Our Board Members

Our LMH Board of Directors - 2019/20

BOD Photo Byron Kelly

Byron Kelley - President

Byron is an 8 year resident of Morgan Hill, having moved from San Jose with his wife, LaCrista, and 2 children.  Byron has a Master’s degree in Business Management from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine.  He brings his 25 years of financial reporting and accounting experience to the board, with previous positions at Hewlett Packard and Merrill Gardens/Village Green Senior Living.  Outside of work, Byron is active in the local Rotary Club and in the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce as owner of his accounting firm, Kelley Bookkeeping and Accounting Consultants.  Byron was a member of the Leadership of Morgan Hill Class of 2015.

Sandra McNeal - Leadership Morgan Hill

Sandra McNeal - Vice President

Sandra McNeal is a resident of Morgan Hill for 31 years, having moved from San Jose to enjoy reverse commute while working in Human Resources at IBM. She was a graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2015.

Sandra’s professional experience is in Human Resources and Executive Coaching.  Her role before retiring from Abbott Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company, was Director Human Resources.  She is the founder and President of Ivey League Consulting.  Her expertise is around leadership and career developing coaching as well as working with small to medium size companies around employment law.    

Sandra has worked with a number of companies, leaders and professionals, …moving them forward and watching them reap the benefits of her coaching.  For example, receiving recognition in their current position or helping them move towards a positive direction in their professional life dreams.  

Sandra recharges by traveling the world, attending sporting events, and listening to jazz. 

For community and volunteer efforts local and outside of Morgan Hill:

Community Service: Currently serves on the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce 2018 Volunteer of the Year.  Served 2 years on the City of Morgan Hill Personnel Commission, with the second year as vice chairperson.  

California Diversity Council:  Served as Project Director in publishing “The Most Influential Women in California Magazine” in 2009.  A member from 2005-2013.

Black Recruiters Network:Served as the board of directors in providing leadership development and network events in Silicon Valley.  Has partnered with BRN since it’s conception.

Emmanuel Baptist Church:  Served as Human Resources Director in building an infrastructure that included employee handbook, policy and procedures, benefits, annual reviews, recruitment and personnel records.

 Rex Poria - Director

Raksha (Rex) Poria - Secretary

Raksha is a 17 year resident of Morgan Hill having relocated from Salinas with her husband and two children. Both children went through the Morgan Hill schools system. The beautiful landscape captured her heart and the city’s close-knit community gave her a platform to become active in volunteering.  Raksha has a law degree from the University of Bombay and now works as a Paralegal specializing in Estate Planning. Prior to this, she worked as an Operational Lead contractor at NASA and as a Paralegal for the Santa Clara County previous to that. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally with over 35 international trips. She is also an avid gardener, loves playing Scrabble, and going to the beach.

Raksha is a recent graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2015 and looks forward to continuing her association with the community through volunteer work.

Tim Hansen

Tim Hansen - Treasurer                                           

Tim grew up in Chicago and transplanted to the Bay Area after college.  He has been a Morgan Hill resident since 2000 and loves its uniqueness and vitality.  Tim’s enthusiasm for Morgan Hill was incited by his experience in the Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2017.  He is also a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which helps local residents in need.

Professionally, Tim is a program management executive and has spent most of his career in wireless telecom with Aviat Networks, joining it as a startup.  He has led multiple product development teams in rolling out microwave radio platforms and had led several merger integrations.  Tim is passionate about helping project teams achieve their goal through resilient communication and by overcoming tough obstacles.

Tim is married and is the father of three daughters.  He graduated with a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.  In his free time, he’s trying to learn the banjo.  He is also an avid sports fan.

Angelica Diaz Board Member

Angelica Diaz - Director

A native of the Bay Area and lifelong resident of Morgan Hill, Angelica Diaz joined the Board of Directors with Leadership Morgan Hill in 2017.  Angelica is a mother of two, the secondary caregiver for her younger sibling, a health care professional, and community volunteer.

Angelica brings to the board a unique combination of education and experience in public health, primary care, and health policy. With more than 10 years’ health care related experience, Angelica has dedicated most of her career towards planning and implementing data-driven programs and systems geared toward improving health outcomes of vulnerable communities.  As Director of Care System Redesign with Community Health Partnership (CHP) for eight years, she designed, implemented and led multiple safety net initiatives that supported CHP’s member community health centers and clinics improve outcomes and operational efficiencies. In 2017, she joined the Santa Clara County Public Health Departments Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Branch to plan and facilitate county initiatives.

