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President - Yolie Garcia

Continuous Board service since 2019

  Yolie currently works as HR & Office Manager at St. Matthew Catholic Church & School, San Mateo.  Her 40-plus year work career as an Executive Assistant included working in Silicon Valley with executives of Fortune 500 companies at Octel, Avaya, Lucent, WebEx, IBM and several start-ups.

   Yolie has been a resident of Milpitas since 1971, moving with her family from Los Angeles and attended/graduated from Milpitas High – Alum '72.  She is a community activist and currently serves on the Board of Sunnyhills Neighborhood Assoc (SNA), Milpitas Community Educational Endowment (MCEE) and HOPE For The Unhoused (H4U).  She is also a member of Milpitas Involved Citizens (MIC) and manages the MHS Scholarship Program.

Vice-president - Frank Bush

Continuous Board service since 2022.

   Frank grew up in Cupertino, he has worked in various sectors of the Broadcast Industry for 46 years. Starting at Prime Cable TV in Los Gatos, then at AFRTS in Germany. On returning to the US, he worked at several broadcast equipment manufacturers, retiring 2019. He served in the US Army from 1973 to 1977, has been married for 34 years and lived in Milpitas for 27 years.

   Milpitas Involved Citizens – providing input to the city’s Planning Department.

   The Milpitas Volunteer Program – cleaning up parks and the streets in my area.

   Election Related activities – Voter Registration, Canvasing, and supporting Candidates for State & National elections.

Treasurer - Rob Means

Continuous Board service since 1994.

   After a 20-year career in computer programming, Mr. Means left corporate America in 1992 to work on community-oriented projects. In addition to long-term involvement in the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association and Electro Ride Bikes and Scooters, Mr. Means has spearheaded three annual Bike and Roller Fests, spent years working for the recently completed Hetch-Hetchy linear park, and got the ball rolling for the creekside trails being constructed in Milpitas.

Secretary - June Edwards

Continuous Board service since 2023.

   June retired in 2022 after nearly 40 years in High Tech, working at both Hewlett Packard and Varian companies.  June has extensive experience in project management, purchasing, Inventory Control, planning and scheduling.  Prior to this, June worked in various management positions in the Retail Industry.

   June and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Milpitas for 40 years this year.  She worked as a Room parent for a number of years while her daughter was in school in Santa Clara. Both she and her husband were actively involved in elementary and high school programs during those years supporting the Parent-Teacher groups, School Advisory Board and Sports Booster clubs.  Jeff volunteers at the Wildlife Center in San Jose and June volunteers for the Milpitas Food Bank. Both enjoy traveling, socializing and animal welfare and can’t wait until their daughter graduates as a Veterinarian in May 2024—no more tuition!!!

At-Large Board Member - Colette Baloney Choates

Continuous Board service since 2023.

   Colette Baloney Choates is the Founder of Parenting with a Purpose. She is a mother of five biological children and one bonus child.

   Colette and her husband Clifford have spent the past 27 years intentionally parenting their children to be whole happy, God-fearing individuals. Colette found it essential to incorporate her no-nonsense Southern values, along with a little of today’s modern movement, to raise balanced children. Her goal is to coach and mentor parents on keeping control of the home while allowing the kids to navigate life for themselves. She has been successful at having all of her children attend college straight out of high school with scholarships. She also helped them to build their credit at 18, buy their own cars, and get apartments without co-signers. And last but certainly not least, they all have been taught the importance of entrepreneurship. Colette and Clifford continue to intentionally parent their children even as young adults.

At-Large Board Member - Allysson McDonald

Continuous Board service since 2016.

   Allysson is retired. Until Recently she worked as a Dispute Resolution Specialist for Project Sentinel and before that she was a substitute teacher for about 12 years. She is Vice President and co-founder of Hope for the Unhoused, a Milpitas Based non-profit that meets the needs of our homeless population. She was a member of the last Milpitas General Plan Advisory Committee and has been active for many years in issues affecting renters and other Milpiitas residents.  Before having kids she worked as an administrative assistant for the County of Orange and as a researcher for the Government of Canada.

At-Large Board Member - BJ Navarro

Continuous Board service since 2021.

   Barbara Jo, better known as BJ, retired in 2019 after 42 years as a Federal Employee of NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and the Dept. of the Navy. At NASA ARC she was a Technical Manager for Space Bioscience flight projects. BJ has extensive experience in project management, payload logistics, contract management, quality control and property management. She represented NASA collaborating with International Partners from Europe, Japan and Canada and performed public outreach activities, in addition to mentoring over 40 interns and NASA new hire colleagues.

   BJ and her husband Rocky are longtime residents of Milpitas, 40 years. She has served as a community volunteer for the City of Milpitas as an Arts Commissioner and presently is a Senior Advisory Commissioner. She is the Competitive Director for the non-profit Milpitas Youth Soccer League and an original member of the Milpitas Community Concert Band. She also is a member of the St. Elizabeth of Portugal Catholic Church St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Previous Board Members

Our previous Board members include:
  • Demetress Morris (2021-2023)
  • Melanie Lewert (1994-2019)
  • Guy Haas (1996-2019)
  • Carmen Montano (2012-2013, 2017-2018)
  • Bill Ferguson (1996-2016)
  • Zeya Mohsin (2002-2014)
  • Voltaire Montemayor (2015-2020)
  • Neil Mackenzie
  • Herb Holloway
  • Barbara Rudolph

Become a member!

Annual dues are only $20/year and tax-deductible due to an IRS non-profit status letter. To use PayPal, click Donate below to send your contribution.

or print our membership form and mail a check to SNA, 1421 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035-6913
Pursuant to Article 12, section 1 of the corporation's Bylaws, rights of members shall include:
1) Notice of all regular, special, and annual meetings, plus notice of any committee meetings in which they have expressed interest.
2) Copies of any newsletters or other publications of the organization, plus requested copies of any other documents of the organization.
3) The right to vote at all general meetings and the right to vote on any sub-committees that they join.
4) The right to offer motions germane to the group and have those motions given a fair hearing before the assembled membership.

Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association, 1421 Yellowstone Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035-6913, 408-262-0420, info@SunnyhillsNeighborhood.org