Greater Opportunities Board Members
Kathie Sheehy joined the Greater Opportunities board in 2012. She is married and the mother of three grown children (two of whom easily earned Master’s Degrees, and one of whom has struggled with learning challenges).
As a graduate of Santa Clara University, Kathie has been involved in Santa County for 30 years, working to help benefit others. Her background includes jobs with skills training programs for people of low income, managing a high tech Human Resources Department, Nonprofit Funds Development Management, and working with small businesses to find products and services which facilitate their operations. She is currently an Account Associate with Aflac. Kathie has served on nonprofit boards for 18 years.
Melvin Chan is an intellectual property lawyer at the Aka Chan LLP, a Santa Clara firm which he founded in 2005. Previously, Mel earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. Mel has been practicing intellectual property law since 1994. Mel began his career at and is a former partner of Townsend and Townsend and Crew. Mel is a member of the California bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mel has been active in nonprofit work as a board member of the Asian Law Alliance, where he has served as board president, and currently serves as treasurer. He supports other community organizations including the American Bar Association of Silicon Valley and Asian Pacific Fund. Mel joined the Board of Directors at Greater Opportunities in 2014.
Alexia Worsham joined the Greater Opportunities Board of Directors in 2015. She has worked for the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System for over fifteen years, including seven years as contracts manager for the Department of Alcohol & Drug Services, serving as the point of contact between the County and the numerous non-profit community based organizations providing services to county residents. Prior to moving to the South Bay Area, she worked for a non-profit agency in San Francisco serving infants and children while working on her graduate degree. She has experience volunteering with organizations serving children, families, and individuals with disabilities, as well as lived experience advocating for the educational needs of her children. Ms. Worsham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Cindy Bullock joined the Greater Opportunities Board of Directors in 2016. She is the mother of two boys. Her oldest child is diagnosed with autism and has been a consumer at the Day Program since 2014. Her youngest attends a local community college.
She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and she attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor in Business Administration. She obtained her CPA and practiced in public accounting until she took “early retirement” to raise a family.
Cindy moved to California in 1994 and joined the Junior League of San Jose. During her tenure with the Junior League, she has been the Treasurer, Membership Chair, Nominating Chair, Business Manager to the Rummage Sale, Finance Vice President, Sustaining Council to the Board, and most recently the Endowment Fund Advisory Board President. Currently, Cindy works part time at the Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose as the Accounting Assistant.
Jeff Schwalbach joined the Greater Opportunities board in 2016. Jeff moved to Santa Clara after graduating from Pepperdine Law School and becoming a member of the California bar. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2012, with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in English. He works at a boutique construction law firm in Santa Clara which supports licensed contractors in litigation and transactional matters. Jeff is a member of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court which promotes civility, collegiality and professionalism in an increasingly adversarial field.
Jeff met Ms. Sheehy and Mr. King of Greater Opportunities through Google’s Board Match. Jeff was inspired to learn about the success and goals of GO. He remembered his cousin who struggled to find a similar program in New Jersey. He hopes the continued success of GO can act as a model for programs within California and around the country.
Tim Mosley is a Wealth Management Advisor and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) in the downtown San Jose office of Merrill Lynch/Bank of America and joined the Greater Opportunities Board of Directors in 2017.
A Bay Area native, Tim grew up in San Jose and graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Mathematics/Mathematical Economics as well as an MBA, in addition to a master’s degree in Economics from San Jose State University. He served on the MBA Alumni Counsel at Santa Clara University from 2010 – 2012.
In addition to his tenure in financial services, Tim has over twenty years of marketing, business development and consulting experience in Silicon Valley having worked at such firms as Apple, Lockheed Martin, AC Nielsen, The Gartner Group as well as several startups.
Tim’s interest in Greater Opportunities stems from wanting to give back to an organization who is doing meaningful work in this area especially given that his son is on the spectrum and may require resources of this type in the future.
Jane Huang joined the Greater Opportunities Board of Directors in 2016. She has always been passionate about volunteerism and is excited to be part of a non-profit organization that has a truly meaningful impact on the community. Outside of Greater Opportunities, Jane is in-house commercial counsel at a technology company in the Silicon Valley. In that role, she counsels an array of business units on legal issues related to technology transactions, including strategic alliance and licensing agreements. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Dr. William Dawson M.S. TCM, L.Ac, DAOM, Dipl.O.M(NCCAOM)
William Dawson is the Founder and Chief Resident at Hopewell Medical. He holds a Master of Science degree from Five Branches University and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from The University of East-West Medicine. He is licensed by the State of California and is Nationally Certified by NCCAOM. He is a Professor at the University of Herbal Medicine for Cancer in Hayward. Recently he was distinguished to be accepted as the 5th Generation recipient of the Cheng Acupuncture Lineage.
Dr. Dawson began studying Chinese Medicine in 1994 in China completing his studies at the prestigious Five Branches University. He also attended The University of East West Medicine and Nine Star University in California. Each year for the month of August he is an invited Guest Doctor working at Hospitals and Clinics in Beijing PR China. His practice specializes in Pediatrics, Gynecology, Neurology and Cancer Treatment Support. He initiated the MediVets Program which provides FREE treatments to American veterans for any conditions ranging from Colds to Alzheimer’s.
In addition, in 1973 he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and worked in the Medical Electronics field as an Inventor and Researcher. Mr. Dawson also speaks Mandarin and reads and writes Chinese. In his spare time he flies a Great Lakes Biplane and Rotorway 162F Helicopter.
As a member of the Board of Directors for Greater Opportunities Dr. Dawson has been given the opportunity to improve the lives of the most difficult of medical cases – people with physical and mental disabilities. He truly feels that it is a pleasure to support the tireless work of the staff if just to lighten their burden a little. Dr. Dawson has provided to GO through his two clinics a portal through which public awareness of the goals, services and needs of this organization can be promoted. Dr. Dawson’s favorite activity is visiting GO client attended events. Dr. Dawson believes that his glass is always at least half full.