Angelica has demonstrated leadership professionally and in her community.  She has earned numerous professional certifications including Purdue University’s Lean Six Sigma Program, UCLA Anderson’s School of Management Johnson & Johnson Health Executive Program, and UCSF’s Center for Excellence in Primacy Care Panel Management and Health Coaching.  Angelica is a graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill class of 2015 and a leadership participant of the Blue Shield of California Foundation Clinic Leadership Institute class of 2018.  She is a current Board Trustee with the Learning and Loving Education Center. 

Angelica holds a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor degree in Health Science with a concentration in Community Health from San Jose State University. 

Chris Foster

Chris Foster - Director

Chris is a lifelong resident of Morgan Hill and the father of three.  Growing up here, he is the product of the  Morgan Hill Unified School District, attending San Martin Elementary, Burnett Elementary, Martin Murphy Middle School and graduated from Live Oak High School.  Chris went on to attend San Jose State University, which he graduated from with a B.S. Degree in Art. 

Over the years, Chris has worked as a recruiter, Human Resource Manager, and Network Engineer. He currently divides his professional life between being the Director of Operations for the Law Firm of Rusconi, Foster & Thomas, and his own businesses as an IT consultant and professional photographer.

Chris is active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill, Leadership Morgan Hill (Class of 2013), and South Valley Community Theater. If he is not working on a project, then he is spending time with his kids, brewing beer, or chasing clouds to photograph...unless those clouds are dumping snow; in which case, he is on the slopes skiing. 

 Victor Gaxiola

Victor Gaxiola - Director

A native of California, Victor has had the good fortune to live and work across the country and overseas.  In 2008 he returned to Morgan Hill where he grew up and got involved with Leadership Morgan Hill at the invitation of Mayor Steve Tate- graduating as part of the class of 2009. After graduating from the program Victor served on the board for 3 years from 2010-2013, with the final year as President.

 Victor is a financial services and wealth management leader with a passion for digital innovation. Drawing from diverse industry experience across competitive and fast-paced environments, he combines strategic vision and creative leadership to empower financial success at TechGirl Financial- the financial services firm he co-founded with his wife Kim who also graduated from Leadership Morgan Hill in 2019. 

Victor has a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and remains a loyal Bruin fan. He collaborates easily with people at all levels and backgrounds and has 30+ years of experience in client facing B2B and B2C roles in Social Media, Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Product and Project Management.

Outside of work, Victor loves traveling, cooking, entertaining and seeking the next adventure with his family.

 Leadership Morgan Hill Director - Chris Harringtion

Chris Harrington - Director                                            

Chris moved to Morgan Hill with his daughter in 2009 from the mid-peninsula.  He graduated from Humboldt State with a B.S. degree in Forest Resource Management.  He spent the next 37 years working with the CalFire and Santa Clara County Fire Departments.  While at County Fire, he was a member of the Hazardous Materials and Special Operations teams and was trained in Chemical and Biological weapons along with terrorist bombing.  He also owned and operated a wedding and photography business for 24 years. 

 Chris now spends much of his free time leading hikes throughout the bay area including climbing Mt. Whitney.  He was a member of the Leadership of Morgan Hill Class 2016 and volunteers at the Tuesday night bingo in the community center. 

Tim Hendrick - Director

Tim Hendrick - Director                                            

Tim’s marketing and communications expertise as an Associate Professor at San Jose State University, as a respected industry executive, and as a past marketing/communications consultant, encompasses Advertising, Marketing/Product Strategy, Public Relations and Internet/New Media. His experience in the industry helped achieve marketing and sales success for a wide range of global and start-up companies in the consumer, B-B and B-C and Internet categories. Along with a full teaching load, he also oversees the business/advertising sales operations of Spartan Media and is also the Managing Director at DB&H, SJSU’s award-winning on-campus communications agency. He has served on the Academic Senate and the President’s Strategic Planning Board. He has authored numerous academic articles, and managed and implemented corporate branding & positioning initiatives, marcom strategies, integrated media campaigns, promotions and co-marketing programs at the local, national and international levels. He also currently serves as Board Member of the American Advertising Federation, as Governor of District 14 of the AAF, sits on the National Education Executive Committee for Advertising, is a Board Member on numerous Regional and National Collegiate, Advertising Industry and Academic Boards, is President of The Morgan Hill Community Partnership Board and was past Chair of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. He has won many national and regional advertising awards for his creativity and strategic thinking.

