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Hon. Risë Pichon and Charmaine Warmenhoven Return to Roles on Ethics Center Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members Risë Pichon and Charmaine Warmenhoven

Advisory Board Members Risë Pichon and Charmaine Warmenhoven

The Ethics Center welcomes two returning Advisory Board members back to the Center community. Risë Pichon and Charmaine Warmenhoven are esteemed leaders of their respective communities and have paved remarkable career paths. The Ethics Center is excited to welcome their return, and knows they will both contribute greatly. The Advisory Board is an independent group that provides industry experience and seasoned counsel while aiding with planning, fundraising, and external communications.

Hon. Risë Pichon has been a California Superior Court judge of the County of Santa Clara since 1998. She has served as the assistant supervising judge of the Superior Court’s Criminal Division, the chairperson of the Superior Court Jury Standards Committee, and as a member of a number of other court committees. She previously served as a judge of the Municipal Court from 1984 to 1998 when the trial courts unified, and as a court commissioner from 1983 to 1984. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara Law in 1976 and a B.S. in mathematics from SCU in 1973. 

Charmaine Warmenhoven was an educator and administrator for the Special Education and Disability Ministry for 25 years. She served as the Associate Director of Special Ministries at the Diocese in San Jose, which assists local parishes in including those with disabilities into all aspects of parish life. Active in philanthropic endeavors, Warmenhoven has served as a member of the Santa Clara University Campaign Advisory Committee, the Bishop’s Circle of Excellence, and Caritas, and as a board member for both the Montalvo Arts Center as well as the Catholic Community Foundation. Ms. Warmenhoven was presented as Laureate at the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2004, and received an Honorary Degree from Santa Clara University in 2007. 

Pichon and Warmenhoven’s return to the Ethics Center Advisory Board will provide powerful insight in directing the Center in its mission to continue making a positive impact in its community. 


Lucas Bush ’23, graduate in political science and ethnic studies and Mia Kanter ‘24, dance & french studies major, both marketing and communications interns at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, contributed to this story.

Sep 20, 2023


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