AVCA Board of Directors

  Shiraz Kotadia, President   (Term: 2015-2017)   president@avca-sj.org
Shiraz Kotadia
An Almaden resident since 1980, Shiraz has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He has over 30 years of industry experience as Director of Information Systems, Director of Consulting Services, Program Director, Senior SAP Project Manger, and IT Advisor.  He has been a Manager or Director for IBM, SAP, Nortel, Panasonic, and General Motors and has implemented SAP systems at a number of large and medium-sized companies.  He has taught MBA courses in Production and Operations Management, Project Management, and Information Systems in the evening MBA program at Santa Clara University.  He was certified as a Fellow in Production and Inventory Management.  He is currently a senior management and systems consultant.

His wife, Anar, is a senior Quality and Regulatory consultant for Medical Device companies.  They have two daughters.
  Michele Dexter, Vice President   (Term: 2015-2017)   vpres@avca-sj.org
Michele Dexter
Michele is the 3rd generation in her family to be born in San Jose. She grew up in Cambrian Park and Willow Glen, and has lived in Almaden for the past 17 years.  She has a long family history of business, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

Michele co-founded an IT services business with her husband, Rick.  She has managed the business operations for the past 15 years, while simultaneously raising two sons.  She is currently Council Liaison for District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, working to accomplish many projects in the District as well as building strong community relations.

Michele is eager to support AVCA in its mission to keep the residents of Almaden informed about important issues and to encourage active engagement in civic affairs.

  Susan Bailey, Treasurer   (Term: 2015-2017)   treasurer@avca-sj.org
Susan Bailey Susan was born and raised in the Bay Area, graduated from UC Davis, and earned her teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara.  She and her husband have lived in San Jose since 1970.  They have been residents of and homeowners in Almaden Valley since 1972.  They have three children who all graduated from San Jose high schools and California colleges and universities.  Susan has always felt it to be very important to stay informed and to vote to preserve, protect, and defend our country, our liberties, and our way of life. She has voted in every election since she turned 21 years of age.  Susan has been attending AVCA meetings since 2008 and says, "The AVCA provides information and helps educate its members on local and statewide matters.  I hope to facilitate this very important function as a Board Member."

Her work experience includes teaching both home economics and K-8 classes, receptionist, bookkeeper, office work, retail associate and manager positions.  Specials interests, projects, and volunteer work include:
• President of Santa Clara Valley Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary (1980-82)
• Volunteer work at Saint Frances Cabrini School (1981-87)
• Started and served as President of Saint Clare's Guild at Saint Frances Cabrini School (1982-85)
• Helped start and served as First President of Saint Frances Cabrini Parent Teacher Group (1986-87)
• Active in phoning and writing to our elected Representatives concerning illegal immigration (2006-09)
• Attending and speaking at City Council meetings (district and general) (2008-10)
• Member of Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley (2009-10)

  Jim Johnson, Secretary   (Term: 2015-2017)   secretary@avca-sj.org
Jim Johnson Jim Johnson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He grew up in a small town in west central Wisconsin.  After high school, he entered North Central University, graduating in 1977.  After college he married Leisa and served as a youth pastor in Rockford, Illinois.

Moving to Colorado, he started his own business and continued serving as a youth pastor.  In late 1984, Jim and Leisa moved to San Jose and brought his business to the Bay Area.  They have resided in Almaden Valley for almost 30 years.

