Kathy and Bob Runyan, Co-Directors
Kathy was born in downtown Los Angeles and has lived in California most of her life. After graduating from college and teaching for two years, Kathy met Bob in 1986. A year later they were married and moved to Northern California where Kathy continued teaching, first in public schools and then as a homeschooling parent of three sons. During this same period of time Kathy served on the First Day School committee and on the Quarterly Meeting Children’s Program Committee. In May of 2003, Kathy was hired as the Admissions Director for the new Woolman Semester program at Sierra Friends Center and continued in that role and then as Advancement Director until coming to Quaker Center in 2011. Kathy enjoys spending her free time walking, drawing, but more than anything enjoying a nice chat over a cup of tea.
Bob spent most of his childhood summers in the Santa Cruz mountains camping, hiking, and skim-boarding at the beach. Bob traveled to Mexico and Europe, played soccer throughout his college years, and continued on to earn his teaching credential. After teaching at the high school level for a few years, Bob joined the Peace Corp and went to the Seychelles Islands where he taught math and computer science at the Polytechnic School. After returning to the States, Bob met Kathy and continued teaching until 1989 when he changed careers to become a computer programmer. In 1996, Bob felt inspired to write software that foster empathy by simulating life anywhere in the world based on real-world statistics. Bob went into business for himself to develop and sell “Real Lives” and during this time also worked as the Executive Director of Sierra Friends Center from 2005 through 2008. During his free time, Bob enjoys playing piano and mandolin, hiking, biking, and running, and whenever possible, watching international soccer with his three sons at a local taqueria.
Brad MacDonald, Maintenance Technician
Brad MacDonald has been working at the Quaker Center since 2010, first as a maintenance assistant and now as the maintenance technician. Brad has recently received his degree in Landscape Horticulture and is eager to nurture native plant life at Quaker Center. He has a great deal of enthusiasm for his Scottish heritage and its traditional games and festivities.
Lisa Holland, Housekeeper
Lisa was born in Livermore, CA, but she moved to Santa Clara in 1976. She was raised by her grandparents in a very strict Roman-Italian Catholic home where family and tradition were at the forefront of everything they did together; including gardening, cooking, and sewing. During her high school years, Lisa spent a lot of time in the Santa Cruz Mountains with friends, always feeling a pull to be among the beautiful redwoods. In 1997, Lisa, her husband, and her daughter moved to Boulder Creek where they settled and had 2 more children. After their separation, Lisa ran a house cleaning business, but found that the intense demand did not work well for a single mom raising 3 children. It was at that point that she applied for the housekeeping position at BLQC. In January of 2010, Lisa was hired as housekeeper. She has also been able to incorporate the skills of her childhood into her work by making curtains, bench seating, covering pillows, and also being blessed with the opportunity to cook for summer camp in 2014. Lisa enjoys spending time with her children and grand daughter, baking, cooking, sewing, gardening, scrap booking, dancing, family trips to the dog beach with Miss Daisy (her 14 year old pretty pittie), and keeping her childhood traditions alive by teaching them to her children. Lisa feels “beyond blessed” to be able to work for BLQC and is proud to contribute to the care and upkeep of such a spiritual place, where everywhere she looks she is reminded of God’s love, grace, and beauty.
Ellen Dougherty, Office Coordinator
Ellen is an experienced non-profit administrator who spends her time hiking, reading, going to concerts, watching movies, and writing.