The Arc San Francisco is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by our leadership team and Client Advisory Committee. We also value the input and experience of our participant's family members and their Circles of Support.
Board of Directors
Here's a look at our Board of Directors, including their roles and why they chose to dedicate their time to The Arc San Francisco.
Greg Vogel, Chair
Greg is a portfolio manager and the President of GKV Capital Management Co., Inc. with offices in Walnut Creek and Thousand Oaks, California.
Greg has been working on Wall Street for more than 30 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 joined The Arc San Francisco Board of Directors in 2018. Greg's involvement with The Arc SF began with the Friends Like Me Socialization & Recreation program, which he helped develop. He has been a long-time Friends Gala committee member and has served as chair of the fundraising event.
Leah Van der Mei, Vice Chair
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.
Gloria Louie, Governance Committee Chairperson and Member of the Executive Committee
Gloria Louie is the former director of Organizational Development & Special Projects at San Francisco International Airport. She was with SFO since 1999, and has extensive knowledge and experience in discrimination complaint investigation, leadership development, equity, inclusion, cross cultural communication training and employee development. 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 is currently a part-time instructor for UC Davis - Center for Human Services and has a Leadership and Organizational Development consulting practice. Gloria has been instrumental in partnering with The Arc SF in its Ready, Set, Fly! initiative at SFO and was the Executive Producer of the SFO Disabilities Access Training Video, which received the SFO in Services to Communities Award.
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," https://vimeo.com/295947183.
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.
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 B.com 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.
Carolyn DeVoto Salcido, Director
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.
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.
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”.
Catherine Nichols is an experienced disability rights advocate and the Vice President of the Office of Accessibility at Salesforce, a team that strives to ensure its products, workplaces, and virtual experiences are accessible to all.
She is an active member and previous Vice President of the Salesforce Abilityforce Employee Resource Group, a global network of employees with disabilities and their allies who work together to transform the perceptions and elevate the status of people with disabilities. Catherine launched the local chapter of AbilityForce for San Francisco-based employees and communities.
Catherine came to Salesforce in 2006, where she built leadership experience in Risk Management, Business Continuity, Health & Safety, Crisis Management, System Audit, Merger & Acquisition Integrations, Compliance, Policy Development, Business Process Improvement, and Employee Engagement.
Catherine was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where she volunteered at the Boulder Domestic Abuse Shelter for Women. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and their cat named “Snacks.”
Rochak is a Partner in the Technology Sector of Deloitte (leading the Technology Strategy - Business Transformation offering). He has over 18 years of experience in Technology Strategy and Architecture, As-a-service business transformations, and Lead to Cash business transformations. Prior to joining Deloitte, Rochak worked with Infosys Consulting for 6 years. His alma maters are Kelley School of Business (Indiana), Rajiv Gandhi University (Bhopal, India), and Rashtriya Indian Military College (Dehradun, India).
Before joining as a board member, Rochak became involved with The Arc through a consulting project. His team engaged with The Arc as part of the “Step-up” program where Deloitte Consulting provides pro-bono services to non-profit organizations.
In his spare time, Rochak enjoys road biking and sports.
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.
Shannon is the Vice President Client Advisor for Lockton Insurance Advisors, a Health and Welfare Employee Benefits company.
Shannon is recognized by her peers and clients as a strategic business leader with a passion for learning and building engagement at all levels of an organization. Her 15+ years of expertise with complex funding and creative problem solving, translating data into action that aligns with clients’ culture and overarching priorities will be a valuable asset to The Arc SF.
A firm believer in giving back to her community, Shannon frequently volunteers with local organizations. Her passion specifically centers around initiatives that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Shannon is currently a member of The Arc SF Business Advisory Committee (BAC). As a member of this committee, she fundraises, advocates, and provides network engagement for the organization.
Shannon lives in San Francisco where she enjoys spending time with her dog, Farley, at local parks.
Brian Tsung, Director
Brian Tsung is a native San Franciscan who has held Senior Digital and Brand Marketing roles at retail companies ranging from start-up to multi-billions in revenue. He has close to 25 years of marketing and eCommerce experience.
Previously Head of Digital for Banana Republic, Brian is currently at Gap, Inc’s Digital Transformation Office, where he works to advance the company’s digital strategies.
Brian has a diversity of volunteer experience that includes the Olympic Club’s Athletic program, YMCA Kids to Camp Golf Tourney, and the Katherine Del Mar Burke Father’s Club Dash program.
Brian graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, played baseball at City College of San Francisco, and majored in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Brian, his wife Darcy, and his two daughters Campbell and Riley live in the Inner Sunset. You can often find him golfing or playing softball for the Olympic Club, cooking, and taking the family dog Bella out to Ocean Beach.