Founder & Executive Director
Prior to Peninsula Food Runners, Maria devoted most of her time to her two children Brandon and Paris. She also devoted several years as a health care advocate and a personal chef to her mother in law battling lung cancer. During this period, she dabbled in vegan diet, macrobiotics, and juicing. All was much in line with her interest in nutrition, which she minored at the University of Arizona. 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.
Board of Directors
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.
Nancy Levine has lived in San Francisco for over twenty years. She is originally from Idaho. She has worked for Genentech in their central IT organization. Nancy is heavily involved in Dean & Gay Welch Foundation Oversight and PEO organization, both of which are heavily involved in fundraising for scholarships to support women in their pursuit of undergrad or higher education here in SF and at her Alma mater, University of Idaho. Nancy lives with her husband Rich who works at Charles Schwab Company and her two daughters. The oldest is 9th grader at Sacred Convent Girls School and her youngest is a 7th grader at the San Francisco School. She is also an active Volunteer Human Rights co-chair for Temple Emanu-el in San Francisco.
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.
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 for about 3 years.
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 for 2 years.
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.