The Ventura County Community Foundation Board of Directors understands that participating at the leadership level of a community foundation affords a special and unique opportunity to address the most serious challenges facing our community today, as well as shape the future for a better tomorrow.
Our Board members think strategically, looking at the interconnectedness of pressing societal issues. They serve as fiduciaries and focus on upholding donor intent. They advocate for the advancement of philanthropy in our community and leverage their personal and professional relationships to further the efforts of the foundation.
Scott P. Hansen
Scott Hansen is a Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Westlake Village and Santa Barbara region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. He has been in the banking and financial services industry for 28 years. Mr. Hansen earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Scott resides in Ventura with his wife of 17 years and their 3 children. He volunteers in the community with various organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, Ventura County CPA Law Society, California State University Channel Islands, as well as coaching with Ventura Foothill Little League Baseball and the Ventura Youth Basketball Association.
Terri Lisagor is a professor of nutrition at California State University, Northridge. She is also a registered dietitian with a private practice in Camarillo. Terri and her husband Mark have called Camarillo their home since 1977, and they were honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as Volunteers of the Year in 2015 for Ventura County. Terri has been a board member since 2003, and currently serves as vice chair.
Roz McGrath is a fourth generation Ventura County resident who now spends part of her time on the Oregon coast to pursue writing and painting. Her educational background is in fine arts, (B.A. from Dominican College San Rafael), and education, (M.A. from San Francisco State). Roz taught most of her professional career in the primary grades as well as junior college.
As an active partner in McGrath Family Farm, she is involved with the farm which has been in operation since the 1930’s in Camarillo.
Roz also worked for several non-profits after college and has always felt a desire to assist with local non-profits that address issues such as domestic violence and children’s issues. This is why Roz McGrath made the twelve year commitment to serve on the Board of Directors of VCCF.
Mike Silacci has been a Ventura County resident for 19 years residing in Newbury Park with his family. He has been actively involved over the years in a number of community, business, and civic organizations including United Way of Ventura County, El Concilio Family Services, Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA), Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDCVC), CSU Channel Islands Alumni & Friends Association, and the Ventura County Civic Alliance. He continues to enjoy an over 30 year career in the telecommunications industry. He was born and raised in San Luis Obispo and is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University-SLO.
Gary E. Erickson
Immediate Past Chair
Nonprofit leader and businessman Gary Erickson has been on the VCCF board of directors since 2007, and is immediate past Board Chair of VCCF. Gary has been with the community foundation since its inception 25 years ago as a donor, partner and volunteer, sitting on numerous committees.
In 1988 he founded The Erickson Group, a consulting organization for nonprofits in strategic planning, program and board development, marketing and all aspects of fundraising. He serves as a project director on all of his contracts, giving his personal knowledge from over 40 years of experience to each nonprofit client the Erickson Group serves.
Tim Gallagher is a partner in The 20/20 Network, a Southern California-based public relations and strategic communications firm. Over the past two decades, Tim has built a vast network of contacts and resources in the county that he utilizes to the advantage of his clients. Born in Brooklyn, he majored in journalism and English at the University of New Mexico. He was editor and publisher of the Ventura County Star from 1995 through 2007.
Tim believes VCCF fills a crucial need in the county because of its abilities to give donors a trustworthy, reliable institution where they can place their money, and it gives non-profit agencies and students a resource to help them reach their dreams.
Stan Mantooth has served as Ventura County Superintendent of Schools since September 2008, and has over 40 years of experience in K-12 school districts and the County Office of Education. Mr. Mantooth has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge and a Master’s degree in School Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and also holds a California Teaching Credential and a California Administrative Services Credential. He values the strong bond between public education and the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) and states that,
Charles Maxey, Ph.D.
Charles Maxey, Ph. D., is Professor of Management at California Lutheran University, where he also served 22 years as Dean of the School of Management. He held prior academic appointments at Northwestern University, The University of Southern California and the Sassin Graduate School of Management, Bangkok, Thailand. He is also an author, management consultant, and labor arbitrator and has served on numerous non-profit organizations boards in Ventura County including the Ventura County Civic Alliance and the Museum of Ventura County. He is especially interested in the unique role the Ventura County Community Foundation plays in assisting local philanthropists to invest their charitable contributions for the benefit of local organizations, scholarships and programs.
M. Carmen Ramirez
M. Carmen Ramirez is lawyer with long career in public service, including 20 years as a legal aid attorney and 9 years as coordinator of the Superior Court’s Self Help Legal Access Center serving the Spanish-speaking population of Ventura County. She has been elected to two terms on the Oxnard City Council. Following decades of community service on non-profit organizations in Ventura County, she remains active in civic and community affairs including the national Center for Civic Education, the Southern California Association of Governments and several committees representing the City of Oxnard. She believes that philanthropy is essential in promoting the common good.