Board Members

A Message from Thomas Solomon

I’m honored to serve as the Chairperson of the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, and I want to personally thank you for your interest in this Foundation.  Because of the generous support from this community, the Foundation has given over $1,225,000 to programs that touch students of all grades across public, private and home school programs.

If you have had the opportunity to observe or participate in any of Student Events Program as a parent, judge or mentor, you have seen first-hand what a difference these programs make to students and how they change lives positively.

Parents comment constantly about the exciting changes they see in their children when they return from Foothill Horizon Outdoor Education. Being a past 6th grade student-camper and counselor, I can personally attest to the wonderful experience Foothill provides.

The community as a whole is continually amazed at the Broadway-like quality of what the Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Company is able to produce with talented students from all over the county. This is a partnered program with the Gallo Center for the Arts.

Studies show that participation in programs like the three we support help improve academic performance and test scores. Involved students are more likely to graduate from high school, participate in community service, and be more involved in their communities regardless of socio-economic background.

The Education Foundation values you as a key member of our community as a past or future donor.
The students of Stanislaus County are worth your investment!  Click here to donate.

Thank you,

Thomas Solomon

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Modesto, CA 95354

Board Members

Thomas Solomon - Chairperson

CoSol Commercial Real Estate, Associate

Brenda Arnold - Member

Robert Half International, Regional Vice President

Annie Benisch - Member

Boyett Petroleum, Director of Marketing and Events

William Broderick-Villia - Member

Broderick Legal Group, Attorney-at-law
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Michael Clipper - Member

Retired Businessman, Farmer

Richard W. Coffey - Member

E.& J. Gallo Winery, Senior Director, Workforce Planning and Training

Dinah Copple - Member

CSU Stanislaus, Program Coordinator

Brandye Diaz de la Cuesta - Member

Assistant Hospital Administrator, Sutter Memorial Medical Center

Valerie Escobar - Secretary

SCOE Administration, Office Manager

Dana Ferreira - Member

Modesto Irrigation District, Regulatory Analyst

Brian Fiscalini - Member

Fiscalini Farms and Cheese, Chief Executive Officer

Don Gatti - Chief Financial Officer

SCOE Deputy Superintendent of Business Services

Mani Grewall - Member

Grewal Holdings, President

Eileen Hamilton - Member

Community Member

Scott Kuykendall - Chief Executive Officer

SCOE Superintendent of Schools
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Rafael Martinez - Member

F&M Bank, Assistant Vice President

Nicole Noland - Member

Community Member

Susan Rich - Member

Community Member

Charlie Floyd Rodgers - Member

Mocse Credit Union, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Ann Sanders - County Board of Education Rep.

Retired Educator
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Heidi Vandemark - Member

Vandemark Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, Co-owner