Julie Klem Photo

 Julie Klem - Director 

A lifelong resident of the South Bay, Julie has lived in the Morgan Hill area since she was eight years old. She grew up in the South Valley and attended Encinal Elementary School, Martin Murphy Middle School, and is an alum of Live Oak High School. A competitive swimmer in her youth, she swam for Los Paseos Aquatic Club and for Live Oak High School. She attended West Valley College and subsequently transferred to San Jose State University, where she graduated honors, receiving a B.S. Degree in Advertising, as well as a Minor in Business. She has worked extensively in public relations, event planning, and marketing, beginning her professional career at PRx, a public relations firm in San Jose, and working in the marketing departments at AMO, a medical device company, and Google Inc. For the past nine years, she has worked in marketing at Apple Inc., where she serves as a marketing program manager for the company’s retail division. She and her husband married and moved to Morgan Hill in 2009 and both have been actively involved in the community ever since. In addition to serving on the Leadership Morgan Hill board, Julie is also a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Class and the 2012 Citizens’ Police Academy. She hopes to put her marketing and public relations skills to work on the Leadership board by raising awareness for the exceptional program it offers to our residents as well as helping to shape the community for years to come.


Leadership Morgan Hill Director - Cinda Meister

Cinda L. Meister - Director                                            

Raised in rural Michigan on a farm and Graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Social Work and Psychology before coming to California via Colorado.

After working in the resort restaurant business in Colorado for many years, Cinda and her husband, Brad, whose family lived in Morgan Hill in the early 1900s, moved to here to open a restaurant called Mushrooms Grille & Bar. They soon fell in love with the Community and have been actively involved ever since! After leaving the restaurant business they opened BookSmart, a gift shop, the Good Life Café and a toy store all in Morgan Hill. BookSmart, operating for over 22 years, moved last year to its new home. Cinda has been a Morgan Hillian for over 25 years and is involved in many ways in the community. Over the years Cinda has been involved with many diverse organizations in MH including the Morgan Hill Downtown Association, The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society, the Freedom Fest, Charter School of Morgan Hill and more.

Because of her passion for the MH community, Cinda has helped create a new non-profit organization called BookSmart Community Advantage, whose mission is to foster literacy and community through reading, writing, art and educational programs. Cinda is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill and is looking forward to her continued involvement with the program and the community.

Marie Noriega - Director

Marie Noriega - Director

 Marie was born and raised in San Jose and relocated to Morgan Hill in 2018, after gaining a position at Gavilan Community College in Gilroy. Marie always had a passion for numbers, and after getting a taste of the public accounting, she went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting. Marie is currently working as the Supervisor, Budget and Accounting at Gavilan College and loves to be able to both work and live in the South County community. 

Through Gavilan, Marie was able to participate and graduate from Leadership Morgan Hill as part of class of 2019. The program opened her eyes even more to the great community we live in and all the opportunities to get involved, so wanted to continue being a part of that by serving on the Leadership Board.

 Steve Tate - Director

Steve Tate - Director

I had the good fortune of having two careers, both fun, rewarding and successful.  In my 38-year career with IBM, I worked primarily in marketing roles after starting out in sales. IBM moved me to Morgan Hill in 1977 where I spent 25 years commuting to the San Jose plantsite serving in marketing and management positions supporting storage and software products. 

In my second career, I spent 27 years with the City of Morgan Hill: seven years on the Planning Commission, eight years on the City Council, and twelve years as Mayor. I retired at the end of my sixth two-year term in December 2018.  

I never set out to be a political leader, my love of Morgan Hill and passion for balanced growth inspired my civic involvement as I got involved in this wonderful community. I played a key role in extending our Redevelopment Agency and implementing projects that will benefit Morgan Hill for years to come. Over many years of tight budgeting, we kept Morgan Hill solvent and financially sound.  In spite of ongoing growth, we have kept a small-town feel with friendly residents and many local gala events and gatherings.

