Board of Directors

Stacey Redman, President and Founder

Stacey founded the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation in 2005 after losing her son to senseless violence in 2004. Stacey is a Bay Area native and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Stacey has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years at various San Francisco Bay Area companies such as Autodesk, Levi Strauss, Mervyns and Oral B Laboratories. She has a grown son, daughter-in law and three grandchildren who  resides in Redwood City.  Stacey is currently working as an HR Consultant in BioTech. Stacey co-facilitates the Meadowlark Grief Retreats.  In addition to founding and leading the Foundation, she has been a “Big Sister” in the Big Brother Big Sister’s program, a peer grief counselor at Kara in Palo Alto and has served on the Advisory Boards of the Service League of San Mateo County, as well as Crime Victims United of California.   Stacey is a recipient of the Jefferson Award, San Jose Giants Hometown Hero Award and the Bill Lane Community Service Award.

Carolyn Yates, Vice President

Carolyn is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation, joining in 2005. She has an extensive background in the field of Organizational Leadership and Development in several industries including technology, health care, and retail. Carolyn has worked internally in establishing leadership and development initiatives and teams and has done independent consulting to organizations. She is currently working at Google as a Director focusing on organizational development.

Denise Harvey, Secretary and Auction Chair

Denise is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Foundation, joining in 2005. She is an officer of the board and also serves as Auction Chair. She is a Bay Area native and has worked as an HR Professional for the last 23 years at technology and retail organizations. She currently works at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as a Strategic HR Business Partner providing HR strategy and thought leadership.  Denise has expertise in team dynamics, culture, change management, leadership development and holds a SHRM certification. While raising her now-grown son and daughter, Denise was very involved in the community as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader, PTA and School Site Council Member. Today, Denise and her husband Rick are raising a granddaughter.

Katie Blanchard, Foundation Treasurer

Katie Blanchard joined our Board of Directors as our Treasurer in March of 2021. She decided that serving on a Board and contributing her talents toward something meaningful in our communities was the next step in her professional career. As the VP of Financial Analysis for Autodesk, Katie has a well-honed financial skill set. She is a 20 year resident of San Francisco, and fan of the Giants and 49ers. She grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento State. Katie enjoys playing the piano and cello and cooking as creative outlets. Katie and her husband William and their two daughters Brianna, 12, and Carmen, 7, visit Sacramento often.

Julie Gayner, Communications Chair

Julie Gayner is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation, joining in 2005, and acts as the volunteer Communications Chair. In addition to volunteering with the TGF, she is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate in Alameda County and a crisis counselor with the Crisis Text Line organization.  Both organizations support at-risk youth.   Julie has over 20 years experience as a Learning and Organization Development professional in global organizations in retail and high tech industries

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Deb Lemos, Operations Chair

Joining in 2005, Debbie is a founding member of the Tim Griffith Foundation and acts as the volunteer Operations Chair for the organization. In addition, she is the current Chair of the Academic Scholarship Committee and runs the TGF-Stanford Internship program. In her professional role, she has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Research Administration and Operational Management in both clinical and academic environments. She is currently employed as the Director of Finance and Operations of the Mathematics Department at Stanford University. Previous to her current position she has worked in other departments at Stanford including: Sociology, OB/GYN and Microbiology. Her prior volunteer work includes School Site Council Member, PTA Board Member, Woodside Pony Club, Woodside Vaulters, and parent volunteer.

