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    Mical Atz Brenzel, Chairman

    Mical Brenzel has been a member of the Technology Credit Union Board of Directors since 1989. She has served as Chairman of the Board (a position in which she still serves) and has chaired the Investment and Finance Committees.

    Ms. Brenzel worked for 30 years in corporate treasury and finance in both the Bay Area and New York. She was Assistant Treasurer at Agilent Technologies, Inc. and Raychem Corporation, and worked in the treasury departments of Amdahl, RCA and Sperry corporations. Ms. Brenzel currently serves on the boards of several Bay Area non-profits, including Peninsula Volunteers and the Mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as on the Symphony's Youth Orchestra and Gift Planning Committees.

    Ms. Brenzel has a BA in French from Swarthmore College and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

     

    Peter Donahower

    Peter Donahower, Vice Chairman and Finance Committee

    Peter Donahower has been a member of the Board since 1991. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board and has also chaired the Finance committee. He was also on the Board of the Matson Credit Union. He is currently a member of the Finance committee.

    Mr. Donahower has served as Treasurer for Advanced Fibre Communications, and was also Assistant Treasurer at Amdahl Corporation — holding this same position at Tandem Computers, prior. Previous treasury positions include working for Measurex Corporation and Matson Navigation Company. He began his career as an international banking officer with Bank of America and has more than 25 years of banking and corporate treasury experience.

    His education includes a BA from DePauw University and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird (Garvin) Graduate School of International Management.

     

    Robert Bylin

    Robert E. Bylin, Finance Committee (Chair) and Nominating Commitee

    Robert Bylin was a member of Tech CU's Board of Directors from 1975 through 1981 — resigning that year due to a transfer to Paris. He was reelected to the Board in 1986 and was Chairman from 1979-1980; 1998-2000; and 2003-2006. He currently serves as Chair of the Finance committee, and is a member of the Executive committee.

    Mr. Bylin is currently CFO at Discera, Inc. Previously, he served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Audit committee for Occam Networks. He also has been CFO for Spectra Linear, for Tak Imaging, and has served as Chief Operating Officer and CFO of DTI. His past experience includes 22 years at Fairchild Semiconductor with positions in Finance and Operations, including Controller of the Sales and Marketing Division, and European Controller in Paris.

    His education includes a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

     

    Barbara Kamm

    Barbara B. Kamm, President and CEO, Treasurer and Secretary

    Barbara Kamm has had a long and accomplished career in banking, starting at First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles where she ran credit training for the bank's branch system. She next headed commercial lending at Marine National Bank, a de novo bank in Irvine, CA, and opened and managed the Orange County office of National Bank of Long Beach. Ms. Kamm joined Silicon Valley Bank in Southern California and became the regional manager there before moving to Northern California as the bank's Chief Administrative Officer.

    During her 10 years with Silicon Valley Bank, Ms. Kamm worked with many entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, venture capitalists, and industry associations to meet the financial needs of the technology community. Most recently she operated her own Bay Area-based consulting firm to provide strategic, organizational and financial advice to young tech companies and financial institutions. Among her clients was New Resource Bank of San Francisco, where she advised the Board through a CEO transition.

    Her education includes a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and Pacific Coast Banking School.

     

    John 'Jack' Wedgwood

    John W. "Jack" Wedgwood, Compensation Committee

    Jack Wedgwood has been on the Tech CU Board since the credit union merged with EAC (where he was also a board member) in 1987. He has served as Chairman of the Board for Tech CU and is currently serving on the Compensation committee.

    Mr. Wedgwood's professional experience includes 13 years as a financial officer for an electronics company, and 25 years as a financial planner working with individuals on tax and investment planning. He has also been a private real estate investor.

    His education includes a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

     

    Joe Shepela

    Joseph Shepela, Compensation Committee (Chair) and Nominating Committee

    Joseph Shepela was elected to the Board in 1999 where he has served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominating committee. He currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation committee and sits on the Nominating committee.

    Mr. Shepela has held the position of senior vice president, Human Resources, at several high tech companies including: Quantum, Symantec, Adaptec, and S3 Corp. Earlier in his career, he also held senior level HR positions at Apple and Hewlett Packard.

    His education includes a BS in Industrial Management from Drexel University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

     

    John Paul Bruno

    John Paul Bruno, Compensation Committee

    John Bruno was elected to the Board of Directors in 1997. He previously served as Chairman of the Finance committee.

    Mr. Bruno currently works as vice president of Real Estate for Lehigh Hanson. He was previously President of San Jose Construction. Prior to this, he was senior vice president at DMB Associates, Inc. and vice president of Real Estate and Procurement for Cadence Design Systems. Other past work experience includes sales, real estate development and facilities management with Sybase.

    His education includes both a BS and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

     

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    Karen Brochier, Nominating Committee (Chair) and Finance Committee

    Karen Brochier has over 20 years of experience in treasury operations and deep technical and accounting knowledge in all areas of treasury management. She is currently the Treasurer for Synopsys, Inc., where her role includes helping to set strategy for the company, providing financing and liquidity for the company’s business operations and controlling balance sheet risk. Prior to Synopsys, she worked at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco as a Treasury Manager, and for Raychem Corporation (acquired by Tyco International in 1999).

    Her education includes a BA in Economics from UC Davis and an MBA in Finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

     

    Kirk Bloede

    Kirk Bloede, Compensation Committee

    Kirk Bloede has experience in investment banking, commercial banking, business development, and venture capital. Mr. Bloede is currently a Director with Woodside Capital Partners, which acquired Newforth Partners in 2012.

    Prior to Newforth, Kirk worked as a consultant to early stage enterprise and specialty software companies — assisting them in building strategic relationships and raising capital. Earlier, he was senior vice president at Silicon Valley Bank, where he was a core team member in forming its investment banking division. Prior to Silicon Valley Bank, Mr. Bloede was a vice president at Lighthouse Capital Partners, where he sourced and structured venture capital investments for early stage venture-backed companies.

    Mr. Bloede’s non-profit experience includes over twenty years of service as both member and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Harvard Business School Community Partners, and former Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California.

    His education includes a BA in International Relations from Stanford University with distinction and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.