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.
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.
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.
Nicole Blanchard is a creative professional whose interests lie in non-profit, design and community. She has an M.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied Arts Administration at the Atlanta, Georgia campus.
Nicole’s passion for non-profit emerged from Advertising and Public Relations in which she obtained a B.A. from Grand Valley State University in her home state of Michigan. She enjoys the simple pleasures of life: great food, great weather and great fellowship.
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.
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.
Giani is a California native, raised primarily in Ojai, California. She discovered her passion for social justice work early on. As a youth volunteer for the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation and Insight Seminars, Giani helped organize successful mentoring, leadership, and outreach programs for at risk teens in her community.
She later moved to the East Bay, where she attended Mills College and received her BA degree in international politics and economics. As an undergraduate, she worked with immigration attorneys at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, providing free legal services to low-income immigrants in Alameda County. Professionally, Giani is pursuing law and human rights advocacy work with California’s immigrant and low-income populations. She loves being apart of the vibrant East Bay community and enjoys creating art, enjoying good food and company, and hanging out with her dog, Otis.
Stephanie Williams graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and also a BA in Social Welfare. She has an MBA from Mills College in Oakland, California. As a graduate student, she was selected to be a Forte Foundation Fellow, Goldman Sachs Scholar, and Summer Scholar Intern for the the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia. Moreover, she was nominated to serve a one year term as Student-at-Large with the Mills College Board of Trustees.
Previously, she worked at for-profit corporations like Google and Pogo.com in Strategic Alliances and IT. As well, she worked for dynamic non-profit organizations — Rubicon Programs in Richmond, California and Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC) in San Francisco, California.
Harold Leffall is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and non-profit executive. Harold currently serves as executive director of a national social justice organization in Oakland. Previously, Harold owned his own full service staffing firm, Leffall Employment Agency, which was named one of the “Top 25 Permanent Placement Services” by the San Francisco Business Times with gross annual revenue reaching close to $ 4 million in annual sales. He has been featured in such national publications as Black Enterprise, Essence, Best Self Atlanta and Entrepreneur magazines and authored two books, Brother CEO: A Business Success Guide for African American Men, and Living from Within: Getting to the Heart of True Happiness, Self-Acceptance and Peace. Harold has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Hayward and a M.A. in Management from National University.
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.