Patricia Bashaw has over 20 years of executive level experience in successful public and private corporations, from start-up to maturity.  Prior to being Vice President of Corporate Services for Nellcor, Pat spent 6 years as Vice President and co-founder of the Resource Center for Women, a counseling, education and employment center. She has served on the Board of Directors for several agencies including Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Women and Their Children’s Housing (WATCH). Pat has been with Next Door since 2003 and additionally serves on the Board for the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation.

Peggy Wynne Borgman is the owner and founder of award-winning 26 year old Preston Wynne Spa in Saratoga, as well as Wynne Business, a 15 year old international spa consulting and education company. Ms. Borgman is a columnist for American Spa magazine whose commentary on the industry has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business and Time Magazine. She is a licensed California esthetician and author of a consumer beauty book based on principles of traditional Chinese medicine. She has a degree in fine art from the University of California Santa Cruz and is a landscape painter.

Two years after graduating from San Jose State with a degree in advertising and marketing, Hunter Elkins founded Elkins Retail Advertising, which has been consistently rated as a “Top South Bay Ad Agency” by San Jose Business Journal. Among the clients represented is Second Harvest Food Bank. ERA was proud to be a part of the team that helped Second Harvest reach their donation goals every year, especially in 2009 when so many non-profits saw donations plummet. Hunter Elkins is a volunteer with Emergency Housing Consortium and Sobrato Center for Living, which provides interim housing to families in need.

Abe-DarwishAbraham Darwish is a leader in Corporate real estate and facilities management. He is known for his ability to provide and implement innovative, cost-effective workplace solutions for dynamic and complex business situations. He has held leadership positions with 3Com Corporation, Rolm Corporation, Portfolio Property Investors and Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers. He has managed both small and large organizations, improved existing facilities operations, and built workplace environments from the ground up, worldwide. He is also active in the community as a Board member of RAFT and a past member of the Real Estate Trust Advisory Board of SVCF and past Board member of Design Response.

Margaret Epperheimer is a career marketing and communications executive whose Silicon Valley career spans 20+ years and positions ranging from Public Relations Manager to Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing for publicly-traded technology companies. In three of those companies, which ranged in size from $100 million to $100 billion in revenue, she was a corporate officer. Margaret has been with Next Door since 2004. She holds a B.S. in journalism from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in mass communications from Iowa State University.


Sharon Scott Gustafson has served as both the Director of Personnel for Planned Parenthood of Western New York, and the Director of Corporate Services for Deltanet, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. Sharon has served on the Boards of several different prestigious organizations, including the Jewish Community Federation of San Jose, VIA Services, Children’s Fund of San Jose, and the Arts Commission of San Jose. She is currently the President of the International Council of Jewish Women.

ruthRuth Hennigar began her career as a software development engineer at two notable technology innovators, Bell Northern Research and Apple Computer, where she created telephony, networking and operating systems products as well as the software for Apple’s early laptop computers. Ruth has been an Engineering and Product executive at several startups as well as Fortune 500 companies, including the General Manager of the Java team at Sun during Java’s early rise, Vice President of Software Development at Palm, Vice President at Ebay, responsible for Program Management and Software Quality Assurance and Vice President of Software Product Management at Motorola Mobility. She has a Bachelor of Science, with Honors, degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Jaciw_Jen_Headshot_MARLA 0414Jen Jaciw’s career in transportation and event planning spans 30 years and she loves what she does. She’s a business owner, wife, step-mom, auntie to two beautiful girls, and also a domestic violence survivor. Jen’s family business, Lone Star Limousine, has been providing clients throughout the Bay Area and Silicon Valley with award-winning transportation services for the past 12 years.

Melissa Hollatz is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she focuses on all aspects of public and private company representation, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and corporate governance, with an emphasis on technology companies. Representative public company clients include Polycom, Inc., Advent Software, Inc., and Intevac, Inc.  Melissa has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions involving both domestic and international deals by public and non-public companies. Melissa received both her B.A. and J.D. from Stanford University.


John Latham lives in San Mateo and works as a CPA in Belmont. He has lived in the Bay Area for 30 years and worked for Seiler LLP for 27 years. He has been on the Board of Next Door for the past four years. He feels that a significant and growing part of our service economy is going to be from the non-government not for profit sector. McAlister College in St. Paul, Minnesota.



Ginny Lebacqz is a professional Development Officer specializing in Major Gifts and Board Development. Ginny received her BA degree in Economics from Rutgers University. She went on to receive her Masters in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her previous experience includes acting as the Marketing and Customer Demand Manager for New Jersey Bell Telephone. As her role of Alumni Director, Ginny oversaw the College of Business Alumni Association at San Jose State University. Prior to joining Next Door’s Board, Ginny acted as Next Door’s Development Director from 2000-2003. Ginny currently volunteers at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. In the past, she has volunteered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as with the Carpenter’s Homeless Shelter in Virginia.

Michelle Puma has been a Certified Public Account since 1999. Her areas of concentration include assurance services, tax compliance, business entity selection, outsourcing services, and budget forecasting. She prides herself on being a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the California State Board of Accountancy. Michelle received her B.S. in Accounting from San Jose State University and is currently instructing an accounting and auditing course at San Jose State.

John Radford co-founded Radford Associates in 1975 and led the firm to a premier market position as the top compensation survey provider for the technology industries. After 20 years at Radford, he accepted the top compensation position at Cisco Systems where he implemented some of the most recognized and leading compensation and HR-related programs in the field. John rejoined Radford Surveys + Consulting in 2002 as a senior vice president. John has served a variety of public education initiatives, including the Los Altos Educational Foundation and supporting Mountain View and Los Altos Scholars Programs. Mr. Radford also created his own family foundation – The Radford Family Foundation – and additionally has served the past two years on the board of directors for Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT).

Linda Sullivan recently retired from Apple, where she served as the Director of Finance, Worldwide Marketing. She had been with the company since 1988, holding a variety of positions ranging from Financial Planning Manager to Controller. Prior to her time at Apple, Linda was a Financial Analyst for Atari, United Technologies Corporation, and Ann Arbor Terminals. Ms. Sullivan received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and later received her M.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.

Not Pictured:

Lisa Villarreal

Mary Toomey