Monte Baier, Treasurer is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., the owner of Panda Express, a nationwide, fast casual restaurant chain with 1,500 restaurants in 42 states and Mexico with over 22,000 employees. Mr. Baier is responsible for legal and risk affairs for Panda Express. In addition to the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills board, Mr. Baier is also a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees of the Chandler School, a K-8 independent school in Pasadena, California.
Kristy Bowden is an interior designer and certified pilates trainer. She obtained her certification through Pilates Sports Center in 2007 and continues to further her education by attending yearly workshops and self practice. Her expertise includes scoliosis, osteoporosis, knee, back and neck injuries, as well as prenatal exercise. She works actively on our Festival of Trees and For Love of Youth annual events, and Bowden Development, Inc. is an ongoing corporate sponsor. She is also a member of Children’s Hospital Guild of Monrovia. Born and raised in Texas, she now lives in Monrovia with her husband, Todd, and their two children.
Oliver Chi is the Monrovia City Manager, and has more than seventeen years of extensive government experience at both the state and local level. He has held a variety of management and staff positions with the cities of Barstow, Rosemead, Claremont, and Arcadia and has extensive experience in a variety of municipal disciplines. Oliver, who is an Eagle Scout, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Oliver lives in Monrovia with his wife, Bobbie Jo, with their son, Ian.
Waleed Delawari, Chair is the President and Co-Founder of Delawari Financial Group. He immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan as a young boy and grew up in North Hollywood. Soon after graduating from Cal State San Marcos, Waleed founded his first company. He and his wife, Erin, have three children.
Blaine Fetter, Past Chair Emeritus is an award-winning developer of commercial and residential real estate. He began his career over 35 years ago with The Seeley Company (now Collier International) and by 1980 was a principal in Boone Fetter Associates. A lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, Blaine was one of the four founders of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (SGVEP). He served as its chairman for two terms in 1993 and 2003. He is currently on the board of the SGVEP, is past chair of Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, and is an overseer of the Huntington Library.
Dr. Darvin Jackson is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Monrovia Unified School District. He was first hired as the Dean of Students at Monrovia High School in 2004. He also served as the Assistant Principal of Student Services as well as the Monrovia High School Principal until 2013 when he was promoted to his current position. Dr. Jackson resides in Brea, California with his lovely wife, Jennifer Jackson and his 17 month year old daughter Layla Rae Jackson.
Kristoffer Kaufmann is a managing member of Highland Property Development, and since 2002 has developed more than 3,000 apartment units for low-income families and seniors throughout California and Texas. In addition, Mr. Kaufmann currently oversees operations at Highland Property Construction, a related general contractor specializing in substantial rehabilitation of existing multifamily apartments. Mr. Kaufmann is a native of the San Gabriel Valley, having been born and raised in Arcadia, and currently resides in Monrovia with his wife and four children.
Kurt Luginbuhl, Vice Chair serves as Vice President at Interior Services, his family's Monrovia-based business that provides window covering installation services to the commercial construction industry. He is the father of three young children and an active participant in the life of the local Monrovia community. Mr. Luginbuhl has a degree in philosophy and theology from Point Loma Nazarene University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Mary Ann Lutz was elected as Mayor of the City of Monrovia in 2009 and re-elected in 2011. She previously served as a city council member from 2003 to 2009. Ms. Lutz holds several key regional and federal leadership roles. She is the owner of Lutz & Company, Inc., a court reporting consulting firm in Monrovia.
Charlyn Quiec, DMD is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Dental School where she finished in the top of her class. Dr. Quiec is dedicated to creating beautiful smiles for her patients. In addition to serving on the board of Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, she is an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.
Jeanine Scott, Secretary is a community volunteer who has lived in Monrovia for 15 years. She began giving her time at the local public elementary school by helping in her children's classrooms and serving the PTA in various capacities, including fundraising chair and PTA president. During that time, Jeanine also helped to organize events for Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, where her husband, Brad, served as a board director as well as board president. Ms. Scott succeeded her husband on the board of directors and is responsible for launching our successful Festival of Trees annual fundraising gala.
