2020-21 Board of Directors
Past Past Chairmen and Presidents List
Coronado Schools Foundation has a small dedicated professional staff. In order to continue to financially return as much as possible to the schools, it relies on a dedicated team of volunteers on the Board of Directors and within the community and schools.
The Foundation recognizes the following individuals who served as Chairman/President in past years and gave endless hours of time, talents, and energy "to benefit Coronado's public schools." Their leadership has enabled CSF to grow and our students to prosper. We greatly appreciate their contributions and commitment to our community. We always need new and great volunteers. Picture your name here!
2017-2020 Renee Cavanaugh
2016-2017 Jim Grady
2014-2016 Chris Searles, MD
2013-2014 Jim Grady
2011-2013 Tom DeSanto
2010-2011 Terry Farrelly
2009-2010 Spiro Chaconas
2008-2009 Tim Irving
2007-2008 Jeffrey Kob
2006-2007 Toni Aden
2005-2006 Rick Shaughnessy
2004-2005 Pam Hammett
2003-2004 Ed Moore
2002-2003 Kim Tolles
2001-2002 Mark W. Andrews
2000-2001 Lyndsey Arendsee
1999-2000 Scott Metzger
1998-1999 Pete Litrenta
1997-1998 Sondi Arndt
1996-1997 Debby Syverson
1995-1996 Gary Kennedy
1994-1995 Bob Watson
1993-1994 Nancy Eckenroth
1992-1993 Ed Lohlein
1991-1992 Carolyn Parry
1990-1991 Bill McLaurin
1989-1990 Art Wilcox
1988-1989 Karol McClellend
1987-1988 Paula Bingham Couture
1985-1987 Vicky Beaubien
1983-1985 Gerry Brummitt
1982-1983 Tom Kennedy
BOARD ADVISORY COMMITTEES
CSF has five active committees comprised of a board or staff member who acts as the chair, other board members, a CSF staff liaison, and interested community members. As needed, the Board may also appoint Ad Hoc committees for specific projects. Click the links below for more information on each committee.
Donor Cultivation & Stewardship Committee
Chair: Russ Haley
It shall be the duty of the Finance Committee to ensure the long- term sustainability of the Corporation’s funding support to CUSD through transparency, integrity and stewardship of the Corporation’s funds. The Finance Committee shall have only the duties delegated to it by these Bylaws or otherwise delegated to it by the Board of Directors. The Finance Committee shall not act as a replacement for the Board. This committee’s responsibilities include the following:
1. Current Financial Standings. The Finance Committee will review current financial standings of the Corporation, make recommendations to the Board regarding the form and content of periodic financial statements, advise the Board regarding the allocation of Corporation funds, and review the Corporation’s annual financial audit with members of the Corporation’s audit team (which is made up of persons approved by the Executive Committee).
2. Endowment. The Finance Committee will function as the body to oversee the management of the Corporation’s Endowment funds, both restricted and unrestricted funds.
3. Return and Investment Policy. The Finance Committee will meet a minimum of three (3) times per fiscal year; and during the fourth quarter meeting, this committee will review and verify the amounts proposed to be returned to the CUSD schools. At such time, the Finance Chair will also make a recommendation for any changes to the Corporation’s Investment Policy to the Board of Directors for approval, if applicable.
Chair: Bob Balfour
The Governance Committee is established to oversee that the Corporation’s policies and procedures will comply with applicable government regulations, sound nonprofit standards and the Corporation’s mission. The Governance Committee shall have only the duties delegated to it by these Bylaws or otherwise delegated to it by the Board of Directors. The Governance Committee shall not act as a replacement for the Board. This committee’s responsibilities include the following:
- Recruitment and Nominations. The Governance Committee will identify needs and new strengths and skills required of the Board of Directors to advance the Corporation’s mission. Using this analysis, this committee shall lead recruitment, review and nomination of new Directors for the Board to consider.
- Board and Officer Nominations. The Governance Committee will (a) propose candidates to the Board through the Executive Committee, who will advance the Corporation’s mission, (b) identify candidates to serve as officers of the Corporation and (c) present to the Board no later than the regular meeting of the Board that immediately precedes the annual meeting of the Board, a slate of candidates for election to regular two (2) year terms as Directors and for regular one (1) year terms as officers of the Corporation. The Board shall not be limited to the selection of the persons nominated by the Governance Committee and may nominate and elect such other person(s) it deems appropriate.
