Board of Directors
Stacey Redman, President and Founder
Stacey founded the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation in 2005 after losing her son to senseless violence in 2004. Stacey is a Bay Area native and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Stacey has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years at various San Francisco Bay Area companies such as Autodesk, Levi Strauss, Mervyns and Oral B Laboratories. She has a grown son who also resides in Redwood City. Stacey is currently Senior Director of HR for Autodesk. In addition to founding and leading the Foundation, she has been a “Big Sister” in the Big Brother Big Sister’s program for the past six years and is a peer grief counselor at Kara in Palo Alto. She is also currently on the Advisory Boards of the Service League of San Mateo County, as well as Crime Victims United of California.
Carolyn Yates, Vice President
Carolyn is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation, joining in 2005. She has an extensive background in the field of Organizational Leadership and Development in several industries including technology, health care, and retail. Carolyn has worked internally in establishing leadership and development initiatives and teams and has done independent consulting to organizations. She is currently working at Google as a Director focusing on organizational development.
Denise Harvey, Secretary and Auction Chair
Denise is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Foundation, joining in 2005. She is a Bay Area native and has worked as an HR Professional for the last sixteen years. She currently works at Autodesk, a design software company in the Bay Area, where she also oversees the Worldwide Community Relations function. While raising her now-grown son and daughter, she was very involved in the community as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader, PTA and School Site Council Member.
LeAnn Kanowsky, Treasurer and Grants Chair
LeAnn joined the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation Board in March 2008. She has a Masters of Business Administration and was previously employed for 10 years as Commissioned Bank Examiner for the United States Treasury Department. Her prior volunteer work includes treasurer of parent/teacher committees, Girl Scout troops, and Pleasanton Foothill Little League. She has also volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Medshare. She is currently a self-employed tax professional, Office Manager at Marzel's Inc, and mom of three.
Julie Gayner, Communications Chair
Julie is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation, joining in 2005, and acts as the volunteer Communications Chair. She has extensive career experience in the Learning and Organizational Development field in U.S. domestic as well as Asia-Pacific based organizations. Julie is currently employed with salesforce.com where she manages the development and delivery of leadership programs delivered throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia locations. Born and raised in the East Bay Area, Julie has volunteered her time with local organizations that benefit the health and well-being of children, including Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay, Junior Achievement, and East Bay Regional Parks and Recreation.
Debbie Lemos, Operations Chair
Joining in 2005, Debbie is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation and acts as the volunteer Operations Chair for the organization. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Research Administration and Operational Management in both clinical and academic environments. She is currently employed as the manager of the Mathematics Department at Stanford University. Previous to her current position she has worked in other departments at Stanford including: Sociology, OB/GYN and Microbiology. Her prior volunteer work includes School Site Council Member, PTA Board Member, Woodside Pony Club, Woodside Vaulters, and parent volunteer.
Lisa Perry, Volunteer Chair
Lisa joined the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation in early 2005 and acts as the Volunteer Chair for the agency. She has worked in the medical field for 19 years. She currently works at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Surgery where she oversees the division both academically and clinically. Previously she worked for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She was raised in Santa Cruz, California and has lived in Redwood City for the past 30 years. She is the mother of four children. Her prior volunteer work includes being one of the founding parents of Families Creating Living Options in Belmont, a residential home for disabled children; the Northern California Chair for an annual national conference for Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13, and also the Campaign Coordinator for the Parker G. Kidney Transplant Fund through Children’s Organ Transplant Association.
If you are interested in joining the Tim Griffith Foundation board, please contact Stacey Redman for more information.