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2019 Board of Directors

  • Fran N. Scoble, Chair
    Executive Coach & Retired Head of Westridge School
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  • Margaret Mgrublian, Vice Chair
    Community Volunteer
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  • Dave Beringer
    President & Founder, The Beringer Group
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  • Bill Bogaard
    Former Mayor of Pasadena
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  • Phyllis Crandon
    Retired, Senior Private Banker Wells Fargo & Community Volunteer
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  • Sandra Ell
    Chief Investment Officer, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology & Community Volunteer
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  • Judy Gain
    Community Volunteer
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  • Priscilla Gamb
    Retired Director of Volunteer & Customer Services, Huntington Hospital
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  • Jenny Lim
    Real Estate Executive, Business Coach
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  • Peter McAniff
    Visiting Lecturer in Economics at Claremont McKenna College, Former Investment Analyst at Poplar Forest Capital
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  • Eddie Newman
    Real Estate Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services & Retired Educator
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  • Gloria Pitzer
    Trusts & Estates Attorney
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  • Nicholas Rodriguez
    Assistant City Manager, City of Pasadena
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  • Margaret Sabbag
    Community Volunteer
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  • Sonia Singla
    Medical Director, Lotus Clinical Research
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  • Les Stocker
    Principal, Caddis Consultancy
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  • Michelle Tyson, M.D.
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  • Alex Wei
    CEO, Title 24 Design Inc.
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Fran N. Scoble, Chair

Fran Scoble has spent over 40 years in education as teacher and senior administrator. She has been an independent school administrator, and led numerous workshops for teachers and administrators.  She has also served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools. From 1990 to 2008, Fran was Head of Westridge School in Pasadena.

Following her retirement as Head of Westridge School, Fran completed certification as an Executive Coach and now has her own coaching and consulting practice in Pasadena. In addition, Fran works with schools and non-profits to strengthen leadership and governance for their continued success in fulfilling the organization’s mission. Fran is currently vice-chair of the Scripps College Board, she recently completed her term of service for the Planned Parenthood of San Gabriel Valley board and has served as President on the Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center.

Margaret Mgrublian, Vice Chair

For over two decades, Margaret Mgrublian has been a tireless community advocate for organizations focused on improving health and education in the greater Pasadena area as well as supporting non-profits that serve the Armenian community.

Margaret acts as the Grants Committee chair on the board of the Pasadena Community Foundation. She is also currently on the Southern California Regional Council of the Armenian Assembly of America and on the board of the Armenian International Women’s Association.

After earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, she worked at Dynatel Communications as a field representative and then at Accele Electronics as an international sales executive.

In 2014, she and her husband, David, endowed the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College where she enjoys providing counsel regarding programming for the Center whose mission is to instill in its students an understanding of human rights as central to moral conduct and ethical decisions in their personal lives, careers, and in the public arena.

One of things Margaret and David Mgrublian love most about Pasadena is the large number of nonprofits that respond to so many needs. “We love giving back to the Pasadena community, a place that has given us so much,” said Margaret. She and David recently set up an unrestricted endowment fund with PCF, while continuing to provide annual gifts to local nonprofits.

Dave Beringer

Dave is the President and Founder of The Beringer Group, a full-service CPA firm in Pasadena.  Dave has over 35 years of experience in public practice, providing tax, accounting, attest and consulting services to a broad range of clients from all industries.  He also has unique background and knowledge in estate and trust tax and administration and devotes a significant part of his practice serving as a private fiduciary.

Born and raised in Pasadena, Dave earned his degree in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is an active member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs.  Dave is also a Business Advisory Member at the John Muir High School Business Academy.  This is Dave’s second time on the PCF Board, having previously served on the PCF Board from 1998 to 2007.

Bill Bogaard

In 1999, Bill became Pasadena’s first directly elected mayor and served for four 4-year terms. During those years, he is proud of helping to strengthen the infrastructure of Pasadena, including the seismic rehabilitation of City Hall, expansion of the Convention Center, and major renovation of the Rose Bowl, involving investment of over $1 billion. He also served on the City Council from 1978 to 1986, including service as mayor from 1984-1986.  Prior to his election in 1999, Bill was Executive VP and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services company, directing the Company’s legal and legislative activities.

