​Advisory Board

We are fortunate to have an active advisory board whose members play a critical role stewarding The Nonprofit Institute's work. Members provide guidance on community impact and education activities, assist with fundraising, marketing efforts and setting the overall strategic direction for our efforts.

The Nonprofit Institute Advisory Board
Members  Titles and Organizations Bios

Michelle Brega

Michelle Brega

Senior Director for External Relations, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Michelle Brega is the Senior Director for External Relations for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. In this role she oversees all outreach initiatives to the community, partner agencies, the media and other stakeholders. For more than 20 years, Michelle has worked at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors, creating cross-sector partnerships that contribute to economic development. She previously served as Vice President, Community Affairs Manager for U.S. Bank and held similar roles for Bank of America in the Bay Area and San Diego markets. She has also consulted for Ford Motor Company, launching the company's joint community engagement efforts with 70 Ford dealerships across Northern California. Michelle began her public affairs career in San Diego with the grand opening of San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 being one of her first assignments. During her time in San Diego, she was involved with major land use projects and campaigns, including the San Diego Convention Center expansion, Petco Park, Downtown San Diego master plan, Balboa Park Transportation Master Plan, and downtown property-based improvement district. She transitioned to financial services when she joined San Diego-based Mission Federal Credit Union. Michelle is originally from Maryland, and earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California San Diego. She has three sons.

Terry Bruggeman

Terry Bruggeman

CEO & Director, Avenzoar Pharmaceuticals Inc.  Terrance (“Terry”) Bruggeman currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Avenzoar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a drug development company focused on treatments for pancreatic and liver cancers. Terry's career has included: general partner of a private equity firm; COO and CEO of private equity and venture–backed companies, CEO of two public life science companies, co-founder of a leasing company; Treasurer and CFO of two NYSE-listed public companies; and an investment banker focused on the restructuring underperforming and troubled companies. In addition to his previous service on numerous corporate boards, Terry now serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Chairman’s Roundtable, Lincoln Park Zoological Society, and Nashville Zoo. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Hanson and Associates. Terry received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and attended the MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He resides in Tennessee, is married to Dianne Dyer-Bruggeman, who retired as the EVP Human Resources for Allergan, Inc, and has three grown children and three grandsons.

Stephen Chin

Stephen Chin

Manager, Account Management & Community Relations, Sharp Health Plan Stephen Chin is Manager of Accounts Management & Community Relations at ​Sharp Health Plan, where he has worked in a variety of roles since 2006.Stephen's professional experience includes more than 20 years with major health care organizations, including: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, and currently, Sharp HealthCare. Stephen’s team oversees significant client relationships within the Sharp portfolio, including those with the City of San Diego and CalPERS. Prior to joining Sharp, Stephen managed strategic sales initiatives and community programs, and he also supported progressive physician projects, which address health care disparities. Stephen believes in the integration of business and community. His board and committee service have included: Access to Independence; EPIP; Kyoto Prize; North San Diego Business Chamber; Pacific Arts Movement; San Diego Community College District; Second Chance; Sharp Women’s Health Conference; and Urban League. Stephen studied communications and film production, and when time allows, he enjoys watching the latest in films of all genres.

Anna Diaz

Anna Diaz

Principal and Lead Advisor, Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors Anna Diaz is a Principal and Lead Advisor at Dowling and Yahnke Wealth Advisors. Anna began her career in the private banking and wealth management industry in 1997. Prior to joining Dowling & Yahnke, she was a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor at a national private wealth advisory institution for 16 years. Anna holds the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and a Certificate in Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management from Wharton. She completed her undergraduate work in Financial Services at San Diego State University. She was born and raised in San Diego, and enjoys outdoor activities such as running or swimming in her spare time. Anna lives in Carmel Valley with her husband and their two children.

