Three New Members Join Community Foundation of NCW Board of Trustees

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce three new members to the Board of Trustees: Vaishalie Bhide, Pam Brulotte, and Karen Rutherford.

Community Foundation Trustees commit to serving 3 terms of 3 years, for a total of 9 years of service. The selection process is overseen by the foundation’s nominating committee, who seek to ensure a diverse range of individuals to govern the foundation.

“We believe that having a wide range of perspectives, skills, and experience make the most successful governing boards and therefore have a thoughtful selection process” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “We are thrilled to have these three incredible women bring their unique talents to the foundation.”

Vaishali Bhide is an RN Practice Manager of Oncology and Infusion for Confluence Health. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and has been living in the United States with her husband Vasudev for 25 years. They have one son, Niv, who is entering college this year and two cats they adore. Vaishali loves running, hiking, knitting, and traveling to new places.



Pam Brulotte and her husband Oliver are owners of Munchen Haus and Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth. Pam currently serves as the President of the Washington Brewers Guild and is also involved with Rotary, the CHS Business Department Advisory Committee, and several other local organizations. They have three children, Gabrielle, Joshua, and Elis. Pam loves spending time outdoors and serving her community.


Karen Rutherford is retired from the Wenatchee City Council and Wenatchee School District, but continues to volunteer her services in many capacities across the Valley. She is passionate about getting kids involved in Maker Spaces, STEAM projects, and loves to build with Legos. Karen can frequently be found walking the trails in Eastern Washington with her trusty companions: her dog, Ernie and her husband, Peter.

In addition to the new trustees, our officers have changed positions. Gil Sparks is now Board Chair, with Mark Spurgeon as Vice Chair and Claudia DeRobles as Secretary/Treasurer. They will each serve 2 years in these positions.
The foundation wishes to acknowledge Ken Marson as past-chair and three outgoing Trustees for volunteering their time and service to the region: Darci Christoferson, Diane Carson, and Mike Stancil.


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