The CLUB
An incubator of women leaders

Board of Directors

                                                           Manju Abraham
                                                       Vice President, Engineering, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

                                                       Manju is an accomplished engineering leader with over 25 years of experience. Manju has built,                                                                 grown and scaled global teams and organizations for companies such as HP, NetApp, Delphix and HPE.

                                                       During her career, she has led enterprise product operations, driving initiatives across distributed                                                             teams to develop and deliver high-quality products on schedule. She brings her passion and energy                                                         into these initiatives and has a proven track record as a change agent, transforming organizations                                                             and software development lifecycles to improve agility, effectiveness and efficiency. She focuses on                                                           building relationships to inspire, motivate and bring people across organizations together to                                                                       execute effectively to the company’s product and business goals.

                                                       Manju is passionate about supporting women and enabling diversity and inclusion. She is an                                                                     Inclusion Ambassador at HPE, working on building a strong community by sponsoring and hosting                                                         events to build awareness on diversity and inclusive behaviors. She is actively involved in mentoring                                                         and learning from other leaders across the industry.



Tanal Basma 
Diversity Advocate, Senior HR Operations Manager & Business Partner.

Tanal is a diversity advocate with experience across multiple industries and a history of achieving business objectives through empathic, forward-thinking, motivational style. She is a thought partner to CEOs and has helped organizations grow by setting the framework of operations while balancing a people-first culture.

She's passionate about a top-down approach to diversity, equity and inclusion through personal experience and a heightened awareness of how our differences enhance the workplace. She now leverages empathy among teams to build thriving workplace communities that enable innovation and collaboration. Outside work, she enjoys mentoring and advising early-stage founders on                                                                     designing inclusive cultures.


Laura Fechete

Engineering Senior Manager | 2021 Women of Influence 
Laura Fechete is a rocket scientist, leading highly skilled engineering teams solving complex problems. She is a diversity and inclusion advocate, and is an avid supporter of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).




Julia Andrianova-Figg
Major Account Executive, Sharp Electronics

Julia is a successful B2B technology sales professional. She helps businesses to streamline and automate their business processes, mitigate risks, find better ways to share and collaborate, and explore creative ways to message their brands.

By nature, Julia is a connector and collaborator, successfully working across borders, cultures, and genders. She works with people from different backgrounds, different agendas and points of view to collaborate and agree upon the most beneficial solution for their organizations as a whole.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband where they enjoy hiking with their dog. They also run a travel blog, showcasing California and international destinations.


Svetlana Kamyshanskaya
Attorney & Startup Advisor, Primum Law Group

Svetlana Kamyshanskaya is an accomplished attorney with 20 years of successful experience in legal practice and business. Svetlana has extensive experience with providing full legal support to privately-held businesses in connection with various corporate matters including entity formation, corporate governance, advising clients on a wide range of commercial and financial issues including capitalization, debt and equity financing, director and officer liability, corporate governance compliance, and contracts.

Before starting her firm, Primum Law Group, Svetlana worked at a business consulting company assisting seasoned businesses as well as start-ups in a process of US market entry through development and implementation of their market entry strategy conducting risk assessment of                                                                 commercial transactions, identifying a potential area of compliance vulnerability and risk,                                                                         developing and implementing corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues as well as                                                         negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. Svetlana assists her clients in conducting                                                                             international business transactions by identifying the risks related to transactions as well as potential                                                         corporate governance and compliance problems while helping to address them.


Galina Livitina
Program Manager, NCR Corporation

Galina is a dynamic program manager with a strong execution and relationship building skill set. For the past seven years, she’s successfully developed and led programs at NCR corporation, ServiceNow, and most recently at Google. Her areas of expertise are intercultural team management, process improvement and customer experience.

Galina has a Master’s Degree in International Business from Georgia State University, Program Management Certificate, and Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

As a CLUB Board member, she is focused on the membership experience. Galina is excited to give                                                           back to the CLUB community by ensuring a positive, engaging experience.

                                                       Outside of her professional activities, Galina is a competitive ballroom dancer, enjoys local and                                                                 international travel, and loves spending time with her husband and toddler.




