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Tierrasanta Village Leadership - Board of Directors
Tierrasanta Village of San Diego is managed by a ten member Board of Directors (see below). The Board of Directors includes reliable, ethical and experienced leaders with extensive profiles, qualifications and a passionate investment in the future of the Village. This is a working board where each member is assigned as a liaison to a committee and reports monthly on committee activity. Joyce Muinos is not shown.
Linda Rees is Board President.
Upon graduation from college with a BA in Elementary Education, Linda married and moved with her husband to Amberg, Germany where her husband served as a 2nd. Lt. in the US Army. Through the Dept. of Defense, Linda taught first grade on the military base. Returning home, they had son John and daughter Noel. For a decade Linda enjoyed life as a stay-at-home mom before returning to teaching.
For the next 27 years, Linda was employed by the San Diego Unified School District. She taught third and fourth grades, was both a mentor and resource teacher and earned an MA in Curriculum and an Administrative Credential. She became Vice Principal at Balboa Elementary School and then principal at Cabrillo Elementary School. Four years later she retired and substituted as an administrator at several district schools. Linda became involved with the USD Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) that involved coaching new school administrators and served as director and assistant director at two San Diego charter schools.
Through all of her educational experiences, both as a teacher and an administrator, Linda became knowledgeable of the district's instructional programs, strategies for high quality academic programs, staff evaluation and support of site initiatives that enriched the school sites.
Having lived in Tierrasanta since 1971, Linda and her husband feel very much a part of the community. Joining the Village was literally the "frosting on the cake" in terms of enriching their already full lives. She considers serving as President of the Board, an honor and a privilege and is excited about the growth of programs and membership. She is actively involved in vetting potential service providers and serves on the Membership Committee.
Linda and Dick's daughter, two teen granddaughters, son, and daughter-in-law live nearby and enrich their lives immensely.
Francine (Fran) Zweibel is Vice President Administration
Fran has lived in Tierrasanta since September, 1972 when she moved to San Diego from Philadelphia with her husband and three young children. Her choice was to remain in her Tierrasanta home after her husband, Myron, sadly passed away in 1997. She felt comfortable and safe living in this community where she had raised her children and made so many wonderful friends. In 2001 she married Greg and together they made the decision to stay in Tierrasanta.
When Fran re-entered the workplace shortly after moving to San Diego she was employed as an Administrative Assistant and then later developed an interest in working in Human Resources. In 1985 she was offered a position at the Copley Newspapers Corporate Offices in La Jolla. She began as an Assistant to the Executive Vice President of HR and after attending classes at SDSU she received her Certificate in Personnel and Labor Relations and was promoted to Human Resources Manager.
Since Fran’s retirement she has had the time to appreciate this wonderful “Island on the Hill” and to be able to finally give back to the community she loves. She and Greg became interested in TVSD and their mission since their first involvement in December, 2005, and have been volunteering ever since. In fact, the first TVSD office was in their home.
She served on the interim-board as Secretary for the first year, and then took over the day-to-day administration of the village for the first three plus years and has been assisting every since. She also has co-chaired the TVSD Team for the annual American Cancer Society Tierrasanta Relay for Life for the past 6 years. Fran considers herself truly blessed with four children and seven wonderful grandchildren who never cease to amaze her. Life is good living on the hill!
Janice Tramtham is Vice President Fund Development
Janice has lived in Tierrasanta since 1977 with husband, Mick Tartaglia. They have two sons and a grandson and are blessed to have family living in the area.
After a thirty-year career working in non-profit, private, and public sectors, Janice founded Thumbs Up Performance. Her business specializes in working with small business owners who need help growing their revenues and making operational changes that cut costs and increase profits.
With the hard work of career building and education behind her, Janice is now cruising along, enjoying her business, daily workouts, cooking, entertaining, horse racing, and snow skiing.
Janice values the opportunity to share her experience in grant writing, coaching, training, facilitation, and management. She believes in the importance of paying it forward. Through her involvement with Tierrasanta Junior Women’s Club and Tierrasanta Village of San Diego, Janice is committed to serving others and contributing to our wonderful community.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
Patty Mudd is Secretary
Patty has lived in Tierrasanta since December 1971. She has been an original owner of two homes here. She and her husband Bill were college sweethearts. They went to Cal Western in Point Loma. They were married after Patty’s graduation in 1968. After spending a year in the San Francisco Bay area, while Bill finished law school at Hastings, they returned to San Diego. Patty’s husband, Bill, a judge here in San Diego, passed away in 2009.
