Our Board of Directors
Our caring Board members bring a wealth of experience in many areas and together they provide a strong basis to give guidance and direction to our nonprofit organization. Our Board members include:
Brook Witherspoon, as a board member, has found her calling. As a mother of two young children, and an owner of the First Street Alehouse in downtown Livermore, Brook has always been passionate about serving others, but the Rooms of Hope mission has really allowed her the opportunity to make a lasting impact in people’s lives. With a perfect platform for fundraising, and a wealth of willing volunteers, Brook has had the unique ability to tie her “day job” directly to the Rooms of Hope organization. With the support of her amazing husband Ron, and the constant cheerleading of her two precious children, this is truly a family affair.
Luci Gallagher, as a Board Member, has a unique perspective with our mission. In addition to being very active in nonprofit work in her community, her daughter, Kaitlin, was a recipient of a dream room makeover in 2012, when she was battling Stage IV lymphoma cancer. This personal experience, coupled with her business experience, and her love of fundraising and helping others, makes Luci a true asset to our organization’s Board of Directors. Luci works for Walmart.com in San Bruno as a Multichannel Operations Manager, and lives with her three children in Pleasanton.
Greg Hennings is an electrician by trade and owns GSH Electric. Accomplished as a business owner and electrician, Greg brings an understanding of construction to assist us in the builds that are more complicated. His willingness to help wherever needed is a true strength. Greg and his wife, Pam, love Rooms of Hope and the children we support. They both lead our Poker Party each year raising thousands of dollars for our program. Greg lives in Pleasanton with his wife. They have two grown children and they just received their first grandchild!
Mike Firenze is a Group Director with Dome Construction and brings a wealth of resources with him to support our Rooms of Hope program. Dome Construction partners with us often to bring our Rooms of Hope children spaces that matter! Mike’s expertise is project management and he will be serving not only on the board, but as a Project Supervisor at the dream room makeovers. Alongside Shelley and Greg, Mike is presently helping to support our partnerships with construction and electric companies. He loves our mission and the kids we serve. Mike lives in San Ramon with his wife and has grown children.
Nancy Tatarka is the Secretary for our Board of Directors. Her creative and concise way of handling challenges, along with her business connections as the former mayor of San Ramon and more, makes Nancy valuable to our Board. She knows how meaningful these rooms are and looks forward to being instrumental in the direction that Rooms of Hope will take in upcoming years of serving our seriously ill children. Nancy lives with her husband in San Ramon. She has two children and two grandsons.
Nathan Bennett is the Treasurer for our Board of Directors. His financial background as founding partner of a wealth management firm and advising clients, business owners, and high net individuals with the entirety of their financial lives makes him more than qualified to keep Rooms of Hope, Inc. on track financially. Nathan’s love for this mission, along with his resources, brings support to the team that we need to be successful for years to come. Nathan is a Partner with Summit Financial Group in San Ramon, and lives with his wife and two children in Pleasanton.
Shelley Ham is the President of our Board, as well as our Executive Director. She brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit work and management, as well as a sincere love for design and children, especially those with unique needs. As a business leader and interior designer, she has spent more than ten years creating dream room makeovers for children with life-threatening medical illnesses while building business structures and alliances to make sure every child in need gets their dream space. This work is very meaningful to her because two of her three children were seriously ill and are now healthy. Shelley understands that supporting seriously ill children and their families will be part of her life forever. Shelley lives with her husband in Pleasanton, and has three grown daughters living in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Nashville.
Stan Bochenek is a Member of our Board and has endless energy to support and move forward the purpose of a team of honest and passionate people. Like Luci, Stan’s love for our mission stems from his personal experience of having his daughter receive her dream room makeover in 2012, when she was battling a very rare bone cancer. It took him no time at all to offer his skills in fundraising, event planning and volunteering to make a difference. Stan is a valuable part of our organization and will be so for years to come. Stan works for Maxim Integrated managing Strategic Initiatives, for the Americas Sales and Applications organization, in San Jose. He lives with his wife and five children in San Ramon.