Board of Directors

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Frank Santos, President

Frank is a chemical engineer with a MBA that worked 35 years in various executive positions for Chevron Corp.  He retired in 1993 as Director and President/CEO of Valent USA Corp. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Corp.)  He is a third generation Californian raised in Sacramento, traveled extensively and lived in five different countries.  He is currently active in many local organizations including the Knights of Columbus, St. Patrick’s Church, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Center for the Arts, and a tenor in the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir.  A past director of many corporations and locally the Alta Sierra Country Club.   He was inspired to join the board to try to give back the excellent care given by Hospice during his wife’s passing in 2011.

Valerie M. Logsdon, Vice President

Valerie M. Logsdon established her business in Grass Valley in 2004, assisting elderly clients with estate planning issues. A Certified Elder Law Attorney, she has helped families as an attorney since 2000.  She served as the Chair of the Adult and Family Services Commission and currently is a member of the Grass Valley Rotary.  She wholeheartedly believes in the hospice mission and has seen the positive difference hospice makes in a person’s end of life.

Bob Altieri, Secretary

Bob Altieri is active on two corporate Boards and currently serving his fifth term on the Nevada County Board of Education. He served on the Nevada County Grand Jury in 1987.  He has an extensive business management background with an emphasis in business development and a former CEO and founder of two local software companies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology and an MBA from California State University. He is a Certified Business Appraiser accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers (since 1992) and a licensed real estate broker.

John Woodford, Treasurer

John started his career with Price Waterhouse in 1968 and the moved to a large Los Angeles area firm; Lee, Sperling, Hisamune A/C in 1970.  He became a partner in the firm of Mercer & Woodford in 1983.  In 1992 he, along with Scott Robertson formed a partnership which has become Robertson, Woodford & Summers; LLP in Grass Valley.  His areas of specialization include all areas of taxation, tax controversies, estate and financial planning and estate and trust administration.  Professionally, he is active on the California society of CPAs Committee on Taxation and Estate Planning Committee.  In the past, he has chaired the Society’s Los Angeles Chapter’s Taxation  Committee and presided as President of the Los Angeles and Gold Country Estate Planning Councils.  He has also chaired the Nevada County CPA Discussion Group.  In 1987 he was recognized by Money Magazine as one of the top tax advisors in the United States.

Sally Gallagher

Sally Gallagher holds a MBA from the Claremont Graduate School and a B.S.N. from the University of California at San Francisco. She has held a variety of domestic and international senior health care administrative positions.

She has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, the Pasadena City College School of Nursing and the California Association for Health Services at Home. Most recently she worked as a clinical surveyor for the Joint Commission of International Accreditation. During this period she surveyed medical and research centers and hospices in Asia, Europe and South America.

She moved to Grass Valley in 2009. Since then she has served on the Nevada County Grand Jury from 2010-1011. She also served as a volunteer during the opening phase of the Hospice Gift and Thrift store in Grass Valley.

Sally’s career has provided her with a health care background that has always included a hospice component. She hopes this professionally rich background will assist her in supporting the Hospice of the Foothills’ programs to enhance the lives of our patients and their families.

Jim Heard

Jim is a native Californian raised in Modoc County on a Cattle Ranch.  He went to Chico State College graduating in 1966 with a BS degree in Medical Technology.  He interned at Sutter Hospitals in Sacramento and worked in the Sacramento area for 5 years; moving to Grass Valley with his wife, Bobbie and two sons in 1971.  He worked at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital starting in the Laboratory and retiring 40 years later as Vice President of Professional Services in July 2011.  Jim served on the SNMH Foundation Board for over 10 years.  He is currently serving on the Board for Nevada County Country Club.  Jim and his wife, Bobbie (of 48 years) travel extensively and are avid golfers.

Rick Kalb

Rick started his career with Northwestern Mutual in San Francisco in 1983.  He is a Wealth Management advisor and serves high net worth clients throughout the United States.  Rick moved to Nevada County in 1992 to raise his son Ryan and daughter Samantha.  He is the founder of the big brothers Nevada City Mountain Bike Endurance Race that is in its 16th year.  He is an avid cyclist and enjoys riding and racing Mountain and Road bikes.  He is a member of the 49er breakfast Rotary Club and the Gold Country Estate Planning Council.

