FIRST 5 Commissioners

The FIRST 5 Commission is responsible for implementing the goals and objectives outlined in Proposition 10, administrating the finances allocated from Proposition 10, and adopting an annual Strategic Plan.

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County is a regional body with a governing Commission of nine members, consisting of:

  • A member of the Board of Supervisors
  • The Executive Director of the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (or his/her designee)
  • The Director of the Social Services Agency (or his/her designee)
  • A member of the Santa Clara County Local Early Education Planning Council
  • Five at-large members of the community appointed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Find out when our Commission meets:

Ken Yeager

Chairperson

Ken Yeager

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Ken Yeager is committed to the health and well-being of the residents of Santa Clara County. He is a strong supporter of public health, with a particular interest in maintaining strong safety net programs...

Dr. Antonia Charles

Vice-Chairperson

Dr. Antonia Charles

Dr. Antonia Zazueta Charles currently serves at the Director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center (PHLC) at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Prior to becoming the Center’s director in 2013...

Laura Jones

Commissioner

Laura Jones

Laura currently works as a Health Program Specialist for the Santa Clara Department of Public Health. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with programs and policies focused on...

Robert Menicocci

Commissioner

Robert Menicocci

Robert Menicocci is the Director of the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency (SSA). Robert, who joined SSA in January 2014, has had extensive experience in social services...

Dr. Leticia Pelayo

Commissioner

Dr. Leticia Pelayo

Dr. Leticia Pelayo served previously as a FIRST 5 commissioner from 2011-2016 as the representative for the Health and Hospital System. She brings a wealth of experience as a practicing pediatrician...

Carmen Montano

Commissioner

Carmen Montano

Carmen teacher at Ramblewood Elementary School in the Franklin McKinley School District. She has taught K-7 and adult education, stating that "teaching is her calling."

Rachel Samoff

Commissioner

Rachel Samoff

Rachel Samoff was the Executive Director of The Children’s Pre-School Center in Palo Alto, a program for approximately 140 children from infants to Kindergarten-entry which she founded in 1984...

Corazon Basa Cortes Tomalinas

Commissioner

Corazon Basa Cortes Tomalinas

Corazon Basa Cortes Tomalinas is a full-time community activist and a registered nurse with BSN/PHN degrees. She currently serves on several task forces and committees in San Jose including...

Kathy Wahl

Commissioner

Kathy Wahl

As Director of the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Inclusion Collaborative Department, Kathryn Wahl is responsible for promoting, supporting and advocating for all children...