Giving Fund Committee

We are an all-volunteer group of Tahoe Donner members dedicated to the idea that we can make a great impact on our community by working together and encouraging participation by our neighbors – those who live here year-round, as well as all who come to enjoy weekends, summers and winters in this beautiful place.

Pam English - I am a food scientist who has worked over 35 years in food safety. My husband Mike and I moved to Truckee full time in 2012 after working and raising our children in San Jose. We love living in Tahoe Donner; we use Trout Creek most days for yoga classes and the gym and have developed a set of friends who share our interests in walking, snowshoeing, kayaking and music. I am an active Soroptimist and Mike works with the Truckee Community Theater. I joined the Giving Fund Committee because we make a very positive impact in the community with our combined resources and I know that the money raised will be used effectively.

Lois Ermak - I am an RN and worked primarily in acute care settings in the Bay Area, until my husband Don and I moved to Truckee in 2014 when we both retired.  Now, as full-time residents, we are enjoying the incredible friendliness and giving nature of this community. We want to give back to this vibrant place! Volunteering with the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund is a great way to do that, supporting our non-profits, as well as encouraging the professional aspirations of our young citizens!

Jeanette Fagerskog - After starting our family, I was a stay-at-home mom in the Bay Area, spending many years fundraising for my children’s schools. My husband Trevor and I purchased our home in Tahoe Donner in 2012. We decided to retire and move here full-time in 2015. We love the mountain lifestyle, especially in summer when we hike and enjoy our beautiful forests and lakes. I am excited to be able to use my experience helping the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund generate the proceeds to fund charities that help our local kids and parents create and pursue education and employment opportunities.

Dick Gander, Founder and Chair - I am a former Tahoe Donner board member and the founder of the Giving Fund. My wife Karolyn and I have been a part of the Tahoe Donner community for over 20 years. In 2010, after concluding my career in management consulting and software design for many large global companies, we retired here from the Bay Area. I was motivated to start the Giving Fund to support those in need and as an avid fly fisherman, I’m very interested in environmental issues, especially those dealing with our watersheds. I also serve on the board of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

Catherine Pellegrini - I am a retired administrative assistant and was a stay at home parent that volunteered extensively throughout our kid’s school years. I actively participated in school and marching band fund raising activities while assisting with local Boy Scouts of America events for 10+ years. My husband and I purchased our house in Tahoe Donner in 2010 and now I thoroughly enjoy the mountain lifestyle that includes skiing, hiking and playing tennis when we are not traveling. I joined the TD Giving Fund Committee to be connected to people that have similar goals of trying to make a positive impact in the community where we live.

Timothy Pellegrini - I am a retired business owner/manager from the Sacramento area who worked over 30 years in Medical Device Software industry. We purchased our second home in Tahoe Donner in 2010 and appreciate the many amenities and activities that are available to us in this fabulous community. I actively volunteered for our local Boy Scouts of America chapter for 10+ years in various leadership roles and have joined the TD Giving Fund Committee with the hope that I can use my skills and experience to help support local non-profit organizations and deserving youth in our community.

Linda Slattery - After decades of working and raising my family in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am living the dream – making my home in Tahoe Donner. My family fell in love with this community in 2009 while on a ski vacation with friends who were smart enough to rent a home here. By the next summer, we were homeowners and loving all the amenities the community has to offer. Upon retirement, I now have the chance to make this my full-time home. The community has welcomed me and I am thrilled to be able to give back. I am proud to be part of the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund which has made a positive and productive impact on the community and is poised to do even more.

Suzanne Sullivan, founding member - Since 1987, my husband Shaun and I have had our house in Tahoe Donner, the last 12 years, post-retirement as a university professor and ethics officer, as full-time residents.  Not long enough to be considered a local, but long enough to recognize needs within the area.  Giving back to the communities in which we live has always been important to us.  The Giving Fund provides a way to do so by giving a bit of cash and lots of time.  I hope to meet you at one of our events.

Founding members - We are grateful to these former Giving Fund Committee members for their countless hours of service, their dedication, and their continuing generosity!

  • Barbara Czerwinski*
  • Marilyn Disbrow*
  • Merle Fajans, Founding Co-Chair*
  • Jennifer Jordan*
  • Norm Nicholls*
  • Janet Zipser-Zipkin
  • Katie Veni

*founding members

Interested in serving?  If you have a passion for our area, the desire to help, and skills to help us reach out to the community, plan events, and inspire others to support the mission, please contact Dick Gander at


Tahoe Donner Giving Fund
Northwoods Clubhouse | 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161