Patty taught Kindergarten in San Bruno and then Chula Vista. They have two children and one grandson. After being a stay at home Mom for seven years, she returned to the school system substituting at the local elementary schools. She went on to being a part time ESL teacher, then a part time kindergarten teacher and finally a part time sixth grade teacher.
Patty keeps busy with several groups: Of course TVSD, a Bridge group, Mah Jongg Group, Game Group, PEO, Quilting with Prayers and Squares at Tierrasanta Lutheran Church, Book Club, Grief Group, and a Support Group. Her family is her top priority!
Mike Rigdon is Treasurer
Mike Rigdon was sworn in as TVSD Treasurer in March 2015. Mike has been a Tierrasanta resident since 1977 and a member of TVSD since November, 2008. He lived in Villa Monterey for 17 years, serving on the COA Board as Treasurer 10 years. He now resides in Monteloma, next door to Bev and Mike Sheehan for 23 years.
He was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin, lived in Fort Worth, Texas thru high school. He enlisted in the Navy in October 1961, serving on the USS Jupiter, AVS-8 from Oct. 1962 till de-commissioning her in June of 1964. He also stood watch on the Battleship, USS Missouri while it was "mothballed" at Bremerton. His last tour of duty was with VU-3, a Utility Squadron at North Island NAS, San Diego until July 1965. He decided to stay in San Diego rather than return to Texas. Wise move!
After finishing his BA & MA at San Diego State, He taught for 30 years in many San Diego high schools, in Industrial Arts. He retired in 1998 to begin real living.
After attending the 1995 reunion of the USS Jupiter, he became historian and Newsletter Editor for the ship now for 20 years. He has hosted 8 Reunions around the country for several ships. Some of my fondest memories have been meeting many true War Heroes from ship reunions.
Being an avid photographer, traveling became his retirement specialty, attending 3-5 ship reunions yearly, all over the country, as well as overseas trips & cruises. Most memorable was a cruise from Australia to Japan in 2006, seeing the Islands of Admiral Nimitz’s Campaign in WW II. Last stop for that trip was Yokosuka Naval Base, 43 years after bringing the USS Jupiter home for de-commissioning. Quite a change! He cruised around Japan again in July 2014 including Yokosuka, for 4 very nostalgic days. He was discharged 50 years ago.
Mike is a volunteer curator aboard the USS Midway CV-41, the Aircraft Carrier Museum, now a major part of the San Diego waterfront. This has been an 11 year labor of love. Mike is also responsible for most of the photography that is published in the Vibes Newsletter and TVSD Website.
Joyce Muinos, Community Liaison and Fundraising
Ms. Muinos has lived in the Tierrasanta community since June, 1977. She and herhusband, Jerry have no children. Joyce moved to San Diego in 1969 after attending the University of Missouri.
Shortly after arriving, Ms. Muinos started working at the Defense Division of Cubic Corporation, where she eventually worked for 27 years. During that career, she worked her way through the ranks in several Logistics positions, including the Product Support Manager responsible for the spare parts department and several repair depots. The spares administration group managed a multitude of programs for a wide variety of US, foreign military and commercial customers. It was a “cradle to grave” operation, providing numerous logistics services, and overseeing the testing and sell-off to Cubic’s and the customer’s Quality Control representatives, preparing items and documents for shipping and initiating contract close-out.
Joyce retired in 1995 and started on a career of volunteering. She has been with the Tierrasanta Junior Women’s Club for 20 years, serving as president five terms and has served on the Board in some capacity for all but four years. She volunteered with the San Diego Humane Society as a mobile adoptions counselor for about five years and the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, now Promises 2 Kids, working mostly fund-raising events during the same period of time.
Ms. Muinos is very involved with the Fostering Opportunities organization and volunteers as a mentor for a young lady who grew up in the foster care system. Her current mentee will be graduating from California State, San Marcos next year!
Joyce is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Tierrasanta Foundation as Foundation President, organizing and assisting with their various fund-raising events. Joyce is also an active member of the Tierrasanta Ascension Parish.
Board Members at Large:
Ginny VanBenthuysen, Membership
Ginny and Thom met at SDSU and married after college. They moved to Tierrasanta in 1972 before there were any gas stations or grocery stores! They have lived in their 2nd Tierrasanta home now for 40+ years. Both of their daughters, Cory and Mandy, went through elementary, middle and high school here. Needless to say, they love Tierrasanta and are now proud to be members of the Village.
