Team

Michael Howard

Marketing & Community Manager

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Michael Howard

Marketing & Community Manager

Michael is passionate about digital marketing and specializes in content marketing, SEO and HubSpot. He has 6 HubSpot certifications and has helped clients and employers to rank their websites, blog posts and YouTube videos on page #1 of Google and at the top page of YouTube. Early in his career, he worked as a Canvasser for Greenpeace and was known for consistently generating new members. Michael earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and his MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Lamar University. In his free time, Michael enjoys songwriting and composing music.

Steve McCoy-Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

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Steve McCoy-Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

Steve has worked for 30 years at the nexus of business, government and the
nonprofit sector to effect positive change in the world. He has served as Executive
Director of a non-profit urban development organization and an education
foundation, and also co-founded the Three Valleys Community Foundation, which
serves the Tri Valley region in California. Previously, he has worked in senior
positions with Bechtel Corporation and Deloitte Consulting, providing management
consulting to large companies and governments around the world. He is happily
married with two children and has also enjoyed working and living in over 50
countries, including years in China, India and Togo, West Africa. He has a graduate
degree from the international Fletcher School at Tufts University and an undergrad
degree from Duke University, where he also studied at Beijing Teacher’s College and
Nanjing University.

Arwen Thiel

Vice President, Programs

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Arwen Thiel

Vice President, Programs

Arwen has nearly 15 years experience working in the nonprofit sector – specializing in supporting community-based leaders and solutions through grantmaking and capacity building. She has previously served in the nonprofit education sector supporting students, families, and teachers. Arwen is proud to serve as a volunteer grant/application reviewer for World of Children, Echoing Green, the Unfunded List, and more. Arwen also volunteers with the Red Cross and a local domestic violence shelter. She lives in Livermore, California, USA with her partner Todd, two young children, and several doggies.

Randy Haykin

Founder & Chief Purpose Officer Board of Directors

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Randy Haykin

Founder & Chief Purpose Officer Board of Directors

Randy is a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and coach. Randy left a successful career as a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in 2013, when he created the Gratitude Network. Prior to that, he held early digital media leadership roles at Apple, was the founding Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Yahoo, and has worked closely with CEOs at more than 120 early- and mid-stage companies as an investor, advisor, mentor or coach. Randy has also taught courses at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and at the University of Cambridge. In addition to running Gratitude Network today, Randy coaches several prominent for-profit CEOs. He holds a BA in Organizational Management from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard.

Morgan Banaszek

Program Manager

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Morgan Banaszek

Program Manager

Morgan has centered her 8 year career on non-profit program management for children and youth focused organizations. Her experience includes working for a grassroots non-profit in China providing education for rural children. Morgan cares about empowering others to excel and most recently advised students in advocacy for children’s healthcare access. Working for The Gratitude Network allows Morgan the opportunity to support non-profits around the globe with amplifying their impact. Based on the South Coast of Massachusetts, USA, Morgan enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, volunteering for a local farm and coaching lacrosse.

Board

Colleen Atkinson

Board Member

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Colleen Atkinson

Board Member

Colleen has spent nearly 30 years in commercial banking, currently serving as Executive Vice President of the Professional Banking Division of California Bank of Commerce where she specializes in the unique financial service offerings to professional service firms and not-for-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area. Colleen’s previous bank experience includes senior roles with HSBC, Comerica Bank and Silicon Valley Bank, where she specialized in financing & credit underwriting, investment advisory & securities trading, liquidity & cash management, and new business development.

Colleen currently serves on the board of The Mel and Leta Ramos Family Foundation supporting visual arts and furthering arts education. She lives in Danville with her two sons and is passionate about music, art, books and fitness.

John Brown

Board Member

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John Brown

Board Member

John Brown has been involved in the technology industry for almost 30 years. He has spent 20 years of his business career working in marketing at Apple, Inc. He has had a front row seat in the development and marketing of some of Apple’s most world changing products. The lessons learned in this part of his journey are invaluable. He has great insight in creating personal and product visions for success, understanding how to connect with your customer base at a visceral level, cutting through ambiguity to drive what matters, and developing individuals and teams to thrive personally while being highly productive. Most recently, he has become a member of Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity team developing career development initiatives for under-represented minorities and women.

John is also a certified executive coach and licensed marriage and family therapist. He blends his extensive business knowledge with his vast knowledge of human behavior to help others uncover their natural skills, realize their goals and achieve their dreams. This approach help individuals develop a self that can thrive in any climate and through the unexpected challenges that we all face throughout our life’s journey.

John has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years with his wife and daughter. He’s an avid sports fan and a die-hard Cleveland Browns and Indians fan. He passionately supports nonprofits focused on youth development. In his spare time, he loves to explore different cultures around the world.

Amy Cole

Board Member

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Amy Cole

Board Member

Amy Cole is an entrepreneur and driven leader with 30+ years of expertise consulting on business growth, financial and marketing strategies. As President at ABI Group, a boutique M&A advisory firm, she works closely with business owners and advisors to prepare for exit or sale, seek Acquisition candidates and achieve an ideal transaction structure. Prior, Ms. Cole enjoyed a 20 year progressive background in Vice President and leadership roles with venture backed start-ups, mid-market firms, public companies as well digital agencies.
Amy has 20+ years of board experience including President roles with both CABB (California Association of Business Brokers) and as founding prescient of Hawks Education Fund. She holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, lives in the SF East Bay with her husband, is a proud mother of 3 boys, an active community volunteer, fundraiser and enjoys hiking, horseback riding, yoga, reading and family adventures.

