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Established by five longtime Corte Madera residents in 1994 as a California non-profit corporation, the Foundation is run entirely by a 12 member Board of Directors serving on a volunteer basis. All of us live in Corte Madera, and three current board members* were founders of the Foundation.
Everything we do is for the benefit of Corte Madera and its residents. All funding decisions are carefully evaluated by the Board, which determines the merit of each application and the appropriate level of support. All the funds we raise through your donations stay in Corte Madera to help meet local needs.
2021 Board of Directors
After graduating from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1970, I headed west and completed my residency at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. I practiced Emergency Medicine there until retiring in 2010.
As a 45 year resident of Corte Madera, I have enjoyed being involved in the community, first as our representative on the Ross Valley Paramedic Board and later on our Flood Board and our Planning Commission.
I am also a long-time member of the Lions Club and the Beautification Committee. However, I am most proud of my involvement with the Foundation and what we have accomplished over the years.
Bob Ravasio moved to Corte Madera 30 years ago with his wife Pat, and they raised their three daughters here. He has served on the Town Council since 2007 and served as Mayor twice. He and Pat have been very involved in the community, in both town and school roles. Among his many other leadership positions, Bob has been Chair of the Central Marin Police Council and the Central Marin Fire Council.
Bob has been on the Corte Madera Community Foundation Board since 2006 and has served as President twice. He works as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker, when he is not working on multiple Town and community initiatives.
Joannie Vaughan *
Joannie was a founding board member of the Corte Community Foundation in 1994.
She moved to Corte Madera with her husband and son in 1958. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Joannie has had many roles: Executive Director of the Marin Council of Camp Fire Girls, Consultant for the California Department of Social Services, and Chief of the Coastal Region for the California Department of Health Care Services.
In Corte Madera, besides serving as Treasurer of the Foundation since its inception, she was Chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission, Treasurer of the Women’s Club, and has been a member of the Beautification Committee since it began in 1993.
Larry Reed has lived in Corte Madera since 1990 and joined the CMCF Board in 2009. He shares Treasurer duties with Joan Vaughan.
Larry is a retired financial executive with extensive experience in the areas of planning & budgeting, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic planning.
Larry’s other volunteer activities have included: CFO of Airlift, a 501 (c)(4) dedicated to turning non-voters into voters; the advisory board of Touro University in Vallejo; financial advisor and member of the Audit Committee of the Polly Klaas Foundation; and Trustee of the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District.
Larry earned a BA in Political Science at the State University of New York at Cortland and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Becky Reed is a community volunteer who has been on the Foundation Board since 2009. Along with her husband Larry and their two daughters, she moved to Corte Madera almost 30 years ago.
Besides teaching at the college and middle school levels, Becky has volunteered extensively for the schools and the community in a wide variety of activities – mainly non-profit auctions, political campaigns, children’s theater (musicals and variety shows), and disaster preparedness.
She has also served as President of the Corte Madera Women’s Club, and in 2016 she co-chaired Corte Madera’s year-long Centennial celebration.
I have lived in Corte Madera for 27 years. Before joining the board, I volunteered as a coach for Little League baseball, CYO basketball, and youth soccer.
My primary activity on the board is to help run the summer concert series that presents 12 weeks of live music on Sunday evenings in Menke Park. The music covers many genres, from blues to rock to bluegrass to soul.
I am married to Barbara Solomon and have two adult children who were educated in the local public schools. I work as a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco.
Jana Haehl *
Jana Haehl came to Corte Madera in 1963 with her husband, Jack, and their two young children. She soon became involved in school activities and then led local efforts to protect Corte Madera’s remaining hillsides and baylands from high-density development. She was elected to the Town Council three times and served two terms as Mayor of Corte Madera.
In 1994, Jana was a co-founder of the Corte Madera Community Foundation, served as its President, and continues to be on the board. She later became President of the Marin Conservation League, the Corte Madera Heritage & History Group, and the Corte Madera Women’s Club.
Jana has also served as Corte Madera’s local historian for many years, maintaining the Heritage & History archives ever since the Corte Madera Community Foundation became the steward of the late Gerrie Reichard’s collection of historic photographs and other archival materials.
Cynthia de Nevers Trutner was born and raised in Marin.
She attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate education and received her law degree at UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an owner of Bancroft & McAlister, a law practice in Larkspur, and specializes in estate planning and trust administration.
Cynthia is married to Kurt Trutner, also a Bay Area native, and they have two adult daughters that they raised in Corte Madera.
Cynthia is an avid hiker, biker and skier, and enjoys the wonderful access to the out of doors in Corte Madera.
Suzi Beatie did community volunteering before moving to Corte Madera with her husband and son in 1976. While living in Sausalito she served on the Sausalito Park & Rec Commission, volunteered at Bayside School, and was a board member of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce.
After years of art gallery management and public school volunteerism, Suzi became involved in Corte Madera community activities. Her participation includes the Mariner Cove NRG (Neighborhood Response Group), member of the NRG Advisory Committee, the Twin Cities Disaster Preparation Committee, and the Twin Cities Disaster Preparedness Fund. Other involvements include the Corte Madera Centennial Committee, the Corte Madera Women’s Club and the Mariner Cove Neighborhood Association.
Jim Robinson moved to Corte Madera in 1997 with his wife Lois and their three sons. They live in Madera Gardens and enjoy the natural beauty and unique lifestyle that Corte Madera provides.
Jim has over 34 years of experience in City Management as City/Town Manager for San Ramon, Corte Madera, and Atherton, California and City Administer for Town and Country, Missouri. Since retirement, Jim has volunteered as a mentor with the Marin Big Brothers/Big Sisters, served in a variety of volunteer capacities for the LDS church in San Rafael and was a member of the LCM School District Facilities Expansion Committee that recommended a new school at San Clemente.
Jim has a BA in Political Science and a MPA in Public Administration from BYU and has served as the President of the Marin County City Managers Association.
Bill Kimball moved to Corte Madera in 2014, after living in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years. He and his family live in Mariner Cove, where Bill has held leadership positions in his local neighborhood association, including liaison to the Town Council and President. His community activities include a leadership role in his son’s Cub Scout pack and membership in the Lion’s Club. He has served on the Board of the Corte Madera Community Foundation since 2022.
Bill grew up in a small North Carolina town and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. After teaching high school English for two years, Bill went to law school at the University of Virginia and practiced law for several years in New York and Washington before moving to California. A former federal prosecutor and SEC enforcement attorney, Bill is a white-collar litigator who defends individuals in the Bay Area and across the country in criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations by federal and state government entities.
*Denotes original founders of the CMCF.
Carolyn Larson, former mayor and co-founder of the Foundation, has moved to Walnut Creek to be closer to her family. She has been our guiding light since the 70s, and she will be dearly missed by those who have relied on her leadership, wisdom and devotion to Corte Madera. We hope she continues to keep in touch with us and all her local friends.
Two other Board members are also retiring this year. Kathleen Daly is super-busy with real estate sales, and former mayor Diane Furst and her family will be moving to Sonoma County. We will miss working with them.