Board of Directors

Hope Board Member Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer


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!


Roxanne Vane


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.

Ralph Harnett

Ralph Harnett


A graduate of Purdue University and Harvard Business School, Ralph H. Harnett is married to Sarah Eddy Harnett and has two children. Ralph loves, golf, travel, and playing with his two grandchildren. He recently joined the Hope Services board and looks forward to helping in the area of finance and its strategic direction. He currently serves as chairman of WellSpring, a Christian organization serving pastors and non-profit leaders. Ralph has broad international experience as a board member of Dyno Nobel Inc., Ensign Bickford Ind., and Applied Food biotechnology, focusing on strategic partnering and acquisitions.

Lisa Chapman

Lisa Chapman


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.

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Steve Clinton


Steve is a product of this valley, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Santa Clara University, an MBA from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. This led to a career as a corporate attorney with Womble Bond Dickinson (Womble), an international law firm with 28 offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. Steve also serves as the Chairman of Womble’s Innovation Board and Chairman of the C&S Knowledge Management Committee.

Steve joined Hope Services’ Board of Directors in 2015 when he heard of Hope’s services to the community and its active engagement in Northern California. He and his wife have four children, one of whom is severely disabled, so working with Hope and seeing what Hope does for the developmentally disabled community is very personal and special to him.  He has served as chair and vice chair, and got to be part of the program for Hope’s virtual concert presented on October 3. It was a great experience and let him more fully grasp the power of Hope that is evident through the video of client families, the work of essential staff during this difficult time, and the tremendous outpouring of support from donors. He was blown away and felt very proud of the work Hope fulfills in this community.

Building community is also important to him. He is active in the community and support a number of causes important to him, including establishing guardianships to help prevent minors from entering the foster care system, serving as a mentor to SCU student athletes and law school students, guest lecturing at SCU law school, coaching children’s athletics, providing pro bono legal services and volunteering for service projects.

To have fun, Steve enjoys biking, rowing, jogging, tennis and traveling the world with his wife and children!

Cameron Haste

Cameron Haste


Cameron Haste is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Bay Federal Credit Union, the largest locally owned financial institution in Santa Cruz County. He is also the co-founder of Emanate Life Sciences, a clinical data services firm in the life sciences industry.

Cameron began his relationship with Hope Services in 2005 when he hired one of Hope's clients at the credit union. The client has been a wonderful addition to the team, and remains a beloved member of the credit union family to this day. Experiencing the positive impact the relationship with Hope’s client brought to the credit union, and observing Hope’s active engagement in the community, Cameron wanted to become more involved with the agency. He joined the Hope Services’ Board of Directors in 2010 and has served in the roles of Secretary, Vice Chair and Board Chair.

Cameron is active in the community and supports a number of causes important to him, focusing on youth engagement, education, social services, diversity and inclusion. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Cameron is an adventure traveler and recently completed a tour of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

Karen Cottle

Karen Cottle


Karen has been a member of Hope’s board since 2013, and is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin, LLP, in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Prior to joining Sidley, she was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Adobe Systems Incorporated for 10 years. Karen also previously served as general counsel for Vitria Technology, Inc. and Raychem Corporation and as a partner at Farella, Braun and Martel in San Francisco.

Karen has a BA from Pomona College and a JD Degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Karen has a son who has participated in Hope’s programs for many years and joined the board so that she can give back to the organization.


Dan Foster


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.

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Jenn Henley


Jenn joined Hope’s board in 2019 and has been at Facebook for over seven years. She is currently Director, Infrastructure supporting Technical Program Management (TPM) where she is responsible for leadership, development, and growth of the global organization. TPMs at Facebook are a customer focused organization driving and executing strategic programs for the wider Infrastructure organization and Facebook teams.

Prior to joining the TPM team, Jenn was a Director in the Information Security organization managing growth and strategic initiatives for the organization, and also the team’s cross functional relationships with other departments and teams across Facebook. 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.

Ori Kochavi

Ori Kochavi


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.

Ivan Fujihara

Ivan Fujihara


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.

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Libo Cao Meyers


Libo joined Hope’s board in 2020 and is an Engineering Director of Apple Inc. She holds a Ph.D. in Scientific Data Analysis (Chemometrics) and an M.S. in Math/Computer Science from Ohio University.

After graduation, Libo spent decades in high-tech industry in Silicon Valley focusing on various consumer products that can enrich people’s lives. She brings deep expertise in applying data-driven approaches and machine learning technologies to large corporations for better efficiency and productivity. Before coming to the United States, she spent 24 years growing up in China, and is a post-polio survivor. She felt a deep connection to Hope’s mission of helping the disability community.

Libo and her husband Curt, live in the Bay Area and have two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cycling, engaging with various communities, and finding ways to give back.

Joe Pert

Joe Pert


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

Christine Joseph


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.

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Tom McGovern


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.


Gopal Kumarappan


Gopal Kumarappan joined Hope's board in 2021.  He is currently leading the document cloud engineering (e-signature) team for Adobe and helping customers with their digital transformation journey.  Gopal has spent the last 20 years in the Bay Area helping many enterprise customers through positions at Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and Cisco. He strives to provide excellent customer experiences through the products and services he helped to build.

Gopal is also passionate about enabling and empowering the community around him. He currently serves as a commissioner for the city of Cupertino and actively participates in education related reforms. He is currently working on a project to help and promote the well-being of seniors in his community. On weekends, you can find Gopal teaching the Indian language of Tamil to preschool kids, something he has done for the last 18 years. He also is very involved in coaching high school students and mentoring professionals on leadership. In his free time, Gopal enjoys spending time with his friends and family and chasing after their new puppy.


Candace Beyer


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


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.

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Harry Nachnani


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.

Harry also serves as a board member of the African Library Project since 2020, a nonprofit that advances literacy in underserved African communities by partnering to create, improve, and sustain libraries. In his free time, Harry enjoys playing pickleball, watching Bollywood movies with his family, traveling (he’s been to 30+ countries), and road-biking, a hobby he picked up during the pandemic. Harry’s tech experience and history of community service will be invaluable to Hope Services.