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Welcome Spring!

Helpers Community has EXCITING NEWS!

Joining the Helpers Community Board of Directors are the following new members:

Nathan Campbell, Uli K. Chettipally, Janet S. Cohen, Maureen Tarkington, and Kelly Minchen. They join the existing Board of Directors, Peggy Bachecki, Board Chair; Cati Gallardo, Board Member; Melissa Trujillo, Board Secretary; Stanley Wong, Board Treasurer. We are thrilled to have these accomplished new participants join the leadership team. Guided by the Helpers’ mission to Enrich the Lives of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, we move forward in our commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

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Meet New Board Members

Nathan Campbell
Nate Campbell is a business leader (COO) who helps individuals and companies find their winning edge so they can achieve extraordinary results. As a transformational and strategic business leader for both Corporate as well as Private Equity based service businesses. He has a proven track record of continuous sales growth, M & A veteran facilitating cultural, client and operation-based integrations (over 100 acquisitions). He is adept in moving companies forward through organizational development, collaboratively setting and balancing a solid strategy with tactical priorities and having the managerial courage to execute on commitments. Nate’s experience includes Access Information Management where he served as the Chief Operating Officer for a $285 Million international Business – Access is (B2B) services company that provides outsourced physical and digital information management services (SaaS) in the US and Latin America. It is now the second largest RIM company.

Uli K. Chettipally
Dr. Uli K. Chettipally is an award-winning researcher, public speaker, and pioneering physician specializing in healthcare technology and innovation consulting. He is the Founder and President of Innovator MD: the world’s largest physician innovation company devoted to globally advancing solutions that revolutionize patient care.
As a result of his work with CREST Network in developing a clinical decision support platform, Dr. Uli Chettipally earned the Pioneer award for innovation from Kaiser Permanente. He also received the Morris F. Collen award, for his research with his team from The Permanente Medical Group. In addition to that, Dr. Chettipally has participated in the White House Champions of Change in Precision Medicine: providing input regarding the digital transformation of healthcare in the United States.

Janet S. Cohen
Jan Cohen has 30 + years of consulting, training, coaching and nonprofit leadership with nonprofit organizations. Her passion in these areas of expertise is for customized work sessions and consulting services for nonprofit organizations throughout the country for diversification of revenue/earned income planning processes. She partners with Academies for Social Entrepreneurship as the Lead Social Enterprise Trainer & Coach having worked with over 120 participating agencies in customized Social Enterprise Academies.

Jan leads organizations as an Interim Executive during transition periods, especially those with mission focus on individuals with disabilities, and is a member of the Bay Area Interim Executive Directors Network. Jan has been Director of New Business Ventures at HOPE Services, an Affiliate Consultant with Compass Point Nonprofit Services in the Bay Area, a Senior Consultant with the National Center for Social Enterprises, and Chief Executive Officer of PROJECT HIRED, a nonprofit employment service serving individuals with disabilities for 10 years.

Kelly Minchen
Kelly is one of the most successful Realtors in the San Francisco Bay Area with a distinguished 25-year career in residential real estate. She is an award-winning, Top Producing Agent, ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the Country’s Top .5% of 1% of all real estate agents. Kelly has represented numerous Buyers and Sellers who appreciate and value her dedication to strategically positioning each transaction for a successful outcome. Highly credentialed, Kelly exemplifies her well-established reputation of unmatched market knowledge, effective networking abilities, sharp negotiation skills, placing emphasis on integrity and client satisfaction. Meeting uncompromising standards of performance and communication, Kelly has built a solid reputation in the business and trust of her clients over the years. She is equipped to meet each and every challenge in the real estate market and serves her clients with a unique level of commitment and determination that continues to deliver impressive results. Her commitment to professionalism and excellence in her approach to business maximizes her clients’ experience in this process.

Maureen Tarkington
Maureen Tarkington has a background in high tech corporate marketing and sales. Her son, Shane, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and is now a talented and accomplished artist. Maureen is the Founder of Autism in the Arts, where Shane’s art originals, prints, cards, mug, mug candles, tea towels, shirts, and totes are sold. She has also created a website where his art can be purchased. www.shanetarkington.com The Autism in the Arts’ art show expanded after 6 years to more than 19 stores on the South Bay Peninsula, and she participates in POP – Up shops year round.

Currently, Maureen’s marketing skills are being used to high light Shane’s work at a retail store in Los Gatos, CA, Out of the Envelope.

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Remembering Joy Bianchi
9/30/38 – 1/11/22

Joy Bianchi, Founder of Helpers Community, worked for over 60 years to elevate the dignity of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. She was known for her “tenacity, vivacious spirit and enthusiasm for life,” and her impact on the community of the developmentally disabled is felt today. We remember her for:

—Fighting city hall to open the group homes in the early 1960’s
—Starting the Helpers Community Grant Program in the early 2000’s
—Beginning an onsite program to create handmade items for sale
—Maintaining a 40-year relationship with Ghirardelli Square for the Helpers Bazaar, the retail shop at the time.


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Celebrate Siri

Siri is a talented artist diagnosed with autism at age 3. She was recently featured on an NBC Bay Area Proud news segment.

Helpers Artisan Boutique is delighted to feature Siri’s jewelry and art in store.


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Spring Events

Meet the Artist, Emmy

Saturday April 9, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Helpers Artisan Boutique, 1947 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Join us for A Meet the Artist Event featuring Emmy, an artist from Big Wave. Emmy’s beautiful water color greeting cards are featured at Helpers Artisan Boutique.

Spring Cultivation and Appreciation Event

Thursday May 12, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Helpers Artisan Boutique, 1947 Union St, SF, CA 94123

With gratitude and love,
Marilyn Harrison
Retail Marketing Director