Who We Are
Three Valleys Community Foundation is led and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers. We have an active Board of Directors, and engaged Advisory Council, and Committees. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our team.
Board of Directors
JOHN SENSIBA, Chair
Sensiba San Filippo LLP
John Sensiba is a CPA and 30 year Tri-Valley resident. He’s had the privilege of serving as Managing Partner of Sensiba San Filippo, LLP since 2008. He currently chairs the board of Stanford Medicine, Health Care – Tri-Valley and serves on the board of a number of other community organizations in leadership and board roles. In addition to volunteering in health care, he has worked with local educational institutions, faith based organizations, low income housing organizations and youth organizations. He is a graduate of San Jose State University. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUSAN HOUGHTON, SECRETARY
Three Valleys Community Foundation
Susan Houghton is the Secretary of Three Valleys Community Foundation. Now retired, she works in philanthropy, communications and community engagement. A former television journalist, she served in senior public affairs and communications positions at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and UC Berkeley and at several major corporations. As the mother of a son with moderate autism, she’s dedicated her life to creating programs and organizations that support individuals with developmental delays/special needs. She is the founder of three vibrant nonprofit 501c3 organizations doing just that – including Sunflower Hill, an affordable residential community in Pleasanton. She has a BS degree in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, an MS degree in Nonprofit Management from Louisiana State University and is both a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and CANDID Expert Trainer. Contact Susan at email@example.com.
Patrick O’Brien, TREASURER
Leisure Sports, Inc.
Pat O’Brien serves as board member and treasurer of the Three Valleys Community Foundation. He brings over 50 years of accounting and finance experience to the Foundation, including serving as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Leisure Sports Inc since 1994 — where he is responsible for equity and debt placement, investor relations, tax planning, and legal affairs. He also serves on the board of various local organizations, including the Alameda County Fair Foundation and Tri-Valley REACH, and is also active professionally in the California Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a graduate of University of Santa Clara and a licensed CPA.
KENNETH G. COOPER
Las Positas College Foundation
Kenneth Cooper has served as the Executive Director of the Las Positas College Foundation since 2015, which provides funding and innovative education programs to support student success and prepare them for the future. He has also served as the Director of College Advancement & Foundation Executive Director at Cosumnes River College and on the Board of Directors of the Network of California Community College Foundations, He currently serves on the Network of California Community College Foundation Board of Directors and was appointed to the CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee. Kenneth is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in African American and African studies, and a minor in Education.
Colleen Gregerson is passionate about innovating in philanthropy to unlock tremendous talent and generosity toward the most important issues of our time. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Battery Powered, an innovative philanthropic model that is activating the generosity of the Battery community to find and fund people and projects with a serious chance of making society stronger. Prior to Battery Powered, she led the Maverick Collective, guiding philanthropists’ talents and treasure toward ending extreme poverty. As head of Business Development at Population Services International (PSI), she developed and executed a strategy that raised over $1.9 billion for global health initiatives during the four years of her leadership. Colleen holds a masters degree in international development from American University and is proud to serve on the Board of ETR, a behavioral health non-profit organization.
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)
Margaret Liang is deeply involved in the community with a passion for positive and inclusive change in the region. She serves as Board President for the Tri-Valley Chapter of APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association), a national organization whose mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through education, leadership and active participation in civic and public affairs. She serves as Heritage and Cultural Art Commissioner as well as on the Economic Development Advisor Committee for the City of Dublin, CA. Margaret is Sales and Marketing Director for WiN Foods Corporation and previously served as R&D Project Manager with the ConAgra Corporation. She has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley and has a BS in the Field of Food Science and Nutrition.
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
Judy Lloyd is the President & CEO of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. She owns Altamont Strategies and has a 38-year history as a small businesswoman and public servant, serving two U.S. Presidents and the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. She was the first woman appointed by a U.S. President to serve as Region IX Representative for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, earning the Exceptional Achievement Award. She was a San Francisco Business Times Women of Distinction in Politics & Government and was inducted into the Contra Costa Women’s Hall of Fame. She represented the communities of Alamo, Danville, Diablo, and San Ramon as senior district representative for Senator Steve Glazer. Lloyd served as a Visiting Fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, running a 6-week series on extraordinary women in politics and business. She actively supports causes impacting first responders, public safety, cancer research and veterans.
Steve McCoy-Thompson is the Co-Founder of Three Valleys Community Foundation and served as initial interim director. He currently leads Gratitude Network, which provides nonprofit Fellowships to help serve over 40M children and youth around the world. He also served as Executive Director of the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) and other nonprofit organizations. He has worked for over 25 years at the nexus of business, government and the nonprofit sector and has served in senior positions with Bechtel Corporation and Deloitte Consulting, providing management consulting to corporations and governments – including long-term engagements in China, India and Togo, West Africa. He has published four books on a range of topics and is actively involved in the community, including on the Economic Vitality Committee for the City of Pleasanton. He has a Masters degree from Tufts University and graduated from Duke University, where he also studied at Beijing and Nanjing University. Steve has lived in Pleasanton for over 25 years.
Wente Family Estates
Christine Wente is part of the fifth generation of her family to help lead Wente Family Estates. Christine serves on the company’s Board of Directors and also runs the Wente Foundation for Arts Education, raising money for local arts education programs. She is actively involved in the community, including as President of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation, which fundraises for under-served local children, and as member of the Board of Trustees of the Oakland Museum of California. Christine has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a Level 3 Certificate in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Dr. Kelly Bowers
As CEO/President of the Three Valleys Community Foundation, Dr. Kelly Bowers is charged with implementing the Board’s vision, co-developing and leading the strategic direction of the organization and executing operational goals as well as mission-driven initiatives. Dr. Bowers has extensive executive leadership experience. Prior to 3VCF, she held increasingly higher level educational leadership and management roles over a span of two decades, culminating in 12 years as CEO/Superintendent of Schools for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. During her tenure, she succeeded in building organizational and human resource capacity, resource procurement, ensuring positive outcomes through systemic change and cultivating sustainable community partnerships. Her public service has been honored by the Association of California School Administrators, the American Association of University Women, Phi Delta Kappa, CSU East Bay, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Assembly. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum Laude in English from UC Berkeley, earned her MS in Educational Leadership from CSU East Bay, and her doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity from UC Berkeley. In her role as 3VCF CEO/President, Dr. Bowers is committed to act as a change agent for the betterment of all who reside and/or work in the Tri-Valley region and community she calls home. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clerk to the Board
Karen Diaz serves as the Board Clerk to the Three Valleys Community Foundation. Karen is responsible for preparing monthly board agenda packets and minutes, managing the organization’s official records, and supporting the technology efforts of the organization. Karen has extensive experience coordinating board governance activities, managing public records, providing administrative support, and implementing web-based technologies. She is a certified California Master Municipal Clerk and served as the City Clerk for the cities of Pleasanton, Union City, Brentwood, and Indio as well as clerk and treasurer for various organizations and non-profits. After serving the City of Pleasanton for 15 years, she retired in 2021 to pursue other volunteer and public service interests.
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Bank of San Francisco
Stanford Health Care – Tri-Valley
Nelson A. Fialho
Renne Public Management Group
Retired – Chevron
Valley Humane Society
Photos courtesy of Brittni Kiick Photography