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Advisory Board

Pastor Paul Bains

Melissa Baten Caswell

Annette Bialson

Enoch Choi

Catherine Crystal Foster

Anne Dauer

Ann DeBusk

Karen Douglas

Peter Fortenbaugh

Carol C. Friedman

Susie Hwang

Scott Joachim

Mark Johnsen

Mandy Lowell, Co-Chair

Wissy Ludwick

Beth Martin

Cindy Miller

Karen Nierenberg

Steve Player

Karen Ross

Lynne Russell

Anne Taylor

Kathy Schniedwind

Dave Thornton

Mike Trigg, Co-Chair

Cammie Vail

Directors Emeriti

Marti deBenedetti

Betsy Gifford

Bill Reller

Charles Schulz

Roger Smith

Maddy Stein

Past Presidents

Charles Schulz

Leonard Ely Jr.

John Northway

Bill Reller

Julie Jerome

Kathy Torgersen

Maddy Stein

Ellen Turbow

Cathy Kroymann

Terry Conner

Anne Taylor

Beth Martin

Barbara Carlitz

Amy Renalds

Kathy Schniedwind

Mike Trigg

Karen Ross

David Mitchell

Anne Dauer

Mandy Lowell

Karen Nierenberg

Peter Gifford

Missy Reller

Meet our team

Members of the PACF board and its advisors have extensive knowledge of the local nonprofit community.  Our past and present members have a record of active, engaged volunteer service to hundreds of local nonprofits. As a result of these experiences, we have developed a rigorous process for making and monitoring grants to ensure positive outcomes.

  • Lisa Van Dusen
    Lisa Van Dusen
    Executive Director
    Palo Alto
  • Suzanne Attenborough
    Suzanne Attenborough
    Director of Operations
    Palo Alto
  • Susan Fields Bailey
    Susan Fields Bailey
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto
    Palo Alto
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Palo Alto Unified School District and PTAs
    • Zohar School of Dance & Company
    • All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto
    • Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble
  • Becky Beacom
    Becky Beacom
    Health Educator and community volunteer, Palo Alto, CA
  • Diane Downend
    Diane Downend
    CFO, Eden Bridge Homes, Palo Alto, CA
  • Leonard Ely III
    Leonard Ely III
    Commericial Real Estate Sales and Leasing, Palo Alto
  • Health Educator and community volunteer, Palo Alto, CA

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Youth Community Service
    • Adolescent Counseling Services
    • Sequoia Union High School District
    • Palo Alto Unified School District
    • Palo Alto Council of PTAs
    • Sequoia High School Health Careers Academy
    • The Parent Venture
    • Project Safety Net
    • Safespace
    • HEARD Alliance
    • City of Palo Alto Human Services
    CFO, Eden Bridge Homes, Palo Alto, CA

    In addition to PACF, I support the community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Mid-Pen Housing
    • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Palo Alto Unified School District – PTA Council and PTAs
    Commericial Real Estate Sales and Leasing, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Silicon Valley Community Foundation Advisory Committee
    • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
    • Adolescent Counseling Services
    • Palo Alto Community Block Grant committee
    • Stevenson House
    • Abilities United
  • Steve Emslie
    Steve Emslie
    Lighthouse Public Affairs, Palo Alto
  • Kristine S. Erving
    Kristine S. Erving
    Community Advocate, Palo Alto
  • Masha Korsunsky Fisch
    Masha Korsunsky Fisch
    Head of Marketing, Digital Transformation, Google, Palo Alto
  • Lighthouse Public Affairs, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with

    • Palo Alto Family YMCA
    • Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
    • Covia Affordable Communities (Lytton Gardens Senior Housing)
    • Avenidas Facilities Committee
    • Palo Alto/Stanford History (PAST)
    Community Advocate, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Bring Me a Book
    • YMCA Mid-Peninsula
    • Vista Center
    • Avenidas
    • Peninsula Habitat for Humanity
    Head of Marketing, Digital Transformation, Google, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Walter Hays Elementary School PTA
    • Bing Nursery School
    • Stanford Business School
  • Anne Frahn
    Anne Frahn
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto, CA
  • Karen French Neuman
    Karen French Neuman
    CFO
    Retired CPA, Palo Alto
  • Bruce Gee
    Bruce Gee
    President
    Technology, Agriculture Investments, Palo Alto
  • Community Volunteer, Palo Alto, CA

