About Project Boon
Project Boon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. We act as the organizing force behind a host of events every year, and while assisting the underserved is one of our primary achievements, we are also proud to:
Show people the power they have to change the lives of others and how to use this knowledge.
Offer a meaningful experience to the beneficiaries, participants, donors, and sponsors of events and create a lasting sense of community following these events.
Engage professionals, executives, and companies, demonstrating the human impact of their business contributions.
Chris Suchánek is the CEO at Firm Media, managing partner at CASKS Restaurant group and co-founder of Project Boon. He defines himself as a social entrepreneur and enjoys being connected to others. Project Boon is his opportunity to give back a little of what has been given to him and his wife, Karina Suchánek. He believes that Project Boon is a vehicle for all of us to leave a small dent in the world we live in by making life a little better for others and helping people reach their goals and achieve their dreams wherever possible. Chris’ underlying principle is that the receiver of the gift is the gift to the giver and that those at Project Boon are the ones who are blessed by the people who attend our events and receive our services.
Ana Karina Suchánek
Ana Karina Suchánek was born in Mexico in a small town south of Jalisco (Tuxpan). She had a very simple and happy childhood with her two siblings – an older brother and younger sister. She earned a degree in International Business and then moved to the United States in 1998. Becoming a General Manager a few months after she started in the restaurant industry, she became a restaurant owner in 2008. Eventually, she met the man she shares her life with and together they love to travel, read, journal and exercise in the morning.
Ana Karina is the President of Casks Restaurant Group, Hitch ‘N’ Post Catering Inc. and co-founder of Project Boon. She helped found Project Boon because is passionate about helping individuals in need and believes that everyone has an inherent desire to give back and leave their mark on society. She believes in creating value for the community through each program Project Boon supports.
She works to grow toward her goals every day and is grateful for the opportunities she has had to reach many of them.
Anakarla is the Development Coordinator for Project Boon and helps organize members, volunteers and activities in order for our team to help the community in return. She was born in Pomona, California, and has recently graduated from the University of La Verne, earning her bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor in Speech Communications. Anakarla has sought to apply her dedication and skills in helping the community since she graduated and was immediately drawn to Project Boon once she discovered it. She connected with Project Boon’s mission to develop long term solutions through strategic measures in order to positively impact the lives of underserved families.
Anakarla loves to dance, is a movie buff, and loves to travel to learn about new places and destinations to expand her view of life. She also has a very special place in her heart for animals and rescued a cat off of the street in 2016 who she named Panda and has been her pet ever since. It’s this compassion that drives Anakarla to help out the community around her both with her career path as well as in her personal life.
David is the Administrative Assistant at Firm Media and helps serve on the team for Project Boon maintaining communication and organization. Born in Downey, California, he has lived in the Los Angeles area his entire life and graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Theatre Arts. David is inspired by the arts, and he loves to write and dive deep into films, books, music and theater. It’s what he feels created a passion in him to positively connect with others, and it’s what inspires him with his role on the Project Boon team. His main goal with Project Boon is to not only help the community but to also learn more about himself so he can continue to help others more effectively and more abundantly throughout his life.
As he continues to grow with his career at Firm Media and through philanthropy with Project Boon, he also balances out his life with his family along with his own passions and hobbies to continue bettering himself. He uses his combined experience in all these aspects of his life to help Project Boon continue to move forward.
Ana Yanci Hinojosa Alvarez
Ana Yanci Hinojosa Alvarez is the Executive Vice-President of Finance & Operations for Lapp Mexico S de RL de CV, a German company that manufactures wire and cable in Guadalajara, Jalisco. She was born in Tuxpan Jalisco, Mexico. Tuxpan is a small town located to the south of Jalisco that is overflowing with tradition and culture. Ana Yanci is the type of person that believes bettering the world starts within your own circle and that discipline, perseverance, empathy, and common sense are important virtues. In addition to spending time with the people she loves, Ana Yanci greatly enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures, languages, and food. By supporting Project Boon, she feels that she is personally making a difference for a better world.
