Board of Directors

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The Arc San Francisco is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by key staff and self-advocates. We also value the input and experience of our family members and client circles of support.

Board of Directors

We’re proud to introduce our Board of Directors with each individual's role and why they choose to devote their time and talents to The Arc. Meet our Board of Directors.

Ellen Hanscom, Chair

Ellen is currently Regional Office Experience Leader for Deloitte, a global professional services firm. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2008, Ellen spent 9 years as Regional Operations Manager for the management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney. Ellen relocated to San Francisco in 1999 from Bend, Oregon, where she was very active in community efforts. During her 12 years in Bend, Ellen served on the boards of Deschutes United Way, Central Oregon Boys and Girls Club, the St Charles Medical Center Foundation, Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club, and at the state level on the Jobs Plus and Lighted Schools Councils. Ellen became involved with The Arc San Francisco as a member, then Chair of the Business Advisory Council. She served on the board in 2004-05, and after a two year absence, she returned to the board. Ellen is a member of The Arc Angel Society, and is thrilled to be an active supporter of The Arc San Francisco. Ellen is very involved in the inclusion efforts at Deloitte, leading the Ability First efforts for the West Region. She is committed to helping our community and our businesses embrace and support Arc clients as valued and integral members of our society.

Greg Vogel, Vice Chair

Greg has been working on Wall Street for more than 20 years. He is recognized as a leading financial analyst with experience at both large investment banks and boutique investment firms. He has been a regular guest on financial television including CNBC and CNN and has been frequently mentioned in the business press including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes and other national financial publications. In 2000, Greg was ranked in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst survey for his coverage of the software industry. Prior to joining GKV Capital, Greg was a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst at Banc of America Securities covering the software and internet industry. Greg’s career began at Montgomery Securities and his tenure coincided with the emergence and subsequent bust of the Internet bubble. Greg received a BA in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Greg's involvement with The Arc SF began with the Friends Like Me Socialization & Recreation Program, which he helped to develop. He has been a long-time Friends Gala committee member, and co-chaired the 2018 Friends Gala. Greg is married with two children and lives in the East Bay.


Gloria Louie, Secretary

Gloria Louie is the former manager of Organizational Development & Special Projects at San Francisco International Airport. She was with SFO since 1999, and has deep experience in human relations and engagement, leadership development, recruitment, diversity awareness training, and cross cultural communication. Prior to her work at SFO, she was the Director of EEO/Affirmative Action for the SF Department of Public Health and was the Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Officer for the SF Department of Social Services. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Gloria has also been an instructor at UC Davis Center for Human Services, and has a consulting practice. Gloria has been instrumental in partnering with The Arc SF in its Ready, Set, Fly! initiative with SFO and airlines such as United and Jet Blue as well as in the production of the SFO Disabilities Access Training Video, which received the SFO in Services to Communities Award. Gloria is pleased to take up her new responsibilities as Vice-Chair of The Arc SF's Board of Directors and Chair of the Board Leadership Committee.

John Beeler, At Large Director

John Beeler has served on the Arc San Francisco since 2015. He recently retired from Salesforce where he served in various leadership capacities from 2008 to 2020 including as EVP, Chief Risk and Assurance Officer and EVP, Chief Compliance Officer. His functional responsibilities included leading and scaling the global security and safety,  risk management, technology compliance, internal audit, and the SOX compliance programs.  Prior to Salesforce, John held finance, compliance, and internal audit leadership roles at Amgen Inc. and Brunswick Corporation. He began his career at Price Waterhouse in their assurance services practice. He is a CPA (inactive) and received his BS in Accounting at the University of Illinois – Urbana and his MBA from the University of Chicago.  John previously served on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) for the San Francisco chapter from 2010 to 2018, having served as the President and the Vice President of Programs, as well as the IIA’s global Committee for Research and Education Advisors.

Carolyn DeVoto Salcido

Carolyn is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and of Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Her career began in the for-profit sector as Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Advertising Sales and Marketing at NAVTEQ Corporation in Chicago. She then returned to the Bay Area, as Development Assistant at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, then as Planned Giving Coordinator . In 2013, Carolyn moved to Caminar for Mental Health as Director of Development. Carolyn recently started a new position as Leadership Giving Officer at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she will cultivate and solicit major gifts to sustain the annual fund and support an upcoming major capital campaign. She has extensive experience as a volunteer with local nonprofit organizations such as Marin Ventures and The Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center. Two of Carolyn’s three siblings were born with severe developmental disabilities, so she brings to her career in nonprofit fundraising a passion for service, education, equal opportunity and quality of life for all populations. Carolyn received her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco in December of 2015. She and her husband live in San Francisco and enjoy spending time with family and friends alongside good food and good wine.

David Carvel, Director

David is the founder of Siena Medical, a firm that provides strategy and marketing consulting services for clients across the healthcare spectrum. Previously, David oversaw international product launches for industry-leading medical device and diagnostics companies including Stryker, IDEXX, and Acelity. His current focus is identifying successful and sustainable market-entry strategies for innovative healthcare startups. After engaging with Arc on a pro-bono consulting project, David joined the Board, using his business expertise to enhance the incredible work of the organization. David obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University.

