AHO Board of Directors

Charles Williams

Board President
Charles began working in financial services in 1991.  He brings 19 years of experience in a variety of inside and outside sales positions, primarily related to mortgage banking and multi-line insurance, and also high-tech sales. Read More

Zara Babitzke

Founding and Executive Director
Zara is a Marin County visionary leader and entrepreneur of social change. She has led the way in spearheading awareness to end youth homelessness in Marin and statewide. Her work has played an instrumental role in the county. Read More

Heather Gordon

Secretary, Treasurer
Heather Gordon is a co-owner of Tamalpais Financial Services (TFS) with her partner Jane Schopplein. TFS is located in Mill Valley and has accounting experience in many fields including construction, landscaping…Read More

Karen Robbins

President Emeritus
Karen brought her wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector as an organizational development and management consultant to the Board of AHO. Throughout her 40+ year career, she has worked in direct service social work...Read More

AHO Council of Investors

Ron Collins

Known as the “Grandfather of AHO” and Co-Founder of the AHO Council of Investors. A longtime supporter of AHO’s unique and comprehensive safety net which offers a hand up for Marin’s homeless youth to succeed. Read More

Vic Rice

Vic is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in International Business Marketing and Management. As an entrepreneur Vic founded Pacific Forest Resources in 1984 eventually acquired by CellMark AB of Sweden.  Read More

Francois Levannier

Francois Levannier is an internationally-recognized coach who helps executives and companies realize their full potential using a methodology that draws on time-tested tools of energy management.
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Ed Reitzer

Ed is a father of a successful daughter Tanner, age 24, as well as the son of Zara, the founder of AHO. He resides in Dallas, Texas where he has spent most of his life. As a lifelong athlete, he enjoys competing in triathlons and running marathons.
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Chona Sommers

Chona, has worked in the banking industry for the past 13 years and has been the manager of Westamerica Bank, Mill Valley Blithedale branch, for the past 2 years. Read More

Polly Guy

Polly started her Starbucks career in 2003 in Seattle, WA. During this time, Polly continued her success by helping to build great teams. Read More

Alex Schmotter, DDS

Alex is a dentist by trade and an entrepreneur by fate. Originally from Marin County, CA, Alex is the son of a Dentist and a professional chef.  Read More

Larkin Bond

Since our first meeting 4 years ago, Larkin continues to volunteer for AHO, a 15-year old Marin County nonprofit providing a safety net of comprehensive support for youth at-risk.. Read More

Sue Bachorski

Sue is a seasoned business executive with a broad background in finance, business strategy, supply chain and operations.
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Geraldine Serrano

Geraldine is a Bay Area native and has always been passionate about helping others. She freely lends her gregarious personality and communication skills.
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jimmy hayes

James “Jimmy” Hayes

Former AHO youth and inspiration for Zara founding AHO. Zara met James at age 18, and twenty-two years later, he continues to be involved and participates in all community meetings with AHO’s Executive Director and work with the AHO Youth Leadership Team on their projects.

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