Bill and his wife Claire have been actively involved with Pasadena since moving here in the 1970s.  In addition to his work with the community foundation, Bill serves on the Huntington Hospital Board and as chairman of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, a technology enterprise incubator for Life Sciences startups and a workforce development program. He and Claire are also the proud parents of four amazing kids.

Phyllis Crandon

Phyllis recently retired after working in the Financial Services Industry for more than 35 years, mostly recently as a Senior Private Banker for the Pasadena Office of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Phyllis was Senior Vice President at U.S. Trust, Bank of America.

Over the past 35 years, Phyllis has been actively involved with a number of local business and philanthropic organizations, including the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council, the Fiduciary Roundtable of San Gabriel Valley, and the Huntington Library Planned Giving Committee. When the opportunity came along for Phyllis to join the PCF Board, she immediately said yes. “It gives me the opportunity to be part of a wonderful team and to be able to give back to Pasadena, a place that has given so much to my family,” explained Phyllis.

Sandra Ell

Sandra spent 25 years of her career at the California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”) in finance and investment management. In 1998, she was promoted to Chief Investment Officer by Caltech’s Board of Trustees and served until October 2010.

As Chief Investment Officer, Sandra managed approximately $2 billion in investment funds, the university’s real estate portfolio and a staff of investment professionals. Previously Sandra was an auditor at the IRS and the U.S. General Accounting Office, providing audit and investigative services to Congress.

Sandra has long volunteered her time to civic and philanthropic organizations. She is a member of the Finance and Investment Committees of the boards of trustees at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts where she is Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Investment Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

In addition, she serves as a mentor and judge in USC’s Greif Marshall School of Business Entrepreneurship’s seed venture competitions, and the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Entrepreneurial business competitions.

Sandra grew up in Pasadena and after spending a number of years in Rome, Italy working in a publishing house returned to the Pasadena area where she raised her family.

She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the Stanford University Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy on a fellowship.

Judy Gain

Judy Gain joined the Pasadena Community Foundation Board in 2011. She was born in Pasadena and has lived here most of her life. She worked for 30 years for Pasadena based Avery Dennison Corporation in the Treasury Department as Director, Global Treasury Operations, retiring in 2011. Judy has been deeply involved in the Pasadena community for 40 years and has held board and officer positions with the Junior League of Pasadena, Hospice of Pasadena, Pasadena Heritage, Pacific Clinics, Westridge School and Jericho Road Pasadena.

Judy is passionate about the Pasadena community and is a staunch supporter of the multitude of nonprofit organizations serving the varied constituencies that make Pasadena a vibrant, unique and caring city. She is extremely proud of the ongoing assistance PCF has provided to our community through the years.

Priscilla Gamb

Raised in Pasadena, Priscilla has served in the community as a teacher and vice-principal. Volunteerism is important to Priscilla and she’s served in many capacities for local organizations, including President of the Board of both Young & Healthy and the Pasadena Child Health Foundation; she is currently on the board of Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School and the Huntington Health Physician Board of Directors. Priscilla also served as Director of Volunteer & Customer Services for more than 27 years at Huntington Hospital where she administered over 90 volunteer hospital programs utilizing 1400+ volunteers, as well as administering the patient satisfaction program.

Priscilla and her husband Jim, himself a former PCF board chair, have two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Seattle.”

Jenny Lim

Jenny is actively involved in managing her family’s successful commercial real estate business. In addition, Jenny built an organization, Amplify Source, which provides women entrepreneurs in the community with financial backing and business guidance. The organization encourages new companies to be more socially engaged, giving back to the community as part of their core charter. Jenny is also developing a program, tied to USC business School, to train young entrepreneurs. Her goal is to connect entrepreneurial companies in the community with students at USC’s Business School.

