Team Members Bio

Barbara Otto

Barbara is a California native whose passion for social justice started early in life. Barbara has worn several career hats: from office administrator, high school English teacher to Esthetician to full-time mother. Barbara has spent many years piloting the family mini-van while homeschooling her family. Her life is busy with her husband, an Engineer, her three children, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 hamsters and 1 horse. She has enjoyed running half-marathons, cycling and participating in triathlons. A born manager, Barbara has previously volunteered with Planned Parenthood, Nursing Mothers Council, Girl Scouts and 100 Women Who Care Silicon Valley. She is a master grant writer, stellar speaker and the Grateful Garment Project’s mission resonates passionately for her.

William Cotter

William is a South Bay native who served as a military police in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Notre Dame de Namur University where TGGP first began as a class project. William teamed with the founder, Lisa J. Blanchard, to develop much of the organization’s infrastructure. As the project grew, so did his purpose. A devoted father and husband to an amazing woman, William is also blessed to be raised by a strong mother. He applies his discipline and purpose to his sales and marketing lead role as well as seeking justice and to affect culture change surrounding sexual violence.

Ashley Hu

Ashley serves as senior counsel for X (formerly Google X), where she advises on emerging technologies, such as Loon (balloon-powered Internet), Makani (energy kites), Waymo (self-driving vehicles), and Glass (smart glasses). Prior to joining Google in 2011, Ashley was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, working on a broad range of intellectual property, technology and commercial matters. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law. Ashley lives in Los Altos with her husband, their two daughters, their two dogs and cat.

Yvonne Murray

Yvonne has 20+ years of leadership in the technology space and community activism working to solve critical social problems. She is currently Director of Business Operations at Adobe. 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. For relaxation, Yvonne enjoys attending Sharks games with her family, cycling with friends, and reading good books.

Michele Grisham

I am honored to have served with The Grateful Garment Project since October 2016. My objective is to bring my professional and personal experience to a critical non-profit serving the needs of Californians. I have more than 25 years of marketing and business development experience at Cisco Systems and G2 Research (acquired by Gartner). My passion is making a difference every day, leveraging my strategy, facilitation, and team collaboration expertise. For enjoyment, I spend time with my family, travel, and explore food and wine.

Joan Sherlock

Joan is a native of Los Altos Hills with a lifelong passion for leading meaningful change. She has been in high tech marketing in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and worked most recently as Vice President, Digital Marketing at SAP in Palo Alto. Prior to SAP Joan led marketing programs for various technology companies including Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer. She also enjoys mentoring, and delivering strategies that inspire and deliver results. Joan spends her spare time hanging out with three terrific daughters, community service and coaching budding executives. She maintains her work/life balance by being an ardent foodie, running, hiking and cycling throughout our beautiful valley.

Susan Silver

Susan is a native of the bay area and enjoys a diverse range of work and activities. The first part of her career was spent primarily in high-tech with a focus on managing client success in the Business to Business and Enterprise Software sector. 10 years ago, she left corporate to become an independent fashion consultant. She brings the same dedication to customer satisfaction and loves helping women look and feel their best. She is currently working toward her certification in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and is looking forward to this next phase. She is also a mixed media artist and an avid Pilates student. She enjoys travel and regularly exploring the city and bay area with her husband. She is honored to be joining the Grateful Garment team.

Deborah Freehling

Dr. Deborah Freehling is a semi-retired Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon. She sees and treats patients of all ages. She heralds from Illinois and Wisconsin, majored in Biology and minored in physics, math and art history. She was the 5th woman to be admitted to the prestigious Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary ENT program at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. She has been in private practice initially Los Altos and now Mountain View for over 24 years. Dr. Freehling was the treasurer, vice-chairperson and then Chairperson of the Dept. of Surgery at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She has been a member of the Medical Executive Committee of El Camino Ambulatory Surgicenter since 1996. She was a member of the Santa Clara County Medical Association, California Medical Association, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery since 1986. For fun, Dr. Freehling is becoming an Interior Designer and will be getting her ASID degree shortly. Her hobbies include hiking, bicycling, skiing, scuba diving, dancing, reading and music.

Nancy Moreno

Nancy has always been involved with Bay Area community work to build resilience and combining creative solutions to bridge gaps. Her work in technology and the creative arts have intertwined as she enjoys collaborating and leading teams on new strategies with an intersectional approach to inspire results. Her management roles in both marketing and technical programs have been in the hospitality and high tech industries, including Oracle and Sun Microsystems. She works with various groups to raise awareness about human trafficking in the Bay Area and breaking the silence on this horrific crime. Nancy is also active in the community with American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the proud mom of three amazing daughters. She enjoys the beach, art, and exploring new places with family and friends.

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