Our Team

Meet The Foundation Staff

Susan True

Chief Executive Officer

In her role as Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Susan continues her lifelong commitment to work that improves lives and strengthens communities. Contact her at 831.662.2010 or email strue@cfscc.org.

Philanthropic Services

Hilary Bryant

Donor Services Director

Yjohanan (Hana) Kong

Donor Services Officer

Elana Solon

Philanthropic Operations Officer

Alexa Klingler

Grants & Gifts Manager

Abbey Ohtake

Administrative Coordinator

Community Engagement and Impact

Kevin Heuer

Director of Engagement & Impact

Jenny Kurzweil

Communications Officer

Sarah Sondossi

Engagement Coordinator

Finance and Administration

Sabine Dukes

Chief Finance & Operating Officer

Alexandra Urbick


Nicole Frontella

Accounting & HR Manager

Courtney Reed

Finance Associate

Kim White

Office Assistant

Jaime Romero

Finance Assistant

Donette Felker

Operations Manager

Meet Our Board Leadership

President, Julie Haff

Superintendent (retired), San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District

Vice President, Trevor Strudley, CFP

Certified Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services

Treasurer, Jim Weisenstein

Director, Santa Cruz County Bank

Secretary, Chris Murphy

Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, Santa Cruz Warriors (not pictured)

Immediate Past President, David Doolin, CPA

Partner, Petrinovich Pugh & Co LLP

Rob Allen

Partner at Allen, Allen & Caroselli Law Firm

Audries Blake

Assistant Director of Community Relations, UC Santa Cruz

Gina Castañeda

Juvenile Probation Officer, Santa Cruz County Probation Department (not pictured)

MariaElena De La Garza

Executive Director, Community Action Board Santa Cruz County

Liliana Diaz, Esq.

Family Law Attorney, The Grunsky Law Firm

Larry Donatoni

Senior Director for Development, Santa Clara University

Doug Fischer

SVP Director of Business Banking, Santa Cruz County Bank

Lisa Fraser

Retired Superintendent of Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary K-8 School District

Rogelio Ponce Jr.

Owner, Sun Valley Berries LLC (not pictured)

Sandy Skees

EVP/Global Lead, Innovation & Impact Practice, Porter Novelli

Kirk Schmidt, Esq.

Executive Director, Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc.

Board Committees


Meets at the call of the president to conduct the business of the Board between regular or special Board meetings.

  • Julie Haff, President
  • Trevor Strudley, Vice President
  • Jim Weisenstein, Treasurer
  • David Doolin, Immediate Past President
  • Chris Murphy, Secretary
  • Liliana Diaz

Reviews quarterly investment performance and financial statements, sets investment policy, monitors and approves investment allocations, selects financial advisors, advises the board on budgetary issues, spending policies, fees, impact investments and makes recommendations to the board on finance and gift acceptance policies and procedures.

  • Jim Weisenstein, Chair
  • Rob Allen
  • Freny Cooper*
  • Pat Kelly*
  • Jessica Locatelli*
  • Kirk Schmidt
  • Sandy Skees
  • Krista Snelling*
  • Trevor Strudley
  • James C. Thompson*
  • Lance Wexler*

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Gift Acceptance

Advises on considering, accepting or rejecting any and all gifts or bequests to the Foundation that cannot be accepted by the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating and Financial Officer, or the Philanthropic Services Director in accordance with the gift acceptance policy.

  • James C. Thompson*, Chair
  • Tom Brezsny*
  • Larry Donatoni
  • Dina Hoffmann*
  • Kirk Schmidt
  • Victoria Viso*
Engagement & Impact

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

  • David Doolin, Co-Chair
  • Chris Murphy, Co-Chair
  • Gina Castañeda
  • MariaElena De La Garza
  • Cynthia Druley*
  • Liliana Diaz
  • Larry Donatoni
  • Adele Eberhart*
  • Doug Fischer
  • Lisa Fraser
  • Julie Haff
  • Rogelio Ponce
  • Jim Weisenstein

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Nominating and Board Development

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

  • Liliana Diaz, Chair
  • MariaElena De La Garza
  • David Doolin
  • Julie Haff
  • Kirk Schmidt

Recommends policies and oversees scholarship administration. Selects the scholarship recipients.

  • Judy Franich, Chair*
  • Audries Blake
  • Gina Castañeda
  • Liliana Diaz
  • Julie Haff
  • Donna Ziel*

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Impact Investment

Creates policies and loan criteria, provides portfolio oversight, and reviews potential impact investments

  • Trevor Strudley, Chair
  • Larry Donatoni
  • Eric Mendelson*
  • Michael O'Farrell*
  • Rogelio Ponce
  • Sandy Skees
  • Jim Weisenstein

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Diversity Partnership

Reviews proposal for the Diversity Partnership Fund and recommends funding to enhance services for the LGBTQ community, and creates and builds alliances.

  • Chris Murphy
  • Jim Brown*
  • Ami Ebright*
  • Damian Maldonado*, Co-Chair
  • Rabbi Paula Marcus*
  • Erica Murphy*, Co-Chair
  • Sandy Skees
  • Chris Weir*

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* Non-board members
Non board members are invited to share their time and expertise on our standing and ad hoc committees.

Honorary Trustees

Ian McPhail - Director Emeritus
Jess Brown
Ceil Cirillo
Nell Sesnon Cliff
George Couch III
Deidre Hamilton
Mary Hammer
Dina Hoffman
Samuel Leask IV
Fred McPherson III
Ralph Miljanich
Harvey Nickelson
Martina O’Sullivan
Richard G. Polse
Rowland Rebele
J. Miles Reiter
Norman Schwartz
Robert Stephens
James Thompson
James F. Watson
Rachel Wedeen

Deceased Honorary Trustees

William Locke-Paddon - Director Emeritus
Jack Baskin - Director Emeritus
Georgia Brauer
Diane Porter Cooley
Nancy Driscoll
Harold Hyde
Margaret Lezin
Lorraine Litchfield
Dean McHenry
Gurden Mooser
Mary Ann Borina Radovich
Alan Simpkins
Richard Solari
Don Starr
Robert E. Swenson
Gloria Hihn Welsh
Tanner Wilson
Betsy Woolpert
Florence Wyckoff