Jenny was born in Seoul, Korea and came to the United States with her parents in 1977. Her parents instilled a strong philanthropic spirit in each of their children, encouraging them to give back to those in need in the community. Jenny has a been actively involved in volunteer work at local schools, hospitals and museums, and was the Major Gifts officer at Harvard University’s West Coast LA and SF Offices from 2000-2002, gaining experience in planned giving. Jenny moved to Pasadena in 2002 with her husband Fred, an interventional radiologist. She has two daughters Sophie and Kate.

Peter McAniff

Peter was previously an investment analyst with Poplar Forest Capital, covering the Consumer sector. Prior to Poplar Forest, Peter spent 13 years working in corporate finance, including eight years in the Mergers and Acquisitions Departments of J.P. Morgan & Co., Lehman Brothers and BancAmerica Securities. Peter co-authored The Practitioner’s Guide to Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Finance, which has been used as a textbook in courses at Northwestern, Georgetown, MIT, DePaul, Rutgers, Arizona State, Penn State, Texas A&M, University of Wisconsin, Harvard Extension, and other colleges and universities. It has also been purchased for corporate use in Associate training at Credit Suisse, Friedman Billings & Ramsey, Macquarie Securities, Boston Consulting Group (Frankfurt), and McKinsey & Co. (Oslo), among others. Peter also taught as an adjunct professor at Claremont McKenna College in 2015-2016 and is now a visiting lecturer in Economics.

After receiving a B.A. in History from Holy Cross College in 1989, Peter worked in the Office of Ronald Reagan. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1994 and a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1994.  Mr. McAniff is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the California Bar.

Eddie Newman

Eddie, a retired educator, dedicated her adult life to helping children receive the best possible education in the Pasadena Community. She has begun a new career as a real estate agent in Pasadena

Eddie grew up in Pasadena and attended John Muir High School. Soon after college, Eddie returned to work at John Muir High School for the next 15 years as a Counselor, a role she loved. Eddie was then promoted to Assistant Principal at John Muir, and 4 years later she was promoted to Principal, a position she would excel at for the next 8 years. Eddie had an incredible, positive impact on so many kids who have attended John Muir High School over the past 30 years. Pasadena is a better community for all the amazing work she did there.

Gloria Pitzer

Gloria brings significant legal expertise to the Pasadena Community Foundation Board. Her practice includes Estate Planning, Probate Administration, Mediation and Trust Administration. Gloria is incredibly active in the community. At Huntington Hospital, Gloria is the Chair of the Planned Giving Council, and served formerly on the Senior Care Advisory Network. Gloria is a Trustee of the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council, and former Board President of the University Club of Pasadena. She is also President elect of the Pasadena Bar Association Board, on the PCC College Foundation Board, and on various subcommittees at Union Station Homeless Services, having served previously as board chair, on the Advisory Board of the Child Health Foundation, and on numerous committees at All Saints Church, including co-chairing the search committee for the new Rector.

Gloria’s husband, Don, was an engineer as part of the Deep Space team at Caltech. Her son, Ben, is a CPA in Santa Monica. Gloria is a returning PCF Board member.

Nicholas Rodriguez

In 1989, Nick became Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pasadena, where he
worked for more than two decades, eventually becoming the Chief Assistant. As a City
employee, he worked to help ensure that local government treated everyone equally and in
a respectful way.  After several years away, Nick has returned to the City of Pasadena and is presently serving as an Assistant City Manager.

He started volunteering at El Centro, a Pasadena nonprofit with which his mother was working, while he was still at Polytechnic High School.  He returned to El Centro as a lawyer in 1977, and it became his full-time passion.  While he was at El Centro, he applied for and received two grants from the Pasadena Community Foundation.  He’s seen tremendous and positive change in the Pasadena community over the past 35 years, a community in which minorities and ethnicities now have meaningful roles in all levels of civic life.  Nicholas is proud to be a member of the PCF Board “I am humbled to be part of an organization filled with such extraordinary people.”