In 2008 Jim organized 190 volunteers to help victims of the Summit Hill Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Jim and his volunteers helped many people clean up their properties, cut and plant thousands of trees, and rebuild houses.  Out of that effort grew a food outreach that now feeds about 1000 people.
  Ray Holly, Director   (Term: 2016-2018)  rah-mah@sbcglobal.net
Ray Holly
Ray has llived in Almaden Valley for 36 years and was a Director of AVCA in the past.  He was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Cicero.  He graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School and Morton Junior College in 1956 and Northern Illinois University in 1959.  Then he went into the Navy for 2 years and served aboard the U.S.S. Northampton, Fleet Flagship of the U.S, and. in time of war, could carry the President of the U.S.A.  He married Mary Ann in June of 1960 and moved to this area in 1961.  He worked for United Technology Center in Sunnyvale and then for IBM for 27 years. They raised 3 daughters, have 8 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. They have traveled extensively in the U. S. and have enjoyed all 50 states.
  Pat McMahon, Director   (Term: 2016-2018)   pmcmahon@prodigy.net
Pat McMahon
Pat is a 45 year resident of Almaden, who has served on the boards of numerous community and professional organizations.  He is a former AVCA President, and former chairman of the District 10 Leadership Coalition, and he is a current San Jose Library and Early Education Commissioner.  Pat's professional background includes engineering, management, and consulting roles in Quality Assurance and Process Improvement in numerous Silicon Valley companies, including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Acuson, Kaiser Permanente, Cisco Systems, and several start-ups.  He is an Aeronautical Engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Stanford MBA.

  Jerry Mungai, Director   (Term: 2016-2018)   jmungai@pacbell.net
Jerry Mungai
A California native, Jerry Mungai has a BA degree from Stanford University and a MBA from UC Berkeley.  He worked for over 30 years in high tech companies and was his semiconductor company's representative on the then Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group, now known as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

He has a keen interest in local politics, particularly in areas that involve city finances and local public school education issues.  Jerry and his wife, Joanne, have resided in Almaden since 1970.  Their two sons are graduates of Bellarmine College Preparatory and UC Berkeley.

  Bob Strain, Director   (Term: 2016-2018)   webmaster@avca-sj.org
Bob Strain
Bob and Janet Strain moved to Almaden Valley in 1980.  Bob was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but received all of his electrical engineering degrees from the University of Illinois (BSEE, MSEE, Ph. D. 1963).  He worked at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories in England, then Bell Laboratories, Harris Semiconductor, Fairchild Semiconductor, and National Semiconductor.

Since 1999, Bob has been a consultant for start-ups, foundries, and various legal cases.  He is a docent with the San Jose Museum of Art and a member of the Docent Council Board.  Bob has been Architectural Committee Chair and President of the Tract 5027 Homeowners Association.

Bob joined the AVCA Board in December 2010, taking the position of Planning/Zoning Chair.  He was elected AVCA President in 2013 and served in that position until 2015 when he became a Director.

During the past decade and a half, Bob and Janet have done a lot of international traveling.  They have three children and three grandchildren.


                 Communications Committee Chairman:     Shiraz Kotadia   (click name to see photo and biography above)    Email = president@avca-sj.org

                 Education Committee Chairman:     Vandana Kadam    Email = education@avca-sj.org
Vandana Kadam
Biography pending

               Membership Committee Chairman:     Position Open   Email = membership@avca-sj.org

                Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman:      Kris Anne Gustavson     Email = parksrec@avca-sj.org
Kris Anne Gustavson

Kris Anne Gustavson was born in Safford, Arizona and moved to Kailua, HI when she was 13 years old.  She received a degree in Recreation Education at Brigham Young University.  She met and married her husband, Paul, at BYU.  They moved to Chicago, IL after graduation where they both worked for Amoco Oil.  They moved to San Jose in 1979.  She has three daughters, a son and eleven grandchildren. 

She and her husband founded the management consulting firm, Organization Planning and Design where she has taught brain dominance, team building and creativity workshops to clients since 1985.  She has also volunteered as a Red Cross CPR, Lifeguard Training, WSI and swim instructor.  In the LDS Church, she was Camp Director at Camp Ritchie in the Sierras (a summer girl’s camp), headed the youth and children programs, taught early morning seminary and is currently an Assistant Public Affairs Director.

                Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman:     Bob Strain   (click name to see photo and biography above)    Email = webmaster@avca-sj.org

                Public Safety Committee Chairman:     Position Open   

                  Transportation Committee Chairman:     Position Open

Special Positions

  Public Safety Advisor 

 Special Projects  

  Bob Strain, Webmaster    (click name to see photo and biography above)  Email = webmaster@avca-sj.org

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