President, Mitchell Bailey
Before launching MBailey Advisors, LLC, Mitch worked in higher education for a dozen years, striving to make college more accessible and affordable for students. He served as chief of staff at two well-respected college districts in Ohio and California respectively. His California service included expanding housing opportunities for faculty and staff of his district by developing a new housing complex for employees. He also authored and worked with the district’s legislative delegation to pass through both chambers of the California legislature and get signed by the governor SB 893, which enabled his district to make community college free for local residents.
Mitch is active in the community and currently serves on the board of directors of Chamber San Mateo County and as president of the board of Directors of Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County. He is a graduate of Leadership San Mateo County, has been honored as a “Forty Under 40” awardee by the Dayton Business Journal, and received a commission as a Kentucky Colonel.
Having grown up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, Mitch values the opportunities made available by education. While working full-time, he received an associate degree in communication from Sinclair College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Capital University and a master of public administration (MPA) degree from Wright State University.
Vice President, Monika Lee
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.
Treasurer, Bob Montevaldo
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.
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.
Susan Houston has been a leader in San Mateo County aging services for more than 20 years. Her last position was VP of Older Adult Services with Peninsula Family Service. In this position she developed and oversaw a variety of programs to meet the emerging needs of older adults in the San Mateo County community.
Susan has a BA in both Social Work and Spanish and has completed Master level courses in Counseling Psychology. Susan studied abroad at the University of Granada to perfect her ability to be fluent in Spanish.
Susan has been active in a variety of committees from the Sequoia Hospital Community Advisory Committee, the New Beginning Coalition Steering Committee, The San Mateo County Age Friendly Core Committee, the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Older Adult Advisory Committee and a founding member of the San Mateo County Age Forward Coalition.
Susan has presented at a variety of conferences on older adult issues on topics such as employment services, peer counseling, prevention of hospital readmission.
Susan lives in Burlingame with her husband, a dog and a cat and enjoys yoga, gardening, travel, cooking, and flamenco music. She is happy that her daughter, son in law and new granddaughter live nearby.
Rev. David J. Cowell
David is the executive responsible for the Bay Area Center for Clinical Pastoral Education, and has provided system leadership for the work for the Healthcare Equality Index and other programs aimed at addressing healthcare disparities.
Before joining Dignity Health, David worked as a staff hospice chaplain and manager of Spiritual Care at Pathways Home Health and Hospice. While at Pathways, he was part of a team that presented at the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2016, and has more recently been guest lecturing on healthcare leadership. David received his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and his Mater’s degree in theology and ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He lives in San Francisco with his spouse Peter, a Burn-ICU RN, and their three rescue dogs.
- Betty Brown
- Nancy Cronin
- Lance Reynolds