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Leadership & Board

A passion for Tahoe Truckee

Our Staff and Board of Directors, Past and Present

TTCF is comprised of a strong leadership team and Board Directors who all love this place. Because missions can’t run on passion alone, we have focused on strengthening expertise and acumen. Our specialities include finance and investment, business, strategic planning, community development, governance, nonprofit and estate law. We are proud of our leaders.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Value Statement

We are here to serve our entire community and to co-create a place of home. We are in passionate pursuit of a just Tahoe Truckee community, where people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and identities have an equal opportunity to thrive. We will intentionally infuse equity into all aspects of our governance, operations and programming, and equitably distribute and redistribute resources in our community.

Adopted by TTCF’s Board of Directors on February 10, 2022.

Read our Statement on Equity

Current Staff

Stacy Caldwell, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer

Stacy has dedicated her career to community impact. For over two decades, she has specialized in venture philanthropy, social innovation, and economic development. Alongside TTCF staff and board, she engages community members around solving pressing issues. With her national network, she brings resources and expertise to inform our strategies. Prior to joining TTCF in 2012, Stacy was President and CEO of Dallas Social Venture Partners and Co-founded National Rural Funders Collaborative.

Phyllis McConn Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Community Impact Officer

Phyllis McConn

Community Impact Officer

Phyllis has been part of TTCF’s mission since 2001 and has been involved in nearly every step of its evolution. She has served in a variety of roles including Grants Coordinator, Controller, Volunteer Coordinator, and Financial Support. She now dedicates her time to community engagement, nonprofit capacity building and organizational development, grantmaking, and the scholarship process. Phyllis is a voracious reader, loves volunteering, hiking, and visiting with her son who now lives in Denver.

Sache Cantu

Chief Operating Officer

Over the past two decades, Saché has worked on cross sector collaboration for social good. Prior to joining TTCF she served as the Community Giving Manager for the U.S. arm of BBVA where she led charitable contributions programs and initiatives. Connecting resources to community-based opportunities has been central to her work as a grantmaker and in the nonprofit sector where she has addressed issues ranging from economic development to education. She holds a BA from UT Austin and an MPA from George Washington University with a concentration in Budgeting & Public Finance. She lives in Grass Valley where she was raised and is an avid trail runner.

Kathy Whitlow

Foundation Services Director

Kathy joined TTCF in 2015 and has a background in Human Resources management. She is responsible for Foundation Services, including financial management, operations, and program support. Kathy became involved with TTCF as a volunteer and donor after moving to Truckee in 2007, and loves engaging young women in philanthropy through the Queen of Hearts Girls Giving Back initiative. Kathy enjoys spending her free time enjoying the Tahoe lifestyle with her husband and two kids.

Parisa Nodehi

Director of Operations

Parisa attended University of San Diego and Loyola New Orleans College of Law. After graduating, she primarily worked in the technology industry with a focus in the reliability of the electrical grid. However, her passion has always been in working and volunteering in her local communities and advocating for women’s healthcare rights and issues. Parisa grew up in Minnesota and spent summers in Truckee where she developed a love for the outdoors and mountain life. She now lives in Truckee where she enjoys reading and meditating by the beach, hiking, skiing, and exploring all that the Sierras have to offer.

Kristina Kind

Program Director

Prior to joining TTCF in 2020, Kristina worked extensively with youth-focused nonprofits in Lake Tahoe and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is impressed by the resiliency of children and committed to galvanizing the community's resources to better support them. Kristina coordinates all program-related communications for MHC and CCTT. In her free time, she skis, hikes, and camps.

Ashley Beck

Director of Engagement & Commnications

Ashley is a multi-passionate storyteller, community builder, and nature lover. Through her work with nonprofits, social impact initiatives, and tech startups, she has partnered with incredible people to make the world a little better. She creates and holds transformative spaces and events that dissolve perceived barriers and encourage people to think beyond the obvious. From 2014-2020, Ashley was TTCF’s storyteller then communications manager. After a brief hiatus, she is happy to again be part of TTCF’s mission in 2024. She brings an array of skills including strategy, campaign development, project management, event planning, and more.

Dana Crary

Community Impact Manager

Dana brings her diverse background in systems building and creative problem solving to help TTCF expand and strengthen the capabilities of Truckee and Tahoe communities. Prior to joining the team in 2022, Dana’s passion for building sustainable food systems led to a wealth of experience supporting nonprofit organizations focused on food justice and education, as well as working with small food businesses. She and her husband live in Truckee and enjoy sharing all that this beautiful section of the Sierra has to offer with friends and loved ones.

Maeve Donovan Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Program Manager

Maeve Donovan

Program Manager

Maeve brings her wealth of engagement and strategic skills to her position as Program Manager within TTCF’s Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, Mountain Housing Council, and other impact initiatives. Prior to joining the team in 2024, Maeve gained in-depth experience in grant management, data storytelling, direct services, and youth education, equipping her with a deep understanding of community needs and effective program implementation strategies. She is driven by mission-led environments and works to create sustainable solutions for community resiliency.

Deb Ryan

Resident Wise Woman

Deb joined TTCF in 2019 with experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She is the friendly face and voice greeting you at the door and on the phone, and supports the community impact programming. Deb earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and was an adjunct professor at the California State University Sacramento. She was previously the Assistant Director at the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development. She is on the Board of the Truckee River Watershed Council.

Terese Walsh

Development Operations Associate

Terese brings a dynamic background to the TTCF team including client relations and project management. Her love for the Truckee/Tahoe community fuels her desire to help strengthen and grow resilience in our region. As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, she is especially passionate about the health of our forests and taking action to protect the surrounding ecosystems.

