Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 20, 2007

Open Heart Kitchen names new board president

Other Pleasanton residents move up on board

The Open Heart Kitchen Board of Directors recently elected Nancy Richardson of Pleasanton as board president, succeeding Barbara Gilmartin of Livermore. Two other Pleasanton residents, Shelece Draper and Linda McKeever, were also elected to board positions, taking vice president and treasurer, respectively.

Open Heart Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that provides free hot meals to low-income residents of the Tri-Valley, with one location in Pleasanton at the Trinity Lutheran Church. The nonprofit is one of the beneficiaries of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.

Richardson has been a member of the Open Heart Kitchen board since 2001 and most recently served as the organization's vice president. She works as a marketing consultant to environmental, geotechnical and civil engineering firms. Draper, a board member since 2005, is director of communications for Lennar Homes in San Ramon. McKeever has been a board member since 2003 and recently retired from the financial services industry.

The board made other changes, including the addition of new members Helen Meier and Waseem Sufi, both of Livermore. Meier is executive director of Hope Hospice and Sufi is plant manager for W.R. Grace. They replace Jane Staehle and Audrey Hornig, both of Livermore, who retired from the board after six years of service.

--Rebecca Guyon

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