Bob Foster to Receive Leadership Excellence Award at 2018 Summer Gala

Bob Foster - 2018 Leadership Excellence Award Recipient

MORGAN HILL, CA – Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) is proud to announce that local attorney Bob Foster will be honored with the 2018

Leadership Excellence Award at an evening outdoor celebration and fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on July 21.

The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes leaders like Bob whose vision advances the spirit of community and charity; reflects courage and insight; and inspires others to lead in a like manner.  Bob’s inspiration within his own family has spurred their volunteer and philanthropic spirit, making the Fosters true treasures within the Morgan Hill community.

Cricket Rubino, this year’s president of the LMH organization, is delighted with Bob’s selection, saying his “community leadership over so many years has built a solid foundation for making Morgan Hill the great community it is today. Our Board enthusiastically looks forward to celebrating Bob’s accomplishments and the resulting award.”

Bob was born in Long Beach and grew up in many locales around the US as his dad served in the Navy.  He attended San Jose State University and the UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law.  With his law degree and Bar membership in hand and experience as California Deputy Legislative Counsel, he came to Morgan Hill in 1965 to join Ernie Rusconi’s law practice and established Rusconi and Foster in 1967. George Thomas joined the firm in 1972, and the Rusconi-Foster-Thomas (RFT) law firm that is still thriving today. While initially Bob had a general practice mainly supporting local businesses, he evolved into specializing in estates, trusts and probate. The principles, including Bob, are all now retired, leaving the firm is in the very capable hands of Bob’s son Del.

Bob’s fifty years of practicing law included many exciting experiences outside the normal business done by RFT.  These included being City Attorney right here in Morgan Hill, a volunteer judge during the 1971 riots at SJ State, and work for State and Local Bar Associations.  Impressive!

Even more impressive are Bob’s contributions to the Morgan Hill community.  He was elected to our Morgan Hill Unified School District Board for three terms (1966-74 and 1978-82) where he served several terms as president and followed that by an elected term on the Morgan Hill City Council, serving in his very first year as mayor.  He came back on the Council in 1996 for two years, appointed and then elected to fill a vacant seat.  As a Rotarian since 1965, Bob served on the Board and as President (1969) and is still very active on committees and doing projects.  While running the law firm, serving the community in his elected roles, and serving through Rotary, Bob also found time to mentor his four sons as Boy Scouts and coached their sports teams, actively supported the YMCA, United Way, and Goodwill. and served as president of the MH Chamber of Commerce. He supported school and city bond campaigns and generously did pro-bono work to help establish several non-profit organizations in Morgan Hill.  He was selected as the “Citizen of the Year” in 1972.

Bob met wife Nancy when they were both at Willow Glen High School. They married in 1962 while Bob was in law school. Nancy earned her teaching credential at SJ State and taught elementary school for several years. They raised their four sons here in Morgan Hill where Del and Chris still reside.  Blaney and his wife Jill live in Menlo Park while Corey and his wife Mandy live in Rohnert Park. The senior Foster’s now have 15 grandchildren, making for chaotic yet very fun holiday gatherings!  

Nancy was a very involved parent, active in the boys’ schools and in their after-school pursuits.  Like Bob, she has always been involved in the community, contributing as a past president and member of the American Association of University Women, where Bob is also a contributing member.

Not surprising given Bob and Nancy’s leadership and example, Del and Chris have also immersed themselves in community service.  Del also served two terms on the School Board and is a past-president and active member of MH Rotary and has served on the board of LMH. Chris has also become very active in the past couple of years in Rotary, an LMH alumnus, an currently serving on the LMH Board.  The Morgan Hill Fosters are fantastic models of “giving back” to their community – our community!  We are blessed to have them.

Bob will receive his medal at the gala summer tribute dinner at beautiful Guglielmo Winery.  LMH alumnus Loren Burks is chairing the Event Committee. Community leaders, supporters of LMH and the many friends and relatives of the honoree will attend this community celebration to honor Bob and to benefit the local nonprofit LMH educational organization. You will be welcomed to a pre-dinner reception at the beautiful Guglielmo venue with tempting silent auction items on display.  Dinner and the always memorable and inspiring award program will follow.  In keeping with the setting, dress for the event is easy-going casual for summer fun.

Awardees are selected by a panel of all former Leadership Excellence Award recipients and selected community leaders. Funds raised benefit the non-profit LMH educational organization, now in its 23rd year of building community leadership. The annual LMH program provides insight, tools and training that enables and inspires leaders in all walks of life to emulate Bob Foster and give back to the community through service. LMH graduates are found in leadership positions throughout the community in government, education, business and nonprofit organizations. 

