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Lanterman’s Board of Directors

Lanterman is a private, non-profit organization under contract with the state of California to provide services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, and we serve a specific geographic area. But we are not a state agency – we are something unique – a local organization governed by a board of directors whose members are individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, community leadersand professionals.

The board’s most important role is the overall governance of the Regional Center and also to make sure that the Center is conducting business in a way that fulfills the promise of the Lanterman Act.

The board of directors has a number of key functions and responsibilities including:

  • Developing policy and service standards
  • Developing our strategic direction and goals including long-range planning
  • Monitoring policy
  • Ensuring the Center complies with its contract
  • Raising public awareness of who we are and what we do
  • Hiring and evaluating the executive director

Board members are responsible for looking at, and balancing the needs of our entire community. They help people understand and support the work of the Center on behalf of our community members with developmental disabilities, and work to improve the service delivery system.

More information about how the board operates and conducts its business is available in the board’s bylaws.
Read the board’s Ninth Restatement of Bylaws.

Board of Directors Training

Board of Directors Training Plan (FY 20-21)
Board of Directors Training Schedule (FY 19-20)

Lanterman Regional Center provides training and support to board members enabling them to aid in adopting policies that positively impact the lives of the people we serve and their families.

Per Welfare & Institutions Code 4622 (g) (1) The regional center shall provide necessary training and support to these board members to facilitate their understanding and participation, including issues relating to linguistic and cultural competency.

Board Welcomes Your Attendance at its Meetings

Anyone in the community is welcome to attend Lanterman’s board of directors meetings. The monthly meeting is conducted on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at Lanterman Regional Center. The meetings are open to the public, and while RSVPing is not required, it is encouraged. Due to security reasons, access to the building requires that all visitors carry a picture ID. Contact Frank Lara in advance at 213.383.1300, x. 4902 or flara@lanterman.org so you can be placed on the list of attendees that is provided to building security the day of the meeting.

2021 Board Meeting Schedule

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - No Meeting
  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6 p.m. (this is the third Wednesday)
  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - No Meeting

View the dates in our calendar

View minutes from past meetings

Parking: Available in the parking structure behind Lanterman on Berendo Avenue. Parking tickets will not be validated. Parking fees are $6.50 prior to 10 a.m. entry, otherwise the rate is $2 for every 15 minutes with a maximum rate of $16 for all day parking. There is metered parking on the street. Watch street signs. Lanterman is 2 blocks west of the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Vermont Station.

Looking for New Talent…with experience

As a mutli-million dollar corporation, Lanterman Regional Center is always interested in recruiting board and committee members who have backgrounds in finance, fundraising, community relations, marketing, public relations, law, personnel and other related areas. Should you or someone you know be interested in volunteering in such a capacity, contact Frank Lara at 213.383.1300, x. 4902 or flara@lanterman.org. Please note, potential board members must live or work in Lanterman's service area to even be eligible to be a board member.

 


 

Meet Lanterman’s Board Members and Advisors

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Gloria Leiva — President

Gloria Leiva has worked and volunteered on behalf of people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. She enjoys mentoring families new to the system and is the parent of a young adult served by the regional center.

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Elizabeth Beltran — First Vice-President

Elizabeth Beltran joined Lanterman's board in July 2017. She is the parent of two young adults served by the Center. She is a Peer Support Partner and active volunteer in the KYRC. She frequently participates in outreach activities and helps other families access services in the community. She is very knowledgeable of the service system and a great mentor.

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Louis Mitchell — Second Vice-President

Louis Mitchell is currently a Director of Corporate Marketing at MUFG Union Bank. Mitchell is fluent in Spanish and has over 20 years of a wide-range of marketing and management experience, including serving as a company spokesperson in both languages. Mitchell has a long history of serving on various boards. Mitchell joined the Lanterman Board in 2005 and has served in many roles including Board President. In his spare time, he is an Argentine Tango dance instructor, enjoys surfing and playing the piano.

