Board of Directors

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Officers

Bruce Bird

President

Bruce Bird

Investment Advisor Representative
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.
bdbird@openheartkitchen.org

Bird has worked in both the public and private sectors and is currently an Investment Advisor Representative with Transamerica Financial Advisors. Over the years he has managed customer service operations, facilities and inventory, as well as finances for small businesses. He is married with four children (all of whom were raised in Pleasanton) and eleven grandchildren. He is active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in various leadership positions there. Bruce has been involved on city committees, Boy Scouts of America, Amador Valley High School Booster Club and is currently serving as the chairperson of the Alameda County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALCOVOAD). Bruce has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and joined the Open Heart Kitchen Board of Directors in January of 2014.
Gary Harrington

Vice President

Gary Harrington

Educator
Retired
gharrington@openheartkitchen.org

Gary Harrington is a local Pleasanton philanthropist known for his deep interest in public art in the region. He, along with Nancy, his wife of 45 years, purchased and donated many of Pleasanton’s impressive public art collection. For the past three years, the Harrington’s have been conducting a series of popular monthly public art walks in Pleasanton. Harrington is retired from more than three decades as an educator in the public school system. He has a BA in Economics from California State University, Northridge, a Masters degree in Economics from University of California, Riverside, and a Masters degree in School Administration and Supervision from California State University, East Bay. He joined the Board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2014.
Emilie Fox

Secretary

Emilie Fox

Stewart Title Guaranty Company
efox@openheartkitchen.org

Emilie Fox is Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, where she facilitates the closing of multi-million dollar real estate transactions and construction projects, and underwrites other hazardous and special real estate risks. She has worked in the title insurance industry for over 35 years. Fox’s interest in Open Heart Kitchen was born through association with Asbury United Methodist Church, which is a strong supporter of OHK, providing the site for its meal service each Tuesday and Wednesday and the donation of fresh vegetables through its organic garden initiative. She joined the Board of Directors in 2012. Fox has volunteered with various other community organizations throughout the years, including local public schools attended by her children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Livermore Youth Soccer League, Livermore Legislative Education Group (LLEG), and the title industry trade organization, California Land Title Association, where she held a committee Chairmanship from 2004-2006. Fox earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Chico, and a Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.
Justin Gagnon

Treasurer

Justin Gagnon

CEO
Choicelunch
jgagnon@openheartkitchen.org

Justin Gagnon is an entrepreneur and CEO of Choicelunch, a San Ramon-based healthy school lunch company serving 300 elementary and middle schools throughout California. A father of four children, Justin is passionate about making it simple for busy families to live better and eat well. Gagnon founded Choicelunch a decade ago with two friends from college, a few years after graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Management Information Systems. Prior to Choicelunch in 2003, Justin developed order entry systems for Level 3 Communication in Colorado. Gagnon has been honored as the Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Business Times in 2011, and a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2011, Justin was invited to the White House to take part in a White House Business Council forum discussion on job creation in the United States with senior administration officials. Gagnon joined the Board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2015.

Members

David Kinley

David Kinley

Business & Legal Consultant
dkinley@openheartkitchen.org

David Kinley brings over 47 years of business and legal experience to Open Heart Kitchen. After eight years in the Federal Government (Health and Human Services, Justice Department, FBI and FCC), he served as Senior Vice President of Time Warner Cable and Viacom Cable and then as Chief Operating Officer of Northland Cable Television. He was President and majority owner of Sun Country Cable (1985-2000). Kinley was Chairman and Director of the American Cable Association (1993-2002) and the National Cable Television Cooperative (1998-2002). He also served on the Board, Audit and Governance Committees of The Outdoor Channel, a publicly-traded, national cable/satellite programming network (2007-2013). Kinley has testified as an expert witness in litigation involving corporate financing, operations, valuation, contracts and regulatory compliance. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Principia College and a JD from Harvard Law School. Kinley has been supporting Open Heart Kitchen as a volunteer since 2006 and as a director since 2012.
Ted Monk

