Our Board of Directors

The Family Giving Tree is extremely grateful to have an outstanding and active Board of Directors.

A dedicated group of volunteers, the Board is charged with guiding the Family Giving Tree in pursuit of its goals. Our Board members regularly commit their time, energy and funds to our overall cause and mission, exhibiting an extreme commitment and level of dedication.

Joyce Allegro

Joyce retired in 2013 from the Santa Clara County Superior Court where she was a judge for 14 years, prior to which Joyce was a prosecutor for 20 years. Joyce recently returned from an 8-month sojourn to Italy… a lifelong dream of hers. Joyce has served on the Board of Directors for organizations including the Ming Quong Children’s Center and the Support Network for Battered Women; she was introduced to Family Giving Tree by her son. Joyce was very impressed by the enormity of the mission and work of the Family Giving Tree by such a small yet dedicated staff, and was eager to get involved as a Board Member.

Dan Burke

Dan was a leading force as a Drive Leader for the past 17 years while he worked at Cisco and Workday. In 2016, he became Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance at Proofpoint.  Dan joined the Board in 2015.

Bill Cilker

Bill is a property manager and orchardist who lives in Milpitas with his wife Liz and daughter Cindy. Bill graduated from Los Gatos High School and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Today he works in the family business, managing commercial and agricultural property. Bill also sits on the Agricultural Advisory Board of the Santa Clara Water District, his HOA and is an active member of the Model A Ford Club. He is past president of the Milpitas Rotary Club and the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau.

Jennifer Cullenbine, Executive Director

Jennifer co-founded Family Giving Tree in 1990. She continues to serve as Executive Director and Queen Elf in the organization. Jennifer is also affiliated with many organizations, including the Rotary Club of Milpitas where she served as President in 2015.  She is happily married to her husband Dan and has two beautiful children, Connor and Kinsey.

Carin DeGroff

Carin is an experienced marketer in the professional services and technology industries. She is the Silicon Valley marketing leader for Moss Adams, an accounting, tax and consulting firm that merged with Silicon Valley’s Mohler, Nixon and Williams in early 2013. She is also a member of her firm’s Helping Hands committee to foster employee involvement in the Silicon Valley community. Carin was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After volunteering with her company and social organizations at the Family Giving Tree warehouse, she joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

Elizabeth Luna

Elizabeth Luna, founder of Concert Private Wealth, has expertise in risk management, estate planning and financial planning. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Elizabeth works with CalComp Insurance in risk management and claims settlement. As a financial advisor, she oversees the financial planning department and focuses on strategy implementation for high-net worth clients.

Larry Sacks

Larry has been a member of FGT Board of Directors since 1996. He has worked for a variety of firms in Silicon Valley, most recently with Netscape/AOL. In 2003, he formed a systems consulting business, KC and Associates, and classifies himself as a “systems geek.” In June of 2004, Larry and Gerry Young formed an alliance and now work together as part of Focused I.T. Solutions. He is currently employed by the City of Cupertino as an IT Assistant. He also holds a staff photographer position at The Santa Clara Weekly. Larry is an avid photographer and has his own photography business, Larry Sacks Photography. You’ll find him at many FGT events toting his camera! Larry is an active volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose and, when he is not working, he can be found racing, working pit crew, being crew-photographer for friends who race in the SCCA, autocrossing, driving his Fiat, cooking, hiking and playing tennis.

Natalie Wymer  

Natalie’s long-standing passion for ensuring in-need children have necessary supplies to help them succeed in school brought her to the Family Giving Tree. She first started fulfilling back-to-school drive wishes for other non-profits when she lived in her native Ohio and continued when she moved to Washington, DC. After arriving in the Bay Area in 2005, she supported the Family Giving Tree’s back-to-school and holiday drives, prior to joining the Board. She has a diverse breadth of communications-related experience in the private and public sectors, including a stint at the White House, working on local, state and national political campaigns and beginning her career at a non-profit. Natalie has spent the last several years leading the global corporate communications at SunPower, an innovative solar technology and energy services provider headquartered in Silicon Valley. She attended Otterbein College and The Ohio State University, which she vociferously supports. 

Kamini Sandhu 

Kamini has over 15 years experience in the Semiconductor industry with expertise in revenue analysis and customer care, amongst other specialties.  She is currently a Sales Operations Manager at SanDisk.  She joined the Board of Directors in January 2016.  She is serving on the Finance and Audit Committees.