The William McCaskey & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation is a private foundation making grants for a variety of K-12 educational purposes to nonprofit organizations serving young people in the coastal communities of Monterey County, California. The Foundation's support is intended for programs designed to prepare students to succeed in college.
The Foundation has distributed over $11,000,000 to support local programs since 1992.
The Board of Trustees and the Executive Director bring their extensive experience in the local community, as well as volunteer and staff experience in education, non-profit organizations, management, law and investment management.
Board of Trustees
David J. Benjamin, III, Chair
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 theStevensonSchool, 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 CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula and is a former president of the Community Foundation for MontereyCounty.
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.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. He and his wife, Laurie reside in Carmel Valley, California.
Nancy P. Tostevin, Esq., 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 MontereyPeninsula, as Past President of the Casa Abrego Club, and is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Demi Briscoe, Treasurer
Demi Briscoe was raised on the Monterey Peninsula and attended schools in Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, and Carmel. She graduated from California State University , Los Angeles in 1969 with a BA in Psychology. Her career began as a legal assistant in Monterey, and progressed to the banking field where she was hired by First Interstate Bank of California and attended their Management Training Program. She went on to manage several branches of the bank on the Peninsula. She later joined First National Bank of Cental California, managing the Carmel Rancho Branch from 1994 until her retirement in 2010.
Active in many non-profit organizations on the Peninsula, Mrs. Briscoe served as President of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Soroptomist International of Carmel Bay, the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee, and the Carmel Valley Women's Club. She served as a Trustee on the Big Sur Land Trust, and as an Officer of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation Board of Directors, and the Friends of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Civic leaders in Carmel Valley awarded her their prestigious "Good Egg" award in 2008.
Demi and her husband, Richard Briscoe, have lived in Carmel Valley sine 1988.
Wayne Downey, Secretary
Mr. Downey grew up in Monterey, graduating from Monterey High, Monterey Peninsula College, and San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance, and Adult Education. His professional experience has been in elementary and middle school education, as well as counseling and guidance at the junior and senior high school levels. Mr. Downey served as Director of Monterey Adult School, Director of Regional Occupational Programs, and as the District Hearing Officer for student discipline.
Mr. Downey’s community involvement has included service as a Trustee for both Carmel and Monterey Presbyterian Church, a member of the Monterey County Grant Jury, Past President of Volunteers in Action, Past President of Phi Delta Kappa, Past President of Association of California School Administrators, and Board member of the Pacheco Club. Mr. Downey is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Monterey and the Board of the Salvation Army of the Monterey Peninsula.
Dr. Robert G.Gard, Jr.
Dr. Gard served served in the the United States Army during the years 1950-1981, retiring as a Lieutenant General. He saw combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars, was Commanding General at Ft.Ord and the 7th Infantry Division 1973-75, and President of the NationalDefenseUniversity.
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, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, and then as President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Since 1998, he has been a consultant on education and international security in WashingtonDC and Monterey.
Dr. Gard earned a Bachelor of Science from the United StatesMilitaryAcademy 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.
Craig Beller, Executive Director
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 Cental California communities.
Immediately prior to his retirement he served as Primcipal of Pacific Grove Adult and Forest Grove Elementary Schools in Pacific Grove. 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 ADSA's Adult Education Administrator of the Year 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 reetirement, has served on the Board of Direcotrs of the Men's Golf Association at the Golf Club at Quail Lodge. He resides in Pebble Beach with his wife, Cheryl.
The William McCaskey Chapman & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation 2100 Garden Road Suite B-E, Monterey, CA 93940 831.372.2100 firstname.lastname@example.org Updated September 2022