Heather Greaux was appointed Open Heart Kitchen’s Executive Director in January 2017. As Executive Director, she oversees the management of Open Heart Kitchen with a focus on fundraising, community outreach, along with fiscal oversight and regulatory compliance. Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director of Monterey Zoological Society where she conceived and built infrastructure, education programs, and conservation programs. Greaux also co-founded Elephants of Africa Rescue Society and served as CFO. She brings over 15 years of experience in Nonprofit Management and utilizes her development experience to drive organizational growth without compromising program quality.
Clare Gomes joined Open Heart Kitchen in September 2014. As Operations Director, she oversees the entire day-to-day operations of the organization. Gomes began her career in the semi-conductor industry where she spent 10 years as a QA Engineer. Gomes took some time off to raise her family before taking her career in a new direction in the non-profit arena. Prior to joining Open Heart Kitchen, Gomes spent nearly 10 years, managing the food pantry for a local non-profit. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Santa Clara University and BS in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health (Alabama).
Shawnda Bost joined Open Heart Kitchen in December of 2011 as a Site Supervisor before assuming her current role as Volunteer Coordinator. Whether you are a guest or a volunteer, Bost has a passion for helping people find their “fit” in the Open Heart Kitchen family. Under her leadership, Open Heart Kitchen’s volunteer base has grown to one of the largest volunteer networks in the Tri-Valley. Prior to joining Open Heart Kitchen, Bost served more than 15 years in customer service and logistics.
The Swedish chef......
I was born and raised in Sweden and my family and I moved to the Bay Area in 1994. I have always loved to cook and bake and have worked in kitchens for the last 15 years. Some of the places I have worked are, as a pastry chef at The Peasant & The Pear in Danville for 7 years and have also worked a baker at a local bakery. I started volunteering for OHK 3 years ago and loved the program and their mission so I started working there as a supervisor and chef in January 2015. In my free time I like to hike in the hills and work in the garden.
I was born in Salt Lake City but raised in the small town of Helper, Utah. My husband's job moved us to California in 1992. When my youngest son graduated from high school I decided to go back to college myself and graduated with High Honors from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of San Francisco with an Associates Degree in Baking and Pastry. I interned with The Slanted Door Group in San Francisco, worked at Tutto Bene Gelato and several other catering companies and restaurants. After my first volunteer shift at OHK I knew that it was the place for me. In November of 2014, I started to work for OHK as a Production Chef/Site Supervisor. As much as I love cooking, I love the interaction with my volunteers even more. You can taste the love that goes into all of the food that we create for our clients. In my free time you will often find my husband and I enjoying the Bay Area concert scene.
I'm a single mother blessed with three children. I used to live in Chicago for 35 years then moved to California in 2005 to be with my daughter and grandchildren. I live in Livermore with my 92 year old mother and I'm taker care of her. I have been working for OHK since 2005. I enjoy working for OHK, it made me feel the fulfillment of my purpose in my life. I love OHK's great mission and staff.
I grew up in Chichester, England and left to go traveling in 2012. After settling in Melbourne for a couple of years I relocated to Pleasanton in 2016 where I began volunteering and a few months later working for Open Heart Kitchen. My previous work experience has been in food management. I started working in the fast food industry when I was 16 and by 18 I had started my journey up the management ladder. I am so grateful for the opportunity to take my experience into the non profit sector. I love exploring new places and getting to know new people from all walks of life.
Stephen (Steve) E. Wright – A proud Dublin resident, Steve spent nearly 30 years commuting into and out of Silicon Valley where he worked for 25 years at the San Jose
Mercury News as a reporter, deputy managing editor and editorial page editor. Steve was a member of the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize winning staff coverage of the Loma
Prieta Earthquake. For 7 years he also was part of the senior leadership team of a Silicon Valley public policy non-profit.
Instead of retirement, Steve yearned for “refirement.” For something less career-driven and more service oriented. His years of work at the newspaper and public policy group
gave him a deep understanding of the issues of hunger and homelessness in our communities – and the role churches play in the solution ecosystem. Working and
giving back to his community with Open Heart Kitchen and with his church has him “refired” up. He also is a member of the Dublin Planning Commission. Oh, and the commute is much better now, too (from 3 hours roundtrip to maybe 30 minutes). A graduate of San Jose State University, Steve is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. He also serves on the Commonwealth Club’s Silicon Valley Advisory Council.