Our Founders and Advocates

Founders and Advocates of the Women's and Girls' Fund have a special impact on the lives of women and girls in Kern County. Their gifts of cash and securities have rapidly built our endowment to provide $207,000 in grants to the community as of April 29, 2015. With the successful conclusion of the Building to a Million Campaign, our endowment will grow to support up to $50,000 in community grants each year.

Founders and Advocates are invited to assist with each year's grantmaking process. Contact us to learn more about becoming an Advocate, or to request a copy of our brochure.

The following list was updated April 15, 2015


Donors with cumulative giving of $10,000 or more.

Women's and Girls' Fund Circle

*Signifies Donors and Advocates who make additional $1,000 gifts during one year.


Founders made cumulative gifts of $1,000-$9,999 during 2005-2010.

Their new gifts of $1,000 or more to the

Building to a Million campaign will be designated by bold print.


Since 2010, Advocates are donors of $1,000 or more. Their new gifts

of $1,000 or more to the Building to a Million campaign will be designated by bold print.

Women's and Girls' Fund Diamonds

American General Media/KGFM-FM and Rachel's Girls   

The Bakersfield Californian  

Simin Banister*

Don and Earlene Barnes*  

Kristen Barnes*

Laurie Bustamante, in memory of Laura Sullivan Anello*  

Mary Bynum*  

Jennice Boylan Cerrina*

Mary Christenson  

Peggy Cole Darling*

Joan Dezember*  

Jennifer Boylan Drake, in honor of Emily Serrano*

Bonnie J. Fitzgerald*  

Barbara Grimm-Marshall*  

Grimmway Enterprises  

Virginia Hamisch*  

Cindy Jones*

Wayne and Ginny Kirschenman

Holly Lazzerini*

Dayna Leggio, in honor of Gianna and Juliet Leggio* 

Lightspeed Systems  

Mary Mazzei*  

Judi Tuttle McCarthy*  

Louise McCarthy, in memory of Jan Tuttle*

Kay Meek*

Cheryl Miller*

Marjorie Nixon*  

Cassie Schamblin*  

In Memory of Nadene Steinert

Nancy Turnipseed*

World of Women Giving Circle*

Women's and Girls' Fund Founders

Doreen Abrams 

Carol S. Adamson

John C. Alexander D.D.S., in honor of my daughters

Corina Godfrey Anderson 

Kari Anderson 

Leigh Ann Anderson 

Lisa Andrew 

Maureen Andrew, in memory of Ann Abrams 

Anonymous Donors (3) 

