Board of Directors
Chris was born and raised in Highland Park, Michigan. He served eight years in the U.S. Air Force (1968 - 1976) and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University Of San Francisco in 1980. He had a successful career as a real estate broker from 1978-2018. He is now retired and committed to helping his local community by serving on the board of EHP.
Stephen Friedman, Vice-Chairman
Growing up as the son of an immigrant, I saw firsthand how ordinary challenges to many families are often amplified, making life very difficult. Volunteering at EHP and helping others has brought our family closer, taught the value of social action to our daughter and made me a better person.”
Stephen and his family joined others from Congregation Beth Am in 1995 to help with food distribution efforts. In the 25 years since, with his wife and daughter, he has been fortunate to work and become friends with EHP’s dedicated staff, including Nevida Butler, legendary co-founder. He has served on EHP’s Board since 2014.
Arnold Hart, Chairman
Arnold Hart has been actively involved in the East Palo Alto community for almost two decades. Arnold has dedicated almost 20 years to volunteerism in the East Palo Community including EHP, the East Palo Alto Kiwanis Club, and the East Palo Alto Ravenswood Little League. He has also served as co-chair of the City of East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board.
Arnold has a singular career focus, activism. His work has centered on government policy and changes, and community activism through critical roles in various non-profit organizations.
Arnold received his education at Evergreen College and San Jose State University with a focus on physical education and sociology.
Pastor Albert C. Macklin IV, a native of California is the third son born to Reverend and Mrs. A. C. Macklin III. Pastor Macklin completed his general education in the Mountain View Public School system. In 2004, he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from San Jose Christian College. Albert C. Macklin IV was appointed Senior Pastor of New Sweet Home - The Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ in 2004 following the demise of his father.
Pastor Macklin has served in various capacities within the church. He has a great passion for ministry, preaching / teaching, praise & worship and music which all are at the top of his list. He is a prolific speaker, an anointed psalmist, a skilled songwriter and musician. Pastor Macklin is an interactive leader in the City of East Palo Alto, California. He serves on several community boards and management teams offering his expertise from a social, psychological and economic perspective in an effort to enhance the community at large.
Celebrating the release of his latest Gospel CD, “I Believe God,” recorded during a live concert, Pastor Albert continues in his calling to enhance the lives of others. He endeavors to be a “Servant,” called by God, loyal, dependable and committed to a life of purity, integrity and excellence. He maintains his focus through the power of God to impact the lives of others throughout the world, sharing his testimony of strength and endurance despite any opposition. His voice is heard in churches, convention centers and campuses alike, as he shares his message of perseverance and faith in God.
Pastor Albert Macklin is the husband of Lady Evelyn Macklin, the father of four children: Alec, Alissa, twin boys: Addicus and Ayden. He has dedicated himself to a life of prayer and holiness and lives by the following principle:
MY WAY IS MADE, MY NEED IS MET, AND THE DOOR IS OPENED UNTO ME……. I BELIEVE GOD!”
Thayer Mullins, Treasurer
Thayer Mullins is a board member at the Ecumenical Hunger Program and a transactional real estate attorney with DLA Piper, Thayer continues the long relationship between EHP and the East Palo Alto office of DLA Piper.
Thayer grew up in the Bay Area , attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and resides in San Francisco. He is consistently inspired by the dedication and resiliency of the EHP community and believes that EHP’s staff, volunteers, pro bono attorneys, board, donors, and neighbors in need embody the spirit of service and compassion that is vital to our society today.
With nearly a decade working in Marketing and Operations, Mr. Seyi Oshinowo is now working as the Global Operations Program Lead at Facebook. He was the former Operations Associate for Global Project Resourcing at Salesforce, and was an Operations Specialist at Boeing as well.
Seyi holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication at University of Washington and graduated Cum Laude among his class. He then received his MBA at the University of California, San Diego - Rady School of Management.
Out of the office, he is an advocate to serving the community and providing resources for others, especially the youth.
He was the President of the Leading with Service Club at UC – which is an initiative driven at Rady School of Management to promote volunteer efforts and community giving. They held fundraisers such as dodgeball tournaments, and donated roses to women on Mother’s Day at the YWCA.
He was a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound for 2 years. That, along with his role as an Emerging Leader for the United Way of King County, further exemplifies how much he values community service.
Currently, he also mentors these amazing 1st and 2nd graders on a weekly basis at Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula.
He lives in San Francisco, and you can learn more about him here -
Doug grew up in San Bruno, and Millbrae in the North Peninsula area of San Mateo County and attended Mills High School before attending the University of California, Riverside and graduating with a degree in Economics/Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Financial Accounting. During his career he has worked in the Big 4 public accounting firms KPMG, PwC, and EY and as an accounting manager and interim controller for various technology companies and nonprofits. He is currently an active licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California and a sole proprietor providing advisory, audit, and tax services based out of Mountain View, CA.
Doug also serves on the board of directors of the local chapter of CalCPA Peninsula/Silicon Valley chapter. Doug became aware of EHP from a fellow CPA in the community and felt the call to serve the organization as a volunteer and board member.
You can learn more about Doug and his practice at http://www.radtkecpa.com.
David Rages II
I grew up in East Palo Alto, California. After graduating Carlmont High School in Belmont, California I attended The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Over the last 20 years I have had great career in social work, including management and upper management positions.
