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B O A R D   O F   D I R E C T O R S
B I O G R A P H I E S


R O Y   R O B B I N S,   C H A I R
Roy Robbins Roy Robbins is a retired Certified Public Accountant and former Chief Financial Officer with Washoe Medical Center in Reno. He currently serves on Washoe's board of directors and is chair of its Finance Committee. Mr. Robbins earned his MBA in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. A year-round resident of Carmel Valley, Calif., Mr. Robbins joined the Hospice Foundation board of directors in 1997. He chaired the Investment Advisory Committee until becoming chairman of the board in July, 2003. He will serve a two-year term.
R I C K  K E N N I F E R ,  V I C E   C H A I R
Rick Kennifer

An associate broker with Coldwell Banker Del Monte Realty in Pebble Beach, California, Rick Kennifer is a certified residential specialist (CRS), working primarily with luxury real estate property and investments. Before joining Coldwell Banker, he was owner of Kennifer Property Company, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage in Monterey, California. Mr. Kennifer earned his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1981, and a master's degree in business administration. His law background includes an internship in the California Supreme Court with Justice Stanley Mosk. Before joining the Hospice Foundation board in 2001, Mr. Kennifer served on the board of directors for Monterey Federal Credit Union, All Saints Day School, Monterey Bay Swim Club and the Monterey Peninsula United Way.

K A R E N  B O O T H R O Y D ,  S E C R E T A R Y
Karen Boothroyd Karen joined the Hospice Foundation board with a long history of community service. She serves on the board for Washington Union School District in Salinas, and is a volunteer docent in the districtís classroom-based art education program. She also is formerly a director of the school districtís educational foundation and served on the board for Y.M.C.A. In addition, Karen is a member of Entre Nous in Salinas, a womenís community service organization, and is a Friend of Legal Services for Seniors. She and her husband Bert live in Salinas and have two grown daughters.
G E R R Y  R A Y  ,  T R E A S U R E R
Gerry Ray

A certified public accountant, Gerry Ray is a partner in the accounting firm McGilloway and Ray. Gerry has served on the foundation boards for Palma High School and Washington Union School District, on the planned giving committee for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, and was treasurer of Titus Community Park in Salinas. He is a member of Rotary Club of Monterey. Gerry and his wife, Jill, live in Salinas and have two grown children.

C Y R  A N N   C A S T L E
CyrAnn Castle Cyr Ann Castle is highly regarded for her work on fundraising activities for numerous local organizations, including Monterey County AIDS Project, Meals on Wheels and the Hospice Foundation. Cyr Ann also lives part of the year in Hawaii where she serves on the board of directors of the Hawaiian Kennel Club, and has been involved in fundraising for the Humane Society of Hawaii. She also formerly served on the board of directors for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.
S U S A N    C O R T E S E
Since 1998, Susan Cortese has been an independent sales and marketing consultant to small and medium-sized businesses, primarily in the financial and information services sectors. Prior to that she was with Experian Information Solutions (formerly TRW Information Services) for 14 years, serving the last three as vice president for national account sales and consulting services. Susan is a 1982 honors graduate with a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Virginia.
D E N N I S  D O N O V A N
Dennis Donovan Denny Donovan is recently retired as vice president of Grower Relations at Dole Fresh Vegetables in Salinas, Calif. He has served on the board of directors of many local organizations, including More Health and the Monterey County Business Council. He has also served with the Salinas Surgery Center, Sun Street Center and Corral de Tierra Country Club.
J E A N  D U F F
Jean Duff Jean Duff has been a dedicated and long-time volunteer for many community organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and in Southern California. In 1995, she became a member of Friends of Hospice, a group of 700 volunteers working together to raise funds for hospice care in Monterey and San Benito counties (California). Mrs. Duff served as president of Friends from 1997 to 1999, a period in which the group raised a total of $304,000 for hospice patient care.

Before her involvement with Friends, she was for many years a patient care volunteer for Hospice of the Central Coast (a program of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula), assisting patients and their families in their homes. Other volunteer work has been with the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, the Cancer Information Service, and Recording for the Blind.She currently volunteers in Community Hospital's Cancer Center library and with the hospital's auxiliary. Mrs. Duff joined the Hospice Foundation board in 1999 and served as chair from July 2001 to July 2003.
A B B I E  E L D R E D G E
Abbie Eldredge Abbie Eldredge earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years, she has held many volunteer board leadership positions with the Visiting Nurse Association, the former Salinas Valley Hospice, Monterey County Medical Association Alliance, Entre Nous Society, and the Women's Ministry Committee of First Presbyterian in Salinas. She joined the Hospice Foundation board in 1999.
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D A V I D  G R E E N
David Green

With his long career in commercial real estate development and project management, David Green brings a strong financial and community service perspective to the Hospice Foundation board of directors. Since 1987 he has been an industrial real estate broker and property specialist for BT Commercial Real Estate in Monterey. David recently served as a trustee of the Valley Forge Military Academy and on the Overall Economic Development Commission, Monterey County. He is past president of the Castroville Rotary Club and is an advisory board member for the Boy Scouts of America, Monterey Bay region. David is a resident of Salinas.

