Board of Directors
Brigitte served as the CEO/Executive Director of Agricultural Institute of Marin from 2004-2017. AIM operates 7 farmers markets throughout the Bay Area, including the Thursday and Sunday markets at the Marin Civic Center. AIM works tirelessly to educate the public about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and is in the process of building a pavilion where local farmers, ranchers, specialty food purveyors, artisans, agricultural organizations and the public will come together under one roof.
Before joining AIM, Brigitte had over 30 years’ experience facilitating farmers markets, having started the downtown San Rafael Farmers Market on 4th Street in 1989. She owned and operated a restaurant with her daughter and mother, and coordinated a diverse array of public and private events as an event producer. She has served on the boards of several community organizations, including Marin Economic Forum, Marin Forum, and Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.
Director and Secretary
Carla Buchanan is a psychotherapist in private practice in Marin. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley and has maintained an active involvement with the University. She’s a past member of the Executive Board of UCB’s College of Letters and Science and presently serves on the Advisory Board of The Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement at UCB’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The Center focuses on preparing current and future leaders to successfully engage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints in the resolution of public policy issues. Carla also serves on the Board of the Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco. She holds two Masters degrees, one from Dominican University in Counseling Psychology and one in Educational Therapy from San Francisco State University. She manages a family charitable foundation, the focus of which is education and the issue of hunger in the Bay Area. A third generation San Franciscan, Carla has lived in Marin County for twenty-five years and has two adult children and two young granddaughters, all of whom also live in the County. She spends much of her free time hiking and running on Mt. Tam.
Tracy Stempel Hogan
Tracy Stempel Hogan was born and raised in Marin, serving on a number of boards, most often as fundraising chair or vice-president. Boards included the Ross School Foundation Board, Marin Art & Garden Center Board of Directors, Ross Valley Women’s League Board, Pixie Parents, and Sunny Hills Auxiliary while raising her family and working in retail sales for 25 years. Most recently Tracy served on the Adopt a Family (5 years) and To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer (2 years) Boards of Directors as fundraising adviser.
Tracy and her husband of 36 years, Bill Hogan, live in San Anselmo, where they moved after Bill’s retirement in 2015. Bill was the Chief Ranger for MMWD, and the Hogans lived at Phoenix Lake on the Marin Watershed for 25 years, where they raised their sons, Tyler (32) and Jack (30). Both boys are married and live in the Bay Area.
Tracy’s fundraising career started at Marin Catholic High School in 2001 where she was the Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations. She was responsible for all fundraising, which included capital campaigns for the Student Center ($13.5M) and the Athletic Field ($1.3M), as well the Annual Fund, scholarships, and the endowment. In 2008 she was recruited to serve on the Philanthropic Services team at Marin Community Foundation, where she worked until 2010 at which time she was invited to join the Advancement staff at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Tracy serves as Director of Development for Dominican; her focus is Major Gifts fundraising.
Heidi Insalata Krahling
Heidi Insalata Krahling loves to cook for people. Whether it was growing up in Southern California, where her father often did the cooking for huge Knights of Columbus dinners, working as a chef for others, or serving as the chef of her own restaurant, Heidi has always enjoyed making others happy with her food. Opening Insalata’s (named in honor of her father, Italo Insalata) in 1996 was a natural step in her culinary career. Heidi says that the creation of Insalata’s was also about timing, “You just know when it’s time to work for yourself.” In 2009 Heidi also opened a wildly popular restaurant down the street from Insalata’s called Marinitas, serving luscious Latin inspired food and libations.
For eight years before opening Insalata’s, Heidi was executive chef at Smith Ranch, an upscale adult community in San Rafael. She took this position after spending several years as chef at Butler’s in Mill Valley, where she earned high regard from customers and food reviewers, culinary accolades from magazines such as Gourmet, Food and Wine, and Esquire, and critical acclaim such as USA Today’s USA’s Best Women Chefs, and San Francisco Focus Best Chef.
Prior to working at Butler’s, Heidi honed her cooking skills as a student at Tante Marie’s Cooking School and with Mediterranean expert Joyce Goldstein at Square One.
