Our Mission

The Illuminators Educational Foundation provides College Scholarships to further the education of members and their families of the Illuminators, Western Association of Food Chains, and the California Grocers Association.


The Illuminators Educational Foundation values . . .

⬧ Education ⬧ Leadership ⬧ Loyalty ⬧ Commitment ⬧ Partnerships


⬧ Achieve Financial Stability to Maintain Scholarships ⬧ Increase Awareness of our Scholarships

⬧ Publicize Scholarship Recipients’ Success In Our In Industry

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation.” — Cesar Chavez

“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Illuminators Educational Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to, the selection and distribution of scholarships, hiring and firing of staff (if applicable), selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Educational Foundation 2023–2024
Officers & Board of Directors

Dave Grosse
Dave GrossePresident
the Performance Group
Rick Stevenson
Rick StevensonTreasurer
Shelly Trickel
Shelly TrickelSecretary
Ventura Foods

Board of Directors

Mary Crocker
Mary CrockerChairperson
Alta Dena Dairy
Heather DeLuca
Heather DeLucaDirector
Golden West Packaging
Michael Ajemian
Michael AjemianDirector
Barilla America
Dave Dimond
Dave DimondDirector
Milton’s Baking
Geoff Haskins
Geoff HaskinsDirector
The Performance Group
Gary Pogue
Gary PogueDirector
Retired/Roman Meal
Glen Roeper
Glen RoeperDirector
Paul Kamholz
Paul KamholzDirector
SVP Strategic Sales


Vic Chiono
Vic ChionoAdvisor
Retired Coca Cola/Minute Maid
Mickie Sharp
Mickie SharpAdvisor
Retired the Performance Group
Willie Crocker
Willie CrockerAdvisor - Bimbo Bakeries USA
Gloria Grana
Gloria GranaIEF Events Coordinator
Katherine Mcllquham
Katherine McllquhamIEF Grants/ Donation Coordinator

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