Board of Directors
Manager TriContinent Scientific
My volunteering at Hospitality House was initiated by wanting to work directly with the guests to provide compassion, food, clothing and any other services they may need. It turned out that I have received much more from the guests than I could ever provide for them. They have shown me such great spirit and hope in a situation where many of us would find utter desolation. Being a board member allows me to take my passion for the guests to another level.
Technical Support Services, Telestream
I became involved with Hospitality House through my work at FREED Center for Independent Living years ago. I was deeply struck by the idea of creating a compassionate program that involved the community at large and considered the homeless as guests. The circumstance of friendship, kindness, generosity, and hope thrive daily at Hospitality House and is a remarkable example of what can be accomplished when a community genuinely cares about each other.
Tom is the CFO at Western Sierra Medical Clinic overseeing financial management for both the Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville and Miners Family Medical Clinic in Grass Valley facilities. Before his current position he served for nineteen years as CFO at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and more recently three and a half years as CFO at Medical Benefits Administration. Tom has over 30 years of healthcare financial management experience and has been very active in Nevada County non-profits, ranging from Gold Country Kiwanis to the KARE Crisis Nursery, Sierra Nevada Community Health Plan and Gold Country Community Council. Tom is single and has three children. The oldest, Jonathan and Kristen are employed in Sacramento and Danielle the youngest is still at home while attending Sierra College.
Current chair of the Special Events Committee, Vee has served on Nevada County Grand Jury, Crest Forest Municipal Advisory Committee , past president of Crestline, CA Chamber of Commerce (twice), organized many fundraising events, 22 year Realtor, and volunteers at the homeless shelter.
It was important to me to feel that my volunteering would actually make a difference in people’s lives. At Hospitality House, so much is being accomplished to assist the homeless and I wanted to be a part of that. Every community is experiencing homelessness and our community is taking compassionate and caring steps to feed and house our homeless that gives everyone a sense of dignity.
Volunteered at Sierra Pines UMC for Hospitality House for several years and helped organize events and fundraisers for Hospitality House for several years and helped organize events and fundraisers for Hospitality House at Sierra Pines.
Has held leadership positions locally and in the California Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church. Serving as chair of the Israel-Palestine Task Force and is a member of the Advocacy and Justice committee of the United Methodist Church.
Has been in education for many years, holding leadership positions during that time. Belongs to a women’s organization that raises money for scholarships for women who want to attend an institute of higher education. Volunteered numerous times at a school in Palestine where she taught English.
In 2010 founded Wallis Design Studio, a Nevada County based architectural firm, focused on creating expressions in place through a commitment to collaboration, quality and the desire to deliver great value to his clients. He has served on various boards including the Yuba River Charter School Board and is member of the local Chamber of Commerce and Nevada County Contractors Association. Robert is driven by a desire to help improve the quality of life of others with his professional and personal actions. He is very pleased to have joined the team of Hospitality House and continue the great work that they do.