PTA Board Bios

You can find a brief description of each position's role and responsibilities here.

Cynthia Zhang, President

Cynthia and her husband Mike moved to Belmont in 2014 and have 3 daughters (4th grade, 1st grade and a 3-year-old). This is Cynthia’s sixth year as a Fox parent and first year as PTA President. In her years at Fox she has served as a Room Parent every year, Auditor on the Board for two years, and led and volunteered with several committees including Science Fair, Incoming TK/K/New Families Welcome Team, Yearbook and more.

In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys running, baking, being outdoors, volunteering and spending time with her family and friends. Professionally Cynthia has worked in the healthcare industry in a variety of marketing and strategy roles. More recently, she has taken a break to take care of her family and volunteer.

Rachel Chandra, VP PTA Council

Rachel is in her second year as serving as the Fox PTA Council Representative. She attends the BRSSD’s monthly meetings to represent Fox in discussing topics such as parent education, fundraising, PTA special events, etc.

Rachel and her husband moved to CA from Washington, DC 11 years ago and have lived in Belmont for 6 years. They have two daughters at Fox (1st grade and 3rd grade). As a family, they enjoy skiing in Kirkwood in the winter and hiking and biking around the Bay Area.

Professionally, Rachel is a psychotherapist helping teens and adults with anxiety, eating disorders and religious trauma.

Lillian Yamada, VP Ways and Means

This is Lillian’s seventh year as a Fox parent and second year serving on the PTA Board as the VP of Ways and Means, after serving two years as our Board's Secretary.

She loves being involved in school-wide initiatives that impact our kids' education and school experience.

Lillian and her family are from NY/NJ but moved to the Bay Area in 2005. They have 2 daughters (6th and 4th) and spend most of their time outside of school either doing various extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends or traveling.

Professionally, Lillian works full time as an HR Business Partner at a Bay Area tech company.

Allegra Newman, VP SchoolForce

This is Allegra’s sixth year as a Fox parent. She represents Fox Elementary as a member of the SchoolForce board.

She is enjoys being involved in important decisions affecting our kids’ education. Allegra and her family moved to Belmont in January 2018, but her and her husband have been in the Bay Area for over 15 years. They have a boy in 5th grade and a girl in 1st. Their extended family lives in the Midwest (Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan).

Professionally, Allegra is a Speech-Language Pathologist and specializes in working with adult patients. However, during COVID, she decided to step away from work for a while and is now spending more time volunteering for school-related activities and being with her family.

Megan Paul, Secretary

This is Megan’s second year serving on the PTA Board. She is excited about the opportunity to be more involved in school decisions that affect all of our children. Megan has previously been active in the Community Building Committee, along with attending field trips and volunteering in the classroom. Megan is a Bay Area native, growing up here on the Peninsula. She and her husband have lived in Belmont for 11 years and have two boys in 2nd & 6th grade.

In her spare time, she loves staying active with her boys, watching them play sports, going to the Bar Method, and spending time with family and friends (especially after this crazy year!). Professionally, Megan spends her time helping mamas and babies working as a nurse and member of the management team in High Risk Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery at UCSF.

Kristin Stura, Financial Secretary

This is Kristin’s fourth year serving on the PTA Board. She enjoys volunteering at Fox in the classroom and on field trips. Kristin was born and raised in the Bay Area. She lives in Belmont with her husband. They have 2 daughters at Fox (5th grade and 3rd grade). Both are active in local sports and love being outdoors. In her spare time, Kristin loves to do yoga, travel, and spend time with her family. Professionally, Kristin works as an International Account Executive at FedEx.

Shraddha Gupta, Auditor

This is Shraddha’s first year serving on the PTA board. In her role as an Auditor she is responsible for verifying all expenses. Shraddha and her husband have been living in Belmont since 2014. They have a boy in K and a girl in 2nd grade. In her spare time, Shraddha loves staying active and enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

Professionally, Shraddha works full time as a Program Manager at Visa.

Denae Bolghand, Communications

This is Denae’s third year as a Fox parent and is also her third year on the Fox PTA Board. She and her husband have lived in San Carlos for six years, and before that, they lived in Belmont for five years. Denae has two young boys: Leo (7 years old), who is in 2nd grade and Wyatt (4 years old), who is in TK. She loves giving back to her community in any way she can and has also signed on to be involved with the Reading Power Team, School Site Council, and is a Room Parent. In her spare time, she and her family love to do any outdoor activity from skiing to boating, bike riding to hiking, and just relaxing at the beach. Professionally, Denae has taken this time in her life to stay at home and focus on her family.

Kulaya Jirasut, Parliamentarian

Kulaya is in her first year serving as a Parliamentarian. This role primarily serves as the President's advisor on parliamentary processes and the PTA bylaws to enable the Board to execute decisions made by the PTA members.

Kulaya Jirasut, Parliamentarian

This is Jen’s second year as our Membership Chair, after serving two years as the Financial Secretary on the PTA Board. She has been particularly drawn to the close-knit Fox community and has enjoyed supporting the school in various volunteering capacities. Jen moved from Tewksbury, MA to the Bay Area in 1999 and has lived in San Mateo with her husband for over 14 years. Their daughters, Judy and Helen, are in 5th grade and their son, Donogh, is in 2nd grade. They enjoy hiking and picnicking on all of the amazing local trails, camping, and cooking with friends. They are also often found on weekends at Fox flying kites, scootering, and hanging from the monkey bars (kids only). Professionally, Jen works as a Project Manager at Genentech.

Anubha Bhardwaj, Historian

This is Anubha’s seventh year as Fox parent and second year serving on the PTA board.She loves volunteering in the classroom. She and her husband Dipesh moved to Belmont 9 years ago.They have 1 son at Fox (1st grade) and 1 son at Ralston (6th grade). As a family, they enjoy biking, hiking, and travelling. In her spare time, Anubha enjoys painting/sketching and music. Professionally, Anubha works as Technical Program Manager/QA Manager driving teams to deliver quality software programs on time.