Our Team

Committed to
a Vibrant Future

Gary Byrne


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.
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.
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.
Rebecca Blaettler

Office Manager

Rebecca Blaettler

A resident for 11 years, Rebecca and her husband, Pete, are the proud parents of two daughters. Prior to being the CEO of the Household she worked 12 years as an Administrative Assistant at South Valley National Bank. Rebecca considers it a great honor to serve the community of San Benito County.
Salina Chacon

Grants and Projects Manager

Salina Chacon

Salina, a San Benito County native, earned her B.A. from San Jose State University in Nutrition Science. While raising two daughters and being part of the YMCA and the Foundation, Salina enjoys contributing to the community where she lives.
Kat Nobile

Administrative Associate

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.
Our Board of Directors

Dedicated to Serving
San Benito County

Phil Fortino, Chair

Business Banking

Phil Fortino, 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.
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.
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.
Fernando Gonzalez, Past Chair

Business Owner, True Value Hardware

Fernando Gonzalez, Past Chair

A lifelong resident having served on the city council and many other boards, Fernando is a business owner and respected community leader.
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.
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.
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.
Alfonso Castañeda

Business Owner, Doña Esthers Mexican Restaurant

Alfonso Castañeda

Al Castañeda founded San Juan Bautista’s Doña Esther in 1982 but recently retired from his family-run business to have more time to travel with his wife, enjoy his grandchildren, and to further serve his community.
Marilyn Ferreira

Broker, Intero Real Estate

Marilyn Ferreira

Marilyn has been involved in community activities for many years, from the SBC Realtors Association, to President of the Hollister Downtown Association.
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.
Victor Gomez

President, Pinnacle Strategy

Victor Gomez

Victor resides in Hollister with his wife and three daughters. Previously, he served as a City Council member and as a board member for SBC Chamber of Commerce.
Susan Schwabacher Modic

Community Leader

Susan Schwabacher Modic

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.
Bob Tiffany

Business Owner, Tiffany Motor Company

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.
Gene Zanger

Business Owner, Casa de Fruta

Gene Zanger

Gene is one of six grandchildren who share the responsibility of managing Casa de Fruta, a privately-owned operation established in 1908 with the first planting of orchards in Pacheco Valley.

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