2018 LACGP Officers


President - Allyson Simpson

Vice President of Development and Communications
Huntington Medical Research Institutes
99 North El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-4343, ext. 232

Allyson joined Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) in October 2016 as the Vice President of Philanthropy. Prior to joining HMRI, she served as Senior Director of Gift Planning at Caltech for six years and as Associate Director of Gift Planning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Director of Planned Giving at Scripps College in Claremont, California.  Allyson was born in Pasadena, grew up in Southern California and received both her bachelor’s degree and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California (USC). She is a member of the California State Bar and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning – Los Angeles.  Allyson practiced corporate and regulatory law in the Los Angeles area for several years before transitioning sixteen years ago into development with a focus on planned, major and leadership giving.

Allyson and her husband Roland, an attorney, live in Pasadena, and are the parents of three adult children.  She has served on the Board of Trustees of both Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena and the South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (SC LAMP), as well as the Advisory Board of Nativity School in Los Angeles, and is currently a member of the Mayfield Development Committee and Chair of the SC LAMP Development Committee.


President-Elect - Mary O'Hare




Immediate Past President - Kimberley Valentine

Director, Leadership Gifts
LA PHIL Walt Disney Concert Hall | Hollywood Bowl
151 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034
(213) 972-7270 office

Kimberley joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil) in March 2015 as the Associate Director of Gift Planning and Principal Gifts.  Prior to joining the LA Phil, she served as Director of Gift Planning and Principal Gifts at Scripps College in Claremont, California for three years and the Director of Planned Giving at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California for ten and one half years.  She is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Psychology and Pepperdine University with a Masters in Business Administration.  She has been a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern California since 2002.  She began her career in support of planned gifts in 1998 at the Palm Springs Desert Museum.

Kimberley grew up in Southern California and Arizona and currently resides in Altadena and has one adult son.  She currently sits on the board of Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Claremont, California and chairs the Fund Development Committee.  She has previously served board roles with the Altadena Library Foundation, Maranatha High School and the Palm Springs Credit Union.




Secretary - Cris Lutz

Planned Giving Director
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Cris Lutz is the Planned Giving Director at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, where she helps donors leave enduring legacies at the institution. Prior to joining The Huntington in 2005 as Associate Director of Major Gifts, she held several positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, ultimately serving as Director of Individual Giving. She was an adjunct faculty member at Pasadena City College, where she taught a Psychology course from 1998 to 2003. Cris has a master's degree in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton and was a dual major in Art History and Social Science at UC Irvine. In addition to LACGP, she serves on the board of the American Council on Gift Annuities. Cris is also a member of the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council and is a certified specialist in planned giving through the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. Cris lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter.


Treasurer - Debbie P. Bills

Senior Executive Director, Planned Giving Administration
City of Hope
1500 East Duarte Road
Duarte, CA  91010-3000

Prior to joining Harvey Mudd College, Office of College Advancement, she directed the gift planning program at The Webb Schools and served as Associate Director of Gift Planning at Claremont Graduate University.  Debbie earned her BA at Pomona College and is a certified specialist in planned giving. Debbie is a past president of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Greater Los Angeles, former WRPGC conference co-chair and has served on the board for five years.




Member-At-Large - Special Projects - Tena Yatroussis


Ms. Yatroussis brings senior level production management skills for film and television production to nonprofit management building fruitful relationships between nonprofit organizations and the philanthropists who support them. She completed the UCLA Professional Certificate in Fundraising and Institutional Development while working as Consultant/Director of Development for The Growing Place Reggio Emilia School in Santa Monica. Tena successively broadened her experience and deepened her responsibilities as Director of Annual and Planned Giving at The Center for Early Education and as a Special Gifts/Development Officer at New Roads School. In 2015 Ms. Yatroussis joined the staff of the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation where she added video enriched digital solicitation programs to increase donor acquisition, retention, and more compelling opportunities to identify and cultivate major donors. She delights in the opportunity to serve on the board of LACGP.


National Liaison - Janice Burrill

Philanthropic Consultant
JB Consulting

Ms. Burrill has served on the boards of many nonprofits both nationally and locally, including the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Planned Giving (now PPP) where she chaired NCPG’s Public Affairs Committee which oversaw the “Leave a Legacy” national initiative. She is also past president of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern California and former Chair of the Western Regional Planned Giving Conference. Janice is currently a board member of WISE & Healthy Aging, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (Southern California), and Ramona Convent Secondary School. She is also a member of the Gift Planning Councils of Loyola Marymount University, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Catholic Education Foundation. Ms. Burrill has also participated on the Boards of the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation, St. Anastasia School, the Serra Project and Holy Family Services. She is an active volunteer and speaker within the philanthropic sector and participated in the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy.  Janice currently resides in Playa Del Rey, California. In addition to volunteering, her personal interests include travel, horseback riding, calligraphy, and spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.


