Board Biographies

Gwyneth Sauceda ~ 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. 


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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