Denis has more than 15 years experience as a college instructor and nonprofit consultant. He received a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from San Francisco State College.
He currently teaches with Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont) and John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill). His fields are Management, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Conflict Resolution and Employment Law. He consults with many small community nonprofits and provides pro bono services in human resources, strategic planning, board development, and fundraising.
Denis has served on the Millbrae Planning Commission and is currently a Millbrae Elementary School Board Trustee. He also serves on a number of nonprofit Boards, including Ombudsmen Services of San Mateo County and Mid- Peninsula Boys and Girls Club. He is an advisor to the Millbrae Education Foundation, and the Millbrae Community Foundation.
He was the recipient of the Mayor’s 2010 Diversity Award for community service and has also been inducted into the Peninsula Basketball Officials Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was honored as the Millbrae Man of the Year and was recognized as the 2015 Educator of the Year by the Millbrae Lions Club.
Monika Lee joined the board of OSSMC in September. She first came to us in 2009, after she started practicing law in partnership with her husband in San Mateo, where she has lived since 1986. She became a volunteer ombudsman and in her three years learned much about how the system works, and that there is a lot of room for improvement.
Monika has been an attorney for 30 years, primarily representing corporate clients in litigation, often in disputes that involve large sums of money and take years to resolve. She used to work for a large law firm in San Francisco, but for the last six years have practiced in San Mateo in a small firm. Over the years she has also represented various constituencies on a pro bono basis, including women prisoners, tenants, minors and guardians. She is active in the high school mock trial program sponsored by the San Mateo County Bar Association.
Monika grew up in Germany and came to the US in the early 1970s. She did her undergraduate and graduate (Ph.D. Economics) work at the University of Kansas, worked for the government in Washington D.C. for a while, then studied law at UCLA. Monika and her husband have two daughters, one who is finishing her Ph.D. at Stanford and another that has just started graduate school there. They have a small vineyard in the foothills in Calaveras County where they spend their weekends working hard as farmers. She likes to read and to travel, particularly to Europe. Monika takes classes in yoga and Pilates, and tries to keep physically active going for walks and riding her bike.
Joy joined the board in 2012. She has a PHD in Linguistics from Stanford and spent most of her professional career as Software Publications Director at Informix and PeopleSoft. She was a volunteer with OSSMC from 2008 to 2010, and has hands-on experience of county facilities and their residents. She is a former member of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and served previously on the board of Loaves and Fishes in San Jose.
Bob Montevaldo, MBA, BSEE, is currently a program management and business consultant. He worked for many years with Hewlett Packard and Tandem Computers as a program manager. He also serves on the board of the Project Management Institute’s Silicon Valley Chapter and is the chapter’s vice president of Finance.
Cindy Safe is an experienced non profit manager with 10+ years of management, including founding executive director of the Health Van, a neighborhood health careprovider, and Coda Alliance, the end of life care coalition of the Silicon Valley, where she continues as a volunteer board member.She also was program director of older adult support services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County for 2 years managing the county ombudsman services, a nursing home Friendly Visitor Program, and Handicapables, a social program for special needs adults.Cindy is now a government analyst with 4 years at the City of San Jose as a Parks Management Analyst and currently serving as Senior Management Analyst, finance and human resources manager, to the Town of Woodside Town Manager for the past 2 years.
Laura Callagy has a BA in sociology from Santa Clara University and a MA in Gerontology from SFSU. Laura has worked with the elder population for over 20 years in different capacities including the Federal Government and currently as a Care Manager for Sage Eldercare solutions. Laura served on the board for the Disabilities Commission in San Mateo County and actively volunteers at St. Gregory Parish in San Mateo. In her spare time Laura loves to spend time with her husband Mark and her 5 children.
Bob joined the Board in January 2009. He is a former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney now in private practice. His experience includes child support enforcement, welfare fraud and consumer and environmental protection. He has assisted in the formation of non-profit community organizations and provided legal education to schools and low-income groups.
Chet Lexvold is a licensed attorney, currently working as a Research Consultant for LexisNexis. Previously, Chet was in private practice and also was a judicial law clerk, where he gained experience serving as a Guardian and Conservator for elderly citizens and worked on a wide variety of cases, including child protection, criminal cases, and civil litigation. Chet’s professional and personal experiences with elder care prompted him to volunteer for Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County. Chet enjoys continuously learning and staying active, particularly hiking the beautiful trails in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sharmin Nabi is a licensed attorney and has worked in various large health care organizations in health care compliance and privacy. Sharmin is experienced at implementing compliance programs, managing patient complaints and privacy investigations. Sharmin specialized in health law in law school, and her coursework in elder law helped prompt Sharmin to become involved with Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County. Sharmin enjoys learning new things and being exposed to other cultures. She enjoys health and wellness activities such as hiking, biking, and meditation.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University’s College of Business. He has substantial executive leadership experience, with a focus on sales and marketing while leading fast growing technology companies for 25+ years. During this time Jim was consistently recognized for his ability to build strong organizations and dedicated teams that provided their clients high value solutions. Many of his organizations successfully developed from “seed” stage to IPO and/or experienced successful, high value acquisitions.
Six years ago, Jim made a major life decision to spend more of his time serving the community by supporting older adults and their families through some of life’s more difficult transitions. He was designated a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and founded Sesen Elder Care, a practice focused on successful aging by providing elder care education, care management and advocacy and in-home care. Today, Jim also serves as a volunteer and President of the Board for Foster City Village, a non-profit focused on supporting health and wellness for an aging population and enabling seniors to remain in their homes with a high quality of life. During one of his community presentations on successful aging, Jim learned more about OSSMC, an organization he has long admired for their important services and welcomed the opportunity to help, believing doing so was a natural extension of his passion for improving the quality of care for older adults in life transitions.
Jim is married with 4 adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family and friends, in addition to experiencing the natural beauty of the Bay Area with any activity that allows him to be outdoors.
Betty Brown, Nancy Cronin, Lance Reynolds