Upon graduating from San Diego State University, Ginny started teaching in the San Diego Unified School District. Her first 15 years were at the elementary level (K-4) before transferring to middle school when DePortola opened in Tierrasanta. She earned a Masters degree in Reading and taught 6th grade Core and 8th grade reading before becoming the schools Staff Developer, working with the 6-8 grade teachers in Literacy. She went on to become a district resource teacher before obtaining her administrative credential. She was an administrator at Pacific Beach Middle School for one year before moving to the district office as Literacy Program Manager for all Middle Schools. She felt blessed to have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful students, teachers, and school-site administrators.
In addition to teaching, Ginny was a Girl Scout leader for her girls and an active volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She participates in a book club as well as a Prayers and Squares Quilting Ministry. Her first love is her family and she cherishes spending time with her daughters, their husbands and all 3 of her grandchildren, two who live in San Diego and the third in Anaheim.
Marilyn Bente, Volunteers & Neighborhood Groups
As a young child in Columbus, Ohio, Marilyn never dreamed that she would become a Californian, much less that she would be able to travel world-wide, visiting countries on six continents! Marilyn is the oldest of five children and was raised by parents who put a high value on education and work ethics. She graduated from the Ohio State University in 1969 with a degree in education, majoring in French and English. That year was a turning point in her life! She not only earned a teaching credential, but also married her college sweetheart, Tom. They moved across country, teaching contracts in hand, to start their careers with the San Diego Unified School District, which would continue for nearly forty years. In 1971, they bought their first house in Tierrasanta, and were soon blessed with a son, Christopher.
Throughout the years, Marilyn worked towards earning a Master's degree from San Diego State University, became a mentor teacher, a resource teacher, and a staff developer for the AVID program and for the California Language Project. She and her family spent two years in France with the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program where she taught English as a foreign language in French high schools. This offered them the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and to Africa. Since retiring, Marilyn shared her husband's passion for travel and they were able to visit over 50 different countries and travel throughout the United States.
In 2015, her husband, Tom, passed away, and now she fills her life with visiting her son and two grandsons in Sacramento; working on assessment projects for the U.S. Department of Education; participating in book, card, and film clubs; traveling with friends and family; and volunteering with TVSD. She has gained much personal satisfaction in leadership roles with the Village, facilitating the Lunch Bunch, serving as an original member of the Membership Committee, helping to organize the TVSD team for the Relay for Life, and leading a Village group to Paris. She is proud to now be a member of the TVSD Board of Directors as the Board Liaison for Volunteer and Neighborhood Core Groups.
Jeanette Vlassis, Volunteers & Neighborhood Groups
Jeanette's Tierrasanta story began in 1971 when she and Jim moved into Barbados with their 2 young children. Little did they realize that this 'temporary' site would become their forever home. The first few years were all about being a mom, volunteering in the classroom and supporting team sports, even coaching, briefly, the Dophins girl's softball team. These years were also filled with lots of camping trips, especially San Elijo, and endless hours of gardening. As the children entered Serra High School, Jeanette began her teaching career at Taft Middle School and later moved to Kroc Middle School. During the years that followed she taught subjects ranging from science to art and home economics.
Retirement from the San Diego City Schools District in 2000 freed up time for being a full time hands on grandma. With both married children living in San Diego, the grandchildren were a constant part of her routine. Again came volunteering in the classroom as an art support at Vista Grande Elementary. Now that her grandchildren are grown with the oldest one having graduated from SDSU, her grandparent's alma mater, she has moved on to a new chapter in her life which is largely involved with TVSD. Renewing old friendships dating back to her move to Tierrasanta has been an enriching experience.
Candy Walsh, Co-Founder
Candy Walsh and her husband, PK, have lived in Tierrasanta/Villa Portofino since
1978. She has been retired since 2005, but as a working mother, she did experience
Tierrasanta as a bedroom community. Commuting, raising a family, shopping, and
chores left little time to grow neighbor relations. Candy and PK did meet other parents
as they reared their son in the community and involved themselves in his school
and sports activities but when their son graduated and moved away many of those
parent connections became limited to brief encounters in the community. So, how
did one build adult social connections in a community where the focus had been on
youth activities? Since her retirement, Candy has found many other residents whose
experience mirrors her own.
Candy is one of the Founders of Tierrasanta Village of San Diego, and brings a high-
level of organizational skill and management competence derived from her 35-year
work history that included retail, direct sales, and corporate experience.
Throughout her 20-year career with a large defense contractor, Candy held various
security clearances. She organized large events, and worked at executive-level
program and project management tasks. Candy interfaced with customers, employees
and management at all levels.
Since 1988, she has been the coordinator of a Retiree Group composed of former
company executives, engineers and program managers.
Candy’s passion is her family, friends and pets. Her interests include gardening,
reading, going to garage sales, Costco, home renovation, and entertaining.