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Addison Elementary School PTA
    • Jordan Middle School Library
    • Palo Alto High School College & Career Center
    • Refugee Foster Care, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County – Foster parent
    • Swing Left Peninsula – Co-founder and leader
    • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto – Board and various committees
    • Human Rights Watch, Silicon Valley Committee
    Retired CPA, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
    • Palo Alto Cool Block Program
    • Palo Alto Schools and PTAs
    • Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts
    Technology, Agriculture Investments, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Rotary Club of Palo Alto
    • Palo Alto Family YMCA
    • Palo Alto Schools
    • Palo Alto and Stanford Soccer Clubs
    • Cub Scouts
  • Peter Gifford
    Peter Gifford
    Private Investor, Regis Management Company, LLC, Woodside
  • Sheryl Klein
    Sheryl Klein
    COO, Alta Housing, Palo Alto, CA
  • Kully Kooner
    Kully Kooner
    Operations, Salesforce, Palo Alto, CA
  • Private Investor, Regis Management Company, LLC, Woodside

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • East Palo Alto Charter School/Phoenix Academy
    • Stanford University
    • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • The Hotchkiss School
    COO, Alta Housing, Palo Alto, CA

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    PA Farmers’ Market
    PA Forward
    Oshman Family JCC
    Friends of PreSchool Family
    JDRF
    Palo Alto Schools PTAs

    Operations, Salesforce, Palo Alto, CA

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

  • Fred Mondragon
    Fred Mondragon
    Medalia, Vice President of Business Development, Palo Alto
  • Eliane Neukermans
    Eliane Neukermans
    Retired Castilleja High School teacher, Portola Valley
  • Sigrid Pinsky
    Sigrid Pinsky
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Medalia, Vice President of Business Development, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with

    • Ravenswood Family Health Center
    • Stanford University
    • Palo Alto Unified School District
    Retired Castilleja High School teacher, Portola Valley

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Avenidas
    • St. Elizabeth Seton School
    • Thomas Merton Center
    • Foothill College Commission
    • Human Rights Watch
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • League of Women Voters of Palo Alto
    • Adolescent Counseling Services
    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • PreSchool Family
    • Project SafetyNet
  • Missy Reller
    Missy Reller
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Robert Roskoph
    Robert Roskoph
    Attorney, Saratoga
  • Jane Rytina
    Jane Rytina
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Bring Me A Book
    • Addison PTA
    Attorney, Saratoga

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Family & Children’s Services
    • Palo Alto Kiwanis Club
    • Palo Alto Little League
    • AYSO
    • Saratoga Elementary School; Redwood Middle School; Saratoga High School – parent volunteer
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • Upward Scholars
    • Palo Alto Unified School District & PTAs
  • Diana Walsh
    Diana Walsh
    Freelance Writer, Palo Alto
  • Anna Waring
    Anna Waring
    Retired Executive Director, Foundation for a College Education, Palo Alto, CA
  • Lanie Wheeler
    Lanie Wheeler
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto
  • Freelance Writer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto Partners in Education
    • SV2
    • Pinewood HIgh School
    • Palo Alto High School
    • Jordan Middle School
    Retired Executive Director, Foundation for a College Education, Palo Alto, CA

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
    • Mid-Peninsula High School
    • Distinguished Career Institute Global Advisory Board, Stanford University
    Community Volunteer, Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • Palo Alto City Council
    • Palo Alto Planning Commission
    • Alta Housing Corporation
    • Palo Alto Library Foundation
    • Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto
    • Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis Charitable Foundation
  • Lauren Williams
    Lauren Williams
    Community Volunteer , Palo Alto
  • Community Volunteer , Palo Alto

    In addition to PACF, I support Community through my current and past involvement with:

    • AYSO
    • Addison Elementary PTA
    • DreamCatchers
    • Greene Middle School PTA
    • March of Dimes
    • Palo Alto Little League
    • Palo Alto Girls Softball