Our Staff & Board of Directors
Deanne Everton, Executive Director
Deanne has been working in the nonprofit housing world for over 30 years. She started out in college and grad school working for Mountain T.O.P., an organization that provides home repairs in the Appalachian Mountains, followed by her work as Executive Director and then Northwest Regional Director for Habitat for Humanity in Bend, OR. Deanne joined RTSV in 1999 and has been an integral part of growing the organization from a once-a-year limited repair program to a year-round critical, safety and accessibility program meeting overdue home repair needs on over 400 homes per year. Deanne is RTSV’s resident contractor. She loves performing repairs on her own home and truly appreciates the importance of having a safe and secure place to call home.
Alaina Purcell Schroeder, Development Director
Alaina is a San Diego native and grew up with a deep respect and passion for giving back to her community, studying Political Science and Journalism at Sacramento State University. Alaina previously worked at a law firm where she was introduced to the Nonprofit / Development world and her career path was decided. She has earned certificates in grant writing, grants management and research from Grant Writing USA and certification from the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. In her free time Alaina is the host of her own podcast and likes to support other local events and nonprofits, travel or be outdoorsy with loved ones and her dog.
Kevin McCarthy, Construction Service Manager
Joining the team in 2015, Kevin McCarthy is a San Jose native and proud to have the opportunity to give back to his community by working at Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. He is passionate about utilizing his 25 years’ experience in the construction industry to provide vital repair services to Rebuilding Together homeowners. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys golfing and all other outdoor activities.
Linda Bostwick, Finance and Operations Manager
Linda has over 15 years of experience in administration, management, client services, and database management, with extensive experience in all facets of institutional operations. She brings a deep commitment to her work and demonstrates her passion with direction and heart. Most of her work experiences have been with organizations making a social and or personal impact on people’s lives. She has worked in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, including working for an international non-profit that focused on development projects in Africa. Linda enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and dogs, and hiking in Yosemite National Park.
Victoria Chang, Program Manager
Victoria has been a part of the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Team since June 2021. She is excited to join the organization and is committed to helping to create a healthier, stronger, and more inclusive community. Victoria has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit field developing outreach strategies and managing volunteer programs. After studying Sociology and Women and Gender studies at the University of California, Davis, Victoria developed a passion to create positive change and lasting impact in her local communities. Victoria enjoys traveling with her family, learning Mandarin, and volunteering at the local animal rescue with her daughter.
Crystal Moreno, Client Services Manager
Crystal was born and raised in San Jose and feels privileged to be able to help homeowners in need of home repairs and assistance. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Crystal worked as Office Coordinator at an outpatient mental health clinic. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking and exploring the Bay Area.
Shama Saleem, Development and Communications Coordinator
Shama is a proud San Jose native and San Jose State University alumna. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and achieved both Cum Laude and Honors Status upon completion of the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program. In the past, she worked as a digital and social media marketer for startups and corporations but was always driven by her inherent need to have creative freedom while feeling a sense of fulfillment through volunteer work with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Stanford Blood Center. She enjoys using poetry, dance, painting, and even cooking as creative outlets, but she is most excited to continue to make an impact on the very community she was raised in.
Alana Linder, Office and Client Services Associate
Alana has been a part of the RTSV Team since August of 2021 as the Office and Client Services Associate. She looks forward to being a component of providing safe homes and communities for homeowners through assistance and support. Before coming to RTSV, Alana worked at Levin Eye Care of Baltimore and is interested in helping others. When she isn’t working, Alana likes to play guitar, spend time with family, and enjoy life through spontaneous adventures.
Vidhi Bhandari, Finance and Grants Associate
Finance and Grants Associate, Vidhi Bhandari, joined our team in April of 2019. She brings experience and skills in accounting, Excel, and Salesforce to this role. Vidhi’s background is in accounting, financial services, and real estate. She is skilled in identifying market trends, business requirements and developing dynamic business strategies. Vidhi hails from Mumbai, India.
Alvin Jenkins, Construction Services Associate
Alvin has been a part of the RTSV Team since September 2021 as the Construction Services Associate. He looks forward to making an impact by providing safe homes and communities for homeowners through assistance and support. Before coming to RTSV, Alvin worked at Novatec in Baltimore as a Project Manager. When he isn’t working, Alvin enjoys golfing, playing rugby, spending time with family, and traveling.
Denise Tsang, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Denise is a Bay Area native with a deep desire to connect with people and highlight marginalized stories. She is excited to make an impact on people’s lives in helping create meaningful change and experiences for homeowners, volunteers, and the larger community. Before coming to RTSV, Denise worked in various nonprofits and e-commerce businesses, where she ultimately returned to her passion of working with people. Denise enjoys playing music and expressing herself through the arts along with spending quality time with loved ones.
Donya Bishop, Americorps Client Services Coordinator
Donya began serving with RTSV in September of 2021. Donya graduated from California State University Stanislaus summa cum laude with a degree in Criminal Justice. As a native of the South Bay, Donya is dedicated to providing help and support to homeowners in the area and looks forward to helping her community. Before starting at RTSV, Donya spent her time volunteering with the YWCA in San Jose. In her free time, Donya enjoys spending time with family and her cats, and travelling to new places.
Christian Cravens, Repair Technician
Christian Cravens joined the team in 2017 after working many years in the tech industry in order to pursue his passion for construction and working with his hands while at the same time helping the community in which he grew up. Christian moved away from the Bay Area briefly to earn his degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. On the weekends he enjoys working on his own home in the Santa Cruz Mountains, hiking, and skiing.
