Leadership Team

The men and women who lead The Council on Aging – Southern California on the board of directors and our executive team are dedicated individuals from a variety of backgrounds – all dedicated to helping older and disabled adults retain their dignity and quality of life.

Lisa Wright Jenkins
President and CEO

Lisa Wright Jenkins’ career spans 25 years in the private sector where she was responsible for leading global teams that built multi-million dollar businesses in the printing, technology and chemical industries. Possessing a life-long passion of giving back to the community, Lisa joined the Council on Aging – Southern California as their President and CEO in 2012. In her role, she drives the Council’s mission of promoting the independence, health and dignity of older adults through compassion, education and advocacy. Lisa holds a B.S. in Marketing from The Ohio State University and is active in several volunteer organizations including the Girl Scouts of Orange County and Holt International.

Libby Anderson
Ombudsman Program Director, Orange County

Libby Anderson came to the Council as an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois, where she was in private practice for 19 years prior to moving to California. Her practice areas included estate planning, planning for disability, guardianships for disabled adults and elder law. Prior to becoming the Director for the Ombudsman Program, Libby joined the Ombudsman Program as a volunteer in 2011 and then was hired by the Program to serve as a Regional Coordinator in 2014. Libby received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law.

Jamie Cansler
Director of Development and Community Outreach

Jamie Cansler joined the Council with over 30 years of experience in business and non-profit management and has supported the success and growth of each organization she has worked with. As the Council on Aging’s Director of Development and Community Outreach, Ms. Cansler is responsible for implementing development strategies to increase financial support from key individuals, foundations, and corporate donors. Ms. Cansler attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she majored in behavioral science.

Linda Cardoza
HICAP Program Manager, Orange County
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program

Linda Cardoza manages the Orange County Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), which provides no cost, unbiased Medicare counseling, assistance, and education to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. Linda began her tenure with HICAP in 2011 as a volunteer counselor and has served as Program Manager since 2017. Previously, she spent a career in the private sector and has served in volunteer roles as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and leader with the AARP TaxAide Program. Linda holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino and an MBA in Finance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Marilyn Fedorow
Program Director, Concierge Care Navigator

Marilyn Fedorow has over a decade of experience as a professional in the aging services field. Since joining the Council on Aging in 2010 she has held positions as a Medicare Counselor, Friendly Visitor and Editor-in-Chief for the Answers Guide a publication with a reach of over 70,000. Marilyn is a board member of the North OC Senior Collaborative, member of the Senior OC Citizen Advisory Committee and a member of the OC Aging Services Collaborative. Her experience and understanding of senior care issues is extensive making her the perfect fit to head our Concierge Care Navigator designed to support independence, well-being and peace of mind for Orange County’s growing senior population.

Carolina Gutierrez-Richau, MA
Director of the Preventative Mental Health Department

Carolina Gutiérrez-Richau has 20 years of experience in developing, managing and growing non-profit and public programs locally and abroad. She joined the Council on Aging in 2005 after successfully managing two workforce investment programs at non-profit organizations and a prevention program for the Orange County Department of Education. Ms. Gutiérrez-Richau currently spearheads the Friendly Visitor Program and the ReConnect Early Intervention Services for Older Adults Program. She holds a Social Sciences Master’s Degree, and certifications in Mental Health, Volunteer Management, Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention.

Dimitri Lara
HICAP Program Manager, San Bernardino County

Dimitri Lara joined the Council in 2016 as a volunteer for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), a program that provides unbiased Medicare counseling and services at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. Dimitri became an employee for the Council in 2017 as the HICAP Operations Front Office Staff Counselor. In March 2019, Dimitri was promoted as the HICAP Operations Coordinator. In September 2019, Dimitri was promoted once more as the HICAP Program Manager of San Bernardino County. Before joining the Council, Dimitri has worked in local government and the health care industry. He possesses over ten years of experience in client advocacy, process improvement, and project coordination. Outside of the Council, Dimitri is involved in his community and currently serves as the Client Casework Supervisor for the American Red Cross. Dimitri holds a B.S. in Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Kelli Jean Morris, JD, LLM
Director Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST)

Kelli Morris started her career in public service as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC). She assisted Orange County residents with self-representation in Family Law and Small Claims matters and health insurance and government benefits issues and appeals through LASOC’s Health Consumer Action Center. Prior to joining the Council on Aging in 2015, Kelli held a number of executive positions related to health benefits as well as financial planning for individuals and businesses. In addition to current duties, Kelli serves as a Social Security Disability Appeals Attorney throughout Southern California. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from USC in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Genetics, a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Concord Law School as well as a Masters of Law (LLM) degree from Concord Law School in Small Business Law.

Tamiko Perry
HICAP Program Manager, Riverside County

Tamiko Perry is the Riverside Program Manager for the Inland Empire Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), serving Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties. Tamiko has been with HICAP for nine years serving in various administrative, operations, outreach, and volunteer staff support positions. Her leadership and Medicare knowledge helped the Inland Empire HICAP grow and develop into a well-functioning establishment. Before working with HICAP, Mrs. Perry worked with adolescence in Riverside County, teaching Safer Choices, a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Inland Agency. For 11 years, her work involved understanding the causes and challenges youth face, promoting adolescent health, and reducing teen birth rates for middle school and high school students. Tamiko brings 18 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, giving her an understanding and deep appreciation for how non-profits seek to improve the quality of life for others.

Valerie Usher
Chief Financial Officer

As the CFO, Valerie Usher oversees the organization's day-to-day financial, human resource, information technology, and administrative operations. Ms. Usher comes to us with over twenty-three years of charitable business experience. Prior to joining the Council on Aging-Southern California, Ms. Usher served as Vice President of Finance and Business Operations for the Ayn Rand Institute and a number of non-profits in the DC area. Ms. Usher has a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Our Board


Daryl YeeLitt, Chair
Retired
Aerospace Sales & Marketing Executive


Dan Holtz, Vice Chair
Principal
Sovereign Lending Group, Inc.


Ken Cornelison, Secretary
Retired
Human Resources Professional


Madhu Vijay, Treasurer
Executive Vice-President/CFO
Aviation Capital Group


Jason Amansec
Tax Service Analyst
Ceridian


Daron Amick
Director, Strategic Accounts
Integer Holdings


Harry M. Barth
Attorney at Law, Founding and Managing Partner
Barth Calderon, LLP


Karen Clark
Retired Partner
Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher LLP


Veronica Gray
Partner
Nossaman LLP


Howard Greenbaum
Account Manager - Market Access
Relypsa Pharmaceuticals


Donna Green
Executive VP - Human Resources
NextGen


Antonios Grigoriou
President & CEO
SDC Technologies, Inc.


Kaaren Hall
President & CEO
UDirect IRA Services


Linda Hughes
President, Vistage Chair
Hughes & Associates, Inc.


Pamela Jung
CEO & Founder
Workforce Solutions Group


Phong Luu
Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Covington Capital Management


Dr. Gwyn Parry, M.D.
Consultant
HOAG Hospital Community Benefit Program


Frederic A. Randall
Retired
Corporate Lawyer & Executive


Brian Ruttencutter
President & CEO
BBR Consulting