Laraine McKinnon
President, The CLUB
Founder, LMC17
Advisor, Talent & Culture Strategist, Emtrain

Laraine McKinnon is the founder of LMC17, a strategic consulting firm that blends behavioral science, big data and practical implementation ideas to address challenges and opportunities in the retirement industry, diversity & inclusion and talent development. She is also an Advisor to, and Talent & Culture strategist for Emtrain, a CultureTech firm providing harassment prevention and unconscious bias online training and analytics to help create healthier workplace cultures.

Prior to this, Laraine was an acknowledged retirement readiness expert, and helped improve                                                                     retirement outcomes for millions of Americans through key roles at BlackRock, Barclays Global                                                                 Investors, and Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors. Laraine currently serves on the Advisory                                                                 Board of Betterment for Business.

                                                       A tireless advocate for high potential underrepresented talent, Laraine launched the CLUB                                                                         Incubator, a women's leadership advocacy program. She’s a frequent speaker, blogger and facilitator                                                         on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

                                                       Laraine is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two                                                                   daughters where they enjoy hiking in the local hills and sailing on San Francisco Bay.

                                                               

Tamar (Tammy) Serna

Treasurer- The CLUB


 As a licensed CPA and MBA, Tammy has over 20 years of accounting experience spanning from   semiconductors to SaaS. Working in start-up environments, Tammy thrives in new and ambiguous   situations and has proven to be a resilient leader. A Silicon Valley native with deep roots in the   community, service has always been important to Tammy. She is a proud former member of the   International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and also supports the YWCA, Red Cross, and her   University Alumni Association.


Tammy currently leads the global accounting function of a foreign currency trading platform. She                                                           enjoys hiking with her husband and two sons, and going to punk rock concerts.


Advisory Board

     Sherry Hashimoto Main
   Assistant Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, UC Irvine

   Sherry specializes in high-level communications and marketing strategy including audience experience, social    media engagement, creative storytelling, multi-channel content development, information design and architecture,                             and long-term business planning with an eye on efficiency. Additionally, Sherry has significant experience in issues                               and crisis communications management, particularly in areas related to reputation management.

   Sherry has led innovative and award winning communications teams in higher education for nearly 20 years. She    recently completed board service to the University of California Board of Regents as a staff advisor. In 2018, Sherry    was recognized for her commitment to diversity and inclusion in leadership by being named a Silicon Valley                                         Woman of Influence.

Karen CatlinKaren Catlin
Advocate for Technical Women, Karen Catlin Consulting

Karen is an advocate for women in the tech industry. She is a leadership coach, a speaker, and a writer. In 2014, Karen delivered a TEDx talk: "Women in Tech—The Missing Force." She is co-author of "Present! A Step-by-Step Guide to Public Speaking" and has published articles in Inc., FastCompany, The Daily Beast, Women 2.0, and other leadership sites. In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award     for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.

    Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems. Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown                                    University.

Kristiane Koontz
President, The CLUB 2016/17
EVP, Director of Banking Transformation at Zions BancorporationAs Director of Banking Transformation for Zions Bancorporation, Kristiane is responsible for driving strategic, technology-enabled business transformation initiatives for the bank.

Prior to joining Zions, Kristiane was a Director in PwC's Digital Banking practice where she helped banks and financial technology companies envision and execute complex business transformation projects. She led complex systems implementation and re-engineering programs, merger / acquisition, international market entry, product        development, cost restructuring, process improvement and regulatory-driven change programs for banks,        payments, and financial technology companies.

       Kristiane is also the Founder of internet marketing firm k2 Web Development & Marketing LLC.

Annie Rogaski
VP and General Counsel, Avegant

Annie recently co-founded, with CLUB co-founder Julie Stephenson, HIPLegal LLP, an IP strategic counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation support firm that delivers practical IP solutions to its clients. Annie leverages 17 years of technology-based litigation to partner with clients to design and implement IP strategies that align with their business values and anticipate future issues. Upon this foundation, she helps maximize clients’ opportunities       in identifying, valuing, licensing and maximizing their IP.



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