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“My past work in recruiting, lending, and event planning, has always been about helping people—whether buying their dream home, searching for the right job, or creating a memorable wedding experience. Working with the Gilroy Foundation, I get to help deserving people and worthy causes here in my own community. It’s very rewarding.” Roya Wasnich-Wallace Grants Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator and Offi ce Manager Gilroy Foundation Roya Wasnich-Wallace is one of those people who exudes positivity, which makes her a good fi t for the Gilroy Foundation, an organization that has been working for the betterment of the Gilroy community since the early 1980s. She had been interested in the possibility of nonprofi t work for many years and was excited to join the Foundation in May 2018. In less than a year, she has taken on several roles as Grants Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator and Offi ce Manager. Roya says she particularly enjoys shepherding grant requests through the Foundation’s grant review and distribution cycle. She also plans the Foundation’s annual meeting and assists with its participation in other local events such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival. She is currently a member of the Leadership Gilroy Class of 2019. In 2011, Roya and her husband founded WeddingTech Entertainment in Gilroy to provide clients with end-to- end wedding entertainment services. Her prior career experience also includes selling specialized travel pack- ages for Classic Vacations, an Expedia Luxury Company; and working as an Executive Assistant with Expressions Floral/ Regional Farms, an Independent Coach with Beachbody, LLC, a Staffi ng Consultant with Gilroy-based WeStaff, and an Account Executive and Home Loan Consultant with Countrywide Home Loans in San Jose. Roya studied at De Anza and West Valley Colleges. She lives in Gilroy with husband C.J., an arborist with Starlake Tree Services, their nine-year-old son Dylan, and two res- cue dogs, Luna and Bocephus. They enjoy camping, snow sports, and visiting Gilroy Gardens and local wineries. 29