Glen Rasmussen, Attorney – Chairman
Glen is a native San Diegan who has lived in La Jolla for about 40 years, near the La Jolla Community Center. He was raised on an orange ranch in Orange County. He is a practicing attorney who is very passionate about integrating the community for the betterment of the quality of life for La Jollans, because the community tends to be divided between the young, middle aged and old, the wealthy and not-so-wealthy, the religions, the long time and shorter-term residents, the able and not-so-able; the active and less active among us. Having a nice, inexpensive place to which people want to go, which can provide varied activities that bring people together socially is a unique opportunity. He is trying to inspire through his efforts more volunteers, members, board members and donors to help create our Community Center, because we have this unique opportunity; because we have this unique place! With all our help, we’ll make it the place that it should be, and those divisions in our Community will be much less. He finds that most people want peace and to enjoy life.
Ruth Yansick – Chief Executive Officer
Ruth is a retired entrepreneur and successful businesswoman living in La Jolla. She worked with venture capitalists doing mergers and acquisitions. Some of her key clients were Oracle, Symantec, Soft Tech Micro systems, Microsoft. Previous to that, she had taught everything from kindergarten to graduate school, and she won the “Teacher of the Year” award in the Chicago Public School Systems. Ruth holds two Master’s Degrees and is currently a Trustee at the La Jolla Town Council.
Ruth has been on the board of the La Jolla Community Center for the last decade. Although volunteerism has always been an important part of her life, her philosophy of service over self was developed during her years as a member of the La Jolla Rotary Club. In 2008 she joined the LJCC Board of Directors and began immersing herself in every facet of the centers operation. From there on out she has played an integral role as CEO of the board in revitalizing the LJCC. Ruth, along with the other board members, has had a vision of creating a haven for seniors in the heart of La Jolla. She has used her entrepreneurial skills to actualize that vision through aiding in the completion of major renovations, fundraising initiatives and marketing development. She sees an ever brighter future for the LJCC and continues to work tirelessly to make the Center a place for seniors to engage in lifelong learning, friendships and wellness.
Ann Elise Ryder, Treasurer
Ann Elise Ryder has more than 20 years’ experience in the Greater San Diego area for several large nonprofits. Her role in the Controller capacity have included such organizations as Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Episcopal Community Services, La Jolla Country Day School and Father Joe’s Villages. Ms. Ryder holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Accounting.
In addition to her professional roles, Ann Elise has served in several volunteer roles on the boards and committees of Serving Seniors (formerly Senior Community Centers), and the YWCA. Currently Ann Elise is a member of the audit committee of Saint Vincent de Paul Villages and a member of the board of directors for The Institute for Brain and Society.
Ann Elise is a longtime resident of Birdrock where she lives with her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Diana and Charlie and her rescue dog Roxy.
Donald C. Hodges, Second VP
Don is a principal with Hodges & Hodges Architects in La Jolla. He is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, and is a past president. He is chairman of the Foundation Board Scholarship Committee and the annual Hope of America program. He received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from MIT. He and his wife Lucy served as Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia after college. Don enjoys tennis, kayaking, sailing, playing guitar, gardening, painting, and building.
Dottie Stanley is a Vice President, Financial Advisor with a major investment bank in La Jolla and she has been a registered financial advisor since 1989. Dottie received her B. S. degree from Rutgers University. She has received recognition for Best Financial Advisor several years in readers’ polls of both the La Jolla Light and La Jolla Village News, and an award from Five Star Professional as one of the best financial advisors in San Diego in 2013. She has served as board member of the YWCA in San Diego, is founder and president of Allied Artists Association of San Diego, co-founder and past president of the La Jolla Charter Chapter of ABWA, past president of the Executive Women’s Council of the University Club, past recipient of the Living Legacy Award of Women’s International Center, San Diego, past board member of St. Germain’s Auxiliary, past president of La Jolla Art Association, past president of Patrons of the Prado, current board member of The Charter 100, and has served on many committees of non-profits in San Diego. She is also an accomplished artist and is currently a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League. She manages the art exhibits at the La Jolla Community Center.
Board of directors for the UCSD Cardiovascular Center and the La Jolla Community Center. Co-founder of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute’s Fishman Fund. Charter 100 Woman of the Year. Planner of many galas. For the last decade or so, Horowitz has been one of San Diego’s busiest philanthropists. Her giving touch and knack for throwing a memorable fundraiser benefits more health, science and child-welfare causes than she can name.
A longtime owner and operator (with husband Sam) of convalescent hospitals and assisted-living facilities, Horowitz got into philanthropy after retiring more than a decade ago. She had started hitting the gala circuit, and then she began making gala-appropriate jewelry using the stones and keepsakes she and Sam had picked up on their many trips abroad. Her hobby took off in an extra-special direction when local charity maven Mary Bradley saw one of Horowitz’s opulent necklaces on a Nordstrom saleswoman and ended up buying 12 pieces. When a slightly abashed Horowitz wondered what she should do with the windfall, Bradley suggested she help start a speakers’ series at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Institute. A few years later, Horowitz and Bradley established the Fishman Fund, which gives yearly awards of $5,000 each to five postdoctoral researchers. The fund is a tribute to the late Dr. William Fishman and his wife, Lillian, who founded the Institute. It it also a reflection of what makes Reena Horowitz run.
James Poirier went to UCSD Revelle’s College and was in the first graduating class in 1968. He was a Chemistry major and also spent a year in Berlin studying science at the Max Planck Institute. He became a high school chemistry teacher and taught at La Jolla High for 25 years, retiring in 2003. He was also hired by the College Board to train A.P. Chemistry teachers on the U.S. West Coast. He is active in the La Jolla community and was the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club president in 2005. He is an active swimmer and swims the Cove 4 times a week at 6:30 a.m. with a group which is called the Dawn Patrol. He is active in the La Jolla Presbyterian Church. For the last years he has also been an active tax preparer with a growing number of clients.
Nancy Walters, Executive Director
Nancy was born and raised in San Diego. She studied Business at San Diego State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.
Although Nancy did not plan on working in the non-profit sector, the idea wasn’t farfetched as she realized the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism at a young age. Throughout high school and college she devoted her extra time to youth athletics and began volunteering as a girls basketball coach at several elementary schools and Montgomery High School, coaching all levels including elementary to high school varsity. While attending SDSU, Nancy worked as a Program Coordinator for the YMCA.
Nancy has spent the last 8 years working for the La Jolla Community Center, 7 of which she has been the Executive Director. Her leadership has been instrumental to the expansion and implementation of new programs, series and annual events. She has established various partnerships with community groups and organizations which has lead to a surge in membership, support and interest in what the community center offers. With the support of the Board of Directors, Nancy has been able to execute the vision there always was for the La Jolla Community Center, for it to be a haven for lifelong learning, wellness and friendship. The center has been renewed and rebranded with a fresh look and vibe, yet it continues to be an asset and of service to adults and seniors in the community of La Jolla and greater San Diego area.
Nancy loves the community of La Jolla, not only for its physical beauty, but for the great intellect and spirit of generosity that flows through the people.
Nancy recently received her certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University and is an enthusiast of continuing education. She spends free time taking courses and seminars with emphasis in management and leadership. She also enjoys painting, visiting art museums, attending live music shows and spending time with loved ones.