Efrat Shimoni, President
Efrat Shimoni joined the RCCDP Board in 2019. Efrat is a Finance executive with more than 20 years of experience in various leadership positions with technology companies in the bay area. Efrat’s passion and appreciation for early childhood education started with her parenting journey for her child with special needs. She observed the benefits early childhood education provided to her child and considers those to be “life-changing”. Efrat believes that providing our kids a positive developmental, social and emotional experience during their early years gives them a significant advantage, and enables them to grow and become independent, self-motivated, and happy individuals.
Patricia E. Hart, Vice President
Pat Hart has been a member of the RCCDP Board since 2005. She has spent the majority of her professional career serving as in-house counsel with privately and publicly held companies in Silicon Valley. Pat believes that education is the foundation for success. She cannot emphasize enough the importance of preparing children for kindergarten so that every child is given the opportunity to start school with the foundation required to grow. Pat has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J. D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Glenn Snyder, Treasurer
Glenn Snyder joined the RCCDP Board in 2015. His career has taken him through several international finance and strategy roles at firms like Union Bank, Franklin Templeton, Visa, Charles Schwab, and Digital Realty. Currently, Glenn is the Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Zazzle, Inc. Glenn has a passion for education, having volunteered with the Junior Achievement Program as well as teaching Managerial Finance and International Trade and Finance at San Francisco State University. Glenn is also the author of a novel, One Moment in Time. Glenn has a BA from UCLA in International Economics and an MBA in International Business and Finance from the University of San Francisco.
Kathy Schmidt, Secretary
Kathy Schmidt joined the Board of the RCCDP in 2000. She is an architect with a varied career in architecture and business and recently retired from Real Estate Development with Eden Housing, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer that builds, owns and manages apartments for low-income residents in the greater Bay Area. Her work in low-income housing inspired her interest in preschool educational services. Kathy has BA, Master of Architecture and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
Kiri Fluetsch, Executive Director
My name is Kiri Fluetsch and I am the Executive Director here at Redwood City Child Development Program. I am excited to be back as the Executive Director after a year off and the birth of my daughter. Prior to my leave I was the Executive Director for 4 years. I have worked in many different childcare facilities working my way from a teacher’s aide, teacher, lead teacher while completing my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from St Mary’s College. My thesis focused on the importance of Fine Motor Development and its comorbidity with early childhood disorders. I have spent many years developing and testing high quality curriculum and I love working with our teachers to provide the highest quality care for our families and children. I am now extremely fortunate to have my daughter here learning along with all of your children.
Rafael Avendaño joined the RCCDP Board in 2023. Rafael is currently the Executive Director of Redwood City Together and has more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and public policy experience previously serving as a board member for Sequoia Healthcare District and serving on the North Fair Oaks Community Council. Rafael believes that providing young children opportunities to learn, play and grow in supportive environments with caring educators and mentors helps build a more healthy, safe, and equitable environment.
Hank Scherf has served on the Board since 1989. Hank is a Certified Financial Planner® with MassMutual. Previously he served as vice president of sales with several startup technology companies in Silicon Valley, and is a retired Naval Aviator. He serves on the executive board of the Pacific Skyline Council, Boy Scouts of America and on the executive board of the Western Region, Boy Scouts of America. He is also on the executive board of the Hiller Aviation Museum and is currently Chair of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sherry Warp has served on the Board since 2009. She has a deep commitment to children and their families and has worked in the field of Special Education in public schools for 30 years. As a Speech/Language Pathologist, Program Specialist and Coordinator of Special Education Curriculum and Staff Development, Sherry has worked for children with special needs from birth through 22 years of age. She holds an MA in Speech/Language Pathology from San Diego State University. She has volunteered to screen preschoolers’ vision since 1996 including screening the children at the RCCDP each year. Sherry believes that it is never too early to support children and their families so they are successful in school and life.