Board of Directors

Deanna Brock

Board President

Senior Corporate Counsel, Autodesk

The parent of a former student at Side by Side’s Irene M. Hunt School, Deanna, joined the Side By Side Board to support the agency that provided her son with the resources and tools he needed to succeed in school and life. In addition to co-chairing Side by Side’s Reach for the Stars Gala since 2019 and serving as SBS’s Development & Communication Committee Chair, Deanna has volunteered for the Ross Valley Mothers' Club and four schools over the past 16 years.  Deanna serves as Senior Corporate Counsel for Autodesk and is a California-licensed attorney, as well as holding an LL.M. in Tax.  Deanna resides in San Anselmo, CA, with her husband and two sons. LinkedIn Profile

Howard Schomer

Vice President

Founder/President, HiFidelity Entertainment

Howard is passionate about serving youth in need. His professional experience working in management, marketing, and P&L oversight has contributed to his role as Side by Side Board President from 2020-2022. Howard’s previous volunteer experience includes coaching basketball for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and serving on the Advisory Board for Wender Weis. CEO/Founder of HiFidelity Entertainment, his professional career included positions in marketing for Unilever, Nestle, and MCA/Universal. Howard lives in Ross with his family and dog and enjoys traveling, music, tennis and studying history and politics. LinkedIn Profile

Tim Myers


President and CEO, Bank of Marin

Tim joined the Side by Side Board of Directors in 2021 because he wanted to help address the mental health needs of vulnerable youth and their families. He brings professional experience working in finance and management, as well as previously serving as the Chairman of the Board for Edgewood Center for Children and Families. President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Marin and Bank of Marin Bancorp, Tim resides in San Rafael. LinkedIn Profile

Ryan Stone


Group Director, Corporate Development Strategy and New Ventures, Cadence Design Systems

Ryan has worked with and advised a number of non-profits on legal matters over the past fifteen years, including Mind Matters SF, the Earth Institute and Sanctuary for Families. He has a passion for volunteering with education-related organizations. A United States Marine Corps Veteran, former attorney, and pilot, he currently works in M&A, strategy, and venture investments for Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Ryan resides in Portola Valley, CA with his wife, son, and dog. LinkedIn Profile


Risk and Compliance and Forensic Practice Leader

Melissa Blach is a Director in the San Francisco office of KPMG’s U.S. Risk and Compliance Forensic practice, where she serves in the firm’s Investigations, Disputes, and Compliance group. Melissa is an experienced, solution-oriented, and strategic-thinking professional focused on assisting clients with complex and high-stakes issues, including compliance and regulatory matters, litigation and arbitration matters, and fraud and other misconduct allegations. She has more than 17 years of experience working with clients in various industries, over 13 of which are in management roles with direct oversight of team members and responsibility for overall project success.

Jennifer L. Gotti

Human Resources Manager, Ropers Majeski PC

Jennifer first joined Side by Side’s board in 2008 as a result of the agency’s merger with Children’s Garden and continued on the board until terming off in 2018. She has remained very active in SBS’s Gala Committee and rejoined the Board of Directors in 2022. An HR professional, Jennifer is currently the Human Resources Manager at Ropers Majeski PC in Menlo Park and was previously employed at Brayton Purcell LLP. Jennifer has been involved with Marin County Personnel Commission since 2016 and served on Marin Workforce Development Board and Schools of the Sacred Heart Alumni Board. She lives in San Rafael and has a passion for community service, Bay Area sports, hiking, good food, and performing with a Marin dance company. LinkedIn Profile

Bernadette Miller

Marketing Professional

A long-time resident of San Rafael, Bernadette is passionate about helping youth achieve educational, social, and psychosocial success.  With her husband, she raised two boys to young men in San Rafael, working closely with public schools to ensure their unique needs were met.  Bernadette served on the Glenwood Elementary School PTA Board and is currently volunteering at San Quentin State Prison.  Bernadette's professional career includes influential roles at Nissan, Levi's, Gap, Autodesk, and Clorox.  As a consumer insights leader, she helped organizations gain a greater understanding of their consumers' needs.  Bernadette is an empowering and empathic leader who has developed and mentored many individuals and both functional and cross-functional teams. She enjoys swimming and hiking in the Bay Area (or anywhere in the world!) and reading, cooking, or watching movies with her husband. Linkedin profile

Ina Miller

Partner, ILM Partners

For more than 18 years, Ina has led an Executive Search firm, placing operational management, client service, and business development executives across a diversity of growth sectors including Endowment, Non-Profit, Higher Education, Asset Management, Private Equity, Fin-Tech, and Multi-Family Office. Prior to entering Executive Search, Ina held leadership roles with finance and asset management firms. She subsequently moved to senior operating roles with technology firms, including the founding COO/CFO with Pixion, an early provider of web-conferencing solutions. Ina’s unique background allows her to integrate a deep financial markets knowledge and network with an emerging markets discipline. Ina has been a passionate fundraiser and Board member for a number of non-profits dedicated to inclusivity, accessible education, and health services. She served on the Board of Planned Parenthood Northern California, the Financial Women’s Association, the San Diego Foundation Scholarship Committee, the President of the Board of the Comstock Corporation, the San Francisco Jewish Federation, the Global Grant Committee, and the Business Leadership Council. Ina also serves as a mentor for minority-owned businesses for the Pacific.

Jennifer Finger

Financial Services Professional

Jennifer has served on the Audit Committee of Side by Side since 2005 and strongly supports its mission and goals.  A recognized financial services professional, she has held executive positions at Bank of America, Westamerica Bank, and Beneficial State Bank. Her experience spans over 30 years in strategic, financial, and operational leadership. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Arizona’s Parent and Family Association and previously on the Board of the Marin Symphony. Jennifer resides in Corte Madera.

Darwin Pangilinan

Partner, RSM US LLP

Darwin is an active foster parent with a passion for helping underprivileged youth find success. He understands the value that inspired mentorship provides to young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Darwin is an assurance partner serving life science companies at RSM US LLP. He currently lives in South San Francisco with his family and two rescue dogs.


Retired Entrepreneur and Marketing Executive

Dale Satake has been a member of the Side by Side Board since 2017. As a former business owner and entrepreneur, Dale brings experience in operations, marketing, project management, customer relations, and finance. She currently serves as the national advancement committee chair for AAUW (American Association of University Women), the oldest women’s advocacy organization in the U.S. Past volunteer positions include United Way Community Services of Central Maryland Board president, AAUW Marin Board president, Kappa Alpha Theta Marin board president, and Columbia Foundation Board Trustee. As a third-generation Japanese American whose parents were sent to internment camps during WWII, Dale has experienced firsthand the power of a helping hand and is devoting her retirement time to “paying it forward” so others can navigate the challenges of life. 

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