Father Ken’s Vineyard, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt California corporation founded by members of the St. Bede grammar school class of 1968. St. Bede Church and School are located in La Canada, CA, a suburb of Pasadena, the latter of Rose Parade and Bowl fame.
The federal tax identification number for the corporation is 47-2213498.
The purpose of the nonprofit is to provide a place of support for classmate Father Ken Deasy, whose life work is serving as a parish priest with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The class experienced the spirit of his influence on St. Agatha Catholic Church in Los Angeles during a reunion in its parish hall. Father Ken revived the impoverished parish, reopened a school, founded Camp Good in the Hood and incorporated Gospel music in the Mass. Congregants waited outside the church for coveted seats in its pews. People who were attracted to the Gospel services from outside the parish donated generously. It was a real-life version of “Sister Act.”
Father Ken ministered to the poor with great empathy during his 10 St. Agatha years and went on to embark on relief missions to the Caribbean and Africa for the Archdiocese. Today, Father Ken helps the needy in the greater Los Angeles area and continues his spiritual and physical relief work internationally. His grade school classmates formed Father Ken’s Vineyard to support those efforts and are being joined by his longtime supporters.
Founders, Officers, and Directors
Robert (Bob) Bavasi: 7th grade and relatively current
The nonprofit is headed by University of San Diego-educated attorney Bob Bavasi, who, as he puts it, left his lawyer job when he lost his mind and bought a minor league baseball team. He is a career baseball professional who is passionate about founding the nonprofit.
Kathleen (Kathy) Schimandle Wright: 7th grade and post braces and glasses
The board’s treasurer and legal counsel is Kathleen Schimandle Wright, another Father Ken classmate and a University of San Francisco law school grad. Kathy has spent a career as an attorney who also worked as a worked as a Gift Planning Officer with the American Red Cross national headquarters. In her law practice, she specializes in estate and philanthropy planning. She has served on six nonprofit boards.
Mary Helen (Dea) McKibben Perry: 7th grade and current.
The third board member is Dea McKibben Perry, a Humboldt State theater graduate. She is part of her family’s Aurora Florialis landscape design enterprise on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She is a longtime supporter and admirer of Ken’s work. The board members are assisted by their St. Bede classmates, called Beders by Dea, and supporters who flocked around Father Ken during his priesthood.
Julia White Leeper: 8th grade and current
Julia is another of Father Ken’s St. Bede classmates. She lives in La Crescenta, CA and spent the majority of her career in corporate banking, now working as an Account Executive consulting with corporations regarding process outsourcing. Julia became involved with Father Ken’s Vineyard shortly after a St. Bede’s reunion and has since assisted with organizing and event planning for Father Ken’s Vineyard. Julia assisted tirelessly in the event planning and creation of the fabulous centerpieces for Fr. Ken’s 30th Anniversary Party in September, 2017. Julia has served on other non-profit boards and was delighted to join the FKV board alongside St. Bede’s classmates to advance the vision of FKV’s ministry.
James “Jim” Orlandini: 7th grade and current
Jim Orlandini, a founding director of Father Ken’s Vineyard, along with his wife Paula and their sons, are the long-time owners and operators of two Los Angeles area True Value hardware stores. Jim and Paula are devout members of St. Elizabeth Parish, Pasadena, and long-time supporters of St. Vincent de Paul. They receive a special award at the 2018 SVdP Gala in May, 2018. Jim brings that same spirit of service to Father Ken’s Vineyard and has been instrumental in helping to guide the planning and growth of the mission.
William (Bill) Powell
Bill Powell, a member of The Vineyard’s Founders Circle, graduated from St. Francis High School in La Canada with Father Ken. Bill was engaged during his early career in data processing and computer programming before transitioning to the law as Pierce O’Donnell’s trial paralegal for many years. O’Donnell’s firm was later acquired by Hunton & Williams, a law firm with offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, where he worked as a paralegal specialist in the area of civil litigation. Bill, a recent retiree, and his wife Manique live in Burbank and spend some of their free time riding their two horses. The officiant at Bill and Manique’s wedding? Father Ken.