Mimi Warga, Chairman of the Board

Mimi Warga, Chairman of the Board 2014- 2020

Mimi has recently retired as a Financial Advisor and business owner in Livermore for 25 years. She serves on various ministry teams at her church and has been a faithful supporter of Shepherd’s Gate, Kids Against Hunger, and the Alameda County Food Bank for several years. Previously, Mimi served as the secretary of the board for many years prior to her new role as Chairman of the Board.

Vijay Swamidass, Vice-President

Vijay Swamidass, Vice-President 2016-2019

"I have worked at Salesforce.com in San Francisco for about 10 years. Currently, I am a Director of Software Engineering and I manage a team of about 15 developers around the world. My wife and I love the mission of Shepherds Gate, especially the desire to do everything to the glory of God. In years past, we have participated in 24-In-Your-Car, holiday food distributions, and leading Financial Peace University for several of the women at the Livermore campus. This year, I have used my experience with Salesforce to setup an online database to track intake calls, residents, and room utilization. My wife and I have 4 children, Rachel (10), Jonathan (7), Andrew (5), and Sarah (1).  I am excited to serve as a board member and continue to use my skills to further the great work at Shepherds Gate."

Mark Holmstedt, Treasurer

Mark Holmstedt, Treasurer 2014- 2020

Mark has 36 years of public finance experience covering a variety of specialty areas including financing for non-profits. Mark has served on the Finance Committee at Shepherd’s Gate since 2012 before joining the Board of Directors in 2014. In addition to his work with Shepherd’s Gate, Mark currently serves on the Advisory Committee for City Impact in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.

Tim Hunt, Secretary

Tim Hunt

I am a self-employed journalist, communications consultant and publisher. I worked for the Tri-Valley Herald for 39 years before moving into the current season that has allowed lots of time to serve ministries. I served on the Shepherd’s Gate board from 2000-2006 and God used that experience to train me to lead the boards of Heart for Africa and Teen Esteem. I am an elder at my church and volunteer on the team at the East Bay Healing Center. I have led and served on numerous secular boards.

Having seen what God has done at and through Shepherd’s Gate, I am pleased to serve in this new season. My wife, Betty Gail and I, have one grown daughter.

Maggi Cathey, Director-at-Large

Maggi Cathey, Director-at-Large

Believer, Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Educator and Friend are all names that resonate with me. God has been good to me and blessed me in so many ways that I come to Shepherd’s Gate with a desire to give back. After over 30 years in education it is my desire to work with the Shepherd’s Gate children and those involved in their support and development.

Fiona Parken, Director-at-Large

Fiona Parken, Director-at-Large

Fiona recently retired from a career in Human Resources and is delighted to be joining the Board of Directors.  In addition to her work with Shepherd’s Gate, she is a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child serving as the Logistics Coordinator for Alameda and is a small group leader for the KC after school Christian program. Fiona attends Graceway church in Pleasanton with her husband Alec and is an active participant in weekly bible study.

In her free time, Fiona loves to travel and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Alan Cerro, Advisory Board (previous Chairman of the Board)

Alan Cerro, Advisory Board

Alan is a founding partner of Dutra-Cerro-Graden a real estate and development services. He is also the co-owner and CEO of San Mateo-based  C & V Investment Company. Alan faithful leads the Shepherd's Gate Advisor Board and is project lead for our Brentwood Campus advancement project along with Carol Patterson the CEO of Shepherd's Gate. Previously, Alan was the Chairman of the Board for many years.

Shepherd’s Gate Locations

1660 Portola Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
United States
(925) 443-4283

605 Sycamore Ave
Brentwood, CA 94513
United States
(925) 308-7507