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
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Pam Sauter, 
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Maricarmen Anaya

Bob Balfour
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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
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Mark Thompson
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Jamie Tuckey
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Miriam Valadès
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Gabrielle Bessette, Student Representative

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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 (

Foundation Staff

CSF has a small but mighty professional staff that works with and for the Board of Directors to manage the Foundation. 

Patty Cowan, President & Chief Executive Officer 619-437-8059 ext. 3

Since 2004, Patty has managed the Coronado Schools Foundation as President & CEO, bringing with her a decade of management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  She first came to Coronado in 1986 as a USN spouse and returned in 1998 with her sons, now 2007 and 09 Coronado High grads.  Patty completed her MA in nonprofit leadership and management at the University of San Diego in 2007, gaining the education and expertise to lead the organization to a record $1M return for the 2018-19 school year. She earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, completed the coursework for the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving at CSULB, Cal State Long Beach in 2013 and joined the Fieldstone Executive Management Learning in 2018.

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 Naval Air Station North Island (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, 619-437-8059, ext. 1

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, 619-437-8059, ext. 4

Melissa begin working for CSF in 2016. Her family lived in Coronado until summer of 2018, when they returned back to their home state of Maine. She continues to work remotely from her home office creating and managing marketing items and initiatives for CSF. During her two years as a Coronado resident, her daughters were enrolled in Coronado's public schools.

Melissa has worked with several nonprofit organizations throughout her career. With a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, Melissa applies her creative background into her work through her skills in graphic design. Melissa, her husband Max and daughters Ella and Adaline enjoyed their time in Coronado and are still connected to their former community. They love the outdoors and are once again enjoying seasons and the Maine wilderness.

Jennifer Stein, Development Coordinator, 619-437-8059, ext. 5

Jennifer joined the CSF team as Development Coordinator in September 2018.  She has spent the past 4+ years working in the nonprofit sector in Northwest Florida. She has a background in education with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Middle Tennessee State University.  Originally from Nashville, TN she currenlty resides in Coronado with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing at the beach, photography, dance, soccer, traveling and time with friends and family.

Laura Galdoris O'Sullivan, Project Coordinator (Part time), 619-437-8059, ext. 6

Laura joined the CSF Staff in August 2018.  She served on the CSF Board of Directors from 2017-2018 and was excited about the opportunity to join staff and help the CSF team in a different capacity as Project Coorindator.  Laura graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2001 with a major in Communication and Organizational Studies. She worked at Qualcomm Incorporated from 2001-2009 on the Corporate Giving and Social Responsibility Team supervising grant-making and employee volunteerism.

Laura moved to Coronado in 1983 when her military family was transfered to Naval Base North Island.  Laura attened Coronado School's from Kindergarten- 12th grade(CHS 1997.) Her mother, Becky Galdorisi, taught at Silver Strand and Village Elementary school for many years.  

Laura and her husband, J.T., live in Coronado and have three young sons: Jack, Larkin and Davis.  Laura enjoys days at the beach, Concerts in the Park, volunteering and cheering on her kid's various sports teams.  Go Islanders!

Anita Lorr, Staff Accountant (Part time), 619-437-8059, ext. 2

Anita Lorr joined CSF in 2015 after taking a 12-year hiatus from the working world during which she raised her two beloved children. Anita graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an Accounting minor. She holds a Master degree in Business Taxation from USC. She has a collective 9+ years of work experience in the accounting world, both public and private, including several years at one of the Big 4 accounting firms, Deloitte.

Anita has lived in Coronado since 2002 with her husband Eric, daughter Samantha (CHS 2021) and son Nicholas (CHS 2023). When not working, she spends as much time with them as possible.     

Bill Cass, Grant Researcher (Part time)

Bill Cass began working for CSF in 2016, after retiring from a 30+ year career with Coronado Unified School District.  Bill began with CUSD by teaching upper elementary grades at Crown, Central, and Village while coaching the CHS girls basketball team.  In 2000, he became the assistant principal at Village and became the principal at Silver Strand in 2007, where he remined until his retirement.  When not researching/writing grants for CSF, Bill spends much of his time writing fiction.  He has published over 150 short stories, and his children's book, Sam, is scheduled for release by Upper Hand Press in April 2020.                                                                     

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