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.
Christopher Suchánek – Executive Director
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 – Vice President
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 Burger 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.
Jessi Parker – Development Coordinator
Jessi is the Administrative Assistant at Firm Media and the Development Coordinator for Project Boon. She moved to the West Coast from North Carolina and was eager to find a way to make a difference in her community. Jessi was involved in multiple nonprofits in North Carolina and was eager to find that community connection in her new home. Volunteering and community outreach is part of who Jessi is, and Project Boon allows her to give back to her community in a meaningful and tangible way.
Joel Clelland – Board Chair
Joel Clelland is a husband and father of five and resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He enjoys music and physical activities. He was a music director for a church for several years; coordinating choirs, parish events, and sat as Board Chair. Joel has played pop rock music for over three decades and with assistance of some fellow musicians has helped with Project Boon’s largest event, “Eat & Be Well” for the past four years. He has been a K-12 educator for over twenty-two years and has been in financial services for over twelve. His Master’s Degree is in Education and has a FICF designation for his insurance and financial services business. He believes that he does more meaningful work educating in his practice, than he ever did in the classroom. Joel Clelland has been involved with community service for 35 years in a variety of capacities (e.g. prison outreach, shelters, social justice, work with ‘underserved’ children, etc.). When he was told about the opportunity to serve on the Project Boon Board, Joel stated, “I knew right away that I was supposed to accept the position. I have a heart for service. I want to get the word out about Project Boon’s work and I want to help the nonprofit become more sustainable and take its important steps into the future. I’m elated to be a part of this work!”
Our Board Members
Dr. Kim Kimpel
Dr. Kim Kimpel earned a Doctorate of Ministry and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. She is a mother, a caretaker, a friend, an entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of Giving365. The nonprofit was founded in 2004 to provide for the needs of others during the holidays when those less fortunate simply could not. Over the years they found that they wanted to do more and in 2015 they changed their name to Giving365, since then Dr. Kim’s vision and mission has changed to expand their services to provide a housing model that will break the cycle of poverty. She works daily with teens and young parents that have children 0-5, teaching them nurturing parenting skills. She loves people, mentoring, teaching and helping each and every person she comes in contact with reach their full potential whatever that means to them. She supports Project Boon because of who they are and what they stand for. As Dr. Kim puts it, simply we are all connected and Project Boon gives each and every one the ability to help another in the simplest ways!
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.
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!”
Sugey Piedra is a mom of two great kids, ages 14 and 18. She is the oldest of 5 girls, from a very close family, which plays a huge part in who she is as a person and a professional. She is an Enrolled Agent with a securities license and prepares personal and business tax returns. She enjoys consulting her clients in a holistic way and helping them build a path to wealth! The learned about Project Boon through Joel Clelland and appreciates that it gives her a platform to give back to the community, something she feels strongly about. Her humble upbringing has played a large role in her passion for being kind to others. Giving back to the underserved community is something she wants to be a part of and wants her family to be a part of.
Cruz Piedra is a wife and mother to one son and two “pittys.” She is a bookkeeper who helps small business owners organize and analyze their financial information to help create a path to wealth. Cruz believes that we all have the ability to help one another. She feels that Project Boon helps facilitate that by organizing events that create volunteer opportunities to assist the underserved community.
Matthew Frechette is the Executive Vice President & co-founder of myTPG and the founder of Be Intentiional Inc. He loves to help protect and grow small businesses and individuals who want to live a life of abundance. He does this by having fun, making a difference, and being intentional. He helps protect businesses from the state, the IRS, and themselves and helps promote individuals. Matthew believes culture is very important in the workplace, community, and home. He has supported multiple charities and been a part of many charity boards. He sees Project Boon as an organization of leaders intentionally having fun and making a difference.
Sharon Vega grew up in the Inland Empire and is a mom to three children. She enjoys spending time with her friends, going out for a run, and trying new restaurants. Sharon has a passion for working with people to promote personal growth and bringing people together. After working in the nonprofit sector for over ten years as a drug and alcohol counselor, she recently switched careers and works in the Commercial Trucking Financing Industry. She has been a dedicated volunteer for Project Boon and her volunteer work led her to joining the board of directors. She believes that volunteering is about being a part of something bigger than herself and using her heart and passion to assist in the empowerment of people.
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.