Jennie Martzloff

RVWL Liaison

Jennie is the Ross Valley Women’s League liaison to the Adopt a Family of Marin’s Board.  She has been an active member of the Ross Valley Women’s League since in 2013, having held a number of leadership positions including serving on their Executive Board as Treasurer since 2015.  Jennie is currently a strategic marketing consultant working with financial services companies to grow their businesses.  Previously she worked in senior leadership positions at American Express, Wells Fargo, and Rabobank. She also worked at several start-ups including Shutterfly where she built and ran its consumer marketing department.  Jennie received a BA from Middlebury College and her MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. A long-time volunteer, she currently raises funds for her business school. Locally, she advises not-for-profit startups. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to international locations with her husband and hiking the trails of Marin.

ADIVSORY COUNCIL

Tony Campodonico, Chair • Dan Barnett • Don Blasky • Robert Dornbush • Darla Flanagan • Marianne Gray • Norm Hunter • Heidi Krahling • Julie McMillan • Alex Najafi • Roxanne Najafi • Barbara Rohan, J.D. • Sarah Ryan • Sue Ward