OUR MISSION IS TO HARNESS THE POWER OF PHILANTHROPY TO CREATE ENDURING, COMMUNITY-WIDE BENEFIT FOR THE BORREGO REGION.
Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (The Fund) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operating in the Borrego Valley in Southeastern California. The Fund manages a 7+ million dollar portfolio.
The Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (The FUND) was created in 1996 by the Borrego Community Health Foundation and was named the Borrego Community Health Society. Initially it served as the fund gathering organization inside the Foundation.
In 2002 the Borrego Community Health Foundation and the Borrego Community Health Society created separate Boards of Directors. From 2002 to 2014 the primary role of the Borrego Community Health Society was to promote and provide healthcare in the Borrego Valley.
In 2015 the Borrego Community Health Society changed its name to Borrego Valley Endowment Fund. The mission of the Borrego Valley Endowment Fund is to harness the power of philanthropy to create enduring community wide benefit for the Borrego region. Although still focused on health care initiatives, the Borrego Valley Endowment Fund has broadened its efforts to facilitate philanthropy in eight additional focus areas that are of critical importance to the community
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Kelly, President
Robert Kelly served as President and CEO of the San Diego Foundation, which provides leadership for effective philanthropy, for two decades. In that capacity, he oversaw all activities, programs and asset management during a time of significant growth and achievements that have benefitted the entire San Diego region. Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Bob served as the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society in served as President and CEO of the San Diego Foundation, which provides leadership for effective philanthropy, for two decades. In that capacity, he oversaw all activities, programs and asset management during a time of significant growth and achievements that have benefitted the entire San Diego region. Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Bob served as the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society in served as President and CEO of the San Diego Foundation, which provides leadership for effective philanthropy, for two decades. In that capacity, he oversaw all activities, programs and asset management during a time of significant growth and achievements that have benefitted the entire San Diego region. Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Bob served as the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society in San Diego and Vice President of Southern California. He also spent significant time with Sharp Health Care, where he served as Assistant to the President and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sharp Health Care Foundation. Bob also worked as Senior Vice President for CCP and Associates – a comprehensive cancer center consulting firm. Mr. Kelly’s commitment to community is clearly reflected in his involvement in community services activities, including time spent as a board member of the San Diego Symphony Foundation, the San Diego Real Estate Foundation, Beauchamp Charities, Sharp Healthcare, the Children’s Initiative, and League of California Community Foundations. He is a past President of the UCSD Alumni Association, past Board Chair of Youth for Progress, and past Board Chair of San Diego Grantmakers. He has also served on the boards of the San Diego Chamber Foundation, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the Elsinore Cattle Co. and the International Community Foundation. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. At the present time his positions include:
Chairman, Borrego Valley Endowment Fund
Executive in Residence at Sanford Education Center
Chair of Sharp Healthcare,
Board member, Leglar Benbough Foundation
Board member, Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute.
Board member, de Anza Country Club
Bruce Kelley, Vice President
Bruce Kelley has a BS in health economics and a MS and PhD in Preventive Medicine from the College of Medicine at OSU. Bruce retired in 2012 after a 37 year career as manager in a state health department, executive of a managed care firm and practice leader in two large health benefit consulting firms. Bruce and his wife, Ellen Gavin, spend their summers in Minneapolis and winters in Borrego Springs. Bruce's volunteer work in Borrego Springs includes being on the Board of BVEF and Chair of BVEF's Healthcare Committee, Heading the Public Health Subcommittee of Supervisor Desmond's Community Revitalization, chair of the Revitalization Clinic Committee, director of the wellness program at the RoadRunner Club, leading a weekly hiking group and working on invasive weed control. He is immediate Past president of RRC Men's Golf Club and chair of the Senior Center Benefit. Bruce's other interests and activities include disease prevention, healthcare, blogging, hiking, camping, backpacking, golf, biking and pickleball.
Caroline Manildi, Secretary
Caroline Manildi has a Masters Degree in Economics from Stanford University. Caroline has had a long career in the healthcare field. She spent a number of years working as a research analyst at Stanford Research Institute, at the American Medical Association and at the University of Chicago. After a move to California, Caroline was employed for 16 years at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego, the last eight of which she served as the Associate Director of the Medical Center. During that time, Caroline took a lead role in the development of a shared helicopter program in San Diego serving the entire San Diego County, as well as a lead role in the development of a Trauma Program for San Diego, successfully obtaining Level 1 Trauma Center designation for UCSDMC. Later, she gained experience in the long-term healthcare arena, spending two years as the Associate Director of a Skilled Nursing Facility.
After retiring and moving to the Santa Cruz area, Caroline committed herself to a variety of community programs. She still serves as a Lifetime Emeritus member of the Dominican Hospital Foundation Board. She actively participated in Hospice as a grief counselor, was a member of the Board of Stewardship for the Diocese of Monterey County and served on various councils at her local parish. She is a lay associate of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Caroline and her husband, Bruce, have recently moved to the desert.They will divide their time between Borrego Springs and the mountains in northern California.
