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Liam Dunfey

LIAM DUNFEY, Village Co-Founder and Board Chair

Born and raised in Boston, Liam moved to San Diego in 2000 after earning his Bachelor's Degree from Elmira College (NY) and Master's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since moving to San Diego, Liam has worked at several non-profits, including the University of San Diego, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and is currently employed at St. Paul’s Senior Services. Liam has six years of Toastmasters training, is involved with Uptown Rotary, and will be the President of the San Diego Planned Giving Partnership in 2018. Liam is married with three small children and enjoys discussions about leadership, public policy, American history, and the Boston Celtics.


Pascal van den Berk


Pascal was born in The Netherlands in 1973 and immigrated to the US in 2000 where he enjoyed a successful career in marketing. He held positions such as Marketing Director at Office Depot and Vice President of Marketing and Analytics for AutoAnything, an Autozone company. In 2016, after the passing of his father who suffered from dementia, Pascal started a home care agency bringing the highest quality of care to our seniors in North County San Diego. He loves spending time with is family, wife Kelley and daughter Kayla, and is an avid soccer and basketball fan.


Susan Helsher

SUSAN HELSCHER, Village Board Member

Originally from Cincinnati, Susan moved to San Diego in 2002, where she has worked in operations and customer service in health care and retail sectors, developing caring front line staff and the management teams to support them. She is currently employed at Sharp Health Plan. Susan holds Bachelor's Degrees in English and Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Business from Xavier University (Cincinnati). She also holds a certification as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Susan has two children in college, who keep her eternally humble.



PHYLLIS LEVINE, Village Board Member

Before her retirement in 2014, Phyllis' career spanned over three decades as an Association Executive in non-profit organizations. She has broad experience in association management, program development, membership services, conference planning, and fundraising. Phyllis now focuses her talents and passion on her service as a Board Member for the Northy County Village, a mentor for Casa de Amistad, and as a volunteer for the San Diego Botanical Gardens. Phyllis holds a Bachelor's Degree from State University of New York (Oswego), and a Master's Degree from Columbia University.


Mike D

MICHAEL DALE, Village Board Member 

Born and raised in Half Moon Bay, CA, Mike moved to San Diego in 1977 to attend San Diego State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He was a feature writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Copley News Service as well as news broadcaster and marketing manager for local radio stations.  In 2000, Mike switched careers to financial services, becoming a mortgage broker and realtor.  His passion is educating consumers on financial literacy and debt management strategies for all age groups but especially our aging population. Mike is married with two children, and lives in La Costa Valley. He loves music, history, golf, and the NFL.


Jane S


JANE SCHATT, Village Board Member 

Jane grew up in Chicago, and moved to Phoenix where she finished her high school years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. During her teaching career, Jane was recognized for her exemplary service by the California Reading Association and the Greater San Diego Reading Council. Since retiring, Jane has become involved in a number of organizations, including City of Hope and the League of Women Voters. Her hobbies include piano, ukulele, and songwriting.




SID SCHULMAN, Board Emeritus and Co-Founder

Sid is a WWII Veteran. He holds a B.S. Degree in Business Management from the University of Bridgeport. Professionally, Sid began his career as an entry level employee for a major electrial connector company, and advanced to Manager of Sales and Production. He later formed Schulman & Associates, a manufacturers' representative company, which merged with Universal Components Company. He served as VP and Board Member at the newly formed company, and as a Board Member of the Southern California Electrical Distributors. Sid was also awarded a patent for a post installation connector insulating device. Other distinctions: Served on the Architectural Committee for La Costa Valley HOA, as well as a Board Member; Served on the Board of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, CA