Child Advocates appoints LA resident to board

The Board of Directors of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recently appointed Cassio Conceicao of Los Altos to the board.

The appointment comes as Child Advocates’ enters its 31st year of serving foster children by providing a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), who represents the best interests of the child in dependency hearings.

Conceicao has extensive experience as a general manager and chief operating officer in the semiconductor and information technology industries. He is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Silicon Graphics International, where he has direct oversight of the sales, marketing, engineering, services, manufacturing and supply chain departments.

Over the years, Conceicao has volunteered with the MVLA Soccer Club and the Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club.

“I am very excited and honored to join the Child Advocates’ team, whose achievements on behalf of foster children speak for themselves, and whose ambition for broadening and deepening its reach is very inspiring,” he said. “I look forward to working with such a talented and dedicated team to help lift the lives of all foster children in our community.”

Child Advocates has a five-year strategic plan to provide a CASA for every child in the Santa Clara County foster care system by the end of 2018. Currently, there are approximately 1,600 children in the Santa Clara County dependency system, 1,000 of whom could benefit from a CASA.

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Epicurean Group wins environmental award

The Los Altos-based Epicurean Group recently received California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, for the company’s Waste Not program.

California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriguez presented the award at a ceremony in January.

“We’re eliminating plastic and food waste, reducing vehicle miles and using food that is healthy and produced in the least environmentally damaging manner,” said Epicurean Group CEO and Los Altos resident Mary Clark Bartlett, who accepted the award. “We’re buying local, seasonal foods and supporting communities. ... And we’re educating our customers about the foods that are good for their health and for the health of the planet.”

Epicurean Group is a food-service management company that provides restaurant and catering services to corporations, educational campuses and fine-arts facilities.

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