Meet Our Donors

Curtis Cole

Curtis Cole: Planting the Seeds for Student Success
Childhood friends when growing up in Bakersfield California, Curtis Cole and Margaret Reischman dated through their student years at Garces Memorial High School. After graduation they drifted apart, each choosing a different path. More


Yvonne Upsher

A Donor Giving Voice to Future Generations at Dominican
Although you would never know that English wasn’t her first language, Yvonne Upsher jokes that her Dutch accent does creep in sometimes when she gets excited or upset. Born in Amsterdam, her family moved to the United States when she was 13. More


Ron McFarland

A LIFE’S PASSION BECOMES A GIFT FOR DOMINICAN STUDENTS
Ron McFarland, a California native, has been in the limelight of the music world since his teens. At the age of sixteen he became a protégé of the legendary Ethel Leginska, and made his Los Angeles piano debut after only three years of study with her. More


Sharelle Mayer

SUPPORTING THE ART OF REINVENTION
"Education allows you to reinvent yourself many times. Without a basic field of knowledge, it's hard sometimes to see a light at the end of the tunnel as we go through life." More


Ann and Bernard

A BUSINESS MAN'S VISION HELPS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIVES OF PURPOSE
Over more than three decades, Ann and Bernard (Barney) Mizel's relationship with Dominican has deepened in both their understanding of the Dominican experience and in their contributions to that experience. More


Ann and Bernard

DONORS ESTABLISH A LEGACY FOR LEARNING
When William Grossi and Natalie Cepollina met, they were both students at Cal, he pursuing a BA in Public Health; she a BA in History. He stayed at Cal to complete a Master's in Public Health and she went on to San Francisco State for her Master's in Education. More


Elizabeth Coman

A DONOR'S SUPPORT FOLLOWS HER HEART
Elizabeth (Liz) Coman passed away peacefully on Valentine's Day this year. The symbolism of that day can't be overstated when you understand that she had planned, many years before, to take care of the people and causes she cared about most. More


Mark and Kendall

HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES
For Mark Jordan and Kendall Patton, making great music together is not all that difficult. They've been doing so in their personal relationship for the past 27 years (the last two of them as a married couple), and in their philanthropic planning as well. More


Vernon Dwelley

MAKING AN INVESTMENT IN A LIFETIME OF LEARNING
What do the two-chamber pocket pillow, the Buck Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) have in common? The answer is Vernon Dwelly. More


Jeanne Gadbois

HOW DO YOU SUSTAIN LIFELONG VALUES? ASK JEANNE GADBOIS.
Jeanne Gadbois graduated from Dominican College in 1955. Since that time she has never stopped "finding the good in people." She credits this to a Dominican experience during which she learned lasting values. More


Janet Silva

HOW DOES A STUDENT PREPARE TO ENGAGE THE WORLD? ASK JANET SILVA.
When Janet Silva was a student entering Dominican for the first time, she had already been schooled in the difficulties that many people face in making it through life. Growing up in Gustine, in the midst of the family farms of the San Joaquin Valley during the Great Depression, she was no stranger to the hard work and economic risks faced routinely by farmers like her parents. More