Board of Directors

Committed to Leadership

Vistas for Children could not exist without the commitment of our leadership.  Each spring, the Nominating Committee meets to fill our slate of the Board of Directors.  Thank you to our Board of Directors for your time and talent to support our mission.

Our President’s Message

Josephine BalzanoVistas President
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to an amazing group of women who decided to put their efforts into raising funds to help at-risk, underprivileged, underserved, special needs children and their families within our local community.  This year of 2020 has been especially trying with COVID and our economy, hence we are needed more than ever.

Vistas for Children is recognized for carefully researching and supporting sound and worthwhile children’s programs, institutions and community projects.  We support these organizations through hosting annual fall and spring events.  We then annually go through a 4-tiered grant review and approval process.  As a result of our hard work, we have appropriated approximately $7,500,000 to deserving charities since 1978.

What makes us special as members of Vistas for Children:

• Passionate about giving to children in need
• Commitment to work together to raise funds for this common goal
• Professional and organized
• Beautiful, generous and enjoy having fun raising funds

As your president, I vow to work efficiently, to be kind and represent Vistas in the most honorable manner.

Thank you for taking this incredibly gracious step and becoming an active philanthropic member of our community through Vistas for Children.  We need you, we want you and are ready to embrace you as a new friend, working together to make life just a little better for those who need us so dearly during these tough times.

2020-2021 Executive Board of Directors

President: Josephine Balzano

President Elect: Marcia August

Past President: Teri Nelson Carpenter

Treasurer: Julie Christian

Standards: Brenda Beatty

Membership: Kim Bright

VP Philanthropy: Susan Ramirez

VP Fall Fundraiser: Rene Mizuguchi, Teri Carpenter, Nadia Elgraby-McMahon

VP Spring Fundraiser: Megan Dufresne, Cheryl Medina

Junior Vistas: Golnaz Eslami

Recording Secretary: Claudia Dickens

Publicity: Olga Arana

Alumni: Renee Berliner, Lisa Smith

Sponsorships: Suzi Winkler

Marketing: Dawn Anfuso

2020-2021 Committee Directors

Database Administrator: Josephine Balzano

Website Maintenance: Lisa Lazar

Hospitality: *open

Tennis Tournament:  *open

Historian: Priscilla Hanudel

Chosen Families: Gail Marcone

Corresponding Secretary/Thank You Letters: Irma Levine

Grant Writing: Ann Lampe

Children’s Production: Golnaz Eslami

ByLaws: TC Sayles

Social Media: Melia Ewing

Social Director: Katrina Goldberg

Prior Presidents

We gratefully acknowledge the Founders and Presidents of Vistas for Children.  Their past vision and leadership are the reasons we are such a strong and viable organization today and why we can continue the mission of Vistas for Children into the future.

Patty Sullivan – Founder 1978-1982

Susan Darcy 1982-1983

Christine Leigh (Falvey) 1983-1984

Carol Fitzpatrick 1985-1986

Diana Grannis 1986-1987

Anne Wold 1987-1988

Louise Davis 1988-1989

Suzanne Thorton 1989-1990

Nan Harman 1990-1992

Suzi Broeg 1992-1993

Karen Odom 1993-1995

Kathi May 1995-1996

Debby Kammerer 1996-1998

Margo Goldsboro 1998-2003

Mary Hazelrigg 2003-2004

Caro Miguelez 2004-2005

Nadine Bobit 2005-2007

Amy Ricci 2007-2009

Helaine Lopes 2009-2011

Eileen Krock/T.C. Sayles 2011-2014

T.C. Sayles 2011-2014

Pam Branam 2014-2016

Cindy Percz 2016-2018

Teri Nelson Carpenter 2018-2020

Josephine Balzano 2020-present

Honorary Members

Jackie Andrews

Roxan Bakerjian

Renee Berliner

Peggi Collins

Lisa Lahr

Shari Sunada

Kim Vallery

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