During White's time at the North Valley Community Foundation she has greatly improved the systems behind our accounts payable process, payroll, quarterly reports to clients as well as grant programs, including but not limited to, Annie B's Community Drive. Karen's meticulous work ethic and dedication to benefiting our communities is a tremendous asset to our team.
Debbie Blue the Executive Assistant to Alexa Benson-Valavanis joined our team in 2013. She comes to the North Valley Community Foundation from Austin, Texas where she was the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Human Resources at the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to Debbie's work at UT she was an Insurance Underwriter and Case Advocate for Warner Pacific Insurance in Westlake Village, CA.
Laura has lived in the North State with her daughters and husband for almost eleven years having moved here from New York City. Laura has served various roles at NVCF including establishing the Nonprofit Institute from 2004-2007, hosting and facilitating the North Valley Nonprofit Council, and collaborating as the nonprofit expert on various projects. She comes to her new role as Director of Strategic Philanthropy with years of preparation to better serve businesses and individuals to intentionally develop a philanthropic strategy. Her desire is to bring multiple groups to the table to solve real problems in creative ways and make a real difference in the community. Laura is a team player, enthusiastic, and full of energy.
After completing a BA from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco Laura has spent 19 years working to better the community through training, equipping and consulting with nonprofit organizations. Her consulting practice focuses on fundraising, marketing, CEO coaching, strategic planning, and board development. In fundraising, Laura develops strategies with clients to diversify funding by sharpening their story to garner the most significant gifts and grants. Laura focuses her clients to do good WELL so that her clients operate at the highest level possible to reach their missions over time.
Laura’s interests are varied: the arts, music, social service, teaching, reading, hiking, traveling, and conversation. She served as a founding board member of TEDxChico, serves regularly at the Jesus Center, volunteers at her church and in the schools.