Larry Meek

Larry came to Nevada County in 1986 as the Principal of Nevada Union High School.  He is a native Californian who was born and raised in San Diego County and earned his BA and MA at San Diego State University, and his Doctoral degree at USC.  His career as an educator spans forty years.  Larry and his wife, Pamela, have two sons, and two grandsons.  He and his wife enjoy visiting other countries, having lived four years in Europe and three years in Nepal.  Larry is active in the community as a member of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club, and as an elected member of the Nevada County Board of Education.  Larry and Pamela’s parents both received excellent care from Hospice.

Judith O’Toole

Judy is fourth generation Californian born and raised in San Francisco.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Drama with a minor In Sociology from Dominican College of San Rafael (now Dominican University).   She and her husband,  Tom, moved to Grass Valley in 2004 from Marin County.  While in Marin County she was affiliated with Children’s Home Society, and Little Children’s Aid Junior Auxiliary.  She is co-owner of Pacific Bancnote Company, one of the country’s largest providers of securities.   She is  currently on the DVSAC Board of Directors, an Associate member of the N.C.L.F.C, a member of the Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation, a staff member of Lunch at the Crossroads and an active member of Friends of Hospice.

Jack Pascoe

Jack is a licensed clinical psychologist.  He received his Doctor of Psychology Degree from Biola University – School of Psychology in 1979.  For many years he maintained a private out-patient psychotherapy practice before becoming the Executive and Clinical Director of a non-profit church based community counseling center in Southern California.  He and his wife, Jackie, moved to Grass Valley in 2002.  Over the past 12 years he has provided consultant forensic psychological services to both the California Department of State Hospitals and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Recent experience with Hospice of the Foothills during the dying process of 2 close friends that occurred over the past several years served to enliven his already strong commitment to the hospice philosophy regarding death with dignity; leading to his ready acceptance of an invitation to become an active member of the Board supporting and advancing the Mission of Hospice of the Foothills.  He enjoys fishing, skiing, riding his motorcycle and singing in the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir and the Peace Lutheran Church Choir.

Linda Rasmussen

Linda and her husband, Holger, moved to Grass Valley 25 years ago. They were impressed with the hospice service for a friend and they both became involved with hospice.  Linda served as President of Friends of Hospice for three years and currently serves as the Chair of the Executive Council of Friends.  She was the Executive Director of a 140 physician Independent Practice Association in Fremont, CA for 12 years prior to moving, so along with the changing reimbursement system for healthcare she worked with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and local physicians to form an Integrated Healthcare Organization where she served as Executive Director.  The organization was formed to deal with insurance contracting and discussions with major healthcare systems about affiliation.  She is a supporter of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation and other local non-profits.  Her husband of almost 40 years, Dr. Holger Rasmussen, passed away last year under hospice and she is passionate about hospice services and making them available to the community.

Vida Santos

Vida moved to Grass Valley in 2003 from Los Angeles where she served for many years as a trustee of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.  As a new Grass Valley resident she became involved in the Alta Sierra Golf and Country Club, completing a 3 year term as director is 2012.  She is a member of the Sierra Nevada Hospital Foundation, a supporter of In-Concert Sierra, Music in the Mountains and the Friendship Club.  She has lived in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington state, raising four children and participating in civic and philanthropic activities.  She has also worked in city government in Portola Valley, CA and Bellevue, WA.   By serving on the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Foothills she fulfills an ongoing personal commitment and opportunity to give back to an organization that provided outstanding care and assistance when her then husband was dying several years ago.

Dan R. Wilson

Dan and his wife Debe moved to Grass Valley from Alamo, CA in 2003. He was raised in a small town in Eastern Oregon. He received his B.S. from Oregon State University, School of Pharmacy in 1964. Later that year he started as a staff pharmacist with Longs Drugstores. He retired 38 years later in 2002 after holding several senior management positions and serving on the Board of Directors of the operating company for the last 13 years of his career. He retired as Sr. V.P. Pharmacy and Business Development. Since moving to Grass Valley he has been a member of the SNMH Community Advisory/Outreach Panel, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Alta Sierra Country Club.


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