Board

John Barton, President

A Palo Alto architect and Director of Stanford University’s Architectural Design Program, John Barton has served two terms on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Trustees and one term on the Palo Alto City Council. He is also a past Board Chair of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Housing Trust Silicon Valley.

Hirendra Hindocha, Vice President

Mr. Hindocha is an entrepreneur and has served as CEO of Digital Nirvana, Inc. for the past eight years. He holds a Masters in Computer and Information Science. Along with his strong technology background, Mr. Hindocha brings a variety of skills in strategy, planning, administration and management.

Tejas Saraiya, Vice President

Mr. Saraiya leads the customer solutions group at InVision, the digital product design platform powering the world’s best user experiences. He formerly led customer engineering and technology partnership teams for Google Cloud. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

Tarrah Henrie, Secretary

Ms. Henrie brings an extensive background of water utility capital planning and project management to our board of directors. She also has led several grant-funded research and treatment projects for water systems that are economically disadvantaged. She holds a Master’s Degree from UC Davis, and has led several grant-funded research and treatment projects for water systems that are economically disadvantaged.

Teresa Powell, Treasurer

Ms. Powell is the Executive Vice President, HOA & Deposit Services at Heritage Bank of Commerce. Ms. Powell brings extensive local and nonprofit banking expertise to our Board. Before joining Heritage, she was Executive Vice President of Community Banking for Focus Business Bank, where she oversaw the creation and growth of their HOA and nonprofit business lines. In addition to our Board, she is involved in community groups throughout the area, including West San Jose Kiwanis and Santa Clara Monterey Bay Council Boy Scouts of America.

Rohit Angle

Mr. Angle is a sales strategy and operations manager at Google and has 15 years of experience in business, nonprofit, and organizational strategy with expertise in technology, digital marketing and social media, driving top-line growth and operational excellence for multi-billion dollar businesses. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has served with nonprofits in Boston, Washington D.C., and San Jose to promote child education and end homelessness.

Sameer Bhasin

Mr. Bhasin has been a marketing professional for over 15 years and is currently involved with social impact organizations to help build and improve their value propositions. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Houston and enjoys supporting various other organizations in the Bay Area with his marketing, communications and branding experience.

Ann Danner

Ms. Danner has supported the nonprofit sector in Santa Clara County full-time for more than 40 years. She has served as an Executive Director, Board member, consultant, advisor, planner, professional and volunteer fundraiser and donor to nonprofits of all sizes. In the process, she has developed a broad connection with many aspects of the South Bay community that she can leverage to assist Abode Services.

John Domantay

Mr. Domantay brings more than 20 years of experience counseling people struggling with addiction or homelessness. He has helped review and provide treatment options to those grappling with substance abuse. His unique professional perspective has been forged by years of lending his expertise to help guide Bay Area stakeholders in the field of criminal justice. He holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from John F. Kennedy University’s College of Law, and a Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary social science from the University of South Florida.

Brian Gin

Mr. Gin is a technology lawyer with the extensive experience leading global privacy and security efforts. He currently works in the Privacy Office at Stanford University. He was previously a director at Cisco, where he led legal efforts related to privacy, security and data protection, as well as strategic and competitive marketing. Before that, he worked as a consultant for numerous startups, and as a lawyer at the Walt Disney Internet Group and Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher. Mr. Gin also previously served as a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Asian Law Alliance in San Jose. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in human biology from Stanford University, and Juris Doctorate Degree from Columbia Law School.

John Lee

Mr. Lee brings to Abode years of information technology work experience, including a tenure at Celerity, Inc., where he was responsible for worldwide IT operations including maintenance of Oracle Corporation’s Enterprise Resource Planning solutions used for manufacturing and financial system management. He joined the Washington Hospital Healthcare System in 2010 as director of information services infrastructure and technology. Since 2015, he has served as chief information officer, overseeing the hospital’s information services operations. He also serves on the hospital’s Operations Improvement committee and is co-chair of its privacy and information security committee. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley, and received a certificate in computer networks from Coleman College.

Gail Price

GailPrice cropMs. Price served on both the Palo Alto School Board and the Palo Alto City Council. A longtime member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, she has a combination of 30 years of experience as a local and regional community and transportation planner, and non-profit administrator and fundraiser for the San Jose Museum of Art. She also was the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley. Ms. Price recently was Chair and member of the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board; she was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations and the Jail Diversion Committee. She has been on numerous Boards and Commissions related to the arts, childcare, social services, and permanent supportive housing. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto. She received a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland.

Ken Smith

Mr. Smith has been a licensed Realtor since 1999 and is currently a real estate agent and office general manager of Realty World One Alliance. He has served on numerous boards, including the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee, the Union Sanitary District, and many others. He believes in getting involved in his community and serving his clients with any and all of their real estate needs.

Tom Wasow 

Mr. Wasow is the Academic Secretary of Stanford University, where he was a professor of linguistics and philosophy for 43 years. He has been active on issues related to affordable housing on the Peninsula since the mid-1990s, when he was appointed to a City of Palo Alto task force on homelessness. He has served on the board of the Community Working Group since its founding, and also serves on the board of Peninsula Healthcare Connection.