Board of Directors

Sharon Gebur, President

Sharon is a Registered Nurse and moved to Nevada County with her husband Bill in 1974. Over the last 33 years she worked in various aspects of healthcare before retiring in 2006. She has expertise in Pain Management, Palliative Care and Case Management. She obtained her B.S. degree at San Diego State University and then her Master’s degree at Sacramento State.  Sharon served on the Board of Directors for the Lutz Adult Day Care Center and has been active in local Soroptimist clubs, both Sierra Foothills and Grass Valley.   She is actively volunteering for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation as well.  Sharon and Bill enjoy boating, gardening and traveling.  Their daughter Michelle is married and lives in the Sacramento area.

Frank Santos, Vice-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 Advisory Panels for the Sierra Nevada Medical Hospital and the Center for the Arts; Financial Secretary and webmaster for the Knights of Columbus; Music in the Mountains and their Festival Chorale, Grass Valley Male Chorus and St. Patrick Church choir and webmaster. A past director of many corporations and locally the Alta Sierra Country Club and Music in the Mountains. 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.

Richard E. Keene, Secretary

Richard Keene is a native of California and graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (graduated 1986), and Santa Clara University Law School (graduated 1992). Richard has been practicing law continuously for 15 years. He has served as staff counsel to a nationwide insurance carrier and to a venture capital group, in addition to advising individuals, families and small business regarding estate planning. For the past 5 years, his practice has dealt almost exclusively with probate and estate planning.

Chuck Zavitz, Treasurer

Chuck is serving his second term on the Hospice Board of Directors, his first term was from 1995 to 2002. He has been living in Nevada County since 1988. Chuck retired from his tax practice in 2000 and is currently President of Cranmer Engineering, Inc. He is past president of Penn Valley Rotary and has been active in a number of local non-profits.

Leo Granucci, Past President

Leo Granucci has been active on several boards including the Friendship Club, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Board and the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Leo has a degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State University. He retired from the pharmaceutical and grocery distribution industry after forty-two years, the last six spent running his own company. Leo is a skilled pilot and member of Angel Flight, a volunteer organization of pilots who fly people in need of medical treatment.

Bob Altieri

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.  Bob 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.

Barbara Belmer

Barbara moved to Grass Valley from New Hampshire in 1996 and has been very active in Friends of Hospice, including serving as President 2000-2001.  She has served on the Board of also Music in the Mountains since 2005 and is a member of the Allegro Alliance Council. She has been a member of several HOF committees relating to the new Hospice facility and joined the Board of Directors July 1, 2008.  Barbara travels extensively when not busy with her many volunteer activities.  She received her BA from Elmira College and had a successful career in grants management in two hospitals in New York City, and then in administration of a research institute in a hospital in NYC before her retirement.

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.

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 Jack 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.  Jack enjoys fishing, skiing, riding his motorcycle and singing in the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir and the Peace Lutheran Church Choir.

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.  Vida 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.

Valerie M. Logsdon

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.

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.   Judy 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.

Neil Wallach

Neil was born in Chicago, IL.  He attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Drake University.  His entire career was spent in the professional beauty industry working for Revlon, Clairol, Helene Curtis and Syntex.  In 1994 Neil started his own consulting company working with fortune 500 companies as well as smaller industry firms.  A few of his clients were Norelco, Coldwell (division of Kao Corp.), Redken, John Sanag & Orly International.  He is past-president of Alta Sierra Country Club.  He and is wife, Jacqueline, are retired and enjoying life in Grass Valley.

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. Dan 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.

Cathy Jostes (Friends of Hospice Board Liaison)

Cathy and her husband Larry moved to Nevada City from Danville, CA in 1999.  She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in English and Education. Cathy joined Friends of Hospice in 2010; served as Vice President/Event Chair in 2012, and is currently the 2013 President of Friends of Hospice. Her work experience includes teaching elementary school. She retired as the Office Manager and Senior Management Meeting Planner of Long’s Drug Store, corporate  headquarters. Since her retirement in 1993, Cathy has volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Nevada County,  Music in the Mountains and First Alumni of WW.  Cathy had family members cared for by hospice organizations and understand the need for these services in Nevada County. She looks forward to the leadership opportunities presented through fund raising events with Friends of Hospice and serving on our Board as the Friends of Hospice liaison.

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