Nancy Neal Davis, president of the Tournament of Roses Foundation, announced in an emailed press release on Wednesday that Shannon Boalt, Laura Farber, Rick Jackson, Brian James, and Charles Martinson have been elected to the Foundation’s 2014-2015 board of directors. As the philanthropic arm of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the Foundation provides grants to local charities in the in the categories of sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, volunteer motivation, leadership development.
The new members replace outgoing board members Dave Davis, Ciran Hadjian, Mike Hagedorn, Jacqueline Howard and Lance Tibbet. These directors had 17 years of combined service to the Foundation, which was established in 1983 to receive and distribute contributions on behalf of the Tournament.
Shannon Boalt moved to Pasadena from Connecticut in 1976 and is an alumna of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Loyola Marymount University. She has two decades of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising and is a development consultant at her firm, The Boalt Group.
Laura V. Farber, a member of the Tournament of Roses Executive Committee, has the distinction of being in line to be the first Latina to serve as Tournament president in 2020. She has been a Tournament volunteer since 1993. A partner in Hahn & Hahn, a Pasadena law firm, she serves the American Bar Association as a member of the Board of Governors representing the State of California. She has served on and chaired several committees for both the Tournament and the ABA and has awards and recognition for her work. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Rick Jackson presided over the 123rd Rose Parade and 98th Rose Bowl Game as president of the 2012 Tournament of Roses. He has volunteered for the Tournament since 1975. Jackson is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of several professional organizations. He volunteers with the Pasadena Jaycees and several other community organizations. Jackson was born in Detroit, Mich. and is a graduate of Oregon State University.
Brian K. James is a native of Altadena and has participated in the Rose Parade several times as a member of The New Buffalo Soldiers equestrian reenactors and as a member of the Pasadena High School marching band. He has been a Tournament volunteer since 1993 and is currently a member of the Media Relations/Hall of Fame Committee. James is a Linked Learning Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District an volunteers with many local organizations, including the Pasadena Unified School District GATE task force.
Charles Martinson is relatively new to the Tournament, beginning his association in 2004. Born and raised in San Marino, Martinson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a consulting executive in charge of overseeing Robert Half’s and Protiviti’s computer forensics and electronic discovery practice and is active with several charities.
Returning Foundation members who were elected to serve as offices on the board are Katherine Martinez Kleine, vice president; Maxine Harris, treasurer; and Norma Garcia Kachigian, secretary. Members continuing to serve on the Foundation board are Gerald Freeny, Karen Palmersheim, Jerri Price-Gaines and Mike Ward.