Helping people with developmental disabilities
be valued and participating members
of their communities.
Board and Senior Management
Hope Services is led by a devoted Board of Directors and staff.
Hope Services Board of Directors
Chair — Bill Palmer
Vice Chair — Cameron Haste
Secretary — Karen Cottle
Treasurer — Sam Dennis
Past Chair — Gene Sinclair
Chris Gianola, DeeAnn Thompson, Jerome A. Bellotti, Nick Speno, Vinita Bali.
Executive Staff CentralPresident/CEO — Ray Smith
CFO/Controller — Greg Steelman
Human Resources — Sue Bell
VP of Business Operations — Ken Toren
District DirectorsSouth District — Kristi Alarid
Central/San Jose — Lori Arnberg
Santa Cruz — Sally French
North Area/Mountain View — Suanne Rinta
Day Activities — Cathy Bouchard
Director of Development & Communications — Robin Doran
Director of Development & Marketing — Dawn Hogh
Community Living (SLS & ILS) — Linda Siino
Mental Health —Susan Detrick, Ph.D.
Recycle and Reuse Operations — Joe Clancy
The Board of Directors of Hope Services announced the appointment of Ray Smith as President/CEO in July 2014.
"As Silicon Valley's leading provider of job creation for people with developmental disabilities, we are pleased that Ray is joining Hope at this most exciting time," said Gene Sinclair, board chair and interim CEO. "Ray's corporate experience, coupled with his commitment to the community is a great fit for Hope's strategic vision of social enterprise and client advocacy.
Under Ray's leadership, we can inspire companies to create a diverse and inclusive work environment and help people with disabilities build rewarding careers."
"I look forward to meeting with all of our constituents and the community at large," said Ray. "I intend to listen, learn and expand opportunities. I believe that broadening the workforce through the employment of people with disabilities makes good business sense and adds value to everyone involved."
Ray was most recently managing director for Kantola Productions, maker of business videos, and CEO for Ensenda, a privately held third-party logistics company focused on providing software as a service to help manage last-mile logistics. He was CEO for Fritz Companies, one of the largest publicly-traded global logistics companies in the world with over 400 offices located in 115 countries. Ray spent 14 years at GE Capital and six years at Ford Motor Company. He completed GE's management development and financial management programs
Ray also has a successful history with non-profits. He served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club for 10 years and founded a youth program in San Mateo County. He spearheaded community outreach efforts through direct financial support and involvement with Meals on Wheels, Saint Anthony's Dining Hall and other community programs.
Ray holds an MBA from Emory University and a BA with distinction from the University of Nebraska in Psychology with concentration in Social Psychology. Ray replaces John Christensen who retired in May 2014.