Marshal Merriam is a retired rocket scientist from NASA Ames Research Center. He has worked in several areas of computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and project management. He is currently a substitute high school teacher. Among other achievements, Dr. Merriam is the father of Jennifer, a graduate of Cal Poly SLO, Hilary, an eighth-grader, and Olivia, a fifth-grader.
Marshal and Jennifer created the original idea for TrueGift. Marshal does most of the actual shipping of supplies, serves as Treasurer, and manages our relationships with schools.
Hugh Merriam manages alternative energy generation contracts for Pacific Gas and Electric. Hugh is also an avid pilot, works extensively with FireSafe groups, and is actively involved in urban forestry organizations. He holds an MBA from UC Davis and a forestry degree from UC Berkeley.
Hugh, in conjunction with the UC Davis MBA students, performed the original market research surveys for TrueGift Donations. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors and manages the fundraising and deliveries for San Francisco schools.
Jennifer Merriam is a freelance graphic designer specializing in nonprofits and small businesses. She is also the assistant director at a small child care center in San Jose. Jennifer holds a degree in Graphic Communication from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. You can read more about her design work at Anandena.com.
Jennifer provides a recent student's perspective and tests our selection of school supplies. She also serves on the Board of Directors and maintains the new website.