Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Marsha BonDurant, President
A Woodside resident since 1983, Marsha started her community volunteer career with the Woodside Coop Pre-School. She served on the Woodside School Foundation and the Woodside High School Foundation (the last few years as Executive Director). She also volunteers with the Friends of the Woodside Library, the Woodside Landscape Committee, and the Woodside Community Theatre. With a background in advertising and marketing, she has done graphic design work for the Town of Woodside, Yosemite National Institutes, Stanford University, and her volunteer organizations. When not at the computer, you will find her hiking around Town or in one of our wonderful, nearby parks.
Ellen Ablow, Vice President
Ellen has lived in Woodside since 1985. Her community involvement started at Woodside Elementary School where she served on the PTA Board, held a leadership role in the 2005 Woodside School District Bond campaign, and was a Woodside Elementary School Board Trustee from 2006 to 2011. Outside the community she has worked in product and marketing roles at Adobe Systems and Chegg. She is currently Director, Growth Marketing at SurveyMonkey. Ellen holds a BA from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business UC Berkeley.
Rick DeBenedetti, Treasurer
Property manager, industrial/commercial property; attended both Woodside Elementary and Woodside High Schools; B.S. from Cal Poly in Animal Science; M.S. from Kansas State University in field of Animal Science; director, Woodside Trail Club; member, San Mateo County Sheriffs Mounted Search & Rescue; member, Shack Riders; member, Jack Brook Horse Camp ad hoc committee; member, Jasper Ridge Coordinating Committee; member, Town of Woodside Trails Committee; member, Mounted Patrol San Mateo County; member, San Mateo County Horseman’s Association; member, Disaster Animal Rescue Team (DART) of Woodside Fire Prevention District; resident of Woodside since 1955.
Elizabeth Dressel, Secretary
Liz served as the PTA President for Woodside Elementary School, served as the School Board liaison to the PTA, was awarded Woodside Citizen of the Year in 2006, and held a leadership role in the 2001 Parcel Tax renewal campaign which infused Woodside schools with much-needed funds for key programs. An avid traveler, Liz’s trips often have a philanthropic purpose. In recent years she has volunteered in orphanages on four different continents, including Peru, Cambodia and Tanzania. She is passionately involved as a fundraiser with the non-profit, Room to Read.
Realtor, Coldwell Banker; former member, Woodside School Foundation Board; former member Woodside High School Foundation Board; member, Woodside Recreation Committee member for 20+ years; passions are for sports, music, nature photography and family (especially 3 grand kids); native of the Bay Area; resident of Woodside since 1979.
Member, Woodside Community Foundation Board of Directors; founder of Next 10, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that educates and engages Californians to improve the state’s future; founder, Baccharis Capital Inc., one of the first socially responsible venture capital funds; past Chairman and member, California College of the Arts Board of Trustees; member, Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) Statewide Leadership Council; Advisory Board Member, Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; founder, 100 Families Oakland (now 100 Families Alameda County) to help strengthen disadvantaged neighborhoods through intergenerational art making; founder, Oak Trees on Canada Road, a project created to beautify Canada Road in Woodside with native California oak trees; former Peace Corps volunteer where he built water projects in rural Yemeni villages; BA from the University of Rhode Island; MBA from George Washington University; is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Vicki Juelsgaard has lived in Woodside since 1987. Her five children attended Woodside Elementary School where she served on the PTA and the Woodside School Foundation. She is an accomplished equestrian and holds an Associate Degree as a Veterinary Technician. Vicki also served on the Livestock and Heritage Committee for the Town of Woodside for four years. She enjoys tennis and exploring the trails in our Town on horseback.
Former Senior Vice President of Cornish & Carey Commercial Real Estate with a 22-year career specializing in office leasing and sales; past owner of Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate; active community involvement with Woodside Elementary School PTA, Woodside High School Foundation, 2005 Woodside Citizen of the Year; currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Sempervirens Fund and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Diane is an active hiker and foodie, and has been a resident of Woodside since 1984.
Karie Thomson has been a resident of Woodside since 1985. Her three sons attended Woodside Elementary, and she spent many happy years deeply involved with the Woodside School Foundation, including chairing the annual Woodside School Auction and serving as President. Karie was also active in the establishment of Woodside’s Open Space Committee in the mid-90’s. She currently serves as Chair of Kinship Foundation, a family-operated charitable foundation focused on educational equity, conservation, and biomedical research. Conservation is Karie’s personal philanthropic passion. She has served on the Boards of Peninsula Open Space Trust (1996-2020), Ecotrust (1995-2017), and the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation from (1998-2008). Karie has been married to her husband, David, for 45 years. They enjoy their three busy grandsons. The Thomson house also includes Golden Retrievers, a cat, chickens, Koi fish, and Karie’s three Warmblood horses which give her enormous pleasure on the trails and in the arena.
Rob Flint, Emeritus
Investor in land, securities, and venture capital; Electrical engineering degree from Yale University; Masters degrees in electrical engineering and in industrial engineering from Stanford University; former research associate in geophysics at Stanford University; exchange scientist at the Soviet Vostok Station (the coldest place on earth) for the winter of 1974; former member, Sierra Club Foundation Board; former member, Woodside Elementary School Foundation Board; President, Bear Gulch Foundation; involved in the renovation of the Mathisen house in Woodside Town Center now the Woodside Community Museum; volunteer, Sustainability and Conservation Committee of the Town of Woodside; advisor, $3 million renovation of the historic Folger Stable in Wunderlich County Park; resident of Woodside since 1975.