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Meet Your Trustees

The Moreland Board of Trustees is comprised of five elected members from the Moreland School District community.
Heather Sutton, President
Board member Heather Sutton was elected in November 2006 after being appointed to the Moreland Board of Trustees in January, 2006. Mrs. Sutton lives in the Payne Elementary attendance area, is a life-long Moreland resident, Moreland alumna, and parent of three Moreland students currently attending Moreland Middle and Prospect High Schools. Mrs. Sutton served as President of the Payne Elementary Home and School Club, co-founded The San Tomas West Neighborhood Association, and continues to serve on a variety of school, district, city, and community committees and organizations.  
 
 
 
Brian Penzel, Clerk
Brian Penzel was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014; he previously served on the Board from 2011-2012.  A parent of three children, all of which attend Country Lane, Brian is married and lives in Saratoga.

Brian has been in the financial services industry since 1996. He is currently responsible for relationship management, project management, and implementation. In addition, Brian works on equity based benefit programs.

Brian is a CEP and Board Chair of the Corporate Services committee for APIC (Association of Professional Investment Consultants), and a Director Emeritus of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco having served with the board for 8 years.

A former United States Army Captain, Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Management in Finance from Tulane University.
 
 
Robert Varich, Member
Robert Varich has served on the Board of Trustees as President, Clerk and Trustee since May of 2004.  Married to Cyndi Varich, Robert has 2 children who are Moreland alum and now attend Prospect High School and Arizona State University.  Mr. Varich, a Moreland alumnus himself, has served on the team that passed Measure J, The Bond Oversight Committee, and Chair of the Personnel Commission.  Mr. Varich also has served on the City of San Jose’s Megan Law Task Force and as Chairman of the Appeals Hearing Board. He also coached high school football and can be found supporting Prospect HS events including as Game Announcer.

Robert has been a very involved parent in the Moreland Middle and Prospect HS community and served as co-chair of the Country Lane Walk-a-Thon.  Mr. Varich is the owner of Pinnacle One Insurance Agency and Allstate Insurance, on Saratoga Avenue in the Moreland attendance area as well as agencies in Milpitas and Santa Cruz.

Julie Reynolds-Grabbe, Member
Julie Reynolds-Grabbe was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2012. She is a parent of two Moreland students at Easterbrook Discovery School (EDS) and has held many leadership roles over the years, including being a founding and board member of the Easterbrook Neighborhood Association, a member, vice chair and chair of the San Jose District 1 Leadership Group, a former member of the MSD Community Board Advisory Committee (CBAC), a volunteer for Moreland Educational Foundation (MEF), an active member of EDS’ PTO Committee, and part of the executive team of San Jose's Walk n' Roll program.

Julie previously worked at Stanford University as an Associate Director of Operations.  Prior to that she worked at Apple as a Program Manager and NASA Ames Research Center in a variety of technical roles. Julie is excited to bring her many years of experience with information technology, people management, human resources, finance, facilities management and community building to her role as a Board Member.
Karen Whipple, Member
Karen Whipple was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2006.  Her three children received outstanding educations from Moreland schools.  Karen attended high school in Cupertino and graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Rhetoric and Communication.  Currently, Karen manages the customer engagement and advocacy programs at a big data software company.  Early in her career, her professional experience focused on courseware design and training in the software industry.

Prior to serving on the Board of Education, Karen served as home and school club president, was a member of two District facilities task forces, and assisted with Music in Moreland fundraisers. Additionally, she has worked with Moreland students through Project Cornerstone and as a tutor and substitute teacher within the district.