Margaret Sabbag

Maggie grew up in the Pasadena area, attending Gooden and Polytechnic Schools.  She received a BA In Soviet/Russian Studies from Princeton University and a Masters in International Economic Policy from Columbia University.  Following college, Maggie worked in New York City in emerging markets investment banking, focusing on the former Soviet Union. She moved to Moscow full time in 1994 as an advisor for the Central Asian Investment Company, a US-UK private equity fund aimed at identifying opportunities in the newly independent Central Asian Republics. After earning her Masters, Maggie moved back to Los Angeles where she was the Sovereign Analyst, following economic and political country risk, for the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Group at TCW.

In 2001 she met Ken, an orthopedic hand surgeon from Boston and they moved to Pasadena in 2005.  Since then, Maggie has focused on raising their three daughters and serving in a wide variety of school and other volunteer roles. She currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Polytechnic School and the Gooden School, and is an active member of American Women for International Understanding.

Sonia Singla

Sonia is a physician and scientist whose work focuses on the treatment of pain. Sonia serves as Medical Director of Lotus Clinical Research, a scientific organization, co-founded by her and her husband in 2001, dedicated to improving experimental techniques in the field of pain management. She has served as an investigator in over 100 scientific studies and has authored multiple publications focused on the advancement of safer, more effective pain management drugs. Sonia also served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where she supervised the hospital’s research studies to ensure that patients’ rights and health were protected.

Sonia’s parents emigrated from India where Sonia’s father served in the Indian Army for over 15 years.  They settled in Cleveland, Ohio and raised their three children. Sonia is incredibly proud of her parents and how they instilled in their children the fundamental values of how to achieve the American Dream: hard work, education, and civic engagement. Sonia is active in nonprofit work in the San Gabriel Valley, serving the Pasadena Village, Foothill Family, Cancer Support Community, Young & Healthy and the Pasadena Art Alliance.  She and her husband have three children and they love living in Pasadena.

Les Stocker

Leslie Stocker has devoted his entire career to management and leadership in the nonprofit sector.  He is currently a Principal of Caddis Consultancy, providing consulting services focused on improving sustainability for non-profits.  Les is also with the Third Sector Company, devoted to succession planning in the non-profit sector.  Last year, Les served as interim Executive Director at the Cancer Support Community in Pasadena, strengthening the organization while helping them secure a full time ED.  Les previously had a 35-year career at Braille Institute of America. As president, he dramatically grew the reach of the organization in Southern California and the number of regional centers.

Les joined the PCF Board in 2014 and has been actively involved with improving the Foundation’s outreach to Professional Advisors. “The Foundation is doing amazing work for nonprofits in the community.  It’s a great example of what makes this country great.”  Les and his wife live in Altadena, California where they raised their 3 daughters and now have three grandchildren.  They are also Legacy Donors with the Foundation.

Michelle Tyson, M.D.

Michelle A. Tyson, M.D. is a physician specializing in family medicine. She serves as Medical Director for Crown City Medical Group. In addition, Dr. Tyson provides clinical instruction for the University of Southern California P.A. Program. Michelle is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and The University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Throughout her medical career, Michelle has maintained a commitment to providing effective health care delivery systems to urban and underserved populations. Her dedication to this mission results in her volunteering her services to numerous community organizations. Michelle is also a member of the Westridge School Alumni Council.

Alex Wei

Alex is an Art Director for motion pictures and television commercials.  He recently completed the Fox Searchlight biopic, Battle of the Sexes, a film about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. He received his BA from Vassar College in Art History

Alex has been a Pasadena resident for the last several years; his wife, Katie Rothenberg Wei was born and raised in the community. “Katie and I came back to Pasadena to begin the journey of raising our two young children, Oliver and Lily,” said Alex. “Pasadena has a small town feel, like my home town of Princeton, New Jersey, where, if you are willing to become involved, a difference can be made.”

2019 Advisory Council

Ann Dobson Barrett
Robert E. Carlson
Ramon C. Cortines
Dave Davis
R-Lene Mijares De Lang
Rita Diaz
Raymond Ealy
James D. Gamb
Betty Chin Ho
Lois Matthews
G. Arnold Mulder
Wendy Munger
Peggy Phelps
Gloria Pitzer
Diane Scott
Joel Sheldon
David Werbelow