Jonathan D. Jaffrey, Chairman and President PISF
Mr. Jaffrey is the founder and creator of the PISF. He is President and a founding partner of Springbanc Social Capital Advisors, a nationally focused philanthropy consultancy. Mr. Jaffrey’s philanthropic experience includes most recently serving as chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and member of the investment committee for the W.M. Keck Foundation, a $1.5 billion private foundation focusing on science, engineering and medical research, liberal arts education, and Southern California community programs. During his tenure Mr. Jaffrey oversaw the creation of many cutting edge philanthropic programs, now nationwide models as well as over $700 million of giving. Dedicated to making a meaningful difference, Mr. Jaffrey also serves on the boards of The Los Angeles, Zoo Association, The Parker Foundation, The Kidspace Museum, as a founding member of the The USC Hillel Foundation and several other local philanthropic organizations. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Charlie Plowman, Vice Chairman PISF
Charlie Plowman, the Publisher of the award-winning Outlook Newspaper, is a graduate of the University of Southern California. The company’s flagship newspaper, the La Canada Outlook, is the biggest community weekly newspaper in the San Gabriel Valley. Charlie has worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Union Station Foundation and Five Acres. “When the Outlook opened, we committed to our readers that we would provide unbiased reporting with a positive and uplifting emphasis, on important events concerning our city, our schools, our sports and our youth,” The Outlook is the only local newspaper that has received the prestigious Les Tupper Community Service Award, named in honor of the late Leslie Tupper, a prominent La Cañada Flintridge citizen and public servant. Since 1969, this award has been presented annually to organizations and individuals who provide exceptional support for charitable programs and community projects.
Kashif F. Sheikh, Secretary PISF
Kashif F. Sheikh (Kash) is the Chief Operating Officer of Andell Holdings LLC, a private investment company and family office. Kash oversees all business operations, investment activities and subsidiaries at Andell Holdings LLC. Kash also serves as Vice Chairman for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Storage Mobility LLC, the largest franchisee for Portable On Demand Storage (PODS). Kash holds an MBA from the Anderson school at UCLA and undergraduate degree from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He holds a CPA license in California. He is active with several philanthropic organizations particularly with charities that are focused on children’s education.
Richard McWhorter, Treasurer PISF
Mr. McWhorter is Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Pasadena. He has over 16 years of experience dealing with high-net worth and ultra high-net worth individuals, non-profit organizations, public and private companies. His practice is centered around providing his clients the full experience offered by the vast services of Merrill Lynch. In addition to his professional commitments, he gives much of his time and energy to a variety of local organizations.
Peter Bachmann, Director
Peter H. Bachmann received his B.A. in History with Honors and Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He studied at Oxford University in England during the summer of 1978 and received his Masters in History from the University of Virginia in 1980. He came to Flintridge Preparatory School in 1980 as a History Teacher. He has held the offices of College Counselor, Dean of the School and Assistant Headmaster. He became Headmaster of Flintridge Preparatory School in 1991. He has been a continuous member of Prep’s History Department since 1980 and continues to teach a senior Honors Great Books seminar each fall and is a lecturer in the senior American Identity course in the spring.
Mr. Bachmann has served on the boards of the La Canada Community Scholarship Association, the La Canada Chamber of Commerce, the Responsible Hospitality Community Council, Pasadena, Chandler School in Pasadena, and the Harvard University Principals Center. He served as President of the Board of the California Association of Independent Schools from 2003-2005 and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Saving Remnant Society.
Rob Case, Director
Rob Case is president of the Nestlé Beverage for USA. Key brands within the division include NESCAFÉ® TASTER’S CHOICE®; NESCAFÉ® CLASICO, NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE®, NESTLÉ® NESQUIK®; NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE®; NESTLE® HOT COCOA AND NESTEA®. More recently, the Nestlé Beverage Division and Jamba Juice announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement to produce and distribute a line of healthy ready-to-drink beverages under the Jamba brand name. Rob joined the Beverage Division in 1997 as vice president of marketing for the Dairy, Chocolate & Chilled marketing business unit after which he was promoted to senior vice president of Marketing, overseeing the Nescafé, Taster’s Choice, Coffee-mate and Nesquik brands. His many contributions to the division include the development of the Chilled Premium Ready-to-Drink business unit, the opening of Nestlé Anderson, a new state-of-the-art factory and distribution center (Anderson, Indiana), as well as numerous product and packaging innovations that have delivered exponential growth and profitability to Nestlé. Prior to joining the Beverage Division, Rob was director of marketing in the Nutrition Division responsible for all Nutrition brands including NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Baby Cereal and Baby Formula and NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Breakfast. He has also served in a variety of other marketing positions during his tenure with Nestlé. Rob received his masters of business administration in marketing/finance from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in economic/ international relations from Claremont Men’s College.
