Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (The Fund) is a public, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operating in the Borrego Valley in Southeastern California.  The Fund manages a multi-million dollar portfolio.

Originally part of the Borrego Community Health Society, the organization served as the fund gathering source to support healthcare in Borrego Springs. In 2002, the Borrego Community Health Society created separate Boards of Directors and, in 2014, the articles of incorporation were amended to create the Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (BVEF).  The BVEF is a non-profit public benefit corporation, the purpose of which is to operate a community foundation that provides financial support to charitable organizations for cultural, literary, civic, health, and educational programs.

The BVEF mission is to harness the power of philanthropy to create enduring community wide benefit for the Borrego region. The BVEF has broadened its efforts to facilitate philanthropy into additional focus areas that are of critical importance to the community including programs for Air Quality, Biodiversity, Children & Education, Community Resource Development & Governance, Healthcare, Water Sustainment, & Seniors. 

Tax Form 990
FINANCIALS 2018-2019


Bob Kelly, Chair

Bob Kelly founded the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation (SDSCF) in 2016 to address the growing need for programs and infrastructure to support the burgeoning senior population. He serves as CEO for SDSCF.  Prior to that, Bob served as president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation for two decades. Bob serves on multiple boards including the Mingei International Museum, San Diego Hunger Coalition, Voice of San Diego, and the Legler Benbough Foundation. He is also the principal of BK Foundation Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm working with foundations, corporations, individuals and families.

David Garmon, Vice Chair

David Garmon is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego. He earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, an MD from the University of Arkansas, and completed residency at the University of California. He has served on several medical related boards and was President and CEO of Scripps Behavioral Health Associates. Dr. Garmon has been a part-time resident of Borrego Springs for over 20 years. In 2011 he founded the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy, which under his leadership has led the fight against invasive species and unchecked development in the Borrego Valley, and is now engaged in land conservation. He has served on the board of the BVEF since 2015 and the board of the Borrego Village Association since 2018. Dr. Garmon is a founding member of the Borrego Valley Stewardship Council, and Chair of the Environmental Subcommittee of Supervisor Desmond’s Revitalization Initiative for Borrego. 

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. 

Caroline Manildi, Secretary

Caroline Manildi has a Masters Degree in Economics from Stanford University. Caroline 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. Caroline was employed for many years at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego, half of which she served as the Associate Director. 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, and 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.
Caroline 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. 

Bill Lawrence

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 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.

Lorry Seagrim

Lorraine (Lorry) Seagrim graduated from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 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 and a MN (Masters in Nursing Administration) 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. 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

  • CPR Instructor

  • 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

David Leibert

David is a business owner of The Palms Hotel & Resort at Indian Head and two restaurants, all in Borrego Springs.

Sylvana Meeks

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’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. 

Susan Gilliland

Susan is a retired financial manager. She earned her undergraduate degree in Recreation Planning from Oregon State University and her Masters of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She has served on the Boise Park Board and the Boards of the Idaho Conservation League and the Sonoma Land Trust. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for The Colorado Desert Archaeology Society and on the Borrego Springs Sahara Mustard Task Force. She has studied traditional cultures for many years and traveled on all 7 continents. She loves the Colorado Desert and is an obsessive Mustard Buster.