Mission, Vision, Values
The Casa Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, sanctioned by the State of California, committed to developing, accepting, overseeing, administering and disbursing philanthropic resources for the benefit of the Casa de las Campanas Life Plan Community and its residents. The Casa Foundation strives to encourage the ethical and professional growth of philanthropy for the purpose of enhancing the lives of Casa residents and continuing a legacy of service excellence in the Casa de las Campanas community.
Board of Directors
The Foundation Board of Directors consists of five un-paid volunteer members. Three of the members must also serve on the board of the Casa de las Campanas Life Plan Community. The other two members must be residents in good standing at Casa de las Campanas. Directors may serve three consecutive two-year terms.
Jim Roth | Chair
Jim Roth was elected to the Foundation Board in December of 2018. He also serves on the Board of our supported organization, Casa de las Campanas. For that organization, he is the Chair of the Legal Committee and serves on the Governance Committee. Mr. Roth is a local attorney specializing in corporate, real estate and business matters, including insurance law. As general counsel to diverse business entities nationwide, Jim is responsible for developing strategies to minimize risk, navigating complex transactions, and representing his clients’ interests in litigation. Jim has successfully tried numerous cases and argued before the California and federal courts of appeal. Mr. Roth is also a frequent speaker and lecturer to professional and community groups on a variety of legal topics and is a regular columnist for the San Diego Defense Lawyers and the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Real Property Managers.
Craig Brown | Vice Chair
Mr. Brown was elected to the Board in May 2014. He is Chair of the Board of Directors and formerly served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and has served as Chair of the Finance Committee as well as a member of the Audit Committee, Legal Committee and the Marketing & Community Outreach Committee. Craig’s community involvement parallels his career of 30 years at the helm of Rancho Financial Mortgage. He is a founding member and past President of the Rancho Bernardo Business Association. Mr. Brown is a member and has served as President for the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club, and has served on Rotary International, Palomar Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Poway Center for Performing Arts and the Rancho Bernardo Business Association. In 2008, he was elected in to the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame in recognition of his community service.
Ethel Neichin | Secretary
Currently Ethel serves on the Foundation Advisory Committee and is the Secretary of the Foundation Board of Directors. Ethel Neichin is one of the most involved residents in the community. Over the years, she has also been involved with the Marketing Committee, the CRE, the Building Committee, the Windows Computer Club, and the Major Projects Committee to name a few. Casa was also lucky to have her expertise as the Resident Association Treasurer and on the Finance Committee for many years. She and her husband Stan, who passed away in 2003, moved here in 1998. Ethel was a math major, working initially with the US Army Corps of Engineers and then with private firms during her career.
Steve Spear was elected to the Foundation Board in December of 2020. He also has served on the Governing Board of our supported organization, Casa de las Campanas since 2013. For that organization, he is the Chair of the Marketing and Outreach Committee and also serves on the Governance Committee as well as the Planning and Construction Committee. In the past, he has served on the Finance and Health and Wellness Committees. Dr. Spear is a native of San Diego and is an Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geography at Palomar College where he served for 38 years. He served for many years as the Chairman of the Earth, Space and Aviation Sciences Department. While at the College, he also served on the Budget Committee and was involved in the construction of the major new Natural Sciences building. He was also an officer in his family’s construction company and is a retired member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He has recently retired as a Board Member of two other non-profit entities.
Resident Garry Butterfield, who serves as the Chair of the Foundation Advisory Committee, joined the Foundation Board of Directors in January of 2020. He currently co-chairs the Covenant Group at Casa and has also served on the Finance, Activities, and Historical committees. Before retirement Garry served as the General Manager of the Sweetwater Authority in Chula Vista from 1978 – 1992. In the larger community, Garry has served as the Chairman of the San Diego Regional Quality Control Board, the Vice-Chair of the San Diego Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Vice-Chair of the San Diego County Public Works Agency Advisory Board.
Jim Eckel, CFP | Director of Philanthropy
As the Director of Philanthropy, Jim provides fundraising for the Casa Foundation. He is a Certified Financial Planner(CFP) and has been working in the financial and charitable fields for over 30 years. Prior to the Casa Foundation, he was with the USS Midway Museum, The Heritage Museum of Orange County, and Scholars Hope Foundation in development and consultative roles.
Foundation Advisory Committee
The Foundation Advisory Committee is a committee of 10 to 12 residents who provide input and recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors on funding needs, policy, programs, resident concerns, etc. They are an invaluable support structure and work directly with Jim Eckel, our Director of Philanthropy, to advance the Foundation’s mission. This committee operates on a functional level by disseminating information about the Foundation to residents through printed material, educational programs and donor recognition events.
- Garry Butterfield - Chair
- Jim Eckel - Vice Chair
- Marguerite Lawry - Chair
- Dan Beringhause
- Dot Koerner
- Harry Packard
- Carol Rhoades
- Sonny Googins - Chair
- Benita Page
- Doris Hargrove. Chair
- Tom Lee
- Sue Cagni
- Dottie Risheberger
- Benita Page