Serving as a Loaves and Fishes Board Member provides the organization with strength, solace, support and inspiration for staff, volunteers, clients and the larger community. Members help keep the organization on track by providing vision, raising funds, assist with events and work as an ambassador in the community for Loaves and Fishes. Board meetings take place at Loaves and Fishes Martinez Dining Room 6 times a year, 6:00pm-8:00pm. The Loaves and Fishes Culinary Arts Program will provide refreshments for some of our evening meetings. Board members are expected to attend all the meetings, be active at 4 fund raising events throughout the year, serve on a committee of their choice and help host a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration once a year.
“Serving on the board is very rewarding to me, it gives me the chance to give back to my community and make a difference in people’s lives.” Helping those in need of nutritious food and a place to sit down with others at a table to have a warm meal is why the board members and I serve. Our clients feel safe and welcome in our dining rooms and if we can put a smile on their face, well that is worth every minute of our time."
Karen Introcaso, Board Chair
Karen joined the board in May 2013. Karen is a financial management professional with over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of roles with the credit union industry. She was raised in Florida but has been in California for almost 20 years. She is an avid golfer and will be sharing her expertise in organizing golf tournament with Loaves and Fishes in the coming years. She came to the board after reading about our dining room in Antioch and the positive impact it has on that community's citizens. Karen lives in Clayton
Steve is the owner of JS Wallace Group Inc., a Pleasant Hill based construction company. He has been in the construction business for over 20 years and works primarily on commercial real estate developments. He is a member of the Pleasant Hill Rotary and has served on several non-profit boards over the years. He was the construction contractor behind the Martinez episode of Extreme Makeover in 2005. Steve joined the board in October 2015, and lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife, Lise.
Rhea is a native of Contra Costa and is a former teacher and bookseller. She has a BA from Gonzaga University in Spokane and has done graduate work at University of San Francisco. She has been involved with Loaves and Fishes as a volunteer for over 12 years and on the Board since 2009. She is active in Just Faith, SJV Women"s Board and SJV Bereavement Hospitality and Grief Support. Rhea lives in Walnut Creek.
Geoffrey is the owner of Green Escrow Services located in Pleasanton, CA and serving the northern California area. Mr Disch has been a supporter of Loaves and Fishes through his sponsoring and organizing an annual golf tournament since 2013. He is a member of the San Ramon Rotary club, serving as an officer, and resides in Danville. He joined the Board in July 2016.
Reid Edwards III
Reid retired in March 2015 after a career in government relations/public affairs. He grew up in Alamo, and after a stint in Washington D.C., has lived in Lafayette since 1984. He and his wife Phyllis have three grown children. Reid volunteers most Mondays and Wednesdays in the Martinez dining room, and among other volunteer activities, picks up and delivers food for White Pony Express every Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Tammy joined the Board in Fall 2017, works for Shell Martinez Refinery in the inspection department handling the inspection budget, scheduling, record's compliance and other administrative tasks. She is also the department community service organizer, coordinating several projects each year. She coordinated the construction and installation of the beautiful LFCC Community Garden at the Martinez Dining Room.
Tammy loves to travel, golf, and spend time with her family. She and her husband live in Walnut Creek and have two grown children; a son and a daughter.
Marlene G. Haws
Marlene joined the board in June 2013. She is active in the local Kiwanis Chapter, currently serving as its President. She works as a real estate agent. Marlene lives in Martinez.
Stephen is a Region Bank Manager and Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank. He has been with Wells Fargo since 2009 and has worked in financial services for over 20 years in the Bay Area. Holding a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, he is active in the community serving on the boards of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa, the East Bay Leadership Council and the California Independent Film Festival. Stephen lives in San Ramon with his wife and three children.
Suzanne is an accomplished, innovative Omni-channel Marketer with nearly two decades of expertise in delivering comprehensive digital marketing strategies, attention getting marketing campaigns and assertive team leadership. She joined the board in the Summer of 2018. Her first project for LFCC was to design and execute the new Loaves & Fishes Contra Costa website.
Michelle recently joined the board in 2018. She is an accomplished banker with 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She currently holds a position at Mechanics Bank as a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Banking Treasury Services Division. Michelle is a long time resident of Martinez where she desires to make a difference in her community to help it thrive.
Pam joined the Board in July of 2018. Pam is passionate about positively impacting people, communities and the world on important humanitarian issues. Pam has been in the technology world for over 25 years, and has been with Cisco Systems for the last 17 years leading business development and acquisition strategy and integration. With Cisco’s vast corporate social and global responsibilities, Pam is an avid activist and volunteer with many agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, Mercy Corp, Destination Home and has volunteered for two years at the Bay Point Loaves and Fishes. Pam lives in Walnut Creek with her family and enjoys traveling, sports and being outdoors
Originally from England,Neil has lived in the USA for the past thirty years. He has accounting and financial management experience from working in a number of industries and is looking forward to supporting the organization and developing new programs. He is a past member of the Pleasant Hill Rotary Club. Neil lives with his family in Walnut Creek.
Brian is a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager of BAC Community Bank. He has worked with non-profits focusing on work force development programs. He currently sits on the board of Opportunity Junction, a Loaves and Fishes site partner. Brian works and lives in Antioch with his family.
Michael joined the board in April 2019. He retired in 2018 after a 33 year career at Chevron where he held strategy and planning positions in Human Resources and Public Affairs. Michael graduated with an accounting and economics degree from Saint Mary's College. He obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Michael grew up in Pittsburg, CA and currently lives in Martinez with his wife, son and daughter. In his spare time, Michael enjoys making wine, volunteering at the Martinez Campbell Theater, playing with his two golden retrievers and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.