The Pasadena City College Foundation has announced the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors. The new members join other Pasadena area leaders to support PCC students and the college by working to fulfill the mission of the foundation.
The foundation has elected Hoyt Hilsman, Cynthia Kurtz, Gloria de Olarte, Gilda Pettit, Justin Tsui, Robert Floe and Craig Washington. These new members come in under the presidency of Gloria Pitzer and they bring their invaluable expertise to the board.
Those continuing to serve on the foundation’s board of directors include: Geoffrey Baum, Scott Bell, Glenn Bowie, Sheldon Bull, Vivian Chan, Dana Dattola, Charmayne Mills Ealy, Erika Endrijonas, Ralph Frammolino, Carmella Grahn, Mark Harmsen, Bill Hawkins, William Krantz, Nancy Lan, Robert Miller, Michael Mitchell, Ryan Newman, Clara Potes-Fellow, Gloria Pitzer, Jim Sarni, R.C. Schrader, Don Schweitzer, Jack Scott, Chuck Stanislawski, Gregory Sun and Wade Winter.
Hoyt Hilsman is an award-winning author, journalist and former PCC Trustee and former candidate for Congress in California. He has written screenplays for film, television and the major studios and networks in Hollywood, including Sony, Disney, New Line Cinema, ABC and CBS.
Cynthia Kurtz has more than 30 years experience planning and managing complex projects and programs in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she was city manager for the city of Pasadena. She also served as interim city manager for the cities of Covina and Santa Ana, chief operating officer for River L.A., and president of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.
Gloria de Olarte is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She has chaired the plastic surgery department at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Arcadia Methodist Hospital, San Gabriel Hospital and St. Luke Medical Center. Additionally, she has served as voluntary staff of the plastic surgery department at USC and is a volunteer on the medical staff at Home Boy Industries.
Gilda Pettit, a highly skilled asset-based lender with more than 35 years experience in commercial lending, is a vice president and team leader at City National Bank. She has spent 10 years at Wells Fargo Bank as a relationship manager, and from 2012-13 she was a member of the Wells Fargo Capital Finance Diversity Council. Most recently, she has served as the treasurer of the National Latina Business Women’s Association-Los Angeles.
Justin Tsui has extensive experience in providing strategic vision and leadership for IT solution architecture and implementation, Cloud and Mobile strategy evaluation and implementation, cyber security and compliance management, and operational and financial management. As president and CEO of TeamLogic IT of Pasadena, he oversees supply chain development and implementation.
Robert Floe is the president and founder of Floe Financial Partners, a Pasadena investment advisory firm that has been helping individuals, charities and corporations for 33 years. Floe has served as the chairman of the board of Union Station Homeless Services and has been on the boards of Five Acres, Heifer International Foundation and Pando Populus.
Craig Washington is the vice president of the Tournament of Roses and has been a volunteer member since 2000. He will serve as the association’s president in 2028. Professionally, Washington is a licensed certified public accountant and real estate broker. He currently serves as a regional contract manager for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
“I am excited to welcome our new members to our board of directors,” said Bobbi Abram, executive director of the PCC Foundation. “Each of them brings great knowledge and passion for the PCC community. We look forward to their contributions to the foundation.”