Ron Alling, Diane Bisbee, Dr. Deanna Brothers, Dr. Bob Cliff,Paul Camacho, Kerry David, Jeff DeFranco, Ryan Forvilly, Adele Lucas, Jeff Tillman, Joe Tillson, Jan Smith, Gina Niceforo, Robert Novasel, Leon Malmed, Kindred Murillo
A message from the Foundation Board President, Bob Novasel:
It has been an honor serving the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation as president for the last few years. With the leadership position at the college now stabilized, the interaction between the students, faculty, staff and Foundation Board seems to be greatly improving. The Foundation's goals are to provide as many benefits as possible and we look forward to promoting the Foundation and college in an effort to develop future success.
Meet our Board:
Ron Alling is active in the Douglas County Sheriff's Advisory Council, Douglas County Community Foundation, and Raymond H. Berner Educational Trust. Ron also has past affiliations with the Douglas County Educational Foundation and Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce. Ron joined the Foundation in 2004 and carries his organizational talents to the board. He also enjoys athletics, finance and investment, art, and being involved in scholarships among others.
Diane Bisbee has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1975 and a retired High School guidance counselor. She is a wife, a mother of four, and a grandmother of five. Diane is passionate about inspiring students and encouraging students, she loves the outdoors, photography, and her family and friends.
Deanna Brothers, DDS, has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1969. Dr. Brothers is an LTCC alumni, graduating with an AA degree in Social Science; she studied biology at California State Sacramento and 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 active in the community and enjoys being involved in the educational success of Tahoe.
Paul Camachohas an Associate Degree in Risk Management and is a Registered Professional Adjuster. Mr. Camacho is an independent insurance adjuster, and the former president of the Nevada State Claims Association. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Northern Nevada Claims Association and Secretary / Treasurer of the California Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters. Paul is also a member of the St. Joseph Community Land Trust. Mr. Camacho’s children both graduated from Lake Tahoe Community College with Associate Degrees and transferred to California State Universities with a seamless transition.
Bob Cliff, Ph.D., holds his degree in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley where he also taught for four years following graduation, holding memberships in Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering honor society, and Alpha Pi Mu, National Industrial Engineering honor society. He started an operations improvement consulting company that specialized in working with major businesses in the San Francisco area and this company is now over 40 years old. 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. Bob joined the Foundation in 2010 and brings his program and project management, finance, and computer systems skills to the board. He is passionate about higher education both to create meaning in one's personal life, and to create a strong, competitive economy for our future. Kerry S. David has lived in Tahoe for 31 years, and is very active in the community. He is on the Board of Trustees for Lake Tahoe Community College District, the Board of Directors for Tahoe Youth and Family Services, Treasurer of Tahoe Magic, and a member of the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club. "We have a great group of individuals who work well together and are focused on contributing to the needs of the college community," says Kerry.
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 to the college. Jeff earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in higher education administration from the University of Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree at California State University, Chico. Passionate about education, sustainability, and the great outdoors, Jeff and his family are excited to be a part of the South Shore community.
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.
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, the St. Theresa Church, and Soroptimist International. She is a great supporter of all educational events, including athletics and scholarships. After joining the Foundation in 2004, Adele says, her "terms on the Foundation Board of Directors has enabled her to help promote and sustain the various college programs and higher education of South Lake Tahoe in general." In her spare time, Adele enjoys biking (the Death Ride), skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, and water skiing.
Kindred Murillo, Ed.D. is the Superintendent/President for the Lake Tahoe Community College District. She began her 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 Councilmember 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. She completed her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University in 2010. Kindred enjoys hiking, bicycling, and the outdoor activities with her husband, and son.
Robert Irwin Novasel, Foundation Board President, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Tahoe area in 1972. He is on the board of the El Dorado Community Foundation and the Community Athletic Counsel. After joining the Foundation in 2007, Bob says, "So far it has been quite an enlightening experience. It can be rewarding helping students pursue a college education."
Janet Smith has taught Basic Skills English and Creative Writing at LTCC for over 10 years. Before moving to Lake Tahoe, she earned a BA in English and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Minnesota. When she's not teaching, Jan enjoys reading poetry and 19th century novels.
Jeff Tillman is the president of South Tahoe Refuse.