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Our name has changed but what and who we are has not. We are the same community-based non-profit of "neighbors helping neighbors" and our mission, values, and program remain unchanged.
We've just expanded into adjacent areas because of the need for our valuable services.
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Board of Directors

 
 
Freddi Segal-Gidan
Freddi Segal-Gidan

Co-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.
Alison Whitaker
Alison Whitaker

Co-chair
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. She heads up WPV’s Advisory Committee and supports WPV operations in a variety of ways.
Carol Kitabayashi
Carol Kitabayashi

Executive Director
Carol Kitabayashi has been Executive Director of WPV since May of 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.
Lee Gardner
Lee Gardner

Secretary
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.
Ed Rodriguez
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
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.
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Clarence Griffin
Clarence Griffin

Member
Clarence Griffin, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Moments of Focus LLC., is a founding member of WPV. He earned his M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and his B.A. from Pitzer College. He is an active member of the Westchester YMCA Board of Managers and has served on the boards of several non-profit and professional organizations including: Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council, LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, Millennium Momentum Foundation, and Westchester Parks Advisory Board. Clarence has a rich history having worked for: Loyola Marymount University, California State Assembly, Sacramento County Office of Education, Pitzer College’s Zimbabwe program.
 
Tristan McManaman

Member
Senior Partner at the 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. 
Tia Otten
Tia Otten

Member
Tia is a long time resident of Playa Del Rey, having moved there after graduating from Oregon State University. She is a recent retiree from a major defense contractor where she was a Senior Manager in Engineering. She has strong program and project management experience and her expertise has been instrumental in helping to grow our organization. Tia is a former member of Westchester Rotary Club, a member of the Westchester Family YMCA Board of Managers, and is a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization.

 Morris (Morrey) Plotkin
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. Although recently retired from the Board, he continues to be committed to the successes of WPV, recruiting new members and supporting fundraising efforts.
 Pat Brubaker
Pat Brubaker

Founder of Westchester Playa Village
 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.