San Anselmo, California
President and CEO
2014 - Present
Christine (Chris) joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in April of 2014. Chris brings a wealth of non-profit and for-profit experience to her role. Prior to joining GDB, she spent 17 years leading the Humane Society Silicon Valley. During her tenure there, she and her team’s progressive approach helped save the lives of tens of thousands of animals and greatly reduce pet overpopulation problems in Santa Clara County. Under her leadership, the organization was also able to raise $25.5 million to build The Animal Community Center -- the first facility of its kind in the country.
Chris honed her business skills as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. as well as in her 15 years with Hewlett Packard Corporation. At HP, Chris held managerial positions in the U.S. as well as in Europe. She holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Chris gives back to the community through her role on several non-profit boards. She serves on Page Mill YMCA as Board Chair and Pan African Sanctuary Alliance as Board Vice Chair. She is also on the board of Merit Partners.
2016 - Present
Tom was elected to the Board of Directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind in July 2016.
Tom is married to his wife, Andrea, and they have two children … Jennifer and Everett.
Tom received his first guide dog, a yellow male Labrador named Dynamo, from GDB in January 2014. Tom spent 23 years with Swinerton Incorporated. His last position was President of Swinerton Equipment Services. During his career, in addition to being part of the Mergers & Acquisitions team, he developed strong business acumen in the areas of operations, employee development, and accounting. In 1998, Tom formed SIES, a company focused on finding innovative heavy construction equipment from Europe to sell through domestic dealerships. SIES was sold in 2006, allowing Tom to form his own company, CEG, in 2007.
Today, Tom is a Senior Consultant for Leadership Dynamics and is able to use and share the skills learned at GDB with his audiences. He particularly enjoys speaking on behalf of GDB and sharing its message!
2016 - Present
Von is Senior Manager of Community Affairs at NW Natural. He is responsible for its philanthropy, corporate citizenship and community engagement programs throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. He came to NW Natural in 1996 and served as Manager of Residential Marketing until 2001 when he was named to head the company’s corporate citizenship program.
Prior to joining the company, Summers was the Vice President of Public Relations at the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, and served as Director of Public Relations for a Portland-based advertising agency.
Summers presently serves as President on the board of
Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington. He has served on the boards of the
Children’s Relief Nursery, Oregon Children's Foundation (SMART reading
program), and All Hand Raised (formerly the Portland Schools Foundation).
Summers is a graduate of Oregon State University in Political Science. He and
his wife Barbara live in Portland, Oregon and have three adult children.
2014 - Present
Len joined the Board in September 2014. He recently retired as the Vice President/General Manager of Enterprise Holdings after 33 years with the company (Enterprise Holdings owns and operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, and National Car Rental). In his role, Len developed and oversaw the expansion of Enterprise into the Northern California market and opened the first car rental location in Northern California in Sept 1979. He managed all operating divisions within the San Francisco Region including 35,000 vehicles and 135 rental locations. His responsibilities also included all real estate negotiations and transactions for rental and airport locations.
Len has had extensive experience with nonprofit organizations, and has served on the boards of the United Way of the Bay Area, Humane Society Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Visitors and Convention Bureau. In addition, Len currently sits on the Wells Fargo Community Impact board in San Francisco and serves as a Planning Commission for the City of Saratoga.
San Rafael, California
Treasurer and CFO
2014 - Present
Cathy has over 25 years of experience with financial management, business planning, corporate development, and equity and debt financing for Humane Society Silicon Valley as well as many rapidly growing technology-based companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. She also has 13 years of public accounting experience, culminating in partnership status at Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers), an international accounting firm.
Cathy holds an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business along with a BS in Accounting and Quantitative Methods from the University of Oregon.
Cathy gives back to the community through her role on several non-profit boards. She serves on the Board of Merit Partners and spent many years as Chair of the Board of the San Jose Symphony.
2018 - Present
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2018, Claudia is a seasoned financial professional and an active leader in the non-profit world. Deeply committed to the nonprofit community, Claudia has a particular passion for supporting the therapeutic and working relationships between animals and people. She has played central roles on two non-profit boards and in each case was instrumental in raising significant funds for key projects. She has served as a board member on the Community Food Share and as Board President of the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center.
Claudia and her husband John opened their own wealth management firm, Gainline Financial Partners, in April 2016. They reside in Boulder Colorado where they raised three children. She has been a puppy raiser for the Boulder Puppy Club of Guide Dogs for the Blind since 2011.
Los Angeles, California
2014 - Present
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2014, Melissa is a tireless speaker and advocate of people who are blind, championing the independence that a guide dog can provide around the world. Blending her experience as a bilingual elementary school teacher, a project manager for a global internet consulting firm, and the national sales manager for the Latino Speakers Bureau, Melissa has been profiled by multiple publications, news programs, and documentaries including Arthritis Today, Univision Radio, Sveriges Television’s “Aktuellt”, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “Academy Originals."
A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, Melissa is currently partnered with her third guide from GDB, Camry, and previously served on the GDB Alumni Association Board, chairing multiple committees. Mrs. Hudson also shared the fulfilling experience of assisting her husband in raising three puppies for GDB.
2013 - Present
Elected to the Board of Directors in November 2013, Deborah is an award-winning writer, editor, speaker, and educator, whose efforts have focused on diminishing the misconceptions surrounding people with disabilities. She has authored several books in the acclaimed Jobs that Matter series and her articles have appeared in such noted publications as Woman’s Day, Parenting, Marriage and Family, Independence Today and others. Her newspaper column on disability rights has run in the Columbus Dispatch since 1993, and she serves as senior features editor for AccessWorld, the technology publication she helped form in 2000.
Deborah's passionate belief that there is always a way to achieve our dreams, with or without disability, led to her working as a trainer in the National Equipment Distribution Program for Deaf-Blind, putting the power of communication through technology into the hands of those with both vision and hearing disabilities. She also provides technical support for patrons of the NLS BARD program of the Library of Congress.
Deborah has served on many nonprofit boards and governor-appointed councils and committees. She was a proud member of GDB’s Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2006-2012.
Diana joined Guide Dogs for the Blind as a puppy raiser in 2012. Diana’s professional experience spans over two decades with leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including senior director positions at Starwood Resorts and the American Humane Association. The responsibilities of Diana’s leadership positions involved nurturing and sustaining partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders. In 2001, Diana founded, and is the emeritus executive director for Denver Pet Partners, which provides animal-assisted intervention services to the child welfare, education, and healthcare fields. She served in this role and as an educator in the non-profit sector for 14 years. Diana is currently faculty at the University of Denver, where she teaches in the Leadership and Organizations graduate degree program.
Diana brings to our board expertise in leadership development, strategic organizational partnerships and non-profit management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University.
Diana and her husband live in Littleton, Colorado. Diana holds dual-citizenship in Canada and the U.S. She is currently raising her sixth puppy for GDB.
2011 - Present
Elected to the Board of Directors in November 2011, Andy earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University. He is the founder and managing member of Fairview Capital, an independent investment advisory firm with over $1.6 billion in assets under management. Andy currently serves in an advisory board capacity with the Santa Lucia Conservancy in Carmel Valley, Calif., as well as with Sweetwater Spectrum in Sonoma, Calif. He is also on the Board of DiCon Fiberoptics, a private Richmond, California-based manufacturer of passive optical components and LED lighting fixtures. Andy is a former Trustee of the Branson School in Ross, Calif., as well as the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Andy and his wife Ann live in Kentfield, Calif. and have four adult children.