Troy Dye is currently a strategy manager at Impax Laboratories, an entrepreneur, and a freelance consultant. He recently relocated to the Bay Area after receiving his MBA as a Fuqua Scholar from Duke University. Originally from Ohio, Troy graduated with honors with a BSBA in Finance from The Ohio State University and spent the better part of his career working in corporate finance with Cardinal Health and Abbott Laboratories in Columbus, OH.
Troy’s interest in social impact and non-profit work was inspired by his involvement with the Abbott Fund in Haiti. Troy took a lead role on a project to build a for-profit arm of a peanut butter manufacturing site to fund fortified peanut butter donations to Haitian clinics feeding malnourished children.
Personally, Troy loves to travel and has a passion for the outdoors, namely hiking, camping and snow skiing. He is excited to join this team of dedicated individuals and help in any way he can to better the lives of those whom BOSS serves.
Joe Dung was born and raised in the Bay Area. He took a detour when he went away to college, attending Wisconsin’s Marquette University, where he was able to give back to a community that is known for being so segregated and poverty stricken. Joe received a BS in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus in Biocomputing and a minor in Biological Sciences. He began his career as a Design Engineer in frigid Menomonee Falls, WI, developing hardware and software products. This experience helped develop a strong technical background; he has become skilled at problem-solving and identifying innovative techniques. Joe has recently moved back to the Bay Area where he is an Applications Engineer managing the South Bay territory for All Lighting Control Systems. Joe looks forward to helping making a difference in an organization that already does so much for the community.
Mr. White a native New Yorker, has made his home in Berkeley California since 1981. His professional career has included serving as staff accountant for the Alumnae Association of Mills College, business manager for the California Shakespeare Theater, and director of operations for the Berkeley YMCA. Mr. White has also served as a City of Berkeley Commissioner on the Cable Television Board, Personnel Board, and 17 years on the Police Review Commission where he served as Chair three different terms.
Mr. White has also given leadership as chair of the Berkeley Salvation Army advisory board, member of the South Berkeley YMCA, and member the Berkeley Lions Club, and Bay Area Black Pilots Association. Mr. White has served on the BOSS Board for over 10 years and has been Chair of the organization as well as (currently) Board Treasurer.
Burt Dragin retired recently from teaching Journalism for “a few decades” at Laney College in Oakland. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Burt grew up in Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cal State LA and a masters in Journalism from USC. Burt’s own writing includes standup comedy reviews for the Berkeley Gazette, sports articles on the 49ers and tennis for USA Today, Wimbledon for the SF Chronicle, and a host of feature stories and opinion pieces—several on compulsive gambling, the topic of his 2006 book, “Six to Five Against: A Gambler’s Odyssey.” Burt learned about BOSS when a member spoke to his Mass Media and Society class at Laney. Burt was very impressed with BOSS’s mission; he attended events and has been a donor. As a board member Burt hopes to be involved in education of BOSS clients, writing articles, and event planning. “I’m thrilled to be a part BOSS and its crucial mission,” he said.
Colette Flood has a B.S. and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Her early career launched in marketing and advertising which she continues today as a consultant. In 2009, Colette joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she continues to develop and manage educational Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, to prepare the next generations of scientists, engineers, technologists and STEM professionals. In support of BOSS, Colette aims to create access to career pathways so BOSS clients can contribute to the local STEM workforce pipeline.
Marlene Christine Hurd is the Vice-Chair Commissioner with the Oakland Housing Authority which provides affordable housing for over 15,000 families. She is a member of OHA resident advisory board and Chairs the OHA Board of Commissioner AD Hoc Education Policy Committee. In 2013, Hurd was appointed to the International Research and Global Exchange Committee with the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in 2009; she received the Commissioner Certification (NCC) from NAHRO.
Ms. Hurd received her BA degree from Mills College in Ethnic Studies where she also studied Public Policy. Hurd studied Poverty & Inequity at U C Berkeley’s’ Goldman School of Public Policy. It was there she learned the effects of poverty. Hurd’s personal experience with homelessness led her to become an advocate to the “voiceless.” Her 13 years of volunteerism has given her insight to mobilize communities. Marlene is a Commissioner on the Alameda County Consumer Affairs Commission. She serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities for the City of Oakland.
Loren Jones is a formerly homeless woman and former BOSS client. She experienced homelessness three times during her adult life and has both lived the outdoor homeless life as well as shelter living. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors intermittently for more than 20 years.
She also served a term as chair of the Berkeley Independent Task Force on Homelessness. Currently aside from being Secretary for the BOSS Board, she is also a member of the Ryan White Part A Collaborative Community planning Council for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and a founding member of Positive Women’s Network-USA.
Elaine worked for BOSS over 20 years ago as a Job Developer at the Hayward location. Prior, she also worked as a Case Manager and as a Counselor at other shelters and group homes throughout the East Bay. When Silicon Valley boomed, she began a career in Human Resources – recruiting for global technology and internet companies. Since 2001, Elaine continued her HR practice with Kaiser Permanente in the areas of recruitment, research, systems, and strategy. For the past 13 years, she has enjoyed supporting the region’s physician leadership, including staffing the board. She also mentors and is actively engaged with committees, ergonomics, and employee art and music programs. Elaine’s commitment to serving others stems from her core values and her humble, but strengthening, beginnings. Elaine became a parent as a teen. Through the compassion of loved ones and the support of programs and individuals who saw her potential, dedication, and hard work, Elaine earned her BA, Psychology (CSU, Hayward – now CSU East Bay) and an acceptance to graduate school. Elaine’s life experiences are an example of long term outcomes when an individual is helped with a hand up. Both of her daughters now pursue their own college / professional careers.
Dan has a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA, both from Purdue. He spent 25 years with Clorox in manufacturing, leading to Director of Manufacturing for the final 10 years with the Company. Retired in 1993, Dan was on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Food Bank and served both as President and interim Executive Director.
Along with his Board Membership in BOSS, he is currently the Treasurer and a founding board member of The Workforce Collaborative – a non-profit seeking to help low income folks prepare for higher paying employment. Dan has served on the BOSS board for the past 8 years, including 3 years as Board President.
Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH, brings more than 25 years of experience working in the non-profit sector where he created, implemented and managed a variety of innovative social service, research and health programs. He began his career working in low-income communities impacted by HIV which deepened his passion and dedication to health. Rob is currently the Executive Director of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a non-profit foundation based in San Francisco whose mission is to seek out and fund the most promising, highest quality research aimed at improved therapies and, ultimately, a cure for scleroderma. He has also worked as the Executive Director of Cancer CAREpoint, a non-profit organization in Silicon Valley that provides free support services to cancer patients and their families; the Executive Director of the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of brain cancer research; and the Executive Director of the National Brain Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided patient and caregiver support and funded research. Rob has volunteered at numerous organizations including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Axis Dance Company and Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and Masters’ Degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from U.C. Berkeley.