Board of Directors
CEO and President | Kathy Young
Kathy Young co-founded Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance in 2014. Kathy is thrilled to be in the role of CEO and President for TVNPA to dedicate more time and resources in support of the nonprofits in the Tri-Valley and surrounding regions. Kathy developed a passion for the nonprofit community as TVNPA grew and she learned about the hundreds of nonprofits working in our communities every day to improve our quality of life. Kathy previously served as the Executive Director of the Hertz Fellowship Programs for the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation which provides graduate fellowships nationally in applied physical and biological sciences, engineering and mathematics. Kathy was with the Hertz Foundation for more than 13 years. She is happy to now be focused on the local communities. Prior to her career with Hertz, Kathy spent many years working in the legal field. She received her B.S. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She is a resident of Livermore and spends her leisure time with her husband, Edward, three children, and two dogs.
Board Chair | Carolyn Siegfried, Executive Director, Pedrozzi Foundation
Carolyn Siegfried, fourth generation Californian and Livermore resident since 1988, has been the Executive Director of the Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation in Livermore since 2013. She previously held management roles at other local nonprofit organizations including Hope Hospice in Dublin and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Livermore. She has also produced and hosted a variety of shows for Tri-Valley Community Television (TV30), including moderating local election forums. Her early career was spent in high-tech marketing in the Silicon Valley. She earned her MBA and General Engineering degrees from Santa Clara University.
Board Secretary – Marketing & Finances | Valerie Jonas, Chief Development Officer, Axis Community Health
Valerie Jonas has been with Axis Community Health since 2010 where she presently serves as Chief Development Officer and oversees marketing, fundraising and capital projects. Axis, a non-profit organization, is the major provider of primary care and mental health counseling services for low-income and uninsured Tri-Valley residents. Valerie has worked with several Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including serving as Regional Director for the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and as a consultant to the Bankhead Theater project during pre-development. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including the South Florida Epilepsy Foundation and J., the Jewish News Weekly, and is a former President of Congregation Beth Emek. Her career in marketing and fundraising began in Florida with work for Hank Meyer Associates Public Relations and Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Foundation. A graduate of Duke University, Valerie is originally from Lakewood, New Jersey.
Board Treasurer | Christine Dillman, Director of Development, Tri-Valley Haven
Christine Dillman has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years. In 2001, she began working at Tri-Valley Haven and has held several positions at the organization including Director of Sexual Assault and Counseling Services. Last year she was promoted to Director of Development. Christine received her BA from Brandeis University. Currently, she is pursuing her MBA in Finance at the University of California, Davis and will graduate in September 2021. Christine has been on the board of directors of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). She also served as a founding board member of Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) from 2015 – 2019. Currently, Christine is the President of the Women in Leadership at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management. Christine’s lifelong passion is ending violence against women and children.
Board Director – Programs | Charlene Anderson, Associate Director, Tri-Valley Conservancy
Since 2018, Charlene has managed the end-to-end operations of the Tri-Valley Conservancy with special emphasis on Governance, Finance, and Program Management. Charlene is an advocate for the work of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance. With more than twenty years of business management experience, Charlene served in leadership roles on global HR teams for Fortune 500 companies based in the Bay Area. Through the years she has valued the opportunity to lend support to, and volunteer with, organizations such as Glide Memorial, JDRF, EBRPD, Missing Man Ministry, Culinary Angels, and Valley Humane Society.
As a TVNPA Board Director, Charlene welcomes the opportunity to help others make connections amongst the community and foster an exchange of knowledge. Charlene earned a BS, Business Administration from CSU East Bay and achieved professional certifications in the areas of Accounting principles, Human Resources Management, and Project Management Mastery. Charlene and her husband Byron are both natives of the Tri-Valley and they are in constant pursuit of their next unique foodie and travel experience!
Board Director – Special Events | Ana Angeles, Development Manager | Northern California, American Lung Association
Ana Angeles is co-founder of A Place for ME, where special needs children and neuro-typical children can develop long-lasting relationships while learning important social interaction skills. Ana is the Development Manager for Northern California American Lung Association, where she brings years of business experience, including marketing and customer care functions, to the organization. Ana has worked with nonprofits throughout her career; working with the American Lung Association is a natural fit for her. Ana became passionate about finding solutions for special needs children through her experiences with her son, who lives with autism.
Board Director – Marketing | Genevieve Getman-Sowa, Principal, GGS Consulting | Nonprofit Development & Communications
Genevieve Getman-Sowa is Owner and Principal Consultant of GGS Consulting and is a passionate supporter of nonprofit organizations throughout the Tri-Valley and Bay Area. In her consulting practice, she works closely with nonprofit organizations providing them with strategic planning, development, and communications services to aid them in achieving their missions. Along with volunteering for TVNPA, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors/Secretary for the Community Association for Preschool Education (CAPE, Inc.). CAPE serves Eastern Alameda County, low-income children and families with preschool education and health services through Headstart and Early Headstart Programs. She has previously held staff, board director or volunteer positions at Rising Youth Leaders, Diabetes Youth Families, Livermore Valley Education Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Valley Children’s Museum and more. Genevieve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and European Cultural History from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a certified Early Childhood Educator. Genevieve resides in Livermore and in her spare time she loves to hike the hills around the Tri-Valley with her family and take part in local community events.