Bobby Bear

Summer Intern

Bobby has spent much of his life living in the Tahoe National Forest. He is originally from Lakeport, CA where he was carved by his maker Mark Colp, a nationally renown wood carver. Bobby made his way to Tahoe and spent much of his life in a comfortable den at the base of Northstar. After the catastrophic wildfires season 2021, Bobby reached out to TTCF to see how he could be more helpful in protecting our community. Bobby officially joined the team in 2022 summer intern to help educate our community around sustainable forest management and wildfire preparedness. Have a question for Bobby?

Board of Directors

Kelley R. Carroll

Board Chair | Porter Simon Law

Kelley has served the TTCF Board since 2016. He previously served the boards of Truckee Donner Land Trust, SWEP, Sierra Senior Services, and more. He chairs TTCF’s Governance and Audit Committees. Kelley is a shareholder and attorney at Porter Simon where he began in 1991 after practicing in San Francisco. He focuses on estate planning, trust and probate law in California and Nevada. He strongly supports environmental and educational causes and groups that work to strengthen the local community and culture.


Erin Kilmer Neel

Vice Board Chair | Beneficial State Foundation

Erin oversees strategy and operations of the Beneficial State Foundation and leads development of social impact banking industry standards. She is grateful to work to address social and environmental injustices every day. She loves comedy, biking, paddling, and generally playing in lakes, rivers, mountains, and beaches with her fabulous husband, Beau.

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Bill Austin

Founder of Pacific Crest Wealth Planning

Bill has lived in the Tahoe area since 1984. He has a Masters in Personal Financial Planning and is a Certified Financial Planner Professional™ (CFP®). Bill values TTCF’s ability to connect resources to community needs and environmental sustainability. He serves on TTCF’s Investment Committee and Excellence in Education Board (past president). Prior community service includes Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Truckee River Watershed Council. In his free time, he enjoys alpine and nordic skiing, mountain biking, golf and hiking with his family.

TTCF Board Member

Emily Anne Gendron


Emily joins TTCF with a passion for growing a diverse, vibrant middle class. She attended Princeton University and specializes in culture optimization and strategy execution in the tech, arts, nonprofit, and government sectors. Most recently, she’s collaborated with business leaders to enhance Tahoe-Truckee’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. She lives in Truckee with her wife and children.

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Jerusha Hall

Board Secretary | Northstar California, Environmental Planner

Jerusha has loved living in Truckee-Tahoe for over 25 years. She enjoys cultivating community connections while raising her family and playing outdoors as much as possible. She serves on the Town of Truckee Planning Commission, the EpicPromise Giving Council, and owns a small business focused on forest health. She’s passionate about accelerating achievable housing solutions and utilizing forest resources to create a regional hub for wood products- while retaining community character.

TTCF Board Member

Alex Mourelatos

Owner of Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

Alex was born and raised in San Francisco and grew up coming to Tahoe in the summer and winter. His parents purchased the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista in 1978. Alex left Accenture, a global IT, and Management Consulting firm, after 17 years of service, in 2004 to run the Resort. He has spent the last 16 years growing a successful business that has served the North Lake Tahoe community during that period with a track record as a collaborative, progressive member of our community.

Kristin York

Kristin York

Sierra Business Council, Vice President of Economic Empowerment

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kristin worked in corporate restructuring and turnarounds. She moved to Truckee with her family in 2001. She’s an avid backcountry skier, trail runner, and mountain biker. Kristin is also a Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School, an elected official on the Board of TDRPD, serves the Tahoe Food Hub board. She’s on a California task force to democratize capital through impact investing. She is helping TTCF create a community impact investment model.

Cheryl Schrady

Past Chair of Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy’s Board of Trustees

Cheryl is passionate about serving the local Tahoe Truckee community through her work with nonprofits. After graduating from Stanford University, Cheryl studied law and business at the University of Southern California earning a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration. Cheryl’s legal and business acumen made her well suited to practice law in the Bay Area focusing on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and securities law advising start-up and mature corporations (both for-profit and nonprofit) as well as financial entities and funds. The Schrady family moved to Truckee in 2011 and enjoys all that the Tahoe Truckee mountain life has to offer.

Mike Rayfield

Board Treasurer | CFO, Crooked Tree Ranch

Mike retired from the Semiconductor industry after 35 years. Initially holding sales and marketing positions and the last 20 years Senior operating positions at Cisco, NVIDIA, Micron Technologies and AMD. He is also the Board chair of Achieve Tahoe where he has been an instructor for the past 12 years. Mike graduated from the University of Vermont after studying Electrical Engineering and Pre-med. Mike, his wife Gina and their 2 children reside full time in Truckee on their horse ranch.

Past Board Chairs of the Foundation’s Board of Directors

Three of TTCF’s founding board members Roger Kahn, Jim Porter, and Linda Brown (from left). In 2018, they recorded a podcast with Stacy Caldwell, CEO.
Name Title / Affiliation Chair Service Board Service
Jim Porter Porter Simon Law, Partner 1998-2000 1998-2006
Linda Brown Retired TTUSD Teacher 2000-2002 1998-2009
Roger Kahn Entrepreneur 2002-2004 1998-2011
Rob Kautz Former SugarBowl Resort CEO 2004-2006 1998-2009
Scott Ryan Ryan Group Architects, Principal Architect 2006-2008 2001-2009
Fred Ilfeld Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Nevada Medical School 2008-2010 2003-2012
Patti Boxeth Retired Finance Professional 2010-2012 2005-2014
Steve Gross Porter Simon Law, Partner 2012-2014 2006-2016
Craig Lundin 2014-2016 2009-2016
Walter Auerbach Auerbach Engineering Corp 2016-2018 2012-Present