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Dedicated to building a career through service to others, our professional staff of 9 fulltime and 10 part-time employees oversee Family Giving Tree’s day-to-day operations.

Leadership Team

Jennifer profJennifer Cullenbine - Queen Elf and Executive Director

Co-founder of the Family Giving Tree, today Jennifer serves as Queen Elf and Executive Director. Jennifer earned her Masters degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, where the very idea for the Family Giving Tree was born.  Jennifer is affiliated with many organizations, including the Entrepreneurs Organization, The Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Milpitas where she currently serves as president. 


Al profAl Galan - Operations Director

Originally from Chicago, Al graduated with a B.S. in Math from Marquette University. Prior to moving to California, Al served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for 8 years in San Diego. He then earned his Masters degree in Organizational Development from the UCSF prior to working for Integrated Device Technology and at Intel as a Supply Chain planner and manager. 


Jeanne profJeanne Clabaugh - Development Director

Jeanne began volunteering in high school by teaching English to migrant workers. She received a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and completed her postgraduate work in Social Service at Santa Clara University. In addition, she has completed advanced courses through Indiana University School of Philanthropy. Jeanne is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served as a mentor to several local non-profits. 


Jess profJess Gutierrez - Chief Financial Officer

As he does for a number of other nonprofits, Jess currently acts as Family Giving Tree’s part-time CFO. With a B.S. from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Jess is an expert in small-to-medium-sized operations with added extensive work in the nonprofit sector. His specialization is in financial reporting, internal controls, business planning, financial systems, and organization development. 


Loper profLarry Loper - Marketing Communications Director 

After more than 20 years leading Brand and Communications for Silicon Valley firms, Larry joined the Family Giving Tree in 2016.  He earned his B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley and M.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon.  Larry's other nonprofit interests include an annual trip to build homes in Mexico and cooking and serving meals at the San Jose Family Shelter.





Data Analyst


Development Associate


Agency Coordinator


Commmunity Marketing 


Development Associate


Major Gifts Officer


Program Coordinator


Wish Database Assistant


Project Manager, Salesforce


Executive Assistant


Wish Database Coordinator


Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator


Bookkeeper and Office Administrator


Corporate Program Coordinator