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
Sarah Lane Bonner, Chair
Mrs. Bonner has lived on the MontereyPeninsula 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 MontereyCounty as Secretary, 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 the 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 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 the 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 committees.She served as President of Beaux Arts of the LoweArt 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 BarryUniversity, in recognition of her contribution to education and public service.
Dr. Robert G.Gard, Jr., Secretary
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 HarvardUniversity. He is also a graduate of the NationalWarCollege, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Nancy P. Tostevin, Esq.
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.
David J. Benjamin, III
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 StevensonSchool, 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 HarvardBusinessSchool and a BA from YaleUniversity. He and his wife, Laurie reside in Carmel Valley, California.
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.
The William McCaskey Chapman & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation 2100 Garden Road Suite B-E, Monterey, CA 93940 831.372.2100 email@example.com Updated June 2014