Board of Directors – Rotary Club of Lafayette

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Matthew Pease Club President

Matt Pease is retired after 35 years in the high technology industry working for companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, AT&T and others. He is currently the President of Lafayette Rotary and was formally on the Advisory Board of Salvation Army of Alameda County. He lives in Lafayette with his wife Leslie and has three grown children and two granddaughters who live in the northern California area.

Buddy Brodwin International Service Director

After a 35 year career in Dentistry, I’m spending my retirement pursuing creative metal work in the form of Kinetic Sculptures, taking OLLI Berkeley adult ed classes, enjoying long walks with my wife, Roni, bike rides on the S.F.BayTrail and being a Rotarian in the Lafayette Rotary Club. Lafayette is a fantastic city with a true sense of community and belonging!

Tom O’Sullivan Treasurer

Tom is a CPA with his own practice in Concord, CA.

Don Anderson Community Service

Don is a retired attorney and lives in Lafayette, CA.

Robert Shusta Executive Secretary

Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, Associate of Arts Degree in Engineering. Retired law enforcement officer.

Norma Evans Past President

Norma Evans moved to Lafayette 30 years ago via San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Morocco, England, Switzerland, France and Oakland. I’m addicted to volunteering for my community, including Happy Valley School (Parent’s Club President), Stanley Middle School (Measure B Bond Issue Co-Chair) and Acalanes High School (Class Liaison and Sue Stauffer award winner), Lafayette Chamber (Ambassador) and Lafayette Rotary Club (Past President). I was recognized as Lafayette Citizen of the Year in 2000 for my community volunteer service. My husband Bob and I have been together for 45 years. We have one grown son, Nick. Love Lafayette!

Diane M. Barbera Youth Services Director

Recently retired, Branch Manager for Bank of the West. In banking since 1978. Founded California Bank of Commerce. Has served on the Boards of Directors of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, National Charity League, Church of Santa Maria, Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, PTA.

Denise M. Brown Club Services

Commissioner on Crime Prevention Commission City of Lafayette, past Board Member of Little Hands Preschool, San Carlos, Ca, past Board Member St. Perpetua School Parent Association Lafayette, Ca, Girl Scout Leader 6 years, Lafayette resident 20 years, Retired Insurance Sales.

Mary Lou Till Membership Director

Mary Lou Till, Samuel Clemens, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown grew up in Hannibal, Mo., with mid-western values of honesty and hard work as guideposts. In high school, she moved to Naples, FL., and learned there were different cultures beyond the Mississippi River. In 1978, she relocated to Lafayette, CA and joined the real estate community as a broker, in both the sales and financing sectors, and owned and operated an aviation facility, while acquiring her pilot’s license and raising three children. Today, her repertoire includes being an active church member, a bell choir participant, and Lafayette Rotary Club, where she is Membership Director (increasing membership 27%), structuring a charity year of giving beyond all previous years, organizing silent auctions, organizing the Sunshine Club, and President Elect (2020/2021).

Kurt Teichmann Secretary

Kurt Teichmann left his Scarsdale, NY home to get his MBA at Stanford.  He worked at the Crocker National Bank for 13 years and then at small banks.  He reached his peak as EVP and Chief Loan Officer of John Muir National Bank in Martinez.  He is now retired.  He has been a member of Lions Clubs for 20 years and a member of Rotary for 10+ years.  Presently, he is secretary of Lafayette Rotary Club and a volunteer at White Pony Express.  For a hobby, he tries to play duplicate bridge once or twice a week.

Terry Ring President Elect

Terry is retired as head of Ring Construction. He was recently recognized as Business Person of the Year in Lafayette. Terry has been very active with events throughout Lafayette and volunteers for much of the set up and construction work for the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival.

Nancy Hobbs Community Service

Nancy Hobbs worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years.  She began her career as a first level supervisor for Pacific Bell.  Over the next 26 years she worked in multiple disciplines, including installation and repair, network, product marketing and sales as well as holding various staff positions.  Over the course of this time she advanced through the organization to the level of Assistant Vice President.  In 1994 she left Pacific Bell and went to work for AirTouch as the General Manager for the San Diego area.  She worked for Airtouch for 6 years, advancing to the position of EVP/GM of the California area.  She has a BA in English from USF and has served on the board of Wedbush Morgan Securities.

