Board Biographies

Linda Ramirez ~ President

Linda Ramirez is a native Gilroyian since the 3rd grade, moving away to attend USF and then returned after getting married 27 years ago.
She worked as a project manager for HP for eleven years before starting her own business doing accounting work.
She loves to hang out with friends and family, swim, workout, think, read, make cookies and plan parties with good beer and wine! 

Gwyneth Sauceda ~ Vice President

Kurt Michielssen ~ Treasurer

Kurt Michielssen is a banker serving Gilroy since 1982. He is a Senior Vice President with Pinnacle Bank and previously was with South Valley National Bank, now Union Bank (1983/2013). Kurt is a member of Rotary Club of Gilroy and was its President (2004/2005). He is a Past President of the Gavilan College Education Foundation and current Board Chairmen of the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation. He is a past President of the Gilroy Foundation Board of Directors. He was the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce 2010 “Man of the Year” and received an Honorary Degree from Gavilan College in 2014. 

Pat Dwyer ~ Secretary

Patrick Dwyer’s professional career spans four decades in the field of law enforcement.  Pat spent 28 years with San Jose PD, retiring as a Captain, before accepting the Police Chief job in Palo Alto.  Pat also served as Interim Chief in Hayward and Sunnyvale, helping those cities conduct recruitment and hiring processes for permanent chiefs.  Pat then spent several years as a law enforcement consultant with well-known Dr. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Peter Ellis at Community Crime Prevention Associates, working on both Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Justice Reform Project and the San Jose Mayor’s Gang Task Force.  Pat’s last consulting contract, before retiring to be a “full-time grandpa” for Avery and Scarlett, was 6 years as the Lead Law Enforcement Liaison for the County Mental Health Department, where he developed a team to teach police officers recognition, de-escalation and referral skills, as well as a nationally recognized interactive video training program. Pat and his wife of 49 years, Shirley, live in Gilroy.  Pat is a board member in the Gilroy Rotary Club and has an extensive background serving on government and non-profit boards.

Fr. Robert Brocato

Robert Samuel Brocato graduated from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and was ordained for the Diocese of San Jose in 1995. Fr. Robert was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in San Jose for five years, followed by six months studying and working in Mexico. He was then assigned briefly to St. Mary Gilroy before being appointed pastor of Christ the King Parish in San Jose in 2002. From 2009 to 2012 Fr. Robert participated in a missionary collaboration with Maryknoll in the Diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica. He became pastor of St. Mary in January of 2013.

Anna Montes

Rachel Perez

Rita Quintero

Soon after moving to Gilroy in 1979, Rita  found how easy it was to meet people and be a participant of our community.  She knew that she wanted to be active in a non-profit organization and was invited to be a charter member of the Crippled Children’s Society chapter that was about to start up.  Rita loved working with people who had the same motives as she did; to help people in need.  Since then, she has been a member and served on the Boards of Beta Sigma Phi, The Gilroy Garlic Festival, the Gilroy Exchange Club, and now St. Joseph’s Family Center. Rita is retired from Gilroy Unified School District and loves all the time she gets to spend with family and friends.  Rita and her husband enjoy wine tasting, traveling and hosting backyard barbecues.

Linda Williams

Linda Williams relocated to Gilroy from Indiana 12 years ago. She has spent most of her professional career in biotechnology. A few years ago she bought the Nimble Thimble, a local quilt shop, and now enjoys an active life in the downtown business community. Linda is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Gilroy Downtown Business Association, PEO, and a plethora of Local Quilt Guilds. In her spare time, Linda practices hot yoga, reads, sips wine with good friends, and quilts. 

David Cox

David Cox began his career in the nonprofit industry over 30 years ago, working with a grass roots community development organization in Mexico. This exposure and experience helped mold his desire to help those in need. He relocated to Gilroy, and took the position as Executive Director in 2001. He is a member of the Gilroy Rotary Club, Latino Family Fund, and Second Harvest Food Bank’s Advisory Committee. David enjoys travel, spending time with friends, wine, cooking and golf.

“So many times you feel helpless on what to do to help others, volunteering and donating to SJFC makes me feel less helpless and that I am making a difference in someone else’s life.”~ Cindy

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