Conference Chair - Patience Boudreaux

Philanthropic Advisor
University of Redlands
1200 E. Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373

Patience Boudreaux is a Philanthropic Advisor at the University of Redlands, a role which includes solicitation for both major and planned gifts as a part of the institution’s comprehensive campaign. Her career has been focused on higher education, particularly private liberal arts institutions. Prior to Redlands, Patience was at Trinity University, overseeing a reimagining of the annual giving effort. She also spent six years at Pomona College. Patience earned her BA at Johns Hopkins University, her MBA from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, and is a certified specialist in planned giving.

Conference Co-Chair - Michele A. Bignardi, CFRE, CSPG

Senior Vice President
310-836-7624, ext. 113

Michele joined the staff of Netzel Grigsby Associates, inc. having worked as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and institutions. Her experience includes working with senior management, volunteer boards, and special task forces. She has more than 25 years of experience recruiting and training volunteer committees.

As a senior vice president with Netzel Grigsby Associates, inc., Michele’s accomplishments include successful multi-million dollar capital campaigns, fundraising development studies, planning and implementing annual and major giving programs and membership development campaigns, planning, and volunteer/staff training.

Michele and her husband live in San Pedro where they both are involved in several volunteer and civic organizations. She is the former board chair of the local YMCA where she also provided volunteer leadership to two successful capital campaigns in San Pedro and Wilmington.  She currently chairs the Y’s Financial Development Committee.

Michele is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Orange County Chapter. In addition she has been an instructor with the UCLA Extension Certificate Program in Fundraising since 2008.

Michele earned her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University.


Communications/External Relations Co-Chair - Ray Rotolo

Director, Planned Giving
Claremont McKenna College
400 N. Claremont Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711-4015

After 14 years in the life insurance and financial planning field, with a 2-year time-out while he and his wife served as volunteers with the American Baptist Church in Thailand, Ray moved into planned giving as the Director of Planned Giving at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon in 1990. He became the Assistant Dr. of PG in 1995 at his alma mater Claremont McKenna College (’76, P’14), becoming the Dir. of PG in 2008. The College, only 70-years old and with only 600+ alumni over age 70, is in a unique position for a college, in that 95% of the donors to the PG program are non-alumni. Ray lives in Upland, CA, with his wife Diane, 3 fun-loving dogs, and a large tortoise who puts in an occasional appearance. Together, they raised 5 sons, all of whom are Eagle Scouts.


Communications/External Relation Co-Chair - Michael Andrulis

Director, Regional Development
National Jewish Health, Western Regional Office
14724 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1004
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403


Education Chair - Francine Lis

Director of Planned Giving, Legacy and Endowments
Anti-Defamation League
10495 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Francine Lis is the Director of Planned Giving, Legacy and Endowments for the Anti-Defamation League in the Pacific Southwest Region. She has broad development and nonprofit management experience. Prior to joining ADL in 2011, Francine served as the Director of Annual Giving for USC Law and Director of Development for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Earlier in her career she held positions of Assistant Director of Development and Public Affairs at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Director of Member Services at the Southern California Association for Philanthropy (now Southern California Grantmakers) and Assistant Director of Education/Program Coordinator - Tools for Tolerance for Educators at the Museum of Tolerance. Francine has also consulted with a variety of grantmaking organizations and nonprofits including Southern California Edison, San Diego Grantmakers, Jewish Community Foundation, First Five LA, ArtsCorp LA, Optimist Youth Home and the Dubnoff Center. She is currently pursuing a certified specialist in planned giving certificate through the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at Cal State Long Beach. Francine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and earned a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College. Francine is a native Los Angelino, has a son and daughter in college and an adorable Pomeranian at home.


Education Co-Chair - Cynthia Hizami

Director of Planned Giving, West Coast
Jewish National Fund
323-964-1400 ext.962

Cynthia Hizami is the Director of Planned Giving for the West Coast for Jewish National Fund, a non-profit which raises money in America for programs, projects and infrastructure in Israel.  Over the course of her career, she has practiced as an attorney in many areas, including: estate and tax planning, business litigation, and civil litigation.  Cynthia received her B.A. at Tulane University and her J.D. from Tulane Law School.


