Mike Haase
Chair of the Board

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 Cal Poly Humboldt, and his MBA (with a finance concentration) from the University of Southern California. Mike and his family live in Pleasanton.

Mike was elected as Chair of the Board in 2022. He is chairperson of the Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Governance Committee and the Oversight Committee. 

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Shaily Nair
Vice Chair of the Board - 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 Vice Chair of the Board in 2022. She is chairperson of the Audit Committee, as well as a member of the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee. 

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Eric Maxwell
Board Treasurer - 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 was elected as Treasurer of the Board in 2022. He is chairperson of the Oversight Committee, as well as a member of the Executive Committee.

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Bethany Horton
Board Secretary - 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 was elected as Secretary of the Board in 2022. She is chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a member of the Executive Committee and the Development Committee.

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Chuck Deckert
Sales Executive

Chuck is a community leader having served on several other non-profit boards, committee’s and two City of Pleasanton commissions. Pleasanton community has rewarded him with several named volunteer awards. Chuck is passionate about bettering the lives of those in our community who are suffering. The last 15 years he has volunteered as a Vincentian with local St Vincent de Paul assisting those in crises in their homes or wherever they call home at that moment. Chuck has lived in Pleasanton for most of his life, and graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Marketing with an Advertising concentration.

Chuck is a member of the Audit Committee, the Development Committee, and Governance Committee.

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Justin Gagnon
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 is a member of the Audit Committee and the Oversight Committee. 

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Jewel Hunt
Group Vice President Bakery, Deli Food Service & Branded Concepts at Albertson Companies

Jewel Hunt began her career at Safeway while attending college in 1981 as a part-time bakery clerk and cashier. Today, as Group Vice President of Bakery, Deli Food Service and Branded Concepts at Albertsons Companies, she is the merchant lead for several departments of the nation’s second largest traditional grocer. Jewel serves on the advisory committees with the board of the International Dairy, Deli and Bakery Association. She serves and volunteers for NorCal NEW as Partnership Pillar Lead. She is an active advisor in the company’s Women’s Inclusion and Inspiration Network and was one of several key leaders featured in an HR Magazine article, “Cultivating Female Leaders.” Jewel was named one of the most influential women in retailing by Mass Market Retailing in 2018. She was named a “Top Woman in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer five times before being inducted into the publication’s Hall of Fame for Top Women in Grocery in 2017. Jewel and her husband, Bruce, live in Pleasanton, Calif. and have three sons: Clark, Jon, and Darryl. They are the proud grandparents of several grandchildren.

Jewel is a member of the Development Committee and the Oversight Committee.

Lira Kamat
Project Delivery Specialist, Deloitte

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 6 years as Technology Manager in charge of online publications of the Fortune Group 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 those that are tailored for non-profit organizations. She moved to Pleasanton in 2015, where she lives with her husband Sanjay.

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

Erick is a member of the Oversight Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Carla Moore
Support Services Director, Microsoft

Carla Moore joined the board of Open Heart Kitchen in the Fall of 2020. She not only offers 20+ Years of professional services from IT, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, and Healthcare, but also as ‘a loving & generous heart’. She currently works for Microsoft as a Support Services Director. Carla earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical. She moved from the east coast (Atlanta, Georgia) to the west coast (Dublin, California) in 2016. She currently lives in Dublin with her dog, Luna.

Carla is a member of the Development Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

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 chairperson of the Development Committee, as well as a member of the Governance Committee and the Oversight Committee.

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Kristina Vannoni
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 is a member of the Development Committee and the Governance Committee. 

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