Hively, based in Pleasanton, announced Mary Hekl as the new general manager and Candida “Candy” Duperroir as the new director of community services and education.
Hekl, named to the permanent role after five months as interim CEO, brings with her 20 years of experience leading people-focused HR teams, primarily at Google, then at Ellie Mae and Zymergen. She also served on the board of Hively for four years and served as its chair for one year.
“After extensive research, I am pleased to announce that Mary Hekl is the new CEO of Hively,” said Ryan Duncan Anderson, current Chairman of Hively’s Board of Directors. “Mary brings a unique set of skills as an HR expert from her days at Google and a familiarity with the organization from her previous tenure as chair of the board. , she has demonstrated creativity and a strategic focus that we believe will help us expand Hively’s mission into the future. We look forward to her leadership and determination as we continue to provide resources and support. to ensure that all members of the community can prosper.
Recently, Hekl began a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on mental health. She also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Tulane University.
“I am excited to lead the Hively team as we work to expand our core services into three distinct areas,” said Hekl. “First – dramatically increase the number of families and providers we help with services such as child care subsidies, educational programs and referrals to essential services that allow families to thrive. Second – continue to support Tri-Valley residents with food, clothing, household items and other items through our Hively Family Resource Center in Dublin. Third – to become a leading provider of mental health services beyond our current San Leandro site by adding Tri-Valley and Oakland as well as pilot creative ways to improve mental health. The ultimate goal is to increase access, availability and affordability of mental health services and resources. »
Effective July 1, Candida “Candy” Duperroir officially joins the Hively team as the new Director of Community Services and Education. She brings with her 23 years of experience with sister organization CocoKids, which provides resource and referral services for child care in Contra Costa County. Additionally, Duperroir worked as a county organizer for the national grassroots organization, Parent Voices, becoming a leading advocate for access to child care, housing, and employment services.
“Hively is thrilled to welcome Candy to the team!” said Hekl. “She brings extensive experience in child care resources and referrals for parents looking for child care and other needed services. She is an active parent advocate and educator for child care providers and the early learning system. Candy’s impact will be immediately felt by parents and providers in Alameda County.
Hively, derived from ‘lively’ and ‘hive’, is a thriving community full of life and energy. Hively’s mission is to strengthen families in Alameda County so that everyone in our community can thrive. Hively supports local families through childcare allowances and referrals, parenting and family classes, in addition to clinical mental health services and basic necessities such as food , diapers and clothes. In the past year, we have served over 2,000 local families and children seeking child care and served 975 child care providers. We are fueled by our passion to empower thousands of families, regardless of their ability to pay. As the pandemic threatened the very existence of many child care businesses, we were ready to meet this challenge by providing additional support to child care providers and local families, from masks and gloves to additional grants. California Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan recognized our outstanding work during the pandemic and presented Hively with a 2020 California Nonprofit-of-the-Year award.
Based in Pleasanton, Calif., Hively provides holistic support and services to strengthen families by providing child care grants to CalWORKs recipients; parent education classes to foster healthy home environments; and family strengthening classes to strengthen the parent-child bond. Additionally, Hively offers affordable mental health services on a sliding scale; and provides economic support through the Hively Family Resource Center, which provides free food, diapers, clothing, shoes, and other necessities to families in need.