Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lois aloneLois Boyd, Treasurer

A long-time East Bay resident, Lois has worked in law firms for nearly all of her career, currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Fenwick & West based in Mountain View.  She has served in a number of volunteer capacities at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, including having been employed for two years as the church’s Business Administrator.  She also served volunteer roles for the Battered Women’s Shelter in Concord and Dream West program in West Oakland.   She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has been actively involved in professional associations related to legal administration.  She loves to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors with her husband and family.

SEdinger-Gomez, Photo 2015arah Edinger-Gomez

Sarah Edinger-Gomez is the Senior Corporate Specialist for Blue Shield of California, a not-for-profit healthcare provider and the third largest health plan provider in the state. She works in the legal department at their San Francisco, California headquarters. She strongly supports Blue Shield’s mission of ensuring all Californians have access to high-quality health care at an affordable price. In her role, she leads the corporate governance matters of the Board of Directors, assists with regulatory reporting requirements and special projects as mandated by the Board. She has more than 13 years of legal, compliance and project management experience.

Sarah is truly passionate about her work and is always eager to connect with others. She has held multi-faceted positions with high-profile entities such as Chevron’s Corporate Governance group, Levi Strauss and McKesson. She is eager to learn, enjoys see the world through others people’s eyes, brings method, process and accountability to projects and has a consistent cheerful attitude.

Sarah has an MBA with a focus in management from Mills College in Oakland, CA and a BA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. She has three wonderful young children and lives in Lafayette with her husband. She enjoys home remodeling, gardening, and photography. Sarah joined the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center of the East Bay (VCEB) in May of 2015. Sarah was drawn to the VCEB because of its longstanding commitment to local communities in promoting volunteerism and training classes.

LorinneLorinne Griswold

Lorinne was born and raised in the East Bay area. Two weeks after graduating from St. Mary’s College of California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Lorinne began her career at Chevron. Although she spent a number of years in Finance, Lorinne was drawn to the challenging world of IT, fascinated by the way that technology could be used to solve business problems and deliver value to the company. Over the years Lorinne had led a number of IT projects, managing technical resources from India, Russia and the Philippines.

Lorinne is also an avid volunteer, Toastmasters officer, wife and track/soccer mom to three active kids. She was elected to the board at VCEB in 2015.

Haswell, Clay Photo3 2015Clay Haswell, Vice-Chair

Clay Haswell is a media executive who spent more than 20 years with the Associated Press. He was Managing Director for Asia & the Pacific, California Bureau Chief, and held several editing positions at newspapers such as the Contra Costa Times, the Australian and the Christchurch (NZ) Press.

He is co-founder of the Maya Archaeology Initiative, and has led journalism training programs in Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Kenya, Uganda and several other countries. Clay has been a board member of VCEB since 2014.

Tim Healy - Wells Fargo Bank

Tim Healy – Wells Fargo Bank

Timothy (Tim) B. Healy

Currently Mr. Healy is the Division Finance Manager and Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo Merchant Services, he is also Chief Financial Officer of Wells Fargo Merchant Services, LLC and Secretary of the WFMS Board of Directors. He leads a team of approximately 26 team members that are responsible for strategic and financial planning, accounting and audit, compensation plan strategy, implementation and management, MIS and financial, reporting and pricing strategy. Tim has been in this role for about 9 years.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Healy was with First Data for 7 years, giving him over 16 years of acquiring and payments industry experience. He had many roles at First Data including CFO, Controller, Finance Manager and Sr. Accountant. Six of his Seven years at First Data were supporting the Wells Fargo Alliance.

Mr. Healy, a native New Yorker has been residing in California for the past 15 years. Tim is an avid skier and hiker and youth football coach.

Kanafani, Marwan Photo 2015Marwan Kanafani

Marwan Kanafani joined the Board of VCEB in 2015 bringing with him a unique perspective from working in corporate strategy in health insurance. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Katharina, and enjoys outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, golf, and spends time exploring farmers markets and restaurants.

Marwan joined VCEB to help strengthen the link between non-profits and volunteers. He earned an MBA and Master of Public Health in health policy and management from Boston University.

Carol LouisellCarol Louisell

As a fundraising and program development professional, I possess exceptional relationship building skills, enjoy managing multiple projects ~ including coordinating special events and cultivating major donors. I have expertise in volunteer recruitment and retention. I am inspired by volunteers from the inter-faith community as well as volunteers from the community-at-large; enjoy writing newsletters and press releases; familiar with various fundraising database systems.


McMeel, Meghan, Photo 2015Meghan McMeel

Meghan is a litigator at Schiff Hardin LLP who focuses her practice on product liability litigation, including mass torts and toxic torts. She also has experience in employment, patent and commercial litigation. Both she and her firm are dedicated to providing pro bono representation to clients in need and Meghan has invested hundreds of hours personally representing pro bono clients in her practice. Before moving to the East Bay in 2012, Meghan volunteered at Just the Beginning Foundation and the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Chicago supporting underprivileged youth who wish to pursue careers in the legal field. Meghan, her husband, and two young children live in Berkeley and enjoy exploring the hiking trails, marina, and delicious local cuisine.

Kathleen O'TooleKathleen O’Toole

Kathleen moved to Danville from the Seattle-area in June of 2013. She is a labor and employment attorney who ran the litigation group for ManpowerGroup for almost fourteen years. She has volunteered in many ways over the years: at her daughters’ schools; as the current Troop Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop; as the VP of Community Outreach for the PTA of Hollywood Hills Elementary school in the Seattle-area; on the Board of Directors for the Task Force on Family Violence in Milwaukee, on the Personnel Committee of the United Community Center in Milwaukee and as an organizer of the “Concert for a Cure for SMA” in Danville. Kathleen graduated from the University of Wisconsin for both her undergraduate and law school degrees. She is very excited to become involved in her new community.

Thakar, Nick, Photo 2015Nicolas L. Thakar, Chair

Nicolas is the former General Counsel at Tower Records and has been an attorney for more than twenty years. His practice focuses primarily on real estate, software licensing, privacy, and business operations issues. In addition to his legal work, Nicolas is the author of A Brother’s Journey, a travel/adventure novel. His prior non-profit work includes service as president of the Sacramento chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and three years on the Development and Fundraising Committee of the John Muir Land Trust. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received his law degree from the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law. Nicolas lives in Alamo with his wife and three children.