Mariano Diaz

Mariano Diaz

Lead Partner, R&M Consulting Group Mariano Diaz is Lead Partner with R&M Consulting Group with over 35 years of nonprofit management and development experience including; strategic planning, program design and evaluation, and fund development, in the areas of comprehensive community development, affordable housing, health access, and youth development. Mariano has worked as executive management in the private sector including LISC, Nike, Nestle USA, The California Endowment, The San Diego Foundation, and Blue Cross of California. Mariano now leads his own consulting firm of R&M Consulting Group with specialization in fund development, communications, and planning. He has his BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Education degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, School of Education.

Leslie Hennessy

Leslie Hennessy

USD Instructor and Community Leader, Canine Companions for Independence Leslie Hennessy spent 35 years in the corporate sector in diverse senior management positions of operations and international marketing. Additionally, for 13 years she contributed as a cleared advisor for the U.S. Department of Commerce, serving on Industry Trade Advisory Committee 2 (Capital Goods and Automotive). Leslie teaches courses in leadership, creativity, strategic planning, nonprofit program evaluation, effective board development, successful team leadership, and marketing. In addition to teaching, Leslie is also an experienced researcher in the field of creative thinking and author of Activating Creativity: Insights and Wisdom of MacArthur Fellows. Leslie has served on various nonprofit committees and boards she currently serves on the Canine Companions for Independence National Board of Directors. Leslie is lifelong learner and currently enrolled at the University of San Diego School of Law. expecting to graduate in 2022. Leslie holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and an MBA in Business and Leadership from the University of San Diego, an MA in Global Studies, International/Global Studies from the University of Denver and a BA in English from the University of Colorado.

Kathy Patoff

Kathy Patoff

Chief Operating Officer, Community Development and Foundation Officer, Corporate Social Responsibility Group, MUFG Union Bank Foundation Kathy Patoff is the Chief Operating Officer, Community Develpment and Foundation Officer with MUFG Union Bank and has been involved in community development for the past 13 years – with experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. At MUFG Union Bank Foundation, Kathy is responsible for the Bank’s community development and foundation activities in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties. Kathy serves on the Boards of Directors of San Diego Grantmakers and East County Economic Development Council, San Diego City-County Reinvestment Task Force, San Diego City Schools Financial Literacy Task Force, and the Inland Empire United Way Hands On Advisory Board. She also volunteers with READ/San Diego’s Family Literacy Program. Kathy received her B.A. in Economics from Pomona College, and her Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University.

Dominic Porter

Dominic Porter

Chief Operating Officer, RISE San Diego Dominic Porter currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for RISE San Diego, a community based organization missioned to elevate and advance urban leadership through dialogue-based civic engagement, dynamic nonprofit partnerships, and direct training and support to increase the capacity of urban residents to effect meaningful community change. He is an educator, change agent, ideator, cultural curator and community leader originally from Los Angeles, California. For over a decade, Dominic has actively engaged and leaned into work with community benefiting organizations missioned around service-learning, social justice, community development, workforce partnership, and civic engagement. He has extensive experience as a program developer, operations coordinator, curriculum designer, project manager, and people leader in predominantly under-served, under-resourced, and under-funded communities. Dominic is a graduate of Hilltop High School in Chula Vista and a two-time graduate of Arizona State University with degrees in Business Administration and Higher Education.

Marisa Aurora Quiroz

Marisa Aurora Quiroz

Vice President of Programs, International Community Foundation  Marisa Quiroz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Community Foundation. Marisa leads the continuing evolution of ICF’s innovative model and builds on its bold history and track record of community impact. Marisa has served ICF in many roles. She previously served as the Vice President of Culture and Impact and Senior Program Officer for Environmental Conservation. Marisa first joined ICF in 2015, after 7 years at The San Diego Foundation. Her work at The San Diego Foundation led to the creation of the Parks for Everyone report and the Opening the Outdoors Initiative. Marisa’s dedication to community action at the local, regional, and national levels is demonstrated by her many leadership roles. She is a co-founder of the San Diego Latina Giving Circle; she serves on the Advisory Board for the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego and is the incoming Board Chair for the Environment Grantmakers Association. Marisa holds a master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a bachelor’s in Anthropology and Sociology from Mills College. She is a PLACES Fellow, a HOPE graduate, and a former board member for the Center for Diversity and the Environment. Beyond serving as a leader in a nonprofit organization, she is Latina, bilingual and bicultural, bringing first-hand knowledge of the communities, initiatives, and programs ICF supports.

