Bios of Candidates Running for the
2021 - 2022 Board of Directors:
Fellow KK members,
I am looking forward to joining the board to help maintain the family atmosphere of Kona Kai. For all members and staff to feel welcome and safe. I joined the swim committee at the start of COVID to represent families with small children and get family lanes added to Skedda. I have helped with multiple projects to maintain and upgrade the outdoor shower, water fountain, plumbing issues and pump room.
I have lived in this area for over 25 years. I discovered Kona Kai at a company team building event, a cooking class at the newly renovated kitchen, and fell in love immediately. I joined the club the next week after Sharon Hiruzawa gave me a tour. My wife, Azadeh, and I, and our 2 kids have enjoyed the facility and people at KK ever since.
I have been an engineer and program manager at tech companies for over 25 years, and a member of a couple of boards of HOAs and have served as president, financial officer and secretary, working with management companies and hearing and addressing member inputs.
I appreciate your consideration and thank you for allowing me to give back.
Mohammad (Ramin) Shahid
Dear KK members,
We're a multicultural family, have been a Kona Kai member since 2014 and enjoy tennis at the club year round, recreational swimming during the warmer months, and the occasional social events. I have served in the Tennis Committee since 2017, the last 4 years as Chairman. During this time, I have strived to balance the different needs of Kona Kai's diverse tennis community, as well as managing some important sources of additional revenue from the tennis programs. During the challenges of the pandemic I made every effort to keep the club open for tennis play while compliant with health laws and the safety of the members, adjusting to the ever changing environment.
In my professional life I have been an IT director and more recently work as a Solutions Engineer and Product Owner at a well known multinational company. My role requires me to be very organized working in multiple projects both as a contributor and as a manager to meet goals and deadlines. I have also served at the Board of Directors of an HOA in Sunnyvale.
Outside of the club I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and rock-climbing.
As I will be ending my tenure in the Tennis Committee this year I look forward to continuing to contribute to the club with the experience I have gained by serving on the Board and looking out for the interests of all members.
My name is Jerry Karp & I am running for the Board of Directors.
My family have been members of the club for approximately 7 years but I have been at Kona Kai many times dating back to the early 70’s.
We have lived in Westwood Oaks since 1976 & enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our special neighborhood.
I have been actively involved for the past 6 months or so on the Pool Renovation Team. I have been taking care of the several plumbing issues such as the outdoor shower repair & the replacement of the outdoor water fountain.
I am sure many of you have seen me around the pool working with plumbers locating and cleaning out the drainage lines in and around the pool deck.
Currently I am working with several electricians to access the club’s electrical system.
I would like to serve on the board in the capacity of the facilities & ground director as I enjoy working on these types of projects.
Prior to my retiring, I was actively involved in the sales & installation of large industrial washers & water recycling systems for the printed circuit board industry for over 45 years.
I would like to bring my expertise to our club by serving on the board.
I would appreciate your vote.
Dear KK members
As a member of Kona Kai for the last 30 plus years, my care and concern for Kona Kai should be abundantly clear. Previously, as a member of the board in charge of facilities, my committee and I renewed the club room and kitchen. We chose the rock and the wood paneling above the fireplace in the club room and changed the countertop and added cabinets to the kitchen. My focus as a member of the board of directors for this term will be to add interesting and fun social events. My frustration is that as a member of 30+ years, I find that I know very few of the new members. I am sure we would all have more fun if we knew each other and had some fun events to attend.
I’ve been retired for 10 years from my most recent position as Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development at San Jose State. I also held the positions of Director of the Wireless Laptop Project, Director of the Preparing Teachers to Use Technology Grants, and faculty of Instructional Technology at San Jose State University. As Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development, I increased participation in the university functions 5 fold in the first semester.
Please consider voting for Mary Fran Breiling as a member of the Board of Directors of Kona Kai.
Mary Fran Breiling
Dear KK members,
Because of her fondness for Kona Kai and it’s community, Jennifer Muhle has decided to run for a second term on the Board. As Secretary of the Board during the last two unusual years, Jennifer helped choose the new Club Room floor and it’s installation, create the new Family and Caregiver Policy, create countless Covid policies with her Co-Board Members, interviewed new staff members, consulted on painting the Club interiors, and a variety of week to week tasks. Her hope is that this next term will be more about the Kona Kai community and less about Covid!
Jennifer Muhle has devoted the last seventeen years to raising her two teenage children, as well as two golden doodles, while volunteering at school and in the community. Her professional career was in advertising competitive analysis, social work research and marketing, before working with a local interior designer. Jennifer is finishing up her Interior Design degree in the spring and loves creating floorpans and 3D models on the computer in her spare time.
The Muhle family moved to Silicon Valley in 2008 (from the Los Angeles area) when they promptly sought out a community club that had a swimming pool and a vibrant social scene, which they happily found in Kona Kai. You'll find Jennifer's husband, Brent, in the pool swimming many (so many) laps most weekend mornings, and occasionally after work too. He’s the one who will often take the covers off and is always ready with a smile. Jennifer and Brent’s children can be found picking up the recycled tennis balls or playing the odd game of tennis with their mom. Both of her kids were Club Monitors last year so hopefully they were polite!
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to seeing you and your families around the Club!