Gary DeLong, Chair
Gary DeLong has been an active community leader in Long Beach for over 30 years by serving on the City’s Economic Development Commission, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council, and the Boards of the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Long Beach City College Foundation, the Long Beach Public Library, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, ChildNet Youth & Family Services, Goodwill Industries of Southern California, and now the Long Beach Community Foundation. He was previously a member of the Long Beach City Council representing the 3rd District of Long Beach. He is currently the President of The RTP Group, Inc., a successful telecommunications management company. Gary joined the LBCF Board in 2013.
Robert Stemler, Vice-Chair
Bob Stemler is an attorney with Keesal, Young & Logan primarily handling corporate, real estate, and employment law matters. He joined the LBCF Board in 2013. He’s a member of Rotary International, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Molina Foundation.
Donita Joseph, CFO
Donita Joseph, CPA, MBT, is a Partner at Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation in Long Beach where she specializes in taxation issues surrounding estate and trust tax planning. She is currently Board Treasurer for the Long Beach Museum of Art and was Past President of the Estate Planning and Trust Council and Long Beach Camp Fire USA. Donita is a nationally known speaker on income taxation of estates and trusts.
Annette Kashiwabara, Secretary
Annette Kashiwabara is active in the Long Beach community through her affiliation with many nonprofit organizations. She is currently the Executive Director with the Assistance League of Long Beach. She joined the LBCF Board in 2015 and is also a Board Member of California State University, Long Beach’s 49er Foundation and a community volunteer with the Long Beach Police Department.
Blake Christian is a tax partner at Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt in Long Beach and Park City who specializes in corporate, partnership and individual tax compliance and planning. He is active in the community and has served on numerous community boards including the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Long Beach Rotary, the Orange County Treasury Advisory Committee, Plant LB and Long Beach Tech Accelerator. Blake joined the LBCF Board in 2013.
Michele Dobson is a native of Long Beach and an attorney whose practice is diverse and full-service. She joined the LBCF Board in 2015. She is also a Board Member of several notable nonprofits including Long Beach Day Nursery, the YMCA Metro Board, Tichenor Childrens’ Clinic, Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Trustees and the California State University, Long Beach Board of Governors.
Bob Foster, former Mayor of Long Beach, is a widely respected business and community leader. Prior to serving as Mayor, he served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. He remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations including Long Beach Rotary, Long Beach Jewish Federal Foundation, and YMCA of Greater Long Beach. He is currently a director on several corporate boards of directors and is President of his own company Prometheus Advisors.
Tony Gales is a tax partner at Rossi LLP in Long Beach who specializes in corporate, partnership and individual tax compliance and planning. He is active in the community and currently serves as a board member of the Long Beach Police Foundation, Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic for Children, and the Community Hospital Advisory Board. Tony joined the LBCF Board in 2017.
Mark Guillen is the West Regional Manager of Public Affairs at Crown Castle, Int. He is currently a Board Member of The Rumba Foundation of Long Beach, the Ukleja Center for Ethical Studies at CSULB, Finance Committee Member for the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, and on the Advisory Committee for Long Beach Community Action Partnership. Mark joined the LBCF Board in 2017.
Steve Keesal is a financial advisor for Oppenheimer & Co. He is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach and served as an Airborne Ranger in the United States Army Special Operations Command. He is very involved in Long Beach as an active member of Long Beach Rotary, the Fisher House Southern California, and the American Gold Star Manor. Steve joined the LBCF Board in 2016.
Frank Newell is the former principal and President of the law firm Newell, Curtis, Nelson & Burnight, now known as Curtis & Burnight. He specialized in estate planning, business, and real estate law. Frank has been involved with LBCF since its inception, previously serving as Legal Counsel to LBCF. He is an active member of several community organizations including Long Beach Rotary, Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. Newell joined the LBCF Board in 2016.
Suzanne is a long time volunteer and has served in many capacities as a volunteer in the community. She currently serves on the Boards of the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, Community Hospital Foundation and the Long Beach City College Board of Governors. She is also a voting member of Assistance League® of Long Beach and has served as chapter President and National Assistance League President.
Judy Ross is the former Executive Director of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership where she worked for more than 15 years. Judy joined the LBCF Board in 2015 and brings a wealth of knowledge about local nonprofits to the table.
Marcelle Epley, President & CEO
Marcelle Epley is the President & CEO of the Long Beach Community Foundation. She has both an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach. Her small and large business experience and leadership positions served at local organizations including Long Beach Transit and the Press-Telegram, bring a wealth of knowledge and valuable background to the Community Foundation. She is actively involved in the Long Beach community through a broad range of charitable organizations including Long Beach Rotary, the Long Beach City College Foundation, and Leadership Long Beach.
Advisory Committee Members
Jon Alban, Professional Advisor Committee Member
Laura Hartigan, Asset Development Committee Member
Scott Magee, Professional Advisor Committee, Member
Jane Netherton, Asset Development Committee Member
In compliance with National Standards, all LBCF Board members, staff, and committee members are required to read and sign a confidentiality policy.
Header photo courtesy of Nancy Foster. Used with permission.