Olga grew up in Puerto Rico and has lived in the Bay Area since 1992. She recently retired from Stanford University after 24 years where she was a Stewardship Officer responsible for the administration of scholarships. The most rewarding part of her job was getting to know students from all backgrounds and watching them grow to be the leaders of our future.
As a volunteer, Olga has worked for Home and Hope since it started in
San Mateo County in 2001. She currently serves as coordinator at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City along with her husband, John.
Board President Emeritus
Paul Zen balances his training in accounting and for business, with a commitment to community service. He has volunteered as treasurers for various organizations, ranging from high school to non-profit groups.
His current professional work involves asset and financial management of a company overseeing a portfolio of hotels and office buildings in the United States. His personal goal in life is combine his work in business with his devotion to helping the under-privileged. He is married and has two sons.
Board President Emeritus
Lisa had been involved with Home & Hope as an overnight volunteer for many years before joining the board in 2008. She also currently sits on the board of Episcopal Charities of the San Francisco Bay Area.
To her community work she brings the benefits of her post graduate studies at California Institute of Integral Studies and The Graduate Theological Union, her work with Marshall Rosenberg's Center for Non Violent Communication, along with her Harvard Law School degree.
Lisa resides in Burlingame, California, where she practices tax consulting.
Board Vice President and Secretary
Sarah Copeland joined Home & Hope in March 2013. She is a recovering attorney, and currently works in financial planning and portfolio management at Wetherby Asset Management in San Francisco. A Southerner by birth, she feels very lucky to be able to contribute to the betterment of the Bay Area, her adopted home, via her work with Home & Hope.
Sarah holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and earned a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Northern California Planned Giving Council. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband.
A San Francisco Peninsula native, Debbie is very familiar with the distinctive characteristics of our local communities where she has served
and volunteered in leadership positions for the past 20 years. Roles include board positions on the Burlingame Library Foundation, the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce, and Sacred Heart Schools.
She served as president of the Burlingame Community for Education and Burlingame Intermediate School PTA. She created the Interfaith Choral Concert five years ago which brings together the musical talents of six local churches and benefits Home & Hope.
Debbie is a dedicated realtor associated with Alain Pinel Realtors in Burlingame. Prior to her real estate career she spent over 20 years as an interior designer working on both commercial and residential projects.
Dr. John Poole
Since Home & Hope began in 2001, John has been a steady
presence, volunteering at our host sites and fund raisers. He is a
licensed clinical psychologist who brings 45 years of experience in
program development, healthcare, teaching, and research. John has
specialized in diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions,
trauma recovery, and teaches meditation and resiliency skills. He
recently retired from the Veterans Healthcare system after serving
military veterans for over 20 years. John has extensive experience with
grant writing, program evaluation, and publication; he has co-authored
over 40 journal articles and 100 presentations at conferences and
workshops. He teaches at Congregation Beth Jacob, whom he
represents in the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, and is active in
interfaith education and community building. John joined the Home & Hope board of directors in July 2017.
Karen Wisialowski joined Home & Hope in 2015. She has served on several non-profit boards, most recently, on the Steering Committee of Harvard Business School Community Partners, a pro bono consulting organization. Karen is passionate about family, community, and social justice. Her work and community service lives are closely intertwined. Professionally, Karen serves as Chief Community Officer of Peninsula Temple Sholom, a Burlingame synagogue that is a Home & Hope host congregation.
Originally from Detroit, Karen came to San Francisco via the East Coast. Karen holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Holly and her 3 children worked as volunteers for Home & Hope prior to Holly joining the board in 2017. She brings with her over 25 years of technical and management experience from organizations such as AT&T, Visa and Google. Holly retired in 2016. In addition to giving her time to Home & Hope, she shuttles her teenage daughters around town.
Having witnessed the impact Home & Hope has had on San Mateo County’s homeless families, Holly brings passion to her work on the board. In addition to serving as Secretary, Holly works on parish outreach and communication.
Marty Jordan joined Home and Hope in March of 2017. Marty brings with her 20+ years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has spent her career as an organization development consultant focusing on improving individual, team and organizational capabilities required by the organization to execute on its business strategy.
Besides serving on the board of Home and Hope, Marty works as a volunteer for Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Sister District.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she moved to the SF Bay area in 1997 and now resides in San Mateo, California and is the proud guardian of two amazing cats.
Marty has a BS in Education from Washington State University and a MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.