Marshal Brecht, Treasurer
Marshal Brecht is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice here in California. He earned a Bachelor Degree in 1973 from California State University Fullerton. He opened his own firm in 1976 and still provides accounting and tax services to a small number of individuals and small businesses. He and his wife Janet for the last 10 years have called Borrego Springs home for most of the year. He has served on the board of the Borrego Water District (2010 – 2014) and currently serves on the board of the Borrego Valley Endowment Fund.
David Garmon is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego, California. He earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 1979, an MD from the University of Arkansas in 1984, and completed residency training at the University of California, San Diego in 1988. He has served on several medical related boards and was President and CEO of Scripps Behavioral Health Associates. When not practicing medicine, David is an intrepid traveler, an avid tennis player, and an aspiring golfer. He also values the solitude, rugged beauty and rejuvenation to be found in the Sonoran Desert.
William (Bill) Lawrence has served as President & CEO of the San Diego History Center since February 2016 after joining the History Center in July 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the History Center Bill’s professional career spanned three decades with the KFMB Stations (KFMB-TV, AM & FM) and included a variety of responsibilities; from award winning writer and news producer to Special Projects Producer and ultimately Assistant Director of Engineering. Also for more than a decade Bill was an adjunct member of the faculty at Southwestern Community College having taught broadcast writing, photography and production.
Bill Lawrence is also the publisher, researcher and writer of BorregoModern.com, a website devoted to the preservation and appreciation of the mid-century modern architecture of Borrego Springs, San Diego County’s desert resort. He has organized a series of highly successful architectural tours and presented numerous programs on Borrego Springs architecture including the annual “Dwell on Design” conference in Los Angeles. A series of articles Bill authored on Borrego Springs architecture was awarded two San Diego Press Club awards in 2014. He is also a licensed Realtor® specializing in Borrego Springs mid-century modern architecture.
He and his partner Suzanne Lawrence reside in both San Diego and Borrego Springs.
Sylvana has served the community of Borrego Springs as a member and president of the Borrego Springs Unified School District Board of Directors, The Borrego Art Institute Board of Directors, Borrego Valley Endowment Fund Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant Director and was Miss Borrego Springs in 1989, president of the Borrego Springs Rotary Club, Assistant District Governor, Chief Assistant Governor, and the District Governor’s Aide for Rotary District 5340, and the treasurer for the Borrego Springs Rotary Foundation Board of Directors. She also has served on the Little League Board of Directors and as a Manager and Coach for her son's baseball teams. Sylvana and her husband have two children, Dylan and Derik. Sylvana’s husband, Randy, was born and raised in Borrego Springs and is a general contractor in the valley. She is a co-Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker Borrego and was honored to serve as the Honorary Mayor of Borrego Springs for two years. She has received the Avenue of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians from Rotary International, Rotary 5340 Governor’s Visionary Award, and The Soroptimist Ruby Award for Helping Women from Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs, and is the recipient of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. Sylvana has obtained her Real Estate Broker's License, Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, e-PRO Technology Certification, Graduate Realtor Institute Certification, Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification, received the Real Estate Circle of Excellence Gold Recognition of Excellence from San Diego Association of Realtors, and is a Member of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle for Production.
Lorraine (Lorry) Seagrim graduated from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (1962) in Montreal Canada as a registered nurse. After nursing in the operating room in Canada, the US and Australia, she attended San Diego State and earned a BSN (1984) and a MN (Masters in Nursing Administration, 1994) from the University of Phoenix. She spent 20 years working for Kaiser Permanente, San Diego in various positions as a registered nurse in the operating room, patient educator and education consultant, As a consultant, she was involved in regulatory issues, developed classes for graduate nurses, nurse externs and new graduate programs at the local and corporate level. In 1998, she and colleague developed & implemented a Community Survey in Borrego Springs focusing on the need for Homecare. Based on the results, Desert Home Care (1999) open its doors which later became a Home Health agency under the umbrella of the Borrego Medical Foundation. In 2001, she retired from Kaiser when Lorry made her home in Borrego Springs to devote her time to Desert Home Care. Since retiring from Desert Home Care, Lorry spends the winter months in Borrego Springs and the summers in British Columbia, Canada. Lorry’s experience includes:
President of Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Gamma Chapter of SDSU,1989
Developed and implemented a nurse extern program & new graduate program
Site Coordinator for Holy Names University master’s program & Cal State Fullerton BSN program via teleconference
Formed & administered Desert Home Care
Wrote several grants for Desert Home Care
Coordinated & taught several Certified Nurse Programs for Desert Home Care
Secretary for Borrego Community Health Society
Currently, Lorry is
Chair of the Project Allocations Committee, Borrego Valley Endowment Fund
Member of the Borrego Springs Rotary Club
Rotarian Chair for Borrego Springs High School Interact Club
Member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert