Mr. Benjamin is President and Managing Member of Benjamin Media Investments, LLC. In May 2013 Mr. Benjamin sold Triad Broadcasting Company, based in Monterey, California. He founded the company in 1999 serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Triad operated 50 middle-market radio stations across eleven states. He has served as a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters, as well as the California Broadcasters Association. He is a former President of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and was a member of the board of directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau in New York City.
Mr. Benjamin has served on various boards in the community including, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and the Stevenson School. In addition, he is a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (Montage Health) and is a former president of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
In 2008 Mr. Benjamin was selected by the Monterey Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year for his positive impact on the business community and for demonstrating excellent leadership. In 2012 he and his wife, Laurie, received the annual Distinguished Trustee Award from the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
Mr. Benjamin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University. He and Laurie reside in Carmel Valley, California.
Nancy Tostevin, Vice-Chair
Mrs. Tostevin is a member of the ‘California State Bar, inactive, and was a shareholder/partner in the firms, Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. and Fenton and Keller, Monterey, CA. She practiced for twenty-five years primarily in the field of civil litigation with emphasis on the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of medical practitioners and hospitals. She was the first woman member of the California Medical Legal Committee and is now emeritus.
Mrs. Tostevin has been an active volunteer in the community, formerly serving on the boards of the Carmel Bach Festival, Legal Services for Seniors, Junior League of Monterey County, and the Lyceum of Monterey County. She also served as a member of the Institutional Review Board of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, as Past President of the Casa Abrego Club, and is a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Demi Briscoe, Treasurer
Demi Briscoe was raised on the Monterey Peninsula and attended schools in Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley and Carmel. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1969 with a BA in Psychology. Her career began as a legal assistant in Monterey, and progressed to the banking field where she was hired by First Interstate Bank of California and attended their Management Training Program. She went on to manage several branches of the Bank on the Peninsula. She later joined First National Bank of Central California, managing the Carmel Rancho Branch from 1994 until her retirement in 2010.
Active in many non-profit organizations on the Peninsula, Mrs. Briscoe served as President of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International of Carmel Bay, the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee and the Carmel Valley Women's Club. She served as a Trustee on the Big Sur Land Trust, and as an Officer of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation Board of Directors and the Friends of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Civic leaders in Carmel Valley awarded her their prestigious "Good Egg" award in 2008.
Demi and her husband, Richard Briscoe, have lived in Carmel Valley since 1988.
Wayne Downey, Secretary
Mr. Downey grew up in Monterey, graduating from Monterey High School, Monterey Peninsula College, and San Jose State University with a BA in Elementary Education, and a Master's degree in Counseling, Guidance and Administration. His professional experience has been in elementary education, middle school education, counseling and guidance in junior and senior high school. He has served as Director of Monterey Adult School, Director of the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and the District Hearing Officer for Student Discipline.
Mr. Downey's community service includes Carmel and Monterey Presbyterian Church Trustee, Monterey Grand Jury, Past President of Volunteers in Action (VIA), Past President of Phi Delta Kappa (educational) Monterey Chapter, Past President Association of California School Administrators Monterey Chapter, Pacheco Club Board member, Rotary Club Monterey Past President, and Salvation Army past Chair. Wayne currently is a consultant to Monterey County Office of Education, evaluating schools in Monterey County for school compliance.
He is a member of the International Club of Carmel. He and his wife, Libby, reside in Monterey.
Robert G. Gard, Jr., Trustee
Dr. Gard served in the United States Army from 1950-1981, retiring as a Lieutenant General. He saw combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars, was Military (Executive) Assistant to two secretaries of defense, Commanding General of Ft. Ord and the 7th Infantry Division, 1973-75, and President of the National Defense University for five years.
Following his military career, Dr. Gard served as Visiting Professor of the International Relations at the American University in Paris, as Director of Bologna (Italy) Center of the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, and then as President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies from 1987-98. From 1998 to 2015, he consulted with non-profit organizations on education and international security in Washington, D.C. and Monterey. He has been a member of the board of trustees of the Chapman Foundation since 1995.
Dr. Gard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a PhD in Political Economy and Government, both from Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the National War College, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Craig Beller, Executive Director
Mr. Beller earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and his Master's degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from San Jose State University. His forty-two plus year career in education included classroom teaching, coaching, site and district administration, and consulting in both the public and private sectors in a variety of Northern and Central California communities.
Immediately prior to his retirement, he served as Principal of Pacific Grove Adult and Forest Grove Elementary schools in Pacific Grove. During his time at Pacific Grove Adult School, Mr. Beller represented Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties on the ACSA State Adult Education Council. Additionally, he was named ACSA's Adult Education Administrator of the Year Region 10 in 2012.
An animal lover, Mr. Beller has volunteered his services at the SPCA for Monterey County in the past; and since his retirement, has served on the Board of Directors of the Men's Golf Association at the Golf Club at Quail Lodge. He resides in Pebble Beach, with his wife, Cheryl.
The William McCaskey Chapman & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation 2100 Garden Road Suite B-E, Monterey, CA 93940 831.372.2100 email@example.com Updated June 2019