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Central Valley Community Foundation board of directors is a distinguished group of civic leaders. They represent diverse backgrounds and public interests in the Valley. As individuals, they give their time and expertise without compensation. Together, they help to ensure that the Foundation’s programs are effective and accountable.

Justin Vartanian

Justin was born and raised in Fresno, CA and graduated with his bachelor’s degree from CSU Fresno in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.  He started his career at an early age in personal finances working as a real estate agent, loan officer, insurance agent and stockbroker. Justin currently holds his CFP designation and works with one of the leading financial planning firms in the nation.

Justin has a heart for his community. He was a founding member of the philanthropic group – Encore with Community Medical Foundation. He also serves as a Leadership Fresno Steering Committee Member and is a graduate of Leadership Fresno Class 29.  He helped start the City without Orphans Impact Team, and is the founder of the Next Gen Philanthropy group with the Central Valley Community Foundation.

Justin and his wife, Holly currently live in Fresno in the Old Fig Garden neighborhood.  Justin hopes to inspire his friends and colleagues to get involved in the Fresno community and make a difference in the lives of those in need.


Rod Thornton, Vice Chair

Rodney E. Thornton [Rod] is a Senior Financial Services Representative and former Regional Managing Director for Principal Financial Group. Rod entered the financial services industry in 1972 in Cleveland Ohio and moved to Fresno in 1982. Since 1982 Rod’s Fresno office has been recognized as Principal’s top firm nationally on four occasions and Rod has been inducted into Principal’s Hall Of Fame for his service. His professional qualifications include a BS in accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Chartered Life Underwriter [CLU], Chartered Financial Consultant [ChFC], Accredited Estate Planner [AEP], and Retirement Income Certified Professional [RICP] designations and in addition Rod is a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. Rod has been actively involved in several professional organizations, The Society of Financial Service Professionals, The Financial Planning Association, The Fresno Estate Planning Council and The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers where he has served on the Board of Directors and as President. His community Involvement has included the CSUF Craig School of Business- Business Associate, The Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation, and Hinds Hospice Board of Directors. Rod is married to Lucia and has a daughter Christy. Rod enjoys family time, golf, boating, and any outdoor activity.


Larry Powell

Struck with polio at the age of 15 months in 1949, Larry is an inspiration to everyone he meets.  He wears a brace on his right leg but is fond of saying: “I dont limp up here,” pointing to his head.  He was a champion wrestler and coach, an avid golfer with a 5 handicap, a swimmer and a gymnast.  His bench press record is 320 when he weighed 129 pounds.  He climbed a 20 foot rope in 1.8 seconds.

He strongly believes that the only things you cannot do are the things you do not attempt. He spent 43 years in education and retired as Fresno County Superintendent of Schools where he provided fiscal over-­sight and technical support to 35 School Districts, 325 schools, and almost 200,000 students. Most people have never seen Larry without a smile and he has made equity and access the cornerstones of his career. He spent two years as the Chairman of FCMAT, California’s Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team, during the height of the fiscal crisis in California.

Larry has a daily radio feature called “Good News with Larry Powell” which can be heard on iHeart Radio. He is a Political Analyst on the NBC and CBS affiliates in Fresno, California. He has served on 12 non-profit boards.  He is a Board Member for Fresno Pacific University.  He and his wife, Dot, a very gifted and published writer of books for children, founded The Powell Project C3:23, an effort to bring encouragement and hope to families and individuals  who are struggling in life.  He is also on the National Advisory Board for Rachel’s Challenge, the premier anti-bullying program in America.

Larry has been recognized in California and his community as: ACSA Superintendent of the Year in Region 9, Distinguished Citizen by the Boy Scouts,The Horizon Award winner for his work in promoting The Arts, Humanitarian of the Year, one of 20 Americans of the Year by Esquire Magazine in 2011, Outstanding Alumni (Top Dog) by the Kremen School of Education at Fresno State University,and many other awards.

His favorite past-times include:  Motivational Speaking, Family, Church, Golf,Music,and Yo-Yos.


Alan Pierrot, M.D., Chair

Alan Pierrot, M.D. is a retired orthopedic surgeon, entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of Fresno Surgical Hospital. The 1991 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California, Dr. Pierrot has launched a number of successful companies, all characterized by exceptional customer service and operational excellence.

Dr. Pierrot received both B.S. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University and post-graduate training at University of Colorado and University of Kentucky. He served two years in the United States Air Force before opening his practice in Fresno in 1973. A past president of the medical staff at Fresno Community Hospital, Dr. Pierrot has 30 years of board and management experience in for-profit, private, and publicly traded institutions as well as many CBOs. An expert in the surgical hospital model, Dr. Pierrot has testified before both Senate and House congressional committees.

Alan is married to Judie and they have four children and ten grandchildren. His hobbies include golf, community service, and oil painting


Karen Musson

Karen Musson is a Central Valley native and a CSU Fresno graduate.  Karen and her family own and operate a third generation family farm and Gar Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) providing Crop Care Advice, products and services to growers in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties.  GAR’s awards include DuPont Crop Science and CropLife magazine’s North American 2015 Environmental Respect Award for leadership in environmental stewardship and community outreach and, the Greater Fresno Chamber’s 2013 Baker, Peterson & Franklin, CPA – Agricultural Business Award.

