Lightbulb InstallationMISSION

Westside Pacific Villages helps older adults remain active and independent, as they age, in the comfort and security of their own homes and neighborhoods.  We provide services and programs that promote healthy and engaged living and address unmet needs.  We do this with compassion, dignity and respect.  Our efforts provide enrichment which improves the quality of life of our members, and by extension enhance the community.

 

THE VISION

Westside Pacific Villages seeks to bring members of the community together in the spirit of collaboration, purpose and giving to enhance the lives and offer a sense of security and peace of mind to seniors and their families.

 

THE MOVEMENT

WPV is part of a nationwide movement of over 200 local Villages formed to assist senior citizens to remain active and independent in the comfort and security of their own homes. The Villages are not physical locations or caregiving agencies, but organized networks of local volunteers, staff and community partners that help members stay engaged in their neighborhoods by providing a wide array of services and programs.

THE GROWING SENIOR POPULATION

growing senior population california

The population of adults 55+ is rapidly growing in California and they need support to remain active. WPV volunteers help hundreds of local seniors stay active and engaged their local communities.

  • California is projected to be one of the fastest growing States in the nation.
  • In California, the elderly population is expected to grow more than twice as fast as the total population and this growth will vary by region.
  • The influence of the 85 and over age group on California will emerge most strongly between 2030 2040 as the first of the baby boomers reach 85 years of age.
  • 90% of seniors report they want to remain in the homes they love.
  • Only 10-15% have families and/or financial means for appropriate care.

THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

  • Westchester
  • Marina del Rey
  • Playa del Rey
  • Playa Vista
  • Culver City
  • Ladera Heights
  • El Segundo
  • Mar Vista

And adjacent communities

The WPV team is committed to meeting the needs of our members, supporting our volunteers, and engaging with community partners in the areas we serve.

 

Elizabeth Cundiff
Executive Director

Elizabeth Cundiff joined WPV as its new Executive Director in January 2018.  After 30 years in the technology industry, Elizabeth transitioned her career to the non-profit sector in her desire to utilize her business skills to make a difference in the lives of others. She most recently served for five years as the Director of Alumnae Engagement at her alma mater, Scripps College.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has been an active volunteer.  She was the Scripps College Alumnae Association President and served on reunion and fundraising committees.  As a Culver City resident, Elizabeth supported her community as a 10-year volunteer for Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, including five years as their board president.

Elizabeth’s experience in program development, volunteer management, communications and fundraising, combined with the strengths of the WPV staff, will further the growth of WPV and its mission.

 

Elvy Crane
Manager of Volunteer and Member Services

Elvy learned about WPV through a neighbor and started out as a volunteer.  She has loved being involved with WPV ever since and joined the staff in 2014.  As the primary contact for our members, Elvy enjoys talking with them to coordinate their transportation needs, friendly visits, and errands.  Elvy also works closely with our volunteers to match their schedules with our member requests.  She also enjoys planning WPV social events.  Elvy and her family have been residents of Westchester for 20 years.  She enjoys entertaining, cooking, music, and movies.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Freddi Segal-Gidan
chair

Freddi is a physician assistant and gerontologist who has devoted her career to health care for older adults. She is currently director of the Rancho/USC California Alzheimer’s Disease Center and holds appointments as assistant clinical professor, Departments of Neurology and Family Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine, USC, and assistant clinical professor of gerontology at the L. Davis School of Gerontology at USC. Dr. Segal-Gidan has been in clinical practice for over 30 years, mostly caring for older adults. She received her physicians assistant (PA) training at Johns Hopkins University Health Associate Program, BA in psychology-biology from Reed College, and her doctorate in Gerontology – Public Policy as part of the inaugural doctorate class in gerontology from the USC L. Davis School of Gerontology.

Alison Whitaker
vice-chair

A former founding Board Member, Alison rejoined the WPV Board. She is a Senior Real Estate Specialist list with Sotheby’s International Realty and previously worked with top Fortune 500 companies and real estate developers. Alison holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Certificate in Business Administration, both from UCSD.

Lee Gardner
secretary

Lee received a BA Degree in Political Science from Whittier College then joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America, the domestic Peace Corps) and was assigned to Idaho Legal Aid Services in Boise as a paralegal and community organizer. He worked 34 years advocating for reform of Idaho’s landlord/tenant laws, public utility regulations, health care issues, hunger public policies, and women’s rights. He then worked for the law firm of Susan M. Graham providing bookkeeping and paralegal services to her family law/estate planning practice. He moved back to Westchester in 2006 to care for his father so he could remain at home, before passing in 2011. Lee is a native of Southern California and currently serves on the Governing Boards of the Westchester Family YMCA and the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Ed Rodriguez
treasurer

Ed is a Certified Public Accountant, whom has been practicing in Playa Del Rey for over 25 years. He is currently a principal in the CPA firm of Stump Davis Greenberg. He has been a past board member of the Southwest Explorer Scouts, Westchester YMCA, and LAX-Westchester Chamber of Commerce. He is a past officer and current member of the Westchester Rotary Club.