Dr. Eileen Shoals
Dr. Eileen Shoals is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has over 14 years of experience working as a psychotherapist, supervisor, manager, program director and administrator within the field of mental health. She enjoys utilizing her skills, education and experience in environments that welcome clinical and spiritual approaches to treatment. Dr. Shoals has extensive training in alternative treatment approaches that include connecting with the spirit of an individual to achieve balance and ultimate healing. Dr. Shoals enjoys supporting projects that are based on integrity and have a commitment to encouraging the human spirit. Through her work with Project Boon, she hopes to continue creating opportunities which allow human beings to feel the dignity, respect and validation that people of all persuasions deserve.
Louise Suchanek has been a realtor and entrepreneur for the past 6 years. She is a mother of 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides spending time with her family, Louise enjoys giving back to the community through dedicated service. As a member of the Project Boon board, she does her very best to remain flexible and meet the immediate needs of the non-profit to achieve the goals at hand. This ranges from collecting canned goods and shredding turkeys to rallying donations from friends and family. She supports Project Boon because the team is made up of people that care about others and are connected to the community in the right ways – Ways that make a true impact.
Rose Villegas was born and raised in Pasadena, California living there all her life until she moved to the Inland Empire in 2005. She is a Health Coach, Nutritionist, Mental Health Specialist, Therapist and Teacher, specializing in whole wellness. She has over 20 years of experience in working with individuals, groups and families of all ages to help improve their health through fitness, nutrition and whole mind, body and soul well-being. Although she has an education and degrees to support, it was through her personal experiences and struggles that she was led to leave her work of sales and advertising. Her love for Christ inspired her to give back some of the peace of mind, hope and healing that she was given. In her free time, Rose likes to spend time with family, friends and God. She enjoys traveling, hiking, working out, reading and research.
Rose became part of the Eat & Be Well committee in its second year and has continued to be a part of the various events, projects and fundraisers to support our community. She says she is honored to join the Project Boon Board and to continue to share in the care, support and love they show for individuals.
Melissa Perez is a Realtor and marketing professional with over 15 years of marketing experience, and a lifelong student in the art of communication. She was raised in the Coachella Valley and is a proud alumni of the University of California, Riverside. She enjoys researching real estate trends and housing market data to educate her buyers and sellers so they can make an informed decision. As the daughter of immigrants, and a first generation, Mexican-American, Melissa gained her passion for helping others from hearing stories of her Grandmother who would often invite travelers and homeless people into her home for a warm meal. Through her family history, Melissa learned that it is not just about feeding people, it is about giving them the confidence to hope for tomorrow. In her opinion, Project Boon is at it’s a core, a vessel of kindness, and through action, says “yes, you matter!”
Angelica is the Executive Director of the Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute. She is a health and human services professional with over 25 years’ experience working in human services, public health, local government, and technology. She is a southern California native and is alumni from Cal Poly Pomona and Loma Linda University. Angelica enjoys bringing her skills and experience to help make a difference in the lives of young people so that they can change the world. She sits on many community boards but finds that Project Boon is special as she sees the direct results of their work in her surrounding communities. Angelica’s mother taught her that by giving back, goodness always returns to you. It’s something she continues to pass on. Angelica enjoys traveling, experiencing food, culture, and history wherever she goes. She finds it important to see how others have live, as she believes we can always learn from each other.
Our General Counsel
Brian McMahon is an attorney in the Los Angeles area who was admitted to practice law in California in July 1990. Brian has developed his law practice and employment in the areas of consumer advocacy and compensation, typically helping those who have been injured or damaged by large corporations or unfair business practices. Brian has also been engaged in various transactional engagements for small business entities and companies including LLC’s, S-corporations, family trusts and non-profits.
Brian has been volunteering for different Project Boon events and activities since 2013, including Eat & Be Well Thanksgiving event at Seville Park as well as various other fundraising events which benefit this important charity. He is very happy to be part of the Project Boon family and is excited about moving forward as it continues to play an important part in the lives of so many adults and children in the U.S and Mexico.