Board of Directors

Pat Hume – President

Pat is a native Californian whose family roots in Elk Grove date back to the 1940s. Pat grew up in Elk Grove, was in the first First Grade class at Markofer Elementary and attended Kerr Middle School. He served on the City of Elk Grove Planning Commission from incorporation until March of 2006 and was elected to the City Council the same year (2006).

Pat is an active community volunteer who contributes his time and talent as an auctioneer and emcee at several local events each year. Pat serves as the Vice President for the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation and is the founded the Foundation’s Spotlight Elk Grove fundraiser event.

Pat works for Emerald Park Company, the homebuilding company founded by his grandfather in 1964. Pat is married to Lisa Hume. He enjoys camping, golfing, skiing and fishing.

Rebecca “Becky” Davis

Rebecca “Becky” Davis – Vice President

Rebecca “Becky” Davis is a retired Elk Grove Unified School District certificated Teacher/Administrator of over 40 years and worked at the elementary school level. She is a member of a number of local organizations within Elk Grove including Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, Elk Grove Rotary and The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove.

Chet Madison Bio Picture

Chet Madison – Vice President

Chet has been a member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation Board for approximately nine years. He has been involved with the Elk Grove Unified School District and community over 40 years. Currently he is serving as Elk Grove Unified School District Board President.

Suzanne Kennedy

Suzanne Kennedy – Vice President

Suzanne was born and raised in Elk Grove, graduated from Elk Grove High School before receiving a B.A. degree from UC Davis, with a double-major in International Relations and Spanish. After starting off her career as an international commodities trader, Suzanne went on to receive a Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law, practicing in the area of civil litigation with a private law firm before joining the City of Elk Grove City Attorney’s office in 2010. Suzanne, along with her husband Paul and two children, are active in the community, enjoy travel, and greatly value time spent with family and friends.

Steve Singleton

Steve Singleton – Treasurer

Local resident for over 25 years. Steve & his wife Nola are parents of three & grandparents of eight. They believe that education was the key to their success and they want to assure that others are given an opportunity to succeed in their lives.

Arlene Hein

Arlene Hein – Secretary

Retired as Senior Executive to Superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District after many years of service.

Sandhya Sami – Administrative Specialist/Program Coordinator

Sandhya Sami has been hired by the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation in partnership with the Cosumnes CSD as an Administrative Specialist/Program Coordinator to further their respective reach and amplify their positive impact within the Elk Grove community. She is tasked with promoting the Foundation’s mission while providing vital assistance to the annual scholarship process including fundraising aspects, such as the Foundation’s hallmark event Bounty on the Boulevard.

Katherine Albiana

Katherine Albiani

Katherine “Kay” Albiani is on the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Board and is a retired member of the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees where she served for over two decades including two stints in the role of President of the board. She was also President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in 2008 and Vice President in 2007. Mrs. Albiani also served as a Board Member with the Elk Grove Unified School District for over 18 years. Along with her husband Gil, Mrs. Albiani is Co-Owner of Albiani Land and Livestock which is a family-owned cattle and land business. Over the years, Mrs. Albiani has received many awards and recognitions including education leadership awards from the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the California State Senate, a Human Rights award for Education from the City and County of Sacramento, and distinguished service award from the Association of California School Administrators.

She was named Woman of the Year by the Elk Grove Citizen in 2006 and, with her family, named Elk Grove Citizen’s Family of the Year in 2005. Mrs. Albiani has lived in the Elk Grove area for almost 70 years. In 2005, the Elk Grove school district named the Katherine L. Albiani Middle School in her honor Governor Arnold Schwarzegger appointed Mrs. Albiani to the State Community Colleges Board of Governors in 2004. She served as Vice President in 2005-2006, and was President of the Board in 2007.

