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


The Taft College Foundation is dedicated to supporting student success through fund raising 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
  • The Foundation works with all members of Taft College

As a private, non-profit corporation, a 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 director 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

Taft College Foundation Governing Board

Kirk Hessler

President, Foundation Board
Retired, VP Banking Center Manager, Citizens Business Bank

Rob Duchow

Vice President, Foundation Board
Public Affairs Mgr., So Cal Gas Co

Brock McMurray

Treasurer, Foundation Board
Superintendent/ President, WKCCD

Cathy Bennett

Secretary, Foundation Board
Attorney, Klein DeNatale Goldner

Taft College Foundation Board of Directors

Janice Ashley

Nurse Practitioner

Jasmeet Bains MD  

Medical Director, Bakersfield Recovery Services

Deanna Blaise

Senior VP of Business Banking, Valley Strong Credit Union

Patty Canessa

Government & Public Affairs Manager-San Joaquin Valley Business Unit, Chevron

Richard Chapman

President, Kern Economic Development Corporation

Don Clark

Retired News Anchor

Les Clark Jr.

Owner, Independent Oil Production Alliance

Carole Cohen

Retired Educator

Penelope Fulton

Retired Finance Services

Michael George

Executive VP of Marketing, Safe 1 Credit Union

Gabriela Gonzales

External Affairs Advisor, California Resources Corporation

Max Goossen

VP & COO, Westside Waste Management

Dr. Sheri Horn-Bunk

Executive Director Foundation & Development, Taft College Foundation

Elizabeth Howard

Co-Owner, Howard Financial & Wealth Management

Nate Jones

Operations Manager, Baker Hughes

Dr. Loretta Lipscomb 

Retired VP Student Instruction

Jamie Little

Office Administrator, Synagro

Roland Maier 

Executive Director, First 5 Kern

Jason Marshall

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances

Suzanne Noble  

Vice President, Production Regions & Sacramento Affairs, Western States Petroleum Association

Bill Phillimore 

Phillimore Consulting

Rusty Risi

President, General Productions

Tim Rushing

Senior Tax Analyst, Sentinel Peak Resources California LLC

Ray Scott

Administrator, Price Disposal

Jamie Swetalla

Public Affairs-Specialist South Kern, Aera Energy, LLC.

Kal Vaughn

President, West Coast Construction and Mechanical

Taft College Foundation Resources

Mahea Maui

Development Associate

Ermeritas Life Member

John Miller

Retireed WKCCD Trustee

Don Zumbro

Retired WKCCD Dean of Students

Larry Peahl

Retired WKCCD Math Prof & District DBO

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