Mrs. Bonner has lived on the Monterey Peninsula for over 38 years, and has been a member of the Chapman Foundation Board of Trustees since its inception. She has served on many community boards in the area, including the Community Foundation for Monterey County as Secretary, and The Monterey Museum of Art as Vice President. After serving on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Board of Trustees for six years, she has continued her support of teacher and student training there. She is a past Sustainer Chairman of the Junior League of Monterey County, past President of The Church of the Wayfarer Foundation, which provides college scholarships for local students, and has served on the Board of Carmel Woods School. Mrs. Bonner has been a Trustee of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation for 40 years and serves as its President.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Mrs. Bonner was a member of numerous non-profit organizations there. As a longtime member of the Junior League of Miami, she served as Treasurer and was the Chair of most of its committees. She served as President of Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. As a teacher in the Dade County School System for many years, she became very interested in the value of a quality education for all.
Mrs. Bonner received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, and was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree from Barry University in recognition of her contribution to education and public service.
Robert G.Gard, Jr., Secretary
Dr. Gard served served in the the United States Army from 1950-1981, retiring as a Lieutenant General. He saw combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars, was Military (Executive) Assistant to two secretaries of Defense, Commanding General of Ft. Ord and the 7th Infantry Division, 1973-75, and President of the National Defense University for five years.
Following his military career, Dr. Gard served as Visiting Professor of International Relations at the American University in Paris, as Director of Bologna (Italy) Center of the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, and then as President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies from 1987-98. Since 1998, he has been a consultant on education and international security in Washington DC and Monterey. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chapman Foundation since 1995.
Dr. Gard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Economy and Government, both from Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the National War College, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Nancy P. Tostevin, Vice-Chair
Mrs. Tostevin is a member of the ‘California State Bar, inactive, and was a shareholder/partner in the firms, Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. and Fenton and Keller, Monterey, CA. She practiced for twenty-five years primarily in the field of civil litigation with emphasis on the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of medical practitioners and hospitals. She was the first woman member of the California Medical Legal Committee and is now emeritus.
Mrs. Tostevin has been an active volunteer in the community, formerly serving on the boards of the Carmel Bach Festival, Legal Services for Seniors, Junior League of Monterey County, and the Lyceum of Monterey County. She also served as a member of the Institutional Review Board of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, as Past President of the Casa Abrego Club, and is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
David J. Benjamin, III, Treasurer
Mr. Benjamin is President and Managing Member of Benjamin Media Investments, LLC. In May 2013, Mr. Benjamin sold Triad Broadcasting Company, based in Monterey, California. He founded the company in 1999 serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Triad operated 50 middle-market radio stations across eleven states. He has served as a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters as well as the California Broadcasters’ Association. He is a former president of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau in New York City.
Mr. Benjamin has served on numerous boards in the community including the Stevenson School, the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition, he is a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and is a former president of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
In 2008 Mr. Benjamin was selected by the Monterey Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year for his positive impact on the business community and for demonstrating excellent leadership.
Mr. Benjamin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Carmel Valley, California.
Mr. Downey grew up in Monterey, graduating from Monterey High School, Monterey Peninsula College, and San Jose State University with a BA in Elementary Education, a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance and Administration. His professional experience has been in elementary education, middle school education, counseling and guidance in junior and senior high school. He has served as Director of Monterey Adult School, Director of the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and the District Hearing Officer for student discipline.
Wayne's community service includes Carmel and Monterey Presbyterian Church Trustee (12 years), Monterey County Grand Jury (one year), Past President of Volunteers in Action (VIA), Past President of Phi Delta Kappa (educational) Monterey Chapter, Past President Association of California School Administrators Monterey Chapter, Pacheco Club Board member, Rotary Club Monterey Past President, and Salvation Army past Chair. Wayne currently is a consultant to Monterey County Office of Education evaluating schools in Monterey County for compliance to the William's Settlement.
Mr. Beller earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and his Master’s Degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from San Jose State University. His 42-plus year career in education included classroom teaching, coaching, site and district administration, and consulting in both the public and private sectors in a variety of Northern and Central California communities.
Immediately prior to his retirement, he served as Principal of Pacific Grove Adult and Forest Grove Elementary schools in Pacific Grove, on the Monterey Peninsula. During his time at Pacific Grove Adult School, Mr. Beller represented Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties on the ACSA State Adult Education Council. Additionally, he was named ACSA’s Adult Education Administrator of the Year for Region 10 in 2012.
An animal lover, Mr. Beller has volunteered his services at the SPCA for Monterey County in the past; and, since his retirement, has served on the Board of Directors of the Men’s Golf Association at the Golf Club at Quail Lodge. He resides in Carmel with his wife, Cheryl.
To reach Mr. Beller with questions about the Chapman Foundation’s grant cycle, reporting requirements, etc., please call the Foundation office at 831/372-2100, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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