Board of Directors & Executive Director: Robert Nazarenus - Board Chairman Mr. Nazarenus brings 45 years of practical business management experience in various technology industries, which includes, five years with Arthur Andersen & Co., four years as a CEO, thirty-five years as a CFO and most recently six years as the CFO of The American Musical Theatre of San Jose, a leading non-profit arts organization within the bay area, and is currently the CFO of AHH. He is a CPA and has his BS degree in Accounting & Finance from California State University – San Jose. Prestell Askia - Vice-Chairman Mrs. Askia, CPP, Founder and CEO of The Askia Group (TAG), has twenty years of experience in senior management and leadership positions. Mrs. Askia’s professional honors and community experience includes Women in Leadership Award and Woman Of The Year - 63rd Assembly District to name two. She is also a Certified Executive Business Coach. She earned a BS degree in Public Administration from the University of California - Los Angeles. Charlotte Souch – Secretary Mrs. Souch is the owner and operator of Betty’s Organics LLC for the past 15 years. Since 2009, Mrs. Souch has also served as the Senior Management Partner for Houses 4 Homes. Ms. Souch “gives back” to her local community by supporting companies who in turn provide homes for children. She has also attended and studied at California State University - San Francisco. James Nichols - Finance Committee Chairman Mr. Nichols received his degree in Accounting/Finance from the University of Colorado and concurrently earned a military commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army. He has spent the last years as the Vice President of Internal Audit with the 9th largest Credit Union in the nation, Star One Credit Union. Additionally, Mr. Nichols served on the American Musical Theatre of San Jose as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Trustee on the Board of the San Jose Repertory Theatre. Vince Huster - Audit Committee Chairman Mr. Huster has spent his career in the automotive industry following his graduation from Illinois State University with his past twenty-six years with Nissan North America, including his last seven years as the Financial Services Manager serving the San Francisco metro market. Dr. Lou Pollack – Director Dr. Pollack, MD spent 30 years practicing neonatology (intensive newborn care) in the Seattle metropolitan area. He was one of the original (1982-1992) national leaders to develop comprehensive, community-based newborn services integrated with existing university-based facilities. He was founding Chairman (1990-1999) of the Committee on Practice in the Prenatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Pollack has participated in and directed a number of medical volunteer projects in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, and Ethiopia. Brant Watson – Director Mr. Watson has been the Senior Vice President and part owner at Heffernan Insurance Brokers, with over 250 employees in three states, for more than 17 years, which also has an emphasizes in serving the non-profit segment. Mr. Watson also sits on three other non-profit Boards, including Satellite Housing, Fremont Oaks Gardens, and California Assisted Living Association, all within the local area. In addition, Mr. Watson has a BS in Finance Management from California State University – Sacramento. Dyan Clancy – Director Mrs. Clancy is a National Account Manager for Tyco Integrated Solutions the world leader in electronic security and fire protection and has worked with a large and diverse client base for the last 24 years. Mrs. Clancy earned a BS Degree in Business Administration from California State University - Chico. She, along with the other founding members turned their local Sorority in to a National Chapter of Phi Beta Phi. Phi Beta Phi is a National Fraternity for women that develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential, and enriches lives through community service. Ms. Clancy is also an Officer and Treasurer of the Barbara Samper Foundation. This foundation is the largest single contributor to various programs of the Cabrillo College Foundation. One of the many programs will provide first-year scholarships for students attending Cabrillo College as part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment. This is a historic, countywide partnership comprised of public education institutions including all K-12 School Districts, Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, San Jose State University and the University of California Santa Cruz, formed with the goal of increasing the college readiness and success of every student in Santa Cruz County. Gary Malinski – Director Mr. Malinski is the CIO & CSO, Vice President for Fireside Bank and Fireside Auto Finance, a Kemper subsidiary, for the past 18 years. He has been responsible for the overall security of both information & data and the protection of corporate physical assets for most of his 40 year career with the likes of Fireside Bank, Unitrin/Teledyne and Sears Roebuck, and Company. Mr. Malinski started his career after receiving his degree in Business from the University of Illinois. Sharon D. Van Brunt - Founder/Executive Director Ms. Van Brunt has been a professional in the retail and finance industry for over the past 30 years. She owned and operated a Dealer Management Software company which was later acquired by a major Dealer Management Services publicly owned company. Sharon has over the past 5 years held the position of - Associate Director of Education for an automotive and lending college. She was licensed as Associate Director and Instructor from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Ms. Van Brunt also held a Regional Management position for a publicly held corporation and National Customer Support manager. Some of her professional certifications include; The Associate of Finance and Insurance Professional (AFIP) Certified - 2007 and Ethic Certified - 2007, Center for International Retail Automotive Standards and Ethic Certified - 2009. Member of National Association of Professional Women, NAACP and serves as Rotarian in Northern, Ca. Sharon attended LaSalle University, Chicago, ILL. where she studied Business Management and held a state license in California for over 20 years as a life and disability agent.
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