Our Board Of Directors

Our board members volunteer their time to guide Abode Services' direction and ensure we work to fulfill our mission as effectively as possible. They represent various sectors of our community, including government, business, and nonprofits, and offer a wide breadth of expertise to help us develop our programs and vision. 

These board members, and other community volunteers who serve on advisory committees, provide essential support to our mission. For more information about board or committee service, please contact us

John Barton - President

Architect and Director of Architectural Design Program, Stanford University
Mr. Barton has served one term on the Palo Alto City Council and two terms on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Trustees. He is past chair of the Board of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Housing Trust Silicon Valley. He is a co-founder of the Community Working Group and a longtime advocate for affordable housing solutions.

Hirendra Hindocha - Vice President 

CEO, Digital Nirvana
Mr. Hindocha is an entrepreneur and has served as CEO of Digital Nirvana, Inc. for the past eight years. He holds a Masters in computer and information science. Along with his strong  technology background, Mr. Hindocha brings a variety of skills in strategy, planning, administration and management.

Tejas Saraiya - Vice President 

Business Development Lead, Google
Mr. Saraiya leads enterprise technology partnerships for Android and Chrome at Google. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and a Master’s Degree in business administration from UC Berkeley. He has worked for 15 years in his field, specializing in business development, product management, marketing, and software engineering.

Teresa Powell Treasurer

Executive Vice President, HOA & Deposit Services, Heritage Bank of Commerce
Ms. Powell brings extensive local and nonprofit banking expertise to our Board. Before joining Heritage, she was executive vice president of community banking for Focus Business Bank, where she oversaw the creation and growth of their HOA and nonprofit business lines. In addition to our board, she is involved in community groups throughout the area, including West San Jose Kiwanis and Santa Clara Monterey Bay Council Boy Scouts of America.

Tarrah Henrie Secretary

Senior Scientist, Corona Environmental Consulting
Ms. Henrie brings an extensive background of water utility capital planning and project management to our board of directors. She also has led several grant-funded research and treatment projects for water systems that are economically disadvantaged. She holds a Master's Degree from UC Davis, and has led several grant-funded research and treatment projects for water systems that are economically disadvantaged.

Rohit Angle 

Sales Strategy & Operations Manager, Google
Mr. Angle has 15 years of experience in business, nonprofit, and organizational strategy with expertise in technology, digital marketing and social media, driving top-line growth and operational excellence for multi-billion dollar businesses. He holds a Master's Degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has served with nonprofits in Boston, Washington D.C., and San Jose to promote child education and end homelessness.

Sameer Bhasin 

Marketing & Branding Strategist
Mr. Bhasin has been a marketing professional for over 15 years and is currently involved with social impact organizations to help build and improve their value propositions. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Houston and enjoys supporting various other organizations in the Bay Area with his marketing, communications and branding experience.

Ann Danner 

Community Volunteer
Ms. Danner has supported the nonprofit sector in Santa Clara County full-time for more than 40 years. She has served as an executive director, board member, consultant, advisor, planner, professional and volunteer fundraiser and donor to nonprofits of all sizes. In the process, she has developed a broad connection with many aspects of the South Bay community that she can leverage to assist Abode Services.

Douglas Ford 

Principal, Ford Associates
With more than 40 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Mr. Ford is a management consultant for Bay Area nonprofits of all sizes, from startups to organizations with budgets totaling more than $10 million, focusing on board development, strategic planning, organizational assessment, and fund development planning.

Brian Gin 

Senior Privacy Officer, Stanford University
Mr. Gin is a technology lawyer with extensive experience leading global privacy and security efforts. He currently works in the Privacy Office at Stanford University. He was previously a director at Cisco, where he led legal efforts related to privacy, security and data protection, as well strategic and competitive marketing. Before that, he worked as a consultant for numerous startups, and as a lawyer at the Walt Disney Internet Group and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Mr. Gin also previously served as a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Asian Law Alliance in San Jose. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in human biology from Stanford University, and Juris Doctorate Degree from Columbia Law School.   

Gail Price

Community Volunteer
Ms. Price has served on both the Palo Alto School Board and the Palo Alto City Council. She has a combination of 30 years of experience as a local and regional community and transportation planner, and as a non-profit administrator and fundraiser for the San Jose Museum of Art. She also was executive director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley. Ms. Price recently was chair and member of the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board, and was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations and the Jail Diversion Committee. She has served on numerous boards and commissions related to the arts, childcare, social services, and permanent supportive housing. She also is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto. She received a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from UC Berkeley and a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. 

Ken Smith

Real Estate Agent and Office General Manager, Realty World One Alliance
Mr. Smith has been a licensed ealtor since 1999. He has served on numerous boards, including the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee, Union Sanitary District, and many others. He believes in getting involved in his community and serving his clients with any and all of their real estate needs.

Tom Wasow 

Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emeritus, Stanford University
Mr. Wasow is the academic secretary of Stanford University, where he was a professor of linguistics and philosophy for 43 years. He has been active on issues related to affordable housing on the Peninsula since the mid-1990s, when he was appointed to a City of Palo Alto task force on homelessness. He has served on the board of the Community Working Group since its founding, and also serves on the board of Peninsula Healthcare Connection.