Heidi McPherson
Chief Executive Officer
805-543-2323
heidi@cfsloco.org

As Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Hartshorn McPherson is responsible for leading the strategic efforts of The Community Foundation. She brings more than 25 years of experience as a nationally recognized leader in the philanthropic community. Heidi joined The Community Foundation in March 2014 after having served for 16 years as the founding  president of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls. Under her leadership the Foundation’s Grants program has positively impacted the lives of thousands and the charitable assets have grown over 20%.

Heidi is committed to The Community Foundation vision of improving the lives for all who live and care about the SLO County diverse communities. She is focused on working proactively with the community of individuals, businesses and family foundations located in San Luis Obispo County who are committed to meeting community needs and to increased support for local nonprofit organizations. Heidi feels her life in the philanthropic sector demonstrates her belief that “philanthropy and community partnerships can change the world.” She currently serves on the board of the League of California Community Foundations and the Public Policy Committee. She has also served on the SLO Chamber of Commerce Business Council and as a Senior Advisor for the Women’s Funding Network. She lives in Atascadero with her husband, Richard, and has three grown children.


Trish Hammond
Director of Finance & Administration
805-543-2323
trish@cfsloco.org

Trish Hammond’s previous experience as Assistant Controller at Tenet Healthcare has provided her with exceptional knowledge and experience in fiscal management. She was integral to creating annual budgets and making quarterly forecasts. Trish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She lives in Paso Robles with her husband, three children and niece and has been involved in supporting her children’s school activities. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and traveling, and she can often be found reading a book from one of her three book club groups.

 


Cassandra Wagner
Director of Grants & Programs
805-543-2323
Cassandra@cfsloco.org

Cassandra Wagner joined the Foundation with prior experience in grantmaking, program development and involvement in building local partnerships to catalyze positive change. Wagner served as the Grants Officer for  the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to joining the Hewlett Foundation, she served as Program Officer for Scholarships and Grants at the community foundation serving Humboldt County in Northern California. She received her BA in Psychology and History from the University of Hawaii and is a graduate of Advanced Program Management at Stanford University. Cassandra participates in triathlons, reads voraciously and loves spending time with her dog Luna.

 


Angela Hollander
Senior Scholarship Program Associate
805-543-2323
angela@cfsloco.org

Angela Hollander is responsible for managing 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 has two children, John and Danielle.

 

 


Cecelia Mazelin

Cecelia Mazelin
Donor Services Coordinator
805-543-2323
cecelia@cfsloco.org

Cecelia Mazelin has multiple years of office and administrative experience in the fields of retail management, family law and market research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. CeeCee has four children and lives in Paso Robles.

 

 

 


Briana Fox

Briana Fox
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
805-543-2323
briana@cfsloco.org

Briana Fox maintains office operations and administrative support to the Foundation staff. Bri graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor in Public Health. Following graduation she worked as a Project Coordinator and Executive Assistant at a healthcare recruitment firm in Portland, OR before relocating to California’s Central Coast. Outside of work Bri enjoys spending time with family and exploring life on the central coast.

 


Sarah Twisselman

Sarah Twisselman
Scholarships & Grants Associate
805-543-2323
sarah@cfsloco.org

Sarah Twisselman provides support to the Foundation’s scholarship and grants programs. Sarah has a background working with complex, highly regulated programs, with over 8 years of administrative experience in higher education and the small business sector of San Luis Obispo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Sarah stays involved with our local community through volunteering with the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum and displaying her local photography through SLOMA’s Art About Town program.

 


Taylor Kortas

Taylor Kortas
Grants & Scholarships Program Assistant
805-543-2323
taylor@cfsloco.org

Taylor Kortas provides assistance to the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. Taylor graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Following graduation Taylor moved to San Luis Obispo to work at the Foundation, continue to study architecture, and enjoy living near the beach for the first time.

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Heidi H. McPherson Chief Executive Officer (805) 543-2323