Happy Hollow Foundation

 

Board of Directors

Vikki Bowes-Mok, Board President, joined Happy Hollow Foundation in 2015. She is a freelance editor and a passionate community volunteer who adores San Jose. She's a 2002 graduate of Community Leadership San Jose and has served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society, YWCA Silicon Valley, the San Jose Leadership Council and the Belle Foundation.

Jimm Vosburgh, Board Vice President, serves as Vice President of Corporate Assets for West Valley Construction, an underground utility contractor based in Campbell. He is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager and has been involved in the purchasing and maintenance of construction equipment and construction project management for more than 35 years. Jimm is actively involved in the West Valley Charitable Foundation, United Contractors Association, Operating Engineers Local  3 Sub-Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Construction Financial Management Association, National Association of Fleet Administrators, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and the Silicon Valley Organization.

Bill Tuttle, Board Secretary, is Assistant Chief Engineer - Planning and Development for San Jose Water Company and has been a Happy Hollow enthusiast since 2004 when his daughter was 2 years old. He is a Community Leadership San Jose 2007 graduate who brings to the foundation an engineering perspective (geekiness with a side of humor).

Kirk Walukiewicz, Board Treasurer, is an alumnus of San Jose Silicon Valley Community Leadership Class of 2005 and is a board member of Central YMCA - Silicon Valley. He is a past board member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National M.S. Society and the San Jose Leadership Council, serving as treasurer for three years. Kirk has worked as a CPA since 1999 and is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPA’s. Kirk graduated from San Jose State University.

Wilson Alexander Aguilar is an events and fundraising professional who has been a stakeholder in raising more than $250 million for various nonprofits. Among the causes he has championed: HIV/AIDS-service organizations; AIDS and breast cancer research; economic development in Brooklyn; homelessness in New York City; youth arts education; LGBT rights, advocacy, and health services; and dog rescue support and placement. Wilson hails from New York, vis-à-vis Chicago, and moved to San Jose with his husband and dogs in 2017. He created and founded his own events and fundraising company, Events Maven.

Leanne Bernhardt is an accomplished human resources leader with over 25 years of extensive HR experience who currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Responsibility at Xactly. She has significant Board-level experience, including exposure to public company governance protocols and executive compensation practices. Leanne earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Chico and is a noted industry speaker on such topics as corporate wellness, diversity and leadership. Leanne lives in Willow Glen, is married and has a love of travel and photography.

Michael Borkenhagen is a San Jose native whose family has deep roots in the restaurant business in Silicon Valley. He is the owner of downtown San Jose's Cafe Stritch, the premiere live jazz venue in Silicon Valley and a generous supporter of community efforts. Mike is also a graduate of Community Leadership San Jose. He lives in the Santa Cruz mountains and loves spending time in nature.

Chris del Pilar has more than 30 years of experience in finance and administration. She left a controller position in the high tech world in 2010 when she began providing consulting services to non-profit and for-profit companies. She has a passion for animals and wildlife conservation, a commitment to having fun and a strong desire to make her little corner of the world a better place. Chris is also a recipient of Happy Hollow's Robert Brownlee Service Award.

Lissa Kreisler spent 39 years on local radio, KLOK 1170 and then 94.5 KBAY waking folks up every weekday morning with stories, news and lots of laughter. As a San Jose native who spent many days at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, first as a child and then bringing her own kids and later grandchildren, she has shared many stories about her love for this local treasure. Lissa is a longtime community advocate for many non-profits, local institutions and a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.

Charlie McCollum spent nearly 45 in journalism, including 30 years at the Mercury News as an editor and writer, before retiring in 2013. He joined the Foundation board in part to continue the legacy of his late wife Holly Hayes who was a longtime supporter of Happy Hollow. He is a member of the San Jose Arts Commission, serves on the boards of the City Lights Theater Company and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation, and is a supporter of local arts organizations such as San Jose Jazz.

Jared Miller played baseball and worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks before his current career in the automobile industry. He currently serves as General Manager of Lexus Stevens Creek and lives in San Jose with his wife and two children. Jared loves to travel, recently going on safari in South Africa, and manages his son’s t-ball team.

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Alexandra Baeckler is the Foundation's first youth board member. She is a student at the Harker School in San Jose and aspires to be a veterinarian. Alex fell in love with Happy Hollow from the stroller. Throughout her childhood she has attended many classes and camps, and now she is a Zooteen, assisting Happy Hollow staff with animal care and education programs. Alex also enjoys riding horses and volunteering at a local veterinarian’s office.  

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