Board of Directors
Matthew Bellino is the Chief of Staff for the Chief Information Officer at University of California, San Diego. Matthew earned his BSN from University of Northern Iowa. After graduating, Matthew moved to Southern California.
Matthew has been a longtime volunteer with the Rob Benzon Foundation.
Founding Board Member
John Cashman is the Senior Marketing Manager for Volcano Corporation. John has lived in San Diego since 1990 when he moved here to earn his Masters of International Business from the University of San Diego. Prior to that, John earned Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin.
John was a good friend and former roommate of Rob Benzon and they were on vacation together in Acapulco, Mexico when Rob drowned. Along with other board members who were on the trip, John wanted to find a way to keep Rob’s name alive so was one of the founding members for the Rob Benzon Foundation.
Gabby Caudillo is a buyer/planner for Johnson Outdoors Diving LLC – SCUBAPRO. Gabby has been with SCUBAPRO for 30 years, and has held many positions within the company. Due to her loyalty and experience, Gabby was offered to relocate with SCUBAPRO from her hometown Los Angeles to San Diego in 1998.
Gabby graduated with honors from University of Phoenix with a degree in business management. Gabby has been a member of Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society in business, since 2014.
Gabby calls San Diego her home, and has been a volunteer with the Rob Benzon Foundation since 2012. She started as a volunteer and became an associate director in 2016. Nothing pleases Gabby more than helping those in need, and was honored when asked to join the board in 2018.
In her spare time, Gabby enjoys cardio classes, walking, traveling, and listening to podcasts. She also likes running 5K’s to support non-profit organizations, spending time with her nieces, nephew, and going wine tasting with friends.
Bio coming soon.
hon. michael groch
Founding Board Member
Michael Groch is a Superior Court Judge in San Diego. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2010. Prior to that, Michael was a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County for 19 years. Michael received his JD Summa Cum Laude from California Western School of Law in 1989. He received his BA in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Michael has been on the Board since the Rob Benzon Foundation was founded and was with Rob the day he tragically died. Michael enjoys his participation on the Board as a way of giving back to the San Diego community he loves so much. Michael continues to be impressed with the greatness in the people who support the Foundation and is humbled and appreciative to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.
Director of Grants and Founding Board Member
Bio coming soon.
Director of Marketing
Dario has been a supporter of the Rob Benzon Foundation since his arrival in San Diego in 2004. He has served as a volunteer, then Associate Director before joining the Board of Directors in 2018.
Dario Jones is the owner/CEO of A Loving Home, a residential facility for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He opened this facility in 2019, after 14 years at Evans Hotels, a premier hospitality provider of resort accommodations in San Diego, where he worked as Business Development Manager. Dario has been recognized for his contribution to the hospitality industry with the prestigious Gold Key Award by the City of San Diego.
Before moving to San Diego, Dario owned a gallery of glass art in in both Idyllwild and in Palm Springs for over 10 years. He also had a career as a flight attendant for 17 years with Pan Am and United Airlines.
Dario has proudly served on the Board of Directors of Stepping Stone of San Diego, a non-profit alcohol and drug recovery organization. He served from 2009 to 2018, three of those years as president. In 2018 he was presented with the “Friends of the Stone” award for his years of service to Stepping Stone and the San Diego LGBT Community.
terry v. lehr
Terry V. Lehr is an active attorney with a solo practice specializing in real estate and business matters. During his legal career, Terry worked in practices ranging from a store front Legal Aid office, to a fortune 500 legal staff, to being the managing partner of two law firms.
Terry has an extensive background of civic involvement including serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Old Globe Theater, San Diego Crew Classic and House of Hospitality in Balboa Park. He is the recipient of numerous citations for his community service. Terry is a graduate of Indiana University for his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees.
Bio coming soon.
Director of Corporate Development
Richelle Pizl is the Inside Sales Manager for Johnson Outdoors Inc – SCUBAPRO. Richelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a business administration degree and a lifelong love for the Green Bay Packers. Richelle served her community as the Canyon Woods HOA Treasurer 2008-2011 and also volunteered as an Events Committee Board Member for the Charlie Joiner Celebrity Golf Tournament 2007-2010.
Richelle is proud to say that she was blessed to call Rob a friend as he was one of her first friends she met when she moved to San Diego from Wisconsin in 1998. Richelle describes Rob as her tour guide who helped her find her first apartment, moved her furniture, introduced her to the amazing Hillcrest community and changed her life for the better by just being her friend for the short time he was on this earth.
Director of Events
Bio coming soon.
Andy Thomas is a long time supporter of the Rob Benzon Foundation and joined The Rob Benzon Board in 2010. Andy brings a strong background of marking to the organization. A native Californian with over 30 years in San Diego, Andy is a leader in the hospitality industry and a past recipient of the prestigious Gold Key Award. Andy attended Regis University and then continued to The University of Denver for the School of Hospitality. At almost 24 years with Evans Hotels, he has held many positions including General Manager of The Lodge at Torrey Pines and is currently the Vice President of Business Development overseeing the growth of all hotels including The Lodge at Torrey Pines, The Bahia Resort Hotel and The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa.
Andy is a board member for San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees for the La Jolla Playhouse, a member of the Agilysys Customer Advisory Board, Board member and Director of Marketing for the Rob Benzon Foundation, a member of CA Travel, a member of The Greater San Diego Business Association and a Commission Advisory Panelist for the Commission for Arts and Culture for San Diego. In the past, he has held advisory rolls for Travelocity.com, Hotels.com, San Diego Tourism Authority Marketing Committee, and San Diego Business Association Tourism Development Group.
dr. alan zieg
Dr. Alan Zieg has 17 years of medical experience and practices in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Alan was board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology in 1997. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1990. Alan served his internship specializing in Ob/Gyn at the University of Minnesota and served his residency specializing in Ob/Gyn at the University of Minnesota.
Alan Zieg and Rob Benzon were roommates and close friends