The Staff

 

Jessica Williams
Executive Director

Jessica was a LITA board member for 4 years and became the Executive Director in February 2018. Jessica has over 15 years of experience in community engagement, sustainability business practices and organizational leadership. Her most recent work has been with Community Focus and Spare the Air. Jessica has a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University.

She has volunteered with the Marine Mammal Center and was a board member for the League of Women Voters of Marin. She is originally from New England but is now a happy resident of Novato where she can still see tidal salt marshes and beautiful egrets.


Tanya Mendoza
Director of Volunteers

Tanya joined LITA in March, 2017 after spending 4 months as the Interim Volunteer Director.  She graduated from Empire College in Sonoma County with President’s Honors in 2000 for the Hospitality and Travel program. In 2004, she moved to Marin County, and soon after started a gratifying profession as an Activity Director.  She went to Texas to spend time with family in 2010, but returned in 2011, resuming roles that support engagement of older adults in several facilities' activity departments and memory care units.  It was in her first activities role that she learned about LITA.  She watched wonderful friendships grow through fulfillment of LITA’s mission and was happy to assist in initiating this friendship matching process with each Volunteer Request form she had sent to LITA.  She is most grateful to have the opportunity to be part of LITA, because, ‘Love really is the Answer!’

 

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Robert Thomure
Bridging Thru Music Coordinator

Robert joined LITA in July 2018, after many years as an audio director, sound designer and composer for film, games, broadcast, educational media, and interactive exhibits. One of his favorite projects recently was doing the soundtrack for “Swimmer’s Ear: A Journey to the Deaflympics”, an inspiring documentary film about a 15 year old deaf swimmer from South Central LA on her quest to reach the Deaflympics.  More info at Audiosourcery.com

He is currently a guitar and ukulele instructor in the Forte music program at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, and he provides private music lessons and music production services in his Mill Valley studio. He plays classical guitar as well as many other styles, and loves working with kids and adults of all ages.

 

Dena Selix
Bridging Generations Coordinator

Dena began working with LITA in 2008 as a consultant after receiving a Certificate in Intergenerational Programs from Generations Together, University of Pittsburgh. Expanding on LITA’s Youth Partners program, she designed and implemented Bridging Generations to connect elementary school children and seniors in assisted living facilities. 

After 15 years of teaching and tutoring middle and high school English and Study Skills, she began volunteering at The Redwoods Retirement Community, visiting seniors and leading art workshops.  Dena also assisted with art, poetry and cooking classes at the Marin Brain Injury Network.  Prior to teaching, she served as a project coordinator for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Organization which offers seminars to teens who interact with community and business leaders.  Dena’s duties involved fund raising and event planning. She holds a B.A. in English from U.C. Santa Barbara and a California Teaching Credential and M.Ed. from UCLA.


 
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The Board


Brian Finnegan - Brian has been a board member for over 10 years.  A Partner in the CPA firm BPM LLP, Brian focuses his attention on the financial well being of LITA.

Catherin Schwemm - Cathy is relatively new to the board, joining in 2017. Her interest in senior care began when she worked at several nursing homes in high school.

Catherine Sedlock - Cathy joined the Board after being the inspiration for starting Bridging Generations. She continues to bring her 2nd grade students from Mark Day School to visit with the residents of Alma Via.

Ellie Chamberlain - Ellie is in her first year as a board member. In this role, she is able to combine her marketing expertise with her passion for helping older adults. 

Erik Flatt - Erik joined the board in 2016.  Erik spent the last 27 years working in senior living facilities and is the owner of Three Home Village, a board and care home in San Rafael. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Marin Senior Information Fair.

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Jill Weston - Jill ensured that Autodesk employees were major donors to LITA’s holiday gifts program for multiple years. Now in her 2nd year as a board member she looks forward to engage her new colleagues with many of LITA’s programs.

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Reed McClintock - As Board Chair Reed introduces LITA to his many community connections built during a successful career in property management

William Strawbridge - A board member for over a decade, Bill enjoys helping establish new programs and designing research projects to evaluate the many contributions LITA makes in Marin.