Board of Directors

Robert Armstrong
Robert is a Senior Security Architect in the Product Strategy group for the Application Division at Oracle. Robert began working at PeopleSoft in 2003 and joined Oracle’s Product Strategy Management team as part of the PeopleSoft acquisition in 2005. In his current role, Robert provides the over-arching security strategy direction, including analysis and vetting of customer requirement, industry challenges and emerging security technologies for all Oracle Application products including the next generation Fusion Application product family.

Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Robert has 15+ years’ experience in the Information Systems security industry, including the strategy, design, implementation and management of Secure Enterprise Architectures, and analysis and definition of strategic direction for security in enterprise class software applications Information Systems architectures.

Wardrobe for Opportunity is Robert’s first service on a non-profit board. Prior to serving on the Board for WFO, Robert started his non-profit experience volunteering with Special Olympics as a coach and counselor as a teenager. Robert also severed as camp counselor for Exceptional Children’s foundation and has been involved in numerous volunteer engagements supporting National Parks, Conservancy groups, education and health initiatives. Robert is currently serving as a volunteer tutor for the “Read Project” at the Livermore Library where he works with individual students to increase their English language comprehension skills. Robert is one of six siblings and lives with his wife Kristin in Livermore, CA with their two dogs and is passionate about helping people grow, nurture their passion and desire to contribute for the greater good of society.

Nate Thomas
As an Assistant Vice President-Branch Manager for US Bank, Nate Thomas excels at developing and maintaining teams, leaders, and solid business relationships. Raised in an Air Force family, Nate’s parents encouraged him to always remember where he came from, instilling a strong sense of self, his position in society, and family. Nate is passionate about making sure everyone has at least the opportunity to be in the game, and this passion drives him to give back. His generosity is visible in his dealings with colleagues, subordinates, clients, his family, and the community. In the business world, Nate has over 15 years of managerial experience, earning him praise for his integrity and energetic business manner. At home, Nate is happily married to Claudia, and enjoys being a soccer and swim dad for his daughters, Aliya and Mya. As a family, the Thomas’s regularly participate in charitable events such as the Food Bank food drive. As a community leader, he believes that giving back is more than just donating time; he regularly donates his time, knowledge, and skills to those in need of some assistance.
Cara Heilmann
Cara Heilmann is the Founder and President of Ready Reset Go - Career Coaching and is absolutely passionate about helping people find amazing careers – from personal marketing, to interview preparation, to keeping one's mojo after landing a career. She is known for her creativity, strategic thinking, and relentless pursuit of results. She brings over 20 years of HR experience and a strong analytical / financial background as a business owner and MBA. Cara launched the Business Leadership Network Hawaii Chapter where employers seek ways to hire individuals with disabilities. She is a strong supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the East Oakland Boxing Association, and Canine Companions for Independence. Wardrobe for Opportunity is a perfect extension of Cara's passion to help people find and build great careers.
Moiré L. Rasmussen
Board Member
Moiré Rasmussen is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Leader for the Greater San Francisco market of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. She is responsible for leading the market's strategic initiatives to retain, develop, and advance women and minorities for the San Francisco and Sacramento offices. She is a certified coach and has the Strategic Professional Human Resource certification. She is a frequent public speaker on college campuses surrounding diversity challenges and serves as a panel expert for Diversity Best Practices, a not-for-profit organization. She has also worked with companies to assist them in their talent management on-boarding processes as well as help them review and build their diverse talent pipeline. Moiré is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is a Board Member of the Accounting Careers and Awareness Program (ACAP), a subsidiary branch of NABA Inc. She is a lifetime member NABA and is also a member of Ascend Inc. and ALPFA Inc.
Burnitta Nanton
Board Member
Burnitta Nanton is currently working as a Project Manager, Innovation at the J.M.Smucker Company. Prior to her current position, Burnitta was a Senior Engineer in the Packaging Systems Engineering, Centers for Excellence Organization at E&J Gallo since 2012. She lead product and package change management for the winery’s new product launches for Premium and International business units.

Prior to Gallo, Burnitta worked for The Clorox Company for 5 years in Product Supply and before that for Kraft Foods/Nabisco for 7 years in Productivity and Packaging R&D in the company’s Global organization.