Heidi’s passion for working is passed to others through classes at Tante Marie’s, the Culinary Institute of America, Ramekins, and other Bay Area cooking schools. She also uses her energy and commitment in serving her community. Food, community, and family are the cornerstones of Heidi’s life today as they have been throughout her life. Today, her restaurant, her food and her community involvement testify to how these influences have shaped her life.
Director and Treasurer
Kevin O’Donnell has proven a simple fact for more than 20 years: Creating value begins with intensive focus on needs, expectations and values of clients. Enterprises who listen carefully, act courageously, and invest wisely out-perform competitors. From Financial Services to CPG and Technology, Kevin has driven innovation to accelerate growth of sales and revenues that continue to out-perform competitors. He is the Founder / CEO of Liquidity Capital, an online exchange for financing Middle Market enterprises. Previously he served several strategic roles at large financial institutions. Kevin has served clients as the head of strategic planning in Integrated Marketing Communications; and led research and planning on Capitol Hill.
Dan was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Marin with his wife, Susan, for over 43 years. He is a local businessman who has developed real estate, owned and operated restaurants, and a self-storage business in Marin. He owned and operated Phyllis’ Giant Burgers which he sold in the early 1980s. He then went on to open Half Day Cafe in Kentfield and operated it for 13 years. He sold it to his daughter, who sold it in February 2018.
Dan has an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Berkeley. In his early career, he worked for United California Bank and as a retail broker for Merrill Lynch in San Francisco. In 1969, Dan entered the restaurant business by moving to Atlanta to open the second restaurant for Victoria Station, a startup restaurant chain which grew to over a hundred units nationally. His last responsibilities for the company were scouting restaurant locations in the eastern United States.
He has been actively involved in the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, both as a volunteer and a member of various boards.
Dan and Susan have three children and six grandchildren. Two of their children own and successfully operate their own restaurants.
Matt Slepin is Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Search Partners. Matt founded Terra Search Partners in 2006 to provide a highly consultative and both a client and candidate centric approach to real estate search. Prior to forming Terra Search, Matt was a Partner with several executive search firms, including Heidrick & Struggles and Ferguson Partners. In addition to leading the firm, he advises clients and manages senior level searches for many of Terra’s clients.
Prior to starting in search in 1998, Matt held leadership, management and functional roles within the real estate industry for more than 20 years. He was founder and executive director of the Multifamily Housing Institute in Washington, DC. Matt has also worked in key development, advocacy and finance positions for the National Housing Partnership (developing and acquiring housing for seniors), National Association of Housing Cooperatives (as a lobbyist) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (helping lead the RTC’s affordable housing program). He further rounded out his real estate expertise with NV Commercial, a northern Virginia-based commercial property company, and Reilly Mortgage, one of the country’s leading apartment lenders. Matt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College.
Matt is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, one of the largest nursing homes in California. He is a Governor of the Urban Land Foundation and an active member of the Urban Land Institute and its Multifamily Council. He is also a participant on the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a supporter of Oberlin College, Mercy Housing, the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and other charitable organizations. He enjoys road biking in Marin County; relaxing and traveling with his wife, Diane Olmstead and daughters, Sarah and Cali.
Miguel Villarreal is Child Nutrition and Warehouse Director for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, a district with 30,000 K-12 students. Immediately before his current position, Miguel was Director of Food and Nutritional Services for the Novato Unified School District, an ExtraFood food donor since 2015 – and, with 8,000 K-12 students, Marin’s largest public school district. He joined the Novato Unified School District in 2002 and immediately began to modify schools' menus offering nutritious real food and phasing out junk food.
Miguel's experience spans more than 30 years in public schools as Food Service Director in Texas and California. He has developed and implemented innovative strategies for improving children’s health and created “Total School Nutrition and Wellness Environments.”
Miguel is an active member of several National, State, and local organizations focused on educating and improving students' well-being. He also serves on several state and national non-profit Boards as an advisor including the National Farm to School Network, California Food Policy Advocates, California Farm to School Taskforce and Marin Food Policy Council.
Miguel holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of North Texas and Masters in Business Administration from East Texas State University.