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Advisory Councils

Development Committee
  • Gary Kovacs, Chair, Advisor, Investor
  • Janet Belden, SAP
  • Michele Benjamin, Community Volunteer
  • Dave Beslin, First Republic Private Wealth Management
  • Gina Comes, Clean Transportation Logistics
  • Thi La, Corsair
  • Talia Moyal, Oracle
  • Heidi Silber, Golden State Warriors

East Bay Regional Advisory Council

  • Dana Green, Chair, Pacific Union Real Estate
  • Hope Bauer
  • Rick da Silva, LOH Realty & Investments
  • Keely Dreisbach, Dreisbach Enterprises Inc.
  • Bob Fritzky, Med MatRX, LLC
  • Jillian Loh Kearns, LOH Realty & Investments
  • Kim Marckwardt
  • Steve Mitchell, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Ann Marie Quinn, Consultant
  • Vita Sechrest, Gap, Inc.
  • Robin Spiegelman

North Bay Regional Advisory Council

  • Scott Ormerod, Chair, Leap Solutions Group, Inc.
  • Jane Bender, Former Mayor of Santa Rosa
  • Steve Falk, Sonoma Media Group
  • Winnie Huff, North Bay Wish Coordinator
  • Judy James, Comcast Cable Group
  • Serena Lienau, Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership
  • Carol O'Hara, Burr Pilger Mayer
  • Michael Ricioli, Moss Adams, LLP
  • Jorge Villareal, Vulcan Materials

Medical Advisory Council

  • Dawn Belardinelli, MD, Kaiser Permanente, Daly City Medical Offices, South San Francisco Medical Center
  • James Bennett, MD, Stanford Children's Health - Pediatric Group of Monterey
  • Amber Borucki, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Mission Bay
  • Brittney Blockman, MD, MA, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine - University of California San Francisco
  • Yen Kim Bui, MD, PhD, F.A.S.E, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Wendy Celaya, MA, CCLS, Kaiser Northern California
  • Jennifer Cohen, MD, Kaiser Northern California
  • Paul Fisher, MD, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
  • Melvin Heyman, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Mission Bay
  • Kai Kai Lam, MD, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Shirley Leong, MD, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Fremont
  • Katie Maniatis, RN, MSN, CPHON, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Mission Bay
  • Sonia Milbank, LCSW, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Mission Bay
  • Sonia Partap, MD, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
  • Hitendra Patel, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Oakland
  • Leigh Ann Pincus, MSN, ARNP
  • Gabriel Sarah, MD, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Mission Bay
  • Lauren Mikula Schneider, Psy.D., Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
  • Denah Taggart, MD, Kaiser Northern California

Wish Committee

  • Judi Rees, Chair
  • Erin Armer, Wish Parent
  • Joyce Che, South Bay Wish Coordinator
  • Winnie Huff, North Bay Wish Coordinator
  • Tori Humphrey, Board Member
  • Molly Keane, LCSW, Referral Source
  • Emelyn Lacayo, Wish Parent
  • Carmen Luk, MSW, Referral Source
  • Doriel Pearson-Nishioka, MS, PA-C, Referral Source
  • Kate Shrout, Wish Granter
  • Daniel Vasquez, Wish Parent
  • Phillip Yim, San Francisco and Monterey Bay Wish Coordinator

Marketing Committee

  • Elaine Barden, Chair, Comcast
  • Kera Binns, Product Marketing Manager
  • Philip Clark, Google
  • Jenny Kohler, Bay Area News Group
  • Jim Kunihiro, Altamont Capital Partners
  • Rani Radhakrishnan, PwC - Digital Health
  • Ronnie Singh, 2K
  • Heather Vega, Larson Communications 

Inaugural Advisory Council

  • Rich and Raquel Aurilla, San Francisco Giants (retired)
  • Tom Beaty, Managing Director, First Republic Investment Management
  • Michele Benjamin, Community Volunteer
  • Kelly Bligh, Civic Leader
  • Daniel Briskin, VP HR, GAP, Inc.
  • Jonathan F. Cain, Corporate Officer, Nomota Corporation “Journey” 
  • Joanne Calabrese, Retail Executive
  • H. Michael Cohen, Life Sciences Investment Banking, Deutsche Bank
  • Dennis De La Montanya, Owner/Operator De La Montanya Winery & Vineyards
  • Greg Dougherty, CEO, Oclaro
  • Dina Eastwood, Emeritus Co-chair of Monterey Bay Gala event/Civic Leader
  • Gary Elliott, Co-Founder, Rising Tides Group
  • Jay Emmons, Fmr Chief Customer Officer, Sales Portal Inc.
  • Paul Fisher, MD, Stanford University & Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Graham Freeman, CEO, Korora Partners
  • Drew Gooden, Washington Wizards, National Basketball Association
  • Mark R. Grace, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Scott Harper, Senior VP Urban Landlord Partners, Colliers International
  • William G. Harris, Caterer/Owner, St. Clair’s Catering
  • Veronica Johnson, Wish mom, Dylan Johnson Memorial events host
  • Dan Karthas, Manager (Retired), United Airlines
  • Allison Kosta, Civic Leader/Kosta Browne Winery
  • Joe Madigan, Team Chloe
  • Rekha Mallya, Civic Leader
  • Sandra Ormerod, Sales Associate, Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Scott Ormerod, Co-Chair, Owner, Leap Solutions
  • Roland Passot, Chef/Owner La Folie
  • Matthew D. Powers, Partner, Tensegrity Law Group 
  • Robin Rice, Senior Vice President, serena & lily
  • David Schnell, Managing Director, Prospect Management, LLC
  • Stephen Stonehouse, Principal, Stonehouse Consulting Group
  • Kimberlee Swig, Former co-chair of Wine & Wishes event/Civic Leader
  • Karen Ulshafer, Community Volunteer and Independent College Counselor
  • Lisa Vogel, Vice President/Asset Manager, Rialto Capital Management
  • Amy Underwood, Civic Leader
  • John Underwood, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Jeffrey Weinstock, Creative Director, ABC Family

For more information on the Advisory Councils, contact Lynne Durie at yqhevr@fs.jvfu.bet

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