Carl Trinca, PhD, executive vice president for strategic planning/ chief

planning officer of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), was

installed as chairman of the Claremont Community Foundation at the group’s

annual celebration and awards ceremony held June 25.

The Claremont Community Foundation is a private nonprofit philanthropic

vehicle for donors wishing to support local community arts, human services

and cultural programs. Tax-deductible funds donated to the group are

managed by a volunteer board of directors to maximize their long-term

impact. Since its establishment in 1989, the foundation has awarded grants

totaling more than $225,000 to more than 100 programs and special

projects.

Dr. Trinca has been involved in the group since its members invited him to

join the board in 1996. He has led fund-development committees and was

vice-chairman of the board last year.

“”It’s a good group of people to work with; we all have a common vision for

the community,”” said Dr. Trinca, a Claremont resident. “”During the next

year I hope we can expand the scope of our influence by working with

neighboring communities as well.””

As chairman of the board, Dr. Trinca is the chief elected officer of the

organization and will be responsible for convening the 30-member board of

directors. He is slated to serve a two-year term.

According to Beverly Speak, executive director of the Claremont Community

Foundation, Dr. Trinca has been a dynamic part of the group since his

involvement began, and has taken several leadership roles and helped

structure long range planning.

“”We’re thrilled that he has accepted this responsibility,”” Speak

said. “”Dr. Trinca’s ideas and motivation will help the foundation

accomplish great things as we move into the 21st century.””