Directors

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Boyrer, Bill

Director

William “Bill” Boyrer has been a volunteer at Martha’s Kitchen since his retirement in the early 80′s from the Retail industry where he spent 40 years in sales. He has been a gleaner picking up produce and bakery products from supermarkets for 25 years. He started gleaning for Martha’s Kitchen after he saw how much food was being thrown away from a nearby supermarket. In 1989, he became a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Boyrer has been serving as President of the Board since 2006. He has also been a very active volunteer for several organizations such as Sacred Heart Community Services, Ascent Volunteer Employment Service and for the Christian Children’s Fund. Since 1978 his family has sponsored 17 children from 5 different countries. A few have them have gone on to become a missionary, others as citizens of the U.S.and contributing members of the community.


Cunningham, Brian

President

Brian is an attorney in Gilroy, California and will be Martha’s Kitchen’s incoming President commencing on January 2010. Brian has been involved with community organizations since 1972. He has held positions in the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and a hospital, to name a few. He has also been involved with the South Valley Pregnancy Care Center, a pro life support center, and was its president for approximately four years. During his active practice of law for thirty seven years , he has had significant involvement in multi-family and commercial real estate in since 1973. Mr. Cunningham also holds a controlling interest in five principal business entities involved in real estate investment, oil and gas, farming, commodities including Cunningham Capital Corporation.


Pacioni, Ernie

Director

Ernie Pacioni has been a volunteer since 1988 and a member of Martha’s Kitchen Board of Directors since July 1997. He has been serving as Treasurer since 2001. Mr. Pacioni held several sales and management jobs in the retail industry prior to volunteering at Martha’s Kitchen.

He is a secular Carmelite based at St. Mary’s in Gilroy. He is also the Treasurer of the Serra Club of Gilroy/Morgan Hill. He and his wife Colleen are originally from Salt Lake City. They moved to Gilroy from Saratoga, CA in 1998.


Lass, Mary Pat

Secretary

Mary Pat Lass has been a volunteer since 1995 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2006. Mrs. Lass is a past Chairman of the Board of Contact Cares Crisis Line which became part of Bill Wilson Center. She has a multi-national educational experience having studied in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the U.S. She is a retired nurse. She and her husband Jerry support various civic causes and live in Saratoga.


Cruz, Edita

Executive Director

Shortly after completing her bachelors degree in Business from the University of the Philippines Edita Cruz immigrated to the U.S. in 1974. She spent over two decades of her career in the high-tech industry working at IBM, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard. Edita oversaw the capacity building project of Martha’s Kitchen along with a supportive Building Committee. As Executive Director of a small non-profit organization, she is also among other things the Development Director, Office Manager, Events Coordinator, Editor of Martha’s Kitchen’s newsletter, Event Planner, Personnel Manager, Public Relations Officer, etc. Edita has also held various leadership roles in the community. She is a past President of the Phil-Am Community of Gilroy, and Community and Formation Director of the Order of Secular Carmelites in Gilroy, a position she also held in San Jose.


Brady, Matthew

Operations Manager

Matthew came to Martha’s Kitchen after more than twelve years in sales, marketing and operational leadership. He is an accomplished store manager having spent 12 years in that position with Longs Drugstore and later CVS.  He has extensive knowledge of Inventory and shrink strategies; has trained and developed staff into outstanding leaders and store managers. As a store manager he has received commendations on delivering outstanding customer service, budgeting and expense control, planning and organizing, and supplier relations.

Ferrari, Gerry

Treasurer

Gerry Ferrari became a member of the Board of Directors in 2001. He was a Senior Audit Partner at Ernst & Young where he held various management, client handling and technical roles over a 34-year career. Mr. Ferrari has been a member of the Finance Advisory and Audit committees for Martha’s Kitchen since their inception. He is an alumnus of Bellarmine College Prep and Santa Clara University where he serves on the Board of Fellows. He, his wife Robin and son Bret live in Willow Glen.


