Board of Directors
Maria Yap Founder & Executive Director
Maria Yap is the founder and executive director of Peninsula Food Runners. Prior to Peninsula Food Runners, Maria devoted her time to her two children. For several years, she was a health care advocate and a personal chef to her mother in law battling lung cancer. During this period, she dabbled in various diets. All was much in line with her interest in nutrition, which she minored. Her major was in Food Service Management. After graduating from Tante Marie's Cooking school in San Francisco, she had a brief stint as a sous chef for Cuisine-in-Style in Burlingame. Prior to motherhood, Maria was employed in Marketing Sales at Burroughs Wellcome (which merge to become Glaxo Smith Kline), promoting well known drugs such as Retrovir for HIV, Zovirax for Herpes Viruses, and Wellbutrin for Depression to Specialists around the bay area. Her native language is Malay and Cantonese but she is most fluent in English.
Kristin is the KW in BKW. Prior to co-founding BKW, Kristin spent the better part of a decade as a producer and reporter for KQED FM—the United States’ largest public radio affiliate From there she filed stories for NPR and radio networks around the world. Kristin is fluent in Spanish and German. She serves on the board of Peninsula Food Runners, a volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Tod has over 15 years of computer development and consulting experience. Before founding Hing Consulting, he worked at Hewlett-Packard as a Senior Technical Web Consultant for 8 years. Tod volunteers part of his time developing and supporting websites for non-profit schools in San Francisco, CA. Tod is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.
Molly Rhine is the South Bay Outreach and Marketing Manager for Peninsula Food Runners, a nonprofit aimed to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Molly has been with Peninsula Food Runners since 2015.
Molly’s primary volunteer focus is always within her community. Prior to and during her current role, she is a ten year volunteer with with the Hospice of the Valley, as well as the Los Gatos Rowing Club, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, local schools in the community, and her parish church, St. Mary’s of Los Gatos. Molly is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. After many years in the corporate sector, she changed her direction to work on several social issues, such as food redistribution and hunger, which are of keen interest to her. Molly resides in Los Gatos with her husband, Greg, with whom she has 3 daughters.
Michelle is the Special Projects Manager for Peninsula Food Runners. Prior to joining Peninsula Food Runners in 2017 as the Community Program Manager, Michelle’s primary focus for the past 16 years has always been with her children’s schools, community and non-profit organizations to build stronger communication and communities. She has led and served on PTA Executive Boards, BRSSD District Council and many committees. Michelle is the Founding Board President for National Charity League, Edgewood Chapter and a member of Young Men’s Service League and remains active in both today. Michelle graduated with a BA in Sociology/Family Studies and has a Multiple CLAD teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University. She grew up on the Peninsula and continues to live here today with her family
Liz is a Community Program Manager for Peninsula Food Runners. A Mountain View native, and current resident of Redwood City, she has been a savvy navigator of the SF Bay Area as a Lyft/Uber driver, shuttle driver for seniors at an upscale retirement community, and Food Runner since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University and worked at Hewlett Packard for 13 years. She finds volunteering, and now working, for Peninsula Food Runners a very satisfying way to connect and contribute to the community by working to address social and environmental issues important to her.
Marc Yelnick is a recently retired attorney, having also virtually completed an MBA program. He attended a showing of the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which turned out to be a life-changing experience for him. Since then, fighting climate change has played a significant role in his thoughts and actions. Marc serves as legal counsel to, and is a Director of, Burlingame’s Citizens Environmental Council, intermittently volunteers for several other environmental organizations, plays racquetball and frequents BARTable art-house movies. He has been a food runner since 2014.
Patti Van Der Burg
Patti grew up in Modesto, California, the 10th of 11 children. Patti's parents often led by example in helping others and so it brings her joy to do so as well. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly and worked in semiconductor capital equipment and medical devices for 10 years, before becoming a stay at home mom, with volunteering on the side. Patti's husband of 26 years, Erik, is a medical device entrepreneur. Their kids are 17 (high school) and 20 (University of Oregon). Living in Los Gatos, she is active in Rotary, racquetball, and reading. Patti also enjoys the opportunity to both reduce waste and feed the hungry at Peninsula Food Runners.
Charlie Martin is a retired computer system administrator, having worked at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Since his retirement he served as Board of Directors President of Clara-Mateo Alliance, a nonprofit that manages a homeless shelter at the Menlo Park VA hospital. Following Clara-Mateo Alliance's merge with InnVision (now Live Moves), he became a volunteer delivering surplus food from Super Markets to the Palo Alto food closet for some time. He has been a food runner for Peninsula Food Runners since 2016, supporting the Stanford, Palo Alto and Menlo Park areas.