Board of Directors
Eva V. Jimenez
Director since 2021.
Eva was born in Mexico, and at age six she immigrated to Dunsmuir, California. She attended College of the Siskiyous, in Weed, California, then transferred to Sacramento State University where she earned her MBA in Business Administration. Eva began her journey at Shasta College as a business instructor in 2002. For the past decade she has served as an administrator, forging programs and partnerships in business-related areas. Eva serves on several community boards and joined the Foundation Board in 2021. She beat breast cancer in 2018, loves to hike, and is married to Kris Koeberer. They have five adult children together.
John A. Mancasola
Director since 1991 and CEO since 2017.
John was born and raised in Redding, where his family owned a chain of grocery stores. John graduated from Stanford University and earned a law degree from USC. While working for the law firm Carr, Kennedy, Peterson and Frost in Redding, John represented Mrs. McConnell and the Foundation. In 1992 John joined the Foundation Board. In 1993 he became an employee of Mrs. McConnell and of the Foundation. John became a full-time employee of the Foundation upon Mrs. McConnell’s death in 1995. In 2017, upon the semi-retirement of Lee Salter, John became the Foundation’s President & CEO. John and his wife Molly enjoy family activities with their five grown children, and a grandson.
Lee W. Salter
Director since 1985.
Lee was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He earned a degree in accounting at CSU, Chico and began his career as an IRS agent, which led to him receiving his CPA certificate. Lee then attended McGeorge School of Law, and in 1977 he went to work at Carr, Kennedy, Peterson and Frost, where he became an equal partner. In 1985 Lee began representing Leah McConnell, joining the Board the same year. In 1989 he left his law practice and became an employee of Mrs. McConnell and the Foundation. After Leah’s death in 1995, he became the full-time President & CEO of the Foundation. In 2017 Lee semi-retired, and in 2018 he fully retired. Lee and his wife Judy enjoy traveling and spending time with their grown children and grandchildren.
Pamela M. Newman
Director since 2022.
Pam was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in the Bay Area. She attended community college in Saratoga and Santa Rosa, and has lived in Northern California since 1993. For the past 28 years, Pam has published North State Parent magazine, which she founded with her former husband, to serve families in five Northern California counties. Pam joined the Foundation Board in 2022, and is the first Siskiyou County resident to serve on it. Pam lives in Mt. Shasta, and enjoys spending time with her partner, John, and her adult sons. During her free time she loves to travel abroad, hike, swim, and picnic in the great outdoors.
William W. Cox
Director since 2012.
Bill was born and raised in Redding. He has been a real estate consultant and broker since 1974. When Leah McConnell was alive, Bill managed her real estate, and he represented her in property acquisitions and sales. He served as a 2000 founding board member of the Community Foundation of the North State. Bill retired from Cox Real Estate Consultants in 2007. He joined the Foundation Board in 2012. Bill and his wife, Juanita, have two grown children and three grandchildren.