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.

 

Heather Martillo
vice-chair

Heather is the founder and principal of Renova Consulting Group. She earned her Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Loyola Marymount, and after service as Controller of an import/export company, and Senior Manager in a business process consulting and software development firm, she decided to fulfill her entrepreneurial aspirations. Heather founded Renova Consulting Group in 1999, which has grown to include business consulting, accounting and bookkeeping services. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Westchester since 2000, giving back to the community while exercising her natural leadership skills. As a wife, mother, active Rotarian, and someone committed to continuing education and self-development, Heather’s time is incredibly valuable to her, and WPV is lucky to have her serve as a board member.

Vanessa Galvan-Reddix
secretary

Vanessa’s passion is to help people transform their lives through education and self-empowerment. She is a founder and an administrator at Westchester College of Nursing and Allied Health. She is currently an officer and member of the Westchester Rotary Club. Vanessa takes ongoing theology course to help provided resources to the community to improve understanding of theological, exegetical and practical trends within the life of the 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.

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.

Lee Gardner
member

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.

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.

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.

Alison Whitaker
member

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.

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.

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.

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