About Us

Executive Board

President: Kai Brown ceapres@me.com

Bio: I moved to Sunnyvale at age 9 and started attending CUSD schools, then matriculated to FUHSD. After High School I moved to Northern California, “behind the redwood curtain”, to attended Humboldt State University where I studied Biology, German and Social Studies. After graduating I enrolled in Humboldt’s teacher credentialing program where I received my clear single subjects teaching credential. I started teaching in CUSD in 1994 at Cupertino Middle school then transferred to Kennedy Middle School. I became interested in being an active part of CEA in my fourth year of teaching and have served as a site rep., vice president, and president. I also served on our bargaining team before returning as CEA president.

Vice President: Marc Kulla

Treasurer: Susan Hansen susanfhansen@gmail.com

Bio: I have always admired the good work that is done by our CEA and I am now proud to serve as your CEA Treasurer.

This is my 17th year teaching at Cupertino Union School District where I teach 8th grade Science. I have taught grades 6-8 in many different subject areas including, Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Journalism, Technology, Yearbook, and Exploratory Wheel.

I am a native of Santa Clara Valley where I attended elementary school in Sunnyvale and high school in Santa Clara. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Ten years after graduating from CAL, I completed my M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. After 20 years of working in technology and volunteering as frequently as I could in my own children's classrooms, I decided that I wanted to work with kids and grow new scientists, so I made a career change to teaching.

Secretary: Katie Burnette burnette_katie@yahoo.com

Bio: I grew up in Palo Alto, graduated from Gunn HS, earned a BA in Child Development from San Jose State (go Spartans!), and a teaching credential from National University. I have been either a representative or the secretary in CEA since I began teaching in the fall of 1998.

Communications Director: Mary Ann Cunningham mcunningham043@gmail.com

My first experience with CUSD was as a parent when my children attended Stocklmeir Elementary, Cupertino Middle School, and Homestead High School. My son, who has special needs, attended Regnart, Dilworth, Eisenhower, Cupertino Middle School, Lawson Middle School, and then, he went on to Lynbrook High School. Both have since graduated.

Once I earned my BA in Child Development and teaching credential, I started teaching in CUSD and have been teaching in this district for 22 years. During my first three years, I was an ELD teacher at Muir Elementary. I’ve taught students from kindergarten to eighth grade, within and outside of CUSD.

My purpose in joining CEA is to see if we could help increase communication between teachers and district personnel. I have been a Site Representative at Muir or Stocklmeir for many, many years, as well as CEA Vice President. In this ever complex world, teaching has becoming more demanding. However, I believe if we speak up and get involved, we can make positive changes that benefit all.

Primary Director:

Upper Director and State Council Representative: Ruth Eller rutheller@sbcglobal.net

Bio: I have been teaching for over 34 years. I started out at private school but moved to Lincoln at CUSD in 1996. At Lincoln I first taught primary SDC, but after 4 years moved back to my first love...4th grade! As a former private school teacher, I was given no say in my contract so when I moved to CUSD, I was immediately amazed that teachers were given a say, because of union bargaining! I could hardly believe that there were rules the district had to abide by! For example, at the private school, staff meetings were every week and could be as long as 2 hours! So I immediately started attending CEA meetings, then I became a Lincoln CEA rep, then the lead rep. For the last 3 years I have been the upper elementary director and serve on the CEA Eboard.

I remain passionate about teaching and passionate about CEA!

Middle School Director: Kim James kmmfisher@earthlink.net

After graduating from Los Gatos High School, completing the credential program at Humboldt State and teaching in Northern California for several years, I came back to the Bay Area. I started teaching science at Hyde Middle School, but have since switched to math. I have been teaching at Hyde for 23 years, but just recently became involved with issues happening within Cupertino. This led me to pursue more interest in CEA and how I can incorporate my interest in city issues with school issues.

I have always been involved with school leadership and felt that I could bring those skills to CEA, learn more about how our union helps all employees and continue to support fellow teachers with concerns within the district and city.

I am also a parent of two boys that have gone through CUSD and was involved with PTA as much as I could. When not involved in what my boys are up to, you may find me out in the garden or walking around our area's beautiful open spaces.

Special Education Director:

State Council Representative: We Need You!

