Jon Gundersen- Chair of BAHC’s Board
Father of two teenaged children and co-founder of United Mechanical (UMI), Jon is a Silicon Valley success story who had a big vision for a top-notch heating and air company. He grew UMI from seed to a $60M company.
Clare McDermott (Past Chair of BAHC’s Board)
Mother of two young women with developmental disabilities, saw a need for housing options in the community for this population seventeen years ago. She drew together a coalition of local agencies to address this problem and Housing Choices Coalition was born. After chairing HCC for 7 years, she then went on to chair BAHC.
Father of a daughter that has a developmental disability. He is the First Vice-President of Merrill Lynch in Cupertino and has a very strong interest in housing and finances. His expertise has been very valuable to BAHC.
Director of Development for Charities Housing, a non-profit housing development corporation located in Silicon Valley. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in developing affordable housing for low income families, seniors and individual with special needs. Serving on the Board of the Bay Area Housing Corporation is an honor and a privilege.
Works for Sun/Oracle as the Director of Engineering, and he is the father of an adult son with a developmental disability and mental illness. Uday has been a caregiver, helper, and advocate for the cause of understanding and providing support to the community with mental health issues. He wants a safe, clean, and loving environment for his son to live in. Uday joined BAHC to help create more homes to transform more lives, and he represents NAMI in the Community Living Coalition (CLC) that addresses the issue of supportive housing for the mentally ill.
Karen ottle is a senior counsel in Sidley’s Corporate Governance practice and is located in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Prior to joining Sidley, she was senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE), for 10 years. Karen brings her years of on-the-ground experience to the legal issues that are of most concern to management and in-house lawyers at global technology and other growth companies.
We are thrilled to welcome Jeff Darling to BAHC’s Board of Directors. Jeff’s career in education and social services is a shining example of a person who has dedicated his talent and energy to advancing the lives of individuals with special needs. With years of key leadership with the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC), Jeff’s work on vendor and housing related services, including co-chairing the ARCA Housing Committee, have impacted the lives of over 17,000 individuals with I/DD.
Prior to SARC, Jeff worked in schools, both directly in the classroom and with teachers around the world, developing curriculum and advancing efforts to empower young people. Jeff brings a gold mine of experience and key relationships to BAHC’s mission to create more housing for individuals with I/DD.
As a mother of a son with autism, Kathy saw the need to advocate for him early on. She learned to navigate IEPs and work within the system. In 2012, her son qualified for Regional Center services, and she applied to serve on the Board of Directors for the Regional Center of the East Bay. She soon became Vice President, and for the past seven years, she has served in the role of President and Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) Board Delegate. From 2019-2021, Kathy served as ARCA President. Kathy’s term will come to an end in March 2023 with the Regional Center of the East Bay Board of Directors, and she is very interested in legacy housing for her son.