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.

Jose Carrascal

Jose Carrascal

Former Site Director, Corteva Agriscience™ – Pittsburg
Chair

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.

Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Assurance Partner, Sensiba San Filippo LLP – Pleasanton
Vice Chair

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).

Gene Russell

Gene Russell

President and CEO, The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence – San Ramon
Secretary

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.

Stephen Tessler

Stephen Tessler

Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, California Bank of Commerce – Oakland
Treasurer

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.

Colin Christian

Colin Christian

Vice President of Operations, Southwire – Livermore
Board Member

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.

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Livermore
Board Member

Patrick Dempsey is Director of Strategic Partnerships for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He has more than 30 years of experience in delivering advanced manufacturing, energy, utility infrastructure, and cybersecurity capabilities to the nation. He is currently focused on developing public-private partnerships that benefit industry and the U.S. national-security enterprise the LLNL supports. Patrick is a California-registered professional mechanical engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering from California State University and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley Haas School and Columbia Business School.

Erik Hansen

Erik Hansen

Senior Director of Production, Varian Medical Systems – Palo Alto
Board Member

Erik Hansen is the Senior Director of Production for Varian Medical Systems’ North American Operations. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Erik received his MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Jose State University. His work experience includes multiple manufacturing companies from start-ups to established market leaders in the semiconductor and medical capital equipment industries. Mr. Hansen joined Varian Medical Systems (a Siemens Healthineers Company) in 2010. Driven by the sense of accomplishment that comes with producing tangible outputs, he is a believer in process over personal heroism and focused on LEAN methodologies and the elimination of the opportunity for errors.

Sandy Hunter

Sandy Hunter

President & Owner, Hunter Hawk Incorporated – Concord
Board Member

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.

Pallavi Joyappa

Pallavi Joyappa

Chief Operating Officer, Emerald Packaging – Union City
Board Member

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.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area
Board Member

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. 

Glen Ottinger

Glen Ottinger

President, ThermoFusion Inc. – Hayward
Board Member

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.