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Anne R. Ornelas

Ornelas_AnneAnne holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University and an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She is an experienced association executive, most  recently as senior director, membership with the American Society on Aging in San Francisco. Previously she was director for membership and study groups with the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and coordinator with the American College of Psychiatrists. She is  a member of the American and California Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and a member  of the advisory board of Oasis for Girls, and former Chair, CalSAE Bay Area Region Council. Anne is an avid runner, occasional photographer, and most recently a home brewer. 

Board of Directors

Andy Amstutz

Andy holds a B.A. degree in Physics from UCLA, and has done graduate level work in Biophysics and Business Administration. His professional experience includes IBM management, ALA Software founder, Businessland, Computerland, and SCC Consulting partner. His community service includes Sleepy Hollow Elementary Parents Club, Orinda Rotary Club, and Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church – Elder and planning leader.

George “Skip” Bradish

Skip holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and additional course work from the Haas School of Business, the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, and the UC Berkeley Lifelong Learning Institute. His professional experience includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, BankAmerica Corporation, and the U.S. Navy.  He brings expertise in technology startup and high growth companies, capital markets, and credit and marketing for a variety of industry segments. His community and volunteer participation includes service on the Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury, UC Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Chair of the Parent Board at the University of San Diego, Moraga Country Club HOA, and several youth sports organizations.

Jim Carlson

Jim holds a B.A degree in Psychology/Business Administration from Humboldt State University. His professional experience includes leadership positions at Seagate Technology, Xyratex, and Altior. In addition, he previously owned and operated an in-home care company based in the East Bay. His community contributions include being the current Sponsorship Chair for the Alzheimer’s Walnut Creek Walk and Volunteer Mentor for the Small Business Administration. He has served the Village as a volunteer on the Outreach and Development committees since 2013.

Peggy Cabaniss

Peggy holds a B.S. in math from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in information science from the University of California at Los Angeles. She worked for 35 years in the investment field as a financial planner and investment advisor and continues to hold the CFP® designation.  She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Before retiring in 2014, Peggy was the co-founder and owner of HC Financial Advisors, Inc., a fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm in Lafayette. Her current community service is primarily focused on serving on the investment and finance committees for the American Association of University Women, the John Muir Land Trust, the Moraga Educational Foundation Endowment, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Additional service includes Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary, the Women’s Initiative for NAPFA, and NAPFA Retirees. She has served as Chair of the National Board of NAPFA, a member and President of the Moraga School Board, and a founding member of the Moraga Educational Foundation.  

Joyce Hawkins, Secretary

Joyce holds an A.B. degree in Mathematics from Vassar College and a secondary teaching credential in math from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has taught and tutored math and was the co-owner of a small business, International Experiences, Inc.  Her community contributions include serving as a Member of the City Council and Mayor of Orinda, Member and President of the Orinda School Board, Co-Chair of the Orinda incorporation campaign and Co-Chair of the Orinda Association Planning Committee.  For the past two years, Joyce has served as chair of the Lamorinda Village Volunteer Committee.  She also has been honored as Orinda's Citizen of the Year.

Don Jenkins, Vice President - Development            
Don holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Financial Planning from American College. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and is the retired past president of Lafayette Square Insurance Services, Inc. His community service includes serving as founding board member on three prior charitable organizations: the Orinda Rotary Endowment, the Lafayette Community Foundation, and the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. He has served as President of the Local chapter of the Charted Life Underwriters Society, the Berkeley Yacht Club, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, the Lafayette Community Foundation, and the Lafayette Square Insurance Service.

Ruth McCahan, Immediate Past President and Founder

Ruth holds a B.A. degree from Duke University.  Her professional experience includes the design and delivery of Organizational Development and training programs at two subsidiaries of Transamerica Corporation. Her community contributions range from serving as chair of the Lafayette Senior Services Commission and serving on the Lafayette Senior Liaison Committee and the Lamorinda Senior Transportation Committee to leading the Lafayette Senior Needs Assessment Task Force, serving on the Lafayette Senior Housing Task Force and the Lafayette Downtown Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, and serving as President of the Lafayette Garden Club and the Lafayette Suburban Junior Women's Club. Ruth initiated the Lamorinda Village Task Force and served as the first President of the Village from 2014 to 2016.

Karen Mendonca

Karen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University, Chico, an M.A. from the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. She has served in executive-level administration and counseling or teaching roles at several California State University campuses and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow. Her community contributions include serving on the Moraga Park and Recreation Commission and service as Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Council Member of the Town of Moraga. In these Town roles, she served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Member of the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority Board, liaison to the Association of Bay Area Governments, delegate to the League of California Cities and the Contra Costa County Mayors' Conference, member of the St. Mary's College Subcommittee, liaison to the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee, and member of the Town's Audit and Finance Committee. Karen currently serves as a member of both the Institutional Research Board at Saint Mary's College and the Moraga Park Foundation Board.


Jack Sweitzer, Treasurer

Jack holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University and a California CPA.  After spending 4 years as an officer in the US Navy, Jack returned to Arthur Andersen & Co. in San Francisco and was promoted to partner in 1984.  His community contribution includes service on the city of Orinda’s Audit Committee and 6 years on the Board of the Senior Golf Association of Northern California.

Jane Tiemann
, President

Jane holds an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. Her professional experience includes service as Executive Director of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, as well as teaching positions at Cornell University and the Executive MBA program at St. Mary’s College. She has served as President and Board member of the Northern California Society of Association Executives and a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.