Staff

Heather Greaux, Executive Director

Heather 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

Clare Gomes, Operations Director

Clare 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, Volunteer Coordinator

Shawnda joined Open Heart Kitchen in November of 2010 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.

 

Matt Peters, Program Coordinator

Matt is the driving force behind the Bag Lunch Program, managing volunteers in the creation and distribution of over 2,400 bags weekly. In addition to that, he delivers meals to our senior lunch sites Monday through Wednesday performs a lot of administrative work for Open Heart Kitchen.

 

 

Taylor Hoover-Hart, Program Coordinator

Taylor joined the team in October, 2017. A Bay Area native, Taylor is passionate about community engagement and believes you should be an active participant in the community you belong to (which is why she left her job with a Fortune 500 worldwide real estate company to join a small, local nonprofit). Taylor assists with accounting, fundraising, outreach events, establishing partnerships with other organizations, social media content creation, and marketing. Taylor loves to travel, paint, read historical non-fiction, try new restaurants and go camping.

 

Gunilla Andersson, “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 Open Heart Kitchen 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.

 

Lisa Gragg, Chef

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 Open Heart Kitchen I knew that it was the place for me. In November of 2014, I started to work for Open Heart Kitchen 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.

 

Evelyn Mattioli, Site Supervisor

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 Open Heart Kitchen since 2005. I enjoy working for Open Heart Kitchen, it made me feel the fulfillment of my purpose in my life. I love Open Heart Kitchen’s great mission and staff.

 

Becki Mathers, Site Supervisor

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.

 

Steve Wright, Site Supervisor

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. Fore 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 int he 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 roudtrip to maybe 30 minutes). A graduate of San Jose State University, Steve is a Senior Fello of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. He also serves on the Commonwealth Club’s Silicon Valley Advisory Council.  Forum – Silicon Valley.

 

Linda Roe, Site Supervisor

I joined Open Heart Kitchen as a Site Supervisor in July 2017. Volunteering at the Pleasanton Senior Center and working with incredibly nice people sparked my interest in joining this impressive organization. Prior to this, I worked in Silicon Valley at a few high-tech companies, but realized my passion was working with food and interacting with people, and not sitting behind a desk. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, concerts, and spending time with my husband and two daughters.

Christi Williams, Site-Supervisor

 Christi has been with Open Heart Kitchen for 3 years. She does such a great job with interacting with our senior guests and volunteers- they absolutely love her! Christi worked in customer support before becoming a stay at home mom to her 3 children. Through her position at Open Heart Kitchen she encourages her own children to volunteer in the kitchens and learn the importance of giving back to the community.  Christi loves to bake, garden, attend concerts, read, and host movie nights for her friends.

 

 

Peter Tzonev, Site Supervisor

Peter started with Open Heart Kitchen in high school as a volunteer at our Ridgeview Commons Senior Center site.  He joined Open Heart Kitchen’s staff in October, 2017 as the site supervisor for our St. Bartholomew’s site.  Peter enjoys working with new volunteers and getting to know them.

 

 

Liz Streng, Site Supervisor

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and have lived in Pleasanton for most of my life with my husband, Joe. After graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor’s in English, I started my career writing for a trade magazine that served the wholesale nursery and garden industry. Following that illustrious beginning, I spent the next 20 years working in the tech industry in the Silicon Valley. Throughout my career, I have always had a passion for cooking, baking, and helping people, so I decided to follow that path and enrolled in the culinary program at DVC. That decision led me to Open Heart Kitchen in 2017 where I volunteered in the kitchen and met some amazing people–people I knew I wanted to work with to help feed the hungry in the Tri Valley area. I am truly thankful to be working for such a great organization!