Board of Directors – Lafayette Rotary Foundation

Robert Shusta Club Executive Secretary

Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, Associate of Arts Degree in Engineering. Retired law enforcement officer.

Larry Blodgett Immediate Past President

A California registered Architect, Larry has served on the Boards of Directors of the Lafayette Community Foundation, Boy Scout Troop 224, Inc., Lafayette Senior Housing Associates and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce; Larry has also served on the City of Lafayette’s Design Review Commission, Banner Advisory Committee and the Downtown Congestion Survey. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Lafayette for 20 years and served as Club President in the 2017-18 Rotary Year.

Diane M. Barbera Vocational Service Chair

Recently retired, Branch Manager for Bank of the West. In banking since 1978. Founded California Bank of Commerce. Has served on the Boards of Directors of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, National Charity League, Church of Santa Maria, Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, PTA.

Denise M. Brown Club Service Chair

Commissioner on Crime Prevention Commission City of Lafayette, past Board Member of Little Hands Preschool, San Carlos, Ca, past Board Member St. Perpetua School Parent Association Lafayette, Ca, Girl Scout Leader 6 years, Lafayette resident 20 years, Retired Insurance Sales

Peter de Laveaga Board Member

Peter de Laveaga has over thirty years of experience in the tax and financial fields. He has been the managing partner of Parodi & de Laveaga, his tax and accounting firm, for twenty years. Peter also has worked for Ernst & Young for twenty-five years. After five years of full-time work for EY and then starting his own company, he has continued to work part-time for EY delivering financial planning workshops to client employees. Prior to his accounting career, Peter worked in retail banking for seven years. He has a BA Degree in Economics and a MBA Degree in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Peter has served on the board of his church, Berkeley Covenant Church, for the past thirty years off-and-on in numerous capacities. Along with several colleagues, Peter co-founded Mayan Partners ten years ago, a non-profit organization that serves and partners with the indigenous communities in the highlands of western Guatemala.

Nancy Hobbs Community Service Chair

Nancy Hobbs worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. She began her career as a first level supervisor for Pacific Bell. Over the next 26 years she worked in multiple disciplines, including installation and repair, network, product marketing and sales as well as holding various staff positions.

Over the course of this time she advanced through the organization to the level of Assistant Vice President. In 1994 she left Pacific Bell and went to work for AirTouch as the General Manager for the San Diego area. She worked for Airtouch for 6 years, advancing to the position of EVP/GM of the California area. She has a BA in English from USF and has served on the board of Wedbush Morgan Securities.

Andrew Parrott Board Member

Andrew Parrott has worked in the financial services industry since 2001. He has worked as a trader, analyst and consultant for firms including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital. Following a move to California from London in 2015 with his family, he now serves the Lafayette community as a financial advisor with the firm Edward Jones. He is a CFA charterholder and has a Masters degree in Finance from the London School of Economics.

Kurt Rasmussen Board Member

Kurt Rasmussen had a 36-year career with Verizon and it’s predecessor companies. He retired as Vice-President of Government Relations with responsibility for the states of California, Arizona, and Nevada. Kurt has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Sacramento, the United Way of Ventura County, the Nevada Telecommunications Association (NTA), and the California Telecommunications Association. He is a 2 time past president of the NTA. Kurt holds a Bachelors Degree in Corporate Finance and a Masters Degree in Corporate Management. He is currently retired.

Marie Ward Board Member

Marie Ward worked in various nursing capacities for over 40 years prior to retiring four years ago including working at Kaiser Walnut Creek as a Wound Ostomy Specialist.

Marie is a graduate of College Misercordia in Pennsylvania, has a Masters in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in Wound and Ostomy and continence from Stanford University.

Currently Marie spends her time taking care of her grandchild (Andrew), volunteering with multiple organizations (Rotary, Friendly Manor, Rotacare, etc.) and spending time with her husband and three adult children who all live and work in Contra Costa County.