Burnitta has a passion for strategy and enjoys creative technology solutions that promote collaboration and communication. A native of Newport News, VA; Burnitta holds a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Hampton University; and an Executive MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Her MBA program enabled her to gain exposure to the international business market and culture in Istanbul, Turkey; Prague, Czech Republic; and in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

Burnitta finds professional enjoyment through the challenges of seeking ways to increase profitability by revamping processes; and that is where she has been told her smiles begin.
Dr. Vera Packard
Board Member
Dr. Vera Packard is the Executive Director of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation. She has been with the organization for four years and absolutely loves her job. She’s originally from Brazil. She earned her Master’s in Medicine in Brazil, and specialized in breast disease, particularly in breast cancer in London, UK. She worked in private practice in addition to the University Hospital for 20 years. Her passion for training and teaching others is part of her personal mission of inspiring people to have a better life!

Vera has a deep commitment to women’s health issues and was inspired to start a non-profit organization devoted to breast cancer awareness in 1997. Working for a breast cancer organization here in the United States has not only helped her to continue to be involved in the medical world, but also in the business side as well. It’s a great opportunity to build a new career carrying over skills from her former medical career.

Vera served as president of her former Rotary club in Brazil. She was also an ambassador for the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2009 and a member ABWA (American Business Women Association) / Express to Success Network from 2005 to 2010, also serving as its chapter president. Vera has her own business with a health and wellness company called Arbonne International which has provided her with vast knowledge about nutrition, skin care and of course business practices and sales.

Wardrobe for Opportunity had its seed planted in Vera’s heart in 2005 when she learned about their mission at a Rotary meeting. She now feels it’s time to bring her non-profit management experience and her business expertise to this wonderful organization that helps so many men and woman gain success and confidence.
Esther Ray Le
Board Member
Esther is a Project Manager on the Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives team at Apple, where she is tasked with managing day-to-day operations and driving key strategies for growth and expansion for the Global Volunteer Program. Prior to this role, she worked at Adobe on the Sustainability + Social Impact teams for over 9 years, managing Adobe's global social impact initiatives that empower employees to give back to the community through hands-on and skills-based volunteering programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Political Economy from UC Berkeley, as well as an MBA from the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

A lifelong Bay Area resident, Esther is passionate about leveraging technology to solve societal challenges, especially injustice and poverty. She is eager to contribute to the creative efforts of organizations who are making a tangible impact in the community. Esther was attracted to Wardrobe for Opportunity’s (WFO) mission to empower low-income individuals with the skills, resources and support they need to become economically self-sufficient. Her family upbringing, work experience, values and educational degrees have led to a wide involvement in volunteer service, local church leadership, and in her career in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She admires WFO for giving their clients a chance at career success – the opportunity to become a thriving, self-fulfilled citizen and a provider for their families. WFO is Esther's first service on a non-profit board, and she could not be more proud to be working with an organization with such a noble and worthy cause.
Berkeley Board Fellows
Joan Mao
Joan Mao is a full-time MBA student at the UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business, graduating in 2017. During her time at Haas, she interned at Levi Strauss & Co., evaluating strategic initiatives for the wholesale e-commerce group. Prior to Levi’s, she completed a marketing internship at ThirdLove, a lingerie e-commerce startup based in SF. Joan brings over 6 years of experience in strategy consulting and market research, primarily focusing on market entry and opportunity assessment projects. She holds a BS and MS from MIT in materials science and engineering.
Nolan Chao
Nolan is currently a full-time MBA candidate at UC-Berkeley's Haas School of Business, graduating in 2018. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he worked as a Sourcing Manager for JPMorgan Chase in the Columbus, Ohio office, focusing on driving price negotiations with both suppliers and buyers through the use of online auctions. While in Ohio, he also volunteered at a local non-profit called MCS-TOUCH, helping to assist with the sales and logistics strategies for their online thrift store. He has a passion for internet technology and online marketplaces, and has experience with people operations, e-commerce, and procurement. He obtained his Bachelor's in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Advisory Board Members
Frank Jorden
Frank is a Senior Human Resources Consultant, Director of Departments and long time college professor. He is actively involved in professional, community, religious and civic organizations. Frank holds a MBA in Human Resources and B.A. in Sociology.
Caitlyn Greene
Caitlyn has been volunteering with Wardrobe for Opportunity since 2012 and joined the Advisory Board in 2016. She has been a sorter, stylist and works the client sales at the Oakland office. She has also been known to join the WFO booth at the annual Art and Soul Festival in Oakland. Caitlyn has a BA in Accounting from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and currently works as an accountant in the mortgage insurance industry.
Sue Green
Advisory Board Member
Longtime volunteer and WFO supporter, Sue Green, passed away on May 6, 2017. Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a mission -centered volunteer, dedicated advisory board member and champion of WFO. WFO will always treasure Sue's unwavering support. We will sincerely miss Sue Green.

