Leadership OLD

As leaders, we all serve Jesus Christ, the founder and perfecter of our faith

Kevin Bendemire - Board Chair

Kevin is a senior tax attorney at Applied Materials, Inc.  He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, in Business Administration and a minor in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a J.D., cum laude, from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.  Kevin began his legal career at Baker McKenzie LLP and has worked in a business or legal capacity at a number of multinational corporations, including, Oracle Corporation, Intuit, Inc., and Facebook, Inc.  Kevin has advised and/or served on the board of several nonprofits assisting underserved individuals both locally and abroad.

Ed McDonald - Board Member

Ed is one of the rare Abraham Lincoln-like, true-attorney who practices general law.  As part of the leadership of Calvary Church, he originally came to SVCLA to vet us, but fell in love with the wonderful people in the team and God’s vision for the power of the gospel and justice and has stayed since. 

Annabel Leyva - Board Member

Since 2018, I have been serving as a Field Staff with Servant Partners developing programs for a non-profit organization we established called San Jose Bridge Communities. As the Program Director for San Jose Bridge Communities, I establish partnerships with local Mayfair Neighborhood schools, services agencies, and churches in the area to better serve the community. Our goal is to help in the leadership formation of community members through friendship, cross-class relationships, education, and opportunities to lead in committees of interest. In addition to establishing relationships, I am the instructor for our parenting classes, Getting Ahead classes, and Arte de Vida classes. Most recently we have begun a food distribution to address emergency needs and justice organizing to address injustice in our community.

Eric Schmidt - Treasurer, Chief Technical Officer

Eric worked for many years in the electronics industry in Silicon Valley. He loves using his technical skills to help others. Eric has developed and supports the SVCLA website and other tools to keep SVCLA running smoothly. He's the go-to guy for any technical issues.

Josephine Jihai Park - President, Board Member

Saved by Jesus' great love, Jo founded SVCLA out of gratitude for her Savior and in obedience to His command to "loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke" (Isaiah 58.6). She practices family law and prior to that worked in workers' compensation defense. She loves to play the trumpet and the piano at her church. 

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