Karen leads GAR’s media, marketing and community outreach activities and is the CEO of the Gar & Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation established in 2003 to develop and direct philanthropic gifts promoting agriculture.  She is an active member of numerous community and philanthropic organizations and a 2011 recipient of the Ag One Foundation’s Common Threads award recognizing women for their time, talent and treasure in agriculture.


Mas Masumoto

Mas Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and the author of nine books including: Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms, Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, Country Voices, and Silent Strength. He, along with his wife, Marcy, and daughter, Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peach in 2013. A feature documentary, Changing Season, about the theme of succession on a family farm, will be featured at film festivals and nationally broadcast by PBS in May, 2016. A third generation farmer, Masumoto grows organic peaches, nectarines, and raisins on an 80 acre farm south of Fresno, Calif. Masumoto is currently a columnist for The Fresno Bee and the Sacramento Bee.

Masumoto was a Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow from 2006-2008. His writing awards include Commonwealth Club Silver medal, Julia Child Cookbook award, the James Clavell Literacy Award and a finalist in the James Beard Foundation awards. Wisdom of the Last Farmer was honored as “Best Environmental Writing in 2009” by National Resources Defense Council. The Perfect Peach was named by USA Today as one of best summer cookbooks in 2013. Masumoto received the “Award of Distinction” from UC Davis in 2003 and the California Central Valley “Excellence in Business” Award in 2007.

He is currently a board member of the Public Policy Institute of California. Previously, Masumoto served on the and James Irvine Foundation from 2002-2014. He is the former chair of the California Council for the Humanities board. In 2013, President Obama appointed Masumoto the National Council on the Arts, the board for the National Endowment for the Arts. Masumoto (61) is married to Marcy Masumoto, EdD, and they have a daughter, Nikiko, 29, and a son, Korio, 22.


Celia Maldonado Arroyo, Secretary

Celia Maldonado-Arroyo has a long and distinguished career in education. She is retired from the position of Associate Dean of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) at College of the Sequoias. Prior to her work at COS, she held positions with Fresno City College and Fresno Unified School District. Celia currently serves as a trustee of the Tulare County Board of Education, and as a charter member of the Tulare County Latino Rotary. Additionally, Celia has served as the State President of the Association of Mexican American Educators, and a board member of Radio Bilingue, the Tulare/Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Fresno, among others.

Celia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration and Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from California State University, Fresno.


Lydia Herrera-Mata, M.D.

Lydia Herrera-Mata, MD, resides in Madera County and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco—Fresno in the Family Medicine Residency Program. Lydia’s experience and expertise will enrich both our Youth and Environmental Grants Committees. She is a family physician at Adventist Community Care, primarily in Selma. Dr. Herrera-Mata is the Co-Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Fresno and also the Associate Director of California Area Health Education Center Program, which aims to increase health care professionals in undeserved areas. Lydia moved to the San Joaquin Valley in 1998, and lives in Madera with her husband, Olegario Mata. They have twin 14-year-old sons, Agustin and Luis.


Craig Fourchy

Craig is a partner in Ultra Gro, LLC, a liquid fertilizer company that manufactures and distributes a diverse range of products throughout California. Originally formed in 1985, Ultra Gro was acquired in a management buyout by Craig, Don Parreira, Steve Best, and Harold Peters, in February 2008 with the participation of the Central Valley Fund. He is CEO/Sales Manager of the company.

Prior to his entry into the fertilizer business, Craig worked in the grain and feed industry in the Central Valley as a commodity trader and grain merchandiser for the last twenty years, most recently with Western Milling, LLC. Craig also spent several years as a commodity/stock broker in NYC and San Francisco. Born and raised in Fresno to a farming family, Craig’s Grandfather started the family farm in the 1930’s in Firebaugh. The farm continues to operate in the family today. Craig received his BS degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College in 1978. He is married to Jacque and is a proud father of a family of six children.

Craig is a long-time Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California, President of the BBBS Foundation, Co-Chairman of the 2016 BBBS 300 Club Dinner Fundraiser, Advisory Board Member of St Mary’s College School of Business and avid student of community transformation for Fresno and the Valley.



Joe Del Bosque

Joe L Del Bosque is a farmer from Firebaugh, California. He has been involved in farming all his life on the irrigated Westside of the San Joaquin Valley where his family settled after years of migrant farm work. He graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1975, and began his own farm in 1985. Today his farm produces melons, both organic and conventional, almonds, asparagus, processing tomatoes, and cherries.

Del Bosque is a member of the California Latino Water Coalition, Western Growers Association, California Melon Research Board, and California Farm Bureau. He is Chair of AgSafe, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of injuries and illnesses of workers in agriculture. He formerly served as a director of the Pacheco Water District and the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Authority. In 2010, he was appointed to the California Water Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger where he currently serves on the nine-member commission.

