Officers and Board Members

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, established in 1984, is an independent 501(c)3 organization.

The Board

Meet the board dedicated to the success of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation

Officers of the Board of Directors


Board Chair
Leon Bennett
Retired, Business Owner

Board Vice Chair
Aurora Wilson
Retired, Regional Government/Community Relations

Board Treasurer
Patricia Clinton 
Retired, Registered Nurse & Hospital Management

Board Secretary
Jason Schneider
Certified Public Accountant

Immediate Past Chair
Susie Harvey
Retired, Chief Executive Officer Chamber Of Commerce

Ex-Officio
Susan Francis
President and Chief Executive Officer

Board Members

Charles Alfaro
Financial Advisor

Scott L. Bailey
Superintendent of Schools, Desert Sands Unified School District

Gale Hackshaw
Retired, Marriage/Family Therapist

David McFarland
Retired Business Owner

Ray Rodriguez
Restaurant Owner

John Shimer 
Author, Philanthropist

Mike Swize, Ed.D. 
Superintendent Of Schools, Palm Springs Unified School District

Victor Tocco
Business Owner, Marketing Executive

Luis Valentino, Ed.D. 
Superintendent Of Schools, Coachella Valley Unified School District

Susan Wellman 
Founder, National Ophelia Project

William “Bill” Powers 
Founding Chairman

Find Us

John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation

73555 San Gorgonio Way

Palm Desert, CA 92260