What is the Morgan Hill Community Foundation All About?

Our Mission: Give Where You Live

The MHCF is a philanthropic organization that connects
impassioned donors with local needs for a long-lasting,
effective impact in our community.

Our Organization
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Our Board Members

Pamala Meador, President


Peggy Martin, Treasurer


Nick Gaich, Vice President Email

Bob Lipscomb, Secretary


Mario Banuelos Email
Rob Christopher Email

Steve Cox

Myra Kaelin Email

Janet Leach

Matt Wendt Email
Amy Whelan Email



Pamala Meador is a realtor specializing in the South County. She is also VP of Business Development for Duovu Interactive, which delivers virtual selling tools for homes, hotels, automobiles and collectibles over the internet. Pamala leads the El Toro Culture and Arts Committee, a partner of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation. She has a B.A. in Sculpture from San Jose State University, attended Gavilan Jr. College and is a Live Oak High School graduate. She has lived her entire life in Santa Clara County and her family has been in Morgan Hill for 6 generations.

Peggy Martin is a financial advisor in Silicon Valley. She works closely with her clients to guide them through the delicate issues surrounding and managing their wealth and familly, caring for aging loved ones, and leaving a lasting legacy. She has a Master of Science in Financial Services from the American College and holds the following designations: Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL). Peggy is the past president of the Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council working with non-profits to create their planned giving policies and procedures. Some of the non-profits Peggy worked with are the Santa Clara County Girl Scouts, Silicon Valley Children's Fund, Hospice of the Valley, and Loaves & Fishes. She has been serving as CFO for the Morgan Hill Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She was a member of the Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2014. She has lived in Morgan Hill with her family since 2005.

Nick Gaich is the founder and CEO of Nick Gaich and Associates, a firm dedicated to providing executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and operational performance. Nick has more than 40 years of experience. His expertise ranges from executive coaching, organizational development, supply chain management, customer service, service line economics, and clinical research administration. Nick retired in 2012 as Assistant Dean of Clinical and Translational Research Operations, Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He also held a two-year appointment on the Consortium Management Group, National Center for Research Resources, National Institute of Health, providing research administration/project management support for several key function committees representing our nation’s comparative effectiveness and community engagement research. He is a Senior Advisor to Venture-Med, an Angel Investment Firm dedicated to funding and mentoring new healthcare startups with a focus on medical devices, healthcare IT, and mobile health platforms that will enhance patient safety and outcomes. 

Bob Lipscomb is a professional civil engineer with extensive experience in the construction and maintenance of utility infrastructure. He has held a number of increasingly responsible positions, including performing work on the gas transmission pipeline from Canada to California. His proven leadership and experience has served him well for many years in Santa Clara County. In June of 2008, Bob retired from Pacific Gas and Electric as a Senior Director. He is presently employed by Gas Transmission systems in Northern California. Bob and his family have lived in Morgan Hill since 1993. He has been involved with local church and youth activities in our community for the past 15 years. He has also been engaged in Morgan Hill sports and classroom events for elementary, middle and high school levels of education.

Mario Banuelos works with geographic information systems for the City of San Jose. He has lived in the south bay for over forty years attending school locally and earning a BA in Mathematics from San Jose State University. Over the years, he has been active in various community organizations and currently serves on the South County Dayworker Committee. Mario and his family have lived in Morgan Hill since 1988.

Rob Christopher is a commercial litigation attorney and businessman. He and his family have long-standing civic and business connections to the South Valley and Morgan Hill. In fact, with the pending birth of his grandchild, Rob's family will have five generations of local history to their credit. He is formerly Of Counsel to San Jose's Hopkins & Carley, co-owner and member of the board of directors of Gilroy's Christopher Ranch, and CEO of Just Resolve, an alternative forum for affordable dispute resolution. His current non-profit community involvement includes service as a board member and past president of South Valley Civic Theatre, annual Gourmet Alley volunteer to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and supporter of his wife, Ginny, in her work for Community Solutions' Holiday Gift-Giving Program. Rob earned his BA in Economics at Stanford University and his JD at the University of California at Davis.

Steve Cox is president of Anaerobe Systems, a medical microbiology manufacturing company located in Morgan Hill. Steve attended San Jose State University, graduating with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. His areas of experise are medical equipment design and development, and advising companies developing microbiome/probiotic therapeutics on lab techniques. Steve grew up in Cupertino, but has been connected to the Morgan Hill community since 1997 when Anaerobe Systems relocated to Morgan Hill. Through the company, Steve has supported the Youth Action Council of Morgan Hill, AP biology field trips with local high schools, and the San Jose State University Department of Science and Math. He lives in Morgan Hill with his wife, Stacy, and their two, young children. Outside of work and family life, Steve enjoys cooking, skiing, and traveling.

Myra Kaelin works as a fundraising and events manager in corporate relations for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater and dance from Santa Clara University, and has over fifiteen years of experience in fundraising, education, administration, and theater arts. She also serves on the board of directors for the South Valley Civic Theatre, the resident theatre company of Morgan Hill. A San Jose native, she moved to Morgan Hill with her husband and three children in 2011.

Janet Leach brings over 25 years of non-profit experience to the Board. She was the Development Director at the Learning & Loving Education Center working with immigrant women and their children, a volunteer at the Reach-Out Emergency Food Program at St. Catherine's Church, a member of the South County Day Worker Committee, and an active parent in school programs. She has participated in numerous service trips to countries like Mexico, Nicaragua and Africa. Janet is a graduate of San Jose State University from the School of Social Science with emphasis in Public Service and Social Change. She and her family live in Morgan Hill.

Matt Wendt is an attorney at Messner Reeves LLP. His practice areas include labor and employment, real estate transactions and litigation, construction law and defect litigation, and corporate and business disputes. Matt serves as a Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Morgan Hill, as well as on the fund raising committee for the Morgan Hill Inclusive Playground Project, a partner of the MHCF. Additionally, he was a member of Leadership Morgan Hill, Class of 2013. Matt received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in Morgan Hill with his wife, Marilyn, and two sons.

Amy Whelan works in public relations and has extensive experience in both consumer and business-to-business industries. Her skills include free-lance writing, media relations, events management, and employee communications. She earned an Master of Arts in Public Relations from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and, a Bachelor of Arts in both International Affairs and Art History from Florida State University. Amy has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years and in Morgan Hill since 2004.


Our Founding Board Members

Greg Sellers, Gene Guglielmo, John Horner
Roger Knopf, Bruce Tichinin, John Varela
Honorable Dennis Kennedy, Mayor

Our Contact Information

Mailing Address: M.H.C.F., PO Box 1974, Morgan Hill, CA  95038

Phone: (408) 722-7612

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All donations are tax deductible: Tax ID 80-0001382.

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