Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lois 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.

Anne Culver

Anne retired as a Social Services Planning Manager in 2012 after a long career in the City of Hayward.  She brings a history of nonprofit social service to the Board of Directors having held positions in several nonprofits.  Anne also has served on numerous boards and is a member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Ronald Giglio

Ron retired from Safeway as vice president advertising after an almost 40 year career with the company in advertising and marketing in Texas, Washington DC and California.  He has been involved with a number of community activities including board member of RSVP, We Care Services for Children, Safeway Retiree Association as well as a member of the 2004-05 Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury and a volunteer at the Walnut Creek Police Department since 2006.  He enjoys being an active member of the VCEB board and supporting its mission.  Ron and family have lived in Walnut Creek since 1974.

Clay 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.

Nicolas L. Thakar, Chair

Nicolas is the former General Counsel at Tower Records and and has been an attorney for more than twenty years.  His practice focuses primarily on real estate, franchising, software licensing, privacy and business operations issues.  In addition to his legal work, Nicolas is the author of Be Safe Brother, a travel/adventure novel.  Nicolas also serves on the Development and Fundraising Committee of the Muir Heritage 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.