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Board Members

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Bryan Devore, Chair

 
Bryan Devore is a Realtor and the Direction of the Senior Division for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, he focuses on providing a variety of resources for his clients to help them transition to the next chapters of their lives. He is proud to be serving seniors through his own Senior Savers Foundation and the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing.
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Pam Lewko, Secretary

 
Pam Lewko is one hip nana, wife, mother, friend, lifetime learner, cooking enthusiast, beach lover, team player, community enthusiast, multiple business owner, retired wallflower, and healthy living advocate. Pam is a respected professional, with more than 30 years of being an entrepreneur and running her own businesses. She has built and trained sales teams all over the world. Her innate ability to connect with people quickly, paired with her servant leadership style, has helped her to create dynamic results. Whether Pam is running her business, her home, her volunteer endeavors, she gets things done directly, but with grace. She energetically tackles big goals and doesn't hesitate to reach out to her vast global network for support. Pam's mission is to impact lives joyfully and globally by helping others to realize that they can choose faith over fear every time.

Alison Driessen, RNC, Immediate Past Chair

 
A retired Registered Nurse with a diverse background in hospital administration, home health care, marketing and non profit agency administration. Her extended family lives and has an agricultural business in San Marcos and her grand children attend school there. She has successfully written and managed large grants for both non profit agencies and hospitals.
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Rebecca Steiner, MS Gerontology, Past Program Manager

 

In her earlier education Rebecca earned a degree as a paralegal, working in the legal arena for both state and federal governments.  Seeing firsthand the complex issues of aging when dealing with her own aging parents led to the decision for a career change, getting her Bachelor’s and then her Master of Science in Gerontology.  She has prior experience working in the non-profit field and was instrumental in creating a senior services program for a large local non-profit.  Her education and work experience give her an extremely broad ability and perspective in working with older adults of all socioeconomic groups, genders, and races.  She laid the groundwork for the Foundation’s Information Resource Center as well as being its first program manager.  Rebecca has served as a past board secretary for the Foundation.  She has been a member of the San Marcos Lions club since 2010 and has held the positions of secretary and president.  She loves to read, travel, camp, and do a little gardening. 
 

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Tom Cowan

Tom is a resident of Escondido where he is an active member of the community. Tom attended Rio Hondo Community College and California State University, Los Angeles where he studied Business. In the 70s and 80s he was a board member with the Temple City American Little League and in the 90s he was a Board Member with the East Anaheim American Little League. Tom is the Founder of North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down of and served on the Board from 2016-2019. 

Audrey Kelly

 
A retired Director of Customer Service in the healthcare industry for 45 years with a Business degree in Healthcare. She has been involved in writing military contracts for the Department of Defense for Blue Cross of Washington, Alaska and South Carolina. She lives in San Marcos and has four daughters, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren living in Washington.
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Brenda-Lee Smith 

 
Brenda-Lee Smith empowers the seniors of San Diego by providing personalized choices for in-home placement through Oasis Senior Advisors. Utilizing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in mental health care, and an extensive professional networking system, Brenda-Lee finds the right solutions for sustainable support as care needs evolve. Whether independent or assisted living arrangements are needed, or memory or residential care, her personal relationship with those she serves facilitates life transitions with respect and dignity. Brenda-Lee is a member of several local and national organizations, including the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, San Diego County Council on Aging, Golden Age Interactive Network, Estate Planning Group Network, and the San Diego Dementia Consortium.

Monica Demler

 
Bio to be posted soon.
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Angela McGlasson

Bio to be posted soon.
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Rantell Ramirez

As a real estate agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc., Rantell is passionate about helping Seniors transition from their life-long homes to new communities. She also has a special way of finding new environments for Seniors that would give them a real sense of peace to a familiar place they call, HOME. Since Rantell was a little girl she remembers her mother caring for and providing companionship to seniors who did not have an extended family. The Foundation is an avenue where Rantell finds great reward in being able to lend an ear and share stories, and provide resources to seniors of our community. 
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Carmen Sanchez

Carmen began her career with Right at Home as a Caregiver in 2011. She has worked with many clients through out the Temecula Valley. She enjoyed providing great service and improving their quality of life. She updated staff with client changes in condition and has a passion with helping seniors that are on Hospice, and Memory impairment, Dementia, Alzheimer's disease and physically disabled. In 2017 she was the Caregiver of the year and in July, 2017 she was promoted to Recruiter. Carmen current position is Community Liaison with Right at Home Home Care & Assistance in Temecula Riverside County and North County San Diego.

Staff

Sarah Benson, The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing Executive Director

 
Sarah Benson has more than 24 years of experience in non-profit management, strategic communications and public outreach. She is the past Administrative Director for STAY COOL for Grandkids, a San Diego non-profit focused on environmental work that harnessed the power seniors to create change. Sarah served as the Communications Director for a sustainability think-tank based in Encinitas. Her career includes work at a chamber of commerce, as a marketing manager at North County Transit District and in communications with the University of California, San Diego. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Studio Art from the University of California, San Diego. Sarah and husband Bob live in Carlsbad raising two active boys. She is honored to experience daily satisfaction from helping older adults and is looking forward to aging gracefully, like many of the Foundation's clients.