Our Board

Opening Doors’ nonprofit structure for decision-making is modeled after the best practices for nonprofit organizations. The volunteer Board of Directors is a governance body that meets periodically to ensure adequate funding to carry out our mission and programs and protect financial assets.  The Board ensures effective organizational planning to sustain the organization and that programs and services are consistent with Opening Doors’ mission. The Board delegates to the CEO the day-to-day operations and management of the organization.  

 

Our Board

Name Title Role Bio
Susan Christian Board Chair Senior Staff Attorney, California Department of State Hospitals Bio

Susan Christian, chair of the Opening Doors Board of Directors, joined the board in 2014 and brings many years of nonprofit, legal and advocacy experience. Since 2012, she has worked for the California Department of State Hospitals as Senior Staff Attorney where she works to assure the best interests are met for state mental hospital patients, hospital staff, and the public. She has practiced civil rights law for nearly 32 years. During the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with persons living with AIDS.  She also spent several years working with Cambodian refugees and represented persons from El Salvador, Guatemala and Iraq in pro bono political asylum cases.  

Prior to attending law school, Sue was a medical technologist for about 10 years. Her original love was music, which she studied in college. Sue explains that working with Opening Doors has been a natural progression in providing service to others. She’s very grateful for the opportunity.

Eduardo Blanco Board Vice Chair Supervising Assistant General Councili, Retired Annuitant, Agricultural Labor Relations Board Bio

Eduardo Blanco was drawn to Opening Doors because of a strong desire to help the Hispanic immigrant community. He was invited to join the organization’s Board of Directors in 2014 and became its vice chair in 2017.

After earning his law degree at UC Davis, he went to work for the state’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board, which he has served for 38 years. He became aware of Opening Doors through the ALRB’s efforts to prevent labor trafficking and says his own work has been “very rewarding with respect to knowing I have helped farmworkers.” Eduardo has a lively interest in the arts and supports the Crocker Art Museum by being a member of its Director’s Circle.

Terrie Lind Board Treasurer Retired, Associate Vice President of Youth Development & Education, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Bio

Terrie Lind joined the Opening Doors Board of Directors in 2013, chairs its finance committee and is a member of the executive committee. She was the Associate Vice President for Youth Development and Education at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte until she retired in 2014.

Terrie brings strong program development and management experience from an array of nonprofit organizations. She served as director of programs and evaluation for Community Foundation Silicon Valley, overseeing creation of grant guidelines and award processes; evaluating effectiveness of grantees’ work; and acting as program staff to donor-advised funds and a supporting foundation.

Linda Ziegahn Board Secretary Retired, Community Engagement Coordinator, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Clinical and Translational Science Center Bio

Linda Ziegahn has been on the Board of Directors of Opening Doors since 2008 and currently serves as the board secretary. Linda recently retired from the Community Engagement and Research Program for the Clinical and Translational Science Center at UC Davis where she developed and conducted community-engaged research training programs.

She brings to the board her interests and experience in intercultural communication, conflict resolution, and community engagement. She holds a doctorate in adult education from Michigan State University. She also serves on the boards of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center and the UC Davis Retirees’ Association.

Cindy Arndt Vice President, Retail Sales Consultant, Northern California, Wells Fargo Bank
Kimberly Kevil Diaz American Red Cross Bio

Kimberly Diaz is a wife and a mother who serves as a regional philanthropy officer at the American Red Cross in Sacramento. For many years, she was the financial securities industry relationship manager in New York City and wanted to apply what she learned on Wall Street to helping people.

Two years ago, she joined the Board of Directors of Opening Doors and has served on its marketing committee. She has Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Rhode Island. 

Greg Eddy Retired, California Federation of Teachers, Union Representative Bio

Greg Eddy began his career as a high school English teacher in Gilroy, CA where he served as president of the Gilroy Federation of Teachers. He moved to Sacramento in 1996 to take a position with the California Federation of Teachers and retired in 2014.

He joined the Opening Doors Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as chair of the organization’s governance committee. Greg is a member of The Table United Methodist Church that co-sponsors refugee families with Opening Doors.

Khoban Kochai Business and Operations Manager, UC Davis School of Medicine Bio

Khoban Kochai joined the Opening Doors Board of Directors in 2017 and is a member of its finance and metrics task force committees. She is from Lowgar, Afghanistan and came to the United States as a refugee fleeing the Soviet Invasion at a very young age. Khoban has more than 15 years of experience in health care management, public health and health advocacy and has held positions in nonprofit and academic organizations, both domestically and abroad.

Currently, she holds a leadership position in the UC Davis Faculty Development and Diversity unit. Khoban has a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Davis and dual master degrees in public health and Islamic Studies from UCLA.  

Chris Lemmon Newmark Cornish & Carey Bio

Chris Lemmon joined Opening Doors in 2014 and is a member of the communications committee. Chris is the executive vice president at Newmark Knight Frank, managing the firm’s Sacramento and Roseville offices.  He has worked in commercial real estate for over 16 years and has been consistently recognized as a top producer with a focus on leasing and sales of office space in the greater Sacramento region.  He has also successfully negotiated more than one million square feet of facilities specifically for charter schools in California.

In 2014, Chris was named “Young Professional of the Year” by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Association of Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) and the Sutter Club, served as a member of the Jesuit High School Alumni Council and is a past member of the Active 20-30 Sacramento No. 1 Club. In his spare time, he goes hunting and fishing and pursues his passion for classic cars.

Joan A. Markoff Chief Counsel, State Compensation Insurance Fund Bio

Joan Markoff has served on Opening Doors Board of Directors since 2010 and is a past Board Chair. Joan currently serves on the fundraising and governance committees.  Joan is an attorney and has worked in public service her entire legal career.  Joan has served as Chief Counsel of the State Compensation Insurance Fund since 2016. Previously Joan was appointed by Governor Brown as Chief Counsel of CalHR from 2011 through mid-2016. Joan also worked as an Assistant Chief Counsel for the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Joan began her legal career in 1986 as a Public Defender in Solano County and thereafter performed death penalty appellate work with the Office of the State Public Defender. 

Alanna Romo Partner, Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office Bio

Alanna Romo, an immigration attorney and partner with Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office, PC, joined the Opening Doors Board of Directors in 2018. Prior to establishing Kanter & Romo, she was a paralegal for 10 years and then associate attorney with Kanter Immigration Law Office. 

Alanna graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in international relations from California State University, Sacramento and has a law degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.

Estelle Saltzman Board Adviser, Runyon Saltzman Inc. Bio

Estelle Saltzman has been a member of the Opening Doors’ Board of Directors for more than 8 years.  She was a newspaper reporter/editor for seven years in Northern and Southern California and Northern Nevada before entering the world of public relations/advertising. In 1976, she became an executive and owner of Sacramento-based Runyon Saltzman, Inc., where she remained for 40 years until her retirement in 2017.

Estelle has supported scores of community-based, nonprofit organizations through the years and social service continues to occupy much of her time, when she is not searching for art to add to an already robust collection. In addition to Opening Doors, she is currently a board member of Restoration House and is active on behalf of the Crocker Art Museum Association.

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