Board of Directors
Leo was born, raised and educated in Sacramento, California. For thirty six years, Leo worked with Bergen Brunswig Corp., a pharmaceutical distributor, starting with a sales territory and spending the last ten years heading up the Sales and Marketing for the Corporation. He retired after thirty-six years wanting to move back to Northern California. Leo and his wife, Gayle detoured to San Francisco when Leo was asked to develop a marketing plan for a grocery distributor, Core-Mark International, which he and four others ultimately purchased.
After six years with Core-Mark, Leo and Gayle sold the company and moved to Nevada City. Gayle and Leo have been married fifty-eight years and have two children Ken and Laurel and three grandchildren. Since Leo’s retirement he has been involved in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Center for The Arts, The Friendship Club, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Hospice of the Foothills, Nevada County Airport Commission and Dignity Health Corp. Finance Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and tennis and time with his grandchildren. He also has been a pilot for forty years and belongs to Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that flies patients for medical treatment.
Steven retired from Nevada County in December 2016 as the Director of Public Works, overseeing one of the County largest departments. During his time at the County, he was responsible for all engineering, road maintenance, fleet, sanitation, solid waste and transit activities. Prior to that, Steven served as the Executive Director for the Bay Area Water Transit Authority, Pier 9 in San Francisco and the Deputy Director and Project Development Manager for the Alameda County Transit Authority. As Executive Director, he was responsible for building and operating new ferry transit services on the San Francisco Bay. In this role as Deputy Director for Alameda, Steven developed and oversaw a $1 billion program for Measure B projects which included a series of road and highway capital investments. In addition, he worked with County jurisdictions to win voter approval for a 20-year transportation spending plan that increased taxes.
During the course of Steven’s career, he has served on many Boards, including as Chair for the Oakland SPCA; Vice-Chair of the Oakland Animal Shelter Advisory Commission; Member of the University of the Pacific Industry Advisory Council; Member of the Nevada City Elementary School Site Council; and Member of the Northern Sierra Aquatics Board. Steven is a graduate of Stanford University, earning his Master’s Degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management. He is also a graduate of the University of the Pacific, earning a Civil Engineering degree with a minor in Geology. Steven lives in Nevada City.
Kathy Mollet has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting from San Jose State University. She worked for Apple from 1984 to 2008.
Kathy started as an Accountant and was eventually promoted all the way to a Senior Manager and Finance Director. After leaving Apple she spent a lot of her time volunteering at various charitable organizations – from Bay Area Women’s Sports to Hospitality House, where she served as an accountant, Tax and financial adviser and in various other roles.
*Mikail Graham performing at the 9th annual Night of Giving
Photo credit: John Taber © Live Shots
A composer, performer, producer, and promoter of music in Nevada City, California, with family roots dating back to 1849. He is the executive producer of The Other Side, an eclectic radio program heard on Tuesday nights from 8pm-10pm, and also the host and producer of KVMR’s monthly “The Good News” radio show, devoted entirely to nothing but, yes you guessed it, good news!
A professional musician for most of his life, Mikail has toured extensively over the years throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA, as well as being a producer and mixing engineer for numerous independent regional artists.
In 2008, The Center For The Arts hired Mikail as their House Sound Manager. Since that time he has updated the Center’s audio/visual system to world-class status, helping to create what is now considered one of the best venues to perform at in Northern CA.
Since 2005 Mikail has produced the annual Night Of Giving benefit for Hospitality House Shelter. He still performs live whenever his dance card allows.
Since moving to Nevada City after four years in Atlanta, Ruth volunteered for several nonprofit organizations. Among them were Music in the Mountains as co-chair of the Home Tour; and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Board co-chairing Starry Starry Night. She also was a Master Gardener.
Ruth grew up in Larchmont, a suburb of New York City. She attended Simmons College in Boston, but received a BA in English from Adelphi University on Long Island. She and her husband, Bob and their four daughters moved to Florida and lived there for 30 years. During that time she became an RN, and received a MS in Management of Health Care from USF (The University of South Florida).Eventually her career took her from taking care and managing the care of the sick to wellness. She was a pioneer in the Corporate Wellness movement. She also was a Weight Watcher Leader for many years.
Ruth and Bob have been married for 60 years. They have four daughters and nine grandchildren.
Secretary of the Board
Roberta “Bobbie” Swanson has been an active volunteer and non-profit director in Nevada County since 1985. While finishing her State of California seventeen-year career, she was on the Foothill Theatre and Miners Foundry Boards. Upon early retirement, she expanded her passionate desire to work full time in non-profits beginning as founding ED of Child Advocates. She then became a Consultant to statewide CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as well as the Non-Profit Center in Sacramento, and the Nevada County Long Term Care Implementation Council. For seven years she was the Facilitator for Nevada County Community Leadership Program. This was followed by a three-year commitment as ED to Lutz Adult Day Health Care. More recently she was President of the Lawyer’s Referral Service Board. She is a proud member of Rotary of Grass Valley where she spearheaded for seven years the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
Mark is a self-employed executive recruiter specializing in licensed civil engineers; associated with water & wastewater treatment industry. A long-time member of Twin Cities Church in Grass Valley, he has led the music for the Children’s Ministry since 2002. Vieaux has performed music for Hospitality House since 2014, mostly folk songs as founder Utah Phillips would have enjoyed. Vieaux has been a Nevada City resident since 2000, is married, with a son and daughter in college.
David has 30 years of health care communications experience, creating and running large public health projects, communications campaigns and departments for both non-profit and for-profithealth care and Silicon Valley corporations, including UCLA, Comprehensive Care Corporation, The Healthcare Association of Southern California, Tenet Health, Kaiser Permanente and One Planet. David is a founding board member of Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, the large skid row health agency he helped establish in 1985. He served on the board and executive committee of HHCLA for 25 years, and assisted the organization in its growth into the largest Skid Row service agency in the U.S. During the late 1990s he co-conceptualized, helped create and drive the success of California’s Proposition 36, the Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Diversion Initiative—a ground-breaking new law passed by California voters in 2000 that diverts thousands of non-violent first-time offenders from potential incarceration into drug treatment programs. David has served on many non-profit boards, including the Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board of the Gallup Organization and on the board of directors of the Homeless Voicemail Project in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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