Legislative Chair - Bill Hranchak

TemoArjani LLP
301 E. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 426
Pasadena, CA 91101

Bill Hranchak is a partner with Temo A. Arjani & Co. LLP which is located in Pasadena. He became involved with planned giving while working with hospitals and other healthcare organizations at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago. He was a partner and member of Andersen’s National Healthcare Tax Practice and was the Southern California practice leader. Prior to joining Temo, he was a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ National Tax Exempt Organization Practice and was their West Coast practice leader. Currently, Bill works with public charities and private foundations of various sizes and types and individuals on planned giving strategies and other tax issues. He also assists with the annual update of the 5227TaxSystem software which is licensed to over 100 users who use it to prepare over 3,000 charitable remainder trust tax returns. Bill is on the faculty at the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies and teaches the income tax section of the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving program. He earned his B.S. in accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington and is a Certified Public Accountant.



Marketing Chair - Frank Bernal

Senior Gift Planning Officer
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
M/C 5-32
Pasadena, CA 91125

Frank entered the planned giving profession in 2007 when he joined the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He was introduced to a wide variety of planned giving fundamentals including the development of marketing plans and materials, the administration of a life income program, the oversight of estate distributions, and direct fundraising. In 2015, Frank joined City of Hope Medical Center’s planned giving team as Senior Director of Gift Planning and focused solely on working with donors to cultivate new planned gifts and steward existing commitments. He returned to Caltech in 2017 as a Senior Gift Planning Officer and continues to dedicate his efforts towards helping alumni and friends establish lasting legacies. Before entering the non-profit world, he was a member of a financial planning practice in Los Angeles. Frank earned his B.S. at Redlands University and is a certified specialist in planned giving.  He resides in Brea, CA with his wife, Erika, and their friendly Cairn Terrier, Maggie.



Marketing Co-Chair - Natalie Piega

Deputy Director, Office of Gift Planning
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd., M/C 5-32
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-6250


Membership Chair - Bob Fass

Senior Director of Development
Leadership and Planned Giving
The Webb Schools
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711-2199
(909) 445-8252

Bob has served The Webb Schools since 2007 as a senior member of the development office responsible for day-to-day management of all leadership giving and planned giving initiatives as well as campaign management.  He is President of the Claremont Educational Foundation and is on the advisory board of Ophelia's Jump Productions.  Prior to The Webb Schools, Bob worked as an Executive Director of professional regional theatres in Fort Worth, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in the works of William Shakespeare. He also served as the Founding Program Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in arts administration at Southern Utah University where he taught and directed professional internships in conjunction with the Tony Award-Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.  He has been a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and produced events for the Olympic Arts Festivals in Atlanta (1996) and Salt Lake City (2002). He holds a bachelors degree in directing for theatre and a masters degree in arts administration.  He is also a certified specialist in planned giving.


Membership Co-Chair - Hugh Ralston


Sponsor Relations Chair - Grace Russak


Volunteer Chair - James A. Jacobs

Assistant Director, Planned Giving
Claremont McKenna College
400 N. Claremont Blvd.
Claremont,  CA 91711-4015

In his role at Claremont McKenna College Jim is responsible for identifying new alumni estate gifts, working with donors on life income gifts, managing special events for the legacy society, and serving as a liaison each year to the 50th class reunion committee. Prior to joining CMC’s Office of Planned Giving in 2013, Jim held a variety of positions in alumni relations at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, Claremont McKenna College (1999-2001), and Occidental College. He studied at Northwestern University as an undergraduate and earned his Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to his volunteer work with the LACGP, Jim volunteers with the Big Ten Club of Southern California (where he is a past president), the American Red Cross as a platelet donor (226 units and counting), La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.

When not volunteering (or working), Jim is often bicycling in the mountains north of Azusa, where he lives with his wife, Jackie, and dog, Jenny, or cheering on the greatest team ever (in his mind, at least) the Green Bay Packers.


Administrator - Jerry Packer

65 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 715-5400
(949) 715-6931 Fax

Jerry Packer holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from California State University, Fullerton. Jerry is currently president of Sterling Strategic Management, an association management firm based in Laguna Beach, CA. Previously, Jerry was co-owner of EXHIBITCORP, a Los Angeles based company specializing in the design, manufacturing and logistics of exhibits and trade show displays worldwide.