Leaders’ Forum Participants

Community Leaders from throughout the county were invited to participate in the Leader’s Forums. They will meet through out the year to provide feedback on decisions being made by the Steering Partners.

Susie Brusa Rancho Cielo | Executive Director
Julie Bullas | Pebble Beach Resorts | Catering Manager
Katy Castagna | United Way
Don Chapin | The Don Chapin Company | CEO
Janine Chicourrat | Portola Hotel & Spa | General Manager
Bud Colligan
Kathy Coopman | Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation | Executive Director
Ray Corpuz | City of Salinas City Manager
Gary Corsio | Monterey Bay Golf Mgmt. Group
Mary Dawson |Gonzales Unified | Assistant Super Intendant of Business Services
Jeff Dayton-Johnson | Millbury Institute of International Studies | Vice Pres. for Academic Affairs
Daniel “PK” Diffenbaugh | Monterey Peninsula Unified School | District Superintendent
Dennis Donohue | Royal Rose LLC | President
Larry Drury | Go Kids Inc. Executive | Director
Patty Fernandez-Torres | Girls Inc.
Donna Ferraro | Boys & Girls Club | CEO
Gordon Freedman | National Laboratory for Ed Transformation | President (and consultant)
David Gill | Gill Onions/Rio Farm | CEO
Kurt Gollnick | Scheid Vineyards | COO
Manuel Gonzalez | Assistant CAO for Monterey County
Mary Gunn | Monterey Peninsula foundation | Director of Philanthropy
Shari Hastey | Community Partnership for Youth | Executive Director
Ernest Howard | Peacock Acres Inc.
Kiran Kamath | Monterey Peninsula College | Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dana Kent | Natividad Medical | Director for Health Promotion & Education
Lori Kildal | Hartnell | VP of Academic Affairs
Laurel Lee-Alexander | Community Foundation for Monterey County
Willard Lewallen | Hartnell | President
Liz Lorenzi | Community Health Innovations | VP/COO
Alicia Maldonado | Mockingbird Communications | Owner
Martha Martinez | Salinas City Elementary School | District Superintendent
Ignacio Martinez | Sacred Heart Church, Salinas. | Pastor
Teresa Matsui | Matsui Orchids | VP and Chief Financial Officer
Claudia Melendez
Josh Metz | F O R A
Ed Moreno | Health Department | Director Public Health
Gina Nucci | Mann Packing | Director of Food Services
Jane Parker | County Supervisor
Marcia Parsons | Monterey County Probation Department | Chief
John Phillips | County Supervisor
Seth Pollack | California State University Monterey Bay | Director of Service Learning Institute
Dave Potter | County Supervisor
Johnathon Price | Former Juvenile Court | Retired Judge
Kate Roberts | Monterey Bay Economic Partnership| President
Elliott Robinson | Monterey County Department of Social Services | Director
Nikki Rodoni | Measure to Improve
Gail Root | The Parenting Connection for Monterey County
Theresa Rouse | King City Unified School District | Superintendent
Tim Ryan | Mission School District | Superintendent
Aurelio Salazar | Salinas LULAC Council #2055 | past President & Youth Council Coordinator
Jose Saldana | Salinas United Business Association (SUBA) | President
Miguel Salinas | Packard Foundation Monterey | Program Director
Simon Salinas | County Supervisor
Mark Sanchez | Hartnell Dean of Student Success
Keith Severson
David Spaur | Monterey County | Director, Economic Development
Kathi Speller | Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce | Board member
Thomas Squeo | Continuum Education | Founder & CEO
Francisco Tostado | Monterey Peninsula College | Director of Financial Aid
Walt Tribley | Monterey Peninsula College | President
Dawn Verdick | iResult | Founder & CEO
Shannon Watkins | Early Development Services, Inc. | Executive Director
Christian Womack | Salinas Community Church | Children’s Pastor
Kari Yeater | North Monterey County | Superintendent