Meet Our Foundation Staff

Our staff is an experienced and professional team ready to help you.

Chief Executive Officer

Lance Linares
Chief Executive Officer
831.662.2010
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Lance Linares
Chief Executive Officer
831.662.2010
I’ve led the Foundation since 1995, and recently served as chair of the League of California Community Foundations. We make a choice to live in Santa Cruz County, a great place. I can help you find ways to make it better, now and for the future.

Philanthropic Services

Randy Balogh
Philanthropic Services Director
831.662.2060
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Randy Balogh
Philanthropic Services Director
831.662.2060
I joined the team in 2008. I help professional advisors and donors with personalized giving strategies. I’m available to meet with you to talk about planned giving and other charitable giving options we offer.
Robin Larsen
Donor Services Officer
831.662.2061
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Robin Larsen
Donor Services Officer
831.662.2061
I was born and raised here. I’ve been at the Foundation since 1996. I love working with people, those with deep roots in the county and those just discovering its beauty. We’re good at making your giving easy and rewarding.
Danu Schoeck
Philanthropic Services Assistant
831.662.2063
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Danu Schoeck
Philanthropic Services Assistant
831.662.2063
I’m working behind the scenes to help you give through friendly, professional and top-notch customer service.

Programs and Grants

Jim Brown
Program Officer- Grants Manager
831.662.2072
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Jim Brown
Program Officer- Grants Manager
831.662.2072
Over the year, I've learned the importance of maintaining good relationships. I'm here to help you make a positive one with us.
Gabriella Calderón
Program Assistant
831.662.2071
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Gabriella Calderón
Program Assistant
831.662.2071

I appreciate the work nonprofits offer our community. My former experience in community health, social work and manage care provided a foundation for my current work here.

Christina Cuevas
Program Director
831.662.2070
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Christina Cuevas
Program Director
831.662.2070
I came to the Foundation in 1998, after stints in education, nonprofits and at the Ford and San Francisco Foundations. In my work and personal life, I am committed to promoting social justice and supporting nonprofit organizations serving our community.

Finance and Administration

Jennifer Boyle
Office Manager
831.662.2002
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Jennifer Boyle
Office Manager
831.662.2002
I look foward to helping you book space in our building and make use of our other resources.
Susan Farrar
Chief Financial Officer & Administration Director
831.662.2020
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Susan Farrar
Chief Financial Officer & Administration Director
831.662.2020
I was born in Watsonville and have strong family roots here. I’ve worked at the Foundation since 2000. Committed to running an efficient and transparent organization, I’m energized considering new ways to meet donor intent and serve our community.
Elizabeth Gordon
Finance Assistant
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Elizabeth Gordon
Finance Assistant
My business and finance experience help me keep our financial management systems working!


Alexa Klingler
Administrative Assistant
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Alexa Klingler
Administrative Assistant

I'm excited to be on this team and to be able to help you use our building and resources. I'm a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz. Go Slugs!

Alexandra Urbick
Controller
831.662.2021
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Alexandra Urbick
Controller
831.662.2021
I’m part of the team making sure your gifts and our investments are working to help good causes.

Communications

Luis Chabolla
Communications Director
831.662.2030
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Luis Chabolla
Communications Director
831.662.2030
I oversee our print and online communications. I also plan our workshops for nonprofits. I've been part of this team since 2001. My prior nonprofit experience includes being an executive director, development officer and board member.
Kim East
Communications Associate
831.662.2031
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Kim East
Communications Associate
831.662.2031
 I’ve worked here since 2004, first in a program role and now communications and workshop management. I love how social media has opened the door for us to engage people and organizations in a new way.

Regional Water Management Foundation

Tim Carson
Program Director
831.662.2050
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Tim Carson
Program Director
831.662.2050
In 2008, I was hired to manage the RWMF and its projects. RWMF is a model of how community foundations can work with local agencies to make a difference on important local issues, like water resources.
Julia Townsend
Program Associate
831.662.2051
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Julia Townsend
Program Associate
831.662.2051

I look forward to assisting our local partners working on local water issues with grant coordination. I have a background in water conservation and campaign finance.