Mohan Chandramohan, Director
“Mohan” Chandramohan founded the American Reprographics Company in February 1988 as President and became the Chief Executive Officer in March 1991. Prior to American Reprographics, Mr. Chandramohan was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at U-Save Auto Parts Stores. In Sri Lanka, he was with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation where he specialized in International banking. Mr. Chandramohan attended the University of California in Los Angeles where he completed the executive program in management at the Anderson Graduate School.
Angelica K. Clark, Director
Angelica has been the Chief Investment Officer for The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation in Los Angeles since 2005. Previously, she was the investment consultant for The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino (2003-2007), Senior Vice President Portfolio Manager for Provident Investment Counsel (1993-2002) and Vice President Portfolio Manager for Philip V. Swan Associates (1984-1993). She graduated in 1984 from Scripps College in Claremont with a BA in Economics and Political Science. In addition, Angelica is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Investment Counselor. Her membership and activities include the Scripps College Board of Trustees for which she is currently the Vice Chair of the Investment Committee and member of the Asset Allocation Committee; past member of the School Board of Trustees for Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School (June 2000-2009) at which she held positions as the Chairman of the Development Committee, Member of the Executive and Finance Committees, and Vice Chair of the Board. She currently is a member of the Investment Committee at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA. Angelica and her husband Dave have two school age daughters and live in Pasadena.
Gail Ellis, Director
Dr. Gail Ellis is a registered psychologist at Pasadena City College and works in the Office of Psychological Services assisting students with disabilities, and assessing for ADHD. A native of Illinois, Dr. Ellis earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Barat College in 1969 and earned two master’s degrees (marriage and family therapy and organizational behavior) and a doctorate in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2002 and 2006, respectively. In between these endeavors, she worked as a probate processor in an Illinois bank, raised five children, owned her own retail/wholesale design business and participated in a variety of philanthropic leadership activities in both Illinois and California.
Dan Greenwood, Director
Daniel Greenwood, Ed.D. is the Assistant Head of School for Chandler School in Pasadena California and author of the book, Action in the Classroom. He received his Masters of Education and Doctorate of Education from the University of Virginia and his undergraduate from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Greenwood has been a teacher and administrator at St. Paul’s School in Clearwater Florida and St. Catherine’s School in Richmond Virginia.
Richard Grimes, Mayfield Sr. Parent Representative
As a Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Tower Group, Rich Grimes contributes the expertise gleaned from over 12 years of strategic and tactical wireless deployment experience in developing and executing innovative solutions for CTG’s clients. Rich’s work has been recently recognized in Harvard Business School Press’ “Executing Your Strategy, How to Break it Down and Get it Done”, Fall of 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature at Santa Clara University, a Juris Doctor Degree at Western State University School of Law, a Masters of Corporate Real Estate at CoreNet, and is a Stanford Certified Project Manager (“SCPM”). In addition to CTG, Rich supports many philanthropic organizations across Southern California.
Michael Hart, Director
Michael Hart is market leader for The Private Client Reserve, serving California, Nevada and Arizona where he oversees Private Banking, Personal Trust, and Investment Management activities. He started his career in the financial services business with American Express as a financial planner in San Francisco. Hart is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and holds securities licenses with FINRA including series 7, 9, 10, 24, 53, 63 and 65. Hart serves on the the board of directors for both the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation, the Community Financial Resource Center and Dolores Mission School where he is also a member of the finance committee. Hart has also served as a board member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Transition House, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as on an advisory board to the superintendent of schools for San Bernardino County
Kandis A. Jaffrey, Director
Kandis has been a leader in the San Gabriel Valley philanthropic community for over a decade. As a sustainer of the Junior League of Pasadena, past Aviva Platinum Associate, member of the Circle of Friends, and a member of the Chandler School Family Associates, Kandis has dedicated countless hours and raised $100,000’s for these causes. Her 14 years of business experience as a commercial banker, most recently at JP Morgan, before retiring to spend time with her two children, is the basis for her business acumen that she brings to her philanthropic work. Kandis also serves on the Poet Council, a presidential advisory group, at Whittier College, and is dedicated to improving higher education.
