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Leadership

STAND! For Families Free of Violence is proud of the leadership that comes from both our Board of Directors and Administrative Team. Below is a list of Board Officers and the Administrative Team Leaders.

The Board's Role

  • Governing the organization by establishing broad policies and objectives

  • Selecting, supporting, and reviewing the performance of the chief executive officer

  • Insuring the availability of adequate financial resources

  • Approving annual budgets and strategic planning

  • Accounting for the ethics, compliance, and performance of the organization

 

Board of Directors

Laurie Wolkow, Chair

Company and Title: Safeway, Inc.; IT Optimization, Planning & Strategy

It was important to me that I connect with an agency that provides real value, uses its budget wisely, and cares deeply about the causes it serves.  STAND! fits that profile, so I wanted to be a part of it.

If the small contribution I make as a Board Member helps one woman find shelter when she needs it, or prevents one parent from acting on the impulse of child abuse, then maybe I’ve done something worthwhile.

Gary Snyder, Vice Chair

Title: Attorney

I support STAND! because I believe that strong families are vital for helping children achieve their full potential. I was fortunate to have two sons who now each have three children. I know not all families have the support and help I had in raising my sons and want to do all I can in our community to assist others who are raising children, which is the most important yet hardest job we have.

 

David Dolder, Secretary

I have been involved with STAND! for more than 30 years. From serving on the Board, to being a volunteer leading parenting classes, to teaching middle schoolers about building healthy relationships, I see that family by family and person by person, we can end family violence. It is truly moving to see eyes light up when moms and dads share how the new parenting advice has changed their home life, and to hear heartfelt thanks for critical assistance from relatives who are raising children affected by violence. Witnessing and being part of the real change happening in the lives of men, women, and children fuels my dedication to this organization.

 

Nadia Costa, Assistant Secretary

Company and Title: Miller Starr Regalia; Land Use Entitlement Attorney

Tim Truesdale, Treasurer

Company and Title: Community Resource Associates, Inc.; President and CEO

I have worked in the non-profit affordable housing industry for over 30 years and know first hand how difficult it is to raise funds to support our various missions.  This has given me the desire to help other agencies achieve their goals which in turn helps improve the quality of life of citizens in our communties.

Working with the resident managers of our housing developments provided me with real life data on how domestic violence affects every person in the household, especially the children. 

Bill Brown

Company & Title: BPO Systems; Director, Staff & HR Services

Cheryl O'Connor

Company and Title: HomeAid Northern California; Executive Director

I got a call from the Development Director at STAND! a couple of years ago to see how HomeAid might be able to help with work at the shelter. After learning more about the organization and working on the shelter remodel, I knew I wanted to help and get more involved with being the catalyst to break the cycle of family violence. I am proud to serve on the STAND! Board and will do everything in my power to help spread the word and end family violence.

 

Fred Boostani

Company and Title: DowJones; Account Manager

Linda Best

Company and Title: Contra Costa Council, President & CEO

I joined the Board because my family has been affected by domestic violence, and I strongly support STAND!’s mission to prevent it and to assist victims. I believe it is our obligation to improve our communities for our children and grandchildren.

Michael Wojcik

Company and Title: Verizon Wireless; Director, Business Sales

Gleb Polyakov

Company and Title: ZPM Espresso; CEO/Co-Founder

Jan Price

Company and Title: Wells Fargo Bank; Business Relationship Manager

 

Administrative Team

Gloria J. Sandoval, Chief Executive Officer

Gloria, with administrative oversight of STAND! for 13 years, is nationally recognized as a leader in the domestic violence movement. She has had 33 years of experience in nonprofit management, with a focus on women and children's issues. Gloria was recently awarded the prestigious Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation and is a survivor of domestic violence. Learn more about Gloria.

Sharon Turner, Regional Director of Prevention

Sharon specializes in services that engage men and boys in preventing intimate partner violence, as well as community education/training and teen dating violence prevention. Sharon has worked at STAND! for more than 16 years. With a lifetime of experience in the field of domestic violence service provision as well as women's development and training, Sharon brings international expertise and a broad network of connections to STAND!

Reina Sandoval-Beverly, Intervention Services Director

Reina, a longtime activist and advocate, has more than 25 years of experience working to end violence against women and their children. In addition to having worked with boys in the juvenile justice system and facilitated batterers’ intervention groups, she has held leadership roles at the Solano and Contra Costa Counties in Victim Advocacy agencies, Community Violence Solutions’ Safe 4 Us Visitation and Exchange Center, and has returned back to STAND! where she was with us in various leadership capacities from 1998-2002.

Rebekah Truemper, Director of Development and Marketing

Rebekah has strong development experience acquired during her tenure with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, the San Francisco School Volunteers and most recently at the Beacon Day School. This experience is complimented by her expertise in communications having worked with the National Writing Project, a national teacher professional development organization.

Edna Hernandez, Director of Human Resources

Edna has worked in this capacity at STAND! for four years. Her 16 years of human resources experience include nine years of work with the Tides Center, a fiscal agent for over 300 projects across the nation, and three years with Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a Mental Health and multiple social services agency in San Francisco.

Jim Ogden, Director of Finance

Jim has a broad accounting and finance background in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, leading in positions of Controller, Accounting Manager, and Consultant. He received an MBA in Finance from the University of Oregon and a BS in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has completed the Certificate program in Nonprofit Management from California State University-East Bay.