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 starting a consulting firm, he worked at Hewlett-Packard as a Senior Technical Web Consultant for 8 years. Along with developing websites, mobile apps and web applications for fortune 500 companies, Tod is also a web consultant for Stanford University’s Biomedical department. Tod also developed ChowMatch, the technology used by Peninsula Food Runners to streamline the food recovery and distribution process. He 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 and has been with Peninsula Food Runners since 2015. Molly’s primary volunteer focus is always within her community. Prior to her current role, she is a ten year volunteer with 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.
Jonna Mooney is the co-owner of Affogato HR Consulting, working with small to mid-sized international technology companies facing challenges around their growth and changing business climate. About 10 years ago she discovered her passion for working with non-profit organizations in our community. In addition to being on the Board of Peninsula Food Runners, she is active with the 100 Women Charitable Foundation.
Jonna lives with her husband, Dave, and her mother, Olivia and some or all of her 4 adult stepsons (they come and go, which the family loves). In her free time she enjoys food, wine, books and travel, in no particular order. 2018 travel includes Houston, Spokane, Missouri, Costa Rica, Beijing and Shanghai. Jonna has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UCLA.
Jeffrey Lawrence has lived in the Bay area for 35 years. He is a an attorney who has specialized in plaintiffs' class action investigations and litigation, including consumer cases involving misrepresentations about food nutrition, for the past 20 years and was a federal prosecutor before that. Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food" focused Jeff's interest in nutrition. Those books and the exploding obesity crisis moved him to take an interest in food health and in particular, healthy eating among children and young adults.
Jeff has joined Peninsula Food runners in an effort to distribute otherwise wasted healthy foods to those in need and at the same time limit waste in the environment. Jeff lives on the peninsula with is family and enjoys the cultural and outdoor activities in Northern California.
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.