BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Glen is a native San Diegan who has lived in La Jolla near the community center for 40 years. He is a practicing attorney with a focus on property law, contracts and litigation and received his law degree from California Western School of Law in 1984. Glenn joined the board in 2007 and is one of the founding members. He was instrumental in assisting La Jolla Community Center obtain its nonprofit status and secure funding from individuals and community organizations in 2008 in support of revitalizing the center. Glen’s vision was that for the building to become a viable and well managed community center through building renovation and an efficient management structure. In part due to his tenacity and belief in that possibility, the new Center took form and became synonymous with community service—addressing the needs of individuals of all ages with its programs and services. Glen’s philosophy is that the community center be a place where all individuals feel welcomed and accepted, where discrimination based on age is abandoned, and a place where members and visitors can find fun, inspiration, and peace in their lives.
Chief Executive Officer
Ruth is a retired entrepreneur and successful business-woman. She has worked with venture capitalists doing mergers and acquisitions with such clients as Oracle and Microsoft. Previously, Ruth was in education and taught everything from kindergarten to graduate school. She holds a Master’s Degree in media communications.
Ruth has been a La Jolla Community Center board member since 2009. 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 and with the La Jolla Town Council. As CEO, Ruth uses her entrepreneurial and fundraising initiatives to actualize the vision for the center through aiding in the completion of major renovations. She immerses herself in all facets of the organization and utilizes her marketing and business savvy to advance the organization. She works tirelessly to make the center a better place for adults of all ages to engage in lifelong learning, friendship and wellness.
Ann Elise Ryder
Ann Elise Ryder has more than 20 years’ financial accounting experience in the greater San Diego area for several large nonprofits. She has served as controller for the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Episcopal Community Services, the La Jolla Country Day School, and Father Joe’s Villages. Ann Elise 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 including Serving Seniors (formerly Senior Community Centers) and the YWCA and joined the board in 2014.
Donald C. Hodges
Don was a principal with Hodges & Hodges Architects in La Jolla for 26 years and joined the board in 2010 as chair of the Facilities Committee. In this position, he provides assess-ments related to the current and future energy requirements and building renovation projects. Don provided oversight of the Center’s 2010 building renovation, its LED (lighting) retrofit, and is assessing additional upgrade options such as solar energy and roofing improvements. Don is a past president and a current member of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and chairman of the Foundation Board Scholarship Committee and the annual Hope of America program. Don received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from MIT and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Don served as a Peace Corps volunteer with his wife Lucy in Tunisia after college. He enjoys tennis, kayaking, sailing, playing guitar, gardening, painting and woodworking.
Reena Horowitz is the former president of Coordinated Care Healthcare Corporation, an organization operating hospitals and assisted living facilities. For the last decade Reena has been a philanthropist; organizing benefits for numerous health, science, military, and child-welfare causes and numerous galas. She established a speakers series at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and together with charity maven Mary Bradley, established the Fishman Fund at Sanford-Burnham Prebys. The fund provides yearly awards to three postdoctoral researchers and is a tribute to the late Dr. William Fishman and his wife, Lillian, who founded the Institute. Reena was named a Charter 100 Woman of the Year and is a current member of the Charter 100 board. She is a member of numerous other boards including the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Cardiovascular Center of UCSD, and USO San Diego. She is also a well-known jewelry designer. She joined the La Jolla Community Center board in 2011.
Dottie Stanley is a vice president/financial advisor with a major investment bank in La Jolla and a registered financial advisor since 1989. She received her B.S. degree from Rutgers University. Dottie was recognized as the Best Financial Advisor for several consecutive years in readers’ polls in both the La Jolla Light and the La Jolla Village News. Dottie has served on the board of numerous professional and nonprofit institutions including as board member of the YWCA in San Diego; founder and past president of Allied Artists Association of San Diego; co-founder and past president of the La Jolla Charter Chapter of American Business Women’s Association and past president of the Executive Women’s Council of the University Club. She is a current board member of Charter 100 and was the past president of Patrons of the Prado and a past recipient of the Living Legacy award from the International Women’s Center of San Diego. Dottie is an accomplished artist and is a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League. Dottie manages the art exhibits and has taught numerous canvas painting classes at the Center. She joined the board in 2010.
James "Jim" Poirier received his chemistry degree as a member of the first graduating class at UCSD’s Revelle’s College in 1968 and studied science at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin for a year. For 25 years, he taught high school chemistry at La Jolla High School before retiring in 2003. He was hired by the College Board to train Advanced Placement Chemistry teachers in the US West Coast. For the last several years, he has been a tax preparer with a growing number of clients. Jim was a former president of the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary in 2005. He joined the board in 2012 and is also active in the La Jolla Community with such organizations as the La Jolla Presbyterian Church. He is an avid swimmer and swims the Cove four times a week with a group called “the Dawn Patrol.”
Ann Kerr Bache
Denise Casey brings energy, enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to her position as a new board member. She has a Ph.D. in Communications and specializes in Public Relations and Strategic Communications in business and the professions. Casey is an Adjunct Professor at several different universities including SUNY Oswego, Appalachian State University and the University of Florida. In addition to teaching and training, she is a Conservation Ambassador at the San Diego Zoo. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in programs at the Center and is pleased that her board service will provide her with an opportunity to give back.
Jim Thimmes is a seasoned professional salesperson and the current national brand manager for an international company
with more than 100 locations. In that position, he secures brand approval for order confirmation systems (drive-through kiosks, digital menu boards, etc.) used by such well-known brands as Starbuck’s, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, and others. Jim is an expert in brand awareness and looks forward to contributing his skills and abilities to forward the brand of the La Jolla Community Center. He is a resident of La Jolla and has been a member of the Center for the past five years. Jim enjoys yoga classes, attending events, and working on projects at the center. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
George Coles served as president of Coles Fine Flooring family business for 45 years until his retirement in 2013—helping to grow the business from 4 to 100 plus employees, now with 7 locations in San Diego. During his capacity as president, the company received several first and second place awards by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the category of 100-150 employees. He also served as a member of the board for the BBB for 12 years. In addition, he was a member of the Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) organization for 15 years; served as chairman for 5 years; and received a CALA award for his dedicated service in 2009. For more than 16 years, he also served as a trustee for the San Diego Humane Society, and enjoyed assisting this nonprofit—a position that also exemplified his love for dogs and cats. Coles received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. He is a long-time La Jolla resident where he lives with his wife and companion, his White Labrador. His hobbies include traveling with his family and ocean swimming.