Kurt Luginbuhl, 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.
Monte Baier, Vice Chair 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.
Kristoffer Kaufmann, Secretary 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.
Jeanine Scott, Treasurer 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.
Brandon Dunn 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer D’Alvarez is Vice President of Advancement at Pacific Clinics and has more than 20 years of leadership experience driving fundraising and grant strategies from concept to implementation. She sits on the board of directors for Yoga Haven Las Vegas, is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She resides in Monrovia with her husband and two children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nedda Ismaili is a Senior Relationship Manager in the Real Estate Division at City National Bank, with 20 years of professional experience in the financial services industry, 14 as a Commercial Real Estate Lender. Ms. Ismaili earned her Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. She is a member of the United Way Home for Good Funders Collaborative on the United Way Accelerating Supportive Housing Roundtable and serves on the Finance Committee for BGCF.
Tamara Kuku is the Dean of Student Life at Oaks Christian and has worked in education for 15 years. Tamara has lived in the city of Monrovia for the past 12 years and grew up in neighboring Altadena. She has a BS in kinesiology from California State University Northridge and an MS in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific. Tamara has dedicated her life to education.
Waleed Delawari 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.
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).