David Lee, Flintridge Parent Representative
David Lee is the CEO of Hing Wa Lee Group, which consists of a luxury retail jewelry & watch store chain, jewelry manufactory, lifestyle magazine, and a commercial development company. David earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California in 1992 with a Business Administration emphasis in Entrepreneurship. He and his wife and two children reside in San Marino. His daughter Rachel was just accepted to the seventh grade and will be starting in the fall at Flintridge Prep. David is an active member of the Young President Organization and is on the board of Los Angeles Sheriff Advisory Council. In addition to business organizations, David supports many philanthropic organizations across Southern California.
Steven Mann, Director
Steven Mann is Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Wells Fargo Private Bank Pasadena office. Mann manages a staff of 80 financial professionals overseeing the company’s private banking, investment management, trust services, and brokerage services.
From 2003 through 2008, Mann served as the Regional Manager for the Wells Fargo Private Bank in Beverly Hills. He joined Wells Fargo in 1994 as Business Development Officer with the Wealth Management Group, and was later promoted to manage the Pasadena Region from 1997 to 2003. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mann was Vice President of Bank of California’s Trust & Investment Management Group and was Client Services Director for the Churchill Management Group. Mann began his financial services career more than 30 years ago as a securities broker at E.F. Hutton & Co. after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Mann has lived in Pasadena for the past 15 years and has been active in serving the community. He is a past board member of the Pasadena Playhouse, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and the Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles. He is married to long-time Pasadena resident Sally Mann and they have three children.
Mark A. Miller, Director
Mark A. Miller is founder and CEO of MREADI, a commercial real estate investment and development company based in Pasadena, CA. In addition to acquiring and managing commercial properties for his personal portfolio, Mark provides portfolio investment, pre-development/development, financing and asset management advisory services to institutions, families, individuals and commercial and industrial entities with real estate portfolios which include but are not limited to raw land, industrial, retail, office, multi-family and mixed-use assets. Mark has been responsible for the acquisition, sale and development of more than 4,000,000 square feet of commercial property throughout the mainland US and Hawaii. Mark has been employed by several fortune 50 companies and began his career in real estate investment banking at Bear Stearns in the mid 1980’s in New York and later obtained his JD and MBA degrees with a focus in real estate finance from the University of South Carolina.
Mark was a Big Brother to 2 “Littles” while attending law school and served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater LA and Riverside Counties for 10 years. Mark was chair of the 2011 Annual Fund at Clairbourn School and is active in community service and charitable endeavors at Loyola High School as well as at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church. Mark founded and manages his family’s charitable trust in his home state of South Carolina. The trust provides college scholarships and grants to lower income and other successful high school seniors from his home town in South Carolina. Mark chaired the first PISF Passport to Charities event in 2011 and is co-chairing this event again in 2012.
Rob Shepherd, Polytechnic Parent Representative
Robert Shepherd became President and COO of Hoffman Video Systems in 1999. Prior to joining Hoffman, Shepherd held management positions in several financial services corporations including Great West Life and Manulife Financial. Rob sits on the Boards of the Pasadena YMCA and San Gabriel Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Rob was also a Member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, Rowing.
Laura Skandera Trombley, Director
Laura Skandera Trombley is the fifth president of Pitzer College. Under her leadership, Pitzer’s academic and co-curricular programs have been enhanced with an infusion of research and awards funding for faculty and students and the establishment of several new academic centers and majors. President Trombley is a noted Mark Twain scholar and in March 2010 completed her fifth book, Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years, published by Knopf. In addition to the dozens of scholarly articles she has authored, President Trombley is also widely published on issues affecting US higher education. She is a member of the Chronicle of Higher Education/New York Times Higher Education Cabinet, the Council of Presidents of the Association of Governing Boards, and the Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. She serves on the board of trustees of The Webb Schools and is an elected member the San Gabriel Chapter of the Young President’s Organization, The Trusteeship, and the Rotary Club of Claremont.
Arthur Zeesman, Director
Arthur Zeesman is chief strategist for Zeesman Communications, Inc., an award-winning brand strategy and marketing firm that he founded in 1990. Arthur brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, media and management. During the past 20 years, Arthur has worked closely with companies and organizations ranging from the Walt Disney Company and Warner Home Video to Transamerica and the W.M. Keck Foundation. Arthur is an advocate for business and the community. He served on the Economic Development Council of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.