JobTrain Welcomes New Board Member, H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina
JobTrain welcomes H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina to the JobTrain Board of Directors. Jackie is President and co-founder of Gachina Landscape Management. She assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO when her husband John Gachina, co-founder of Gachina Landscape Management, passed away on December 27, 2015. John was also a dear friend and supporter of JobTrain starting in 1992. Gachina provides free year round landscape maintenance to their facility in East Palo Alto. John was named Champion at their 1996 Breakfast after performing a $40,000 landscape renovation project at their daycare facility free of charge. John was on the Board of Trustees for the annual Golf Classic and was named honorary chairman at the 2015 Classic. Under Jackie’s direction, Gachina continues to volunteer and sponsor the annual golf tournament, which was renamed the John Gachina Memorial tournament in 2016. JobTrain transforms lives and communities in Silicon Valley. They help the Calley’s most in need reclaim their lives from poverty and unemployment by preparing for successful, sustainable careers in high-demand and emerging fields.
Jackie’s mission is to honor John’s legacy. This “humble gardening company” grew from three people to over 450 employees in 30 years. Jackie actively oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. She is passionate about the things John was passionate about – sustainability, water conservation, farm-to-table, training, and continuous improvement – known as Kaizen in Japanese. She has become active in various local, state and national trade organizations and college recruiting. In addition to being accepted to the Board of Directors at JobTrain, Gachina Landscape is proud to have received the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certificate by the WBENC.
Gachina Landscape Management is a woman and minority-owned, Bay Area company that delivers the highest level of customer satisfaction and award-winning landscape services. The company partners a proactive approach to landscape management enabling its customers to create natural, beautiful and sustainable landscapes that leave lasting impressions. Gachina offers their employees the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential, invest in training and believes in promoting from within. The company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in July and has been named in the top 25 woman and minority-owned companies by the San Francisco Business Times the past two years.
Jackie resides in Los Altos. She and John have two sons, Michael (26) and Dominic (23) who will hopefully carry on John’s legacy. Outside of work, Jackie enjoys riding horses, traveling, snow skiing, gourmet meals, interior design and spending time with family and friends. Personally and through Gachina, Jaclyn maintains a commitment to the community. She generously contributes to multiple community outreach programs throughout the year with volunteers, landscape materials and cash donations.
Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in American Literature. Her resume includes Corporate Buyer, Macy’s California; Corporate Executive Recruiter, Bernal Associates for the Silicon Valley/SF Bay Area technology sector; and residential property management and interior design. She is an inspirational leader in the company and community and devoted mother and friend.