Board of Directors
Tom McGovern joined Hope’s board in 2020 and has been at Cushman & Wakefield (formerly CPS) since 2007. He currently serves as Managing Director focusing on Corporate Services and Tenant Representation.
Tom brings more than 29 years of commercial real estate knowledge and experience. Most recently, he served as Principal at Cresa Partners from 1996 to 2007. Prior to that, Tom was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young.
Jenn joined Hope’s board in 2019 and has been at Meta for over 10 years. She is currently Vice President, Infrastructure supporting Technical Program Management (TPM) where she is responsible for leadership, development, and growth of the global organization. She has spent her career with a focus on customer engagement, strategic process, and operational excellence.
She has 20+ years industry experience, holds her PMP certification, and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California where she received a B.A. in Communications. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bay Path University. Jenn lives with her husband, two daughters, and pets in the Bay Area.
Ivan joined Hope’s board in 2019. He is the Principle of IKF Consulting, which provides CFO services to early-stage technology companies.
Ivan brings a senior financial perspective with 20+ years in executive level management, and experience in multiple technology industries. He has held leadership positions in Finance and Operations with companies such as Recruitology, Solar Junction, THX (LucasFilm), Creative Labs, and Verifone. Ivan holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from Golden Gate University, and has served on the board of Lincoln for more than 10 years.
Lisa joined Hope’s board in 2015 and is a labor and employment attorney with Strategy Law. She holds a BA from UCSB (Political Science) and a JD from the University of San Francisco.
She joined Hope's board because she wanted to give something back to the community in which she lives. She felt a connection to Hope's mission because a very good friend has a child with a disability, and she pledged her board membership to him.
Bill has been a member of Hope’s board since 2007. He is the Founder/CEO of Commercial Casework, a 40-year-old architectural woodwork and cabinetry firm specializing in commercial interiors throughout the greater Bay Area. Bill has a BS in Business Finance from San Jose State University.
Bill and his wife, Ruthie, live in Half Moon Bay and have three sons, one of whom is a participant in Hope’s Half Moon Bay program. Seeing the positive impact that Hope’s programs have on our participants’ lives inspired Bill to become involved.
Bill and Ruthie have been extremely involved in supporting nonprofits in their community throughout the years. Bill has been on Hope’s board for the past eight years and has also served on the board of Rebuilding Together Peninsula for eight years. When not working or fundraising, Bill enjoys sailing, reading, horseback riding, and winetasting!
Ori joined Hope’s board in 2019 and is the Assistant Medical Group Administrator for the Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara service area. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been with Kaiser for over 20 years and specializes in the treatment of adolescent behavioral disorders. Ori began his career in mental health working with developmentally disabled adults and children; he is excited to have the opportunity to give back to this community that he cares deeply about.
Dan Foster joined Hope’s board in 2018 and is a longtime technology executive and Bay Area philanthropist. He is currently Chief Revenue Officer for StratusWorX, an innovative Workspace as a Service (WaaS) provider. He is also co-founder of TrekforAutism, a non-profit that raises money and awareness for autism research by organizing hikes, climbs, and walks around the world. He holds undergraduate degrees from Tufts University in Engineering and English Literature.
Joe joined Hope’s board in 2020. He is a retired executive with Basic American Foods. Joe has a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Agribusiness from Santa Clara University. He grew up in San Mateo where he and his wife Anne reside. They have two grown children and a spoiled grandson. Joe has been a long time supporter of nonprofits through the years including a term as President of the board of Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley where he is on the finance committee. He feels very strongly about Hope’s mission as his best friend’s son has special needs. It is an opportunity for him to help a wonderful organization that does such important work for our community.
Christine Joseph joined Hope’s board in 2020. She currently works at Teladoc Health as part of the Human Resources team and has held several HR positions at companies such as Tesla, Adobe and Volvo Cars. In these roles, she has led teams focusing on business partnership, recruiting and employee experience. Christine has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University.
As a teenager, Christine had an immediate family member become disabled and that experience inspired her to begin volunteering as a Special Olympics swim coach in 2005. Since then, Christine has hosted many events for the disabled community, such as holiday dances and charity fundraisers. She is looking forward to furthering her partnership with the community through her service on Hope's Board.
Christine lives with her husband and dog in Redwood City and enjoys traveling, working out at Barre3 Los Altos, and baking for friends and family.
Roxanne has over forty years in the banking industry, with a broad range of marketing, credit management, and organization management skills. In July 2018, she retired from Heritage Bank of Commerce where she was Executive Vice President and Regional Manager for the San Jose Market. She transitioned to a Community Banking Consultant role there and has since retired.
She previously served on the Hope Services Board of Directors from March 1991 through June 2012. During that time, she held many roles including Board Chair. She rejoined HOPE’s Board of Directors in October 2018. Her late sister Gerianne Stringari, was a HOPE client for over 30 years.
Roxanne lives in San Jose with her husband John Kyffin. She and John have six children and two grandchildren. In 2001, she received the Ignation Award from the Santa Clara University Alumni Association for her community service.
In 2021, Gopal Kumarappan became a board member of Hope. He is currently leading an organization at JPMorgan Chase that drives the digital transformation of documents and data for clients all around the world. He was the leader of document cloud engineering (e-signature) at Adobe before joining JPMC, assisting clients on their digital transformation journey. For the past 22 years, Gopal has worked in the Bay Area, assisting numerous business clients in the development of applications through his experience at Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Cisco. He works to deliver superior client experiences through the products and services he helped create, in addition to creating elite teams. Gopal is equally passionate about empowering and assisting the people in his neighborhood. He is currently a commissioner for the city of Cupertino and is a driving force for educational reforms. Gopal spends his weekends teaching preschoolers in Tamil, one of the Indian languages. He has been doing this for the past 20 years in addition to coaching high school students and providing leadership training to working adults. Every day, Gopal looks forward to going for a run with his furry pet and seeing her neighborhood buddies.
Candace Beyer is the Audit Managing Director at KPMG, where she has worked for over 15 years, working with large and small technology companies focusing on financial statement audit and internal controls. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (CPA) from Santa Clara University.
Candace lives in Willow Glen with her husband, Ryan, and dog, Tater Tot. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world and cooking for family and friends.
Candace is excited to be joining Hope Services’ Board of Directors and looks forward to devoting her time to help further a cause she cares about. As a member of the Board, Candace will be a font of knowledge in regard to financial best practices.
Rohan Bafna is the Director of Design and Verification Engineering for Microsoft, where he has worked for more than a decade. He holds a BE in Electronics and Telecommunication from College of Engineering Pune, a Masters in Computer Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Rohan has served on the Board of Directors for Alternative Family Services since 2019, a foster, adoption and mental health agency serving thousands of foster children, youth and families since 1978; and formerly served as Board Chair with Conard House, Inc, providing effective, community-based resources for San Francisco’s vulnerable adults living with serious mental illness. Rohan brings a range of expertise that will help advance the mission of Hope Services.
Harry Nachnani is Head of Program Management, Ads Engineering at Google. He is a Transformational Tech Leader with 20+ years of experience in scaling high growth product, engineering & operations teams. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai, India and an MBA from the University of Maryland.