2014 - 2015 Leadership Team
Giles Hinchliff, President
Originally from England, Giles lives in Moraga with his wife and three children. His main area of interest is using technology for positive social and environmental impact, particularly focused on improving the inefficient and unbalanced US health system. Other concerns include improving children's education in California, encouraging sustainable living and preserving natural diversity. Currently works as Director of Web and Mobile Development at Blue Shield of California.
Kasey Gardner, Vice President of Global Events
Professor of Communication and Political Science at Los Medanos College. Originally from the central coast, Kasey focuses on sustainability issues surrounding energy and finance globally. With experience in education, environmental advocacy and energy; Kasey is always an interested party in a conversation on sustainability. If possible he prefers these conversations occur during a baseball game, on a ski lift or at the Commonwealth Club.
Srilatha Kancherla, Vice President of Strategy, Programs and Projects
Manager of Supply planning at Cisco Systems Inc. During last 17 years she lived in California, she volunteered in many non-profit organizations to be part of community & build better future. Very passionate about preventing global warming. There may be many reasons for global warming, but only 1 solution – You!. Joined Netimpact chapter at Saint Mary’s college to make a small difference in the community towards more sustainable future and motivate few others on the way.
Rebecca Kramer, Vice President of Marketing
Currently, Rebecca works for an environmental non-profit implementing projects and programs protecting conservation values from growth related impacts. She has been working in the this field for more than a dozen years gaining experience in multiple roles and countries. She is also a member of the California Bar Association. She joined St Mary's NetImpact chapter to further her passion to help organizations integrate sustainable strategies and best practices positively serving and empowering the community and to enhance the environment.
Jennifer Farrell, Vice President of Finance
Jennifer is a current student in the PMBA program at St. Mary’s College. She has had success in starting and managing various small businesses, and aims to combine her experiences with her education to enhance her abilities in the professional world. Jennifer is passionate about traveling, the great outdoors, hiking, and sustainability. Through St. Mary’s Net Impact, she hopes to gain experience in sustainable projects, community education, and be part of a team that makes a difference in the way the community views and uses its resources.
Dr. Berna P. Aksu, Faculty Advisor
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Chair of Management Department at St. Mary's College School of Economics & Business Administration. She is also the Director of the Center for the regional economy, which coordinates outreach, community involvement, consulting & events, especially in the field of entrepreneurship.
Dr. Aksu has been teaching for more than 15 years. Over her career she has worked with and consulted for startups as well as large corporations. Her research has been published in edited books and international scholarly journals. She specializes in strategy, global management, entrepreneurship, venture capital & corporate governance.
Matthew Johnson, VP Events
Matthew is a Bay Area native with over 10 years of experience covering property and liability insurance on large commercial buildings throughout the United States. While attending the PMBA program at St. Mary's, Matthew is strengthening his background in mathematics and financial analysis. He joined the St. Mary's NetImpact chapter to spread awareness about the sustainability issues that we are faced with, especially in the water sector. Using a triple bottom line framework by addressing people, planet and profit is the best way to ensure a bright future for generations to come.
Dylan Metas, Vice President of Communications and Membership
Dylan is a certified optician and IT manager for Valley Opticians. He loves the outdoors and tries to spend as much of his free time as he can hiking or camping. He is very interested in energy and clean technology and researching vertical farming and water desalination efforts; which is what eventually lead him to Net Impact where he can improve the local and world community with like minded individuals.
Steve Avila, Associate Vice President (not pictured)
Sweety Kapoor, Associate Vice President (not pictured)