2016 Board Members Announced
Back (l to r): James Panetta, Stephen McGowan, Ken Wright, Judge John M. Phillips (retired), Ken Petersen, Greg Chilton, Birt Johnson, Jr., Catherine Kobrinsky-Evans, Stephen Dart, Rick Kennifer. Seated (l to r): Betsy Buchalter Adler, Patti Hiramoto, Erica Padilla-Chavez, Anna Marie Ponce, Tina Starkey Lopez, Gail Delorey, Ida Lopez Chan, Tonya Antle. Not pictured: Raul Rodriguez.
New Board Members and Officers Announced
The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) announced the addition of two new members and 2016 officers for their board of directors. The new board members are: Betsy Buchalter Adler and Birt Johnson, Jr. The 2016 officers are: Greg Chilton, Attorney at Law, Chilton & House, LLP (Chair), Stephen McGowan, Former CFO & Executive Vice President of Corporate Resources, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Vice-Chair), Gail Delorey, Partner, Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope (Treasurer) and Kenneth Wright, Community Volunteer (Secretary). In addition to the officers, the board members are: Betsy Buchalter Adler, Tonya Antle, Ida Lopez Chan, Stephen Dart, Catherine Kobrinsky Evans, Patti Hiramoto, Birt Johnson, Jr., Rick Kennifer, Tina Starkey Lopez, Erica Padilla-Chavez, Jimmy Panetta, Ken Petersen, John M. Phillips, Anna Maria Ponce and Raul Rodriguez.
The Community Foundation is truly a force for good and its a privilege to be a part of it.” – Betsy Buchalter Adler
Betsy Buchalter Adler is well versed in the operations and structure of nonprofit organizations. She is a trustee and program officer of the Claire Giannini Fund, an independent foundation focusing on programs serving youth under 18, and consults with selected grantmaking charities on the non-law aspects of governance and philanthropy. Adler practiced philanthropy law for 30 years at Adler & Colvin in San Francisco before retiring in 2012. She chaired the Exempt Organizations Committees of the Tax Sections of the American Bar Association and the California State Bar and served on the IRS Advisory Committee for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities. She is the co-author of “The Rules of the Road: A Guide to the Law of Charities in the U.S.” (Council on Foundations 2012) and has published several articles on aspects of philanthropy and law.
She has taught the law of nonprofit organizations at UC Berkeley Law and the University of San Francisco. Adler served on the board of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, as well as charitable organizations including the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. She also served on the advisory board of NYU’s National Center on Philanthropy and Law. She is a 1971 graduate of UC Santa Cruz and received her J.D. in 1982 from UC Berkeley Law. “The Community Foundation is truly a force for good and it’s a privilege to be part of it,” said Adler.
The geographical reach of CFMC combined with the lasting benefits to our community are exceptional.” – Birt Johnson, Jr.
Birt Johnson, Jr. retired from a 33-year career in telecommunications and management with AT&T. In his last assignment he served as General Manager for the Central Valley/Central Coast Construction & Engineering Region. His responsibilities included managing more than 700 employees to design, build, and maintain AT&T’s advanced telecommunication networks. Before that he served for six years as General Manager for the Silicon Valley Region. His work included network engineering, technology selection and evaluation, operations and external affairs.
During the past 15 years Johnson has served as President of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Cruz County United Way and Chair of the MPC Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. He is now serving as 2016 President of the MPC Foundation. Johnson holds an B.A. degree in Management from Saint Mary’s College and has completed work at the University of Southern California in Advanced Telecommunications Management. He’s a product of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, a proud Seaside High School Spartan and Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) alumni.
These individuals are a terrific addition to the CFMC board. They are committed and passionate about helping the communities we serve.” – Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO
2016 Community Foundation for Monterey County Board of Directors
Greg Chilton (Chair), Attorney at Law, Chilton & House, LLP
Steve McGowan (Vice Chair), Former CFO & EVP of Corporate Resources, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Gail Delorey, CPA (Treasurer), Partner, Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP
Kenneth R. Wright (Secretary), Community Volunteer
Betsy Buchalter Adler, Trustee and Program Officer, Claire Giannini Fund
Community Volunteer; Principal, Tanimura & Antle
Ida Lopez Chan
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Principal, Dart Family Co., Inc.
Catherine Kobrinsky Evans
Partner, The Kobrinsky Group
Patti Hiramoto, Ed.D.
AVP Inclusive Excellence, Chief Diversity Officer, CSU Monterey Bay
Birt Johnson, Jr.
Community Volunteer; former General Manager AT&T
Attorney at Law, Johnson, Fantl & Kennifer, LLP
Tina Starkey Lopez
Owner, JV Automobiles
CEO, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance
Monterey County District Attorney
Kenneth B. Petersen, CFP
President, Monterey Private Wealth
Judge John M. Phillips (retired)
Monterey County Supervisor, District 2
Anna Marie Ponce
Sun Valley Berries, LLC
Raul C. Rodriguez
Owner, La Plaza Bakery
The mission of the CFMC is to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County. The CFMC has granted more than $135 million to nonprofits working towards healthy, safe, vibrant communities. For more information visit www.cfmco.org, call 831.375.9712 or stay connected at www.facebook.com/cfmco.