All-Volunteer Leadership

Board of Directors and Officers 

  • governs the organization by establishing broad policies and objectives

  • ensures the availability of adequate financial resources

  • approves annual budgets

  • provides the day-to-day management of LLCC

  • produces courses and events, and registers attendees

  • keeps track of our membership

  • communicates with members & the public

Jeff Green

President, Board Director, & Webmaster

Jeff has been President of LLCC since 2012.  Before that he was the President of the Board of Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal Poly for two years after he served as the chairman of its curriculum committee. He also served on the boards of the San Luis Obispo Historical Society and the Former Grand Jurors Association.  Before moving to San Luis Obispo in 2000 he lived in the Washington, D.C. area where he held various leadership positions in the U.S. Treasury Department. He spends way too much time playing fantasy football.

Marianne Buckmeyer

Vice President, Board Director & Curriculum Committee Chairperson

Marianne was one of the founding members of Save the Mesa and was its president for seven years. She also had the job to set up the monthly speakers for many of those years and did community interface with groups like the Land Conservancy, Ride Nipomo, and the Nipomo school board. She was a member of the Greenhouse committee that was formed by a former County supervisor to solve the problems that were arising from the growth of greenhouses in the neighborhoods.  Took the lead in establishing the truck route in Nipomo, coming up the Good Neighbor Policy, and is now the community liaison between the area residents and CCGGA for solving problems.  Marianne is a retired human resources professional.


John Frey

Secretary & Board Director

John taught chemistry and engaged in chemical research for 40 years at several universities and is now retired.  He was a founding member of the Northern Center of Lifelong Learning in Marquette, Michigan. He is a member of the Cuesta Master Chorale, sings in the chorus of Opera San Luis Obispo and teaches courses on opera. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Marquette MI and has been a member of the Rotary Club of SLO since 1998. He is currently vice-president of the Board of Opera Lovers Meet and secretary of the Board of Directors of Opera San Luis Obispo.  


Debby Grisante

Treasurer and Board Director

Debby brings to the LLCC Board 25 years of running an engineering firm with her husband.  She performed all accounting functions except for income tax filing.  She also has the same amount of experience of volunteering with non- profit organizations such as Newcomers, Rotary, Los Osos Community Advisory Council, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and Sunrise Terrace Recreation Board in capacities from treasurer, docent, facilities manager, to President. 

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Ed Cabrera

Board Member and IT Coordinator

Ed Cabrera has recently been assigned as our audio-visual manager. He is responsible for assuring that our presenters have all the audio and visual tools and support they need to be successful. Ed is a native Californiano who was born and raised in the Salinas Valley hamlet of Gonzales, received his B.A. at San Jose State and entered the corporate wars in the Bay Area on behalf of the Xerox Corporation, where he was the youngest senior sales representative on the West Coast at one time. A timely epiphany inspired him to enter the classroom as a secondary teacher. His career spanned 36 years with stops in Perris, California and nearby Atascadero High School. Ed not only taught a variety of social studies classes but also coached football, baseball and soccer at various levels and was advisor to yearbook and newspaper staffs as well as finding time to earn an M.A in education from Cal Poly. At the time of his retirement Ed was the only teacher in his district to attain national certification. He feels that his association with Lifelong Learners is a natural progression in his lifelong dedication to the field of education.

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Gail Hill

Board Director

Gail was Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal Poly, and served on the Board of the San Luis Obispo Historical Society, and served on the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury .   Gail is retired from a career in Human Resources Management with the U.S. Federal Government.  Working at several Federal agencies, she held a variety of progressively responsible positions in the fields of personnel attraction and selection, training, assessment, employee relations, and equal employment opportunity (EEO), including Personnel Director and EEO Manager.


Merril Lynn

Board Director & Registrar

Merril has been involved with various boards and community organizations during her employment years and since retiring, including serving on her homeowners board for 13 years.   She is a graduate of UCSB, was a school aide for Special Education, had an 8-year career as a professional in Behavioral Therapy (IBIP) for Tricounties Regional Center and  a 20-year career as Systems Analyst for SBRC/Hughes/Raytheon.


Connie Thomas

Board Director & Venues Coordinator

Connie is a registered nurse (student nurse of the year for the state of Massachusetts—she’s not saying what year) with a master’s degree in public administration.  After dedicating a few years to in-patient psychiatric nursing, Connie did an about-face and made a career of medical data management and profiling.  She worked in hospitals as well as the USC School of Medicine, Postgraduate Division.  Her home state is Michigan but she has lived in California since 1973.  She has a deep interest in making low- cost growth and educational opportunities available to adults of all ages.  Her recreational pursuits include photography and duplicate bridge.


Rudy Xavier

Advisory Board Director, former Treasurer and former Marketing Chairperson

Rudy Xavier brings to LLCC a unique combination of Teaching, Business Analytics, and Marketing experience from over 20 years at high-tech software companies from Digital Equipment Corporation and Honeywell Information Systems, to Xerox. Rudy was the Project Lead for very large systems such “VA-TARGET”, which manages U.S. Veterans’ benefits for all 146 V.A. Regional Offices and 26 Medical Centers. Leveraging his in-depth experience in business intelligence and leading edge Computational Linguistics software, Rudy served as Vice President/GM for a division of Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, CA. He subsequently started his own company, IntelliDex, Inc. which makes it possible for health professionals worldwide to search all Pharma databases in any of 23 languages, summarizing structured and unstructured data at the unprecedented speed of 50 pages per second! He was a highly sought consultant to the top ten drug companies in the clinical trials space & has taught at the university level at Georgia Tech.Rudy holds a BA in Premed, MS in Psychology, & a 2nd MS in Computer Science. He sings Lead in the Gold Coast Barbershop Chorus, leads the 5 Cities Folk Jam Group, plays folk and classical guitar, and has lead discussions as a speaker for 10 years in the management of Memory Loss as a Bay Area Facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association. His LLCC course “Coping with Dementia” will be offered again sometime this year as well as "Demystifying Your Home Computer #2"

