Our Team

Committed to
a Vibrant Future

Gary Byrne

President/CEO

Gary Byrne

Gary has over 25 years of nonprofit development and management experience. A native of Dublin, Ireland, he lives in Santa Cruz with his wife and two children.
gbyrne@givesanbenito.org
Tracy Taggart

Director of Operations & Grants

Tracy Taggart

Tracy is a long-time Hollister resident, and is proud to raise her daughter in San Benito County. With a strong background in Accounting, Tracy is excited to have the opportunity to better serve the community.
ttaggart@givesanbenito.org
Brenda Weatherly

Director of Donor and Community Services

Brenda Weatherly

With over ten years of nonprofit experience, Brenda welcomes the opportunity to collaborate for the greater good of all. She and her husband, Ken, have raised two sons and a daughter in San Benito County.
bweatherly@givesanbenito.org
Sharlene Van Rooy

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Sharlene Van Rooy

As a transplant from the east coast, Sharlene likes to pretend she has lived in Hollister all of her life. She’s involved with several nonprofit organizations, including the San Benito County Historical Society.
svanrooy@givesanbenito.org
Kat Nobile

Communications Coordinator

Kat Nobile

Kat was born and raised in Hollister and is part of a family that has been here for generations. She attended San Francisco State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Kat and her husband, AJ, moved back to Hollister to raise their family, and they enjoy living and working in the community.
knobile@givesanbenito.org
Our Board of Directors

Dedicated to Serving
San Benito County

Marilyn Ferreira, Chair

Broker, Intero Real Estate

Marilyn Ferreira, Chair

Marilyn has been involved in community activities for many years, from the SBC Realtors Association, to President of the Hollister Downtown Association.
mferreira@givesanbenito.org
Rebecca Medeiros Wolf, Vice Chair

Community Leader

Rebecca Medeiros Wolf, Vice Chair

Born and raised in SBC, Rebecca returned to Hollister full time after an absence of 30 years. Following a career in Silicon Valley she brings a wealth of new and innovative ideas to help with the Foundation's role in the community.
rwolf@givesanbenito.org
Mike Grace, CFO, Treasurer

Principal, Grace & Associates, CPA

Mike Grace, CFO, Treasurer

Mike has over 30 years of experience in public accounting and is available to help with audit, business planning, taxation, accounting, valuation and a variety of other consulting services. He founded his own local CPA practice in 1986, and in 1998 formed the partnership of Grace & Associates, CPAs.
mgrace@givesanbenito.org
Alan Clark, Secretary

Retired Business Owner

Alan Clark, Secretary

A retired CEO of a local manufacturing company he founded, Alan uses his 40 plus years of managerial capabilities to supplement the board's already considerable experience.
aclark@givesanbenito.org
Phil Fortino, Past Chair

Business Banking

Phil Fortino, Past Chair

A lifelong resident, Business Banking Manager, and involved civic leader, Phil is active in Rotary, the Charlie Presser Memorial Fund, and many other service clubs.
pfortino@givesanbenito.org
Christine Breen

Attorney, Breen Law Firm

Christine Breen

Christine obtained her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University and practiced general business law before joining a local law firm in 2008. She continued to represent clients in employment, business, and trusts and estate matters before opening Breen Law Firm in 2013.
cbreen@givesanbenito.org
Vince Brigantino

President, True Leaf Farms

Vince Brigantino

Vince resides in SBC with his wife and two sons. He’s a partner in True Leaf Farms, a local grower, shipper, and processor of fresh vegetables.
vbrigantino@givesanbenito.org
Damon Felice

Business Owner, Felice Consulting Services

Damon Felice

As a member of the fourth generation of the Felice family in San Benito County, Damon is the owner of a construction management firm. Damon also serves on the Executive Committee of the San Benito County Business Council. He is married and has three boys who have provided him an opportunity to serve on the board of the Hollister Little League for many years.
dfelice@givesanbenito.org
Kay Filice

