Board of Directors


Tim Rico, President/Chairman


Tim was born and raised in Visalia, graduated from Mt. Whitney High school and is the manager and Graduate Gemologist of Rogers Jewelry Co. He has coached several sports for his four children including AYSO, Little League and youth softball.Through his coaching and traveling to other cities, Tim has come to realize how fortunate Visalians are to have the sports complexes and parks our city has, not to mention the miles of trail ways. He and his wife of 30+ years, Connie, are proud to call Visalia home and he is honored to serve on the Foundation with the desire to improve and expand the facilities that exist as well as future ones.  



Michael Alvarez, Vice President


Michael was born in Southern California city of Torrance, graduated from North Torrance High school. Moved up to the City of Visalia in 2007. Michael is a full time professional photographer while also stringing for the Gannett News (Visalia Times Delta/Tulare Advance Register) he also worked for Mikes Quality Camera until they went into retirement and closed shop. Michael has also sat on the Arts Consortium board of directors and still currently sitting on the Board of CAB (Community Advisory Board) with Valley PBS as well as El Diamante High School Academy of Media Arts where he holds Advisory Chairperson. Michael also owns his own photography studio in Visalia. 





Lisa Walsh, Secretary

Lisa grew up in northern Illinois, she moved to Visalia in 2014 with her husband Chris, daughter Vanessa, and son Jacob. She and her family love adventure and visiting National, State, and local Parks.  She is a Regional Buyer/Inventory Management specialist for Hydrite Chemical Co, for whom she has worked for the past 20 years. Her company encourages community involvement and that allows her to follow her passion. She participated in the Leadership Visalia class of 2016-2017 and her class project was to build a garden for the Visalia Senior Center. After graduation from the class in 2017 she was invited to join the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Visalia Community Enhancement Foundation Board. She also actively participates in the Tulare Workforce Investment Advisory Board, South Valley Industrial Collaborative a next Gen Sector Partnership, The TKCCC Tulare Kings County College and Career Collaborative,  and holds a seat on the Visalia Economic Development Corporation Board. 


Open, Treasurer



Board of Directors

Debra Theis

Miguel Mora

Sophia Rodriguez

Kristine Herd

Tara Everett

Christie Long


Tom Gaebe

Dolores Taylor

Roberto Brady

Elia Havner

William Hitchman

Curtis Daugherty


Advisory Board


Steve Woods


Brian Blain


Stan Simpson


Paul Olsen