Judy Yager

Advisory Board Director & Former Special Events Coordinator

Judy was Vice President of the Board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal Poly for two years.  She also served as chair of its outreach committee, and facilitated workshops and special board meetings.  Judy was a trainer with the CA Employment Development Department and then manager of personnel, training, and various other departments in the CA Department of Transportation.  She also taught psychology for ten years at Butte Community College.  She sees her role with the emerging Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast as helping to facilitate a thriving, collaborative, and rewarding organization for its community of learners.


Paul Greiling

Advisory Board Director and Former Treasurer

Paul was active in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal Poly for its last five years as member of the Curriculum Committee and on the Osher Board of Members as its Secretary. He has served on the Industrial Affiliates Board of the Cal Poly Electrical Engineering Department for the last 3 years. He has served on the Baron Canyon Homeowners Board for 4 years, one year as its President. He has also served on the Baron Canyon Mutual Water Company Board for 2 years. Before moving to San Luis Obispo he was a Professor and then Adjunct Professor at UCLA for 30 years. He was also the Manager of the Microelectronics Laboratory and a Director of Hughes Research Labs.


Paul Courcy

Former Treasurer and Former Board Director

Paul participated in Osher Lifelong Learning classes when he first retired here in 2006, and is delighted to have found LLCC recently. He is a collection counter for Mission San Luis Obispo, and is the bookkeeper for his wife Carol’s life coaching business. He has been a treasurer for a variety of organizations over the years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and worked for 40 years in the Aerospace industry in Southern California and Maryland in a variety of roles ranging from computer programmer to systems engineer and project manager. He enjoys reading, hiking, and golf.

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Darlene Phillips

Former Host Coordinator

Darlene Phillips moved to San Luis Obispo in 2008, became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system, and began taking classes through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  She became a volunteer host for LLCC in 2013 and host coordinator in 2015.  From 1978 – 1998 Darlene practiced law in Los Angeles and, before that, taught English at the high school and community college level.  LLCC was saddened to hear that Darlene passed away in June, 2017.

Dr. David Bernhardt

Former President and Former Board Director

Dave was the founding president of the paramedic program in San Luis Obispo County.  He currently serves on the board of Transitions Mental Health Association, TEACh Foundation and San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble.  He is a Registered Investment Advisor focused on saving and investing for retirement.  Bernhardt has lived in San Luis Obispo since 1975.  He grew up in Ohio and came to California to do an Internal Medicine residency after medical school.  He practiced in San Luis Obispo for 32 years and served in a number of capacities including medical directorships for a multispecialty medical group, an extended care facility and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.  He has been married to his wife Ann for 42 years and they have three grown children and five grandchildren.


Gizella Miskolczi

Former Treasurer & Former Board Director

Lucinda Borchard

Former Board Director

Lucinda is a long time SLO County resident who was raised in Cayucos and has lived in Avila Beach since 2004. A very active member of the community, she has served as a Cayucos Advisory Council member, as executive director, board member and board president of several non-profits, as a member of the SLO County Community Foundation Womens Legacy Fund Grants Selection Committee, and as grants administrator for the Nevada Humanities Committee. Lucinda attended the University of Nevada-Reno for undergraduate and graduate school, and has earned degrees in Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology and Spanish. She enjoys working out at the gym, volunteering, walking, gardening and traveling especially in Mexico where she has had a condo for almost 30

Ron Workman

Former Board Director

Ron served on the Board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at Cal Poly during its last two years.  Over OLLI’s last six years, he taught several courses in current events and related histories for various economics and financial topics, and provided hands-on instruction in Microsoft Excel.  He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, owner of Coastview Financial in Pismo Beach, and an LPL registered principal.  Before returning to the Central Coast, Ron worked in Silicon Valley for 25 years where he held various management positions with high technology companies.  He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  


Cornel Morton

Former Board Director

Cornel will work as Cal Poly’s first senior adviser to the president for outreach following his return from a one-month leave in February. As senior adviser, Morton will work to encourage more first-generation students to come to Cal Poly, as well as increasing the demographical diversity among students.  He was Cal Poly’s vice president of student affairs from 2002 through 2013. He also serves as a Director of French Hospital Medical Center.


Karin Cake

Former Volunteer Recognition Coordinator

Karin  was active with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, teaching many courses designed to enrich the personal life and retirement skills of its members.  She found many instructors for OLLI who offered  creative and challenging courses to its membership.    Karin has served the county as Small Claims Court Mediator, classroom teacher, advisor to AFS student exchange program, owner of Full Circle retail store, Pismo Planning Commission chair, and organizing elder of a Native American support group called Circles of Empowerment. 


Ellen Sheffer

Former Board Director

Ellen is currently a member of the advisory board for the paralegal studies program at Cuesta College, and is a board trustee for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. She has served on the board of directors of the Commission for Advanced California Paralegal Specialization and sat on the Certifying Board for the National Association of Legal Assistants. She is a presenter at paralegal seminars throughout the U.S. Ellen has contributed articles to national legal publications, including American Lawyer Magazine. She has also served as the program chair for Central Coast Paralegal Association. 


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