Katie Combs Endowment Fund

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in shade they know they will never sit.”

– Greek Proverb

It is in this spirit of preparing for the next generation that Discovery Counseling Center is proud to announce the establishment of the Katie Combs Endowment Fund. Katie worked at Discovery Counseling Center for the last six weeks of her too short life, but in that little time, she, with her intelligence, her joy and her sense of humor, made a huge impact on all who knew her. Not only was she bright and fun-loving, Katie was also caring and kind. She embraced Discovery Counseling Center’s mission of providing high quality, accessible and affordable mental wellness services to our community.
Discovery has been an integral part of the San Ramon Valley for over 50 years and the need for mental health services has grown every year. Till now, Discovery has been able to match the growing need for services in large part because of the incredible contributions of the Friends of Discovery who brilliantly operate the local Thrift Station. Their extraordinary efforts have been critical to fulfilling Discovery’s mission for the past five decades.

Now, as Discovery’s Board of Directors looks to the future, they believe it is prudent to develop another steady source of funding. Many of Katie’s family members and friends contributed generously to a memorial fund established in her memory and it is those contributions that are the seed money for the Katie Combs Endowment Fund. It is the intention of the Board of Directors to add to this endowment fund annually and to invest the income generated. With additional donations and careful management, Katie’s Fund will eventually generate sufficient income to continue Discovery’s mission of providing financial assistance to families in critical need of mental health services for the next 50 years.

As we plant our tree, we thank you for your support and invite you to join us in growing Katie’s Fund and providing fruit and shade for the next generation.

You can donate directly to the fund by clicking below:

For more information on how to contribute to Katie’s Fund, please contact us at 925.837.0505.

Thank you to all who contributed to Katie’s memorial fund that provided the initial critical funding to establish Katie’s legacy and to those who have donated to the Endowment Fund.

Abby and Arnaud Bewley
Adam Calabrigo
Alan Miller
Alex Hicks
Alex Lawson
Alison Barker
Allen Mueller
Alyssa Calabrigo
Amy and Mike Dreyer
Andy Gu
Ann Marie Nugent
Anthony Leonard
Antonia Quanstrom
Barbara and Ted Budach
Barbara Jewell
Beatty Educational Consulting
Beverly Mills Codtello
Bill Christensen
Bill and Marianne Gagen
Bob Legg
Bob Littlefield
Braden Kolb
Bradley and Lisa Blackwell
Brendan Noonan
Bridwell Family
Broder Family
Bryant Archibald
Caitlin Cole
Calabrigo Family
Charles Bloch
Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Strehlow
Christine Quick
Christine Wentker
Chuck and Barbara Bloch
Claire and JB Humphrey
Coleman Family
Colton Family
Dan and Lise Yoo
Dana Hicks
Danville Planning Commission
Danville Rotary Club Foundation
Danville Yoga & Wellness Center
David Chritton
David Crompton
David Galletly (In Memory Of)
Debbie Chamberlain
Debra LeClaire
Denise Jennison
Don Leone
Don Theile
Donald Combs
Donna and Tom
Donna Rae Kerger
Douglas Butler
The Early Family
Edmond Benisti
Edna Bingham
The Eiras Family
Eleanor Avers-Ludy
Elizabeth Brusca
Elizabeth Swan
Evelyn Walker
Ezzie Ruth Maryin
Friends of Discovery, in honor of Marge Early, Friends Founder
Gary Vilhauer
Gayle Israel
Gayle Van Fossen

Gina Veazey
Hauke Nahrstedt
Heather and Arturo Gonzalez
Jackie Fineberg
Jacqueline Gerry
Jacqueline NeJaime
James Crocker
James Doliber
Jared Higgins
Jean Price
Jeff Roberts
Jen Brodehl
Jerry Mulcahy (In Memory Of)
Jim and Kathlyn Powers
Jim Cambier
Jim Galletly (In Memory Of)
Jim Wood
Jim Wright
Joan Palmtag
Joanne and Rick Spillane
JoAnne Mounce
Joe Kovar
Joe LeGrande
Joey Combs and Dina Longenecker
John Alabano
John and Debbie McGowan
John and Katie Vinnicombe
John Crovo
John Moore
Joni Hilton
Jordan Wallace
Joyce Feldman
Ju Dee Bell
Julie and Tom Lapcevic
Julie Hobson
Julie LaBarbera
Karen Stepper
Kari Mamizuka
Karlyn Hunt
Kathryn Bybee
Kathy and Ed Chiverton
Kathy and Karl Miller
Keith and Gayle Goodwin
Keith and Hallie Grossman
Kelly Harder
Kelvin Martin
Kenneth Sandy
Kerry Richard
Lance Hendry
Lauren Roth
Lea Fresquez
Leonard and Lori Palomino
Leslie Vilfort
Lisa Bobadilla
Lisa Cone
Llewellyn Martin
Lori and Jeff Stanton
Lynn and Steve Overcashier
Lynne Egan
Lynne Vuskovic
Maninder and Jasbir Hora
Margaret Combs
Marian Catedral-King
Marilyn Mills
Marilyn Vinnicombe
Mark and Pam G.
Mark Fernwood
Marta Bulaich

