Pam and Steve Ness
Steve and Pam Ness were relatively new to philanthropy before joining SDSVP. They always donated to their church, school, and the PTA, but they wanted to see how they could make more of an impact with their dollars. After selling their company, San Diego-based Dynamic Instruments, Inc, they decided to dive in and utilize their 30 years of entrepreneurial expertise by helping the community in a different way. They had more time, treasure, and talent to give but wondered how to pick the “right” organizations. With like-minded people to help them hone their philanthropic skills and leverage their entrepreneurial skills, SDSVP was the perfect choice for Steve and Pam.
In addition to helping TKF with outcome planning and serving on the SDSVP Board, Steve enjoys supporting Pam in renovating distressed homes. Steve and Pam, soon to be “empty nesters,” look forward to traveling more, being more spontaneous, and discovering what the future has to offer.
Sherri has been pivotal in building and improving SDSVP, resulting in greater impact throughout San Diego. She developed the first Capacity Building Boot Camp for Partners and nonprofits. Sherri was a Lead Partner for Corporation for Supportive Housing and co-chair of the Investment Working Group and the Discovery Team. In addition, she represented SDSVP in the Grantmaker's Homelessness Working Group and has conducted Strategic Outcome Planning for several organizations, including Volunteer San Diego, Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and Community Resource Center.
When she’s not volunteering, Sherri is a fitness buff who enjoys beach volleyball, cycling, and running and can be seen on a scooter or vintage mountain bike wearing flip- flops and sporting a silly grin.
"Working as a Partner is ideal—a dream come true. It's satisfying and fun to create change with positive, smart people who have become great friends.” Sherri Neasham, SDSVP Partner
His successful career as a television news producer throughout California helped Scott Tritt develop an ability to tell stories in a compelling and memorable way. Now he's using those skills to help SDSVP and the nonprofits we serve.
Scott started working for nonprofits with the Disability Awareness Network. Last year, Scott joined the Lead Partner Team for A Reason to Survive (ARTS). A highlight of his involvement is his relationship with their Executive Director, Matt D’Arrigo. “Critical thinking that can take an organization to the next level” inspires Scott. For Scott, variety in his SDSVP experience is equally important: “I can get deeply involved with ARTS, and also have the chance to join group discussions to learn about new opportunities, and broaden my experience...or network with other Partners and friends."
In his free time, Scott enjoys following Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers. Earlier in life he was a trumpeter and says, “if there’s a desire to put together a band for SDSVP, I could probably be recruited!”