20-21 Board of Directors

I joined Rotary in 2011 after working in high tech and elementary education. I love working with technology, reading traveling and biking.  I am looking forward to leading our club in this challenging year and having all our members see the opportunities our club has to offer in service and fellowship
Secretary, Dana Stern
I work for Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara as a Health Educator focusing on Pediatric and Women’s Health and live in an Eichler home in Sunnyvale which I restored 8 years ago. I enjoy  traveling, entertaining with friends, cooking and my pets. I am moved by nature, and have  my own beehive and garden to attract pollinators and birds. I joined Cupertino Rotary in 2014 because I enjoy being engaged with others and want to contribute to the greater good. I look forward to serving as Secretary  this year.

Director George Denise

I first attended Rotary as a Boy Scout.  I was impressed and thought I might join someday.  In 1990, I joined the South San Francisco Club and was active until I was transferred to San Jose.  In 2014, I joined the Cupertino club, as my wife and I own a ski shop in Cupertino.  We’ve been married 44 years and have three grown sons and four grandchildren.  I’m a retired commercial property and sustainability manager for Oracle.  I’m a volunteer in Scouting and enjoy hiking, traveling, genealogy, and restoring my ‘63 Porsche.

Strategic Development Officer, Joe Hamilton

 I joined Rotary in 1993 and transferred to Cupertino Rotary in 2017.  I am a Past District Governor for District 5170 and Past Assistant Coordinator for Zone 26. I am the district representative for the R.I. 2022 Legislative Council. In Cupertino Rotary I am the Past Chair for World Community Services and active in the Membership Committee. I serve on the club Board of Directors and the CREF Board. As the SDO, my role is to guide the Board and the club top leadership in strategic measures and discussions.
I retired as Superintendent of Schools for the Fremont Union High School District in 2002 after 38 years in education. My wife Kathi and I have lived in Cupertino for the past 25 years.

President Elect, Rod Sinks

I joined Cupertino Rotary in 2011 and value the opportunities for inspiration, fellowship and service. At the end of 2020, I will finish nine years of service in local government on the city council, the Air District, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and the Cities Association. Next year, I look forward to focusing my energy and passion on our club.

Past President, Padma Chari


CREF President, Jo Lucey

I joined Rotary in 2016 after a career in aerospace engineering (satellites and satellite operations) and a second career as an elected official in public education.  I’m the parent of two IPOs (Income Producing Offspring) whom I adore.  My husband and I love hiking and enjoy traveling.  I’ll be leading the CREF organization and look forward to working with everyone as we ‘do good in the world.

Fund Development Officer, Kathy Nellis

I joined Cupertino Rotary in 1989.  Over these many years in Rotary I have served in many capacities including Club President in 1998_99 and more recently as CREF President.  Before retiring I worked in Real Estate Development and Sales.  I also been very involved in the Cupertino Community serving as the first Women Planning Commissioner and City Councilperson.  I especially enjoy visiting our National Parks and have been to 50 of them so far.

Director, Henry Buffalow

I joined Cupertino Rotary in  2009 to help the local community via hands on opportunities, offering my extensive construction background to work with others to make life better for those in need. I joined Community Service from the start and have served as chair for the last several years. I look forward to working with our President and Board to overcome the challenges we face this year to serve those in need.

Director, Janelle Breen

Aloha, my Rotary Career started in 2002 as an interactor in Hawaii, I continued in Rotoract while at Santa Clara, becoming District Governor in 2015-16. I have served in numerous district functions including the Richard King Speech contest and Big West Rotoract Director. I became a Rotarian with Cupertino in 2017 and am excited to serve on the board to further our ties with Rotoract Clubs and help our club provide opportunities for younger Rotarians.

Director, Leslie Hay


Director, Sunil Nethisinghe



Chief Financial Officer  Jeff Moe

I joined Cupertino Rotary in 2012, but have been connected with Rotary all my life by virtue of my dad's life-long active involvement in Rotary.  My favorite club activities include Rebuilding Together and social events.  I service as a Trustee on the Fremont High School District board and as such am involved in school-related programs sponsored by Rotary such as the annual art exhibit and poetry contest.

Director, Steve Onishi

I joined Rotary in 2010 while working in Marketing for a medical device company (cardiology). I have since transitioned to working in the non-profit sector as an Encore Fellow. My passions include technology, travel, working out, and designing, planning, and executing home projects. I look forward to continuing my role as the Chair of the Workforce Development Committee to help individuals in our local community increase their economic earning potential. I am excited about joining our Club's Board to contribute to and support our Club's commitment to service and fellowship.