Our Team

Dedicated to building a career through service to others, our professional staff of 11 full-time and 6 part-time employees oversees Family Giving Tree’s day-to-day operations.

Leadership Team

Jennifer profJennifer Cullenbine - CEO and Founder

Co-founder of the Family Giving Tree, today Jennifer serves as Chief Executive Officer and is known by many long-term supporters and volunteers as the Queen Elf. Jennifer earned her Master's degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, where the 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 recently served as President. 

 

Al profAl Galan - Operations Director

Originally from Chicago, Al graduated with a B.S. in Math from Marquette University. Before 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 Master's degree in Organizational Development from UCSF before working for Integrated Device Technology and Intel as a Supply Chain planner and manager. 

  

Jess profJess Gutierrez - Chief Financial Officer

As he does for several 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. He specializes in financial reporting, internal controls, business planning, financial systems, and organization development. 

   

Jill Mitsch - Deputy Director, Development and Strategy

Jill grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in English. Jill has worked in the non-profit sector since 2007 and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter. In 2013, Jill and a couple of her friends launched 100+ Women Who Care Silicon Valley, a women’s giving circle that has raised over $60,000 for local nonprofits. 

Charlotte Wood - Director of Marketing

A Rhode Island native, Charlotte graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art from Kenyon College and pursued a career in advertising. Working on the agency side first, she transitioned to the client side, brought her skills to Silicon Valley, and worked as an advertising and media manager in the high-tech sector before opening a small consulting business with her husband. Charlotte joined Family Giving Tree in 2016.

Staff   

Amelia Johnson Capsuto Individual Giving Officer Kim Foster Development Associate
Briana Yarbrough Content Creator Kristyn Begari Program Coordinator
Celeste Delamore Agency Coordinator II Liza Levin Executive Assistant
Dena Vongchanh Major Gifts Officer Margarita Galindo Institutional Giving Officer
Evelyn Hernandez Agency Coordinator Nikki Santos Community Marketing
Evelyn Huynh Community Outreach & Membership Shannon Fey Volunteer Coordinator
Kristina Afzal Salesforce Tech Support Specialist Tennille Frye Bookkeeper/Payroll Specialist

 

Board Members

A dedicated group of volunteers, the Board guides the Family Giving Tree in pursuing 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.

Andrea Borch, Board Chair (2019)

Helping out with the 2007 Holiday Wish Drive showed Andrea and her family the important role Family Giving Tree plays in local communities. The Borch family has been part of the effort ever since, with Andrea volunteering as a Drive Leader for the backpack and holiday drives. Andrea also serves on the Board of Managers for the Southwest YMCA and the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Silicon Valley. Other interests include reading, walking the family’s two dogs, and traveling. Andrea has a BS and MS in journalism from Northwestern University.

Mona Taylor (2017)

Mona Taylor has more than 20 years of experience in human resources with mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 industry leaders. Mona is currently the Senior Vice President of Global HR at NeoPhotonics. Mona volunteers as an instructor for local Children and Youth Ministry programs as well as for the Wounded Warrior Recruitment Workshop program in San Diego, California, which assists Marines transitioning from military life into the civilian workforce. She has been a member of the FGT board since 2017. Ms. Taylor holds a BS in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Dominic Mills (2019)

Dominic is a California Certified Public Accountant and UK Chartered Accountant with over seven years of experience in public accounting. Dominic began his career in the financial services industry in his native UK, earning his bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds. Dominic manages the execution of financial statements and internal control audits for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations in and around Silicon Valley. Dominic’s passion for charitable giving stems from his experience as a child putting together Christmas packages for children caught up in the conflict in Bosnia. In his spare time, Dominic enjoys cycling and running. He spends his weekends exploring the bay alongside his wife and young son. 

Sachi Patel (2020)

Sachi has over 11 years of professional experience working in public accounting as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, primarily with large, multi-location, public companies and pre-IPO companies in the technology sector. She is licensed as a California Certified Public Accountant. She has served as the Family Giving Tree's Board of Directors director since April 2020 and is passionate about giving back and helping children in underserved communities. 

Shelene Huey-Booker (2020)

Shelene has been an angel elf with the Family Giving Tree for over 12 years; needless to say, FGT has a very special place in her heart. She is the Children's Ministry Director of WestGate Church South Hills Campus, and the CEO of YUPP organization, New Mission Community Development Corporation, a music teacher, and a community activist. Her greatest joy is helping the underserved find hope and pursue their dreams. Her daughter and beloved husband have been alongside her, serving at FGT.  She has a B.A. in music from Santa Clara University and a Master's in Management (Public Administration) from the University of Phoenix.

Andrea Gray (2021)

Andrea is the Associate Director for Administration and Finance at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Andrea started her career at Stanford as a director at the Graduate School of Business, responsible for delivering innovation and entrepreneurship programs internationally. She then spent 2 years at the School of Medicine as an internal consultant, focused on international strategy and graduate medical education. Before Stanford, Andrea managed a product line at a Fortune 500 company, helped lead a technology startup from conception to acquisition, worked as a strategy consultant, played a leadership role at a grassroots non-profit, and directed an educational foundation. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, dog, and college-aged boys in her spare time. 

Malcolm Humphrey (2022)

Malcolm Humphrey has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He is currently Vice President and General Manager at Micron Technologies. A Massachusetts native, Malcolm has lived in California for over 25 years and was first introduced to FGT in 2007. His now-grown children have helped him shop in the executive shopping sprees he has sponsored to benefit FGT’s holiday drives over the years. Malcolm earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Cornell University, and his Master’s in Business at MIT.
 

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