Mark is a retired journalist and legislative communications director who has lived in Elk Grove since 1981. "Doing so much in-depth reporting on the plight of the homeless and the controversy that often surrounds them has motivated me to do something to help in any small way that I can," he said. He has been an active volunteer in a number of the community groups over the years, and was honored as Elk Grove's Citizen of the Year in 2011. He is also co-director of Elk Grove Winter Sanctuary, M.C. for the Strauss Festival, and is helping to start up a new anti-poverty initiative called Uplift Elk Grove. Mark earned his B.A. (Cal State University Chico) and his M.S. (Indiana University) in telecommunications and journalism.
Frank grew up in South San Francisco, 10 miles south of The City. After graduating from San Jose State University, Frank and his wife Nancy obtained teaching jobs in Elk Grove in 1974. They raised a family and have lived in the Elk Grove area for over 40 years. After 36 years in the EGUSD, including 16 years as a high school principal, Frank retired. Looking for a worthy cause to "give back to the community" after retirement, Frank connected with Debbie Schoeneshoefer at the Elk Grove Food Bank. Both saw a need to provide support and services to the homeless in Elk Grove. Together they cofounded HART in 2010.
Chuck has served both as President and Treasurer for Elk Grove HART and has mentored some of our clients in the past. Chuck is currently a tennis coach for Franklin HS. He is also actively working with his wife Susan to build a School Garden at Foulks Ranch Elementary School. Chuck is a minority owner for Vandelay Industries, an Information Technology Support company based in Sacramento, CA. Chuck previously was a National Account Executive at Apple, Inc, a General Manager in Sacramento for GE IT Solutions, and a Regional Manager for Intergraph. He was enlisted in the US Air Force, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University.
Debbie grew up in Iowa and graduated with a Social Work and Psychology degree from St. Benedict's College in Minnesota. She served as the Chief of Staff while working in the California State Legislature in Sacramento for 15 years. She left in 1999 to raise her newly adopted daughter. While volunteering at the food bank she noticed an alarming increase in homelessness after the housing crash. She and Frank Lucia founded HART with the goal of helping to get the homeless back on their feet. She says it is the most rewarding job she has ever had.
Linda received a BS at UC Davis, and then obtained her Physical Science/Chemistry teaching credential through UC Berkeley. After spending 18 years as a middle school science/math teacher, Linda entered the field of educational administration at both the school and district level for Elk Grove Unified School district, before retiring as the Associate Superintendent for Student Services. In addition to her service to HART, Linda has been a volunteer for the Elk Grove Senior Center's Meals on Wheels program since 2005. When Linda retired, she embraced the opportunity to give back to the wonderful Elk Grove community where her family has lived since 1981. The talented, passionate leadership of the founders of HART was what first attracted her to its mission and it is what continues to inspire and motivate her years later.
Diane is a retired teacher and school counselor from the Elk Grove Unified School District. As a coordinator for the EGUSD Healthy Start and Student Support Centers she connected families to resources to help remove barriers so students could be in their desks ready to learn. She is an advocate for student mental health and spent 5 years at the Sacramento County Office of Education as a coordinator for student mental health and bullying prevention projects. Her last 2 years working as the Educational Homeless Liaison at both the county office of education and district level fueled her passion for working with students and families experiencing homelessness. She greatly enjoys mentoring and supporting Elk Grove HART's goals in our community.