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.
Marcia Argyris – My husband and I purchased our Tahoe Donner lot in 1987 and built our cabin the next year. For our two sons, this is their home away from home. My professional career has always focused on helping children reach their full potential…. first as the president of McKesson’s Charitable Foundation for 29 years and then as a senior program officer for the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Family Foundation. I currently serve on the Boards of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, our country club’s fund for employee education and healthcare emergencies, and I am a member of the Stanford Women’s Club of the East Bay. It makes me very proud that our Tahoe Donner homeowners association has stepped forward to support our terrific community in this way, and I am so honored to be part of the process.
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 to help the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund generate proceeds to fund charities that help our local kids and parents create and pursue education and employment opportunities.
Nan Meek – My husband Jerry and I have been Tahoe Donner second homeowners since 1980. I have served on the General Plan Committee, Trails and Open Space Committee, the Blue Ribbon Equestrian Panel, and with the homeowners who created the Tahoe Donner Staff Appreciation Fund. Professionally, I advise equestrian businesses, athletes, and associations on marketing, public relations, and communications strategies, including nonprofit fundraising, to achieve their goals. With the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, I look forward to cultivating donor participation and raising awareness of its value to our community.
Toni J. Moore – I have been a Tahoe Donner homeowner since 2005: part-time for the first 12 years, and now full-time. I retired from Sacramento County in 2015 after 30 years of service. During my final six years with the County, I served as the executive director of the First 5 Sacramento Commission. My husband and I enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and, we are regular users of several Tahoe Donner amenities. I am pleased to serve on the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund Committee and look forward to contributing to the well-being of our community.
Catherine Pellegrini – I am a retired administrative assistant and was a stay-at-home parent who volunteered extensively throughout our kids’ schoolyears. I actively participated in school and marching band fundraising activities while assisting with local Boy Scouts of America events for over ten 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 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.
Suzanne Sullivan, Founding Member and Chair – Since 1987, my husband Shaun and I have had our house in Tahoe Donner. The last 16 years, post-retirement as a university professor and ethics officer, as full-time residents. Not quite long enough to be considered locals but long enough to recognize needs within the area. Giving back to the communities in which we have lived 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.
Past 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*
- Pam English
- Lois Ermak
- Merle Fajans, Founding Co-Chair*
- Dick Gander, Founding Co-Cahir*
- Jennifer Jordan*
- Norm Nicholls*
- Tim Pellegrini
- Barbara Ramsey
- Linda Slattery
- Katie Veni
- Janet Zipser-Zipkin*
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 Suzanne Sullivan at TahoeDonnerCares@gmail.com.