Teresa Courtemanche

Teresa Courtemanche

President, The Matt Garcia Foundation

Fairfield, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Hospital & Health Care

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Teresa Courtemanche's Overview

  • President at The Matt Garcia Foundation
  • Pharmacy Technician at Kaiser Hospital

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Teresa Courtemanche's Summary

Teresa Courtemanche currently serves as president of The Matt Garcia Foundation, a non-profit organization that she helped found in honor of her son, Matt Garcia, who was one of the youngest city councilmen in the history of California. When Matt was senselessly murdered in 2008 after only 10 months in office, it ignited a passion in Teresa to help stop the senseless violence that is a scourge in so many of our cities and towns.

The Matt Garcia Foundation is entirely run by volunteers who have a mission to empower youth, reduce crime, and strengthen the community. In addition to Teresa’s work with the Foundation, she has worked for Kaiser Permanente for over thirteen years. She has also been a small business owner. She is married to the love of her life, Raymond, and has two amazing adult daughters, Briana and TeaRae.

Teresa is a dynamic speaker and has served as a mentor for many years in the recovery community. She has been substance free for over 20 years. She is also a survivor of domestic violence and has worked with other women who have dealt with abuse. Teresa is often sought out as a source of inspiration and comfort by other families that have dealt with the horrific grief of having a family member murdered. She currently helps facilitate a grief support group.

Teresa is a proven leader in her community and actively collaborates with many of the city’s political leaders and non-profit organizations to bring about change. One of her favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It is her personal mission statement to model the power of perseverance with hope and inspiration everywhere.

Teresa Courtemanche's Experience


The Matt Garcia Foundation

December 2008Present (5 years 10 months)

Matt Garcia was a man with a vision. He was the youngest City Councilman elected in 2007 in the City of Fairfield, CA. Matt was tragically murdered 10 months later.
Matt's dream involved supporting youth and creating places for them to go and things for them to do; fighting the violence and crime in the city through youth involvement, and uniting the community so that all people will have a sense of belonging and responsibility to our city. Matt's life was cut short, but his legacy, work, and heart live on. The Matt Garcia Foundation was established to carry out Matt's dream. We are dedicated to the work and efforts that Matt started and hope that we can inspire others to do more, just as Matt inspired us.
Our Mission: Support Youth, Stop Crime, and Strengthen Our Community.

Pharmacy Technician

Kaiser Hospital

Nonprofit; 10,001+ employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

June 2000Present (14 years 4 months)

Teresa Courtemanche's Skills & Expertise

  1. Community Outreach
  2. Healthcare
  3. Hospitals
  4. Public Speaking
  5. ACLS
  6. Nursing
  7. Healthcare Management
  8. Cpr Certified
  9. Marketing
  10. Fundraising
  11. Treatment
  12. Social Networking
  13. Microsoft Office
  14. Program Development
  15. Customer Service
  16. Case Managment
  17. Nonprofits
  18. Leadership
  19. Clinical Research
  20. Patient Safety
  21. Research
  22. Healthcare Information Technology
  23. Event Planning
  24. Mental Health
  25. Strategic Planning
  26. Nutrition
  27. Team Building
  28. Social Media
  29. Public Health
  30. Teaching
  31. Social Services
  32. Medicare

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