Board and Staff

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Board of Directors

Peter Ochs, Chairman
Keith Johnson, President

Staff

Janine Mason, MA, CNP

Executive Director

Janine is the Executive Director of the Fieldstone Foundation. She joined Fieldstone in 1988 and has served as its leader since 1999. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation’s various programs in Orange and San Diego Counties. She is the architect of nationally recognized Fieldstone Leadership Network, a continuum of leadership training and learning opportunities for nonprofit leaders.

Janine received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of San Diego. She holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Janine is a 2006 graduate of the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and has earned her national certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (CNP) from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. In 2015, the University of San Diego presented Janine with the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award, its highest alumni recognition, for her work supporting the nonprofit community and crafting the Fieldstone Leadership Network.

Along with her alumni activities, Janine has served on various boards in the San Diego community. She is currently serving as co-chair of the board for the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego. Janine is involved with the Notre Dame Club of San Diego and serves as a parent liaison for the University’s Parent Program. She has served San Diego Grantmakers as Board Chair, Secretary, Annual Conference Chair, and Governance Committee Chair. Janine is a regular presenter at USD’s Annual Board Governance Symposium and is the creator of the Kaleidoscope Award to recognize exceptional nonprofit boards of directors. Janine has served on the Cathedral Catholic High School Endowment Committee, Parents Association, and the Dons Athletic Club. She is a former board member of the San Diego Blood Bank Foundation, Harmonium, The Children’s Initiative, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, and the BIA Cares Foundation. Janine is a past advisory committee member for Eureka Communities, San Diego City Schools Partners in Education Program, and the United Way Government Relations Committee. She chaired San Diego’s 1998 Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

Janine is a 1992 graduate of LEAD San Diego, a year-long educational program created to develop and strengthen community leaders in San Diego County. In 1995, she was recognized with the LEAD Alumni of the Year Award for her work creating the San Diego Children’s Initiative. She was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in the West 1998-99 and Who’s Who in America 2000 edition. Janine was recognized in 2009 by the Urban Corps of San Diego County for her long-time support to the organization. In 2010, Janine was recognized by Girls Inc. San Diego as part of their inaugural 100 Women Leaders Strong awards.

In addition, Janine works with the Center for Courage and Renewal as a program facilitator for Courage to Lead for Nonprofit Leaders. She has also been trained as a facilitator for Lead Like Jesus.

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Dr. Heather M. Cova

Leadership Network Manager

Dr. Heather Cova joined The Fieldstone Foundation in 2014 as Leadership Network Manager and is responsible for the Foundation’s Leadership Network in Orange County. Heather has spent over 12 years in non-profit management throughout Orange County. She has a rich knowledge in the fields of leadership development, community development, college access programming, parent engagement, children and youth programs, and college athletics.

Heather holds a Doctor of Philosophy in History from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Bachelors of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. She is also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program, a program focused on personal and organizational leadership that helps leaders understand their unique calling for their life, cultivate greater depth of character, and develop critical competencies for relevant, authentic leadership.

Prior to joining Fieldstone, Heather was the Director of Partnerships at the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing, where she created and managed a pipeline of partnerships that provided a continuum of care for Simon Scholars, first-generation college students. The partnership pipeline included junior high schools, high schools, youth serving organizations, universities, and the business community. Most notably, Heather worked closely with the executive leadership team of America’s Promise Alliance to design a national model for college readiness and access programs.

Heather was the Director of Programs at KidWorks Community Development Corporation, where she helped grow the organization from two small afterschool programs in neighborhood apartments to five programs in a 10,000 square foot facility serving over 500 children, youth, and adults on a weekly basis through a preschool, two afterschool programs, health education, and adult education program.

Currently, Heather serves on the Executive Committee of the Latino Educational Attainment initiative of the Orange County Business Council, which works to unify the community, students and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for the future, lower the achievement gap and create neighborhood-based groups that will provide navigational skills to parents. In this role, she has developed program curriculum and conducted program evaluation. Heather also provides program evaluation and project management support to the California Showcase, a one-day, non-profit event for high school seniors to earn a scholarship to an NCAA Division II, III, or NAIA University in partnership with former UCLA coach Terry Donahue and the National Football Foundation.

Robin Stropko

General Administration

Robin Stropko is the Administrator and Executive Assistant for The Fieldstone Foundation. In her role, Robin manages the internal grants process and provides program administration for the Leadership Network. Robin also coordinates Foundation communications, events, and office management.

A graduate of Golden West College and a certified MicroEdge GIFTS administrator, Robin has served as a child advocate with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County. She has also been a volunteer in the public school system, serving as classroom volunteer and on the PTA board for nine years.