The Board of Directors, as the governing body of Tahoe SAFE Alliance, determines the organization’s mission and purpose, assists with developing policies and procedures, and provides proper financial oversight. They accomplish this by reviewing and evaluating the annual long-term budgets and finances to ascertain that the organization’s funds are managed and expended in a fiscally sound manner while ensuring Tahoe SAFE Alliance has adequate resources.
The board plays a vital role in setting fundraising goals and then engaging in fundraising activities to identify, cultivate and solicit funding sources to support operations and programs.
The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical integrity. They also select and support the Executive Director and define their responsibilities.
Tahoe SAFE Alliance Board of Directors for 2012-2013:
A local resident and Real Estate Advisor, she has witnessed the affects of abuse firsthand many times over, which has had a profound effect on her view of the world. Those experiences prompted Heather to join Tahoe SAFE Alliance in 2003 as a volunteer, mostly working the fundraising events. Seeing what an incredible organization Tahoe SAFE Alliance was, and hoping to make an even greater impact on the community, Heather became a member of the Board in 2005 and is currently serving as President. Heather believes that all children deserve a home with peace and love and will continue to work tirelessly until that goal is achieved.
Sean joined the Board in May 2010, and is currently serving as Vice President. He recently re-located to the Tahoe Basin after 27 years in Southern California. Sean is originally from New York where he attended Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, and then Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After 20 years in the financial services sector, both in the mortgage and insurance industries, in 1998 Sean turned his attention to the non-profit world. Sean is currently the Development Director for Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village. Prior to arriving at Lake Tahoe School, Sean was the Donor Relations Director for the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, and also served as the Executive Director of the Ventura County Junior Golf Association and The First Tee Ventura County. Sean is the father of a young son, Sawyer; they love living in Tahoe, enjoying golf, boating and the great outdoors together.
Daren is a Certified Public Accountant performing tax, financial, and audit services for for-profit and not-for-profit entities alike since the turn of the century. During his years of public practice, Daren has worked on improving internal financial control environments, reporting and budgeting, and taxation analysis. He has served as the Treasurer for Tahoe SAFE Alliance since 2008. He is currently the principal of his private firm, Daren M. McDonald, CPA.
Dianne Miller, Secretary
Dianne has lived at North Lake Tahoe for the past forty years where she raised five children and has owned several businesses. Having witnessed abuse in her own life, she is acutely aware of the positive and effective outcomes that Tahoe SAFE Alliance produces in the local community. After volunteering for many years with Tahoe SAFE Alliance and now serving as a board member, Dianne looks forward to helping create a supportive environment for those in need.
Dina moved to North Tahoe from Florida where she was active in Foster Care issues facing South Florida. Now a full time resident in Incline Village for over 4 years and a Nevada State Delegate, Dina is active in several community projects and volunteers at The Pet Network, Read To Succeed, Disabled Sports and Golf Fore Education among others. Dina recently said that she wanted to find an organization that she could totally get behind and know she was making a difference locally; Tahoe SAFE Alliance has filled that role. Having worked and recruited nationally for top Fortune 500 companies, she knows the difficulty in finding and retaining top tier talent. She is impressed with the staff and board’s participation and dedication here at Tahoe SAFE Alliance, as well as the focus, each and every individual involved in Tahoe SAFE Alliance shows.
Brian Gonsalves joined the board in November 2010. He is an attorney in Kings Beach, CA practicing primarily in the areas of real estate, civil litigation, and business services. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and his law degree from the University of Hawaii School of Law in 2005. While in law school, he earned a CALI Award in Real Estate Development and Finance, the Ruddy F. Tong Memorial Award, and a grant from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Brian has volunteered with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and is currently on the board of the Young Lawyers Section of the Nevada State Bar. He is a member of the Nevada State Bar Annual Meeting Planning Committee and a member of the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in Nevada and California. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gonsalves worked in the field of commercial finance.
Captain Rob Leftwich is a 17 -year police veteran who currently is in charge of the Operations Division with the Truckee Police Department. Captain Leftwich spent the majority of his career at the Santa Rosa Police Department. He has extensive experience in investigations and has served as a Task Force Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration and California Department of Justice. Captain Leftwich lives in Truckee with his wife, Maria, and his 8-year-old son Parker.
Captain Leftwich is actively involved in the North Lake Tahoe community. He currently sits on the community advisory team for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District in addition to his work with Tahoe SAFE Alliance. He has served on several boards and advisory teams for non-profits and is passionate about proactively involving law enforcement in any solution which addresses family violence.
Rodger S. Agre, M.D.
Rodger has a psychiatric practice in Incline Village, NV. He joined the Board of Directors in May 2012 to help support the community in which he lives. He brings almost 50 years psychiatrist experience, which he hopes will provide understanding of the impact that stress has on individual’s lives. He believes the opportunity to be part of a team that assists individuals who are having difficulty in their lives is one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have. As one of the newest board members, Rodger looks forward to the rewards that come from being a member of a group of people who are so dedicated to this important cause.
Linda Brinkley, Ph.D.
Linda has had a long-standing interest in issues affecting the health and well being of families. She has served on the boards of several non-profits focusing on these causes in the communities in which she has lived over the course of her professional life as a professor and administrator at several universities across the country.
Now, as a resident of the North Tahoe area, she joined the board to provide support to the impressive, dedicated staff and volunteers of Tahoe SAFE Alliance and to be part of the effort to stop family violence in our area. She believes that community involvement not only improves the quality of life for those we serve, but immeasurably enhances the life of the volunteers.
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