TishTisherman: Chair

TishTish 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 seeing MOW West then going on a ride-along, I was hooked!

Rob Sherman: Vice-Chair Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Rob Sherman is the founder and chief strategist at Sherman Marketing, specializing in web and social media optimization and advertising. With 20+ years of brand building experience and an extensive background in emerging technology and interactive marketing, Rob is expert at helping clients exceed their online goals. He has led new digital product and web initiatives for Disney, BBC and Apple. Prior to founding Sherman Marketing, he was Vice President Business Development at Getty Images where he launched a series of digital products into the global marketplace. He also opened several Getty international offices and was content director of the first Getty film website. When he’s not in the office, Rob enjoys composing music and performing with The Beatles Yoga group, The Shills and others.

Len Lanzi: Treasurer
LenLeonard M. Lanzi has 30 years of non-profit organization management and fund development experience. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association. In his capacity at LAVA, Len works with the LAVA board of directors to direct the strategic plan and organize educational and informational programs within the venture funded business ecosystem in the greater Los Angeles region.  Len also is the Chief Operating Officer for Rotarians for Family Health in AIDS Prevention. RFHA’s purpose is to provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs, districts and multi districts in planning and implementing large scale, community development and humanitarian service projects. RFHA is considered Rotary International’s resource group for HIV/AIDS. Rotary Clubs and Districts throughout the world look to RFHA for guidance regarding their particular HIV/AIDS project plans. Leonard brings a well-rounded knowledge from such diverse human service organizations as the Community Kitchen of Santa  Barbara, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Boy Scouts of America. Leonard graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica where he serves on its Board of Directors. Leonard also serves on the board of directors as treasurer for Meals on Wheels West and the Board of Governors for StartOut, a nationwide entrepreneurial organization.

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.”

Carson Bond: Keeping People and Pets Together Program Director                                                                


carsonCarson Bond has been delivering for Meals On Wheels West since 1999 and was the first volunteer to be selected to serve on the Board. Carson founded and leads MOW West’s pet and emergency vet care programs
She has been a US Air Force and commercial airline pilot for over 35 years. Carson has a MS in Human Resource Management and recently completed the Nonprofit Development Certificate program at Loyola Marymount University.

Richard Cupp: Client Development Committee

width="130"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 Dagodag: Legal Committee Chair

Melissa-dagodagMelissa 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 written poetry since the age of five and began writing songs two years ago. She also enjoys playing beach volleyball and tennis, practicing yoga, scuba diving and taking digital photos.

Jamie Lemon: Fundraising/Development Committee                                                                        

CuJamie-Lemonrrently the Hotel Manager of Loews Hollywood, Jamie was executive Assistant Manager 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 (7) and Lila (5) and live in Westchester.

Don Spector: Marketing Committee Co-Chair

Don-SpectorDon is a genuine Mad Man. Starting in the mailroom of a Madison Avenue ad agency, he rose to be Creative Director of BBDO/West followed by Foote Cone Belding Los Angeles and ultimately President of 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 of Dubnoff Center for Child Development. He tells us, “When I rode along on a Meals On Wheels West meal delivery for the first time and saw the looks on the faces of the people receiving the food, I melted.  I knew I had to join the board then and there.”

Melissa Sweeney: Marketing Committee
mellisaMelissa Sweeney is the President of Eumenides Consulting, a Santa Monica-based public relations/community relations firm.  A third generation Angeleno, she has provided communications and community organizing services to a wide variety of for-profit, political and non-profit clients in the Southern California region, including Saint John’s Hospital, Procter & Gamble and Expo Light Rail. In addition, she has written for screen, theatre and multimedia, and has lent her composition skills to numerous recording projects.  She received dual Bachelor’s Degrees in anthropology and religious studies, and holds a Master’s Degree in religious studies from UC. Melissa brings her energy and expertise in service of the mission of Meals on Wheels West

Peter Taffae: Nominating Committee Chair                                                            

peter-r-taffaeMr. Taffae is the Founder and Owner of Executive Perils Inc, an insurance firm specializing in Directors and Officers Liability, Cyber, Intellectual Property, Crime, Fiduciary Liability, Professional Errors & Omissions, Legal Malpractice and Employment Practices Liability insurance for financial institutions and corporate clients.  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. Peter is a resident of Santa Monica.

Rick Tell: Development/Fundraising Committee
rickRick joined the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels West in 2013 after retiring from a long and diverse career including senior leadership positions in manufacturing,  financing, sales/marketing, design and general business consulting. Rick wants to help bring more growth to MOW West by using his overall marketing experience. He became a serial  volunteer having retired in 2012 after 10+ years as the President of RT Marketing…a licensing, branding, marketing and merchandise firm. As the exclusive world-wide license holder for branded and co-branded James Bond 007 merchandise; his firm designed, manufactured and distributed millions of products to over 70 countries supporting the release of films, DVDs, video games and other marketing activities. In addition to being on the MOW West Board he is the Senior Advisor Branding & Merchandise on a volunteer basis with the International Special Olympics LA2015 World Games and provides marketing, business plan and other consulting services to entrepreneurs and businesses in general.

Angela Vassallo: Client Development Committee

Angela VassalloAngela is the Hospital Epidemiologist, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica. “My goal at 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.”