CHRIS BACA: Executive Director
Chris provides leadership for all phases of operations, with special emphasis on long-range planning, program impact, client services and community partnerships. This includes overseeing and ensuring coordination of programs, staff, service delivery, community relations, marketing, fundraising, events, board relations and volunteer activities. He brings to Meals On Wheels West a passion for working with underserved communities. His extensive non-profit experience includes his role as Regional Director for Community Healthy Charities of America overseeing efforts in nine states in the Western Region. Mr. Baca also served as Executive Director for Community Healthy Charities California working in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties with a variety of clients including Kaiser, Toyota and the City of Los Angeles. A longtime music business executive at Capitol Records/EMI, leading music business consultant and artist manager he brings an entrepreneurial spirit to MOW West. A graduate of SAMOHI and a longtime resident of the Westside, Chris is excited to bring his leadership skills to Meals On Wheels West.
KEVIN MCNULTY: Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin’s twenty years of experience at Meals On Wheels West has familiarized him with every aspect of Meals on Wheels’ operations and programs. He assists the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the completion of approved initiatives ensuring the success of MOW West’s mission. Kevin’s expertise in direct mail, human resources, accounting, program administration, policy and procedures are instrumental to the success of MOW West.
NICOLE SHORTHOUSE: Director of Development & Community Relations
Nicole is an experienced fund development professional with a demonstrated history of producing excellent results working in the non-profit sector. Nicole oversees corporate/foundation grantmaking, major donor cultivation, communications, community relations, and events. “I am thrilled to be part of the Meals on Wheels West team and help provide the wonderful services that Meals on Wheels West does every day!”
ANGELINA HOWE: Operations Manager
Angel Howe oversees the Operations Department works closely with our meal provider and is responsible for communications with current and potential clients. Angel responds to clients’ needs including special meal preferences, and delivery scheduling. She receives all incoming client inquiries and conducts intake interviews. Angel is the liaison to client’s primary physicians, verifying special diet requirements. Angel’s patience, understanding and kind demeanor has endeared her to clients and volunteers alike. She manages the Operations staff.
MARGARET TALAI: Operations Coordinator
Margaret has dedicated ten years to the mission of Meals on Wheels West. She schedules meal deliveries by our volunteers and manages the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles community service program. Margaret also assists in with clients services. Margaret has developed strong relationships with many of MOW West’s volunteers.
JENNIFER KAPPELMAN: Volunteer Coordinator
Jennifer’s experience and education in human development, production, and nonprofits brings an innovative addition to Meals on Wheels West’s volunteer experience. She is in charge of training, retaining, and recruiting volunteers and coordinating corporate and community groups. She performs community outreach with schools, universities and hospitals and organizes volunteer programs. She strives to enhance the volunteer experience.
TALAYEH TABRIZ: Office Assistant
Tala is a grad student in Nutrition Science at CSULA. Her expertise assists the Operations and Administrative Department to improve our service to clients and the overall functioning of MOW West.
WALLACE TOURTELLOTTE: Operations Assistant
Wally is a dedicated longtime employee of MOW West. Wally coordinates MOW West’s Farmer’s Market program that provides fresh produce to our clients. He works with volunteers to assure the safety and cleanliness of our meals delivery bags and delivery area.