I began with work at Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland CA, where I worked with youth with severe mental health challenges as a group home counselor. It was this position that I was introduced to mental health diagnosis and treatment. I moved on to work at East Bay Community Recovery Project(EBCRP), first as a research assistant and then as a case manager. There I worked in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, working with clients in West Oakland. EBCRP had an extensive training program where I was able to learn more about trauma, motivational interviewing and dual diagnosis. During that time I also worked for the County of San Mateo, Child Protective Services as a Counselor at the teen shelter.
From 2007-20019 I worked at Edgewood Center For
Children and Families, first as a Case Manager working with Kinship Families in San Mateo County. I also worked as a Family Conference Facilitator, a skill I learned through trainings at Edgewood. In 2014 I was promoted to manage the Kinship, Transitional Housing Program and Differential Response programs in San Francisco.
I have also spent the last 25 years volunteering with youth in my community with Ravenswood Little League Baseball. I am a coach and currently the President of the League.
I am currently the Director of Community Engagement at EPACENTER Arts in East Palo Alto. Our focus is to help youth realize their full artistic potential. I currently oversee the Parent and Youth Advisory groups as well as our youth development projects.
Mansi H. Shah
Mansi Shah is a respected technology lawyer, dedicated advocate, mentor, and leader within the legal and tech communities in Silicon Valley. As a young lawyer, Mansi's first pro bono client was a Mexican transgender immigrant with HIV, who was seeking asylum. Her work on the case was recognized by the State Bar of California. In addition to her legal work, Mansi relies on her engineering perspective and computer science background to bring a distinct perspective to her public service work.
Mansi is a leader and member in several local and national non-profit organizations because she fiercely believes in public service as a part of her everyday work. She knows that America can only live up to its promise if every American's basic needs are met. It is why she sought to be involved, both as a board member and a volunteer, with the Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) because EHP directly serves her neighbors in need with respect and empathy. She actively introduces the larger Bay Area community to EHP every chance she gets. In fact, she sees her children and her friends' children volunteering with EHP directly as an important part of living in the Peninsula and being a part of the larger community fabric.
As a champion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, Mansi— a partner in Kilpatrick Townsend's Silicon Valley office—has endeavored to improve the racial and gender diversity in both technology companies and law firms. Mansi has received recognition for her advocacy and work, she was named a Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum, named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Women of Influence, chosen to be a Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, was named Best Under 40 by NAPABA, and made the Lawyers of Color Power List.
Wendy Sinton has been a community volunteer for over 30 years. In addition to serving on the EHP Board, she has been active in the Palo Alto schools and worked at Paly High. She is a member of Congregation Beth Am and coordinates volunteer events for Beth Am at EHP. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren who have also volunteered at EHP.
Court Skinner, Secretary
Court Skinner graduated from MIT in 1966 with a Ph. D. in metallurgy and spent 30 years as a process technologist in the Silicon Valley semiconductor industry. He retired as Director of Research for National Semiconductor Corp. in 1998 ten years after moving to East Palo Alto. He has since become active in East Palo Alto as a planning commissioner, city council candidate, and public works and transportation commissioner. He is also active as a board member of the EPA Senior Center, Creative Montessori Learning Center, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, the East Palo Alto Community Media Center and most recently the Ecumenical Hunger Project. He is also the founder and current president of Computers for Everyone, Inc, a non profit for refurbishing and repairing computers in East Palo Alto and neighboring communities.
Amy is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area and has been working as an Executive Assistant at Facebook for the past 3 years. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology. Amy enjoys helping others and giving back to the community in any way possible. After volunteering on a few different occasions at EHP, she felt more connected to the organization by getting to carry out EHP’s mission personally and felt passionate about joining the board, where she could try to have a greater impact on the surrounding community.
Medha was regularly involved with the Drop-In and Rehab Centre in her hometown of Calgary prior to moving to the Bay Area. She felt an affinity to EHP's mission to promote food security and to its work of lifting people up with love. Medha first learned the value of helping those less fortunate from her parents, who, apart from tithing regularly, routinely volunteered their time to help the blind by teaching English classes to blind children in India or visiting customers in their homes to read to them in Calgary. After volunteering in the EHP food closet, Medha felt strongly that EHP was an institution that she would be proud to support with her financial and organizational capabilities. When she is not volunteering with EHP, Medha is likely facilitating asset financings at an African solar power startup, working with her cofounder on launching their beauty business, or unwinding with yoga. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, Abhi, and a grey cat, Pyari.
Join our Board
EHP is looking for committed volunteers to fill board positions with interest and expertise in the following areas: Development (Fund-Raising), Governance/Finance, Events Planning, Outreach Ambassadors, and Community Awareness/Volunteer Recruitment. We seek passionate, dedicated persons to join our experienced board of professionals who are long-time volunteers, serving a diverse community in the East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and surrounding areas. We invite you to reply to this message and send a brief statement of interest and bio via the application form (link) to email@example.com. Indicate the areas of service you are interested in, and program interests where you might serve on-site at EHP.
The key responsibilities of the board are to support EHP’s mission and purpose, provide financial oversight, ensure adequate resources and raise funds to enable EHP to fulfill its mission, and provide support to the Executive Director, for three year terms, renewable for a second three years. Board members volunteer on-site, serve on committees, participate in fund-raising events, and attend monthly board meetings on-site at EHP on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
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