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Pacioni, Ernie


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


Mary Pat Lass has been a volunteer since 1995 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2006. She has been the Secretary of the Board of Directors since January 2010. 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.

Ferrari, Gerry


Gerry Ferrari became a member of the Board of Directors in 2001 and was elected President in January 2014. 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


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


Katie Jaeb joined the Board of Directors of Martha’s Kitchen’s in 2008 and serves as a member of its Finance Advisory Committee. 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


Ron Mackin has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. He served as Vice-President from 2010 – 2013. He is now serving as Treasurer. 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


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


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

Vice President

Dr. Russi joined the Board of Directors in 2001, and is a Past President and weekly volunteer at Martha’s Kitchen. He was elected Vice-Presidnet in January 2014. 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


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.

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