Dru Bornhoef

Dru Bornhoef

Dru Bornhoeft works for the Elk Grove Police Department where he is responsible for missing persons investigations, and is an advisor and board member of the Elk Grove Police Explorers program. He has earned bachelor’s degrees is in business and mathematics from Montana State University Bozeman, and is a veteran of the US Navy Seabees. In his spare time, Dru enjoys running, playing with his dogs, woodworking, and Tiki’s.

Faye Bundesen

Faye Bundesen

Retired educator, and retired owner of real estate and property management company. Board member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation since 1996. Active in the Incorporate Elk Grove Committee, member of Soroptimist International of Elk Grove, and involved in other community events.

Marie Coleman

Marie Coleman

Marie has been a member of the board for over 10 years.  Marie has chaired the foundation fundraising events for 15 years+ and is currently Co-Chairing “Bounty on the Boulevard” for the 2nd year. Marie was Elk Grove Citizen of the Year in 2014 and Past President of MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter an international organization for meeting and event planners.

Janet Hume

Janet Hume

Janet was born in Prairie City, Oregon and then moved to Elk Grove with her family as a teenager. She is a graduate of Elk Grove High School and attended the University of Oregon before marrying the love of her life, Harlan Hume. They had five children together and moved all over the world as an Air Force family before his passing in 1977. After that, she returned to Elk Grove and helped run a portion of the family’s real estate business. She was a member of the Elk Grove Planning Advisory Council prior to the city’s incorporation and was active in the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, including its board of directors. She loves traveling and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mo Hashemyan

Mo Hashemyan

Mo Hashemyan is currently the Business Development Director at Methodist Hospital. With Dignity Health’s plans to build a new hospital in Elk Grove continuing forward, Mo is eager to partner with local groups to ensure high quality care is delivered in Elk Grove. Prior to joining Methodist he was the Manager of Strategy and Business Development at Sutter Health, and held roles at Kaiser and Oracle prior to that. Mo is a California native having grown up in the Central Valley. He attended UC Davis for his undergraduate degree and also completed his MBA there. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, working out and watching and or playing sports.

Dan Lawrence

Dan Lawrence

Dan Lawrence has been an active member of the Elk Grove Community since 1981. His activities have included being an officer in several local organizations such as Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation (formerly Elk Grove Community Foundation), Elk Grove Rotary Club, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, Elk Grove Old Town Merchant Association, Elk Grove Optimist Club, Senior Center of Elk Grove, and was Elk Grove Citizen of the year in 2002.

Merrilee Engel Lewis

Merrilee Lewis Engel

Merrilee Lewis Engel, Ph.D. has been a member of the Board for many years and has served as
the emcee of the Spotlight on Scholarship Event for 18 years.  She received the Distinguished Service
Award for her work with the Foundation.

She also sponsors the four $1000 Merrilee Lewis Engel Scholarships every year.

She was the President of Cosumnes River College for eight years and retired in 2003.

She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, Simon Engel.

Natasha Moore

Natasha Moore is a curriculum and instructional coach who has worked for Elk Grove Unified since 2007.  She has three children who attend school in Elk Grove, and a husband who is a teacher in the school district. She and her family are dedicated to ensuring every student in Elk Grove has the opportunity to go to college. 

Elizabeth Pinkerton

Elizabeth Pinkerton

Elizabeth Pinkerton is a retired teacher and administrator of Elk Grove Unified School District. She has been a Board member of the Scholarship Foundation for 20 years. She is a scholarship donor, and has provided 75 scholarships from sales of local history books she has written.

Xanthi A. Pinkerton

Xanthi A. Soriano

Xanthi A. Soriano is currently Elk Grove Unified School District Director of Communications and Public Information Officer. She was a former language teacher at Valley and Florin high schools and dance director at Valley High School. Prior to transitioning into education, Mrs. Soriano worked as a marketing manager for the local light rail manufacturer, Siemens, and prior to that, she worked as a marketing supervisor and business analyst in the fast food industry with McDonald’s Corporation. As a life-long learner, Soriano holds an MPA from USC and two bachelor’s degrees from UC Irvine (Drama and History) and is passionate about learning foreign languages and culture as well as traveling abroad and blogging about her adventures.

