Leadership

The Village Community Fund leadership is comprised of an all-volunteer Board of Directors, whom reside in Laguna Woods Village.  Each board member is also involved in other clubs and organizations within the community, which is a benefit to understanding how the village operates and is able to advocate for project applications that request VCF funding.  A great pathway to a board position, if you’re interested, is to become an Advisor to the board or join a project fundraising committee.  This gives Advisors the opportunity to basically try out a board position without a bigger commitment. Click here for application to become board members and advisors.

Because VCF is a non-profit community benefit organization, we look for Advisors and board members with expertise and practical experience in specific areas such as accounting/bookkeeping, business administration and office management, non-profit fundraising, lawyer/legal aid, website development/design, public relations, and video production.  

Board of Directors have a year-long commitment to attend monthly Zoom or in-person board meetings, be responsible for a specific role such as Secretary who takes meeting minutes and keeps records for annual audit.  Treasurer is responsible for keeping the bank and accounting records, and providing a monthly treasury board report, in addition to tracking each project’s donations and expenses.  The Director of Philanthropy works as a liaison with each fundraising project committee to keep the project on track with a goal of meeting or exceeding the fundraising goal.

If this sounds of interest and you’d like to contribute your know-how, expertise and time to the Village Community Fund leadership, please complete a Village Community Fund Board Application, or simply contact President Diane Phelps at DianePhelps@comline.com or 626-665-0172.

Board of Directors

Beth Perak, President

Beth Perak

Beth Perak holds a B.A. in English from Nazareth College, Rochester, NY; an MA in Early Childhood Education from SUNY, Brockport; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from USC. She worked as an elementary teacher and in school and school district administration before joining the faculty of Azusa Pacific University, where she retired as an Associate Professor. She moved to the Village in 2007. A Past-President of GRF and the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village, she has also served on the Third Mutual Board and is active with St. Nicholas Parish.

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Joan Milliman, Secretary

Joan Milliman

A Village resident since 2008, Joan Milliman served on GRF as Secretary, chaired the Media and Communications Committee, and was a member of the Community Activities Committee. She holds a B.A. in English from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Musicology from USC. She has served on several non-profit boards including the LA Area Dance Alliance, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, and two governing boards for her church. She taught for LA Unified School District, Humboldt State University, and USC. As an arts management consultant, she included the Getty Museum and Music at Angel Fire (NM) among her clients.

Diane Phelps, Treasurer

A former GRF Director/Treasurer, Diane Phelps is a second-generation Laguna Woods Village resident, having lived in the Village since 2008. She retired in 2011 after over 30 years with the Internal Revenue Service. Her last 10 years were spent negotiating with foreign governments. She received her undergraduate degree from Towson State University and her master’s from Bowling Green State University.

Mindy Armstrong, Assistant Treasurer

Mindy Armstrong

Mindy moved to the Village in 2004 and is currently on the Pickleball Club Board. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Before retiring, she was engaged in banking and office management.

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Leslie Anne Mogul, Director of Philanthropy

Village resident Leslie Anne Mogul’s fundraising efforts have helped non-profits raise more than $50-million during her 30+ year professional career. She has consulted with leaders of non-profit and for-profit organizations in developing fiscally responsible ventures and has worked in program development, strategic planning, marketing communications, and organizational leadership. Her experience includes Director of Development at Laguna Playhouse, project works marketing and business development for a national healthcare management company, 10 years as Director-Integrated Marketing Communications for ScrippsHealth, and account management with two of Philadelphia’s largest public relations agencies. Her entrepreneurial abilities have also helped successfully launch many consumer products.

Lucy Parker, Director of Communications

With a degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Lucy Parker worked in higher education public relations at San Diego State University, the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Chapman University, and the University of La Verne. Later, as a freelance writer and graphic designer, she served many Orange County corporations and organizational clients, including Beckman Instruments, Taco Bell, Avco Financial Services, Coldwell Banker, the Direct Marketing Association of Orange County, and leading Southern California hospitals. She has also done freelance website design.

Founding Members

Thank You to These Visionary Founding Members

The Village Community Fund began in 2017 by a group of residents meeting monthly to plan an organization designed to serve the community beyond needs provided for by the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village. Donations from early planning group members funded the start-up costs.

The first Task Force meeting on April 26, 2017, was attended by residents Diane Phelps (chair), Joan Milliman, Lucy Parker, and Mary Stone with Betty Parker (Chief Financial Officer of VMS). From the beginning, the group’s vision was shared with Foundation leaders, including current and past Foundation Board Members Marcy Sheinwold, Beth Perak, and Marion Levine.

VCF was modeled after the successful Leisure World Foundation of Mesa, Arizona. Sandra Lacklore, President of the Arizona Foundation, served as a consultant to the new group. Additional assistance was provided by resident Dan Kenny, former Laguna Beach Mayor and City Council Member, and the team at Quadrant Law Group of Irvine, California, who executed our incorporation December 13, 2017.

Incorporating officers were:

  • John Parker, President;
  • Kay Levingston, Secretary
  • Mindy Armstrong, Treasurer.