I am committed to young people. I advise two of our Rotary Interact Clubs at local high schools, support Morgan Hill’s Youth Action Council and the El Toro Boys and Girls Club, The YMCA recognized my service with the Project Cornerstone Lifetime Asset Champion Award in 2017. 

I am a member of Rotary Club of Morgan Hill and a past Board President; a Board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and I served as Board President of Leadership Morgan Hill in 2004-05. I am now back on the Leadership Board for a second round after receiving their Leadership Excellence Award in 2019. I am also a past Board President of the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, and the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities. The Morgan Hill Community Foundation honored me as an Outstanding Philanthropist and Volunteer in 2018. The Morgan Hill Police Officers gave me their Public Safety award in 2019. I am also on the Board of the Compassion Center providing services to the homeless at a center located in Gilroy but serving all South County.

Jennifer, my wife of 50+ years and I have two adult children and two grandchildren.  Daughter Stacy and her kids live in Gilroy while son Greg lives in San Francisco, so we are close and enjoy spending time together.  Jennifer and I spend March in Arizona, enjoying Giants Spring Training games.  We also enjoy traveling and try to make a trip to a new destination every year. We both read a lot, enjoy watching Giants baseball as well as 49ers and Cal football.

Daniel Sanidad

Daniel J. Sanidad - Director

Daniel is a former resident of Morgan Hill bringing twenty years of hand's on leadership training with him.  His wife and three daughters relocated to Morgan Hill so that they may continue to directly support and nurture the foundational values of family and community.  Daniel has extensive experience with both personal and business development.  His fitness coaching practice has serviced a diversity of generational variances including top level executives in the Silicon Valley.   More recently he has ventured into brand development and business positioning utilizing the same successful coaching strategies accrued over two decades.   Daniel continues to educate a system of efficiency including for several start-ups, local businesses and non-profit organizations to help maximize their ongoing relevance both in the market and longevity in their community. 

Daniel graduated from Leadership Morgan Hill in 2018 and is also Director of Community Relations on the Morgan Hill Art School Board.  
Alex Vo

Alex Vo - Director

 Alex was raised in the Bay Area and moved to Morgan Hill in 2016 with his wife Amber. After graduating with a degree in Film from Full Sail University in 2010, he started a video production company specializing in short form documentaries focussed on strengthening his client’s company culture, positioning and branding. From working with fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations, he has found his passion of creative storytelling using captured reality and visuals inspired by traditional cinema. He hopes to use his talents to assist the many great organizations in our community by providing a voice through media and entertainment and currently assisting The Learning and Loving Center and The Morgan Hill Historical Society. He is a graduate from the Leadership Class of 2018 and hopes to further assist in engaging other to be leaders in our community.

Sheila Murphy

Our Program Facilitator

Sheila Murphy - Program Director 

 Sheila Murphy brings a wealth of experience and background to the position from Teaching and Leadership, to Business/Management experience and Technology. Sheila has those important Personal Attributes of being collaborative, innovative, patient, empathetic, well organized and data-driven. These are so important to oversee the class as they go through their 13 week / 60+ hours of training and project experience.  Murphy previously served as a Principal, Executive Director for Human Relations and as an Instructional Coach for the Milpitas and San Jose School Districts. She holds a EdD in Educational Leadership and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and is also a Certified Life Coach. She has done research on various cultural issues throughout her career and her extensive teaching experience is a major asset for the Leadership program and its students.

 Sheila says she is very excited to be a part of the Leadership Morgan Hill Program and looks forward to continuing her involvement with her students in the Morgan Hill Community. She has stepped right in and started with the new class of 21 members for the 2020 year.


Kinnaly Vongsa - Program Adminstrator

Kinnaly Vongsa - Program Administrator

Kinnaly Vongsa was born in the Central Valley and raised in San Jose. She graduated from UC Merced with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She recently became a resident of Morgan Hill last year. She is excited to bring her knowledge in leadership and passion for community service to the program and is looking forward to learning more about the town. Some of the many organizations she has volunteered at were Rotary, Kiwanis, and Project Homeless Connect.