Ms. Lori Cunningham

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Ms. Lori Cunningham

Lori is a mom, community volunteer and public education advocate. She has deep roots in the community, growing up in Sunnyvale and attending West Valley Elementary, Cupertino Jr. High and Homestead High. It was in the district science classrooms of her childhood that Lori found her passion. She holds a Bachelors in Biology at Scripps College and a Master of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University and enjoyed her career as a practitioner, healthcare administrator, and clinical educator. Prior to joining the Board, Lori served on CUSD’s Budget, District, Parent and English Language Advisory Committees, and also serves on the FUHSD Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Lori brings 20 years of leadership experience, a decade of service in CUSD as a volunteer and parent leader, and deep knowledge of education funding policy to the board. She is an avid scuba diver, paddle boarder, and skier and is her best self when she’s connected to the water, whatever state it happens to be in.

Ms. Sylvia Leong

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Ms. Sylvia Leong

Sylvia Leong began her career in college recruitment before moving into higher education, serving as Sr. Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the University of Southern California and Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus, where she eventually became the Director of External Relations and Marketing. She is currently working as an admissions consultant for people applying to undergraduate and graduate programs. Sylvia has been a long-time volunteer and parent leader in the CUSD community, most recently serving as President of CLIPCO, the parent board for the Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP).   Sylvia received her BA in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley.

Mr. Jerry Liu

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Mr. Jerry Liu

Jerry began his involvement with CUSD as a kindergarten classroom volunteer.  Over the years, he has served on various parent organizations at Lincoln Elementary and Kennedy Middle, including terms as School Site Council chair and PTA president.  Prior to joining the school board, he also served on CUSD’s District Advisory Committee, Parent Advisory Committee, Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, and the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee in 2017.  In his civic life, he served on the Cupertino Planning Commission and two terms as Chair of the Cupertino Library Commission.  He was also the former president of the Cupertino Library Foundation which raises funds to support student enrichment programs.  He received the CREST award for his community volunteer work from the City of Cupertino in 2016. Professionally, he is a research lab director managing artificial intelligence research at HP Labs and holds over 25 granted patents.  He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. 

Mrs. Phyllis Vogel

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Mrs. Phyllis Vogel

Phyllis began her career as a teacher in the Los Gatos Union School District.  She began teaching in the Cupertino Union School District in 1963 and has spent the rest of her career here.  Other positions she has held in CUSD include Teacher on Special Assignment, Coordinator in Instruction, Principal of both John Muir School and Murdock Portal School, and Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services.  With over 50 years in CUSD in a variety of roles, Phyllis brings a wealth of experience to the school board. Career highlights include teaching in the innovative Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow and opening Murdock-Portal as an alternative school.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Education from San Jose State University and her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University.