Happy Hollow Foundation

 

Board of Directors

Chris Soden

Chris del Pilar
Board President

Chris brings to the Board more than 30 years of experience in finance and administration. She left a controller position in the high tech world in 2010 and has been providing consulting services to non profit and for profit companies since then. She has a passion for animals and wildlife conservation, a commitment to having fun and a strong desire to make her little corner of the world a better place.

Chris is a Robert Brownlee Service Award recipient. This is her third term in an executive position on the Happy Hollow Board.

“My favorite Happy Hollow Memory is my first visit to the park almost 30 years ago when mother and I brought my daughter here on her second birthday. Happy Hollow has been part of our lives ever since - Denise was a zoo teen and was on staff at HHPZ for many years."

 

Jimm Vosburgh
Vice President

Jimm serves as Vice President of Corporate Assets for West Valley Construction, an underground utility contractor based in Campbell.  He is a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager and has been involved in the purchasing & maintenance of construction equipment and construction project management for more than 35 years.  Jimm is actively involved in the West Valley Charitable Foundation, United Contractors Association, Operating Engineers Local  3 Sub-Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Construction Financial Management Association, National Association of Fleet Administrators, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and the Silicon Valley Organization.

Jimm and his wife are San Jose natives with many fond memories of Happy Hollow as children and as parents of 2 daughters - one of which worked as a puppeteer in the Happy Hollow puppet theater during her high school years.

 
Bill Tuttle

Bill Tuttle
Secretary

Bill is Assistant Chief Engineer - Planning and Development for San Jose Water Company and has been a Happy Hollow enthusiast since 2004 when his daughter was 2 years old.  He is a Community Leadership San Jose 2007 graduate who brings an engineering perspective to the Board (geekiness with a side of humor).

"My favorite Happy Hollow memory is having my daughter's 4th birthday party at Happy Hollow.  Everything was so perfect and the kids had such a great time with the petting zoo, rides and puppet show.  It was the highlight of the party season for the 4-year old set!"

 

Kirk Walukiewicz

Kirk Walukiewicz
Treasurer

Kirk is an alumnus of San Jose Silicon Valley Community Leadership Class of 2005 and is a board member of Central YMCA - Silicon Valley. He is a past board member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National M.S. Society and the San Jose Leadership Council, serving as treasurer for three years. Kirk has worked as a CPA since 1999 and is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPA’s. Kirk graduated from San Jose State University. 

"My favorite memories of Happy Hollow are coming as a kid and then seeing my amazing nieces having a great time and learning new things."

 
 

Michael Borkenhagen
Board Member

 
 

Vikki Bowes-Mok
Board Member

Vikki Bowes-Mok joined the board of Happy Hollow Foundation in 2015. She has two daughters, Sasha and Austen, who introduced her to Happy Hollow more than a decade ago and has loved the park and zoo ever since. She is a freelance editor and a passionate community volunteer who adores San Jose. She's a 2003 graduate of Community Leadership San Jose and has served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society, YWCA Silicon Valley, the San Jose Leadership Council and the Belle Foundation.

"I have so many happy memories at Happy Hollow but one of my favorites was watching my daughter's face light up as she came barreling down the slide at Redwood Lookout; pure joy!"

 

Lissa Kreisler

Lissa Kreisler
Board Member

Lissa spent 39 years on local radio, KLOK 1170 and then 94.5 KBAY waking folks up every weekday morning with stories, news and lots of laughter! Growing up in San Jose and spending many days at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo first as a child and then bringing her own kids and later grandchildren, she has shared many stories about her love for this local treasure. Long a community advocate for many non profits, local institutions and a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, she is so excited and proud to be part of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo!

 

Charlie McCollum
Board Member

Before retiring in 2013, Charlie McCollum spent nearly 45 in journalism, including 30 years at the Mercury News as an editor and writer. He joined the Foundation board immediately after retirement, partly to continue the legacy of his late wife Holly Hayes who was a long-time supporter of Happy Hollow. He is also a member of the San Jose Arts Commission, serves on the boards of the City Lights Theater Company and the San Jose Downtown Association Foundation and is a supporter of such local arts organizations as San Jose Jazz.

 

Jared Miller
Board Member

Before a career in the automotive industry, Jared Miller played baseball and worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He currently serves as General Manager of Lexus Stevens Creek and lives in San Jose with his wife and two children. Jared loves to travel, recently going on safari in South Africa, and manages his son’s t-ball team.

“I joined this board because I love animals and love taking my kids to HHPZ. I think learning about animals is such a fun way for kids to learn and explore. There are so many important aspects of the park and zoo like animal conservation, getting kids outdoors, and providing a safe environment for families to come together and be actual families is simply invaluable. My children and I have forged memories that we will all never forget at HHPZ and I want to help do my part to make sure the park and zoo are here for many generations to enjoy.”

 

Max Schultz
Board Member

Born and raised in San Jose, Max has many fond memories of visiting Happy Hollow as a child. His two favorite attractions were Danny the Dragon and the Puppet Theater. Fast forward many (many) years, he is thrilled to see how much Happy Hollow has grown and evolved.

 

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