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.


Carol Kitabayashi
Executive Director

Carol has served as WPV’s Executive Director since April 2012. 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.

Elvy Crane
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 the volunteers to match their schedules with the client 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.

Jee Hyun Lee
Programs/Events and Communications 

Jee previously worked in public radio for over 10 years and is also the producer of the yearly, volunteer driven 10 Hour Bach Marathon at Union Station, which celebrates J.S. Bach’s birthday. Some might say her favorite composer is J.S. Bach. Jee lives in Koreatown with two cats, Sophia and Bonus. Her hobbies include walking in parks and photography.

Benjamin Nguyen
Creative Strategist,
External Affairs and  Program Design

Benjamin received his MSW in Social Welfare with certifications in Geriatric Social Work, and Human Services Management at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is very passionate about improving the health and quality of life in communities, especially for older members and vulnerable populations. Benjamin comes with a decade of specialized training in communications,  community health, and aging services.

 Suzanne Phillips
Director of Philanthropy

Suzanne Phillips has 20 years consulting experience in special events, fundraising and marketing. She is passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors, and enjoys  working with  existing and new WPV partners and volunteers. She spearheaded our iPad drive to assist seniors in connecting with loved ones and is always working hard to plan events to better engage the broader community that is touched by WPV. Suzanne welcomes collaboration! Please feel free to reach out to her directly:


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