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

Sam Leask
Philanthropic Services Director
831.662.2060
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Sam Leask
Philanthropic Services Director
831.662.2060

My family has lived, worked and given here for generations. I'm available to help you build your own legacy of giving to causes you care about through tax-wise giving.

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.
Alexa Klingler
Philanthropic Services Assistant
831.662.2062
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Alexa Klingler
Philanthropic Services Assistant
831.662.2062

In my new position I look forward to providing excellent customer service to our current and prospective donors. I'm a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. Go Slugs!

Programs and Grants

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.
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.
Nallely Martinez
Program Assistant
831.662.2071
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Nallely Martinez
Program Assistant
831.662.2071

I'm bilingual in Spanish and have worked with local schools to promote alternative transportation options for students in the Pajaro Valley. I look forward to learning the administrative side of philanthropy and more about the county’s needs and programs.  

Finance and Administration

Jennifer Boyle
Office Manager
831.662.2002
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Jennifer Boyle
Office Manager
831.662.2002
As office manager, I'm often your first point of contact at the Community Foundation. I manage facility operations and room reservations. I look forward to meeting and helping you make use of our community center.
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!


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 manage our workshops for nonprofits, with my colleague Kim East. I've been part of this team since 2001. My prior nonprofit experience includes being an executive director, development officer, board member and volunteer talk show host at a pubic radio station. I live in Live Oak with my wife Chris.

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.