Staff Members


Yolanda Meraz

Director of Community Investment [email protected]

Puja Mehta

Office Administrator/Special Projects Manager [email protected]

Martha Flores

Program and Scholarship Specialist [email protected]

Marian Kaanon

President & Chief Executive Officer [email protected]

Marian Kaanon grew up in Modesto and is a product of local schools. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UC Davis. After graduating, Marian began her career in broadcast journalism before moving into the marketing and public relations, where she designed and managed marketing campaigns for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations. Marian also served as a publicly registered lobbyist for the State of Arizona, creating legislation to standardize newborn hearing screening and ADA compliance legislation.

Marian joined Community Hospice in 2005 as their Vice President of Marketing, where she was responsible for branding and growing the organization with innovative and internal and external initiatives. She was appointed CEO of Stanislaus Community Foundation in November 2012.

Marian Kaanon is an active Rotarian with Modesto Rotary Club and is a graduate of the Modesto Chamber’s Leadership Modesto program. Marian was named by The Modesto Bee in 2006 as one of the area’s emerging young leaders, making it onto The Bee’s “20 Under 40” list of young professionals to watch.

Pai Chang

Controller [email protected]

Pai Chang is responsible for all budgeting, forecasting, fund accounting and the oversight of financial and HR operations. Pai brings years of experience in finance and accounting to Stanislaus Community Foundation and most recently held the position of Controller at UC Construction. An avid learner, she earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting, followed by a Master of Science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock. Pai resides with her family in Ceres.

Amanda Hughes

Program Director [email protected]

Amanda Hughes oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking, scholarship and community leadership programs. She maintains knowledge of the local social sector and connects donors to organizations and causes that align with their charitable goals. Amanda also provides direct over-site of the county-wide third grade reading initiative, Stanislaus READS!, and the College Futures Foundation’s Community Philanthropy Initiative to elevate the college-going culture in Stanislaus County.

A Modesto native, Amanda was part of the inaugural graduating class of International Baccalaureate at Modesto High School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and French from Lewis and Clark College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Stanislaus. Before joining Stanislaus Community Foundation, Amanda worked as a Marketing Coordinator for Community Hospice.