Gafill, Pezzini Named to CFMC Board of Directors
The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Kirk Gafill and Joe Pezzini to their 2020 Board of Directors.
Kirk Gafill, a native of Big Sur, is President/CFO of Nepenthe/Phoenix Corporation, a family business. He worked his way up from dishwashing to the helm of Nepenthe restaurant, founded by his grandparents.
I am honored to join the Board of Directors of CFMCO to learn more about the challenges communities throughout Monterey County face and to support the foundation’s mission to engage and address these needs through philanthropy and community support,” Gafill said.
Gafill graduated from University California, Los Angeles with honors with a degree in economics. He is president of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Monterey County Visitors and Convention Bureau and is Co-Race Director for the Big Sur River Run. Other board service has included the Big Sur Land Trust and the Carmel Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Joe Pezzini is from a third-generation Salinas farming family and CEO of Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms. He is a Hartnell Community College alum, UC Davis graduate and has an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Pezzini began his career with the Ocean Mist Farms group of companies in 1983 as a farm manager for Boutonnet Farms. He became the Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Mist Farms in 2009 and was appointed to the CEO role in 2015.
“I am honored to join an organization that works to reach all corners of Monterey County, making it a stronger community,” Pezzini said.
Pezzini is a leading advocate for produce food safety and was instrumental in forming the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). He has served on many industry boards including Central California Grower-Shipper Association and Foundation, California LGMA, Ag Against Hunger and Produce Marketing Association.
The new board members join Birt Johnson Jr. (Board Chair), Teri Belli (Vice Chair), Jan Vanderbilt (Treasurer), Maija West (Secretary), Betsy Buchalter Adler, José Luis Alvarado, Ph.D., Ida López Chan, Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Nolan Kennedy, Giff Lehman, Fred Meurer, Erica Padilla- Chavez, Betsey Pearson, Michael Reid, Bill Sharpe, Loren Steck, and Abby Taylor-Silva.
Main photo: Richard Green Kirk Gafill, left, Joe Pezzini, right
2020 Community Foundation for Monterey County Board Members:
Birt Johnson, Jr. (Chair)
Community Volunteer; former General Manager AT&T
Teri Belli, CPA (Vice Chair)
Owner, tBelli Business Consulting and Advising
Jan Vanderbilt, CPA (Treasurer)
Owner, Vanderbilt Certified Public Accountants
Maija West (Secretary)
Law Office of Maija West
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Trustee and Program Officer, Claire Giannini Fund
José Luis Alvarado, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Education and Professor of Education, California State University, Monterey Bay
Ida López Chan
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
President/CFO, Nepenthe/Phoenix Corporation
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez
Director, Monterey County Health Department
Attorney at Law, Kennedy, Archer & Giffen
Founder, Integris Wealth Management
Owner, Meurer Municipal Consulting
CEO, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc.
Nonprofit Consultant, Retired President/CEO United Way
CEO, Ocean Mist Farms
Co-founder, Fund for Homeless Women
William F. Sharpe
Economist, STANCO 25 Professor of Finance, Emeritus at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business
Consultant, Retired Psychologist
VP of Policy & Communications, Grower-Shipper Association
About the Community Foundation for Monterey County
The mission of the CFMC, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020, is “to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County.” Thanks to generous individuals, families and businesses who have created charitable funds, the CFMC has granted more than $200 million to nonprofits working towards healthy, safe, vibrant communities. The CFMC also supports local nonprofit organizations by providing capacity building services and leadership development through the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE). For more information visit www.cfmco.org, call 831.375.9712 or stay connected at http://www.facebook.com/cfmco or www.twitter.com/cfmco.