Board Chair and Chair of Executive Committee
Director of Risk Management at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Maura had a lead role in the planning and build out of new hospital facility. She has served on the boards of St. Joseph Center in Venice and the Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross. Maura has been a Meals On Wheels West Board Member since 2002.
Vice Board Chair
Carson Bond has been delivering for Meals On Wheels West since 1999 and was the first volunteer to be selected to the Board of Directors. She is a pilot for American Airlines and has served as a 737 Captain for the last decade. Carson has a MS in Human Resource Management and recently completed the Nonprofit Development Certificate program at LMU.
Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Recently retired after a long career in advertising, Don went from a Madison Avenue mailroom to Creative Director of BBDO/West and then Foote Cone Belding L.A. and ultimately president of The Next Level Marketing. During his career he created advertising for dozens of major companies including AT&T (“Let Your Fingers Do the Walking”) and Western Airlines (“The O-o-only Way to Fly”). He is the former board chairman and longtime board member of Dubnoff Center for Child Development.
Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Rob has been building brands and new business for 19 years, directing corporate business development, sales and marketing divisions, strategic and online applications/programs, digital media products, websites and social media initiatives for corporations and privately held companies, and developing new opportuities and alliances for companies including IBM, Apple, Microsoft, BBC Worldwide, Disney, and Universal. He is a former vice president with Getty Images and worked as a consultant with the web-centric agency, Moncur Associates, for 8 years before joining forces in 2008 when Moncur asked Rob to lead the firm’s west coast expansion.Rob began his professional life as a musician, a keyboardist, and plays regularly around LA, most recently with The Shills and Blues Divine.
Events Committee Chair
A volunteer with Meals On Wheels West since 2005, Mike adds a high level of enthusiasm and energy to the Board. He brings 12 years of experience managing relationships in the high tech world and a passion for improving his community. Mike takes great pleasure in visiting his Meals On Wheels recipients, learning from their rich perspectives and supporting the independent lives they’ve chosen.
Legal Committee Chair
Melissa is a native of California and attended Stanford University, where she earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English. After graduating from Stanford University, she founded and then operated a successful design and manufacturing business. She then earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2000 and began her career as an attorney for creative people and creative businesses. She aspires to give her clients the personal attention that she had wanted when she ran her design and manufacturing business.To this day, Melissa adheres to the ideals that brought her to the practice of law in the first place: protecting and strengthening the work of entrepreneurs and creative businesses. She has a rich life outside of the office. She has been a poet since the age of five and also paints on canvas. She enjoys playing beach volleyball, practicing yoga, playing tennis, scuba diving and writing and performing her own poetry.
Executive Committee Member
Kathrine is an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo, in Beverly Hills. Kathrine has been on the Meals On Wheels West board since 2008 and also serves on the board of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, as well as volunteers at St. Johns Hospital in its pet program with her dog, Annie.
Mr. Taffae is the Founder and Owner of ExecutivePerils, an insurance firm specializing in Directors and Officers Liability, Cyber, Intellectual Property, Crime, Fiduciary Liability, Professional Errors and Omissions, Legal Malpractice and Employment Practices Liability insurance for financial institutions and corporate clients.Before starting ExecutivePerils, Inc., Mr. Taffae was Senior Vice President and Manager of Minet’s Financial Services Department in Los, Senior Vice President and Manager of Marsh & McLennan’s FINPRO Department, Los Angeles office, and Pacific South FINPRO Regional Coordinator.He serves on several boards, is a member of a number of organizations, publishes numerous articles, is frequently quoted in industry publications and speaks at educational events.
Richard L. (Rick) Cupp, Jr. is the Vice Dean & John W. Wade Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School. He is widely recognized as a leading scholar and commentator in the fields of torts and products liability law. Rick was a volunteer delivering meals for Meals On Wheels West for several years, and he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.
|LINDA “TISH” TISHERMAN
Marketing Committee Member
Tish is the pragmatic Career and Lifestyle expert who helps people navigate their business lives to actually coincide with their true passions because, frankly, life is just too short and too precious to wake up one day and wonder – what have I done with my life?!Tish founded, owned and operated a staffing and executive placement firm for over 25 years. She coached so many people struggling to find their place – make enough money, enjoy their daily work-life, and find time for family. And although she is an entrepreneur and thinks outside of the corporate box, she found herself being influenced by that mindset through serving it – 110%; which is how Tish serves anything she’s involved with – from boards to business to best buddies.Tish has been a part of Meals On Wheels West for almost 10 years. She volunteers her time, dollars and leadership expertise. Tish has proudly and happily delivered meals, chaired annual fundraisers and served as both a Board Member and on the Executive Board for this organization.