Board of Directors


Valerie M. Logsdon, 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.

Larry Meek, Vice-President

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.

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 advisers in the United States.

Sally Gallagher, Secretary

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.

Frank Santos, Past-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.

Rich Fuxjager

Past downtown business owner; 151 Union Square, Finders Keepers Antiques and Collectibles, and The Yogurt House; all located on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley.  Past Director of Grass Valley Little League, T-ball and Farm Division; organizing teams, recruiting volunteers to
coach, scheduling games.   Presently on the Board of Directors for both The Grass Valley Downtown Association, and The Greater Grass Valley  Chamber of Commerce as well as being an Ambassador for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.  Attended both The University of Alaska Anchorage and Anchorage Community Collage studying Business, Art Design and Sociology.

Jenni Johnston

Jenni is a financial advisor and focuses on successful retirement planning for her clients.  She has been with the firm Edward Jones since 2013 and serves the Grass Valley community.  Previously Jenni work with 2 banking institutions for a total of 12 years and has extensive experience with providing financial solutions, business management and community leadership.  Jenni obtained her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2000.  She has served Hospice of the Foothills as a community member on the Fund Development Committee for 2 years.  She is also a member of the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley, the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and serves a president of Gold Country Estate Planning Council.  Jenni has had personal experience with hospice and is passionate about the mission and serving our community.

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.

Karyn Packard

Rev. Karyn Packard is ordained clergy (retired).  Her ministerial career was in healthcare, first as a chaplain and later as Director of Pastoral Care and an educator in pastoral care, bereavement and medical ethics.  After retiring, she and her husband, Bob, sailed 10,000 miles in their yacht, Realtime.  They have recently settled in Lake Wildwood.  They are happy to be on land an becoming integrated into the community.

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 Memorial 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.

John Scott

John is a retired senior executive of private and public high-technology firms. His experience has spanned markets for analytical instrumentation and the telecommunications industry where he held numerous senior executive positions. He retired from JDS Uniphase Corporation as vice president and as president Ultrapointe Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary. He holds a BS in Photoscience from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northeastern University.  John is an avid downhill skier, a fly fisherman, an amateur radio operator, attempts golf and pursues a number of other hobbies. He and his wife, Dottie, also enjoy traveling in the U.S. and overseas, having visited some 70 countries together. He has been on the Hospice Board of Trustees for four years and is a member of the finance and development committees. He also is on the board and treasurer of Nevada County Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Nevada County Entrepreneur Support Alliance and supports a number of other local non-profit organizations.

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