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Stanislaus Community Foundation provides sabbatical, training for local nonprofit leaders
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The 2024 Project REST Sabbatical Program Awardees are Kimberlie Gamino, Camp Taylor; Marvin Jacobo, City Ministry Network; Steve Ashman, CASA of Stanislaus County; and Susan Mendieta Beasley, Parent Resource Center.

Stanislaus Community Foundation announced the selection of four local nonprofit leaders to receive sabbatical awards through Project REST, a new program offered through the Porges Nonprofit Excellence Initiative.

This program recognizes the dedication and achievements of these leaders, providing them with the opportunity to reflect, recharge, and return to their organizations with renewed energy. Each leader will embark on a two-month sabbatical, fully funded by the Porges Family Foundation. In addition to the cash grant to their organization, awardees will receive one-on-one coaching and support throughout their sabbatical period.

The 2024 Project REST Sabbatical Program Awardees are:

1.    Kimberlie Gamino, Founder and CEO of Camp Taylor, Inc.
Gamino is the Founder and CEO of Camp Taylor, Inc. She established Camp Taylor in 2002 after recognizing her own son’s need to connect while living with a life-threatening illness. Taylor, born with half a heart, has endured four open-heart surgeries and a stroke. Gamino named the camp in honor of his miraculous life. Over the past 23 years, the grassroots organization she spearheaded has grown into the leading provider of programs for the underserved pediatric cardiology population in the US.


2.    Marvin Jacobo, CEO of City Ministry Network
Jacobo’s family moved to Modesto, CA in 1959 and was raised in one of Modesto’s “most vulnerable” neighborhoods. Marvin holds a BA Degree from Simpson College and an MA from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. Currently, Jacobo is the CEO of City Ministry Network (CMN). Motivated by God’s love, CMN exists to connect and develop leaders who have a heart for the vulnerable and the skills to impact a community so that every family can thrive.


3.    Steve Ashman, Executive Director of CASA of Stanislaus County
Ashman has been the Executive Director of CASA of Stanislaus County, a 501c3, for more than sixteen years. In that time, CASA has grown from a program that served 13 children to serving more than 150 children a year each and every year over the past 14 years. He is also an expert in Special Education law and has trained advocates for sixteen different programs throughout California.


4.    Susan Mendieta Beasley, Executive Director of Parent Resource Center
Beasley has served as the executive director of the Parent Resource Center for ten and a half years. She enjoys thinking creatively to solve problems and develop grant concepts and enjoys that no two days are the same.  She also enjoys working with her team, both staff and board members, and is inspired by their dedication and passion to help families gain stability and thrive.   

“Congratulations to this year’s awardees for their well-deserved selection to the Project REST program,” said local philanthropist Evan Porges. “This sabbatical experience will not only benefit their personal growth, but also create a lasting impact for each of their organizations and the communities they serve.”

More information about this year’s awardees can be found on the Stanislaus Community Foundation website at