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Ccanter HeadshotSince graduating from Walden House, I have gone on to become a successful non-profit leader and helped to raise millions of dollars to support human service and youth development organizations in our community. In my personal life, I am a loving husband and proud father of twin boys. I am a home owner, volunteer and mentor. Without Walden House, this would not have been possible.

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The Hon. Harlan Grossman - Chair

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The Hon. Harlan Grossman, Superior Court judge in Contra Costa County (retired), played a significant role in the development of Drug Courts, where individuals facing criminal charges for drug possession have an opportunity to enter a recovery program in lieu of straight jail time. In addition to his board service for HealthRIGHT 360, he previously served on the board of the West Contra Costa branch of the YMCA. Judge Grossman attended law school at the University of San Diego and subscribes to the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Elaine Howard - Vice Chair

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Elaine Sihoatani Howard is a community advocate with over a decade of work and volunteer experience in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Islands. She currently serves as the Community Preparedness Manager at the American Red Cross, where she is also a Global Disaster Preparedness Fellow and a certified corporate diversity trainer.

Emalyn Lapus - Secretary

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Emalyn Lapus is the Director of Education Programs for the Japanese Community Youth Council, a youth development agency in San Francisco. During her tenure, the JCYC education unit expanded from 1 to 5 college access programs sharing the goal to assist low-income youth to graduate from high school, enroll and complete college. She has reviewed U.S. Department of Education grants and served on committees related to higher education. In May 2012, Ms. Lapus received the Community Leadership Award from the APA Heritage Foundation. Ms. Lapus has a Master's in Counseling from SF State University and a BA from U.C. Berkeley.

John Baer - Board Member

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John Baer holds an MBA from Stanford University. In 1997 Mr. Baer founded JMS Development Partners (JMS) for the purpose of developing smaller format multi-family housing, retail centers, and commercial offices at strategic “infill” locations in the San Francisco Peninsula market area. JMS has been involved with more than 30 development sites in the Bay Area since its inception. In addition to overseeing all development and asset management activities, Mr. Baer is also responsible for raising all capital and securing all debt financing for the enterprise. To date, Mr. Baer estimates that the net return to investors on their investment in JMS projects is in excess of $40 MM.

The Hon. Ellen Chaitin - Board Member

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Ellen Chaitin has served as a judge for the San Francisco Superior Court for 18 years, and practiced as a criminal defense attorney for almost two decades. She served as a Board Member on the San Francisco Pre-Trial Diversion Project, San Francisco CASA, and the Jewish Community Center. Judge Chaitin received her law degree from Hastings Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from NYU. She co-taught the first Women and the Law class at Hastings in 1973, and co-wrote “Is Gay Suspect?,” the first law review article urging the application of equal protection to LGBT Americans.

Dr. Tom R. Hofstedt - Board Member

Tom Hofstedt

Tom Hofstedt is a management consultant specializing in banking, corporate finance, planning and control applications in multidivisional companies, and strategic planning. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford and has been a member of graduate business school faculties at Cornell, Stanford, and Southern Methodist Universities. Dr. Hofstedt has published numerous articles in academic and professional journals.

Kathryn Holmes - Board Member

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Kathryn Holmes has been a champion of social programs and community enrichment for over twenty years, serving on both non-profit and for-profit boards. In addition to her dedicated involvement with HealthRIGHT 360, she currently serves as a board member of the Bronx Zoo, Embarcadero YMCA, and the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Holmes firmly believes in the mission of service to those in need in our community. She has a BA in Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Jack Kahler - Board Member

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Jack Kahler is a senior operations executive at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, with over 20 years of progressive achievements in his industry. He has served on the Board of Education in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and the Board of Directors for the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra. He brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, financial management, and program development. Mr. Kahler has an MBA in Operations and Marketing from Boston University Graduate School of Business, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University.

Jamie Kasvikis - Board Member

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Jamie Kasvikis serves as a senior administrator for the southern California municipality of El Cajon, with over 18 years’ experience. She is responsible for federal and other grants the City receives related to housing and community development programs being conducted on behalf of the City of El Cajon. In addition, Ms. Kasvikis has served for the past five years as President of the Board of Directors for North County Serenity House, a nonprofit agency with residential and non-residential treatment facilities serving women (and women with children) who wish to recover from alcohol and drug dependencies. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from CSU San Marcos.

