The Del Mar Foundation is pleased to announce new officers for 2016-17. Bob Gans, most recently Foundation Vice-President and Development Chair, was elected President to replace Judd Halenza, who has headed the organization for the past two years. During Judd’s tenure, the Foundation has expanded its programming, increased the size of its endowment, and doubled its grants-making budget. The Board expressed its gratitude to Judd for his leadership at its most recent meeting as well as its appreciation for his willingness to remain on the Board as Immediate Past President.
Also elected as officers were Ira Sharp, who becomes Vice President and remains Chair of the Grants Committee; Michael Halpern, who remains as Treasurer; and Sandra Hoyle, who assumes the position of Secretary as well as Chair of the Foundation’s Special Events Committee. Formerly co-chair of the Young Del Mar Committee, Sandra replaces Julie Maxey-Allison, who is leaving the Board after six years of service. Gans thanked Maxey-Allison for her service at the October Board meeting, specifically crediting her as the architect of the popular DMF Talks series, which he described as “Del Mar’s own version of TedX talks, only better.” The entire Board expressed the hope of all Board members that she will remain an active part of the Foundation for years to come.
The Foundation also elected Del Mar resident Amanda Allen to the Board, appointing her as Co-Chair of the Young Del Mar Committee. A native of Norris, Tennessee, (which she describes as “a tight knit community much like Del Mar in its spirit of volunteerism”), Allen has been an active member of Young Del Mar, having played a principal role in organizing the highly successful “Parents’ Night Out” program. She is the proud mother of son Wylie, a second grader at Del Mar Heights Elementary, and daughter Eva May, a preschooler. The remaining membership of the Foundation Board includes Cultural Arts Chair Donna Shaw, Communications Chair Bill Morris, Summer Twilight Concerts Chair T. Pat Stubbs, Young Del Mar Co-Chair Karla Deerinck, and Foundation mainstays Steve Lutz, Richard Bockoff, and Alice Brown. Jan Barnes remains the Foundation’s indispensible Administrative Director.
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