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(Bakersfield, CA - March 20, 2017) - We would like to welcome our new Donor Relations Coordinator, Heather Pennella, to the BC Foundation team!

Heather is a Kern County native and a proud BC alum. She brings her knowledge of fundraising and non-profit administration to the BC Foundation. Some of her previous job roles have included selling air and herding cats. She had a wonderful experience earning her BA in History at CSU Northridge and moved to Bakersfield in 2009. Since then she has been involved with many causes and proudly serves on the CASA and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful boards . In her spare time, Heather loves to feed family and friends, explore the outdoors and work on home renovation projects.  


Dr. Norm Levan(Bakersfield, CA - May 25, 2014) – Today, Bakersfield dermatologist and educational philanthropist, Dr. Norman Levan, died at home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 98.

Dr. Levan’s health had been failing in recent months, and he was most recently treated at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital until longtime nurse and friend Carmen Shaad made the decision to bring Dr. Levan home for his final days. Dr. Levan died with his longtime friend Dr. Robert Allison, Mike Stepanovich, Dr. Sonya Christian, Ms. Shaad, and his medical team by his side.

Dr. Levan is perhaps most known for his philanthropic efforts. In 2011, Dr. Levan made a $14 million donation to the Bakersfield College Foundation to support student scholarships and educational services. Dr. Levan had previously donated $5.7 million to Bakersfield College in 2006. When combined, the two gifts increased Dr. Levan’s overall donation to nearly $20 million, $10 million higher than any gift from an individual on record. Levan was honored in 2013 with a 100 Stars medal by Bakersfield College, in recognition of his long-lasting impact on education in the greater Bakersfield area.

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