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Our Staff

Heidi McPherson

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Hartshorn McPherson is responsible for leading the strategic efforts of The Community Foundation. She brings 25 years of experience as a nationally recognized leader in the philanthropic community. Heidi joins The Community Foundation after having served for 16 years as the founding president of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, a foundation that grew out of a local Community Foundation in the Philadelphia region where she served as Vice President. As the founding president of the Fund for Women and Girls, she provided strategic vision and operational leadership that established the foundation as the first endowed foundation in Pennsylvania with a focus on women and girls. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband, Richard, and has three grown children. 

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Donna Jones

Director of Finance and Administration

Donna Jones's career in the business and financial services field includes work as Controller, CFO and Executive Director. As a CPA, she has worked for manufacturing, service and nonprofit organizations, along with being an active volunteer with several non-profits in our county. She brings business, management, and human resources experience, along with a firm commitment to the Foundation’s mission to her position. A graduate of Cal Poly, Donna has lived in San Luis Obispo County for over 20 years.

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Len Smolburd

Grants Manager

Len Smolburd coordinates and manages all of the Foundation’s grants programs, oversees the scholarship programs and provides support for the grants committees and subcommittees.  Len has over a decade of experience serving community-based organizations with a focus in youth development.  His areas of emphasis included Academic Success and College Readiness, Youth Workforce Development as well as Character and Leadership Development for middle school and high school youth. Before joining The Community Foundation he served as the Director of Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. Len earned an M.A. in Human Behavior from National University and a B.A. in Public Administration from Fresno State. He lives in Grover Beach with his wife and two children.       

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John Neylan

Donor Services & Grants Associate

John is responsible for coordinating our overall philanthropic services and for integrating our grants program to maximize the impact on the Central Coast community. Prior to joining the Community Foundation in January 2016, John worked in the field of non-profit development focusing on the issues of housing, human services, and higher education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sonoma State University and a Master of Arts from St. Johns College in Maryland. John is a proud San Luis Obispo County resident, where he and his wife Rachel enjoy volunteering and spending time outdoors. 

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Karen Bolen

Finance Associate

Karen Bolen provides support to the Director of Finance & Administration in all aspects of accounting and finance for the Foundation. Karen brings over 15 years of non-profit experience from the public health industry. Before joining the Foundation in July 2011, she held management positions at the Stanford Preventative Research Center and The Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Angela Hollander

Senior Scholarship Program Associate

Angela Hollander is responsible for coordinating The Foundation’s scholarship programs, including community outreach, and assistance with donor services. She has lived in various states and brings diverse geographic and work-related experiences with her in the areas of healthcare, government, education, volunteerism and business. Angela joined The Foundation in January 2008 after working as a county-level First 5 School Readiness Coordinator. She has over 20 years of experience as a maternal-child Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Arts in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College. She resides in Paso Robles with her husband John and two children, John and Danielle.

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Erin McCall

Communications and Field of Interest Program Associate

Erin McCall worked in the non-profit sector as the Administrative Manager for the Central Coast Children’s Choir for more than eight years. Erin also currently serves as the Executive Director of Canzona Women’s Ensemble.  She has worked in media and advertising for New Times Weekly where she designed ads, scheduled promotions, designed layout of the paper, and operations. She most recently worked as an Account Manager/Graphic Designer developing marketing strategies and maintaining social media outreach and websites for a marketing and promotions firm in Paso Robles. Erin has excellent leadership and communication skills and enjoys meeting new people. She lives in Atascadero with her husband and two daughters.

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Judy Barrows

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

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