Lisa Perry, Volunteer Chair

Lisa joined the Tim Griffith Foundation in early 2005 and acts as the Volunteer Chair for the agency. She has worked in the medical field for 28 years. She currently works at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford as an executive assistant to the Chief Quality Officer. Previously she worked for Stanford University School of Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Surgery where she managed the division both academically and clinically. She was raised in Santa Cruz, California and has lived in Redwood City for the past 41 years. She is the mother of four children. Her prior volunteer work includes being one of the founding parents of Families Creating Living Options in Belmont, a residential home for disabled children; the Northern California Chair for an annual national conference for Support Organization for Trisomy 18 & 13, and also the Campaign Coordinator for the Parker G. Kidney Transplant Fund through Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Celia Harms, Board Member

As a past participant in the Foundation’s Meadowlark Retreat for Mothers grieving the loss of a child, Celia understands the impact of the Foundation’s mission.  In 2019 she joined the Board of Directors for the Tim Griffith Foundation.  Celia has a wealth of knowledge and experience in annual giving and donation support, gained over her career at Stanford’s Law School and School of Business, as well as in marketing and diversity roles at Apple. Her enthusiasm and assistance as a volunteer for TGF were inspiring and we look forward to working with Celia in future.

George Lin, Board Member

George joined our Board of Directors in April 2021 and has volunteered with the Foundation since 2019. He earned his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he was an editor on the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award for Outstanding Service to the Community through the provision of Voluntary Legal Services. He has been a volunteer mediator at the San Francisco Superior Court and Community Boards in San Francisco, and is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and a OneTrust Certified Privacy Professional. George currently works as an Employment Lawyer in South San Francisco. George is eager to help promote social justice in our communities.

Debbie Lee, Board Member

Debbie served as TGF’s Executive director for two years before retiring in 2017. In addition to serving on the board, she is now joining the Meadowlark Retreats as a facilitator for the Mother’s Retreats. Debbie has extensive non-profit management experience and, equally as important Debbie truly believes in the heart and soul of the Foundation and Tim’s spirit. She has a special interest in helping those that are grieving. She has volunteered for 17years for Kara, a grief support organization in Palo Alto, where she serves as a peer grief facilitator and volunteers as a children’s grief counselor at the annual grief camp for youth, Camp Kara, in Livermore. Debbie ha sworked for non-profit and not for profit organizations for over 20 years in the Bay Area. She worked as Development Director for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley was responsible for all areas of development including donor stewardship, grant writing, volunteer outreach, fundraising and event management.  She previously held the position of Director of Membership and Standards at SolarTech, a not-for-profit trade association for the solar industry where she managed all aspects of association membership including events as well as spearheading the organization’s standards program and helping to launch their501(c)3. Before her work at SolarTech she was the Senior Director of Membership and Events at  IDEMA, a not-for-profit trade association for the disk drive industry where she was responsible for  global membership benefit management, new member outreach and member retention as well as event management and sponsorship marketing.   In addition, Debbie held the position of Executive Director of All Stars Helping Kids (NFL Hall of Famer, Ronnie Lott's charity organization) where she participated in major projects for that organization including completion of funding for building the Technology Room at UCSF Children's Hospital, and funding programs at both the Eastside College Preparatory School and the Sacred Heart Nativity School.

Kathy Gailey, Board Member

Kathy Gailey joined the Tim Griffith Foundation Board of Directors in April of 2021. Kathy has been a volunteer and supporter of the Foundation since the beginning, and has many years of philanthropic experience through her roles on the Rotary Club of San Ramon Board of Directors and the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Board. Originally from Michigan, Kathy has a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters Degree from Iowa State University. She recently retired from her consulting business in organizational development. Kathy now devotes her time to operating a boutique travel business, CAT Safaris, delivering unique travel experiences for travelers to Africa. Kathy and her husband Scott live in Danville and enjoy golfing, travel, and spending time with their adult sons Mike and Chris.

Stephen Y. Hsu, Board Member

Stephen Y. Hsu joined our Board of Directors in May 2021. He is coming off an eight year tenure serving on the board of the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club. Since the beginning of his professional career, he has been committed to giving back to his community and has a passion for helping others. He is a CPA (inactive) and currently serves as the CFO for SSF Imported Auto Parts. Stephen is an avid hobby golfer and skier and loves to travel. He is a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Mateo, and resides in Burlingame with his wife, Ida and two adult children, 23 and 21.

If you are interested in joining the Tim Griffith Foundation board, please contact Stacey Redman for more information.


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