Meet our Board of Directors

Len Lanzi: 2018 Chair, Finance/Investment Committee, Strategic Planning Committee

Leonard 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

Anastasia Foster-Rourke: 2018 Secretary, Board Development Committee, Governmental Relations Committee

Anastasia Foster is an elected member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board.  She credits her 6 years of driving Meals on Wheels in Santa Monica with helping her to build, develop and operate her very own Assisted Living Community, both of which give her a unique perspective into the daily living needs of seniors. The community focuses on superior, cutting edge quality of life enhancements for the residents and a living wage for the staff.  Anastasia is also a volunteer for Santa Monicans’ for Renters’ Rights, Brookdale Santa Monica Seniors and the VA.  She’s been an actress and broadcaster for over 20 years, a wife to Chris and a mother to her young son, Ford.

Chris Gordon Clark: Vice Chair, Board Development Committee

Chris Gordon Clark has delivered roughly 10,000 meals as a MOW volunteer since 2010, and he first became a board member the following year.  He is a Green Bay, Wisconsin native, educated “back East” at George Mason and Columbia, as well as experiencing a Junior Year Abroad program in England.  As an Army veteran (Presidential Honor Guard, Arlington, VA), veterans’ causes are a paramount facet of his understanding of the overall Meals on Wheels mission.  A former Inglewood and Santa Monica public school teacher, his real estate career began in 2003.  The father of two boys who have helped him deliver meals (and occasionally sell houses), Chris encourages all of the people in his life to volunteer in some capacity, as the rewards invariably outweigh the contribution.  “It’s impactful beyond anything I’ve ever done in my life.”

David Brodie

David joined the board of Meals on Wheels West in 2018.  Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, David has lived in Los Angeles since 2007, editing and directing through Rock Paper Scissors in Santa Monica.  His work includes music videos, trailers, documentaries, and commercials, including the Subaru “Share the Love” campaign he directed in 2017, featuring clients and volunteers from Meals on Wheels West. In 2009 David received an Emmy Award for his editing on Errol Morris’s “Survivors”. His films as editor include the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Witness” and most recently, the Netflix film, “Struggle: The Life and Lost Work of Szukalski.”

Nancy Grass

Currently serving as Associate Dean of Student Life at Santa Monica College, Dr. Nancy Grass has been helping to lead the efforts to create a comprehensive food security program for students at Santa Monica College. She serves on the Basic Needs work group and has been working with the State’s Chancellor’s office in their efforts to address statewide student housing and food insecurity. Dr. Grass began her career as a professor and author teaching Communication Studies for over 20 years and authoring the internationally sold book, Public Speaking in American English. Dr. Grass received her Master’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and her PhD in higher education from Capella University where she researched methods for improving institutional communication climates in large public institutions.

Billy Hartman

Billy joined as a Member of the Board of Directors in June of 2019.  A Midwesterner at his core (born and raised in Michigan), he’s now a Venice local at heart having been on the Westside of LA since 2001.  Having a soft-spot with personal experiences of his own, enriching the lives of our homebound friends and neighbors by “delivering more than a meal” strikes a special cord – some of our wisest storytellers are tucked away in our community with so much to share.

Mr. Hartman is currently the Senior VP of Global Revenue and Strategic Partnerships at TuneIn; a streaming audio, technology and distribution platform powering their consumer app, along with household voice-assistants like Amazon Alexa and connected speakers including Sonos, Bose and other API partners. His responsibilities span global monetization along with brand partnerships via content or media.  Taking residence in the heart of bustling “Silicon Beach” he’s produced content for brands from Red Bull and Bose to US Bank and Amazon out of their Venice-based audio studio.  With 15+ years of experience in media, technology and marketing, he has a diverse background having worked at companies including Pandora, Yahoo!, Nissan, Orbitz, and Tribune Publishing.  Bringing this variety to Meals on Wheels West will support the mission to continue serving our LA Coastal Communities.   

Mark Humphreys: Monster Bash Committee Co-Chair, Human Resources Committee

Mark Humphreys is responsible for overall risk management, as well as acquisition and maintenance of all insurance for the Watt Companies’ widespread real estate-related ventures. Mark also manages the handling of all claims and litigation involving Watt’s various business operations. He first joined Watt Companies in 1984.

Beginning his career as a paralegal specializing in liability insurance claims and assisting outside defense counsel, Mark eventually took on all aspects of mastering risk, particularly in the area of construction operations liability and the various risk issues facing owners of commercial property. In his career at Watt, Mark has dealt with the wide range of coverage and underwriting issues necessary to obtain quality insurance protection for Watt and its various enterprises.

He has gained the trust of brokers, consultants, contractors and insurance professionals by understanding the importance of carefully maintaining a balance between the need to manage risk and the entrepreneurial imperative of real estate developers, managers and investors to create and grow. At the same time, Mark’s vast experience working with outside counsel, combined with his institutional and operational knowledge of Watt’s business, has provided him with a keen eye for evaluating and strategizing claims and litigation, both operationally and in terms of insurance defense.

Mark is a longtime member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and is Vice Chair of the RIMS External Affairs Committee, which focuses on legislative issues affecting risk management. Mark continues to maintain his status as a paralegal through continuing legal education.

Rob Sherman: Treasurer, Marketing Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Musical Event 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.

Melissa Sweeney: Chair July 4th Event Committee Chair, Marketing Committee, Volunteer Breakfast Chair, Governmental Relations Committee

Melissa 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

David Chun: Director at AEW Capital Management

David Chun is an experienced Real Estate acquisitions and asset management specialist responsible for sourcing, negotiating, executing and managing value-add and opportunistic real estate investments. Strong finance professional skilled in Investment Banking, Real Estate Private Equity, Real Estate Economics, Valuation, and Investments. 

Lou La Monte: Former City of Malibu Mayor & Executive Producer/Director ITG/Epix 

Lou La Monte was elected to the Malibu City Council in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 and served two terms as Mayor. While on the council, he was also elected President of the California Contract Cities Association, representing 75 Southern California Cities. He has Directed and Executive Produced over 3000 TV Commercials in 45 Countries and won every major award in advertising. He serves on the LA County Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs. He was also recently appointed to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Financial Oversight Committee by the SMMUSD Board of Education.

Julian Brew: Partner at Cypress LLP 

Julian is a veteran business and trial attorney with experience in a wide range of industries and areas of the law. With clients that range from the world’s largest multinational companies to small businesses and entrepreneurs, Julian approaches all his matters with the same creativity, energy, and determination, while never losing sight of his clients’ interests and objectives.

Penelope M Deihl : Attorney at Clark Hill  

Penny Deihl is an effective litigator and negotiator with more than 25 years of experience representing individuals, corporations and other entities in a range of commercial and civil disputes. Focused on developing and pursuing legal strategies that work, Penny’s extensive trial experience is unique among her peers. On behalf of her clients, she has argued and won numerous jury awards and judicial decisions in open court.