Mary Agee (In Memory Of)
Mary Codiga
Mary Lee and Michael Broder
Mary and David Ramos
Matt Martin
Maura McCarthy
Max Mason
Megan Andreosky
Mel Green
Mercado & Associates, LLP
Michael and Rita Vinnicombe
Michael Caires
Michael Copeland
Michael McHugh
Michael Wied
Michelle Vella
Mike Bibilos
Mike Cory
Molly Napolitano
Nancy and Joe Sharpe
Nancy McNeil
Nancy, Tom, and Taylor Lehr
Newell Arnerich
Olinger Family
Pat Herrera
Pat Wilson
Patricia Curtin
Patterson Family
Patty Hoyt
Paul and Kim Kortschak
Peter Kaldveer
Polly Crabtree
Randi Johl
Raylee and Caitlin Glasser
Rhona Shulman
Robert and Sandra Storer
Robert Combs
Robert Gibbs
Robert Pavese
Robin Miles
Rodney Oehrlein
Ron Montgomery
Russ and Sheila Kaufman
Ryan Barker
Sandee and Ted Nelson
Sharon and Steve Alberts
Sharon Combs
Shelley Despotakis
Sherry Keely
Sidney Corrie
Sohail and Rafia Siddiqi
Stacy Copeland
Steve Combs
Steve Wilcox
Susan Anderson
Susan Chembri
Susan Rajabi
Ted Budach (In Memory Of)
Tracey Newell
Tracy McFall
Tri-Valley Elected Women’s Lunch Group
Valerie Vicente
Vicki L. Hull
Victor Georgiou
Victor Raziano
Wade Vesey
William and Carol Dunkle
William Vinnicombe
Woody Combs

N. S. LEE

Retired Program Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Affiliations:

  • Project Management Institute

MIA LEONDAKIS

Former Vice President of Transformation at ServiceNow and VMware

Affiliations:

  • Former Board of Directors, Fostering Wishes
  • Thrift Station

ROBERT COMBS

Real Estate Advisor, Compass

Affiliations:

  • Town of Danville Planning Commissioner
  • Board Member, Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • President, Danville Rotary, Town of Danville Design Review Board Member
  • Board of Directors
  • League of California Cities, California State University at Chico Alumni Board of Directors
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • CSU
  • Past President

MICHAEL COPELAND

Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Affiliations:

  • San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds
  • San Ramon Valley Girls’ Athletic League Softball
  • Contributor to Alive Magazine

MARK DAVIS

Tri- Counties Bank- Senior Vice-President

Affiliations:

  • American Heart Association
  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Anthony’s San Francisco
  • San Francisco and Sacramento Food Banks
  • Sacred Heart Community
  • Past Board Member California Symphony
  • Past

JENISE FALK

Retired San Ramon Valley Unified School District Principal

Affiliations:

  • President of the Friends of Discovery(Thrift Station)
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

NEWELL ARNERICH

Town of Danville, Town Council Member, AD Architects, Inc., President & Co-founder

Affiliations:

  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Board Member & Past President
  • Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary Club- Member & Past President
  • AIA
  • American Institute of Architects
  • NACRB
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board
  • Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

KATHY CHIVERTON

Retired Executive Director Discovery Counseling Center

Affiliations:

  • Leadership San Ramon Valley Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Danville
  • Contra Costa County Measure X Community Advisory Board Member

MARIE HALL

  • Licensed Social Worker; Retired Clinical Director
  • St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Affiliation:

  • Friends of Discovery

MITCHELL HOPSON

Vice-President of Finance, Zearn

Affiliations:

  • Diablo Black Men’s Group (past Treasurer)
  • San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition (founding member)
  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Board of Directors
  • Youth sports coach

DAVID KRAVITZ

Affiliations:

  • Director of Student Services
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Claire Humphrey

Retired Pediatrician: Valley Community Health Center and Blackhawk Medical Group

Affiliations:

  • Marriage Mentor Community Presbyterian Church
  • Spiritual Mentor CityTeam Oakland

SCOTT LUCIA

Wealth Management at Andrews, Lucia Wealth Management LLC

Affiliation:

  • Tassajara Valley Little League

ANDY LI

Board Member, Contra Costa Community College District

Affiliations:

  • President
  • Civic Leadership USA
  • President
  • API Coalition, Board of Directors
  • Leadership San Ramon Valley
  • Steering Committee
  • San Ramon Valley Diversity Coalition
  • Rotary Club of Dougherty Valley/San Ramon

NEAL MITCHELL

Community Volunteer

Affiliations:

  • Hall of Fame Board Member Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Board Member Love for Margot Foundation
  • Past Board Member Mercator Medical Systems
  • Past Board Member Injoy Media Corporation

NISHI MOONKA

Chief of Staff/Head of Purpose and Culture at Blue Beyond Consulting

Affiliations:

  • Quail Run Learning Fund Vice President
  • PTA

SARAH NIX

Attorney, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law By the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Affiliations:

  • Past President, Board of Diablo Valley of Estate Planning
  • Iron Horse Mother’s Club
  • AAUW, Volunteer St. Isidore’s Parish
  • East Bay Trust &amp, Estate Lawyers

JILL PURCELL

Owner Purcell International – Food Importing Business

Affiliations:

  • San Ramon Valley YMCA- Past Board Member
  • Diablo Homeowner’s Association- Past Secretary
  • Dorris-Eaton School-Past PTA President
  • Green Valley School and Monte Vista High School- Past PTSA Member

PAT WILSON

Retired San Ramon Valley Unified School District Educator

Affiliations:

  • Sons in Retirement (SIRS)
  • 100 Club of Contra Costa County
  • Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) Sponsor Program
  • San Ramon Valley Mental Health Advisory Council.

MARY VERSTRAETE

Retired from Banking

Affiliations:

  • Member of the Friends of Discovery
  • Thrift Station

GARY RIELE

Affiliations:

  • Principal
  • Riele Commercial Real Estate

ANN WILLOUGHBY

Retired Chief of Staff, University of California Office of the National Laboratories

Affiliations:

  • Treasurer Friends of Discovery Board (Thrift Station)
  • Quest Science Center Advisory Board
  • Livermore Lab Foundation
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • Agape Village Foster Family Agency
  • American Association of University Women