In memory of Pam Armstrong 

Jeanne C. Austin 

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation 

The BFF’s Giving Circle 

Louis and Sheryl Barbich Foundation*

Mary Barlow 

Taylor Barnes 

Bella at the Marketplace 

Bettina M. Belter 

Ann Beman 

Sue Benham 

Catherine E. Bennett* 

Deborah H. Besenfelder 

Lynda Boleschka in honor of Heather Boleschka 

Donice Boylan 

Charlotte Brandt, in honor of Tory L. Brandt 

Linda Brenner 

Beverly Burke, in honor of Mikie Hay 

Dr. Javier Bustamante, in honor of Gaby Ibarra Bustamante 

Natalie Bustamante

Beverly Byl

Jackie Bynum

Margaret Bynum

Marley Bynum-Sherry

Megan Bynum

Dwight and Nada Byrum, in memory of Maire Victor and Maire Byrum

CSUB Women Leaders

Jana Campbell

Pat Durando Campbell 

Phyllis Fielding Campbell

Judith C. Caratan*

Shelli Carlovsky

Nancy Carr

Suzanne Carver

Castle & Cooke

Sylvia Thomson Cattani*

Donna Chaffee

Chapter JT, PEO Sisterhood 

Judith Chase, in memory of Margaret Chase Goode *

Dona Penoli Chertok

Meg Clay

Kathleen Pascoe Clerou

Ira and Carole Cohen 

Terri Collins

Joan W. Cox 

Holly Culhane, in honor of Betty Webb 

Noel Daniells, in memory of Rose Daniells*

Margaret DeArmond

Davida Muscio Delis 

Mary Button Demos 

Peggy Dewane-Pope*

Anna Dezember

Gordon and Joyce Downs

Jan Drew 

Lynelle Echeverria 

Katharine Edmonson

Maureen Farrell, Doncaster Clothing  

Vicki Farrell* 

Ann Fisher 

Teresa Ford, in honor of Brittney and Tristin McGlassen 

Melissa Fortune in memory of Doris Paggi Fortune* 

Jenna Foster

Tom and Judy Franconi 

Dr. Tom and Donna Frank

Edith Frick 

Judy and Charles Fritch 

Sheila Fry 

GFWC California Federation of Women’s Clubs

Corrinne Garrison 

Catherine Gay 

Pamela Presley Giumarra* 

Keri and John Gless 

Pam Godfrey 

Christine Goedhart-Humphrey 

Gold Crest Construction 

Tom and Diana Gordon in honor of Donna Murray* 

Angene Grigg 

Fran Gunner 

Becky, Jessica and Alexandra Hall 

Harvey and Lavonne Hall* 

Susan B. Hamilton 

Ann Hansen 

Marianne Harmer, in honor of Bianca Ann Harmer 

Bill and Carol Hatcher

Jane Haupt 

Mikie Hay in honor of Bebe Burke 

Arlene and Joel Heinrichs 

Domonique Hensler 

Susan Hersberger, in honor of Kate Hersberger Greenberg 

Deborah Hess 

Jane Hildebrand 

Napier Hill, in honor of Marjorie Lindsey 

Dolores and Bob Hoffman 

Cheryl Holsonbake in honor of Bill & Donna Eslick 

Judy Hyatt 

Cynthia Icardo 

Cliff and Gail Johnson, in memory of Johnnie Sisson 

Diane Johnson 

George and Karen Johnson, in memory of Lorraine Olson Johnson 

Ken and Teri Jones 

Trisha S. Jones 

Joyce Junger 

Kern County Fire Fighters, Local 1301 

Kern Medical Society Alliance 

Susan Killingsworth 

Dave and Danielle Kilpatrickin memory of Betty Lou Kilpatrick* 

Lisa King* 

Dianne Klein 

Hilda Klein, in memory of Evelyn Reyneveld* 

Ruth Klein 

Lyndia Krausgrill

Jeanine Lambert, Doncaster Clothing 

Dawn Land-Walker, in memory of Evelyn Land 

Sherry Lanza

Susan K. Laverty 

Tish Layous 

Ione Lollar

Lesa Mackessy 

Mary Madland/Madland Toyota 

Rhonda Magness 

Judith Malerich 

Lori Mariani 

Tanya Mariani 

Lynzi Massey

Paije Massey

Sandi Maul 

Livio and Ronda Mazzei 

Katie McCarthy 

Diana Mestmaker 

In memory of Barbara Meyer 

JoAnn Meyer 

Suzanne Meyer, in honor of Amanda and Sarah Meyer* 

Tom and Mary Middleton 

Martha Miller 

Bitsy Ming, in honor of Priscella Moore 

Kim Mishkind* 

Ginger Moorhouse, in honor of Tracey and Ginny Cowenhoven 

In memory of Leola Morgan 

Mountain Mommas & Poppas 

Beth and Joe Nahama* 

Dayna F. Nichols 

In honor of Carroll Favero and in memory of Robert Favero 

In honor of Stephanie, Heidi, Nikki and Stacie Nichols 

Karen Northcutt 

Nancy Oehler* 

Allison Brandt Oliver 

Diana Pascoe Othart 

Pamela Ott 

Haley Jones Ottaway 

Stella Ottaway 

Cheryl Palla* 

Sally Panero 

Mona Pankey* 

Paramount Farming Co. 

Jeanette Richardson Parks, in honor of Betty Padgett 

Laura Pascoe 

Barbara Patrick* 

Lois Pence 

Cathy Perfect and Amber Siratt

Cindy Pinson

Kay Pitts*

Linda Pounds

Heli Powell, in memory of Meta Lipp

Judith Pratt

Darlene Rhoades 

Jessica, Katie and Mary Richardson

Randy and Mary Richardson*

In memory of Beth Rienzi 

Danette Rinehart

Jeanette Rogers-Erickson

Monique Rogers-Poulton 

Joy Rose, in honor of daughters Lisa Hafey and Leah Rose 

Rotary Club of Bakersfield 

“T” Royer-Cartwright, in honor of Mildred Stauffer-Thomas* 

In memory of Marjorie Rump 

In memory of Doris Salter 

Teresa Shambaugh, in memory of Dorothy Harrison*

Mary K. Shell 

Evalee Simmons 

Bob and Barbara Smith 

Pat Smith 

South Fork Women’s Club* 

Southern California Edison, Kern County, Tehachapi, and Antelope Valley 

Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross 

Jennifer and Steve Starbuck, in honor of Betty Jones

Mike and Cathi Stier 

Betty and Bob Stine* 

Nancy J. Stoller 

Linda Sullenger 

Gene Tackett, in memory of Wendy Wayne*

Joan Thomas

Mindy Thomas 

Elaine Thomson 

Mary Lou Thomson 

Pamela Tivnon

Today Cleaners 

Alissa Turnipseed, in memory of Anna Turnipseed* 

Amy Turnipseed, in memory of Rose Antongiovanni 

In memory of Arlene Tweedy

Phillis Van Boening


Engrid Wang

Supervisor Ray Watson

Lonie Wattenbarger

In memory of Wendy Wayne

Dolores Whitley, in memory of Dale Moulin 

Dr. John and Debbie Wilson

Laura Lollar Wolfe* 

Cheryl Woody

Linda Wright, in honor of all Girl Scouts 

Jeanne Young

Betty Lee Younger

Kathleen Zaninovich

Women's and Girls' Fund Advocates  

Vicki Bielli  

Ann Bigler

Christine Boylan

CSUB Women Leaders 2012  

Deborah Creighton

Daughters of Persia*  

Agnes DeJong*

Cherilee Ezell

Angelo Haddad  

Della Hodson  

Susan Hopkins, in memory of Linda Parsons  

Ice House Framing & Gallery  

Tara Jamieson

Erica Leggio   

Patricia Loyd, in memory of Byron and Eleanor Loyd   

Cathy Lucas   

Fiona Lytle  

Don Martin/Metro Galleries   

Cynthia Meek* 

Donald & Cathy Palla 

Lara Riccomini 

Robin Mangarin Scott

Tuesdy Small

Novena Weaver  

Sasha Windes

Women’s Council of Realtors*