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Management Team

Karae Lisle, Executive Director

Karae Lisle has more than 20 years of leadership experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. She moved to California in 1998 to work for Oracle, founded a boutique strategy consulting firm in 2001, and went on to join Shelter Network as CEO in 2011; the next year spearheaded the merger between InnVision and Shelter Network, (now LifeMoves, $20M budget) which created the largest provider of homeless shelter and services for Silicon Valley, providing 1000 beds (nightly) to individuals, families, veterans.

Before entering the nonprofit sector, Karae worked in a variety of technology companies, beginning with a sales support role at Burroughs Corporation. Progressing through client-facing and revenue generating roles, Karae developed her executive/management acumen.  As a leader, Karae has a reputation as a hard worker that is accountable, honest, and compassionate with the Board, staff and clients. 
Karae’s community engagement includes mentoring young professionals, and serving on the boards of the Harvard Business School Tech Alumni Association, and as Chair of Mercado Global, a nonprofit serving indigenous women in Guatemala. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, and San Jose State in the MBA, MS and undergraduate programs from 2000 to 2010. 

Karae holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Florida State University. In 2014, Karae received a Packard Foundation scholarship to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for NonProfit Leaders. 

Pam Brandin, Executive Director, MPA (Retired)

Pam has been Executive Director of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1994 and was the Director of Development here for the five previous years.  She holds a Masters of Public Administration from College of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.  Pam is on the board of the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits as well as the Stanford Historical Society.  She recently served as chair of the national VisionServe Alliance board and completed terms on the Stanford Alumni Association and Junior League of Palo Alto*Midi-Peninsula boards of directors.  Pam has previously been president of the Palo Alto Rotary Club, chair of the boards of the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula and Family Service Mid-Peninsula, and president of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula.  In 2011 Pam received the Visionary Leadership Award from VisionServe Alliance in recognition and appreciation for her "contributions as a Visionary Leader."

Frank Hudson, Regional Vice President

After starting his career at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Frank relocated to California, where he accepted a position as the Associate Administrator of Seton Medical Center in 1979. In 1991, Frank became CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and remained in his position for a decade. During that time, he was inaugurated as a member of the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Institute and consulted with the Department of Health in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Between 2006 and 2011, Frank Hudson presided as the CEO of the Lassen Medical Group and served as the Director of the Affiliated Hospitals of San Francisco and as the founding Commissioner of the Health Plan of San Mateo, California. After moving down to Southern California, Frank acted as the Chief Executive Director for the Urology Specialists of Southern California in 2013. Frank is dedicated to giving back to the community, and remains actively involved with a number of charities, including the Sierra Club and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Recreationally, he enjoys horseback riding, teaching children with disabilities, golfing, and flying with his private pilot’s license. 

Sharon Hudson, Chief Operating Officer, M.A., COMS, CVRT

Sharon has been a Rehabilitation Specialist for the Blind and Visually Impaired for 25 years.  She received her MA at Western Michigan University in 1983 as a Rehabilitation Teacher for the Blind.  Then in 1990, she worked full time and attended San Francisco State University to receive her teaching credential as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor.  Sharon is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT).  She was named Associate Director in 2008.

Marty Cunnie, Chief Financial Officer

Marty Cunnie is a financial consultant engaged with Now CFO. He grew up in Marin County and attended UC Berkeley where he studied Economics and Accounting, as well as played Varsity Rugby. He went to work with PwC upon graduation in their audit department, where he primarily focused on non-profit and health care related companies. After 6 years with PwC Marty left and began working with Now CFO as a financial consultant, continuing to work with non profits as well as tech startups.

Kim McCoy, Vice President of Development

Kim McCoy is a dedicated and enthusiastic nonprofit manager with nearly three decades of experience in following her passion, mission-driven work. Her professional history includes board and fund development, grants, contracts, and programs management, agency operations, and business development in organizations focused on the arts, social services, and public health. Having experience as both an associate and executive director, Kim has also consulted with nonprofits looking to enhance strategic and fund development plans, diversify revenue, and recruit engaged board members. In previous roles with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and work2future Foundation, she managed staff, led a team responsible for development of grants management database application systems, and trained municipalities in the creation and implementation of public health and economic development initiatives.

Kim holds a B.S. in Family Studies and an MPA from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an ardent believer in the power of compassion; therefore, she lives happily alongside a motley crew of special needs pets, as she has for over 20 years.

Garlyn Serame, Senior Director of Clinic Services

Garlyn has worked in our Low Vision Clinic since 1996 and has been involved in the optical field for over 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Care Administration from San Jose State University and is also a certified Optician. She oversees the day-to-day operations, strategic planning, insurance billing and HIPAA compliance for both of our clinics. The most rewarding aspect of her job is knowing that we offer our clients the opportunity to regain their capacity to enjoy a task that they thought was unfeasible.