Board of Directors

Board of Directors

2022 Board members ( l to r): Teri Belli (Chair), Kirk Gafill (Vice Chair), Jan Vanderbilt (Treasurer), Loren Steck (Secretary), Romero Jalomo, Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Nolan Kennedy, Judy Guzman Krueger, Giff Lehman, Jesse Lopez, Adriana Melgoza, René Mendez, Fred Muerer, Larry Oda, Betsey Pearson, Joe Pezzini, Francine Rodd, Abby Taylor-Silva, Jennifer L. Walker, Tyller Williamson

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is governed by a volunteer board of directors. These community leaders provide strong stewardship by establishing policy, setting priorities and approving final grant decisions. Members serve three-year terms, and their expertise, diverse perspectives and guidance drive our success.

Board of Directors

  • Teri Belli (Chair), Belli Architectural Group
  • Kirk Gafill (Vice Chair), President/CFO, Nepenthe/Phoenix Corporation
  • Jan Vanderbilt, (Treasurer), Vanderbilt Certified Public Accountants
  • Loren Steck (Secretary), Entertainment Industry Consultant
  • Romero Jalomo, Vice President of Student Affairs, Hartnell Community College
  • Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Director of Health Services, Monterey County Health Department
  • Nolan Kennedy, Attorney at Law, Kennedy, Archer & Giffen
  • Judy Guzman Krueger, President, Tulipán LLC
  • Giff Lehman, Founder, Integris Wealth Management (Retired)
  • Jesse Lopez, Managing Partner of Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP
  • Adriana Melgoza, Director of Organizing and Education, Center for Community Advocacy
  • René Mendez, City Manager, City of Watsonville
  • Fred Meurer, Owner, Meurer Municipal Consulting
  • Larry Oda, Community Volunteer, Former JACL National President
  • Betsey Pearson, Non Profit Consultant, Retired United Way
  • Joe Pezzini, Senior Director of Agricultural Operations, Taylor Farms
  • Francine Rodd, Executive Director, First Five Monterey County
  • Abby Taylor-Silva, Executive Vice President, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
  • Jennifer L. Walker, Attorney/Principal, Leach & Walker
  • Tyller Williamson, Monterey City Councilmember

Past Board Chairs

2019 Past Board Chairs Luncheon- Standing (l to r) Christine Dawson, Bill Doolittle, Craig Johnson, Steve McGowan, Kurt Gollnick, CFMC President/CEO Dan Baldwin. Seated (l to r) Greg Chilton, Dick Borda, Kip Hudson, Birt Johnson, Jr., Kevin Cartwright

Past Board Chairs

  • Birt Johnson, Jr. 2019-2020
  • Ken Petersen, 2018
  • Steve McGowan, 2017
  • Greg Chilton, 2016
  • Rick Kennifer, 2015
  • Gail Delorey, 2014
  • Ann Brown, 2013
  • Craig Johnson, 2012
  • Kurt Gollnick, 2011
  • Richard Borda, 2009-2010
  • David Armanasco, 2007-2008
  • Mary Wright, 2005-2006
  • Kevin Cartwright, 2004
  • Robert House, 2002-2003
  • Kip Hudson, 2000-2001
  • Lewis Fenton, 1999
  • David Benjamin, 1997-1998
  • Clay C. Larson, 1996
  • Basil Mills, 1995
  • William Doolittle, 1993-1994
  • Roberta Bialek, 1990-1992
  • Wilfrid A. Daly, 1989
  • Kenneth Ehrman, 1988
  • Sydney P. Harrison, 1986-1987
  • Joseph A. Lee, 1984-1985
  • Peter Wright, 1981-1983

Monterey Peninsula Foundation*

  • Stoddard Johnston, 1980
  • Ruth Fenton, 1979
  • Howard Bucquet 1977-1978
  • Will Shaw
  • Jean Thomas
  • James vanLobenSels
  • Mrs. Henry Russell
  • Charles Kramer
  • Margaret Jacks
  • Col. Allen Griffin

*Name prior to 1981