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Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging

Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging is a not-for-profit corporation providing community service to seniors in Contra Costa County since 1975. Founded by a group of community leaders including Dean S. Lesher, former publisher of the Contra Costa Times, and Katharine M. Grant, a social worker, the Foundation is committed to providing vital services to aging persons who are at risk because they are alone, isolated, pressed by financial problems, or are confused. The focus of our organization is to prevent inappropriate institutionalization of elders by providing the necessary support to maintain them in the community. Comprised of dedicated professionals and volunteers, we enable older adults to live with as much independence and freedom as possible.

 

Board of Directors

Joe Bettencourt
Chairman

 

Owner of Interim, a healthcare staffing agency located in Contra Costa County, is on the advisory committee for the Social and Health Agencies Resource Exchange, board member of the Adult Day Network of Contra Costa County, Committee member of Senior Summit, weekly radio show host of Senior Care Connections.

 

(DVFA Board Member Since 2009)

Gary P Snyder
Vice Chairman

 

Stanford, Hastings law Educated. Former U.S Air force JAG Captain. Civilian career began with Lillick, McHose & Charles, San Francisco CA. Admiralty, personal injury defense, Business and regulatory work. Followed by a 30yrs partnership at Kully&Snyder Walnut Creek Personal injury litigation, Criminal law, workers comp, business and probate. From 2007 to present Gary has been a sole practioner in W.C. Primarily Estate and trust law.

 

Non-profit volunteer work includes B.S.A. Mt diablo Silverado council as cubmaster, scoutmaster and commissioner. 30 year Board member, Family Stress Center, and STAND! For families free of Violence Concord, CA.

 

(DVFA Board Member since 2007)

Barbara Pennington
Treasurer

 

Barbara retired from Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. after 25 years in financial services management. She has been a governing board member of the Walnut Creek School District since 2002 as well as a former president of the Walnut Creek Education Foundation and has been an advisory member of that organization since 2003. A former Financial Secretary for Grace Presbyterian Church, Barbara has served as chair of its Endowments, Bequests, and Investments Committee. Barbara Obtained her degree from Northeastern Illinois University.

 

(DVFA Board Member since 2011)

Barbara Rothway
Secretary

 

Barbara is a CPA with a BS from Milligan College, Tennessee, and a MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

 

Barbara retired after working 40 years in the accounting and auditing fields for both private industry and the Federal government. She has been a volunteer at DVFA since 2009 helping with the Bill Payer and Representative Payee Programs.  She enjoys helping the Money Managers and working with Oversight Committee performing quarterly reviews of the various accounts.  She is also a volunteer with the AARP Tax-Aide program preparing tax returns for seniors.

 

(DVFA Board member since 2013)

Mia L. Bennet

 

Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University, her Master of Science, Gerontology, and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern California.

 

Mia is the Life Management Services Advisory Specialist for the Northern California and Northern Nevada region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Mia works within the Investment and Fiduciary Services and Specialized Wealth Services teams.

 

Mia has worked as a geriatric social worker at various social service agencies for 6 years throughout the state of California. She specialized in working with older adults to support their needs using a biological, psychological and social model.

 

Mia is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), American Society on Aging (ASA), and Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

 

Part time lecturer for The School of Social Work at USC, teaching courses related to social work practice and older adults, a volunteer crisis counselor for The Crisis Text Line,

 

(DVFA Board Member since 2017)

Charles Koeber

 

Joined DVFA as a volunteer in the representative-payee program in 2006.  He became a board member in 2010 and serves on the Executive, Oversight, Personnel, Nominating and Fundraising Committees.  He has served as President of the Board.

 

Koeber graduated from the US Naval Academy and later received an MS degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate and an MBA from UC Berkeley.  He served as a Naval Aviator and Naval Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer during his naval career.

 

After retirement from the Navy he held management positions in Financial Services and Environmental Services Companies. As a private consultant he worked with school districts establishing and administering asbestos and hazardous materials management programs. He also did on-site surveillance for asbestos abatement companies.

 

Now fully retired, he volunteers at a local food bank, assists his church with treasury activates, serves as Veterans Chairman for Sir Branch 146, and is the scholarship committee chairman for the Contra Costa Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.

 

(Board Member Since 2010)

Tom Robinson

 

Born in Port Jefferson, NY. Graduated with a degree in Chemistry from St. Michael's College in Vermont in 1962. Spent 5 years in the Air Force and in 1968 married my wife, Nancy. Worked with Union Carbide in NY until they moved to Walnut Creek in 1970. Volunteer in many organizations including DVFA, SIRS, Knights of Columbus and Lions.

 

(Board Member Since 2016)

DVFA STAFF

Jeff Patton
Executive Director

 

Jeff is a strategic, analytical thinker with a unique background in trust administration, finance, accounting, project management, and spent 25 years in the banking industry. Jeff has his MBA-IM from Thunderbird School of Global Management, is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, and volunteers to assist special needs children at a local church. He also provided money management services to seniors in need through the volunteer program here at DVFA prior to becoming Executive director.

Marie Lichauco
Volunteer Program Coordinator

 

Brought up in So. Calif. educated at Stanford. Traveled the world, enjoys good food and wine, current films and extensive reading while treasuring visits with friends and Family.

 

(DVFA since 2005)

Lori Carson
Care Manager

 

RN, born Bismarck N.D., Operated plastic surgery recovery house in Lafayette, 4years hospice of east bay volunteer. Enjoys visits with her children, and antiques.

 

(DVFA since 2014)

JD Lowe
Care Manager/Valley Oak Program Manager

 

Born in North Carolina, Graduated from University of North Carolina Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Studied psychology for two years. Five years former work with developmentally delayed Adults.

 

(DVFA Since 2016)

Becky Anderson
Accounting Manager

 

Becky is the Accounting Manager for DVFA. Although she does not interact directly with clients, she knows many of their stories.  She enjoys managing the cash flow and budget to ensure that DVFA remains a sound business for many years into the future.

 

(DVFA since 2005)

Mary LaDuke
Money Manager /Care Manager

 

Retired from Alaska Airlines in 2012 after 30 years of service also a Volunteer Emergency Medical CARE team employee. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). She is also CPR and ASIH Basic First Aid Certified.

 

(DVFA since 2014)

Patty Rodgers
Money Manager

 

Former non-profit employee for10 years as administration assistant then bill pay coordinator for client list of 40 disabled adults.

 

(DVFA since 2012)

Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging is a not-for-profit corporation providing community service to seniors in Contra Costa County since 1975.

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