Four business leaders have been chosen as the new officers of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, and a banker has been added as a new member of the fundraising organization for the two East County colleges.
The new officers of the 19-member board are: La Mesa attorney Ron Oberndorfer, chair; Mike Hansen, director of the Grossmont Shopping Center, vice-chair; financial advisor Guy Gonzales, treasurer; and Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen, chief executive officer of Gafcon, Inc., secretary. They will begin their two-year terms July 1.
Rhuan Rogerio, a business relationship manager at Wells Fargo, was elected as a board member at the foundation’s June board meeting.
The Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, which was incorporated just over a year ago, continues the work of two separate foundations that served Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. The foundation recently established the Possibilities Roundtable, seeking donors who will pledge between $1,200 to $10,000 a year to benefit students and programs at the colleges.
“With this impressive leadership, I’m confident our foundation will reach its goal of helping the colleges remain the academic jewels of East County, assisting students in their dreams of transforming their lives through learning,” said Glenn Kaufhold, chief executive officer of the foundation.
Here are brief biographies of the new officers and new board member:
Ron Oberndorfer has been an attorney since 1978, and has been a partner with the La Mesa law firm of Fischbeck & Oberndorfer since 1987. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands with a dual major in economics and business administration, specializing in accounting. He graduated from California Western School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.
Oberndorfer has served as president of the East County Lawyers Referral Service; the Foothills Bar Association; the Wellness Community, San Diego; and as chair of the East County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of the San Diego Jewish Academy, the Olaf Weighorst Museum Foundation, the Grossmont Hospital Corporation, and as a judge pro tempore for the El Cajon Municipal Court.
Beginning July 1, Oberndorfer will also be serving as chair of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Prop R Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, responsible for overseeing expenditures on the district’s $207 million construction bond approved by voters 2002.
Mike Hansen, with 25 years of experience in property management, is director of asset management for Grossmont Shopping Center and Grossmont Land Co. He is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of East County and president and government affairs chair of BOMA San Diego, a professional association representing the office building industry.
Hansen is a past chairman of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and a current board member of the organization. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration – accounting.
Guy Gonzales is a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc. He has worked since 1999 as a financial advisor, focusing on the needs of local nonprofits and business professionals. He holds two business degrees from Grossmont College and a marketing certificate from San Diego State University.
He also serves on the board of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and is vice chair for the business-education committee.
|Yehudi "Gaf" Gaffen|
Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen, with more than 35 years of construction and program management experience, is chief executive officer of Gafcon, Inc. He currently serves on the board of the San Diego Taxpayers Association, and previously served on the boards of San Diego Hebrew Homes; San Diego Jewish Federation; the Explorer Charter School; New Americans Immigration Museum and Learning Center; and the UCSD Cancer Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Rhuan Rogerio is a business relationship manager for the San Diego business banking group at Wells Fargo & Co. He is responsible for acquiring, managing and growing relationships with business customers who have annual sales revenue between $2 million and $20 million.
Working in financial services for eight years, Rogerio previously served as a senior business consultant for Wells Fargo, where he managed the banking needs of 350 clients. Before working at Wells Fargo, Rogerio was director of revenue generation at AAA Mortgage Market and a financial representative at American General Finance.
He previously served as board treasurer for the College Area Business Improvement District, and received the R.J. Benoit Award, which is given to the most influential person in the improvement district. He also volunteers with the Boulevard Boo Parade and the Ronald McDonald House.
A native of Brazil, Rogerio earned a general studies certificate from Grossmont College and later received his bachelor’s degree in international business finance with a Latin American studies emphasis from San Diego State University.
For more information about the foundation, go to http://foundation.gcccd.edu.