Mary SchulmanMary Schulman

Co-Director and Community Advocate, The Alan and Mary Schulman Family Foundation Mary Schulman has been actively engaged in philanthropy and community service for more than 20 years. In 1999 she and her husband formed the Alan and Mary Schulman Family Foundation which they actively manage. Mary has served as Co-Director since inception. Over the past 20 years the Schulman Family Foundation has given more than $1.5 million to non-profits in our community with emphasis on health, education and environment, including the Scripps Mercy Hospital (Mercy Clinic), Scripps Health Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Child Abuse Prevention, Big Brothers and Sisters, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Pacific Ridge School, Diegueno Esteem, San Juan Preservation Trust, University of San Diego (endowed scholarship), Four Winds Camp (endowed scholarship), San Diego Hospice, Cancer Angels, Seacrest Villages, Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, City Year, City of Hope, Good Tidings Foundation, among many others. Mary was born and raised in Minnesota, graduated from University of St. Thomas (BA 1990) and worked as a Financial Analyst and raised a family. Since 2016, when she was certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and appointed by San Diego County Superior Court, Mary has advocated for children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect, many of whom are in foster care. Mary has also served on numerous community non-profit boards including Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund and Advisory Board, National Charity League, Rancho Santa Fe Parent Teacher Organization, Rancho del Lago Homeowner’s Association and Orcas Island Tennis Club. Mary and her husband, Alan, live in Rancho Santa Fe and have two adult children.  

Sarah Setiawan

Sarah Setiawan

Operations Manager, Learning Equality Sarah is the Director of Financial Operations at Learning Equality, she manages organizational resources in support of their mission to help provide equitable access to education. Sarah’s love for learning has led her to work in a variety of program and operations roles with education nonprofits. Previously, Sarah was the Director of the Girard Foundation. Sarah’s love for learning has led her to work in a variety of program and operations roles with education nonprofits. In her current role as Girard Foundation, where she helped support the work of inspiring community leaders driving change and improving K-12 education for San Diego students. Sarah is committed to equity in the nonprofit sector.

Karen Sprigle

Karen Sprigle

Chief Operating Officer, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Karen Sprigle is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. Prior to joining Rancho San Diego Foundation Karen was Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for United Way of San Diego County. Ms. Sprigle has over 20 years of mid- and senior-level management experience in the banking industry, working for several large regional and global banks holding leadership positions at the district, region and state level in retail branch operations, sales, marketing, human resources, learning, and organizational effectiveness. Karen was born in Canada and moved to San Diego during her elementary school years. She has a BS in Business Administration from University of Redlands and attended the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management. Karen is married with three grown children and seven grandchildren. She is also a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and a past member of the City Heights Partnership for Children Leadership Table, the Education Synergy Alliance and Nonprofit Management Solutions Boards of Directors. 

 

 
NPI Staff Members    
Emily Young Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute Bio
Laura Deitrick Associate Director, The Nonprofit Institute Bio
Robert Donmoyer Professor, Department of Leadership Studies  Bio
Kim Fields Assistant Director of Development and Community Engagement, The Nonprofit Institute  Bio

The Nonprofit Institute Advisory Board Past Members
Thank You to Past Members
Vince Kasperick President, Aimloan.com
John Rush Former Quality Assurance, RR Donnelly S.D.
Ruth Westreich President, The Westreich Foundation
Christy Wilson Executive Director, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation