Board of Directors
The AMBayArea Board of Directors is comprised of executives from a variety of manufacturing industries, sub-regions, and non-manufacturing support organizations who are dedicated to ensure the Bay Area is a leader in the industry.
Former Site Director, Corteva Agriscience™ – Pittsburg
Jose Carrascal has served on AMBayArea’s board since 2017. He has more than 20 years of experience in plant operations, supply chain, environmental health and safety, and asset management. Most recently, he was the Site Director for Corteva Agriscience in Pittsburg. Carrascal is also a board member for the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, and on the Earn and Learn East Bay Steering Committee.
Assurance Partner, Sensiba San Filippo LLP – Pleasanton
Karen Burns, CPA, is an Assurance Partner with Sensiba San Filippo LLP, a leading regional CPA and business advisory firm. She has nearly 30 years of experience providing financial and business consulting services to companies in a variety of industries, with a particular passion for the manufacturing and food and beverage sectors. She has great depth of experience working with rapidly growing manufacturing companies, from start-ups to multigenerational family businesses, helping them to identify opportunities, challenges, and trends. Burns also founded the East Bay Manufacturing Group in 2011 (which later merged to become AMBayArea).
President and CEO, The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence – San Ramon
Gene Russell is President and CEO of Manex and has over 30 years of senior executive strategic planning, operational management, and consulting experience in the manufacturing and technology sector. With his extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, he has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for companies, allowing them to improve performance and achieve profitable growth. He has a strong background in sales and business development and a keen understanding of manufacturing strategies in the global environment.
Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, California Bank of Commerce – Oakland
Stephen Tessler is an Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, California Bank of Commerce, a leading regional bank. Tessler has more than twenty-five years of banking experience and ten years of public accounting experience.
Vice President of Operations, Southwire – Livermore
Colin Christian is the Vice President of Operations for Construction Electrical Products, a Southwire Company. He received his Master of Science in Manufacturing Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to Construction Electrical Products, Colin was Managing Director and CEO/Founder of MacArthur Engineering Pvt. Ltd and previously served as Director of Operations for Lex Products Corporation.
President & Owner, Hunter Hawk Incorporated – Concord
Sandy Hunter is founder and president of Hunter Hawk Inc, which was established in 1994 and specializes in custom precision manufacturing and fabrication of critical mechanical components for 24/7 production industries. Hunter Hawk’s customers include oil-refining/production, bio-pharmaceuticals, mining, utilities, municipals, and military. Hunter has been actively involved with Women Business Enterprise National Council and WBEC-Pacific since 2004. She is an ongoing supporter of SME, Women in Manufacturing, STEAM, National Girls Collaborative Project, and other organizations supporting girls in nontraditional career paths.
Chief Operating Officer, Emerald Packaging – Union City
Pallavi Joyappa serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Emerald Packaging, one of the largest flexible packaging manufacturers on the West Coast and the largest supplier of produce packaging in the country. Joyappa joined Emerald Packaging in 2005 as a Process Control Engineer and has risen within the company, serving as Quality Control Manager and Director of Operations before becoming COO. Joyappa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (ASQ). As Emerald’s COO, Joyappa is responsible for top-line strategic initiatives as well as the optimization of the company’s daily operations.
Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area
Mark Martin, Ph.D., is the Bay Area Regional Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development for the California Community Colleges. Dr. Martin has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering, including product development, manufacturing and design research, teaching and workforce development.
President, ThermoFusion Inc. – Hayward
Glen Ottinger is President of ThermoFusion Inc., a Hayward-based manufacturer that provides heating and brazing services. During his 12 years with ThermoFusion, Glen has managed everything from business development, operations, finances, materials engineering, quality assurance and sales. He received his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business and his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University.
Chief Facilitator of Great Outcomes, Narish – San Francisco
Krishna Rajagopal is the Chief Facilitator of Great Outcomes for Narish, a consulting company focused on harnessing the people resources within an organization. He is an entrepreneur, mentor, and guide who brings strong operational, sales, and systems expertise in building winning cultures and organizations. Prior to Narish, he was the Managing Partner and Owner of a manufacturing company in Illinois for over 15 years. Krishna serves on several boards and acts as an advisor and confidante to C-level executives in the Bay Area and the midwest. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, an MBA, and a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management.