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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.

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 Please note, potential board members must live or work in Lanterman's service area to even be eligible to be a board member.

Board Welcomes Your Attendance at its Meetings

Anyone in the community is welcome to attend Lanterman’s board of directors meeting. The monthly meeting is conducted on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at Lanterman Regional Center. Contact Frank Lara in advance at 213.383.1300, x. 4902 or so you can be placed on the list of attendees.



Meet Lanterman’s Board Members and Advisors

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Mark Higgins — President

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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Jack Gilbertson — Vice-President

Jack is both an attorney and a certified public accountant and has over 20 years experience in providing legal, compliance, financial, tax and consulting services to clients in the health industry. He has served on the Lanterman board since June 2013.

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Dina Richman — Treasurer

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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Larry DeBoer — Secretary

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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Louis Mitchell — Immediate Past President

Louis Mitchell is currently a senior marketing strategist with MUFG Union Bank. He has over 25 years of a wide-range of marketing and management experience with several major banks (First Interstate, Wells Fargo and Banco Popular).  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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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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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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Dr. Anthony Stein

Anthony is president of Safety Research Associates. As a small business owner, as well as a parent of a son receiving services from the regional center, he brings many skills to the board of directors. He also has a long history of volunteering for a variety of community organizations and his "get the job done" attitude is much appreciated.

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Elizabeth Beltran

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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Gloria Leiva

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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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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John Poulos

John has recently begun serving a second term as a member of the Lanterman board of directors. As someone who receives services from the regional center, he lives to "give back" and provide his input on regional center business.

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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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Ramona Warfield

Ramona is active with the the Client Advisory Committee and joined the board of directors in July of 2015. She is active in her community and works part-time.

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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.