Board of Directors
RANDY JONES, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Randy is an All-Time favorite San Diego Padres pitcher and is a Charter member of the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame. In his career, the brilliant sinkerball specialist --with superb control -- set numerous baseball pitching records while earning countless awards for his performances. Randy was a fan favorite known for his quick work and once won a game in 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1972 and with a record of 22-14 he won the 1976 National League Cy Young Award, baseball's top pitching accolade while setting Padres' records of 316 innings pitched, with 25 complete games. Randy's achievements were recognized with his selection as National League starting pitcher in the 1976 All-Star Game, which he also won. The previous season he was San Diego's first pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game.
Randy put a team of professionals together in 2015 to form the Randy Jones Foundation. The Mission to Randy was clear from the beginning; He wanted to provide the opportunity and resources for kids from military families to get involved in sporting and outdoor activities.
CURTIS GANDY, CEO/PRESIDENT
Curtis Gandy served 3 years in the Army as a Military Intelligence Specialist and then 35 years in Construction Management, retired in 2011. Retirement has afforded him the opportunity to pursue his passion of giving back to San Diego’s Nonprofit community along with working with the military and their families. Shortly after meeting Randy at a charity golf event they teamed up to form the Randy Jones Foundation along with Matt Schwartz, Chuck Hansen, Chris Johnson and Jim Allen.
MATT SCHWARTZ, FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Matt leads DLA's Venture Lending practice, is the Chair of DLA's West Coast Finance Practice Group and represents banks, funds, family offices, companies and high net worth individuals in structuring and negotiating a wide range of debt and equity investments.
Matt represents lenders and companies in connection with technology, life science, asset based, private equity and venture capital finance and has extensive experience in counseling lenders and companies on corporate structure issues, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, negotiation tactics and corporate strategy.
Matt sits on the Board of Directors of the John Brockington Foundation (a local San Diego charity founded by former NFL player John Brockington that encourages organ donation, provides financial and resource support for those donating, awaiting and/or receiving organs and promotes health education to minority communities) and is a founding board member of the Randy Jones Foundation (a local San Diego charity founded by MLB legend Randy Jones that provides kids from local military families the opportunity to get involved in sports and outdoor activities). Matt also is host committee member and fundraising leader for the Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge (an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities).
CHRIS JOHNSON, FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Chris Johnson recently worked as the CEO for the Woodcraft Rangers; Chris has previously worked with the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California and the American Red Cross of Ventura County. After having an opportunity to meet with Randy Jones he welcomed the opportunity to be one of the founding directors of the Randy Jones Foundation.
JAMES C. ALLEN, FOUNDING DIRECTOR
James C. Allen is a partner with Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin, LLP, dba ASK Law Group. Jim has been with the firm since its founding in 1987, With more than 30 years of experience in civil litigation, he has also served as the Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Diego 1983-1986. Most recently the firm received an $11.7 million jury award given to 70 mobile home park residents. Jim is listed among San Diego Super Lawyers (2014, 2015 and 2016), Listed among Top Lawyers, San Diego magazine (2013) and Named Outstanding Trial Lawyer, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (2001, 2008, 2015).
After meeting Randy Jones for the first time on the Golf Course for a charity event, Jim and Randy shared their passion about making a difference in the San Diego community. Jim then joined Randy’s team as one of the Foundation’s Founding Members.
Advisory Board of Directors
Partner (Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP)
Partner (Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP)
Melvin G. Spiese
Major General Retired (USMC)
Executive Director (San Diego Veterans Coalition)
Director (San Diego Unified School District)
CEO (All Star Vets)
CEO (Fish for Life)
Senior Partner (WestPac Wealth Partners)
Master Sergeant (USMC), Retired
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