Penni Hudis is without a doubt one of the most delightful women you’ll ever have the chance to meet. Penni has a life-long commitment to understanding what it takes, and helping to create a society committed to fair and equitable treatment for everyone, whether in our education system, in the workforce, or in accessing healthcare. She developed these values and commitments very early in life from role models, including her mother and father. Her mother was a social worker and university professor of gerontology and healthcare administration. Her father was a dentist who volunteered with a team of dentists and physicians that worked together to repair cleft palates of low-income children in the South Bronx. Penni trained at the University of Michigan as a sociologist and labor force demographer, beginning her research work with a doctoral dissertation on race and gender differences in earnings. This led to careers as a university professor and researcher, corporate manager responsible for analyzing possible discrimination within a large corporation, and research and program design aimed at understanding and improving academic outcomes for low-income and under-served high school and community college students. Though Penni grew up in what she calls “a politically mixed household,” it’s…
Past Member Spotlights
Sue Schwartzman was born and raised in the Bay Area, as was her husband. She has two children who chose different paths in life. One is a 31-year-old firefighter and paramedic. The other is a 29-year-old tech entrepreneur living in Australia. Sue went to U.C. Davis as an undergraduate and got a master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. For Sue, education meant doing well by doing good. She chose a profession that didn’t previously exist as a philanthropy professional, specializing in family giving. She was led on this journey through a commitment to doing good. Using her teaching skills,…
It is Linda Santinoceto’s first month as a member of Impact 100 East Bay. She first learned of our organization through Gabriela Garner and Stephanie Shaw, who she knew from National Charity League. Linda spent her childhood in Pennsylvania, in an Italian Sicilian household. Her father was transferred to Fort Worth, Texas, where she attended high school. She chose to attend college at Texas A&M, and began her career in Texas, where she worked at USAA in San Antonio and Dallas. After marrying her husband and having three children, she went back to work part time at H&R Block...
Jackie Belser-Welch is an extrovert, so it wasn’t a surprise to her friends and family when she decided to pursue a career in sales. Jackie recognized that she could never sit behind a desk eight hours a day. It was a pretty big culture shock when General Motors moved Jackie from her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama to Southern California. She moved from GM to Xerox, having a 28-year relationship which allowed her to be on the “cusp of the evolution of technology and where we are today”. She was proud to learn and grow at a company of such high…