Bruce Bird
Board President - Retired

Bruce Bird has worked in both the public and private sectors. 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. Bruce was elected to be President of the Board in 2017. He is Chairperson for the Executive Board and the By-Laws Committee, and he is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee. 

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Gary Harrington
Board Vice President - Retired Educator

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. Gary was elected to be Vice-President of the Board in 2017. He is a member of the Executive Board, the Strategic Planning Committee, and he is Chairperson for the Fundraising Committee. 

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Kristina Vannoni
Board Secretary - Associate Marketing Director at The Clorox Company

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. Kristina became Board Secretary in 2018. She is a member of the Executive Board, the Communications Committee, and she is Chairperson for the Strategic Planning Committee. 

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Justin Gagnon
Board Treasurer - CEO at Choicelunch

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. Since joining the Board, Justin was elected to the position of Board Treasurer in 2017. He is a member of the Executive Board, and he is Chairperson for the Finance & Audit Committee. 

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Ted Monk
Vice President at Sodexo Education

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 Sodexo 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. Ted is a member of the Fundraising Committee, and he is Chairperson for the Personnel & Nominations Committee. 

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Carl Wolfston
Headlands Associates

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. He is a member of the Communications Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee. 

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Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly immigrated from Ireland to New York in 1963. He was educated in Ireland by the Irish Christian Brothers. In New York he worked initially in sales and later embarked on a career in insurance and risk management. Shortly after he arrived in California, he joined Safeway Stores and spent 21 years in their risk management division. Upon retirement in 1999, Brian started volunteering with Open Heart Kitchen and other nonprofit food providers. Brian is also on the Board of Interfaith Housing in Livermore, providing affordable housing for seniors. He has 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and lives with his wife in Livermore. Brian joined the Board of Directors in 2017. He is a member of the Fundraising Committee, and the Personnel & Nomination Committee. 

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Mike Haase

Mike Haase joined the Board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2017 and brings 30 years of finance and business experience to the organization. Mike's career includes leading senior financial management responsibilities at Bay-area companies such as AMD, VMware, and Workday. He earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Humboldt State University and his MBA (with a finance concentration) from the University of Southern California. Mike and his family live in Pleasanton. Mike is a member of the Communications Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the Finance Committee. 

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Lira Kamat
Freelance Consultant

A lifelong learner, Lira Kamat is passionate about applying modern software and internet technologies for social benefit. With an undergraduate degree in Architecture from University of Bombay, India and her Masters in Computer Science from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, she started her career at Bloomberg in NYC developing software tools for financial trading systems. Subsequently, she worked at Time Warner in NYC for 7 years as technology manager in charge of online publications of Time Inc. before embarking on a freelance consulting and social entrepreneurship journey. She has since developed several websites and general internet resources related to education, childcare, etc. as well as specifically tailored ones for non-profit organizations. She is currently pursuing Machine Learning. She moved to Pleasanton in 2015, where she lives with her husband Sanjay and twin daughters. Lira  joined the Board of Directors in 2017. She is Chairperson for the Communications & IT Committee.

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Shaily Nair
Senior Director, NW Services Delivery at Microsoft

Shaily Nair joined Open Heart Kitchen in 2017 and brings over 20 years of management consulting experience including sales and IT to Open Heart Kitchen. Currently, Shaily works at Microsoft Services where she is the Northwest(NW) Services Practice Area Leader accountable for delivery across NW customers. Prior to joining Microsoft, Shaily was with IBM where she was a Senior Manager/Service Area Manager within public sector supporting delivery and sales initiatives. Shaily earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (with a finance concentration) from George Washington University. Shaily lives in the Pleasanton area with her husband Ajay & her twin girls. Shaily is a member of the Personnel & Nomination Committee, and the Fundraising Committee. 

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Bethany Horton
Sr Manager, Global Talent Brand & Marketing at Workday

Bethany Horton joined the board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2018 and brings nearly 15 years of brand, marketing, and communications experience to the organization. She is currently the Senior Manager, Global Talent Brand and Marketing at Workday, leading a team focused on positioning the company as an employer of choice. Bethany earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she studied English and Women’s Studies. She later earned her MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology, concentrating on leadership and strategy. Bethany moved to the area from Central New York in 2015 and currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Dublin. Bethany is a member of the Communications & IT Committee, and is co-Chairperson for the Strategic Planning Committee. 

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Janette Pace
Destination Services Consultant at Dwellworks

Janette Pace is a Pleasanton native who has seen the community evolve through the years, and now she and her husband are raising their 4 children in Pleasanton. Growing up with food insecurity challenges, Janette understands how food availability impacts adults and children, and how even in this established community, challenges remain. She is passionate about finding solutions to these challenges and helping our neighbors meet their most basic needs.  Janette's Human Resources background covers a wide range of experience including management training, employee relations and recruiting. She currently consults in the corporate relocation industry for local companies. Janette has a BA from BYU and joined the board of Open Heart Kitchen in 2018. Janette is a member of the Fundraising Committee and the Communications & IT Committee.

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Eric Maxwell
President and CEO, Maxwell Wealth Strategies, Inc.

Eric Maxwell brings over 30 Years of Financial Advisory experience to the Board of Open Heart Kitchen, which he joined in 2018. Eric has always had a strong passion for helping others and derives extreme fulfillment by assisting his clients with their retirement and savings goals. Eric looks forward to drawing from this same passion in advocating for Open Heart Kitchen’s needs. Eric is a very active member of his church and has held various leadership roles there, including working with and educating youth groups. Eric and his wife, Jacque, both have deep roots in the Pleasanton community, where they raised their three daughters, and care greatly about assisting those in need. Eric has a BS degree from California State University, East Bay in Financial Management and keeps up with the rigorous continuing education in his field of work. He is a member of the Finance Committee, and the Personnel & Nomination Committee. 

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