Del Bosque is married to his partner, Maria Gloria, and together they have six daughters.


Carol Chandler

Carol Chandler is committed to education and to the continuing health of the agriculture industry in California. While she is very active in her own community, she also participates in several service and civic organizations statewide.

Chandler received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and her master’s degree from CSU Fresno. She taught at San Joaquin Valley schools including Fresno City College before devoting full time to the family business, Chandler Farms. She and her husband, Bill, farm grapes, almonds, and tree fruit in the Selma district of Fresno County. They grow grapes for raisins and wine, as well as almonds, peaches, plums and nectarines. She handles the business administration portion of the operation.

Chandler was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State University Board of Trustees and by Governor Pete Wilson to the California Post-secondary Education Commission and the University of California Board of Regents. She served as State President of California Women for Agriculture and as a member of the board of the Western Growers Association, and the Cal Chamber Board. She was honored as one of California State Legislature’s Women of the Year in 1992 and 2002. She also received the 2004 Agriculturist of the Year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. She belongs to the Institute for Family Business and the Common Threads Committee, which honors philanthropic women in Valley communities.

Chandler enjoys playing golf, reading, and traveling. She and Bill have two sons and one grandson.


Shirley Bruegman

Shirley’s career in education encompassed teaching and administrative positions at the K-12, community college, and university levels.  She retired as Vice Chancellor of State Center Community College District.

Her academic achievements include a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Master’s degree from Fresno State University; and a Doctorate degree from University of California at Davis.

She is proud, but humbled, to have received several awards which include Top Professional Woman of the Year; Leadership Fresno Alumnus of the Year; Community College Chancellor’s Award; and Fresno City College Distinguished Woman Award.

She believes in giving back to the community that has done so much for her and her family.  Currently, she serves on the boards of Storyland/Playland; Arts and Humanities School at Fresno State University; immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Fresno; and, looking forward to serving on the Central Valley Community Foundation Board.


Juan Arambula

Juan represented the 31st District in the California State Assembly from 2004-2010. He served as a Fresno County Supervisor (1996-2004) and a member of the Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees (1981-1995). He and his wife Amy have been married for 40 years and have four children and seven grandchildren.


Carole Andersen

Carole Andersen is the managing director of Deloitte’s Fresno office. In this role, she leads three teams of client service professionals which provide tax, tax controversy and audit services for a broad base of clientele located primarily in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast regions. She oversees client relationships, business development, staff development and recruiting efforts.

Carole is a certified public accountant with 30 years of tax experience. She directly serves a portfolio of clients which includes privately-held companies, business owners, and trusts. Throughout her career she has been active in the community, serving as a board member and committee member for various charitable and cultural organizations.

Carole graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in Accounting, and holds an M.S. in Taxation from San Joaquin College of Law. Carole and her husband, Tom Jones, are long-term residents of Fresno.


Emeritus Board

Angie Cisneros  •  William M. Lyles  •  Chris Rogers
Morton G. Rosenstein  •  O. James Woodward III

Past Board Members

Susan Abundis • Hon. Donald R. Franson Jr. • Kenneth Fransen • Tim Rios • Michael Adams, M.D. • Dan Foley • Hon. Armando Rodriguez • Judy Ganulin • Chris Rogers • William J. Anderson III • Hilliard Giffen • Paul Asperger • Price Giffen • T. Newton Russell • Lynne Ayers-Ashbeck, M.S., R.D. • Richard V. Gunner • Rudy Savala • Armen Bacon • James Hallowell • Donald J. Schafer • Larry Balakian • Carole Harris • Gerald Slater • Desa C. Belyea • Marla Hartman • Louis “Dewey” Slater • C.J. Peter Bennett • Lynn D. Hemink, Ph.D. • Gloria Smith • John Blossom, M.D. • Lydia Herrera-Mata MD • Ray C. Steele Jr. • William Boggs • Hon. Brad Hill • Mariam Stepanian • Shirley A. Brinker  • Fausto Hinojosa, CPA, CFE • Malcom H. Stewart • Marilyn Brown • John E. Horstmann, Sr. • John S. Stoughton • Carol Brylka • Jeanette Ishii • Gerald L. Tahajian • Chandler, Carol R • Jeffrey A. Jaech, Esq. • Harold V. Thompson • Robert Jennings • Patricia Tom • Vernon M. Crowder • David Johnson • Elaine Trevino • Walter Cucuk • Rosellen Kershaw • Valerie Vuicich • Carol Dau • Harry Kubo • Allysunn Walker-Williams • Jamie Davidson • Hon. Annette LaRue • Joe Williams • Joe Del Bosque • William Lucido • Arthur N. Wint, J.D. • Robert E. Duncan • O. James Woodward III • Octavia Diener • O.J. Woodward • Joan Eaton • Kendall L. Manock • Houa Wa Yang • Lewis S. Eaton • Virginia Meux • Jose A. Elgorriaga • Hon. Robert H. Oliver • Lowell Firstenberger • Donald R. Fischbach • Arlynne Patton • Susan Fisher • Leon S. Peters