About Project Boon
Project Boon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is based in Southern 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.
Ellyse Martinez – Development Coordinator
Ellyse is the Administrative Assistant at Firm Media and the Development Coordinator for Project Boon. As a resident of the Inland Empire for most of her life, Ellyse credits her passion for serving the communities she grew up in to her family and their commitment to running youth sports organizations throughout her childhood. This has motivated her to work in a number of community service programs in cities around the Inland Empire, where she eventually received the opportunity to run a program assisting the elderly in the City of San Bernardino. She is inspired by Project Boon’s commitment to helping underserved families in Southern California and she’s excited to contribute to an organization she knows has the community’s best interests at heart.
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 Board Members
Frank Wei – Board Chair
Frank Wei is the Managing Director of NUUO US Inc., a global premier manufacturer of Artificial Intelligence Video Surveillance products established in 2004. He is also the Director of the Taiwanese-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles, which represents over 500 Taiwanese American member companies throughout Southern California. Frank supports Project Boon because he believes it’s an organization that makes everyone feel valued. By setting a good example for our kids and future generations, Project Boon shows what barriers can be broken when people work together. By practicing this philosophy as a member of the Project Boon team, Frank strives to act for the good of the community by bringing humanity back to those who need it most.
William Alviso – Volunteer Chair
William Alviso is a Benefits Broker and Managing Partner with Honest Insurance Services serving Southern California. He specializes in building benefit packages for small to large companies. He loves working with different businesses to help owners create a benefits package that helps them attract and retain quality employees. He does this by developing a working relationship with business owners to learn the challenges they face and tailoring benefit solutions to fit their needs. His mission is to make sure employers and employees understand their health care benefits so they have the confidence to make better informed decisions for their families. William believes Project Boon can bring a significant change in the community to help the underserved. With the help of the Project Boon team, he wants to bring more smiles to families that have fallen on tough times. William understands the position he is in to make a difference for the greater good. By immersing himself in the community and surrounding himself with people who are dedicated to bettering the world, he has gained a unique sense of purpose.
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.
Duane Miller is the founder and CEO of Dutale, Inc. Since 1998, Duane has helped businesses throughout the Inland Empire navigate the telecommunications industry by installing and servicing VOIP telephones, structured network cabling, and cameras. As a telecommunications specialist, he has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from mega supermarket chains to churches, dental offices and law firms. Since becoming a member of the Project Boon team, Duane believes this organization can make a difference in their community and surrounding areas. He sees Project Boon as an important network for other nonprofits to work alongside with and has the potential to see amazing results from the synergy between members, volunteers and their community.
William graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Business. As the Founder and Managing Member of BNC Finance, he holds over 10 years corporate finance experience. He enjoys collaborating on business ideas, traveling and photography. He works with businesses to improve cash flow through debt financing and payment processing solutions. William also founded BNC Give, which works with businesses to improve payment processing solutions while donating a percentage of profits to partnering nonprofit organizations. William joined the team at Project Boon because he believes it’s important to make a positive change in the lives of the underserved and that it is our duty to help out others who may have not been dealt the same hand of cards. While always attempting to maintain a positive outlook on things, he understands just how fortunate he is in his postition. If he can help bring up others, it is rewarding to know that he can make a difference.
Matthew Frechette is the founder of My Liberty Pay and Be Intentional 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.
Joel Clelland is a husband, father of five, and serves as Centric’s Chief Executive Officer. With over twenty years of diverse career experience, Joel brings an impressive track record of leadership in various industries and capacities, including finance, education, and the nonprofit / philanthropic sector. Joel initially discovered Centric as an independent investor, introducing a unique perspective to the executive team. Joel emphasizes investor education and engagement, strategic partnerships, and market cap growth as key components to expedite protocol consensus. One of Joel’s passions is music. In addition to being an early Project Boon donor, Joel helped with Project Boon’s largest event, “Eat & Be Well” for a number of years providing live rock music for the attendees and volunteers. Joel is also a past Board Chair of Project Boon and he continues to assist the organization with community engagement and expansion. Joel was quoted as saying, “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!”