Serving the children in the Toledo, WA. School District
Meet the Board
Cyndi Philbrook identified a need in our community and co-founded the Toledo Community Foundation. She is currently serving as our President. Cyndi is excited about having a foundation to help our local Toledo students.
She is the owner of Farmers Insurance in Toledo for last eleven years as a business owner and Toledo resident she is very involved in our community. Both of her children were Toledo High School graduates. Cyndi is a firm believer in investing in our youth. She is a member of the Toledo Lions Club where she spends many hours volunteering. She also supports local charities such as Women United, Hope Alliance, local food banks and Toledo Schools.
She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and the Long Beach Peninsula.
Bill Moore has lived in Toledo for over 50 years and has a long history of community service in Toledo. He was a member of the Toledo School Board for twenty four years, serves on the Cheese Days Committee, and is a commissioner for the Toledo Fire District #2 and Medic 1 of Lewis County.
Bill’s professional experience includes owner /partner of Centralia OK Tire and retired from the Washington State Department of Revenue as District Compliance Manager of the Tumwater Region and Out of State Division.
Bill is an avid WSU cougar fan and enjoys golf, back country trail riding with his mule, and spending time with family.
Paula Burrows was raised in Toledo and she is a lifetime resident of Lewis County. Paula is a Realtor in the Pacific Northwest and she enjoys serving clients in the area. She is local, loves her community and she wants to help better the lives of others.
Paula is excited about being part of the board and working with team work for the Toledo Community Foundation. She says "If we can help a child in need we can make a positive impact on their life. “Paula is also on the board of Hope Alliance. If we invest in our communities we can bring hope and a better future to many.
Secretary / Treasurer
Jeff Philbrook has been a Toledo resident for 14 years. He’s married to his college sweetheart and they have two kids, Kristin and Corbin. Jeff has made it a joy in his life to work with youth in the area.
He has been involved in many organizations such as, Boy Scouts, Toledo Lions Club, Cheese Day Committee, Toledo CTE member and lots more! When Jeff is not volunteering at local events you can find him on a sunny day driving down the road in his 1967 Mustang Coupe.
Brandie Devine is a 1991 Toledo High School graduate. Married and has 3 boys. All 3 have attended Toledo schools with youngest set to be a 2023 grad. She began fundraising through volunteer work with the schools, sports teams, & clubs her boys have been involved in through the years. She is one of the original members of Vision: Toledo - a nonprofit grassroots community organization dedicated to revitalization of Toledo.
She has hosted a variety of community charity events for several years for medical & emergency needs, that experience has been brought forefront organizing the TOLEDO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S silent auction. She continues to dedicate herself to multiple fundraisers a year for community members finding themselves in the midst of a medical or emergency crisis. She is also the Admin on a variety of TOLEDO community pages to connect member’s needs to community resources & network with other agencies in Lewis County through those pages to connect Toledo to outside resources.
Kaye Moore has lived in the Toledo area for the past 46 years. She has been an active volunteer for the Toledo School District from working in the classrooms to many Levy and Bond committees.
Kaye has also been on the Cheese Day Committee for the past 5 years.
"Being on the board of the Toledo Community Foundation will be a rewarding way to continue the commitment to the families and students of Toledo."
Christina Gorton is the co-owner of Bonanza BBQ & Catering in Toledo. She worked for USDA Farm Service Agency for 12 years in Pierce County, and Snohomish County as a County Executive Director. She was very involved with 4-H and FFA programs, WA State Simmental Association as volunteer and board member.
She served one term as the Pacific Northwest Barbeque Association Regional Secretary. Chris is passionate about helping children and our community be a wonderful place to live.
Dan Gorton is the co-owner of Bonanza BBQ & Catering in Toledo. Dan went full time with the BBQ business in 2013 after retiring from over 40 years in the commercial tire business. He has always worked with 4-H and FFA programs as beef project leader and various board member positions. He has a strong commitment to making our community a great place to live and work.
Tessa Clark With a family that has lived in the community for generations, Tessa was born and raised in Toledo, graduating from Toledo High School in 2003. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Geology from Central Washington University, she moved to the Tri-Cities to begin her career in environmental science, supporting soil and groundwater cleanup and remediation of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Ten years and two children later, Tessa and her husband completed their final move: back to Toledo. They want to raise their children in the small, caring community that they both grew up in. Since moving home, they have participated in multiple community activities and fundraisers, including coaching youth sports and volunteering on the high school bond committees.
As the daughter of two retired educators and married to the son of two retired educators, Tessa believes in the importance of a well-rounded education provided in a safe and supportive environment. She believes that children cannot thrive in school and beyond if they are burdened with the problems of adults. Since participating in the Down Home Shindig in 2019, she has been inspired to volunteer further and is honored to serve on the Toledo Community Foundation board.
Chris Rust grew up in Washougal WA and attended Western Washington University graduating in 1979. He went on to a career in the hospitality industry working as a manager of fine dining restaurants in Oregon and California before returning to Portland State University to obtain teaching credentials. He began his career in education as a Special Education teacher working with adolescents with severe psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Chris transitioned to school administration after obtaining a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling. Chris has been Superintendent for Toledo School District in Toledo WA since July of 2015.
Chris and his wife Kim make their home in the rural outskirts of Toledo and share their home with two dogs, a cat and a variety of woodland creatures that visit on a daily basis. They have two grown children. Chris enjoys volunteer work with Lewis County Fire District 2, Toledo Lions Club and serving on the boards of Lewis County Seniors, Toledo Community Foundation and Valley View Health Centers. He can be found making sawdust in his woodshop or driving a small convertible through the backroads of Washington State.