Marianne Adoradio has had a private career consulting practice, Design Your Direction, for over 15 years. Marianne currently works with the Genentech team in their CareerLab. Earlier in her career, she worked as an individual contributor and hiring manager in operations for a leading edge Medical Device company, later making her first career transition into the field of career development. Marianne was involved at the Career Action Center, a renowned organization in the Bay Area that focused on helping professionals in the workplace, from the mid-90s until its close in the early 2000s. Marianne has been an instructor for Santa Clara University’ s graduate career counseling program. She has an M.A. in Counseling from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Business.
Patricia Bashaw has over twenty 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, Patricia spent six 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 organizations 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.
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.
Ruth 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. Over the course of her career, 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 to internet fame, Vice President of Software Development at Palm, and Vice President at Ebay, responsible for Program Management and Software Quality Assurance. Ruth is currently 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.
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.
Ginny Lebacqz is a professional Development Officer specializing in Major Gifts and Board Development. Ginny received her Bachelors 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 professional 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 of Directors, 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.
Doug Lowell is the Director, Workplace Resources – Americas Delivery for Cisco Systems, Inc., based in San Jose, California. He oversees a workplace portfolio of approximately 15 million square feet of corporate office, lab, and specialty space, with an annual operating budget of approximately $600 million. Prior to Cisco, Doug worked for CB Richard Ellis (Corporate Services group); Sun Microsystems, Inc.; and a number of engineering consulting organizations focused on environmental services, infrastructure, and experimental “green transportation” technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA with concentrations in finance, economics, and transportation.
Wayne Mascia began his career in commercial real estate in San Francisco in 1969, joining Damon Raike & Company. In 1973 Wayne founded Wayne Mascia Associates, a commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Santa Clara. Over the next 35 years Wayne expanded the company to 32 brokers, listing Wayne Mascia Associates as the eighth largest commercial real estate brokerage company in Silicon Valley. In January 2008, Wayne Mascia Associates merged with GVA Kidder Mathews. Wayne has served on the Board of Directors of Next Door Solutions since 1996. In 2007, Wayne was recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer by the American Association of Philanthropy for his work with Next Door. Wayne has served as president of the Northern California Chapter for his alma mater Mount St. Mary’s University since 2000. In 2006 Wayne was awarded the Bicentennial Medal from the college for his continuous leadership and support.
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).
Chris Stedman is a Senior Credit Officer for Silicon Valley Bank’s Western Division. Alongside his colleagues, he manages a $1.6 billion credit portfolio comprised of commercial loans made to Technology and Life Science companies. Prior to his current role, Stedman was Head of Relationship Management for the Western Division, responsible for managing a group of corporate finance professionals that deliver financial solutions to clients across California. Previously, Stedman served as Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Silicon Valley Bank’s South Bay region. Stedman holds a Bachelor’ s Degree in Finance from University of California, Santa Barbara and has received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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.
Kristin Welter is a physician currently working in Internal Medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View. She has been a physician there since 1999. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physiology and Cell Biology from the University ofCalifornia at Santa Barbara, her M.D. from UCLA, and did her Internal Medicine residency at UC Davis. She currently volunteers at Rotacare Free Clinic in Mountain View and has mentored several high school/college students over the past 7 years.