Dr. Vera Packard
Dr. Vera Packard is originally from Brazil. She attended Medical School in Brazil (Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Pernambuco), and specialized in breast disease, particularly in breast cancer in London, UK. In addition to the University Hospital, she worked in private practice for 20 years. Vera has a deep commitment to women’s health issues which inspired her to found a non-profit organization devoted to breast cancer awareness in 1997. Vera is a member of the San Ramon Rotary club and has served as president of her former Rotary club in Brazil. She’s also an ambassador for the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and the current president for ABWA (American Business Women Association) / Express to Success Network. Vera is married to Mark and has two children, Tiago and Maria Clara. She resides in Martinez with her family and their yellow lab, Jake.
Community Development Director
As Development Director, Karen works with the community on fundraising, event co-ordination and volunteer opportunities for HERS. She brings over 30+ years of Sales, Marketing and Management experience, including expertise in wholesale and retail markets, and is a member of AFP Silicon Valley (Association of Fundraising Professionals). Karen is also a volunteer and event committee member for Community Solutions, a South Bay non-profit human services organization, and has also worked in conjunction with the executive director of the Morgan Hill Downtown Association as a liaison between business owners, local government and the association to help re-invigorate the downtown area. Karen lives in Morgan Hill with her husband Roy. She is the proud mother of two sons, Christopher and Patrick, and grandson Tyler.