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

Marcia AugustVistas President
Today and all this year, Vistas for Children will celebrate forty-five years of service and philanthropy in our community. Founded by Patty Sullivan and Suzanne Thorton in 1978 as Vistas for the Blind, its mission was to help visually impaired children. Today it’s an all-volunteer group of amazing women who devote their talents and hearts to raising money to help at risk and under privileged, underserved, special needs children and their families within our local community.

Vistas for Children is recognized for its careful grant process supporting worthwhile children’s programs and institutions in our community. We, as an organization, go through a 4-tierd grant review and approval process to determine where the money that is raised will be given each year. As a result of our fundraising, Vistas has appropriated approximately $8,000,000 to deserving charities since its inception in 1978.

As president, now in my second year, I intend to bring new ideas to the planning table, continuing to create lasting bonds of friendship, while focusing on our mission to raise funds for special needs children and their families. I am confident that as a donor or sponsor, or potential new member, you will find the joy that we, as members of Vistas, share in working together to make life a little better for those in need. Thank you for your interest and hopefully your donation or contribution by Sponsoring or joining Vistas for Children, Inc.

Marcia August

2023-2024 Executive Board of Directors

President: Marcia August

President Elects: Rene Mizuguchi and Nadia Elgrably

Past President: Josephine Balzano

Treasurer: Claudia Dickins

Standards: Kim Bright

Vice President Membership: Maili Bergmen

Vice President Philanthropy: Cheryl Litrenta and Jennifer Perkel

1st Vice President Fall Fundraiser: Robyn Peacock and Cheryl Medina

2nd Vice President Spring Fundraiser: Nadia Elgrably

Junior Vistas: Salma Bruno and Jayanna Howerton

Recording Secretary: Judy Tolin

Publicity: Sandy Spallino

Alumni Liaisons: Nadine Bobbit, Renee Berliner, Lisa Smith, Teri Hogan

Sponsorship: Sue Kim and Terry Eastley

Marketing: Lisa Kay and Vera Smith

2023-2024 Committee Directors

Hospitality Director: Fiona Bryan

Historian: Arachely Carroll

Data Base Director: Rene Mizaguchi

Social Director: Cheryl Medina

Chosen Families Directors: Renee VanFleet and Jackie Farley

Corresponding Secretary: Elaine McGee

Website Director: Suzy Ramirez 

Grant Writer Director: Dawn Anfuso

Tennis Tournament Directors: Cindy Percz, Karen Anlauf, and Lisa Kay

By Laws Director: Lena Miller-Hori

Children’s Production Directors: Salma Bruno and Jayanna Howerton

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 2020-2022

Honorary Members

Jackie Andrews

Roxan Bakerjian

Renee Berliner

Peggi Collins

Lisa Lahr

Karen Melideo 

Shari Sunada

Kim Vallery

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