Fiscal responsibility is something we take seriously.
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.
2020 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.
Carolyn Larson *
Carolyn was born on a ranch in Oregon, graduated from Oregon State College, and moved to Corte Madera in 1964 with her husband, Ben, and their two daughters.
Carolyn soon became involved in community life and served on the Planning Commission for two years before being elected to the Town Council, where she twice served as mayor. After retiring from local government, Carolyn helped co-found the Beautification Committee and initiated Corte Madera’s now-famous Hanging Flower Baskets.
She was also among the five co-founders of the Corte Madera Community Foundation in 1994. Meanwhile, during all these years, Carolyn has continued to manage a sustained-yield, old-growth forest in Oregon for her four-generation family.
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.
Kathleen’s family moved to Marin County from Southern California when she was a small child. She has been a long-time resident of Corte Madera, where she raised three sons who attended Neil Cummins Elementary School, Hall Middle School, and Redwood High School.
Kathleen began her career in real estate in 1990 and is currently an associate real estate broker with Coldwell Banker.
Her past community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Corte Madera/Larkspur Schools Foundation and the Redwood High School Alumni Association. She is currently on the Corte Madera Community Foundation board and volunteers at the Marin Humane Society.
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.
Diane Furst served two terms as Mayor of Corte Madera, and a total of eight years on the Town Council. She also represented Corte Madera as a County transportation commissioner, chair of the Central Marin Sanitation Agency, chair of the Central Marin Police Council, and she also served on the boards of other civic agencies.
She is currently the Business Manager for a Marin-based manufacturer of high performance lithium ion battery packs. Diane lives on the bay side of Corte Madera with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters.
*Denotes original founders of the CMCF.