Andrew Collier, Director

Andrew Collier Jr. has been a self-advocate of The Arc San Francisco since 2007. Andrew has worked at PG& E as a data entry employee; at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences as a Security Guard, Office Assistant, collecting tickets and at the front desk; at Havas Advertising as an Office Assistant; and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Neurodiversity Internship Program, where he was responsible for delivering mail, answering emails, and the safety gear bills. Andrew was born, raised and resides in San Francisco. Andrew's hobbies are bowling, sports, and movies. Andrew was featured in The Arc SF's 2018 Arc Angel video, "From Impossible to I'm Possible,"

Alex Locust, Director

Alex is a proud, multi-racial "Glamputee" living in San Francisco. He primarily works as the Director of Employee Engagement at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work within their employee community, centering racial justice at the core of those efforts. In addition, Alex is a community organizer and travels the country facilitating workshops in a broad spectrum of environments. Armed with bombastic charm, whimsical humor, and a sharp wit, Alex synthesizes professional insight with lived experience to create engaging workshops grounded in cultural humility, intersectionality, and fostering empathetic, holistic views of marginalized communities. Alex is passionately committed to educating others on how to adopt a disability justice framework for community building and strives to empower other disabled folx to feel included in the movement.

Christine Totah, Director

Christine Totah is the parent of an Arc SF participant and is currently a member-at-large with The Arc of California. She is a Student/Parent participant in the NORCAL organization, a developmental disabilities group that partners in policy making, parent advocacy, and leadership training in all aspects of developmental disabilities. Christine has a long history of activism that started in 1984 and includes being a government volunteer for the Democratic Party, Democratic Party delegate for Yolo County, board member of Families for Early Autism Treatment (F.E.A.T.) at the U.C. Davis MIND Institute, and an advocate for Yolo County First 5.

Leah Van der Mei, Director

Leah is the Director of Guest Operations and ADA Coordinator at the California Academy of Sciences. In this capacity, Leah has been involved with The Arc and our workforce development program for many years, as both an employer and an original Arc Project Search internship site. Leah is presently Co-Chair of The Arc SF's Business Advisory Council, and has chaired numerous WorkLife Awards events. Leah is also the founder of Museums for Inclusion, a leading edge inclusive museum career development program and toolkit for individuals with disabilities, that is currently in the process of scaling to museums and cultural attractions across the country.

Amanda Copans, Director

Amanda Copans received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health economics and outcomes research at Tufts University.   She has over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in Medical Affairs, and is currently employed at Adagio Therapeutics. ​

Amanda is originally from the east coast but has been in the Bay Area for over a decade.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband, 9-year-old son, and 2 dogs.  Amanda has a sister with Down's syndrome, who is an Arc client in NY.​

Vernae Gallaread, Director

Vernae has participated in The Arc SF programs, services, and activities since 2003.​ She is a Buddy Ambassador, a member of the Safety Committee, a member of the CAC, and on the Kelsey Program Advisory Committee.​

Some of Vernae’s favorite things to do are reading, long walks, and Karaoke.​ Her advocacy statement is, “People with disabilities are very strong, have a voice, and nobody can tell us we won't succeed in life”.​

Paul L. Deneys, Director

Paul is a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a global professional services firm, and is part of PwC's M&A Advisory practice based out of San Francisco. ​He has experience in advisory, risk management, and assurance engagements across various industries and geographical locations within the U.S and abroad. ​

Paul permanently moved to the U.S. in 2013 after a short-term secondment with PwC in 2011 and has resided in the Bay Area ever since. ​

He is a certified International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) chartered accountant and holds accounting honors and B.Com accounting degrees from the University of Johannesburg.​

Paul has an existing relationship with the Arc SF as part of the PwC team that assisted the Arc SF with Radian consulting research, development, and final recommendation. ​

Jane Diaz, Director

Jane is a parent of Jannia, a participant of The Arc SF's many programs and services.

Born in Bluefield, Nicaragua, from humble beginnings. Jane Diaz was raised by her aunt and educated by the Moravian missionaries on the Caribbean, Atlantic coast. While raising her family in a country that was riddled with conflict, she and her husband decided they wanted a better life for their family. In 1984, Jane immigrated to the United States with her husband and two children, Edwin and Jannia.

Jane has always been interested in medicine and improving people's lives.  As a Registered Nurse, Jane’s nursing experience includes both her work in Managua, Nicaragua, and the United States, in hospitals, mental health, school nursing, pediatrics, and as an asthma specialist.  

In 2009 she was awarded “The Hero” award at Kaiser Permanente. Jane is also a member of the NANA Nicaraguan American Nursing Association. Jane has been a nurse for 52 years. In her role as a nurse, Jane uses her bilingual Spanish-English speaking skills to help immigrants whose primary and first language is Spanish.  She noticed that because her Spanish-speaking patients did not understand the system, they were not receiving the care or treatments they needed. 

As an Arc SF board member and with her background as a Registered Nurse, Jane will collaborate with team members and advocate for the participants of The Arc SF to have the resources they require and be treated equitably. She offers her support to the participants of The Arc SF, their families, volunteers, and the people who dedicate their time caring and assisting the participants.

In her role as a mother, wife, and neighbor, Jane enjoys taking walks, being with friends, trying new recipes, and being with her daughter Jannia. 

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