Members of the Board of Directors
Chrissy De Voto’s son Tommy (now deceased) and daughter Julie have participated in the Marin Ventures programs for more than 13 years. She is a credentialed Special Education teacher and has taught since 1996. As a Board Member, she views her primary role as advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. She says she is pleased to have the opportunity to support an organization that creates community connections for people with developmental disabilities.
Lorelei Evans’ brother has participated in Marin Ventures programs since 1990. She has a teaching credential, with an MS in Special Education, and has taught students of all ages. For her family, programs like Marin Ventures are critical to a quality life for people with developmental disabilities. As a Marin Venture’s Board Member, she says she has an appreciation of the challenges faced by the organization.
Ginny Quick serves on the Marin Ventures Board to support the awesome and compassionate staff in delivering the best possible programs for its clients, one of whom is her son. With over twenty years of nonprofit financial management expertise, she is particularly interested in ensuring that Marin Ventures remains financially strong and able to meet the needs of both clients and the staff who work with them.
Terry Scussel and his wife Denise Scussel have been devoted advocates for their daughter Chrissy, who participates in Marin Ventures programs. Terry brings to the Marin Ventures Board a lengthy business management background and long-term advocacy for people with disabilities. In his spare time, he is an avid photographer with a focus on social justice photojournalism and travel photography. Terry is a firm believer that professionals and business people should give back time, expertise and resources to community services organizations.
Martin Weil is a semi-retired investment advisor and financial planner with a long history as a volunteer advocate for the disability community. He also serves on the board of directors of the Marin Community Clinics. Having raised two children in Marin, Martin and his wife Deirdre currently live in Sonoma CA. Their adult daughter Flannery is a client of Marin Ventures and Lifehouse.
Ed Zander starting working at Marin Ventures in 1997 as an Instructor. He later completed an MS in Special Education and worked in Lake County as a teacher, high school principal, and Special Education Director. Since his return to Marin County, he is the Assistant Director of Students Services for San Rafael City schools. He has created Integrated Sports programs for students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers in Lake and Marin counties. Ed has a real passion for his work with students with disabilities.
I became involved with Marin Ventures after my sister Susan began attending the day program in 2015. Susan had recently moved across the state to Marin County to be closer to me. Having seen multiple day programs options in Marin and other counties, I knew that Marin Ventures was a very special place. I was most struck by the highly motivated staff, and the rich diversity of program offerings. Joining the Marin Ventures board is my way of giving back to a program that has enriched my sister’s life. Since this is my first board position, I come to the experience with an open mind and a desire to learn as much about non-profits and the disability community as possible. With my background as lawyer, I hope to effect change through problem solving and creative thinking.
Jami Davis previously worked at Marin Ventures for seven years as a founding employee. She returned in 2008 as Program Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 2011. Jami complete her MS and Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Wisconsin and worked in staff training and development in Wisconsin and California prior to her return to Marin Ventures. She says the best thing about her work is her relationships with the participants and families at Marin Ventures.
Pete Konicek started working at Marin Ventures in 2008 as an Instructor. For about 20 years previously, Pete worked as a Counselor and Special Education Teacher in a residential treatment facility for Severely Emotionally Disturbed teens. Pete says he took an immediate liking to the clients and staff at Marin Ventures and accepted a promotion to Program Coordinator in his first year. Pete became Program Director in 2011. Pete finds his job always interesting and usually quite enjoyable.