Board Leadership

Local leaders of diverse backgrounds serve on our volunteer board of directors and its committees. 

People are selected for their expertise and commitment in both their professional and personal lives.

A board member that served for a minimum of six years, and who made a significant contribution through their volunteer service, may be named an honorary trustee during their lifetime. The people listed below as honorary trustees meet that standard.

Meet the Board

President
Marilyn Calciano

Vice President (retired),
Morgan Stanley

President
Marilyn Calciano

Vice President (retired),
Morgan Stanley

Past President
Terry Medina
Chief of Police (retired),

City of Watsonville

Past President
Terry Medina

 

Chief of Police (retired),

City of Watsonville

Vice President
Freny Cooper

Chief Operating Officer,
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Vice President
Freny Cooper

Chief Operating Officer,
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Secretary
Julie Haff
Secretary
Julie Haff
Treasurer
David Doolin
Treasurer
David Doolin
Emily Buchbinder, Esq.
Emily Buchbinder, Esq.
Liliana Diaz
Family Law Attorney, 

The Grunsky Law Firm

Liliana Diaz
Family Law Attorney, 

The Grunsky Law Firm

Larry Donatoni
Senior Director for Development,

Santa Clara University

Larry Donatoni
Senior Director for Development,

Santa Clara University

Cynthia Druley
Cynthia Druley
Judy Franich

Community volunteer & retired school teacher

Judy Franich

Community volunteer & retired school teacher

Janet Heien

Director of Human Resources (retired),
Driscoll's

Janet Heien

Director of Human Resources (retired),
Driscoll's

Fred Keeley

Former Speaker Pro Tempore,
California State Assembly

Fred Keeley

Former Speaker Pro Tempore,
California State Assembly

Carlos Palacios
County Administrative Officer
Carlos Palacios
Tonée Picard

Executive VP/ Chief Development Officer, Bay Federal Credit Union

Tonée Picard

Executive VP/ Chief Development Officer, Bay Federal Credit Union

Rogelio Ponce Jr.
Owner, Sun Valley Berries LLC

 

Rogelio Ponce Jr.

 

Kirk Schmidt
Kirk Schmidt
Trevor Strudley
Certified Financial Planner,

Raymond James Financial Services

Trevor Strudley
Certified Financial Planner,

Raymond James Financial Services

Jim Weisenstein

Director,
Lighthouse Bank

Jim Weisenstein

Director,
Lighthouse Bank

Honorary Trustees

Jack Baskin
Director Emeritus
Jack Baskin
William Locke-Paddon
Director Emeritus (b.1942-d.2014)
William Locke-Paddon
Ian McPhail
Director Emeritus
Ian McPhail
Jess Brown
Jess Brown
Ceil Cirillo
Ceil Cirillo
Nell Sesnon Cliff
Nell Sesnon Cliff
Diane Porter Cooley
Diane Porter Cooley
George Couch III
George Couch III
Deidre Hamilton
Deidre Hamilton
Mary Hammer
Mary Hammer
Harold Hyde
Harold Hyde
Samuel Leask IV
Samuel Leask IV
Fred McPherson III
Fred McPherson III
Ralph Miljanich
Ralph Miljanich
Harvey Nickelson
Harvey Nickelson
Martina O’Sullivan
Martina O’Sullivan
Richard G. Polse
Richard G. Polse
Rowland Rebele
Rowland Rebele
J. Miles Reiter
J. Miles Reiter
Norman Schwartz
Norman Schwartz
Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens
James C. Thompson
James C. Thompson
James F. Watson
James F. Watson

Board Committees

Standing Committees

Executive

  • Marilyn Calciano, President
  • Terry Medina, Past President
  • Freny Cooper, Vice President
  • David Doolin, Treasurer
  • Julie Haff, Secretary
  • Larry Donatoni
  • Janet Heien

Members of our board are joined by other invited community leaders, who share their time and expertise on our standing and ad hoc committees. 

* Non-board members

Finance

Reviews monthly financial statements,selects financial advisors, advises the board on budgetary issues and spending policies and makes recommendations to the board on gift policies and procedures.

  • David Doolin, chair
  • Fred Keeley
  • Pat Kelly*
  • Kirk Schmidt
  • Trevor Strudley
  • Jim Thompson*
  • Jim Weisenstein
  • Lance Wexler*

Gift Acceptance 

Advises on considering, accepting or rejecting any and all outright gifts or bequests to the Foundation that cannot be accepted by the CEO or, in his or her absence, the CFO in accordance with the gift acceptance policy.

  • Jim Thompson*, chair
  • Tom Brezsny*
  • Larry Donatoni
  • David Doolin
  • Dina Hoffmann*
  • Victoria Viso*

Audit

Recommends the retention and termination of the independent auditor and negotiates compensation, on behalf of the board. They confer with the auditor to ensure that the financial affairs of the Community Foundation are in order.

  • Carlos Palacios, chair
  • Rob Allen*
  • Rob Bremner*
  • Jim Thompson*

Philanthropic Services

Recommends and implements fundraising strategies related to the Community Foundation’s asset development goals.

  • Larry Donatoni, co-chair
  • Dina Hoffman*, co-chair
  • Trevor Strudley

Program

Sets direction for grants program, reviews and recommends proposals for funding and participates in site visits.

  • Freny Cooper, co-chair
  • Julie Haff, co-chair
  • Liliana Diaz
  • Cynthia Druley
  • Judy Franich
  • Janet Heien
  • Rogelio Ponce

Nominating and Board Development

Identifies and recruits new board members, develops and implements ongoing board training and assessment programs.

  • Janet Heien, chair
  • Emily Buchbinder
  • Freny Cooper
  • David Doolin
  • Cynthia Druley

Advisory & Adhoc Committees

Scholarship

Recommends policies and oversees the contracted services of Scholarship America. They select the scholarship recipients from a ranked list provided by the vendor.

  • Donna Ziel*, co-chair
  • Emily Buchbinder
  • Liliana Diaz
  • Judy Franich

Tech

  • Marilyn Calciano, co-chair
  • Freny Cooper, co-chair
  • Dina Hoffman*
  • Trevor Strudley

Impact Investment 

  • Trevor Strudley, chair
  • Freny Cooper
  • David Doolin
  • Pat Fitz*
  • Eric Mendelson*
  • Michael O'Farrell*
  • Jim Weisenstein

Diversity Partnership

  • Maria Cardenas*, chair
  • Lex Beaty*
  • Emily Buchbinder
  • Ami Ebright*
  • Damian Maldanado*
  • Rabbi Paula Marcus*
  • Erica Murphy*
  • Alicia Najera*