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Brandy Ford
President
Mechanics Bank

Brandy grew up in the Bay Area and has been working for Mechanics Bank for 13 years, with 8 of those years in the Moraga office. She started as a Teller, moved up through the company, and is now the Branch Manager. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley, and acts as Treasurer for the Hacienda Foundation. She organizes activities for several Moraga events including, Moraga Community Faire, Fourth of July, Pear & Wine Festival, Hacienda Nights, and the very popular Summer Concerts in the Park. Brandy loves going to Disneyland, volunteering, watching Netflix and of course being with family and friends.

LarryT Larry Tessler

eastbayscore.org


Larry is a retired retail executive. He spent 35 years in the field with 30 of those years in the corporate world and five more as a small business owner. The Emporium-Capwell Company, a local chain of department stores, employed him where he was a senior executive in the buying, stores and sales promotion divisions. He had similar executive assignments with the promotional department store Mervyns. With Rainbow Records, a chain of music and video sales and rental stores, he oversaw the buying and store operations. He and his wife Carol then founded a computerized sign making business located in Walnut Creek that they sold in 1994.

Since 1999 Larry has been a volunteer for SCORE, a national organization devoted to helping small businesses succeed. He has counseled and mentored over 2400 people in that time. He has also run the local workshop program for his Oakland Chapter as well as been the presenter in many of these business-oriented workshops.

 Hannah Mattioda
Hannah Mattioda
Director
 
My name is Hannah Mattioda. I have resided in Moraga my entire life. I attended Campolindo then to St. Mary’s where I received a degree in Business Administration. Not only have I attended Moraga schools but I have worked for two of Moraga’s small businesses, including ACE with Bill Snider and Sisi’s Cafe with Cathy and Aldo Corsy.

To continue, I did an internship with the SBA (Small Business Administration) where I gained an interest in small business operations and their success. Currently, I work in Moraga (shocker, I know), for a general contractor named Cameron Builders, Inc. that does tenant improvements in hospitals. We specialize in diagnostic imaging and work mostly for UCSF Medical Center. I’ve been working there full time for just over a year and have learned so much, especially about how small businesses operate and maintain a competitive edge.
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Director
   
I grew up in the small town of Yucaipa which is 35 miles west of Palm Springs. I attended UC Santa Cruz, so I am a banana slug (their mascot).
 
I raised my two children (35 and 36 years old) in Oakland. I went into the tax business because H and R Block gave a class and offered a job if you did well in their class. I was always a good student….I have been in the tax business 31 years.
 
I have been a resident of Moraga since 1988, and I have run my business out of Moraga since 1998. My two grown children have gone through the Moraga School System. When my husband retired he realized that in order to see me during tax season he had to work for me. He is my valued office manager. He received the employee of the month award this past July.

I have about 400 clients and I do tax CPR—consultation, preparation and representation. I have a lot of free time. I that time to do volunteer work and to pursue my passion which is backpacking.

 Ian Cook Director Ian Cook
Director
 
Director of Marketing & Business Operations
Moraga Post Acute

Ian is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College and a previous member of the Board of Directors

Jennifer-Lenfestey
Jennifer Lenfestey
Treasurer
 
Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe

Jennifer was born in Berkeley and moved to Moraga in 1966. She grew up through the Moraga school system and graduated Campolindo High School in 1983. After serving four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, she came to work for the Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe in January of ’97. After 16 years of working there, she bought the pet shop in October of 2013.She has been a member of the Moraga Chamber since then.

Nominee Statement: It is in my belief that it is a person’s duty to pitch in wherever and however they can. For that reason, I have a 10-year loyal participation to the Moraga Community Faire. My favorite time of every year is when the interns show up to learn about business over the 8 to 10 weeks that they are here. As a youngster, I remember riding my bike to the five and dime store to buy candy, I remember the family business feel of the shops I’d patronize. I try to create that feeling in my business model and hire within the community. I remember what Moraga was like.

RonHaas
Board Member

Moraga Country Club

Ron and his family moved to the East Bay from Carmel where he spent his last 9 years in July 2017 to take the position as General Manager/COO at Moraga Country Club. He comes to Moraga Country Club with over 30+ years of experience in the hospitality industry spanning both the hotel (Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt) private club (Desert Mountain, Lake Las Vegas, Santa Lucia Preserve) and Health Club/Spa (Carmel Valley Athletic Club, Refuge) industries. His last 27 years have been in management level positions.

Ron’s foundational success has been in establishing relationships and in team building to focus on people, service, presentation and accountability. His unique and successful hands-on training has ensured consistency and high quality standards for spa & fitness, recreation & golf, lodging, food & beverage, maintenance, housekeeping, equestrian, youth programs and many other amenities. Ron’s outgoing personality and professional approach is a welcome addition to the Moraga Country Club and Moraga Community.

