Staff and Board of Directors

Administrative Assistant Trixxie Land has filled the part-time position since May of 2020.  Prior to this position, she worked mostly in the medical field with 15 years as a unit clerk coordinating many aspects of all functions of a floor in a hospital. She also worked as a patient services representative in a clinic and a doctor office. Then she spent five years managing the Old Globe Theater's costume and prop rentals.

Daryush Bastani started gleaning in 2017 soon after retiring from Verizon Wireless as an area manager.  He said he grew up on a farm and has always been active in growing food both on the farm and now, in his home garden.  Gleaning extends that involvement with fresh food. “All my life, I have wanted to make an impact on other people's lives,” he said. Consequently, he also volunteers for San Diego County Canyon Land and many Jewish Family Services programs including providing rides to elderly, delivering food to the home-bound and providing translation service to refugees. “I find Senior Gleaners a worthy organization not only by providing much needed service to the community but also preventing waste of perfectly good food,” he said. 

Lane Blake joined the board in 2020 shortly after learning about the organization and having a crew pick her backyard citrus trees. She works as a real estate agent and freelances as a life coach. During the past 10 years she has worked as a copywriter, doctor office manager and founded an online fundraising company. Volunteer experience includes serving as president, auction chair and fundraising chair of an elementary school PTF. She also has been a member of the San Diego Unified School District Parent Board. She joined the Gleaner board to fulfill her desire to support a community organization with a worthy mission.

Margaret Burton has been a gleaner volunteer since 2015 and serves as leader and delivery driver of the Clairemont picking crew.  She joined the board in 2020. She represents Senior Gleaners at outreach events and coordinates the manufacturing of Senior Gleaner shirts, hats and jackets as a fund-raiser.  Margaret has recruited more sponsors than any other volunteer during the annual fund-raising PICK ME event and has requested donations to Gleaners rather than birthday gifts.  She said collecting fruit for people who need it “keeps her motivated.”  She also sews memory bears for Vitas Hospice.

Cheri Gabler began gleaning in 2015, currently serving as the leader for the East County picking crew. She joined the board in 2018. After retiring from a 30-year career in education, she sought volunteer opportunities that would make a positive difference in her local community. Senior Gleaners has done just that, she said. In addition, she volunteers weekly for the San Diego Food Bank.

Dr. Wendy Hileman joined the board in 2017, serving as the board secretary and most recently, as a board member. Wendy brings her business expertise to the board.  Wendy is the CEO of another local non-profit, has served on several boards, and been a volunteer for a variety of organizations. Wendy is interested in eliminating food insecurities and increasing better access to affordable fresh produce.

Jack Hoskin joined Gleaners in 2017 as a weekly grocery van driver and substitute driver soon after retiring as a small business owner. The business experience made him a natural to fill the position of treasurer in early 2018. Duties include all bill payment, budget preparation, bookkeeping and payroll duties. He said he gets great satisfaction from using his business experience to help those in need.

Chris Mara was instrumental in forming a picking crew in Chula Vista in early 2019 and serves as its crew leader.  She joined the board in 2020. She worked at various insurance companies for 45 years and retired five years ago “when it was not fun anymore,” she said. She keeps busy by also volunteering at the Living Coast, Meals on Wheels, Chula Vista Garden Club and the RSVP Advisory Committee. She said her work with Senior Gleaners is satisfying because it makes a positive impact on food insecurity.

Janaira Quigley joined the board in 2020. She is pursuing a PhD in leadership studies at the University of San Diego and holds a master’s degree in global business leadership from USD. She has worked as a program manager for USD’s Online Graduate Program and as adjunct faculty. Other positions include: Operations director positions for Meals on Wheels of San Diego and Biomat Medical Center. She is an active member of several community service organizations dealing with aging and intergenerational issues. These experiences led to her interest in Senior Gleaners. Since 2010, she has volunteered with Meals on Wheels providing meal delivery.

Barbara Turner became a board member and secretary in early 2019. She became board president in 2020. She moved to S. California to be near grandchildren after retiring in 2012 as an Oregon middle school teacher and librarian. She also volunteers for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the San Diego County Animal Shelter, and the San Diego County Library Adult Literacy Program. She said she is happy to support the double mission of Gleaners—providing needed food to hungry people and keeping seniors active.