Team

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.

Lauryn De La Torre
Associate Director
Community Outreach, Communication, and Special Programs

Lauryn studied Sociology at Loyola Marymount University and graduated in 2016.  She volunteered with WPV (Westchester Playa Village) in 2015 while going to school at LMU, now come full circle to employment with WPV where she can live a life of compassion, empathy, and intent, guided by the spirit of volunteerism. Each day she is motivated to create a better world by strengthening communities and empowering others through kindness and the passion to serve, with the hope it will inspire others to do more for one another.

Elvy Crane
Manager
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.

Kathy Kyger
Manager
Special Projects and Operations

Kathy joined WPV as a volunteer when the coronavirus pandemic hit and WPV launched its emergency response program, WPV CARES. She jumped into action to help coordinate the Special Friday Deliveries of CARES packages. In addition to overseeing this popular and important WPV CARES program, Kathy also works on community outreach and manages special operations for the Village. Kathy has 20 years of Project Management experience specifically on the technical side of the Financial Services Industry. She has a degree in both Finance and Sociology from the University of Missouri. She has been a resident of Westchester for 20 years and has fallen in love with WPV’s  Mission.  Prior to finding WPV, she also volunteered with Lenoir Woods Senior Services, The Food Bank, and the Red Cross. She is proud to call herself a crazy cat lady with 3 fur babies.

Benjamin Nguyen
Strategy Consultant

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 organizational development, program design and implementation, communications,  community health, and aging services.

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