 
KarenLew
Karen Lew
Board Member

ABD Insurance and Financial

Karen grew up in Southern California and has lived in the Bay area for 20+ years, in Moraga for 13 years. She has been working for New York Life, a Fortune 500 company for the past 3 years as a Financial Services Professional. Karen specializes in helping individuals, families manage their financial affairs so they can devote time to doing what they do best in their careers, raising kids or running a small business. The type of planning that I help my clients with involves employee benefits, business, college savings, mortgage protection, long term care and retirement planning.

Karen and her husband, Brad were involved with the approval of the pedestrian crosswalk warning signal on Moraga Road and Corliss Drive. Karen’s children grew up in the Moraga schools and are currently at Campolindo High. Karen is part of the sandwich generation juggling taking care of kids, working full-time and taking care of parents. She enjoys a good workout class at 24 hour Fitness, hiking, cooking, baking, traveling and most of all being with family and friends.

 
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 Mark Zinman

Board Member
 
 
Mark is a 1991 graduate of University of San Diego with a B.S. in Accounting. He has been a resident of Moraga for 11 plus years and owner of MZ Financial Group, a mortgage brokerage company. Prior to running his own company Mark worked for the Charles Schwab Corporation from 1995 through 2001 as an Investment Consultant.
 
Mark has been a Board Member of the Moraga Community Foundation for the last 18 months and enjoys the concept of growing Moraga. He feels the best way to grow Moraga is through the continued development of relationships between residents and business owners. The idea of Moraga as a Town with beautiful surroundings is a great draw. Mark feels now is the time to add to that beauty with a thriving business community that serves Moraga residents as well as our neighbors. He looks forward to adding his efforts to this challenge.
 
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Mary Poppingo

Board Member

Saint Mary’s College

Mary Poppingo is the Assistant Vice President for Alumni & Community Engagement at Saint Mary’s College.

Mary grew up in Berkeley and graduated from UC Davis. She worked there for 12 years before returning to the Bay Area. Mary’s professional career has been focused on fundraising, alumni relations, event and volunteer management in education and health care. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s College she was the Major Gift, Planned Giving and Volunteer Manager for St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.

Mary is excited to represent Saint Mary’s College on the Chamber and to continue to build strong relations between the College and the town of Moraga. In her free time she enjoys hiking, photography and being outdoors.

Mark Hoog

Mark Hoogs

Board Member

State Farm Insurance

Mark is the owner of the State Farm agency next door to 7-Eleven in Moraga and is proud to contribute to the Moraga and surrounding communities by delivering on the State Farm mission: To help people manage the risk of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. A former global leadership executive, Mark spent over 20 years building businesses and leading growth and turnaround efforts across several industries, including investment management, technology, fintech, real estate, insurance, automotive and internet marketing. He is also the President of Turn Appeal, Inc., a real estate investment company that focuses on revitalizing homes and positively impacting people and neighborhoods. Mark holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Economics from Whittier College and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Mark grew up in Berkeley and has lived in Moraga with his wife, Juli, and daughters, Emily & Alexandra since 2007. In past years, he has been active in coaching LMYA soccer and served as President of the Board of Moraga Ranch Swim Club, and he’s currently a member of the Moraga Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family – sometimes adventuring around the Bay Area, hiking, biking or exploring; sometimes just relaxing together or walking the dog around the neighborhood…and occasionally attempting to rekindle a glimmer of past glory on the court from his collegiate tennis days.

One of the drivers of Mark’s decision to leave the corporate world and open the State Farm agency here in town was to be close to home and more involved in the local community – both, helping his neighbors through his business activities, as well as contributing to the fabric of our town through his involvement in local organizations and causes.

 Gian David Panetta

Gian David Panetta

Board Member

Mass Mutual Insurance

Gian was raised in Lamorinda and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Political Science. After interning for both Congressman DeSaulnier and Congressman Swalwell he became very active in Contra Costa County working with non-profit organizations, local, state and Federal officials to help serve our community.

He currently sits on the membership committee for the Tri-Valley Non-Profit Alliance and is working with a non-profit organization in New York that consists of behavioral scientists from Europe and North America. They work with Fortune 500 companies and private organizations to implement Ethical Systems to manage business ethics within their industry with a centralized focus in the Financial Industry.

Gian joined MassMutual after learning about the financial industry both from a government and an Academic perspective. His Grandfather had Alzheimer’s before he passed away in 2011. This made Gian keenly aware of the unpredictability of health risks and values a comprehensive Financial plan to prepare his clients for unpredictability of life.

 

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1480 Moraga Road, Suite C # 254

Moraga, CA 94556