Hack, Michael

Director

Michael Hack joined Martha’s Kitchen’s Board of Director in 2007 and is a member of the Finance Advisory Committee. Mr. Hack is currently Sr. Vice-President at Morgan Stanley and is an active community volunteer. He is a member of Santa Clara University Board of Regents and a past President of its Board of Fellows. He is also a member of the Ignatian Center Advisory Board and a past director of American Musical Theater.


Jaeb, Katie

Director

Katie Jaeb joined the Board of Directors of Martha’s Kitchen’s in 2008. Mrs. Jaeb is a Partner at Ernst & Young. She is an active CalPoly alumnus, a member of the AICPA and CalCPA and a Steering Committee member of the Presentation High School Lantern League, a women’s giving circle. She and her husband Winston live in Willow Glen.


Mackin, Ron

Vice President

Ron Mackin has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. Before that he was on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities Housing Development for 10 years. Mr. Mackin is an expert in Silicon Valley real estate especially in the rental arena. He and his wife Joan who are both supporters of various civic causes live in Monte Sereno.


Moore, Archie

Director

Archie Moore joined the Board of Martha’s Kitchen in 2007. Mr. Moore is a Vietnam veteran and is currently an independent businessman. He spent over 30 years in sales and management. As an active community volunteer, he has worked to help the Katrina victims, coordinated the Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco for 15 years, facilitated the June tenth Festival in San Jose and started a children’s concert to raise money for San Juan Bautista Child Development Center. He is a past president of the Gardner Family Health Network Board of Directors.


Normandin, Lon

Director

Mr. Normandin became a director of Martha’s Kitchen in 2008. He is most commonly known as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Normandin Chrysler-Jeep. Normandin’s Chrysler Jeep in San Jose, California is possibly the oldest automotive dealership in America. The dealership’s history dates back to the horse-and-buggy days. It first opened its doors in 1875, two decades prior to the advent of the American automobile industry. Mr. Normandin received his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Santa Clara University. In addition to being a successful local businessman, Mr. Normandin is very active in the community. He donates his time and talents to a variety of charitable organizations. Other than serving on the Martha’s Kitchen Board of Directors, he is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation of Santa Clara County, Chairman of the Board of Regents at Bellarmine College Preparatory and a Trustee at Presentation High School. Mr. Normandin is the founder and board member of Heritage Bank of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University, Bishop’s Circle of Excellence, Caritas Society and the Catholic Professionals Club. Moreover, he has served as a Director of Catholic Charities, O’Connor Hospital Hospice Program, Serra Club of San Jose, St. Elizabeth’s Day Home and Co-Chairman of the Holy Spirit School Capital Campaign. Lon has been married to Peggy for 50 years, has 6 adult children and 13 grandchildren.


Russi, Mel

Director

Dr. Russi joined the Board of Directors in 2001,and is a Past President and weekly volunteer at Martha’s Kitchen. Until retirement in 2000, he practiced Urology in San Jose for 30 years, serving on County and State Medical Committees. He is currently an active member of the Mountain View Serra Club and lives with his wife Lois in the Los Altos area.


Zarka, Louise

Director

Louise H. Zarka has been a member of the Board since December 2007. She has been volunteering weekly to serve the clients these past four years. She has been instrumental in recruiting volunteers who have logged countless hours of service.

Mrs. Zarka is a Dame of Order of Malta, an international Catholic apostolic order that provides services to the poor and sick worldwide. She has served the terminally ill on several pilgrimages of healing to Lourdes, France.

Mrs. Zarka is an active community volunteer having served in various capacities such as President of the O’Connor Hospital Guild, Regent of St. Patrick’s seminary, President of Ladies of Charity, member of Catala Club of Santa Clara University and Serra Club of Santa Clara. The work that meant most to her was her involvement with the Hospice Program at O’Connor Hospital where she was a volunteer for about 5 yrs. She co-founded the program and spent many hours with those who were close to death. Mrs. Zarka and her late husband Dr. Frank Zarka has 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.