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2018 LEAD Honoree Bob Foster has cared for Morgan Hill for more than 50 years - Morgan Hill Life

Bob Foster honored for decades of service to Morgan Hill - Morgan Hill Times

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MORGAN HILL, CA – Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) proudly announces the selection
of Community Solutions Chief Development Officer Lisa DeSilva as the 2017 recipient of the
prestigious Leadership Excellence Award. Presentation of the award will take place at an evening
outdoor celebration/fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on Saturday, July 22. The Leadership
Excellence Award recognizes the vision and leadership that advance the spirit of community and
charity; reflects courage and insight; and inspires others to lead in a like manner.
Cricket Rubino, chair of the LMH organization, is delighted with Lisa’s selection, saying
“A graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill, Lisa is genuine and caring while always positive and
charismatically outgoing. It is an honor for Leadership to recognize one of its own with the 2017
Leadership Excellence Award”.
While most of us have a “job”, Lisa’s labor is spent on her passion – supporting and
improving the lives of the clients of Community Solutions, our outstanding human services agency
that serves southern Santa Clara County as well as San Benito County. She loves being able to
serve her own local community as part of an organization known for turning around lives of the
less fortunate who may be victims of abuse or human trafficking.
Lisa grew up in Ossining, New York (known as the home of Sing Sing prison) along with
two brothers that she stays close to and visits whenever she can. She graduated from State
University of New York (SUNY) in Geneseo with a degree in sociology with a minor in Women’s
After graduation, Lisa moved here to Morgan Hill when it was still truly a small town of
18,000. Her first job here was working the conveyor belt at Gilroy Foods. She kept her interest in
women’s health and women’s rights and after being here for six months, she took a Women’s
Studies class at Gavilan in hopes of meeting others with similar interests. That worked out very
well, as a group of women in the class, including Lisa of course, started the South County Rape
Crisis Service.
The group approached another community service organization known then as the Bridge
Counseling Center and convinced them to adopt the Rape Crisis Service. Through the Bridge
Center, they were able to secure funding from the state which in turn enabled them to hire Lisa,
who held various program coordination and management roles. That was almost 35 years ago; the
Bridge Counseling Center became Community Solutions in 1996 and branched out to its many
current social service offerings. Lisa has held a plethora of positions in the organization through
the years, settling into her Chief Development Officer role in 1999 where she is now a fixture
coordinating community relations and fund raising for the organization.
Through her “passion” working for Community Solutions clients, Lisa is connected to
many other similar agencies working for worthy causes and she always is willing to pitch in, doing
whatever is necessary to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Lisa’s two daughters, Leah and Sarah are in their mid 20s , successful career gals now
living on their own in Monterey and Santa Cruz, respectively. Lisa was of course heavily involved
in supporting their schools as they grew. She also served terms on the Morgan Hill Chamber of
Commerce Board and the Board of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. Lisa was an
early graduate (1999) of Leadership Morgan Hill and has stayed involved ever since, annually
presenting a Health and Human Services program that always wins rave reviews. In 2000, Lisa
joined Rotary and after a stint on the Board, joined the Membership Committee and assumed the
role of “We Care” where she keeps the Club aware of all the joys as well as the tough times of
current and past club members, making sure appropriate cards are sent and organizing support for
events when that is appropriate.
Lisa is an avid reader, loves music and dancing, hiking and cooking. She also loves
conversation and inevitably with Lisa, that means lots of laughing. Cricket is right about Lisa
being charismatic; she emanates a sense of fun while truly caring about and supporting others. She
inspires others and is universally loved within our community, truly a great leader and very
deserving of the LEAD honor.
Lisa will receive the LEAD medal at the gala summer tribute dinner at the beautiful
Guglielmo Winery. Community leaders, supporters of LMH and the many friends and relatives of
the honoree will attend this community celebration honoring Lisa and benefiting the local
nonprofit LMH educational organization. A social hour will precede dinner which will be followed
by the award program. In keeping with the setting, dress for the event is business
comfortable/casual for summer fun.
The Honorary Committee for the event is being chaired by Jennifer Tate while LMH
graduate Loren Burks is chairing the Event Committee.
A panel of distinguished community leaders that includes all former Leadership Excellence
Award recipients forms annually to select the new honoree. In addition to honoring Lisa, the gala
event raises funds that benefit the non-profit LMH educational organization, now in its 22nd year
of building community leadership. The annual LMH program inspires interested community
members to become community leaders by immersing them into all things Morgan Hill, enabling
them to give back to and improve their community through service. LMH graduates are found in
leadership positions throughout Morgan Hill in government, education, business, farming and
nonprofit organizations.
Save the July 22 event date on your calendar. More information on the event and about
LMH is available at