Leadership

BOARD MEMBERS

Carson-BondCARSON BOND
Pet Program

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.For fun, Carson loves being outside and riding her bicycle wherever and whenever possible.  “Being my dying parents’ primary caretaker at the end of their lives, the significance of each experience is greater, and the appreciation of help is more profound and not a minute is taken for granted.  As a board member, I’ve tried to increase our clientele so more homebound people in the community can take advantage of the meals, visit and loving support that our volunteers deliver every day.”

width="130"RICHARD CUPP
Client Development Committee

Richard L. Cupp Jr. is the 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.  Rick hopes to help assure that Meals On Wheels will continue to provide good food, while also continuing to provide the kind of caring human connection we all need. “When my grandfather was not able to drive and had no nearby relatives, Meals on Wheels provided him good food and human contact that was a great blessing. I met some of the volunteers while visiting, and was inspired by their service and by the quality of the organization. Later, Meals on Wheels served my parents when they were in a similar situation. After seeing first-hand how Meals on Wheels helped my family, I knew that I would be enthusiastic about working with the Board of Directors.  For fun I enjoy spending time with my family, walking or hiking with our dog, various sports, and travel.”

Melissa-dagodagMELISSA DAGODAG
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.

LEN LANZI
Treasurer


Jamie-LemonJAMIE LEMON
Fundraising Development

Director of Operations/Executive Asst Mgr at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.  James Lemon is a native of Belfast, Ireland who has been with Loews Hotels for over thirteen years.  Prior to joining Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Lemon held various management positions at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and also assisted with food and beverage operations at the company’s Washington D.C. and Orlando properties.  Lemon and his wife Heather have two kids, James (5) and Lila (3) and live in Marina Del Rey, California.  When he’s not in the hotel, he can be found running or paddle boarding around the area.

KATHRINE RUSSELL
Secretary
Kathrine is a Financial Advisor at Fargo Advisors, LLC in Beverly Hills.  She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with more than 16 years of experience in helping individuals, families, small businesses and non-profits to help them achieve their financial goals.  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. She would like to see Meals On Wheels expand its footprint ,providing services as well as increase the public’s awareness. Kathrine loves to travel, cook, and fly fish.  ” My mother used Meals on Wheels after a surgery. She liked getting the meals, and the friendly smile that came with it, so much that she continued on after she was well.”

ROB SHERMAN
Vice-Chair 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 opportunities 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.

Don-SpectorDON SPECTOR
Marketing Committee Co-Chair
“When I rode along on a meal delivery with a volunteer, I saw the looks on the faces of the people receiving the food I melted.  I decided to join the Board then and there.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. Don is currently writing his memoir about the golden days of advertising, spend precious time with my wife and our fabulous family and babysit our delightful 9-year-old granddaughter, Annabel.

MELISSA SWEENEY
Marketing Committee

peter-r-taffaePETER R. TAFFAE
Events

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.Peter’s primary objective is to enhance the operation and secure Meals On Wheels’ longevity.  I felt compelled to give back to my community and with my parents being seniors, the more I learned about Meals on Wheels the more I was attracted to its mission

RICK TELL
Fundraising Development Committee

LINDA “TISH” TISHERMAN
Board Chair
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. Tish has been a part of Meals On Wheels West for almost 10 years. She volunteers her time and leadership expertise. Tish has proudly and happily delivered meals, volunteered at annual fundraisers and served as both a Board Member and on the Executive Board for this organization.  Tish would like to be sure that all who are “shut in” and in need of a good meal and some contact with the outside world know that we are here.  After meeting Rosemary and seeing her passion for MOWW, then going on a ride-along, I was hooked!

Angela VassalloANGELA VASSALLO
Client Development Committee
Hospital Epidemiologist, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, CA.  “My goal for Meals on Wheels is to assist the current staff, volunteers, and board in accomplishing the mission and vision of Meals On Wheels.  These lofty organizational goals can only be obtained when an organization has a supportive board of directors. In other words, it takes many people working towards the mission and vision together — to achieve them.”  Angela likes to spend time with her dog, garden, travel, and use local, seasonal ingredients to create wonderful food (in other words, eat!).

 


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