Board Director – Governance | Robert Nuddleman, Esq.,
Attorney, Nuddleman Law Firm
Robert Nuddleman is the owner and primary attorney at the Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C. He represents individuals and companies in federal and state court and various administrative agencies such as the California Department of Industrial Relations (Labor Commissioner), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. A significant focus of Mr. Nuddleman’s practice relates to wage and hour claims, breach of contract, trade secret protection, claims of sex, race, age, and pregnancy discrimination and/or harassment and accommodating persons with disabilities. Mr. Nuddleman advises and represents business clients in employment and business matters in an attempt to avoid litigation and reduce potential exposure to claims of all kinds in light of developing law.
A particular focus of Mr. Nuddleman’s practice includes advising caregiver agencies, trustees, conservators, families, residential care facilities, care homes and others regarding wage and hour and employment laws in the elder care industry. Mr. Nuddleman frequently presents seminars and workshops regarding workplace disputes and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws.
Board Director – Membership | Vera Packard, MD, Executive Director, Lazarax Cancer Foundation
Dr. Vera Packard is originally from Brazil, where she earned her Medical Degree, and specialized in breast disease, particularly in breast cancer at Guys Hospital in London. In her home country, she worked in private practice in addition to the University Hospital for 20 years. Vera has a deep commitment to women’s health issues which inspired her to found a nonprofit organization devoted to breast cancer awareness in 1997 in Brazil. Dr. Packard has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership. She is the former Executive Director for the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation where she led a talented, dedicated staff on a mission to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors in the Bay Area. She joined Lazarex Cancer Foundation in October of 2017 and is committed to its mission and success. Vera believes in communities coming together helping each other. She has served as president of her former Rotary club in Brazil and was a leader in the medical community in Natal, Brazil. She is currently also a board member of Wardrobe for Opportunity and The Latino Cancer Institute. Vera has been awarded one of the 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Outstanding Business Woman by American Business Women’s Association, Bay Area Council and the Ruby Award by the Soroptimist 24-680 Club from Walnut Creek. Vera is married to Mark, and has a beautiful family. Their daughter Mac, and son Tiago, with his new wife Georgea are all proud to call Northern California home.
Board Director | James Paxson, General Manager, Hacienda
James Paxson has been employed with Hacienda in Pleasanton for thirty-five years in various capacities and has served as its General Manager since 1995. He currently manages all programs operated on behalf of investors and owners of property within Hacienda including: Development and Planning, Infrastructure Management, Security, Transportation, Environmental Monitoring, Amenities and Community Relations. In addition to serving on the board of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance, Mr. Paxson also serves on the boards of several local and regional organizations including: The East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Leadership Council and Axis Community Health Center (currently serving as Chair). Mr. Paxson has also served on and chaired: the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee, the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, the Alameda County Measure B Citizens Watchdog Committee (as an EBEDA Appointee), and the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board. In addition, Mr. Paxson serves on the Steering Committee for the Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative, a project of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance. Mr. Paxson lives with his wife of thirty years, Kathy. They have two children, Erin and Sarah.
Board Director – Memberships | Shana Peete, J.D., Leadership Development Specialist for Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
Shana Peete is the Director of Curriculum and Community Engagement at the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. Previously, Shana served as the founding executive director of Partners for Change. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in international business and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. She practiced law for eight years prior to moving to the Tri-Valley and her professional experience includes managing a Child Development Center, serving as a program coordinator for Read Aloud America, and managing a 30-person customer fulfillment team for Amazon. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching the game of tennis to students of all ages and using her gifts of communication and connection to bring people together.
Board Director | Marti Sutton, Chair, Human Services Commission – City of Livermore
Marti Sutton has worked for more than 20 years with non-profits and government agencies. Her career started at the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton Administration. She then proceeded to work at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. While at the Urban Institute she tackled issues such as education, welfare reform and was one of the founders of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (now Power to Decide).
After returning to California, Marti worked in the Finance Group for the Learning Network, a Pearson Education company. She missed the nonprofit world and began to volunteer with BayKids, a nonprofit empowering the artistic endeavors of hospitalized children. Soon she was elected as Chair of their Board of Directors.
In 2008, Marti moved to Livermore with her husband and 3 young children and began volunteering at her children’s school. In addition, Marti served on the Las Positas College Foundation Board for 8 years as Treasurer (4 years) and Chairperson (2 years). Prior to joining the Human Services Commission, she served on the Beautification Committee for the City of Livermore. Along with her current role with the Human Services Commission, Marti currently serves on Business Advisory Board for CSU, Chico.
Marti has seen firsthand how hard non-profits work to raise funds and serve their clients. As a board member of TVNPA, Marti is excited to bring her rich experience to support nonprofits and give them the tools they need to be successful in our community.