Foundation Committees

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Foundation board members and community leaders, serving on our committees, offer their expert advice on programs and operational issues affecting the Foundation. We're always looking for dedicated and knowledgeable

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Our Committees

Grants Committee

Made up of San Benito County community-oriented residents, this committee meets once a month and researches grant requests and determines the dispersal of grant monies to local nonprofit organizations.

Committee Members:

Richard Bianchi, Paula Bonilla, Alan Clark, Marilyn Ferraro, Geri Johnson, Dohn Larson, Luciano Medeiros, Rebecca Medeiros Wolf, Yvette Papenhausen, Jim Parker, Judy Rodriguez, Allison Rohnert, Susan Schwabacher Modic, Will Sutton, Ramona Trevino, and Gerry Wright

Women’s Fund Advisory Committee

Made up of board members, Community Foundation staff and community volunteers, the Women’s Fund Advisory committee actively enhances the lives and opportunities for women and girls living in our county through programs and services.

Committee Members:

Courtney Evans, Fran Fitzharris, Kathy Kessler, Candace Ledesma, Mary McCullough, Beverley Meamber, Susan Modic, Adrienne Mongi, Kat Nobile, Jamii Pura, Lynda Robinson, Allison Rohnert, Lindsey Shelton, Linda Smith, Mindy Sotelo, Loree Van Bebber, Bonnie Voropaeff, Brenda Weatherly, and Mary White.

Latino Generations Committee

The Latino Generations committee supports efforts to increase Latino participation, leadership, and effective engagement by empowering individuals. Made up of Latino community leaders, the committee meets the last Tuesday of every month.

Committee Members:

Hilda Baldovinos, Vince Brigantino, Al Castañeda, Lupe Maldonado, Ana Maria De Alba, Kathy Flores, Pauline Valdivia, Ricardo Vasquez, and Jose Zepeda

National Philanthropy Day Committee

Made up of Community Foundation board members and local nonprofit leaders, this committee is responsible for producing our signature event, National Philanthropy Day Awards Dinner. This event allows area nonprofit organizations to honor philanthropists who give so much of their time and talent back to our community. This committee meets once a month beginning in April.

Committee Members:

Jessica Brem, Gary Byrne, Nenette Corotto, Esther Curtice, Vicki Fortino, Beverley Meamber, Jill Pagaran, Becca King Reed, and Sharlene Van Rooy

12-Days of Giving Committee

The 12 Days of Giving Committee, created in 2011, is a collaborative fundraising nonprofit group made up of six organizations who provide "safety net" services to San Benito County residents. This committee meets monthly and prepares for an annual holiday fundraising campaign.

Committee Members:

Lori Arnold, Denise Cauthen-Wright, Esther Curtice, Vicki Fortino, Patrick Ellis, Patrice Kuerschner, Mark Paxton, Maria Thomas, and Bob Tiffany

Asset Development Committee

Comprised of rotating board members, the CEO, Community Foundation staff, and Community members, the Asset Development Committee creates strategies and practices that advance the growth of the Community Foundation’s Endowment Funds.

Committee Members:

Margie Barrios, Christine Breen, Pamela Brown, Gillian Enz, Phil Fortino, Victor Gomez, Brenda Horder, Sandra Hughes, Chang So, Bob Tiffany, and Alexis Winder

Finance Committee

These community leaders play a critical role in protecting and growing the Community Foundation’s investment portfolio and ensuring it’s managed prudently for the good of the community.

Committee Members:

Gary Byrne, Alan Clark, Dolores Dribnak, Connie Glosser, Mike Grace, Joe Paul Gonzalez, Brent Redmond, and Alexis Winder

Audit Committee

Acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee oversees all material aspects of the organization’s financial reporting, internal control, and audit functions.

Committee Members:

Gary Byrne, Ron Dominguez, Kay Filice, Fernando Gonzalez, and Mike Grace