Meet our Co-Presidents
Stephanie Korszen and Sara Vaz
Stephanie Korszen grew up in Southwest Florida, and moved to Durham, NC for college. She majored in Biomedical Engineering and Art History at Duke University, then drove cross country to San Diego in 2010 to start her career in neuroscience. She worked at a neurotechnology startup in Carlsbad for six years, starting in a research position and moving on to engineering, product management, and commercial roles. She received her Master’s from UCSD in Medical Device Engineering, and currently works for Philips – one of the world’s largest electronics companies. Stephanie manages research accounts in the Western US and Canada for the Philips Neuro business unit.
Stephanie was taught about the importance of charitable giving at a young age, and learned about donor circles through her parents who have served as past presidents of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) in Southwest Florida. Along with her three siblings and parents, the Korszens have a family fund through GCCF which focuses primarily on women’s reproductive health, early childhood education, and broadening access to higher education. Stephanie lives in Pacific Beach with her fiancé Jeff – and is planning an October wedding in La Jolla! When she’s not on the road for work or fun, she loves coastal runs, takeout, and cocktails.
Sara Vaz is Community Relations Manager for the Nordson Corporation. Nordson engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials; for fluid management; for test and inspection; and for UV curing and plasma surface treatment. Operating in over 30 countries, Nordson is the leader in precision dispensing, fluid management, and related technologies. In her role as Community Relations Manager, Sara manages all the Corporate Social Responsibility Activities for Nordson in the Western Region.
Previously, Sara was the Program Manager for the Gary and Mary West Foundation focusing her efforts on their Youth Employment and Service Animal portfolios. Sara has an MA in International Relations from Alliant International University and has spent many years serving the refugee community in San Diego. She has served as Vice-Chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum and Board Chair of Somali Family Services.
Sara serves on the Board of Directors of the Any Body Can Youth Foundation an organization in Southeast San Diego, an after-school program which is a boxing gym built within the confines of a learning center/library. Sara serves as Vice President of the North County Philanthropy Council; whose mission is to strengthen Philanthropy in North San Diego County. Sara also serves on the Board of Directors of Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties, whose mission is to connect, educate, develop, and inspire organized philanthropy to be more effective individually and collectively. Sara is a long-time member of Women Give San Diego, a donor circle that funds non-profit organizations in San Diego County that offer underserved women and girls the opportunity to enhance their participation in the regional economy and become fully engaged in the prosperity of their local communities.