Local Philanthropy Experts

Our professional staff members are ready to help you match your giving interests with community needs and opportunities. We can work with your professional advisor to ensure your gift meets your charitableóas well as personal and financialógoals.

Kristen A. Beall, Ed.D.

President and CEO

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Kristen Barnes, Ed.D. is President and CEO of Kern Community Foundation, and President of Kern Real Estate Foundation. Dr. Beall has 30 years of leadership experience in a unique combination of public and private accounting, education and philanthropy.

Dr. Beall holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a master's degree in education from Point Loma Nazarene University, a clear California teaching credential, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Beall has spent a large portion of her adult life involved in Kern County philanthropy, serving as president of the Lori Brock Children's Museum, treasurer of the Junior League of Bakersfield, board member for the Girl Scouts, Joshua Tree Council and steering committee member for the Bakersfield Women's Business Conference and American Cancer Society's Oktoberfest. Most recently, she serves as a founding member of the Women's and Girls' Fund of Kern County Vision Committee and advisor to students in the Jim Burke Education Foundation Dreambuilder program. Dr. Beall also serves on the Board of Trustees for California Health Science University and the Board of Directors for Valley PBS.

While originally from Southern California, Dr. Beall has proudly called Kern County her home for the past 30 years. She has two adult children, Taylor and Morgan.

Rachel M. Evey

Manager of Development and Donor Services

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Rachel Evey is Manager of Development and Donor Services at Kern Community Foundation. A dedicated nonprofit professional, Rachel believes in encouraging local philanthropy to increase the viability and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. Playing a vital role in the Foundation's growth, Rachel enjoys introducing individuals, families, corporations, and the general community to the Foundation's impact and services while stewarding donors and community partners.

Rachel joined Kern Community Foundation in 2012 and has since held a variety of positions in development and donor services activities. During her time, she has overseen the Foundation's YouTube channel, Kern Community Foundation Live! and various competitive grants cycle. Rachel leads and manages the Foundation's Nonprofit Endowment Partnership program, providing direct assistance to 9 nonprofit organizations' staff and boards in the development of planned giving programs and endowment funds. Give Big Kern, the county's annual online giving day, is co-led by Rachel.

Rachel serves on the Leadership Council for Bakersfield Young Professionals (BYP), a program of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. A part of the initial leadership team behind BYP, it has transformed into a program that provides social networking, professional development, and personal growth to local young professionals. Rachel's service on the Leadership Council has resulted in engaging young professionals with local nonprofit organizations through Philanthropy on Tap, the Foundation's nonprofit speaker series.

A Bakersfield native, Rachel returned to her hometown after graduating from the University of California, Davis with her Bachelorís in International Relations and Italian with a minor in Religious Studies. Rachel is happily married to Matthew Evey.

Danette M. Rinehart

Manager of Finance and Administration

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Danette Rinehart is Manager of Finance and Administration of Kern Community Foundation. She joined the Foundation in August 2007.

Previously, she was a small business owner of Network and Database Solutions and was a production database consultant for Midway Sunset Cogeneration, a subsidiary of Southern California Edison.

Danette is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield with a degree in Business Administration. She is a certified Microsoft Systems Engineer and Database Administrator.

Alyse M. Braaten

Manager of Grants and Scholarships

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Alyse Braaten is the Manager of Grants and Scholarships for Kern Community Foundation, assisting nonprofit organizations and students in reaching their highest potential through the financial assistance provided by the donors of Kern Community Foundation. Born, raised, and educated in Kern County, Alyse has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from California State University, Bakersfield and had devoted her professional career to helping local students achieve their academic goals.

Alyse is a 10 year veteran of higher education assistance and promotion in Kern County and has spent the last two years as the Executive Director of the Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation and Regional Administrator of the Cash for College program. Since 2012, her focus has been on student financial aid, continuing to increase the number of students in our community who find college funding through State, Federal, and Private funding sources. She sees the natural connections between grants for nonprofit organizations and scholarships for students. By supporting organizations and individuals with potential to bring positive impact to Kern County, she hopes to make her own positive impact on the community she so dearly loves.

Alyse and her husband, Chris, enjoy rural living in the Southern Kern farm lands where they raise their two young daughters, Story and Penelope.