The Giving Store Board of Directors

The Giving Store is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors. Each member contributes valuable time, guidance and expertise in areas ranging from legal matters to accounting practices which are essential for the oversight and operation of The Giving Store and its Mission.

We deeply appreciate the many hours of support and valuable commitment that each of them have made. We are so grateful to past board members who have served selflessly! Thank you!

Dian Hodge


Dian’s resourceful mindset has helped many people in the community. As well as being the board president for The Giving Store, Dian is a board member of S.A.F.E. House and chairman of its annual fundraiser Bubbles by the Beach.

S.A.F.E. House is a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive approach to end domestic violence and abuse in the family through safe shelter, counseling, advocacy and community education.

When Hodge is not helping in the community, she spends five mornings a week at the Lake Las Vegas Sports Club taking D-Fuzion dance and Zumba classes.

Dian Hodge
Karen Pingtore

Karen “Ping” Pingitore

Director of Merchandising

Nearly thirty years in the entertainment industry and twenty-five years as a successful woman’s boutique owner, Karen “Ping” Pingitore brings her creativity and merchandising skills to The Giving Store as Director of Merchandising and now serves as a director-at-large on our Board of Directors.

“Ping” also served as the volunteer president of the Ferndale, CA Chamber of Commerce for seventeen years and continues to co-chair the Ferndale Concours on Main. Additionally, she has served on the board of directors of Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation as well as the Foundation’s annual benefit ball, an event which raises more than $250,000 annually and will celebrate the 38th Annual Ball in November 2019.

She is also a founding director of The A”Mays”ing Grace Foundation, a Foundation which helps families who must travel outside of Ferndale, CA for pediatric care.

Carol Cirbes


With an BBA in Business and an MBA in Finance, Carol started her career with Ford Motor Company as a “Ford Scholar.”  After almost 25 years with Ford, she retired from a management position running training for North America, with annual sales of over $65M.

Since retirement, Carol has been active in her church and Bible study groups, and in the volunteer community:

  • Tutoring the children of migrant workers in English and Math,
  • Acting as the Volunteer Coordinator for S.A.F.E. House, and most recently
  • Volunteering at The Giving Store.

Her golf handicap has been slowly increasing since taking on this new challenge.

Carol Cirbes

Julie Proctor


Julie Proctor is a founding member of S.A.F.E. House, Inc., established in 1994. Julie, along with her husband Judge Ken Proctor, brought together the community in southern Nevada to build a shelter that was vital to the growing needs of people requiring domestic violence services. As a survivor of domestic violence from a former marriage, Julie was able to give valuable input regarding the needs of safety, stability and well-being for people seeking services. Julie was on the S.A.F.E. House Board from 1995 until 2003 when she took on the role of Executive Director with Board encouragement.

Julie has always played a valuable role in the community as a member of the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Nevada’s Corporate Citizenship Initiative Team and the Henderson Coordinated Community Response Team. In addition, Julie has been a part of and received awards from: Hope Link (formally HACA) Certificate of Appreciation Award, National Department of Justice Certificate of Appreciation Award, Certificate of Recognition Award from Touro University, Nevada and the Henderson Civitan Club Distinguished Service Award and is a graduate from Henderson Leadership Class of 2011. Recently Julie was appointed to the City of Henderson Comprehensive Plan Implementation Advisory Committee.

Above all, Julie’s passion lies in working diligently to ensure that S.A.F.E. House is reaching greater heights in terms of providing services based on a client-centered, trauma-informed approach and incorporating holistic measures to serve as a place for respite and rebuilding lives. Under Julie’s leader-ship, S.A.F.E. House was awarded “Outstanding Non-Profit” by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce.

Julie is a survivor and a true leader in her community.

Annie Dowd