About the Taft College Foundation

Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, the Taft College Foundation was established for charitable and educational purposes. It is the mission of the corporation to advance post-secondary education by supporting the programs and activities of Taft College, which include, but are not limited to, providing funding for building and classroom constructions, scholarships, sponsorship for books and educational materials, supplies, equipment, and programs. As programs continue to evolve, the Foundation meets the needs with an emphasis on raising additional money for education and student opportunities.

Since 2009, Dr. Sheri Horn-Bunk has served as Executive Director, Foundation and Institutional Advancement. Her knowledge and expertise of public relations and fundraising have expanded the reach of Taft College. Her vision for the Foundation includes growth through endowments, program support, events, and special initiatives. Through successful West Kern Petroleum Summits, Taft College Foundation Petroleum Partners, and other initiatives, industry and education partnerships have been created, enhancing student outcomes for work-force readiness.


The Taft College Foundation is dedicated to supporting student success through fundraising and development of community relationships.


The Foundation is dedicated to maximizing support from the private sector through:

  • Endowment development and expansion of existing gifts
  • Investment in approved Taft College programs
  • Creation of additional instruments of giving
  • Management of infrastructure and services supporting these efforts
  • Maintenance and expansion of alumni and donor databases
  • Working with all members of Taft College

As a private, non-profit corporation, the Board of Directors governs this Foundation. The principal role of the Board of Directors is to establish policies and provide guidance in achieving its objectives. Board members work closely with the President, Foundation Board; and Executive Director, Foundation and Institutional Advancement; and other campus leaders to increase private support for endowments to enhance the educational and cultural environment of the College and surrounding community.

Foundation Board Members


Robert Duchow

President, Foundation Board
Public Affairs Manager, So Cal Gas Company

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Suzanne Noble

Vice President, Foundation Board
Vice President, Production Regions and Sacramento Affairs, Western States Petroleum Association


Todd Hampton, Ed.D.

Treasurer, Foundation Board
Vice President, Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer, West Kern Community College District (WKCCD)


Cathy Bennett

Secretary, Foundation Board
Attorney, Klein DeNatale Goldner

Taft College Foundation Board of Directors


Adam Alvidrez

Public Relations Manager, Kern Energy

Jamie Andrews

Jamie Andrews

Office Administrator, Synagro

Jan Ashley

Jan Ashley

Retired Nurse Practitioner






Janea Benton

External Affairs Advisor, Aera Energy, LLC


Deanna Blaise

Senior Vice President of Business Banking


Nik Boone

Owner, Ascend Real Estate & Property Management


Joshua Bryant

CEO Financial Services, Taft Union High School


Richard Chapman

President, Kern EDC


Don Clark

Retired News Anchor


Les Clark Jr.

Owner, Independent Oil Producers Alliance


Octavio Escobedo III

Chairman, Tejon Indian Tribe


Julie Franks

Agent, State Farm


Penelope Fulton

Retired Finance Services


Scottie Gee

Senior Environmental Field Specialist | Environmental Management Gas Transmission, PG&E


Michael George

Executive Vice President - Marketing, Safe 1 Credit Union


Max Goossen

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Westside Waste Management


Dr. Sheri Horn-Bunk

Executive Director Foundation & Institutional Advancement, Taft College Foundation


Elizabeth Howard

Co-Owner, Howard Financial & Wealth Management


Dr. Loretta Garcia Lipscomb

Retired Vice President of Instruction, WKCCD Taft College


Megan Lopez

Public Affairs Representative | Corporate Affairs, San Joaquin
Valley Business Unit, Chevron

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Jason Marshall

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, Berry Corporation

Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr., Ed.D.

Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr., Ed.D.

WKCCD Interim President/Superintendent, Taft College

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Ron Ostrom, D.O.

Medical Director & Treating Physician , Westside Healthcare District


Rusty Risi

President, General Productions Services


Tim Rushing

Senior Tax Analyst, Sentinel Peak Resources California LLC


Ray Scott

Adminstrator, Price Disposal

Taft College Foundation Resources

Jonathan Bench

Foundation Development Associate

Emeritus Life Members

John Miller

West Kern Community College District (WKCCD) Trustee (Retired)

Larry Peahl

West Kern Community College District (WKCCD) Math Professor and Director, Business Office (Retired)

Don Zumbro

West Kern Community College District (WKCCD) Dean of Students (Retired) 

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