Vice Chair Joe Simonin, Business Owner Secretary Lisa Nicholson, Education
Treasurer Richard Hungerford, Hi-Tech Industry
Richard Benitez, Education
Mark Corella, Banking District Manager
Jon Franke, PG&E
Tiffany German, Accounting Manager
Donna Lewis, Real Estate
Doug Major, Doctor of Optometry
Susan McTaggart, Education
Yukie Murphy, Ed. Research & Communications
Lisa Nicholson, Education
Jared Salter, Attorney
Photo: Richard Benitez, in blue, helping to accept a proclamation for the Food Bank from the City of Paso Robles in May 2018.
Our dear friend and Food Bank Board Director Richard Benitez passed away in early October of this year. He was a man comfortable with the company of the lowly. If there was anyone who stood outside the circle of belonging, Richard was there with a hand to elevate and encourage folks, to open doors to education, to give of himself personally and by guiding others to enlarge this circle. How fortunate we all have been to dance in this now widening circle with this great man.
You could routinely count on a wild and funny idea passing through Richard’s thoughts and he would then raise his eyebrows as he shared this idea with you and his eyes would glow with mischievousness. He was trouble in the very best of ways; trouble to those who would stick to systems that did not serve the underserved, trouble to those with limits to their imagination, to those who would rob people of hope.
To the thousands and thousands of people whom he touched, Richard Benitez was a light that drew us all into a widening circle of belonging and acceptance, healing and compassion. May the circle, now and always, be unbroken!