Meet the Board
Valerie Hund is one of the original ENN founding board members. In the early years, Valerie served as the camp director and has served as the board President for the last 8 years. Valerie raised a son with autism for 16 years until he unfortunately passed in 2011. Since then, Valerie’s passion remains to be active in the special need’s community. Valerie and her family created a scholarship in her son’s memory, at Las Positas College in Livermore, to assist students pursuing a career in the special need’s community, or a student on the autism spectrum seeking to complete a college education. Valerie’s favorite part of camp is the talent show. Seeing our campers express their creativity and talents amongst their peers without any fears of being judged. Valerie lives in Livermore and has two daughters, that have been activity aides and counselors.
Kirsten has been a part of ENN since 2001. Next to her family, ENN is the most important part of her life. She loves nothing more than helping to provide a very special camp for the kids and respite for the parents. She lives in Livermore with her husband and two kids, both of which are counselors at ENN camp.
Denise Gil found she had time on her hands after her two children went off to college. Valerie Hund, a founding member of ENN, was a good friend of hers, so she asked how she could help. Helping out with fundraising led into becoming ENN’s treasurer. Being an avid camper herself, she loves the fact that the ENN campers get to experience new adventures….like the petting zoo. Denise and her husband own a family business in Pleasanton. They live in Livermore with their three dogs.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn.
Megan is a parent of a camper at ENN. She lives in Fremont with her husband and two kids. She also is a transitional kindergarten teacher. She has a love for service and helping others. Megan enjoys spending time adventuring outdoors.
Lisa has always been a part of the special needs community as an advocate and caretaker for her brother. She enjoys helping with fundraising events for ENN and her favorite part of camp is hearing how the families spent their respite days. ENN has always been a family affair and her daughter has been both an activity aide and counselor. Lisa lives in Livermore with her Golden Doodle, Riley.
Ashley started camp in 2010 as a counselor and now fulfill a director position as well as the nutrition liaison. She has been a moderate/severe special education teacher since 2011. She looks forward to camp every year to be able to see all our returning campers and all the new faces! “Camp is special to me because I met my husband at camp and we now have three children; one of whom is named after my very first camper.”
Laura worked in special education for over 15 years with the Pleasanton Unified School District in moderate/severe classrooms. She has been a board member for 15 years, and also served as our Camp Director for 13 years. Laura still enjoys being at camp and seeing all of the familiar faces, especially on the dance nights! Although she now works full time at the District Office of Pleasanton Unified, she remains passionate about her work with the community and supporting people with special needs. Laura lives in Pleasanton and enjoys spending her free time with her 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters.
Justin started with ENN in 2009 as a counselor and has been a part of the ENN family ever since. He and his wife (Ashley) met at camp in 2012 and have made ENN an essential part of their lives. He has three children and loves the great outdoors. His favorite part of camp is seeing all the campers year after year and meeting the new ones.
Wendy joined ENN 17 years ago. She has 2 daughters. Her oldest daughter is on the autism spectrum and has been a camper until she aged out at 22. Her younger daughter has been an activity aide and a counselor. Wendy continues to help with fundraising and helps set up at camp.