Bargaining Committee

Team Lead: Marc Kulla: mkulla@hotmail.com

After a 20 year career as a software engineer I began teaching middle school in 2006. At Kennedy Middle school I have taught all math courses in 7th and 8th grades up through Geometry. I currently teach 7th grade Algebra along with two elective classes: Java Programming and Creative Media. In addition to being on Kennedy's FAC for countless years, I joined the bargaining team in 2019 and look forward to continuing in that role. I have two children, both who went through CUSD at Meyerholz (CLIP Program) and Kennedy, and on to Monta Vista in FUHSD. Both attended UC Irvine for various majors.

Lauren Fontinell:

Suzanne Matheny:

Mary Ann Cunningham: cunningham043@gmail.com

CTA Advisory: TBD

Health and Welfare Committee

Rob Hodges rhodges68@gmail.com

Bio: I was born and raised in San Jose. I have been active in CEA as a representative for almost all the years I've taught in CUSD. I have has taught grades K-6 both in CUSD and in the state of Georgia. I have also taught special education, music and spent two years as a technology specialist helping teachers incorporate technology into their curriculum. The favorite highlight of my career was being one of the original creators of Murdock-Portal here in Cupertino back in the mid 1990s.

When I'm not teaching, I'm active in community theater and serve on the board of a new Silicon Valley theater group. When not spending my nights rehearsing, I like to curl up with a good book and my rescue dog, Burnsie. I also enjoy playing the piano and spending time with family and friends.

Jocelyn Su jocsu_1@yahoo.com

Bio: With almost 20 years of teaching experience, Jocelyn Su has worked for CUSD for over 16 years. She’s passionate about primary and has taught K-3 at DeVargas, Nimitz, and West Valley. She is currently teaching TK at Regnart. With a BA in Sociology, a specialization in Education, and MA in Instructional Technology, this UCLA and SJSU alumnus has served on many district committees, has been awarded Teacher of the Year twice, and continues to enjoy serving on the Health and Welfare Committee. When she’s not doing something teaching related, you can find her traveling internationally with her husband and young children, doing yoga, baking, and reading non-fiction books.

Kai Brown ceapres@me.com


PAC Chair: Steve Greenfield greenfield100s@yahoo.com

Steven Greenfield grew up in Cupertino, attended Hoover Elementary, Kennedy Jr. High, and Monta Vista High Schools. He was actively involved in baseball, football, soccer, and track. He attended West Valley Community College and transferred to San Jose State University receiving a degree in business management. In 2004, he went back to school to received his teaching credential from Santa Clara University.

As the father of three daughters that have attended Cupertino schools, he has a unique perspective as a parent but also as a former student and educator. He has been an avid volunteer within CUSD, chairman of multiple school site councils, elected to the home and school club board at their elementary school, and was chairman for several major fundraisers.

Steve started out in 2003 as a substitute teacher within CUSD and it was from these experiences that he sought his credential. After receiving his credential in 2006, he continued substituting throughout the district in various grades. He received his first teaching assignment in 2010 at Stocklmeir, working with a wonderful 2nd grade team. His current assignment is teaching 5th grade at Dilworth Elementary. He enjoys sharing his love of animals with his students, sharing in the responsibilities of their feeding and care. Steve started out as the site rep for Stocklmeir and has continued volunteering to be the CEA representative at every school he's taught. He is currently the rep for Dilworth Elementary. He took on the responsibility as PAC Chair in 201


Secretary: Janice Hagerbaumer janiceh@ceaweb.org


1960 – 61 – South Shore Lake Tahoe – 1st grade – spent a lot of time taking boots on and off!

1961 – 1970 Serra School Cupertino – 1st and 3rd grades – taught across from Pat DeMarlo. Tile bathrooms right next door – Pat and I banged on the tile walls of the bathroom with a yard stick and yelled “Everyone out” when it got to noisy!

1971 – 1974 – Grant School, CUSD. 4th grade. Not there anymore – all houses! Dale Doty Principal – loved it!

1974 – 1977 – Murdock School, CUSD, 5th grade. Team taught with Mariana Alwell. Didn’t like her at first sight. Ended up team teach for 34 years! Shows you about first impressions.

1974 - Became a Rep

1976 - Participated in the strike for binding arbitration – before that district did not have to follow the contract.

1977 – 2008 – Garden Gate, CUSD 5th and 6th grade – team taught with Mariana Alwell. Known at that time as “Garbage Gate” . Helped with a great turn around for the school. Loved that school!! Served on too many committees to remember – was Lead Teacher for Language Arts for several years. Was also Lead Teacher for 6th grade for several years. (Wish we still had that).

2002 – 2008 – President of CEA

2008 – Retired

2009 – Flunked retirement and went to work as Office Secretary for CEA. Still there!

Frederick Yip fredy@ceaweb.org