Mary Lou Breslin
Steve Tessler is Executive Vice President, Director of Sales, at California Bank of Commerce and is a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Committee. He joined the Bank in August 2007. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Tessler spent three years as Manager of Business Development and Marketing for Diablo Valley Bank. As a member of the management team at Diablo Valley Bank, Steve spearheaded sales and marketing while helping the bank grow to nearly $250,000,000 in assets in just over three years. Steve has also worked for City National Bank, CivicBank of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank. In addition, Steve has approximately ten years of public accounting experience with a focus on serving the diverse needs of mid-market companies. While a native San Franciscan, he currently resides with his family in the East Bay. Steve first learned about EBI through a conference about autism in 2015. As the father of a young adult with autism, and with many contacts in the local business world, Steve’s advocacy for increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities makes him a strong addition to EBI’s board.
Lady Idos is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory, managed by the University of California (UC). As part of the DEI Office, Lady partners with senior management and employees to strategize and implement organization-wide key initiatives. Some of her accomplishments include: launching the Lab’s first Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) focusing on LGBTQ communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans; creating the first set of Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines for transgender staff within the national laboratory and UC system; spearheading a hiring program to employ individuals with disabilities; and starting an IT internship program for veterans. Additionally, Lady is also experienced in HR compliance with federal and state regulations, specifically equal employment opportunity (EEO), affirmative action (AA), and OFCCP regulations. She has investigated complaints related to sexual harassment and Title IX claims; as well as discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under Title VII (EEOC, DFEH, and informal claims). She serves on the steering committee of the Northern California Industry Liaison Group, and is a member of Mercer’s Workforce Opportunity Network for EEO/AA professionals. As a board member, Lady’s accomplishments and commitment to diversity in the workplace will further EBI’s efforts to increase diversity, as a service provider and employer. Lady holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Stephen is a Realtor and Accessibility Specialist with Keller Williams Realty in Oakland. He has been focused on real estate services for people with disabilities and their families since 2004, and is a passionate advocate for the community. He moved to the Bay Area in 2000, after careers as a computer software trainer, marketing project manager, news editor and radio reporter. He also had the opportunity to touch the edge of a glacier once! In addition to his board work with EBI, he is a member of the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Planning and Advisory Council. He is dedicated to EBI’s mission, and has had a long-time association with the agency as a supporter, employee (for a wee bit), and member of the Development Committee.
Jack retired in 2016 after a 34-year career as an attorney and partner at Goldfarb & Lipman, an Oakland law firm specializing in affordable housing and community development. Jack became involved in EBI through his daughter Jeanna, who has participated in Project Search and who receives ongoing employment and independent living skills support from EBI that has enabled her to thrive in her job as a teacher’s assistant at a Montesorri pre-school and to recently move in to her own apartment. Jack enjoys and values working with special needs individuals as a 25-year volunteer Special Olympics soccer and basketball coach with Team Oakland. As a new Board Member, Jack looks forward to giving back to EBI for all it has contributed to his family and to offering his professional and personal background and experience to help the Board and staff achieve EBI’s critical mission.