Larry Spicer was elected to the City Council in 2013, and sworn in on April 30, 2013. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from May 2015 through April 2016. Larry was born and raised in Monrovia, serving his country in the United States Army. His current and past volunteer activities include: Trustee of Second Baptist Church Monrovia, Watch Dog Dad for Bradoaks Elementary, Peace on Patrol Parent (POP) at Clifton Middle School and Monrovia High School, Red Cross Volunteer, Certified MAP Neighborhood Leader (Monrovia Area Partnership), Board Member of the Community Mediation Team (CMT), Make a Difference Day Committee Member, and Board Member Duarte Hawks Youth Sports Association.
Joanne Spring spent the majority of her working career as a teacher and principal in the Monrovia Unified School District. Since retiring, she has been extremely active as a volunteer and advocate for the area’s young people. She is the founder of Monrovia Reads (a reading program for at-risk youth) and serves on the local school’s foundation board. Beyond her work on the board of Boys & Girls Club, she also volunteers weekly in its reading program.
Karen Sutherland is a founding member and past president of Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. She has served continuously on the board since its inception in 1994. After retiring from her position with the City of Monrovia in the City Clerk/City Manager’s office, Ms. Sutherland has continued her participation in numerous non-profit organizations with a focus on youth and education. She is enjoying retirement with her husband, Gary, and spending time with family, especially their three granddaughters.
Jason Berns is a lead agent for The Berns Team of Keller Williams Realty. Jason, his wife Laura, and their team of agents have assisted over 500 families with their real estate needs. The Berns Team focuses on building relationships and diligently serving their clients. Their people-driven business goals have helped them close over $80 million in 2017, which places them among the Top Agents in LA County as well as the Top 5 Realtors in the San Gabriel Valley.
Brandon Dunn Brandon is the Director of Services at The Physical Edge. As a former collegiate athlete, Brandon was introduced to physical therapy and functional training after a number of knee injuries and surgeries. That led to his advanced studies and subsequent certification as a performance enhancement specialist and corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also the only certified Nike SPARQ Trainer in San Gabriel Valley. Brandon has trained multiple olympic athletes, one of whom finished 4th in their sport at the Vancouver games.
Lucy Mao is a realtor for Compass Real Estate of Los Angeles. She is a successful business owner, real estate investor, world traveler, wife and mother of three. Lucy focuses on providing great care and thoughtful strategy to each and every real estate transaction. Having lived in Eagle Rock, Glendale, San Marino, Arcadia, Pasadena and Monrovia, she carries a depth of knowledge about this community. It is her goal to provide security, comfort, and familiarity to each and every client she serves.
Luis Martinez started King Taco Catering about five years ago as an offshoot of the business his father began in 1974. They are based in Monrovia and handle private parties as well as major corporate events of up to 2000 people. From the beginning, the Martinez family has continually supported organizations that help those in need. Luis is an advocate for Boys & Girls Clubs, assisting in the expansion of the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Boyle Heights and greatly contributing to the renovation of our Mary Wilcox Teen Center. He was a Youth of the Year judge last year and was moved to join the board after hearing the stories of the candidates and how the Club has impacted their lives.
Matt Weaver is owner of Weaver & Associates, insurance brokers located in the San Gabriel Valley for over 50 years. He has been a longtime supporter of BGCF and is a member of the Arcadia Rotary. Mr. Weaver was born and raised in Arcadia and lives in Monrovia with his wife Denise. Together, they founded Next Level Missions, a nonprofit to assist the remote hill tribe villagers of Northern Thailand. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
John Wilson, Executive Director has been the Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills since 2010. A 16-year resident of Monrovia, he is Past President of the Monrovia Schools Foundation and currently a member of the boards of Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, AYSO Region 2 and Arcadia Rotary. John is a graduate of University of California, Irvine. He is married to Betsy and has three kids, Kiley (13), Jack (11), and Miles (9).