Nathan Hummel, Repair Technician
Nathan has a part of the RTSV team since September 2021. He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family.
Board of Directors
Emily Ransone (Chair)
Emily Ransone is Co-Owner and Principal at SideMark, a leading office furniture dealer in the Bay Area. Emily has supported organizations as a speaker and facilitator including CoreNet, CREW, Lean In Circle and RED. Emily brings people together, as she fosters conversations to drive results for clients, industry partners, the SideMark team, and Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. She is heading up the Paint the Town committee, RTSV’s annual fundraising event which brought in over $100,000 in 2018.
Renee Gallegos (Vice Chair)
Gallegos Consulting, Principal
As a consultant/executive at Gallegos Consulting, Renee Gallegos assesses businesses to improve the capability and performance of their people. Renee previously held executive positions in Fortune 500 company’s talent, training, organizational development, change management and performance management functions. Renee holds a MS in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University in Hawaii and a Bachelors in Special Education from Illinois State. She joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2019.
Josh Egli (Treasurer)
Silicon Valley Mechanical, Inc., Project Engineer
Josh Egli is a Project Engineer at Silicon Valley Mechanical, Inc. located in Santa Clara, CA. Prior to joining SVM, he was a Design Engineer with ACCO Engineered Systems in San Leandro. Josh graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017, and interned with University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors during his coursework. His volunteer experience includes being a Group Leader in community clean ups with Good Neighbor San Luis Obispo.
Maureen Mellon (Secretary)
Mellon Consulting, Principal
As a Consultant at Mellon Consulting, Maureen Mellon helps teams define their vision, mission and strategy, creates business plans, and more. Previously, she was Sr. Director of Product Management with Neato Robotics and held the same position at Plastic Logic. Maureen worked on a PhD in Computer Networks and Systems at UCLA and holds a MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. She joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2018.
Tulika Garg (Director)
Adobe Systems, Product Head
Tulika Garg is a Product Leader with over 14 years of experience in software. She has an MBA from Wharton with a Major in Strategy. Tulika has an innovative mindset and has filed many patents in her career. She is an established speaker and has presented at various multinational conferences. As Product Head for Adobe’s Enterprise product offerings, Tulika leads the product vision and strategy and collaborates cross-functionally with marketing, sales and engineering to deliver on that vision. Tulika is a strong advocate for women in technology and has served on Adobe Research’s Women in Technology Scholarship Committee, Adobe’s Tech Summit Committee and Adobe’s Women Executive Shadow Program Committee.
Rebecca Jepsen (Director)
Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, REALTOR®
Rebecca Jepsen has over 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing executive in Silicon Valley and her experience with strategic negotiations brings her exceptional business expertise and customer service skills to the board. She is co-founder and Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Network Translation, Inc. (NTI), and was instrumental in business development and in negotiating the acquisition by Cisco Systems. Rebecca also ran her own consulting business, providing sales, marketing and business development direction to start-up companies. Involvement in the community and giving back are priorities.
Cheryl Johnson (Director)
LinkedInSwinerton Builders, Director of Preconstruction
Cheryl Johnson is Director of Preconstruction for the Silicon Valley region for Swinerton Builders and has been with the company for over 20 years. Cheryl works closely with the project team and interfaces with Swinerton operations, estimating, and scheduling resources to ensure that the project is continually exceeding financial and schedule considerations. She is a graduate of California State University-Fresno with a BS in Industrial Technology, Construction Management. Cheryl has served on the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board since 2016.
Steve Martinez (Director)
Bank of the West, SVP, Business Banking Regional Manager
Steven Martinez is Senior Vice President and Business Banking Regional Manager with Bank of the West. In his role as Regional Manager, his team of Relationship Managers is responsible for meeting the financial needs of business clients in the San Francisco Bay area. He has worked for U.S. Bank as District Manager in the Silicon Valley and for Citibank in their Commercial Banking and Business Banking groups, both in New York and California. Steve also serves on the Board of Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Advisory Board of Working Solutions. Additional volunteer activities have included working with Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, Second Harvest, TeenForce, Habitat for Humanity, and Pride Parade. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Southern California.
Ryan Monger (Director)
Adobe Inc, Sr. Product Manager
Ryan Monger is a Senior Product Manager at Adobe and has been with the company for 15 years. He currently leads product teams who create features for the Adobe Experience Cloud digital marketing suite. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a BS in Operations Management, and MBA with a Digital Marketing emphasis. Ryan joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2021.
Paula Pineda (Director)
MarketRise, Inc., President
Paula Pineda is president and founder of MarketRise, Inc., specializing in marketing and communications consulting. Previous to starting MarketRise, Paula held several leadership positions including Catasys, VP of Marketing, SAP, Director of Channel Marketing, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Director of Business Development. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and joined the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Board in 2018.
Jose Rodriguez (Director)
Cisco Systems, Program Manager
Jose Rodriguez brings experience in leading and managing teams and global programs, including experience in Operations, Continuous Process Improvement, product management, and business relations to the Board. He is highly flexible and adaptable to changing organizational needs, while being creative, resourceful, and results oriented.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley is seeking strategic and results-oriented leaders to assist the organization’s growth. We are recruiting Board Members to our governing body who are interested in taking a leadership role to ensure the organization’s sustainability. For more information, contact Executive Director, Deanne Everton, 408-578-9519, .