Diana Laczkowski

Diana moved from Philadelphia to northern CA in 1976.  She graduated from the University of Colorado and obtained a BA degree in Psychology and Education. In 2006, she obtained a certification in conflict resolution from Sonoma State University. Her 32 years of experience in human resources and office administration has been of great value in her life-long learning adventure, and she has a passion for peace making. She has worked with both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has also worked closely with boards of directors on personnel and strategic planning committees.

She lives in west Sonoma County with her fiancé Karl, where they both enjoy gardening, hiking, and being in nature.  Currently, Diana has a consulting business that focuses on human resources, employee relations, and conflict resolution.  She is also a docent in the Learning Laguna program with the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.

Larry Needleman
Vice President

Born and raised in New York, Larry has lived in west Sonoma County since 1974. After graduating from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, he worked in various aspects of the food industry for almost 25 years. His experience includes restaurant management, catering, airline feeding, college and hospital food service, food equipment importing and manufacturing, and food product development (for ten years working exclusively with tofu and soyfoods). He’s an avid and healthy cook.

For the past 22 years Larry has operated a small residential property management business. He served on the board of Willow Wood Waldorf School in Sebastopol (which is now Sun Ridge Charter School) for five years (2 1/2 as president).  Larry has been a potter and ceramic sculptor since 2001.

Rodney DeMartini

Rodney began his professional career as a high school teacher, eventually becoming a principal. In 1983, he became involved with the newly founded Aris Project, which provided practical and emotional support to people living with HIV in Santa Clara County.

He served as a volunteer, board member, and president of the board of Aris until he was invited to establish the Office of AIDS Education for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1988. In 1990, Rodney co-founded the National Catholic AIDS Network, which provided resources to individuals and organized ministries, including an annual gathering that also included Catholic service providers from around the world.

In 2004, Rodney began to volunteer at Food For Thought. He has also served as a member and chairperson of the Board Finance Committee since 2007. He was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors in 2016.

Marty Dekay-Bemis

Marty is a native Californian who grew up in Marin County and migrated north to Sonoma County in the early 70’s. Her love of the outdoors has led her to spend much of her life in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and more recently hiking the many trails in the Sonoma County parks. In 2007 she spent six weeks walking across Spain along the Camino De Santiago. She also loves to travel with her husband, Jeff, of 37 years and spending lots of time with her two granddaughters.

For the bulk of her career Marty worked for West County Health Centers as a community program manager. She managed many programs including the Forestville Teen Clinic, West County Health Centers volunteer program and numerous programs focusing on improving access to health services. She has a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to basic rights like nutrition and health services. She retired in 2013 and has enjoyed volunteering with Food For Thought on a more regular basis since then.

Marty has been a volunteer with Food For Thought since 1997. She is a regular in the food bank as well as at their special events. She joined the Board of Directors in March 2017 and looks forward to contributing to the growth and development of this invaluable organization.

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Ric Giardina

Ric was born in New York City and raised on Eastern Long Island.  He moved to Washington, D.C. for his undergraduate training at Georgetown University and then completed a degree in law at The Catholic University of America.  While there, Ric became interested in issues of social justice and social equity. 

Ric moved to San Francisco in 1973 and was active in a variety of “for the greater good” volunteer activities, focusing on the AIDS crisis in the late 1980s. He completed three 600-mile AIDS Rides and one AIDS marathon to raise funds for HIV/AIDS relief and research.  Ric has previously served on several nonprofit boards in the Bay Area and Northern California.

He first joined Food or Thought as a volunteer in 2010, even before he was a resident of Sonoma County.  Ric is presently the Workforce Development Manager for the County of Sonoma.  He and his husband, John Ross, live in Santa Rosa with two adorable toy poodles.

Misti Harris
Misti was born and raised in Truckee, California.  Blessed with a loving family, she was raised to be independent, fight injustice, and help people and animals in need.  She and her then-fiancé James moved to Sonoma County in 2001. After earning her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State, they decided to stay because of their deep love for Sonoma County. Misti has worked as a land use planner since 2004. 
In September 2011, Misti joined Food for Thought as a volunteer.  She works in the food bank, at food drives, and at fundraisers throughout the year. She enjoys riding motorcycles, yoga, traveling, camping, and being a dog mom. She is joyfully married to her high school sweetheart.  They enjoy a childfree life full of wild adventures. 

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Shan Magnuson

Shan was drawn to Food for Thought because of her life long interests in healthy food, organic gardening, health and social justice, all of which are embodied by Food for Thought.  She grew up in France and Germany, and her family always ate a healthy diet and had a big garden. She brought these values and habits with her when moving to the Bay Area in 1975. Shan received a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University, and began a career in nonprofit management in 1986. She has managed diverse programs serving low income seniors, children, parents, teens and families in San Francisco and Sonoma County.

Shan has a 24-year-old son who is a local jazz musician, a stepdaughter in Oregon, a stepson in Hawaii, and is grandmother to four grandchildren. She is honored to offer her skills and experience to the vital services Food for Thought offers to people in need in our community, and proud to serve on the Board of Directors.

Larry Prager

Larry received a B.A. from the University of Miami and did graduate work in creative writing at San Francisco State before teaching American literature in Jerusalem in 1973. He has owned and operated restaurants, but his primary business enterprise was the development (alongside his brother) of an import and wholesale distribution company that sold photo frames to department stores, warehouse clubs, mass merchants, and independent retailers. After selling the company, Larry and his family (wife, two daughters, and 3 cats) moved from the Peninsula to Sebastopol in 1996.

Aside from volunteering at the food bank, Larry also volunteers at the Sebastopol library, tutors ESL, writes/avoids writing fiction, plays golf (hack class), and is currently trying to control his book-buying and stray cat care-and-maintenance addictions.

Mark Short

Mark grew up on a farm in Iowa and graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  He was U.S. marketing director, a regional worldwide director, and a worldwide team leader for vaccine research & marketing of Pfizer's veterinary division. He was directly impacted by HIV/AIDS, which caused the death of his late partner; Mark survived three AIDS-defining illnesses himself.  Prior to moving to Sonoma County, he sang and was on the board of directors of the NYC Gay Men's Chorus and supported other charities by hosting large fundraising events in his restored suburban NYC home. 
Mark returned to his farming roots by moving with his husband and their two dachshunds to Sebastopol in 2011. They enjoy raising food in their organic orchard and vegetable gardens. Mark volunteers with West County Community Health Centers where he is a Ryan White Patient Advocate and also serves in other advisory roles.  Mark is focused on making a difference with his life and continues to check off (and add) items on his 20+ year old 'bucket list'.

Sandy Younglove

Sandy was born and raised in a Chicago suburb. Her family moved to San Rafael, California in the late 60's. After high school, she earned an associate's degree at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She completed her BA at University of Redlands, received an Elementary Credential at Dominican College in San Rafael, and earned a Secondary Art Credential at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. She has also taken various enrichment courses at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Sandy's career includes teaching in a private school in Oakland, selling fine shoes at I. Magnin's in San Francisco, owning an American Handcrafts Gallery in Sausalito for 10 years, managing an artist's guild in Sonoma, performing public relations and special events duties for Carmenet Vineyard, Sonoma, for eight years, and then turning her energies to assist five family members with various challenges.

Sandy is currently very involved with her church in San Rafael, volunteers and serves on the Board at Food for Thought Food Bank, and is also a volunteer at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.