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Larry DeBoer — Treasurer

Larry DeBoer brings nearly 40 years of experience in insurance and risk management to Lanterman's board of directors, including 11 years with a national insurance company and the balance with global broker Aon, the second largest global insurance and risk management and insurance brokerage firm. DeBoer, who is now retired from Aon, was the chief administrative officer for their Southern California operations. Read more ...

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Mark Higgins — Secretary

Mark Higgins is the president of Higgins, Marcus and Lovett, Inc., a business valuation firm based in Los Angeles. The firm conducts valuation studies of both publicly and privately held businesses for a variety of purposes, including merger and acquisition, eminent domain, federal estate and gift taxes, income taxes, financial reporting, employee stock ownership plans, and litigation support. Read more ...

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Dina Richman — Immediate Past President

Dina Richman, a 2007 graduate from UCLA School of Law, is a Member with the law firm Cozen O’Connor, where she concentrates her practice in complex insurance coverage matters and litigation. Richman is also the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Los Angeles office. Read more ...

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Al Marsella — Advisor to the Board

Al Marsella, a West Hollywood CPA and business manager, is a founding member of the Los Angeles County Developmental Services Foundation, where he served on the Program Policy Committee.  Read more ...

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Alexander (Alex) Li, M.D.

Alexander (Alex) Li, M.D. joined Lanterman’s board in 2019. He is a practicing physician who is double boarded in internal medicine and pediatrics with an interest in improving access, care transitions and health equity. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of L.A. Care, the nation’s largest public health plan and has been a driving force behind the implementation of electronic health records in public health care. He has also previously served in various positions/departments at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS).

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Ana Villasenor

Ana is now serving her second tenure on the board of directors; she served from 2009-2015 and rejoined the board in July 2017. She also attends the monthly Client Advisory Committee meetings at Lanterman. She lives independently and works in the Glendale area. Ana has lots of friends, enjoys going to church and dancing.

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Anila Guruji

Lanterman Parent and Physician Anila Guruji is the the medical director for West Coast Clinical Laboratories. She has also served as medical director and chair of several committees at two local hospitals. Read more ...

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Anthony Brouwer

Anthony Brouwer joined Lanterman's board in 2021and brings a passion for helping other clients work towards and achieve their goals and dreams. A graduate of Glendale Community College, Anthony also has his IT/computer tech cert, and after working for a short time as a package handler at FedEx, he now works as a postal carrier for USPS in Pasadena. He lives independently in Pasadena and enjoys batting practice after work, hiking on the weekends, keeping up with LA's sports teams and loves visiting museums.

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Brigitte Sroujieh

Brigitte Sroujieh is passionate about helping others navigate the world of special needs. She co-leads the “Parents Collaborate Support Group” at the Koch-Young Resource Center. She is a LEND graduate, family support discipline. She served on the executive board of Foothill Autism Alliance for many years. She is a Registered Nurse and manages a medical practice. She has an awesome young adult son, Adam who has Down syndrome. Adam is a joy and a blessing to his family. Because of him, Brigitte has grown in all aspects of her life. She has the privilege of meeting wonderful people and families that otherwise she would not have had the pleasure to meet or forge friendships with. Her journey in the special needs’ world although hard at times, has been very rewarding to her.

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Danielle Dejean

Danielle Dejean is a young adult who receives services from the Center. She is a member of the Client Advisory Committee and attended the Lanterman Leadership Institute. She sees joining the board as another way to contribute. She is creative and enjoys music, film and dance.

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Jaehong Rhee

Jaehong Rhee was elected to Lanterman's board in July 2017. She is a longtime volunteer with Lanterman, including participating in the Korean Support Group and serving as a Peer Support Partner. She is the parent of a young adult served by the Center. She enjoys gardening and helping others.

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Kimberly Isaac

Kimberly Isaac, MSW, is a residential service provider in the Lanterman Regional Center catchment area. She joined the Lanterman Board in November 2016 and currently serves as the president of the Service Provider Advocacy Committee.  Read more ...

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Yudy Mazariegos

Yudy was elected to Lanterman's board in February 2016. She is a long time volunteer with Lanterman, including serving on the Programs and Services Committee and as a Peer Support Partner. She is the parent of a young adult with autism served by the Center.