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 ‘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.
Vanessa Pelaez – Development Coordinator
Vanessa is the Administrative Assistant at Firm Media, she also is the Development Coordinator at Project Boon making sure she is communicating and organizing efficiently to make every event a successful one. Born in Pomona, California, Vanessa has become inspired by her community and is passionate about completing her degree in Criminal Justice, where she wants to become an advocate for adolescents in her hometown.
Working for Project Boon is the perfect fit for Vanessa, before working here she was involved in volunteering with an organization that helps feed children internationally. She loves being a volunteer and helping where she can. She is a humble, caring and family-oriented person whose goal for Project Boon is not only to efficiently work for the non-profit but also learn and help bring awareness.
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!
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.
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!”
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.
Our Strategic Partners
Gather Give & Grow
We are a group of families striving to create kids who care by serving others through volunteer opportunities and fundraising initiatives.
Partnering with Project Boon and other local organizations to make a difference in our community.