A resident of Pleasanton, Eileen Berry has worked in the financial services industry for over twenty years in the areas of marketing and technology. She was formerly a board member of CASR of Contra Costa (now called Court Appointed Special Advocates) and has served on several other not-for-profit boards. Early in her career, Eileen co-founded a regional professional development association for credit union marketers. Over the years she has produced and assisted several fundraising events to benefit local charities. As a member of the Volunteer Center of the East Bay, Eileen hopes to use her expertise in strategic planning, project management and technology to increase local volunteerism.
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.
Jim Burke, Secretary
A fourth generation Californian, Jim Burke has lived in the East Bay since 1985. He is an Information Technology executive in the financial services industry. While his children were in school, he became active on school boards, including a nine year stint as Board President. He has worked extensively with public school at-risk students, as part of reading programs, mentoring programs and special school events. In addition to being a board member for the Volunteer Center of the East Bay, Jim is an active member of the newly formed Know How Network, where he is putting to use his experience in strategy, finance and technology. Jim joined this board in 2009.
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.
Robin Raber-Luna, Chair
Robin is a Senior Vice President with the Consumer Deposits and Small Business Group at Wells Fargo. She served as the Chairperson for two years for the company’s Volunteer Leave Committee. She’s also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and was the Clinical Program Director for San Francisco Suicide Prevention for 6 years. Robin has had a long time commitment to volunteerism. She began volunteering at the age of 10 when she tutored other elementary school students. Other volunteer experiences include working with the Special Olympics, Social Advocates for Youth, Assistant Troop Leader for daughter’s Girl Scouts troop, taught GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) classes at the local elementary school, Field Marshal for the West Contra Costa Youth Soccer league, Treasurer of her son’s Boy Scouts troop and coordinated an annual adopt-a-family program at the local high school and in her workplace. Robin is also a published author of children’s books.
Byron is a Director with the business effectiveness advisory practice at KPMG. Prior to KPMG, he worked for various Fortune 500 companies within the San Francisco bay area in the areas of technology, operations and finance. Byron is a lifelong volunteer, starting at the age of 11 when he participated in a variety of volunteer activities with the Boy Scouts. Byron has been an active volunteer in supporting diverse organizations and communities within the San Francisco bay area. He has also served as a board member for Rebuilding Together East Bay-North and San Francisco’s Business Arts Council. Byron is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds an MBA degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Nicolas L. Thakar
Nicolas is the former General Counsel at Tower Records and Tower.com 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.
Paul Wehrley, Jr., Vice Chair
Paul retired from Chevron Products Company as a marketing business unit manager. He formerly held managerial positions in several marketing divisions throughout the United States. He was a founding member of Friends of the Children of San Francisco, a non-profit organization dedicated to affecting a long-term positive impact on our most at-risk children. He recently served as Chairman of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa. The organization feeds the hungry of the east bay community. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and holds an MBA degree from the University of Portland. Paul lives in Alamo with his wife Marcie and spends his free time fly fishing and writing.