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.
Educator, artist, life coach and social entrepreneur. Her love for her son, Aaron, who is diagnosed with autism, and her understanding of the needs of the individuals and families affected by autism, inspired her to start Wings Learning Center in 2001. In 2005 she was honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for her work in community and public service. This is a calling that continues to drive her commitment to non-profit Boards that educate, support, and advocate for individuals with disabilities. In 2014 she co-founded Rident Park, a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the housing shortage for individuals with disabilities. Irma lives in San Mateo, with her husband, Sherman and son Aaron.
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.
Noël Kreidler is passionate about shifting the mindset around what it means to have a disability. Having a physical disability since birth, she brings this unique set of life experiences to the forefront of her work. Her successful career in corporate Human Resources has allowed her extensive experience working with people with disabilities.
She is thrilled to be on the BAHC Board. Noël started Kreidler Solutions in 2016 to design solutions that assist people with disabilities in the workforce and in the process of transforming their home so they can remain in place as they age. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her boyfriend, friends and family, swimming, writing essays, reading, and watercolor.