- Advisory Committee Nominations. The Governance Committee may, from time to time, propose members for Advisory Committee positions.
- Bylaws. The Governance Committee will determine at least once per year whether any changes to the Bylaws are required or advisable due to changes in state or federal law. Any such proposed changes shall be brought to the Board for consideration and approval.
- Board Performance. The Governance Committee will lead an annual self-assessment of the Board of Directors.
- CEO Evaluation. The Governance Committee will oversee that the annual review of the CEO is conducted by the Chairperson of the Board in consultation with the Executive Committee, pursuant to Bylaws Article VI, Section 9.
Legacy & Naming Rights Committee
Program Oversight Committee
Chair: Claudia Gallant
It shall be the duty of the Program Committee to disseminate the Corporation’s funds in a fair and equitable manner, in line with what the Coronado community values and based on CUSD’s areas of need. The Program Committee shall have only the duties delegated to it by these Bylaws or otherwise delegated to it by the Board of Directors. The Program Committee shall not act as a replacement for the Board. This committee’s responsibilities include the following:
- Oversight of Programs. The Program Committee will provide oversight and ongoing examination and review for (a) programs operated directly by the Corporation, and (b) CUSD programs funded by the Corporation.
- Site Program Grants. The Program Committee will oversee the Site Program Grants for each of the CUSD schools sites (each a “Site”) through a documented protocol, consistent with CUSD curricular priorities and long-term vision, and as approved by the Board.
- Annual Review of Grant Guidelines. The Program Committee will review annually the Site Program Grant guidelines and funding formulas, and provide recommended changes as deemed appropriate for funding initiatives to the Board for consideration, such as pathway programs K-12, “STEAM” focused (represents science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), preparation of students for college and career readiness, summer enrichment programs and other areas to supplement and enhance California state curriculum.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER?
The Board of Directors is a dedicated, working volunteer board comprised of up to 18 community and parent leaders, one a Coronado Unified administrator who acts as a liaison with the school district. A member of the Coronado High School senior class also serves as the student representative. Interested individuals are encouraged to join a CSF Committee (see above) as many board positions are filled from committee members. Click here to download the CSF Board Member Job Description.
If you have additional questions or for more information, please contact CSF at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-437-8059.
Bringing more than 20 years of non-profit experience to the role, Michelle Gilmore, a Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) parent, local resident and active volunteer in the community, returns to Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) to take on the role of CEO and President. Gilmore, who worked as Director of Development for CSF from 2014 to 2018, returns after three years working as Senior Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she increased single event net revenue from $74,000 to $325,000 in just one year. She also co-authored an award-winning book, Eventology, the Science Behind Non-Profit Fundraising, which became an Amazon bestseller in 2019.
Gilmore considers herself a lover of learning, earning her Certified Fund Raising Certificate in 2019. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Gilmore earned her California teaching credential, a Masters of Arts in Education in Curriculum Development from San Diego State University. She worked as a K-8 teacher for 12 years before working to raise funds for arts and music programs in public schools. Hosting fundraising events ranging from galas and 10K races to carnivals and talent shows, Gilmore merged her education-focused background with fundraising savvy to make big impact. From auction basket coordinator to Board President, Michelle has held positions on multiple boards and coached fellow nonprofits on maximizing revenue at their events.
Gilmore and her husband, Ted, have three boys--Tyler, Travis and Tucker--all whom have had attended Coronado schools after moving to the island more than ten years ago.
“We are the perfect example of why parents move their families to Coronado for the schools.” said Gilmore. “In fact, when our oldest was a freshman in high school, we realized we needed to make a change. As an advocate for public schools and a public school educator, I could see that Coronado Unified was the best option for our boys. When Ted said, ‘what do you think about renting our house and moving to Coronado?’ I said, ‘let’s pack!’”
Gilmore, who began her new role on June 1, is replacing former CSF President and CEO Jean-Marie Bond, who retired in March 2021.