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Sonoma Valley Education Foundation Welcomes Three New Community Board Members to 2013 Board

Ed Lowe, Les Vadasz and Tim Wallace are now members.
May 06, 2013

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation ( has welcomed the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. Ed Lowe, Les Vadasz and Tim Wallace bring a wealth of experience in education to the foundation.

“I couldn’t be happier to work with this dedicated group at such a critical yet optimistic time for improving our local public schools,” exclaimed Executive Director Laura Zimmerman.

Ed Lowe is a seasoned philanthropist and former investment banker, serving more than 30 years with the San Francisco based firm, Hambrecht and Quist. His areas of expertise included technology and health care. Lowe grew up in Ontario, California and attended USC for his undergraduate work. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Essex for 2 years. He and his wife Susan Lowe have been long time summer residents of Sonoma and are now full time Sonomans. He is an active advisory board member for ‘Students Rising Above,’ which is an organization offering support and full scholarships for high school students seeking to gain admission to a 4-year university. Students Rising Above is actively engaged at Sonoma Valley High School, where Lowe has worked closely to assist local students in realizing their college dreams. He is also a member of the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club.

Les Vadasz and his wife Judy bought land in Sonoma in 1997, built a vineyard and a new home. Vadasz spent over 40 years in the high tech business, the last 35 years of it with Intel Corporation, where he was part of the founding management team and had a variety of executive positions. He retired in 2003. Vadasz is a graduate of McGill University and Harvard Business School's executive program. Currently, philanthropic activities take up a significant part of their lives. Their focus can be defined in two words: "education" and "local."

Tim Wallace has been a Valley resident for the past 25 years and president of the Benziger Family Winery since 1993. He has served on the boards of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma Valley Film Society, the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and currently serves on the board of the Sonoma Valley High School Development Trust. The Sonoma Valley Development Trust has been instrumental in working with Superintendent Louann Carlomagno and her steering committee in the development of the District Strategic Plan. Wallace has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard University. He lives in Sonoma with his wife Patsy. Their three children are graduates of the Sonoma Valley High School.

They join Jan Davis, Jette Franks, Debra Garber, Molly Fedorchak, Michael George, Anne Kuschner, Camerino Hawing, Will Deeths, Susan Reber, Vanessa Rognlien, Charles Young and Jean Barnier for the 2013 term.

Since 1993, the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation has raised over $5 million for the public schools of Sonoma Valley. The purpose of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is to fund programs that help the Sonoma Valley Unified School District make sure every student graduates well prepared for college, career and civic responsibility. Among the programs the foundation currently supports are Exploratorium Science, Visual Thinking Strategies, Preschool for All, The Teacher Support Network, El Sistema Music and the district-wide School Garden Program. Visit the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation online at or by phone: Laura Zimmerman 707-935-9566.

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