Board of Directors and Staff

2018-19 Board of Directors

Renee Cavanaugh, Chairperson
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Kellen Gill, Vice Chair
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Russ Haley, Treasurer
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Pam Sauter, Secretary
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Maricarmen Anaya

Helen Anderson-Cruz

Bob Balfour

Bridget Carlson
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Kristina Cook
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Amy Durocher
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Tammy Farrier
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Claudia Gallant
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Alan Kinzel

Debbie McBride
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Karl Mueller, CUSD Liaison

Mark Thompson
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Jamie Tuckey
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Miriam Valadès
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Gabrielle Bessette, Student Representative

2017-18 Board of Directors

Back row (L to R): Jamie Tuckey, Mark Thompson, Russ Haley, Randy Morgan, and Kellen Gill, Vice Chair

Middle row: Alexandra Alpert, Miriam Valades, Karin Mellina. Claudia Gallant, Tori Heintzelman, Tammy Farrier, and Laura O’Sullivan 

Front row: Patty Cowan, CEO; Pam Sauter, Secretary; Bridget Carlson; Renee Cavanaugh, Chair; and Julie Gallagher.

Not pictured: James Cook, Maricarmen Anaya, and Alan Kinzel 

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Board Advisory Committees

CSF has six 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. 

Finance Committee ›
Financial Stategic Planning Committee ›
Fundraising Committee ›
Governance Committee ›
Program Committee ›
Marketing Committee 


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 view the 2018-19 CSF Board Member Job Description.

If you have additional questions or for more information, please contact CEO Patty Cowan (patty@csfkids.org).


Foundation Staff

CSF has a small but mighty professional staff that works with and for the Board of Directors to manage the Foundation. The CEO and Director of Development are the only full-time positions; all other staff are part-time employees to keep costs to a minimum and the work targeted on the Foundation's mission.

Patty Cowan, President & Chief Executive Officer

Patty was hired in 2004 as Executive Director of CSF, bringing with her over a decade of management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  She first arrived in Coronado in 1986 as a USN spouse and returned in 1998 with her sons, now Coronado High grads (2007 and 2009).  Patty completed her MA in nonprofit leadership and management at the University of San Diego in 2007 with this “MBA for the nonprofits” providing the tools and expertise to lead the organization to an increased return to Coronado’s public schools of 340%. She earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and in July of 2013, completed the coursework for the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving at CSULB, Cal State Long Beach. 

Prior to working in Coronado, Patty worked in the international education arena for World Study Group based in San Francisco, managed the California International Business School, and the San Diego Diplomacy Council.  She was also a contracting officer for MWR at NASNI and spent three amazing years living on the economy in Japan; as a result she is a passionate supporter of international exchange and education.  She serves as Youth Exchange Counselor for the Rotary Club of Coronado and is a member of the Vestry at Christ Church of Coronado. When not working, she enjoys biking, swimming, Pilates, reading, cooking and travel.

Leanne Anderson, Director of Development

Leanne Anderson has recently joined the CSF team as Director of Development, bringing 5+ years of non-profit experience, 10+ years of personal business ownership, and 4+ years as an elementary school teacher.  She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Training and Management Systems with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Transylvania University. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, she currently resides in Coronado with her 3 daughters.

Prior to CSF, Leanne worked as Program Manager for the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), a non-profit organization that educates and advocates on behalf of the military in the San Diego region, where she oversaw a federal grant initiative to strengthen the local defense supply chain and lead the redesign and upgrade of the SDMAC website. She also served as Director of Membership and Web Designer for the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) where she managed 3200+ members and corporate sponsors, 40 squadron representatives worldwide and oversaw online and face-to-face registration for multiple events ranging from 50-1200 attendees.

In her free time, Leanne enjoys instructing Jazzercise dance aerobics and watching her kids participate in local sports and extracurricular activities. Go Nado!!!

Melissa Lindley, Director of Marketing 

Laura O'Sullivan, Project Coordinator

Anita Lorr, Staff Accountant (Part time)


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