Business Owner, Filice Farms

Kay Filice

Kay owns and operates Filice Farms and has served on a number of agricultural Boards including Ag Against Hunger. She’s also active in a number of other community organizations.
kfilice@givesanbenito.org
Fernando Gonzalez

Business Owner, True Value Hardware

Fernando Gonzalez

A lifelong resident having served on the city council and many other boards, Fernando is a business owner and respected community leader.
fgonzalez@givesanbenito.org
Dohn Larson

Retired School Teacher

Dohn Larson

Working in the Hollister School District for more than 33 years, Dohn is now retired and is currently a volunteer on the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, helping to identify the current and future needs of San Benito County.
dlarson@givesanbenito.org
Beverley Meamber

Community Leader

Beverley Meamber

Beverley worked for the Salinas Chamber of Commerce for 22 years, serving as the President/CEO for eight years until her retirement. The mother of three, Bev has lived in San Juan Bautista since 1982 and is very involved with community services throughout San Benito County. Her professional background has benefited our Women’s Fund Committee and National Philanthropy Day Committee for many years.
bmeamber@givesanbenito.org
Brent Redmond

Business Owner, Redmond Transportation

Brent Redmond

Growing up near Gilroy, Brent moved to Hollister in 1986 and is the Founder and President of a local transportation company. Brent is a past board member of the Hospice Foundation for the Central Coast representing San Benito County. He is also past President and current Treasurer of the Hollister Exchange Club.
bredmond@givesanbenito.org
Susan Schwabacher

Community Leader

Susan Schwabacher

Active in many SBC youth organizations, Susan brings a background in business administration and is pleased to be included in this talented and dedicated group of individuals.
smodic@givesanbenito.org
Kathleen Sheridan

Artist, Proud Working Grandmother

Kathleen Sheridan

A resident in San Benito County for 40 years, Kathleen has a background in nonprofit management and consulting. Kathleen is currently working as an artist and yoga teacher, but always saves time for her 12 grandchildren.
ksheridan@givesanbenito.org
Chang So

Business Owner, Hollister Super

Chang So

As the owner and operator of Hollister Super and a longtime resident of Hollister, Chang has served with various community boards and groups. Chang is a firm believer, “Giving back is how we build a strong community.”
cso@givesanbenito.org
Mickie Solorio Luna

Community Leader

Mickie Solorio Luna

Mickie was born and raised in San Benito County, and she spent 30 years working in Hollister’s finance department. She has always been an active volunteer, but most notably with the League of United Latin American Citizens. In December, the Universidad Iberoamericana presented Mickie with the Honoris Causa Doctorate for her distinguished leadership and positive example to society.
mluna@givesanbenito.org
Bob Tiffany

Retired Business Owner

Bob Tiffany

Bob grew up in Hollister, and worked in various marketing positions for General Mills until he returned in 1987 becoming the fourth generation to run the family's business, Tiffany Motor Company.
btiffany@givesanbenito.org

Past Board Members

Founding Board Members – 1992

Antonio Aguirre
Richard Anderson
Leonard Caetano
Nenette L. Corotto
Arnold R. Fontes
Fernando Gonzalez
Raymond E. Mariottini
Mary S. McCullough
Madeline A. Nelson
Irma Rodriguez
Haven E. Van Huesen, Jr.
Edward Stephenson
Sonny Paullus
Ron Domingues

Gene Bourdet - 1993
Susan Paura - 1999
Bill Ladd - 2000
Paul Levy - 2000
Bernie Furman - 2000
Steve Perricone - 2002
Dori Hoyle - 2002
Anne Morris - 2002
Jim Paxton - 2003
Steve Merrel - 2004
Sandy Rose - 2005
Millard Strohn - 2005
Scott Fuller - 2006
Bob Bianchi - 2006
Kathy Johnson - 2007
Diane Ortiz - 2010
Mike Sanchez - 2010
Kathy Flores - 2011
Enrique Arreola - 2013
Steve Hudner - 2018
Alfonso Castaneda - 2018
Victor Gomez - 2019
Gene Zanger - 2019