Board Members

Branden Lombardi (President)

Branden started The Branden Lombardi Foundation while undergoing his second cycle of chemotherapy treatment for Osteogenic Sarcoma or bone cancer.  A six time cancer survivor, Branden keeps busy with activities outside the Foundation as well. Branden speaks regularly on behalf of United Blood Services, the largest Blood Bank and Blood Services company in the United States. Most importantly, Branden spends as much time as he can with his beautiful four year old daughter Sophia.

Valerie Lombardi (Executive Director)

Valerie has taken a very active role as the treasurer of The Branden Lombardi Foundation. Not only has she spent the past five years at Branden’s side while he has undergone his numerous surgeries and treatments for cancer, but she has used her extensive background as a member and treasurer of several boards to guide the financial aspect of the Branden Lombardi Foundation. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Education, she has served as Treasurer for the Chestnut Branch of Children’s Hospital of Oakland, the PTO of Pleasanton Middle School, the PTO of Kyrene De Los Cerritos Elementary School, and most recently as Treasurer for the Mountain Pointe Little League in Phoenix, Arizona.

Christopher Kotterman (Secretary)

Chris has been involved with the Branden Lombardi Foundation since its inception. His ideas and experience are valuable assets to the Foundation. Chris is currently a policy advisor for the Democratic Caucus of the Arizona State Senate, advising policymakers on issues that relate to education.

When not performing his official duties witth the foundation, Chris also volunteers with the Phoenix Fire Department, helping members of the community cope with traumatic events.

Chris graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science, and holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Maryland, Collge Park. He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

Bruce Lombardi (Director)

Bruce brings over twenty years of fundraising experience to The Branden Lombardi Foundation. After graduating from California State University Sacramento with a degree in Criminal Justice, Bruce began working with fundraising giant Princeton Industries Focusing on educational fundraising with local schools and other organizations such as little league baseball, youth soccer and youth cheerleading groups. For the past eighteen years he has run his own fundraising company, the Marathon Company, LLC which has become a leader in fundraising throughout the southwest.

Steve Kelly (Director)

Steve began his involvement with the Branden Lombardi Foundation before becoming a member of the Board of Directors through his 15-year relationship with Branden and while assisting Branden with his golf tournament. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Steve brings his over 28 years of experience at the Hewlett-Packard Company and other technology firms where he held various sales leadership positions.

Daniel Strange (Director)

Daniel has been involved with the foundation from its beginnings as well. Daniel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Sociology and from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Theology. He currently works as a Pastor in Castro Valley, CA.

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