Foundation Board of Directors
A message from Bob Novasel, Board President
It has been an honor serving the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation as president for the last few years. With the leadership at the college now stabilized, the interaction between the students, faculty, staff and Foundation Board is greatly improving. The Foundation's goal is to provide as many benefits as possible for our students and faculty, and we look forward to working with the college to achieve future success.
2016/17 Foundation Executive Committee Members
Ron Alling, Dr. Bob Cliff, Kerry David, Jeff DeFranco, Leon Malmed, Roberta Mason, Kindred Murillo, Ed.D., Bob Novasel and Joe Tillson.
Board of Directors
Ron Alling, Elected June 2004
Ron Alling, attorney with Alling & Jillson, Ltd., is a very active member of the Lake Tahoe community, serving on numerous boards including the Parasol Community Foundation, Douglas County Sheriff's Advisory Council, and is past president of the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce. Ron also held the position of general counsel for Harveys Casino Resorts (formerly NYSE-HVY) from 1987 to 2001, was a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners from 1985 to 1997 (Chairman, 1994 to 1997) and also was a member of the Nevada Judicial Selection Commission.
Diane Bisbee, Elected January 1999
Diane Bisbee has been a resident of Lake Tahoe since 1975 and is a retired high school guidance counselor. Diane is passionate about inspiring and encouraging students to reach their academic goals.
Deanna Brothers, DDS, Elected June 2010
Dr. Deanna Brothers has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1969. Dr. Brothers is an LTCC alumna, graduating with an AA degree in Social Science. She studied biology at California State Sacramento and later received her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Brothers has a general dentistry practice in South Lake Tahoe and is an active community member who enjoys being involved in the educational success of Lake Tahoe.
Bob Cliff, Ph.D., Elected October 2010 Dr. Cliff holds his degree in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley where he also taught for four years following graduation. Bob is a member of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, and Alpha Pi Mu, National Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Now a retired CEO, Bob started an operations improvement consulting company that specialized in working with major businesses in the San Francisco area. Bob has been a full-time South Lake Tahoe resident since 2009 and is also a member of the South Lake Tahoe Yacht Club, the Wind Jammers Yacht Club, and volunteers for the Lake Tahoe Marathon.
Kerry S. David, Elected June 1995
As the founding principal of David & Johnson, Ltd., Kerry's enthusiasm for people is evident through his long-lasting client relationships and passion for problem solving. Kerry specializes in providing tax planning services for individuals, corporations and estates. He also enjoys providing management advisory services to his diverse client base. Kerry is a community services advocate. He has served as a trustee for the Lake Tahoe Community College since 1992 and also currently serves as a trustee for the Douglas County Community Foundation and is treasurer of Tahoe Magic, Inc. Kerry has served as a trustee of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, treasurer of the Anita Vieites Educational Foundation, treasurer of Tahoe Youth and Family Services, and member of the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club.
Jeff DeFranco is the Vice President of Administrative Services at Lake Tahoe Community College, and serves as the treasurer of the LTCC Foundation Board of Directors. Jeff brings a wealth of previous experience with school foundations and educational institutions. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico and earned his Masters degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oregon.
Tyler was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, he then moved away to attend college and received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his J.D. from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After a decade away from home, Tyler returned to Lake Tahoe with the goal of providing comprehensive estate planning, trust administration and probate services. The planning practice covers a broad spectrum of families and does foundational estate planning to wealth transfer to charitable planned giving and the firm also provides probate and trust administration and trustees.
Ryan Forvilly, Elected May 2006
Ryan Forvilly is the CEO of Bleu Wave Cruises and H2O Sports, LLC. He is an active local business leader on the South Shore and part of Northern Nevada's Young Entrepreneurs Club. He is an active youth coach and participates in many youth programs on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Brenda Knox, Elected June 2016 Brenda joined Waddell & Reed, a financial planning and asset management firm, in March 2014. She holds series 7 and series 66 licenses. She is licensed in three states and licensed to provide life insurance, annuities, and long-term care policies. Brenda’s experience prior to Waddell & Reed, included five years as a real estate agent, and 20 years owning and managing a contract security firm in San Jose, CA. Brenda graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in political science, and also earned her Masters in Business Administration. Brenda has lived full-time in South Lake Tahoe since 2010.