Robert David

Board Member

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Robert David

Board Member

Robert David brings more than forty years of academic, executive and non-profit management experience to his participation on the Gratitude Network’s Board. Robert is currently Executive Director of CSHRP – the Community for Strategic HR Partnership. Before CSHRP, he was Managing Director of Corporate Education for the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Robert is also Professional Faculty and Founder for Silicon Valley Executive Education (SVEE). He advises on ExecEd best practices and defining, then implementing Executive/Director/Manager-focused learning programs. Robert holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana and lives with his wife in Half Moon Bay, California.

Randy Haykin

Executive Committee Founder Gratitude Network

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Randy Haykin

Executive Committee Founder Gratitude Network

Randy is a well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and coach. Randy left a successful career as a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in 2013, when he created the Gratitude Network. Prior to that held early digital media leadership roles at Apple, was the founding Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Yahoo, and has worked closely with CEOs at more than 120 early and mid-stage companies as an investor, advisor, mentor or coach. Randy has also taught courses at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and University of Cambridge. In addition to running Gratitude Network today, Randy coaches several prominent for-profit CEOs. He holds a BA in Organizational Management from Brown University, and MBA from Harvard.

Harry Kellogg

Board Member

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Harry Kellogg

Board Member

Harry has a 30-year career at SVB. He serves as the Vice chairman of the board of Silicon Valley Bank and Head of strategic relationships for SVB Financial Group. He is responsible for overseeing SVB Financial Group’s venture capital, private equity, private banking and premium wine activities. Named one of Upside Magazine’s “100 People Who Changed Our World.”

Actively involved in many civic and industry organizations and serves on many of their boards and advisory boards, including TechNet, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, Financial Executives International, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, California/Israel Chamber of Commerce, The Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, and is an emeritus board member of the Technology Museum of Innovation

Steve Kirch

Executive Committee Treasurer

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Steve Kirch

Executive Committee Treasurer

Steve has spent more than 30 years as a manager and leader in high-tech (at IBM and Intel). He also Founded, Business Culture Advantage, productivity coaching. Certified to teach the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Steve has been married to Donna for more than 35 years and has two wonderfully intelligent and talented daughters. He also has a passion for music – singing with two award-winning Bay Area barbershop choruses.

Steven Lund

Board Member

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Steven Lund

Board Member

Steven Lund is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has funded and helped launch four AI technology companies. He is currently head of Sales, Business Development and Marketing for Exponential AI. Prior to Exponential, Steven was the Chief Revenue Officer for Auger.AI, the VP of Business Development and Sales for iguazio, the CEO of SourceThought, the President of Primex Wireless and the Chief Operations Officer at Resilient Networks. Steven started his career in successful stints at larger companies such as Cisco Systems, HP and Apple. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Computer Graphics/Computer Aided Design, and he has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Marketing from Brigham Young University with minors in Economics and Accounting. Steven has served as an advisor to BYU’s Marriott School of Management for the Center of Entrepreneurship, Thanksgiving Point Children’s Museum of Natural Curiosity, on the Board of the Royal Business Academy and several startups in AI/ML. He speaks Spanish, has lived in Spain, traveled extensively internationally, and as the father of six sons, enjoys golfing, water skiing, snow skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Bernard Moon

Board Member

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Bernard Moon

Board Member

Bernard Moon is a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Group. Previously, he was Co-founder & CEO of Vidquik, a web conferencing & sales solutions platform. Bernard was a Managing Director at the Lunsford Group, which is a private investment firm with holdings in real estate, healthcare and other industries. Bernard was Co-founder & VP of Business Development of GoingOn Networks, a social media platform for companies, and also led their product development where BusinessWeek recognized them in their “Best of the Web” list.

Previously, Bernard was a Director at iRG, a leading boutique investment bank in Asia, where he focused on TMT companies. He serves on the advisory boards to Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Data Science and Nanyang Technological University’s EcoLabs (Centre of Innovation for Energy).. He is a frequent guest writer to various technology journals, such as VentureBeat, TechCrunch, and ReadWrite, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.

He completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. He received his MPA in Telecom and New Media Policy from Columbia University and a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rex Shoemake

Board Member

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Rex Shoemake

Board Member

Rex is VP of Sales and Owner of MadetoOrder. MadetoOrder partners with customers to provide creative sourcing and sales of branded products that customer marketing departments, in turn, use to further promote their company’s products and services.

Rex lives in Pleasanton and enjoys all that the Bay Area has to offer, as well as traveling as often as possible.

David Stiehr

Board Member

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David Stiehr

Board Member

David has a 30-year history of launching successful companies including Heart Technology, Heartstream, SURx, & BARRx, among others. He is the Product Director, Google and Co-founder of Eyefluence, sold to GOOGLE 2017. He has focused his career on developing and bringing new technology into new markets.
Nothing motivates him like the opportunity (and the success) of changing the world in some way—on a national/global scale.

Dave has a degree from Purdue U. in ME.

Laura Traxler

Executive Committee Secretary

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Laura Traxler

Executive Committee Secretary

Laura developed a long career at Bank of America, where her last role Senior Vice President and Managing Director Bank of America. Laura was also COO and Marketing Manager at Insight Resource Group, a marketing services organization. She also serves on boards for-profit and non-profit, including Teach for America, Education Foundation of Orinda, and Miramonte High School.

As an empty-nester, Laura enjoys her work in the non-profit world and seeing the difference she can make.