Heather Greaux
Executive Director

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
Operations Director

Clare Gomes

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
Volunteer Coordinator


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.