Kevin Spease

Kevin Spease

Kevin Spease is a long-time resident of Elk Grove.  After military service, Kevin returned to the hometown he loves.  He has been married to Angela for 30 years and their son, Jeremy, is 26 years old.

Brian Wiese

Brian Wiese

Brian has been involved in the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation since 2012. He is currently chair of the Development Committee.Brian’s architectural career began in 1970 in Wisconsin. He has been a Principal Architect since 1970 beginning with his own firm and later merging to form Staff King Wiese Architects in 1995.He lives in Elk Grove with his wife Jan and they have established a scholarship in memory of their daughter Erika Wiese.

Mike Zehnder

Mike Zehnder

Mike Zehnder is an Elk Grove native with six brothers and grew up on the family dairy. He graduate from Elk Grove High School, Class of 1972. He attended Cosumnes River College, obtained AA degrees in Agri-Business and a certificate in Fire Science. He was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Elk Grove Fire Department while attending college and became a full-time firefighter in 1976 and retired 2009 as the rank of battalion chief.

Mike and his wife Kathy have three daughters all graduates from Elk Grove High School, and 8 Grandkids (as of July 2019)

Pat Weaver

Pat Weaver – Representative from Elk Grove Optimist Club

Pat Weaver is a long-time resident of Elk Grove since 1970 where she and her husband worked, raised their three children, and participated in community activities. She joined the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation in 2005 after retiring from the Elk Grove Unified School District where she worked for 30 years. For the Foundation she chairs the Spotlight on Scholarship event, participates on the Scholarship Committee, and helped build and maintain the webpage.

She and her husband, Warren Weaver, received the honor of Citizen of the Year in 2015.

Warren Weaver

Warren Weaver – Elk Grove Lion’s Club Representative

Warren Weaver has been a resident of Elk Grove since 1970. During that time, he has been very involved with students at Elk Grove High School, the Creekside Christian Church, through the Lion’s Club, and in many other aspects of the community.>

Warren Weaver was the cornerstone of the Elk Grove Agriculture Department and FFA for over 37 years before retiring. He continues to be involved in agriculture and FFA at the local, state, and national level. His belief in agriculture, the FFA, extracurricular activities, and community service was the framework by which he valued student success. He has always been very dedicated and passionate about working with students and being part of the community. As a result, he received the Agriculture Education Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Elk Grove Citizen of the Year in 2015.

Frank Lucia

Frank Lucia – Representative from Elk Grove Rotary Club

Frank Lucia worked as a teacher, coach and high school principal within the Elk Grove Unified School District for 36 years. After retiring in 2009, he joined the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation Board to continue his work in providing student support as they transition into post secondary education.

Nicole Brown – EGUSD Head Counselor

Currently, as Elk Grove Unified School District’s Head Counselor, Nicole promotes the coordination of counseling services for students; with a passion for balancing academic achievement with cultural responsiveness for the well-being and social emotional development of all students. With student-centered programs for college as well as career preparedness and connections to post-secondary career pathways – all students can experience social-emotional wellness and career success!


Craig Murray – Representative of EGUSD

Craig Murray is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Secondary Education, for EGUSD. Craig values education, and has earned credentials and degrees from the community college system, UC, CSU, and a private university in California. He appreciates all the work that is done by the Elk Grove Community to support our students.

Bouchaib Benmira

Bouchaib Benmira

Dr. Benmira is a North African native and has studied and worked in North Africa, France, Italy, and the USA. He graduated from a California State University with a MBA in Finance and Doctorate in Education. He worked for Chevron Corp. as a financial analyst and taught mathematics as a Sacramento State University adjunct faculty. He advocates for career-based education while championing STEM education and helps US and international students plan and prepare for their college and career. In his free time, he is an avid soccer player and enjoys the weekend games in the beautiful Elk Grove soccer fields.

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