Staff Members


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.

Amanda Hughes

Program Director [email protected]

Amanda Hughes is the Program Director for Stanislaus Community Foundation. In this role, she 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.

Josh Kaufmann

Director of Development & Donor Engagement [email protected]

Josh Kaufmann is the Director of Development and Donor Engagement and builds charitable assets under management by working directly with prospective and current donors, as well as professional advisors and varying referral sources. Additionally, in his role, Kaufmann develops communications tools and strategies to help further SCF’s brand, message, mission and vision.

Josh moved to Modesto from Chicago in 2016, and prior to joining the Foundation staff, worked as the Marketing Director at Modesto Symphony. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and has been building a career in nonprofit fundraising and communications for over 15 years, including positions with Chicago Children’s Museum and the Les Turner ALS Foundation – one of the country’s largest independent ALS organizations.

Sara Ange

Finance & Operations Manager [email protected]

Sara joined Stanislaus Community Foundation in November 2017. In her role, Sara provides financial oversight for the charitable funds entrusted to our care. Sara is the primary liaison to the Investment Committee, and also plays an operational role in maintaining efficient, excellent donor services.

Sara is a Stanislaus County native who grew up in Turlock and now resides in Modesto with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to joining our team, Sara worked at E & J Gallo Winery in the Family Tax & Financial Services Department. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has been in the finance/bookkeeping field for over 16 years.

Vanessa Lopez

Administrative Coordinator [email protected]

Vanessa Lopez is a lifetime Stanislaus County resident, who grew up in Riverbank. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus. Before working at Stanislaus Community Foundation, Vanessa contributed to the community as a mentor for migrant students within Stanislaus County and as a volunteer for various community events and fundraisers.

Vanessa’s roles at Stanislaus Community Foundation include supporting the CEO, assisting with marketing and finance operations, and working with the James Irvine Foundation to coordinate the New Leadership Network over the coming years. She looks forward to working closely with people in the Stanislaus County who are passionate about making a difference through strategic philanthropy and community leadership.

Allie Schubert

Program & Scholarship Specialist [email protected]

Allie recently moved to Modesto from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and she spent the last eight years working in neuropsychological research and pediatric rehabilitation.

Allie’s roles at Stanislaus Community Foundation include supporting Stan READS! And Stanislaus Futures initiatives, working with local educators on our scholarship programs and supporting the programs team. As a new arrival in Modesto, she values the opportunity to become deeply involved in the local community and is excited to watch Stanislaus County continue to grow and flourish.