J U D I  M A R O T T A
Judi Marotta Judi Marotta has her own real estate firm, Marotta Properties in Monterey, California, and has a long history of involvement in Monterey Peninsula community-based organizations. She served 13 years on the board of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Visitors and Convention Bureau, and continues on the board of the Frankie Sollecito Leukemia Fund. She is an executive board member of the Monterey Rape Crisis Center, and volunteers for Friends of The Kinship Center and the AT&T Pebble Beach Golf Tournament.
R I C H A R D  N Y S T R O M
Dick Nystrom Dick Nystrom is a fiduciary specialist, providing conservator, executor, trustee services. He is past president of the Carmel Kiwanis and has served on the board for the Carmel Rotary Club and Carmel Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames.
R O B  P A P P A N I
Rob Pappani Rob Pappani is Vice President of First National Bank in Monterey, California. Joining the Hospice Foundation board in 2001, Mr. Pappani has served on the Monterey Peninsula Chamber board of directors since 1998, and the Dance Kids board since 2000. He recently joined the board of Legal Services for Seniors, and serves on the Advisory Board for Christmas In April, a not-for-profit organization that refurbishes housing for the indigent and disabled. He earned his Business Administration degree from Fresno State University in 1973.
J U N E   D U N B A R  P H I L L I P S , M . D . ( Ret. )
June Phillips, M.D. Dr. June Dunbar Phillips retired her Salinas, California practice in family medicine and geriatrics in 1996. Born in Nome, Alaska, Dr. Dunbar graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle in 1958. She completed her internship at Minneapolis General Hospital and a family practic residency at the former Monterey County Hospital in Salinas. For 29 years, she practiced with the Gonzales Medical Group, moving to geriatric medicine in 1989. She has served in numerous health care leadership positions, including president of the Monterey County Medical Society and as chief of staff for Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. She served on the board of governors for Community Foundation for Monterey County from 1996-2002 and still serves on the boards for the Alzheimers Association and Legal Services for Seniors.

R O G E R    P O S T
Roger Post is founder and chairman of Four Sisters Inns, a full-service hotel management company established in 1982. The company has 15 hotels under management in California and Washington state. Roger also develops and manages real estate in Northern and Southern California. He is a 1957 gradulate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He serves on the advisory board for First National Bank of the Central Coast and is on the board of trustees for Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He served as board chair for All Saints Day School in Carmel Valley from 2001-04.
F R A N K  R A M I S T E L L A
Frank Ramistella A certified financial planner, Frank Ramistella has his own firm, Financial Planning & Investment Management, in Monterey. He has been serving on the Hospice Foundation's Investment Advisory Committee since 1997 when the Foundation was created. Frank is a member of the Pacheco Club and the Diogenes Club of the Monterey Peninsula. He is a graduate of California State University Northridge, with a degree in philosophy, and he is a Cho Dan (first degree) blackbelt in Tang Soo Doo. He and his wife, Ronnie, live in Monterey and have three grown children.
D I A N E  R O S S I
Diane Rossi Diane Rossi has been very active in community fundraising for many years. She is a co-founder and a former board member of the Washington Union Educational Foundation, which supports the Washington Union School District in Salinas, California, and a former trustee for Notre Dame High School in Salinas and its Alumnae Board. Today her community service continues on the board of Notre Dame High School Foundation (Salinas, Calif.), the Monterey County chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and the locally based Friends of Legal Services for Seniors. She joined the Hospice Foundation board of directors in 2000.
C L A R K  S T R U V E
Clark Struve Clark Struve is Executive Benefit Consultant with Benmark Financial Services, and has a long history of leadership in fundraising for many local organizations including the Hospice Foundation. Before joining the board in 1999, Mr. Struve was co-chairman of the highly successful Hospice Golf Scramble, which is held each year the day after Labor Day at Quail Lodge Golf Resort in Carmel Valley, California. He is also a past president of the United Way of the Monterey Peninsula and co-founder of the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association. Mr. Struve is also a former trustee of Community Hospital, where he served as chairman of its Development Council.
H E L E N  W E S T L A N D,  E M E R I T U S
Helen Westland A Kansas native, Helen Westland attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence to study journalism and once had her own radio program that entertained the troops in nearby Ft. Riley. After war broke out in Europe, she served with the American Red Cross in England and France. Later, in Washington, D.C., she worked for several high-profile politicians, including Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in his 1952 presidential campaign.

Seven years later, Helen married Washington State Congressman Jack Westland. The couple retired to Pebble Beach, California in 1965 and, as avid golfers, could often be found among friends on the golf course.

Mrs. Westland also became very active in the community. In 1970, she served as president of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula's Auxiliary and remained a volunteer there until late 2004. She also was one of the founding board members of the first hospice program in Monterey County, Calif., in 1978. She remained a voting member of the board until 1998 when she was given the honorary Emeritus title to recognize and honor her long-time, extraordinary volunteerism to the Hospice Foundation and the hospice caring ideal. Until recently, Helen continued to attend board meetings and could be found nearly every day in the Hospice Foundation office writing personal notes of thanks to members of the community who sent in their donations to support hospice care.

The Hospice Foundation has bestowed just about every honor it has to recognize Helen for her long-time commitment and dedication to the support of hospice care in Monterey County. The lobby of Hospice House, a 28-bed hospice inpatient care center in Monterey (now owned by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula), has been named and dedicated in her honor. "The Helen Westland Award" was established in 1998 and annually recognizes individuals, like Helen, who share her commitment to hospice through their volunteerism. The Foundation's Legacy Society was renamed in her honor, and she was named Guest of Honor at the Hospice Foundation Golf Scramble in 2000 and the Hospice Foundation Ball in 2004.

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