Justin Gagnon
Chair of the Board - CEO of Choicelunch

Justin Gagnon is an entrepreneur and CEO of a San Ramon-based healthy school lunch company serving 300 elementary and middle schools throughout California. A father of 4, Justin is passionate about making it simple for busy families to live better and eat well. 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.

Justin was elected as Chair of the Board in 2019. He is chairperson of the Executive Committee, and a member of the Oversight Committee. 

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Kristina Vannoni
Vice Chair of the Board - Associate Marketing Director at The Clorox Company

Kristina Vannoni brings both nonprofit as well as business experience to the Open Heart Kitchen. As an Associate Marketing Director at The Clorox Company in Pleasanton, she has worked 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 2 children.

Kristina was elected as Vice  Chair of the Board in 2019. She is chairperson of the Development Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee and Governance Committee. 

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Mike Haase
Board Treasurer

Mike Haase brings 30 years of finance and business experience to the Open Heart Kitchen. 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 was elected as Treasurer of the Board in 2019. He is chairperson of the Oversight Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee and Governance Committee. 

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Shaily Nair
Board Secretary - Senior Director, NW Services Delivery at Microsoft

Shaily Nair 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 & their twin girls. 

Shaily was elected as Secretary of the Board in 2019. She is co-chairperson of the Governance Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee and Oversight Committee. 

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Bruce Bird
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 4 children (all of whom were raised in Pleasanton) and 11 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.

Bruce is a member of the Governance Committee.

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Bethany Horton
Senior 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 of 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 the Rochester Institute of Technology, concentrating on leadership and strategy. Bethany moved to the Bay Area from Central New York in 2015 and currently lives with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs in Livermore.

Bethany is a member of the Development 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 the 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, and more, 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 their twin daughters.

Lira is co-chairperson of the Development Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee.

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Erick Lovdahl
Operations Director, Alameda County Community Food Bank

For the past 25 years Erick has worked for the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB), and volunteered for Livermore area food pantries and social service organizations. Erick became ACCFB's Director of Operations in 2011, overseeing the team responsible for acquiring, storing and distributing 34 million pounds of food annually to 267 partner agencies, such as OHK. He was instrumental in the creation of ACCFB’s mobile pantry and food recovery programs, and has overseen the expansion of ACCFB’s farm-fresh produce distribution from 1.2 million pounds to almost 18 million pounds annually! Erick was recognized as the 2017 Feeding America Western Region Operations Leader of the Year. Erick was a founding member of the Alameda County Volunteer Agencies Active in Disasters (VOAD), and is the current Board President for the Livermore Valley Craft Beer Foundation. Erick received a degree in criminal justice from Sierra College. He lives in Livermore with his children, Sawyer and Madeline, and enjoys hiking and music.

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

Eric Maxwell brings over 30 Years of Financial Advisory experience to Open Heart Kitchen. 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 draws 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 3 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. 

Eric is chairperson of the Governance Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee and Oversight Committee.

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Ted Monk
Vice President at Sodexo Education

Ted has more than 25 years of business experience in the hospitality service industry, and is a Senior Vice President at Sodexo where he is responsible 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. Ted actively engages with local businesses and public officials to fight for hunger relief efforts. In addition to our Board, Ted is also an active Alameda County Community Food Bank Board Member. He 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 chairperson of the Audit Committee.

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Brian O'Reilly

Brian 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. He is passionate about hunger relief efforts, coordinating weekly grocery store food donations for which he collects and delivers hundreds of pounds of food at a time to nonprofits such as OHK. 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 is co-chairperson of the Oversight Committee, and a member of the Governance 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 Brigham Young University.

Janette is a member of the Development Committee and Oversight 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.

Carl is a member of the Audit Committee and Development Committee.

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