Who are the Friends of Redwood?

Friends of Redwood, established in 2019, is the foundation for the new Redwood High School. Friends of Redwood replaced the old foundation, Redwood High School Promise Education Foundation

Friends of Redwood Board of Directors

Claire Kolling

President and Chief Marketing Officer

Claire is an adjunct professor of English at West Valley College, is a realtor with Intero Real Estate, and is a small business owner. She is also an Educational Consultant who is passionate about closing the achievement gap, and is committed to continue serving Redwood H.S.

George Metropulos

Vice President and Events Coordinator

Former teacher and former mayor of the City of Belmont, CA.

Mike Garoutte


Trinity Presbyterian Church, retired insurance agent, former USAF pilot

Adriene Wong

Treasurer and Fundraising Committee Chair

Adriene is a Finance professional who’s passionate about education and community outreach.

Elizabeth Weal

Scholarship Committee Chair

Elizabeth is the founder of local non-profit Upward Scholars and a long-time ESL teacher

Joanna Wendel

Grant Writer

Joanna is responsible for researching and writing grant proposals to secure essential funding for Redwood High School. She grew up in Oakland, attended high school in San Francisco, and now lives in Boston, MA. She is delighted to be part of the Friends of Redwood team.

Maureen Reich-Svenson

Past President

Former teacher and first generation American, learning disabilities specialist, former Redwood H.S. teacher

Susan Tatum

Past Treasurer

Former CFO of Davis Instruments, child of two public school teachers, grad of Stanford and U.C. Berkeley

Sally Stewart

President Emeritus

Former president and 26 year member of Sequoia Union High School District School Board, San Mateo Women's Hall of Fame, elected 2010

Edwin Ng

Database Manager & Grant Writer Assistant

Edwin is an industrial automation engineer and former ESL tutor.


Ted Lempert; President, Children Now; former California Assemblyman
Ralph Crame; Principal, Carlmont High School
Ulla Foehr, President CAF (Carlmont Academic Foundation) Kathy Parmer-Lohan; Executive Director, SCEF (San Carlos Education Foundation)

Advisory Board

Carrie DuBois, Sequoia Union High School District School Board
Tom Casey
Marialuisa Yazar, Web Designer/UX Designer
Logan Svenson, Redwood High School, Class of 2011
Kai Lee, Teacher, Redwood High School
Lucero Renteria, Parent Liaison, Redwood High School
Olivia Cortez-Figueroa, Canada College Financial Aid

About RHS & Our Impact

Click below to read more about Redwood High School, and the impact we have had on the students and families that we serve. 

Why Donate Now?

Redwood families have been severely impacted by the sudden unemployment caused by Covid-19. Even before the current crisis, many parents worked lower-income essential jobs, often working two jobs to support the family.