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The Merced College Foundation is dedicated to ensuring a high quality, affordable, and accessible education for every member of our community. The Foundation was established in 1973 to support Merced College through the acquisition of private gifts and through public advocacy for the College’s programs and services. A dedicated volunteer Board of Directors guides these efforts and invites you to join us as we continue to enrich the lives of thousands of students each year.

The Merced College Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our Federal tax ID number is 23-7385578. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Merced College Foundation is to support the programs and services of Merced College that are necessary to maintain excellence in all areas of education and community service through the acquisition and stewardship of charitable gifts, and by promoting and enhancing the reputation of Merced College throughout the local region.

Vision Statement
The Merced College Foundation will assist Merced College in the pursuit of excellence through the acquisition of private gifts. In this endeavor, we will strive to become goodwill ambassadors for the college and stewards of the public trust.

We will develop new friends for the college
and cultivate our current supporters

We will become the communication link
between the college and community.

We will seek public and private support
for college programs and services.

We will acknowledge our donors
and create opportunities to recognize their philanthropy.

We will celebrate the success of our students
and honor the accomplishments of our alumni.

Board of Directors

Shannon Picciano
District Representative State Senator Anthony Cannella
President, Executive Board of Directors, Finance Committee

Joe Doyland
Business Development Officer Educational Employees Credit Union
Vice President for Finance
Executive Board of Directors

Louise Farley
District Representative
State Senator
Anthony Cannella

Secretary, Executive Board of Directors
Andre Urquidez
Senior Accounting Manager Merced College
Treasurer, Executive Board of Directors, Finance Committee

Chris Vitelli
Superintendent/President Merced College
Executive Board of Directors

Vinton Thengvall
Vice President of Finance Label Technology
Finance Committee

Rick Osorio
Insurance and Financial Adviser
Board of Directors
Darryl Davis
UC Merced Department of Public Safety
Board of Directors
Greg Hausmann
Criminal Justice Professor
Board of Directors
Dennis Jordan
Merced College Board of Trustees
Trustee Representative

Mary Robinson
Marketing Assistant Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union
Board of Directors

Cody Camacho
Associated Students Merced College President
Board of Directors
Mariah Gill
Merced College Board of Trustees Student Representative
Board of Directors
Adam Fong
Instructor- History
Representative Faculty Association
Daryl Lingerfelt
Instructional Support Technician- Science
Representative Classified Senate
Dr. Max Hallman
Instructor-Philosophy/Honors Program
Representative Academic Senate
Steven Welch
Library/Media Technician-Audio Visual
Representative California School Employees Association
Brenda Latham
Dean- Los Banos Campus
Representative for the Los Banos Campus

Emeritus Directors

Chuck Fennessy

Sonja Perret Al Peterson Margaret Randolph Linda Tatum


Andre Urquidez
Acting Executive Director

Michele Dwyer
Administrative Assistant
Merced College Foundation   |   3600 M Street   |   Merced, CA 95348-2898   |   (209) 381-6470

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