TCWF Grantmaking Experiences Shared on Website

TCWF Program Directors Ruth Brousseau and Lucia Corral Peña’s article titled “The California Wellness Foundation Work and Health Initiative: Challenges, Accomplishments and Lessons Learned,” can be found on in a new section of the publications area devoted to evaluation and lessons learned. Visitors to the new section of TCWF’s website will also find an article by Executive Vice President Tom David titled, “An Approach to Evaluation at The California Wellness Foundation.”

Recognitions Received

Visit for more information about the following organizations and individuals recently recognized with awards: 

TCWF media partner, Youth Radio, won a George Foster Peabody Award in March 2002.

TCWF received two Wilmer Shields Rich Awards from the Council on Foundations and The Communications Network: a gold award for the “Information for Grantseekers” brochure, and a silver award for the Violence Prevention Initiative’s public education campaign, “Choices for Youth,” funded by a grant from TCWF to i.e. communications.

Cristina M. Regalado, program director for the Special Projects Fund, received a “Changing the Face of Philanthropy” award from the Women’s Funding Network in April.

Ruth Brousseau, program director for the Mental Health priority area, was honored by two San Francisco-area nonprofit groups: in April by the Homeless Prenatal Program, and in May by the Independent Living Resource Center.

TCWF Appoints Two Vice Presidents

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo became vice president of communications in April. She joined TCWF in 1996 as director of communications. Before coming to TCWF, Beltrán-del Olmo was director of public affairs and communications for two Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in the Los Angeles area. Prior to that, she served as vice president at Coronado Communications, as associate director at the California Chicano News Media Association, and as a newspaper reporter for the Orange County Register and Salinas Californian. She holds bachelors’ degrees in journalism and Mexican-American studies from California State University, Northridge.

Margaret (Peggy) Minnich became vice president of finance in April. She joined TCWF in 1992 as controller/director of finance. Minnich has been a certified public accountant since 1984. Before joining the Foundation, she was a manager at Micom Communications Corporation. She has also worked as a senior accountant with the accounting firm Ernst and Young in Los Angeles. She has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Southern California.

Staff Updates

TCWF recognizes the following staff for 10 years of service:

Joan C. Hurley, director of grants administration
Margaret W. Minnich, vice president of finance
Gary L. Yates, president and CEO

TCWF recognizes the following staff for five years of service:

Roni Hooper, communications officer
Susan B. Shiney, senior program assistant

TCWF Welcomes New Staff

David Littlefield, communications officer
Charlie Padow, communications associate

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