Board of Directors


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 training at the University of California, San Diego. 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 25 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's 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.  For the last 16 years, he and his wife Janet 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 since 2011.

Bill Lawrence

Secretary

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.

Richard Fausel

Board Member

Richard Fausel, D.O. is a physician, who spent 38 years in practice, primarily in the Coachella Valley with special interests in pathology, family practice and bone health, now retired. He has been enjoying Borrego Springs and the environs since 1970, part-time resident since 2001 and now a full-time resident with his wife Rosemary. He has been a Board member of Desert Cancer Foundation in Palm Desert for over 20 years. More recently joined the Board of BASIC here in Borrego and is looking forward to active participation with BVEF.

David Leibert

Board Member

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

Nancy McRae

Board Member

After 30 years in Coronado, California, in 2020 Nancy traded the coast for the desert. An annual visitor to Anza Borrego for many decades, she is delighted to be living here full time. Nancy graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and worked several years in securities marketing and corporate investor relations. After pausing to raise sons, she returned to work at Coronado School of the Arts at the Coronado High School. She was a founding member and served on the Board of the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF), and developed The Emerald Award - one of CIFF’s most prestigious awards. For the past 30 years, she has also been actively involved in her husband’s erosion control and native revegetation business, and has a deep and abiding passion for protection of the environment and wildlife.

Sylvana Meeks

Board Member

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.

Lorry Seagrim

Board Member

Lorraine (Lorry) Seagrim is a retired registered nurse. She graduated initially as a registered nurse from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Montreal, Canada. She later further her education at San Diego State to receive an undergraduate degree in nursing and at the University of Phoenix for a Masters in Nursing Administration. During her nursing career, she was fortunate to work internationally and gain experience in the operating room, patient education, and nursing education. Her expertise included implementing programs for new graduates and graduate nurses, administrating an extern nurse
program, and focusing on hospital regulatory issues at the local area and corporate level. In 1998, she co-
founded a Homecare Agency (Desert Home Care) in Borrego Springs based on the results of a community assessment which later became a Home Health Agency. Since retiring, Lorry spends her time living and enjoying the desert environment. Currently, Lorry is a member of Rotary and the chair of the BVEF Project Allocation.

 Melissa Stevens

Board Member

Melissa Stevens is more than 20 years leading sales/marketing organizations in the health care industry, specifically for health plans. In her current role with Community Health Plan of Washington (a Medicaid health plan), she is a close partner with Washington's 20+ Federally Qualified Health Centers and is very familiar with the business operation and patient base for FQHCs. Additionally, she leads the team which identifies Community Based Organizations to support through Health Equity grants. Melissa has been a Rams Hill vacation home owner since early 2000s, but with the recent move to remote working, has been able to enjoy her home more as a seasonal resident.

Dick Troy

Board Member

Dick enjoyed a 30-year career with California State Parks, starting as a park ranger, retiring as Deputy Director. After retirement, he served as President of 3 conservation-related non-profit organizations, including the Anza Borrego Foundation. He currently serves as President of the Borrego Village Association. Dick first visited Borrego Springs with his grandparents at age two and became a regular visitor in his adult life. He has been a resident of Borrego Springs since 2008.

Vanessa Rodarte

Board Fellow

Borrego Springs High School graduate Vanessa Rodarte will be starting a one-year internship on the Borrego Valley Endowment Fund Board of Directors. Vanessa brings a variety of background and experience to the Board. She is currently in her fourth year at San Diego State University, where she is majoring in kinesiology 
and is the Aztec Women’s Basketball Team Manager.  While at BSHS, she served three years as Class Treasurer and one year as Class President. She was involved in many high school clubs including the Interact Club, Junior Soroptimist, and Dream Club. Vanessa showcased her athletic skills in both Softball, where she was the catcher, shortstop and team captain, and Basketball as point guard and team captain. She was twice chosen as Basketball MVP and was invited two times to the All-Academic Team.