Turn any occasion into a re​ason to give

Born in China and raised in Portland and Southern California, my passion for giving comes from the generosity that was bestowed on me from my Aunt and Uncle who helped my family immigrate to the United States.  I attended both UC Berkeley and UC Irvine and received my BA in Economics and Biology and then moved to New York City where I met my husband.  Over the last 15 years, I have worked in Digital Media Sales focused on Mobile, Video and Programmatic marketing across key brands in Finance, Retail, CPG and Technology. Currently, I work @ Google in the Bay Area and love being part of an organization that puts a key focus on philanthropy. I live in Danville with my husband and two young boys and could be not be more excited to help drive Party In-Kindness' important mission in our community.  

Alex Shen

" I Just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. connect with people. learn new things. grow."  - The Khoolhaus

                                         

Teyonna Bowman

Jillian Freeman

Shetal Nayyar

Natashee J. Scott, JD, MBA

Party In-Kindness Advisory Board

As a child my parents always taught my siblings and I the importance of loving others and giving back to the community that provided for us.  By the time I was a pre-teen I developed a passion for volunteering at our local homeless shelter because it was a chance to get lost in crafting while also being humbled by the love and joy of the children that I spent time with. After graduating from the University of Michigan, I continued to pursue my interest in education and closing the achievement gap regardless of background by becoming a youth mentor.  This proved to be a rewarding experience and when the opportunity to serve as a member of the board of Party In-kindness presented itself I enthusiastically accepted it.  I am a Sales manager by trade but understand the importance of networking and connecting with people of all walks of life regardless of where we are in our lives.  The work that Party In-Kindness has done and the awareness that it is spreading within the community it serves not only reflects this value but is an example of everyday altruism.  I look forward to contributing to the thought leadership that the founders of Party In-Kindness bring and plan to participate in events that expose my children and others to the depth and diversity of our culture.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I attended UC Irvine and received a degree in Psychology. Over the past 13 years I've worked for United Friends of the Children, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that provides housing, educational services and support to LA based foster youth, helping them graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, find stable housing and employment. I'm an active member of the Pleasant Hill community where I live with my husband and three children. When Melissa first told me about her idea for Party In-kindness I was intrigued as it seemed this was an area of giving untapped in our community. She had such an emotional connection to this cause because of her daughter and was committed to helping others the way she had been helped. After seeing Shani and Melissa jump right in to turn this idea immediately into reality I knew it was something special that I wanted to support.  

Raised in a suburban community in sunny, Southern California, I received my BA degree in Economics as well as met my college sweetheart from the University of California, Irvine. Upon getting married, we moved to the beautiful and vibe-full Bay Area, where we continue to happily live today. Professionally, my focus has been on analytics and strategy with now over ten years of experience. Personally, my husband and I have been blessed with two lovely children and have somehow found a way to embrace the positive chaos that surrounds us today. I realize the person I am today is a direct result of the love from my family and friends. Kindness and bringing good to others has always been something I've valued and woven into the life I live and what I teach my children. I aspire to live a life where I continuously find ways to practice and evangelize kindness and enrich the lives of those less fortunate.

I currently live in Chicago with my three children and husband. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern Illinois University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Roosevelt University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. For over 15 years I have developed substantial expertise in corporate formation and restructuring, drafting and negotiating complex contracts, and providing legal counsel to clients ranging from small business owners to large corporations. Although I have pursued a legal career, I cherish the times I have been able to give by devoting time to charitable causes. While in college, I volunteered with the Salvation Army, Chicago Cares and I became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where I served as President and Vice President of my university chapter. Serving my community through volunteer work has always been essential to me. When the opportunity developed to join Party In-Kindness and help advance the mission, I gladly accepted. Participating in the expansion of Party In-kindness is such a rewarding opportunity and I look forward to helping Party In-Kindness inspire others to turn any occasion into a reason to give.

Shani Hall

Founder

So many elements of my family background has made me the person I am today. My mother, came to America from Korea at the age of 15 and my father, was raised by his mother from Arkansas on very modest means in Chicago. As a single father, my dad raised me to focus on education and always believe I could aspire to achieve whatever I set my mind to. Even so, I never forgot how past generations have helped me reach where I am today. In college at University of Michigan, I studied Organizational Psychology and Behavior to pursue a career in Human Resources. It was in college that I met and married my husband. Soon after I decided to continue my education and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in Labor and Human Resources.  After living and working throughout the midwest we settled in Alamo, California with our two sons.  We immediately felt connected to the area as we planted our roots and now consider California home. I know how truly blessed I am and look forward to connecting and sharing with the local community and giving back in new, exciting ways.

Melissa Smith

​Founder

Raised in Rhode Island, attended Boston University, and started a successful sales career in New York City; that was the path that lead me to where I am today. My parents always instilled in my siblings and I a sense of adventure, encouraging us to explore the world outside of our small town, while always appreciating where we’ve been and where we came from. It was with this gumption that I traveled the east coast, and eventually moved to California with my husband, who was born and raised here in Alamo, and where we have lived since 2008. An east coast girl at heart, I was struck by the amount of warmth with which this community welcomed me. Through this journey, I have come to feel very fortunate for many reasons, but I haven’t reached my destination yet. I want to enrich the lives of others less fortunate; to show my children how to help others, and to give back to the community that has given us all so much.