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Board of Directors

Last Updated: 10/11/2017

Bernie Billen, Chair

Bernie has been a resident of Pleasanton for over 30 years. She is Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of Bay Commercial Bank. Specializing in working with small business owners, Bernie finds that her love of volunteering, as well as her strong commitment to Pleasanton, is an asset to both her job and her community. Her commitment to community service is well-known in the Tri-Valley. She has been active in many local non-profit organizations.

Diane Anderson, Vice-Chair

Diane is a graduate of California Coast University, and has been working in the field of Human Resources Management for over 20 years. Diane currently works at Kaiser Permanente as the Retirement Administration Manager. She has comprehensive knowledge and experience in the management of Health and Welfare, Benefit Plans, and Human Resources, in both the for-profit and non-profit business sectors.

Dick Stafford

Dick is a Human Resources professional and founder of Stafford Consulting LLC.  He has over 25 years’ experience helping companies develop and grow the “people” side of their business.  Dick’s primary focus is in the areas of Executive and Leadership Coaching and Strategic HR Planning.  He shares his expertise with community organizations by assisting them with human resource and leadership growth.

Kristen Hayes Kuse

Kristen is an attorney and the founder of Integrated General Counsel, which provides legal counsel to professional business owners.  Kristen graduated Mills College, UC Berkeley’s cross registration program, and the University of San Francisco, with an undergraduate BBA in Accounting. Kristen received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University Law School and is a current member of the California State Bar.  Kristen’s career has focused on all aspects of litigation, including: anti-trust, corporate counsel, securities litigation, and preparing matters for trial, for both domestic and international law firms.

Marjorie Wong-Gillmore, Secretary

Marjorie has been a Commercial Lender in the banking industry for 35 years, and currently works for Heritage Bank of Commerce. She entered into community service more than 20 years ago. Marjorie served on the city of Dublin’s Parks and Community Services Commission for eight years and is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.  She has served on the board for Child Care Links since 2008.  The issue of quality, consistent and reasonable child care has been important issue to Marjorie and she views the ability of Child Care Links to provide programs and services as continued opportunities for community growth and success.

Mary Hekl

Mary’s professional passion is helping individuals learn and grow; and working with teams to become high performing groups.  For 14 years at Google she held various roles in Online Sales and Operations, Learning and Development, and People Operations (HR).  She now owns HOGI Leadership Consulting - a small business based in Pleasanton that focuses on executive, leadership and management development.  She also serves on the board of directors for BACT (Bay Area Children’s Theatre).

Ryan Duncan Anderson, Treasurer

Ryan, a resident of Pleasanton, has been in the financial services industry since 2005. He became familiar with the valuable services of Child Care Links while searching for reliable childcare for his own children. He has served on the board of Child Care Links since 2012. Ryan is also actively involved in the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley YMCA where he serves on the local board of managers and in the Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby club.


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