Ted Monk

Vice President
Sodexo Education
tmonk@openheartkitchen.org

Ted Monk joined the board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2012 and has been actively engaged in all of its committees as well as reaching out to local businesses and public officials. Ted is also an active board member of the Alameda County Community Food Bank (since 2010) holding the position of Chair of Oversight and is the current Board Chair. Monk has more than 25 years of business experience in the hospitality service industry and is a Senior Vice President with Sodexho where he has responsibility for providing food and facility management solutions to over 200 school districts. This position gives him first­ hand experience of the scope and impact of childhood hunger, something which he is passionate about fighting in order to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Monk earned his degree in hospitality from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland, and attended graduate classes at Canfield Business School. He moved to the US in 1995 and lives in Livermore, CA with his wife Jackie.
Kristina Vannoni

Kristina Vannoni

Associate Marketing Director
The Clorox Company
kvannoni@openheartkitchen.org

Kristina Vannoni joined the board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2015 and brings both nonprofit as well as business experience to the organization. She is an Associate Marketing Director at The Clorox Company in Pleasanton, where she has worked for the past twelve years in a variety of roles including brand management, innovation, partnerships, and business strategy. Prior to Clorox, Kristina’s nonprofit experience includes five years at the American Heart Association, where she served as the Executive Director for San Mateo County. Kristina attended Stanford University, both for her Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Communication and for her MBA. She lives in Pleasanton with her husband Brian and two children.
Carl Wolfston

Carl Wolfston

Headlands Associates
cwolfston@openheartkitchen.org

Carl Wolfston brings over 35 years of business, sales and IT expertise to Open Heart Kitchen. In 1994 Headlands Associates was established as a “boutique”, concierge services VAR (Value Added Reseller) to strategically advise and provide “turn-key” solutions for clients’ current technology requirements. After years of selling technology and systems implementation experience, Carl developed extensive valued network relationships with Hewlett Packard and other IT suppliers. Prior to starting Headlands Associates, Wolfston acquired new business opportunities and sales revenues for Digital Equipment Corp. and Emulex. Wolfston has a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information systems from Arizona State University. Previously Carl and his Irish Setter volunteered at the Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy Program for 6 years. Wolfston joined the Open Heart Kitchen board in 2013.
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John Higgins

Vice President, Gas Operations
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
jhiggins@openheartkitchen.org

John joined PG&E in 2012 as Sr. Director, Field Operations and was named Vice President, Gas T&D Operations in June of 2015. John has spent his entire 28 year career in the utility industry, first as an engineer and later as a leader of construction, maintenance, resource management and customer service activities at utilities across the northeastern US. John’s experience is around operational excellence, with a focus on safety, compliance and efficiency across large workgroups. John has been leading 24/7 work teams involved in public safety for over 15 years. He also has extensive labor negotiations experience. John holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Massachusetts and is a Graduate of the Greater Boston Executive Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a father of two east coast-based college students, and a husband, whose wife introduced him to the Open Heart Kitchen family and mission.

Patrick Guevara

Patrick Guevara

Attorney at Law
Retired
pguevara@openheartkitchen.org

Patrick Guevara brings over 20 years of legal, business, and non-profit experience to Open Heart Kitchen. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Administration from U.C. Riverside and went on to get his law degree from Santa Clara University. He started out as a dot-com attorney at Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel in San Jose, California and later moved to the Tri-Valley and practiced business, employment, technology, non-profit, and real estate law at Randick O’Dea & Tooliatos in Pleasanton, California. Patrick has been active with non-profits throughout his legal career. He served as legal counsel and director at the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Cupertino and is on the board for the Montage Master HOA in Livermore. He left private practice in 2017 and is pursuing his passions of serving the Tri-Valley community, yoga, and building and designing coral reef aquaria.