Carol Kitabayashi
member

Carol is the former Executive Director of WPV and now serves the organization in a part-time consulting role. She has over 25 years of corporate business experience as a Human Resources Professional from a variety of industries, including the last 20 years of her “for-profit” career at a Global Fortune 100 Company.  Carol has a genuine passion for WPV’s mission having cared for her own parents, in-laws and other older relatives.  Her skills and abilities have been instrumental in revitalizing and growing WPV by creating and managing a strong village team, while developing and strengthening important relationships.  In her short tenure, WPV’s member and volunteer base as grown significantly, and she has been asked to speak to local, state, and national audiences about the organization and the Village Movement.  Carol is a graduate of UCLA and has spent time volunteering with several community youth organizations and the Culver-Palms Meals on Wheels Program.

Marcia Findley
member

Marcia is a retired librarian from Loyola Marymount University who received her MLS from Florida State University, and her BA from the University of Oklahoma. Other positions in her career were at the University of Notre Dame, Auburn University, Spring Hill College, and two U.S. Army post libraries in Mainz, Germany.  Marcia is currently on the Boards of the Westchester Mental Health Guild and the LMU Heritage Association of Retired Faculty and Staff. She is a 31 year resident of Westchester and one of the founding WPV Board Members.

Carin Mavrosakis
member

Carin Mavrosakis is a Director of Compensation, Organizational Development and International Operations at Toyota Financial Services and has over 20 years of corporate business experience as a Human Resources Professional. Carin has a passion for volunteering and helping those in need.  She volunteers often through Toyota in her local community, Los Angeles TeamWorks, mentoring underprivileged youth and has a passion for the caring of seniors in her family and community.  Carin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Cal State Long Beach; she is a California native and lives in the south bay with her husband and two sons.

Tristan McManaman
member

Senior Partner at the advertising search consulting firm SelectResources, International.  A seasoned advertising and marketing executive, Tristan has an extensive background in advertising and marketing on both the agency and client side. On the agency side at Deutsch LA, he was SVP Group Media Director, overseeing media planning for many national brands.  On the client side, Tristan served as Director of Marketing for Walker Zanger, the world’s leading luxury tile and stone company. Tristan previously served on the Advisory Board for Pencils for Kids, Inc. which provides much needed school supplies to underprivileged children in Thailand, Myanmar and Bali. Tristan is a long-time Los Angeles resident and graduate of UCLA.  He lives with his husband and a couple of pugs in Venice Beach.

Tia Otten
member

Tia is a long time resident of Playa Del Rey, having moved there after graduating from Oregon State University. She is a recent retiree from a major defense contractor where she was a Senior Manager in Engineering. She has strong program and project management experience and her expertise has been instrumental in helping to grow our organization. Tia is a former member of Westchester Rotary Club, a member of the Westchester Family YMCA Board of Managers, and is a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization.

Morrey Plotkin
Chairman Emeritus (2012-2014). Deceased.

Well-known and respected in the community for his philanthropic activies and contributions, Morrey was instrumental in securing funding for WPV at a critical time. He has helped make important connections to key leaders in this area.

 

Pat Brubaker
Founder of Westchester Playa Village – Now called Westside Pacific Villages

After a series of medical issues, Pat felt stranded and alone and reached out to neighbors for help with grocery shopping, watering her plants and walking her dog.  She learned about a new “aging in place” initiative called the “village concept” and with her neighbor and another Westchester resident, WPV was born. Pat is credited for researching and developing key relationships, both locally and with the original “village” in Beacon Hill, Boston, in order to get WPV established before moving to Thousand Oaks to be near family in 2010.  Prior to retirement from the LA Philharmonic as a Major Gifts Officer, she was very involved in the Orange County and Los Angeles County communities supporting various organizations that focus on the arts.

While she continues her philanthropic activities in Thousand Oaks, Pat remains involved in supporting WPV from afar as we keep her dream alive.

MEDIA

Sometimes it takes a Village to help seniors stay in their homes
By Ina Jaffe, NPR All Things Considered
12/15/17
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Westside Pacific Villages Are Pioneering Aging in Place 
By Miceala Shocklee
March 2016
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Westchester Playa Village celebrates milestone in providing services to area seniors

By Hometown News
November 5, 2015
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Born to Talk with Marsha Wietecha

By The LA Talk LIVE
August 24, 2015
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Westchester Playa Village helps keep seniors in their homes with a little help from volunteers

By Hometown News
January 1, 2015
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Aging in America- Crisis in Long-Term Care
By CBS News
October 19, 2014
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Aging in America- Crisis in Long-Term Care
By CBS News
October 19, 2014
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It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living At Home
By Brian Williams
January 24, 2014
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Westchester volunteers help make over home of family facing struggle Westchester Playa Village pitches in for residents; Courageous Citizens Awards.
By Geoff Maleman
May 30, 2013
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Helen Dennis: ‘Village’ concept at work at Westchester Playa, Pasadena sites
By Helen Dennis
April 13, 2013
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Helen Dennis: What seniors can expect from the village movement
By Helen Dennis
April 6, 2013
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Are Virtual Villages the Future of Elder Care?
NPR
February 2013
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Everyday Heroes: Westchester Playa Village volunteers fill gaps in senior services
By Kristin S. Agostoni
December 20, 2012
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PARTNERSHIPS

WPV has developed strong partnerships with other local organizations who support our mission to help seniors remain independent and engaged with their community.