Meet the Board Members

Padma

Board President

padma@gratefulgarment.org

Padma Velmulapalli

Padma is an experienced technology executive currently leading NetSuite Platform at Oracle Inc. Prior to Oracle, she held different leadership positions at Cisco and AT&T. She specializes in building SaaS products and leading digital transformations. Padma holds an Executive MBA from Michigan Ross and a M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University. She is passionate about encouraging women in technology, STEM education for girls, early childhood education, and mentoring. She plans to bring her professional experience to contribute to strategy and growth for TGGP.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, gardening, and travelling.

Yvonne Murray

Yvonne is a changemaker, known for building community partnerships to solve shared problems. After 20+ years of leadership in the technology space, Yvonne pivoted to a full-time focus on community activism. Her strong sense of purpose, along with a talent for collaboration, and her ability to get things done are a powerful combination both in business and her work in the community. Yvonne is known for balancing a practical, pragmatic approach to problem solving, with a deep and compassionate understanding of the personal impact. By looking at both hard data and personal impact, she is able to find common ground for collaborative problem solving on difficult topics. Yvonne believes that better IS possible together, and is building connections and collaborations to make that happen. For relaxation, Yvonne enjoys attending Sharks games with her family, cycling with friends, and reading good books.

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Board Member

Sumati Natarajan

Bio coming soon…

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Board Member

Cheryl Mathews

Bio coming soon…

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Board Member

Anviti Shastri

Bio coming soon…

JR

Board Member

Armin “J.R.” McKee

Armin “JR” McKee is a highly experienced and dedicated real estate advisor and community leader in Silicon Valley with over 42 years of industry expertise. With a deep understanding of the local area, he is committed to making a positive impact in the community.

Since 1999, JR has been a crucial member of the Kiwanis Club of Campbell, serving as a Kiwanis Key Club Advisor, past president, vice president, board member and key stakeholder helping to impact the lives of children and the Campbell Community. JR is also an active member of various non-profit organizations, including the Campbell Museum & Ainsley House Foundation, where he served as a past board member for ten years.

JR is a valuable board member of The Grateful Garment Project, a non-profit that supports survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. With his extensive knowledge and experience in real estate and community service, he contributes significantly to the organization’s mission.

Patrick

Board Member

Patrick Hammon

Patrick is an experienced commercial litigator with a J.D. from UCLA Law School who has lived in San Jose for virtually all of his life.  A dedicated advocate and advisor for both large public companies and promising startups in his professional life, Patrick is a firm believer in building bridges in the Silicon Valley for the betterment of his community in his personal life.  He strongly believes in the mission of The Grateful Garment Project, and is inspired everyday by its selfless commitment to treating survivors with respect and dignity.  Outside of his legal practice and TGGP, you will often see Patrick with his caring wife Courtney, his baby boy Elliott, his two labs Willow and Walter, and a couple times a year as Santa Claus at Christmas in the Park.

Alexis

Board Member

Alexis Pace

Alexis has 18+ years working across all disciplines within the marketing field (print, TV, radio, events, promotions, brand ambassadors, social media, digital, influencers, research, and analysis). Alexis holds an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and B.A.s in Art and International Studies from Kenyon College. She has completed various marketing certification programs at UCLA, the American Marketing Association, and the Digital Marketing Institute. Alexis was born and raised in Latin America, and is fluent in English and Spanish. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, checking out and making art, traveling, and outdoor activities, primarily hiking, kayaking, and scuba diving.

Javiera

Board Member

Javiera Condell

Javiera Condell is a Latina professional with a diverse background in sociology, anthropology, and digital marketing. Originally from Chile, Javiera embarked on her academic journey in the social sciences, obtaining a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and cultural dynamics. Seeking new horizons, she relocated to the United States and furthered her education, specializing in digital marketing.

Javiera then co-founded Minka Marketing, a 360 bilingual (English and Spanish) marketing agency. As the co-owner, Javiera plays a pivotal role in driving the success of the agency. Minka offers a wide range of services, including brand strategy, brand advocacy and education, analysis, market research, design services, and presentation design and consulting.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Javiera is deeply passionate about social causes, particularly the fight against sexual violence. Her dedication and compassion led her to become a board member of the Grateful Garment Project, where she now works with the marketing team.

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Board Member

Marcia Rendall

After spending a Saturday morning as a Weekend Warrior volunteering with The Grateful Garment Project and learning about the mission of TGGP, Marcia was inspired to seek other volunteer opportunities within the organization. She quickly became a weekly volunteer.
Marcia is dedicated to contributing to TGGP’s mission to help sexual assault survivors retain their dignity and begin the healing process. She is passionate about spreading awareness, especially with teens and young adults.
In addition to joining the TGGP board, Marcia will continue to volunteer weekly.
She has first-hand knowledge that without dedicated volunteers The Grateful Garment Project could not accomplish the important work it does. She served as the committee chair for the Spring 2023 DigniTea and worked closely with the co-chairs for the Fall 2023 DigniTea, which is the most successful TGGP fundraiser to date.
In addition to TGGP Marcia has volunteered with Second Harvest, Sacred Heart,
San Jose Public Library and Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer walks.

Clorinda

Board Member

Clorinda Sammis

After stepping down from the Board of a local nonprofit organization Clorinda was looking for another organization in which she could make a difference.
After meeting with Lisa Blanchard and learning about the mission of The Grateful Garment Project she knew she had found that organization. Prior to retirement she worked for over 30 years at various high tech companies in the Silicon Valley. In her last position as Director of Finance and Administration she was a member of the senior management team. As a member of TGGP Board she looks forward to using the skills gained throughout her career. She loves to travel, especially to Italy, wine tasting in the Paso Robles area and spending time with family and friends.

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