Deborah Koski - Board Member

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Deborah Koski serves as Assistant Vice President in Union Bank’s Community Development Finance group, and she is also an active member of East Bay Housing Organizations. Ms. Koski holds a BA and an MA in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ann Ma - Board Member

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Ann Ma is a Claims Litigation Attorney currently working for Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, based in Thousand Oaks, California. Ms. Ma has prioritized her legal career in the area of workers' compensation, and she has worked in several areas of the legal landscape, including Defense Attorney for Fresno County and Attorney Advisor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Ma received a BA from UC Davis and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Her interest in helping underserved communities is demonstrated by her past board participation with AARS, and she now continues her commitment as a Board Member of HealthRIGHT 360.

Anji Mandavia - Board Member

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Anji Mandavia is a shareholder at the firm Weintraub Tobin. She has over 30 years’ experience as a business litigator, with a concentration in litigation related to the motion picture and television industries. Anji has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright and trademark infringement actions, and in breach of contract actions relating to motion picture and television production and distribution. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. She holds a B.A. of Philosophy from Stanford and a J.D. from UC Berkeley.

Melyssa Mendoza - Board Member

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Melyssa Mendoza has ten years of experience working with nonprofits and women’s rights organizations, and she was an early member of Save Lyon Martin.  A very active member the San Francisco bicycle community, she currently works at Practice Fusion, a free web-based electronic health records platform. Ms. Mendoza holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University, and attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Victor R. Ortiz - Board Member

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Victor R. Ortiz is the Director of Organization Development at Strategic Project Solutions, Inc., in San Francisco. Prior to joining SPS, Mr. Ortiz was a global program manager for Cisco Systems and an independent organization development consultant with experience in a broad spectrum of corporate and public organizations. Mr. Ortiz was Program Director of the Freedom House Foundation, a therapeutic community treatment program based in Stockton, and became a lead consultant in program management for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs during the 1970s.

Cindy Perry - Board Member

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Cindy Perry has nearly twenty years’ experience working in employment and training programs. Her bachelor's degree is in Business Administration. Ms. Perry is a Certified Workforce Development Professional who has managed government-funded training programs for a large vocational school, and she has extensive experience in the design and implementation of workforce programs for adult and dislocated worker populations. She currently represents Region 9 on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Board of Directors and manages special projects for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Ms. Perry's focus is on the design, development, and implementation of programs that will impact the workforce service delivery system of San Diego County.

Peter Sullivan - Board Member

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Peter Sullivan is President of PSAI Realty Partners, a private equity real estate investment firm in San Francisco. Mr. Sullivan has 30 years of experience in leasing, finance, syndication and investment in Bay Area commercial real estate. A third generation Californian, he earned his B.A. cum laude as an Independent Scholar from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. A father of two, Mr. Sullivan resides in San Francisco.

Trisha Walsh - Board Member

Trisha Walsh

Trisha Walsh oversees IT Operations within Gap’s Global Corporate production support team, and she had previously been employed at Bank of America, where she managed software configuration management and technology projects for electronic and payment processing programs for the company’s Healthcare, Institutions & Government (HIG) group. Ms. Walsh holds a BA degree in Sociology/Social Work from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams and an MBA in Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Business Methods from California State University East Bay. She lives in Berkeley with her beloved wife and their two dogs.

Kan Wong - Board Member

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Kan Wong is a Talent Development and Organization Effectiveness Web Presence Manager with Marvell Semiconductors in Santa Clara. Prior to joining Marvell, Kan developed and managed a variety of learning and development programs during his time at Hewlett-Packard, NetApp, and Google over the past 15 years. Kan’s involvement with community programs started in the late 80s/early 90s when he worked as a health educator and program director with Asian American Recovery Services, and when he returned to serve on the AARS board over the past several years. Mr. Wong was raised in San Francisco and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, and holds a MA in Education from San Jose State University.

Jeanne Woodford - Board Member

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Jeanne Woodford has more than 30 years experience in corrections and law enforcement as an administrator, author, and public speaker. Her leadership has included service as the Undersecretary and Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), as the Warden of San Quentin State Prison, and as the Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the death penalty and its alternatives. Ms. Woodford graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In addition to serving on the board of HealthRIGHT 360, Ms. Woodford serves on the board of the Prison Industries Authority.