Shades of Pink Foundation California Board of Directors
Kristine Quart, Pharm.D. joined the SOPFCA BOD in 2018. She is currently responsible for researching and applying for funding opportunities via community, family, and/or corporate foundation grants. Kristine has long been active in Breast Cancer-related charities and has served in several Crew Leadership roles for the Susan G Komen 3-Day. As a pharmacist, Kristine has full knowledge of all that breast cancer treatment entails and understands the physical, emotional, and financial toll it can take on an individual. While recognizing that clinical research is important, Kristine is passionate about helping women with breast cancer in a more tangible fashion by easing the immediate burdens associated with the disease.
Debbie Anderson is the Programs Director at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, having served in this role since 2000. She leads programmatic development and discretionary grantmaking. Notable accomplishments during her tenure include the creation of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund in 2004 which through its pooled, collective giving has granted over $3.7 million to 100+ nonprofits. In 2007, the Foundation launched The Patriots Connection, focused on raising awareness of the needs of the
military in San Diego County. More than $1.3 million has been awarded to nonprofits in support of San Diego’s military community. Other initiatives include North County Senior Connections (a three-year program to address food insecurity and isolation in vulnerable seniors), a large initiative focused on workforce development for under-served youth in San Diego County, and this year’s focus on the prevention of human trafficking in San Diego County. She also convenes RSF Foundation’s VisionNow program which provides a platform for nonprofits to discuss current trends and the work they’re doing
to address the needs of the community. As a member of San Diego Grantmakers, she along with other community partners, facilitated the creation zero8hundred, a military/veteran support organization. As Chair of San Diego Grantmakers Military Funders Group, she led collaborative funding efforts to address veteran homelessness. Mrs. Anderson is a member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, PEAK Grantmaking, Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, North County Philanthropy Council and San Diego
Founding Board Member, Treasurer, Development Director, Past President, Grant Committee Chairperson
Vembra Holnagel is a founding board member of Shades of Pink Foundation California and a past president of the board. She was invited into the nonprofit by her daughter, Kianne, SOPFCA’s co- founder. Joining the organization gave Vembra a chance to help women in her community and spend time with her daughter. She also had a personal reason for working with SOPFCA. In 2012, she lost a dear friend to breast cancer after a long and difficult battle.
At SOPFCA, Vembra chairs the grant committee, from reviewing all grant applications, to presenting them to the committee for evaluation and vote, and once approved, making sure the grant money is used to support the grant recipient. She also works as SOPFCA’s Development Director overseeing and managing fundraising efforts, building strong and successful relationships, maintaining communications with donors, and collaborating with community partners to effectively execute fundraising events. Working on behalf of SOPFCA has broadened Vembra’s perspective on the struggles so many women face after their breast cancer diagnosis and has motivated her to keep fundraising so that SOPFCA can increase its grants.
Vembra graduated from California State University San Marcos and met her husband while working as a flight attendant. She has previously managed her own event planning and social media businesses but transitioned to volunteering for SOPFCA full-time in 2014. When she isn’t working on behalf of SOPFCA, she is a proud member of the Encinitas Coastal Rotary club. She also loves hosting friends and family, spending time with her grandchildren, and cheering the SDSU Aztec football and basketball teams.