Four new members on foundation board
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 1:00:00 AM
Contact: Anne Krueger (619) 644-7842 firstname.lastname@example.org
EL CAJON – Three professional financial planners – including a former NFL football star – and the leader of an economics program at Cuyamaca College have joined the board of the 10-month-old foundation that serves East County’s two community colleges.
The members of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca College 20-member board are charged with soliciting and cultivating philanthropic gifts on behalf of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The foundation was established in June 2011, continuing the work of two separate foundations at the colleges to raise money for scholarships, facilities and college programs.
The new members, serving three-year terms, are:
- Paul W. Botte, founder and partner of Petix & Botte Financial. Botte is a certified financial planner with 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also serves on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Proposition R construction, and the YMCA of San Diego County Gift Planned Advisory Council. Botte is a past board member of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, La Mesa Kiwanis, East County YMCA and a past president of the Toastmaster Club.
- Brad Daluiso, a financial advisor and financial planning specialist with the Scott Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Before joining the Scott Group, Daluiso was a place kicker in the NFL for 10 years, retiring in 2001 as the New York Giants’ all-time most accurate kicker and the second leading scorer of all time in the team’s history. He played in the 1992 Super Bowl with the Buffalo Bills and the 2001 Super Bowl with the Giants. Daluiso now serves on the board of the Sheckler Foundation, and is the founder of the Brad Daluiso Golf Classic supporting Grossmont College athletics, and co-founder of the ABCD Kicking Camp.
- Guy Gonzales, a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc., specializing in helping individuals and businesses map out a plan for their financial goals. Gonzales has had a financial advisory practice since 1999, focusing on the needs of nonprofits and business professionals. He serves on the board of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce as vice-chair for business-education.
- Anthony Zambelli, director of the San Diego Center for Economic Education at Cuyamaca College and an instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department at the college. The Center for Economic Education helps K-12 schools integrate the teaching of economics across all grade levels. Zambelli is a recipient of Cuyamaca College’s President’s Award, the Award for Teaching Excellence and the Rainbow Award for service to the college community. He is also president of the La Mesa Kiwanis and scholarship chair for the Elks South Coast District.
“We are delighted to have these highly-qualified professionals join our board,” said Glenn Kaufhold, chief executive officer of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges. “They have demonstrated their enthusiasm for helping students and improving our colleges.”
More than $850,000 was raised by Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in response to a three-year campaign by the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation. The money raised from the scholarships, along with a match from the Osher Foundation, will provide $1,000 scholarships to 82 Grossmont and Cuyamaca students each year.
The foundation recently launched the Possibilities Roundtable recognizing donors contributing at least $1,200 a year, and sponsored a 50th anniversary gala at Grossmont College in October. Kaufhold said the foundation is also exploring fundraising initiatives to build an endowment to provide services for veterans and workforce development programs.
For more information about the foundation, go to http://foundation.gcccd.edu. For more information about the colleges and the district, go to www.gcccd.edu .