Sue retired in 1998 after a long retail career with Goldman's, owned by the Malnick family and based in Oakland. After seeing a story about WFO, she attended an orientation given by our founder, Jeri Foster and got 'forever hooked'. Helping people get ahead using motivation and retail experience has always been Sue's goal at Wardrobe. Over the years , she has seen the development of WFO from dressing people for job interviews to mentoring clients with incredible success programs and more! Thankfully, she is still able to actively volunteer after 17 years!
Linda Bennett
Advisory Board Member
Linda has been involved with Wardrobe for Opportunity for over 10 years, dedicating her time to being an attentive member of the Advisory Board since 2010. Linda regularly donates and consistently does outreach within her community, spreading the word about WFO. Linda owned her own business, Bennett & Co. Consulting for over 20 years, offering interview coaching and recruiting services to employers. Linda has a BA from University of Maine, Orono, in English Language and Literature.
Dave Olson
Advisory Board Member
Dave serves as Chair of the Advisory Board. He has been a dedicated volunteer to WFO since 2008. Dave has been a stylist and now coordinates the delivery of most of our deliveries, helping WFO build strong relationships with our donation drop-off locations. For over 25 years, Dave has been a wardrobe consultant at Tom James Company. He works with professional men and women, helping them to create appropriate and lasting first impressions. He specializes in helping busy people look and feel their very best in their clothing, specializing in wardrobe design and custom clothing. Dave has a degree from Pacific Lutheran University's School of Business.
Carolyn Rovner
Advisory Board Member
Carolyn Rovner has been changing lives with her business, C2 Style, since 2001. As a style consultant & personal shopper, Carolyn encourages men and women to communicate their individuality through a stylish and appropriate wardrobe. She has been a loyal supporter of WFO for 14 years, by donating clothing from her client’s closets (as well as her own), and joining the Advisory Board in 2013. She is also a volunteer stylist at WFO’s Oakland location, and she does it because she believes strongly that our clients can accomplish their goals when they have the confidence to take action. When a person looks their best, they feel their best, and they are ready to take on the future. Carolyn is grateful for the opportunity to meet such brave & inspiring individuals at WFO. She is married to Jeff, and has three young adult children.
Alicia Randolph-Bryan
Advisory Board Member
Alicia Bryan is an Advisory Board member and volunteer wardrobe stylist for Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO). She derives great satisfaction from her work with WFO, helping in their efforts to assist low-income individuals Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career. She brings over 15 years of experience in Online/Mobile Payments, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Technology Product Management, Alliance Business Development, and Apparel/Accessory Product Development —for companies including Visa, Lish (a women’s accessories company she founded), Excite@Home, Levi Strauss and Hewlett-Packard. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science, MBA, and MFA (Apparel Design) degrees.
Vernon Robinson
Vernon Robinson has been a volunteer with Wardrobe For Opportunity since late 2009. He has successfully moved from volunteering, to Male Client of the Year 2013, to lead stylist in 2015 and joined the Advisory Board in 2016. He has successfully assisted with WFO’s annual Spring to Success Soiree for the last four years. He is a current student at the National Speakers Academy, attending Laney College studying Public Speaking and Communications and plans to study Philosophy at UC Berkeley. In his own right, he is naturally an inspirational and motivational speaker.

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