Adele Lucas, Elected May 2002
Adele Lucas was born in Burbank, CA and moved to the Tahoe area 37 years ago. She is active in the South Tahoe Association of Realtors, St. Theresa's Church, and a member of Soroptimist International. Adele is a great supporter of all educational events, including athletics and scholarships. Adele is proud of the work she and her fellow board members have achieved to promote and sustain the various college programs and higher education options in South Lake.
Leon Malmed, Elected March 2013 Leon Malmed is a published author and retired senior vice president of worldwide marketing and sales of SanDisk Corporation. Leon holds his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Paris and completed the AEA Executive Programs for management of High Technology companies from both the University of California at Los Angeles and Stanford Business School. Leon has also served as a board member for a number of high tech companies.
Roberta L. Mason, Elected March 2015
Roberta recently retired after serving 40 years as a trustee of Lake Tahoe Community College and was one of a small group of citizens who laid the groundwork for the college in 1964. Roberta has served on many education-related committees and councils, and also volunteers for the Soroptimist International and the American Association of University Women. After five decades of hard work on behalf of the college and its students, the board of trustees voted to rename the LTCC Library in Roberta's honor. Roberta is truly the ‘mother' of LTCC and has contributed the most to the creation, success, and growth of the college. Over the years, Roberta is pretty much guaranteed to be in attendance for every college function.
Kindred Murillo, Ed.D., Elected July 2011
Dr. Murillo is the Superintendent/President of the Lake Tahoe Community College District. Kindred began her career in higher education in 1996 when she was hired as a part-time faculty member at the Desert Community College District. She has also held public office as the mayor and council member for the Town of Yucca Valley, and then became a field representative from the Third District Supervisor in San Bernardino County. Kindred is a product of the community college system, graduating from Barstow Community College with a liberal arts degree. She went on to complete her B.S. in business administration at Redlands University, and her M.S. in Organization Development at Pepperdine University. Kindred completed her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University in 2010.
Dr. Walter Morris, Ph.D., Faculty Representative, September 2014
Dr. Morris received his Ph.D. in physical education and health from the University of New Mexico in 2004. Walter is a member of the design team who led the set-up of the Physical Education Building at LTCC and has developed and taught many courses including exercise physiology, sports nutrition, exercise program design, basketball, and plyometrics. Walter previously played NCAA Division III basketball and continues to compete as a professional triathlete.
Robert Irwin Novasel, Foundation Board President, Elected October 2006
Robert "Bob" Novasel was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Tahoe area in 1972. Bob is on the board of the El Dorado Community Foundation. Bob is a licensed California real estate broker with over 41 years of experience in loan servicing, loan origination and real estate sales. Bob co-founded Novasel & Schwarte Investments, Inc. in 1978, and was the co-founder and Vice-President of Tahoe Loan Servicing, Inc., a California corporation. Bob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Wisconsin in 1970.
Jamie Orr, Ph.D., Elected March 2015
Jamie Orr is a co-founder of Tahoe Mountain Lab and is an avid science educator. She received her B.S. in Physics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from University of California, Davis. Jamie has developed research and curricular programs in renewable energy technology, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, and 3D printing. Jamie also holds research privileges at NASA Ames Research Center and served on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Silicon Valley and as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Energy Committee.
Georgillis Ortega, Elected March 2015
Georgillis Ortega is a long-time LTCC staff member who enjoys working with the English as a Second Language classes and has taught many classes while also working in the Finance Department at LTCC.
Jeff Tillman, Elected September 2004
Jeff Tillman moved with his family to South Lake Tahoe in 1962 as a four-year old, to do his part for the family business, South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling. Jeff's work ethic and sense of community pride started to take shape at the young age of five, when he started going out on the refuse trucks after school. By watching his family get involved helping the community, the seeds were in place for Jeff to do the same. Jeff graduated with a B.S. in Business, and is the President and co-owner of the South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling. He also serves on the Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe in addition to various youth sport organizations.
Joe Tillson, Elected October 1995
Joe Tillson received his law degree from Lincoln University and has practiced law for over 40 years, specializing in estate planning, trust and probate law. Joe also serves as the president of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation which supports a variety of preservation, restoration and educational projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin.