Our Staff

Our professional staff members are motivated by our core purpose to increase the value of our region through the power of giving.

Kerry Caranci

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation, Kerry is responsible for Foundation operations and engages with donors and professional advisors to encourage the establishment of funds that ultimately serve communities in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. Kerry joined the Community Foundation of the North State in 2006. She serves as the Treasurer on the […]

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Andrea Scott

Director of Gift Planning

As our Director of Gift Planning, Andrea assists donors and professional advisors with all aspects of gift planning, including complex and estate gifts. With 24 years of nonprofit development experience, Andrea joined CFNS in August 2022. Her background includes leadership positions at public and private universities, youth-service nonprofits, and community foundations. She is a Certified […]

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Miriam Leal

Miriam Leal

Impact and Operations Officer

As Impact and Operations Officer, Miriam serves as the point person for the Community Foundation’s leadership initiatives including North State Giving Tuesday. She also oversees all aspects of office and facility operations, manages our in-house technology accounts, and provides support to the CFO for accounts payable. Miriam joined the Community Foundation of the North State […]

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Justine Lehman

Program Officer

As the Program Officer, Justine manages the Foundation’s grant making program including administering the Fall and Spring grant cycles as well as working with fundholders to make individual grants from their designated funds. Justine moved to Redding in 1991 and quickly discovered her passion working for nonprofit organizations.  In 2010 she opened her own consulting […]

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Jill Tydor

Marketing and Communications Manager

In her role as our Marketing and Communications Manager, Jill is responsible for the Community Foundation’s communication strategies, including managing the foundation’s social media channels, publications, and web site. Jill joined the Community Foundation in July 2021 after a 12-year stint in San Francisco working in marketing and event production, producing large-scale events for Bay […]

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Erin Chiniewicz

Scholarship Manager

As the Scholarship Manager, Erin supports students and faculty through the application process and encourages students as they take the next step in their education. Erin received her Bachelor’s from Humboldt State University and Master’s from the University of Montana, both in Anthropology. She has worked in cultural resource management and with community-focused nonprofits for […]

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Megan Wade

Administrative Assistant

In her role as Administrative Assistant, Megan is the first point of contact at the Foundation answering the phone and a myriad of front desk duties. Megan took a leap from serving the community with a career in dental assisting to becoming the Administrative Assistant for the Community Foundation. Moving away from her home state […]

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