Our Board

Casa’s Board of Directors consists of respected leaders from the business, medical and civic communities in the San Diego area. Board members serve three-year terms without compensation. They may serve three consecutive terms.

The Casa board members work closely with the board-appointed management company, Life Care Services. Both of these entities place a high priority on input and recommendations from residents elected to serve on the Executive Council, and their advisory committees.

Board of Directors

Kathy Frederick

Kathy Frederick

Chair/President

Ms. Frederick was elected to the Board in March 2012.  She initially served as Chair of the Governance Committee and held that position until she became Chair of the Board of Directors in January 2019.  During this time, she also served as Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and as a member of the Casa Foundation Board, Finance and Investment Committee, the Audit Committee, Legal Committee and Planning & Construction Committee.  Ms. Frederick has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and has worked with several large healthcare systems in San Diego County.  Her last position was as Assistant Administrator at Scripps Mercy Hospital where she worked for 13 years.  Prior to retirement, she worked part-time as a Senior Director of Special Projects for the Corporate Sr. VP of Scripps where she established Employee Care Clinics at the 5 Scripps hospitals. After retirement from Scripps, Ms. Frederick consulted with hospitals in California and across the nation for 5 years.  She has been active in regional and national organizations for Human Resources and Healthcare Recruitment.  Prior to joining the Board at Casa, Kathy served as an Advisory Board member for the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California.

Craig Brown

Craig Brown

Vice Chair

Mr. Brown was elected to the Board in May 2014.  He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee, Legal Committee and the Marketing & Community Outreach Committee.  Craig’s community involvement parallels his career of 30 years at the helm of Rancho Financial Mortgage.  He is a founding member and past President of the Rancho Bernardo Business Association. Mr. Brown is a member and has served as President for the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club, and has served on Rotary International, Palomar Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Poway Center for Performing Arts and the Rancho Bernardo Business Association.  In 2008, he was elected in to the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame in recognition of his community service.

Katherine Lord

Katherine Lord

Secretary

Ms. Lord was elected to the Board in December of 2014.  She currently serves as the Casa Board Secretary, is chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and a member of the Planning and Construction and Governance Committees.  Ms. Lord has more than 40 years’ experience, 35 in California alone, as a licensed, practicing Architect specializing in Educational facilities (University, Community College and K-12) and Healthcare and Retirement projects.  Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Architecture and Masters of Architecture degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.  Katherine is a Principal and majority owner of Lord Architecture, Inc., located in Rancho Bernardo.  She has been a member of the American Institute of Architects for 35 years and is currently the AIA/San Diego Chapter’s President for 2019.  She is also a member of the USGBC/SD, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and an Advisory Board member of the New School of Architecture.

Mike Stelman

Mike Stelman

Director

Mr. Stelman was elected to the Board in December of 2011.  He is the Chair of the Governance Committee and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee, Audit Committee, Health and Wellness Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Casa Foundation.  He previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Casa.  He has served the Rancho Bernardo community for over 40 years as a Real Estate Broker specializing in Management, Marketing and Training.  He is currently retired and devotes considerable time to Rotary International, serving the needs of the less fortunate.  He has served San Diego in numerous leadership positions and volunteer organizations and is currently active on the Board of the Palomar Pomerado Hospital Foundation serving on its Finance Committee.

James Roth

James Roth

Director

Mr. Roth was elected to the Board in December of 2017.  He is the Chair of the Legal Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and the Casa Foundation Committee.  Mr. Roth is a local attorney specializing in corporate, real estate and business matters, including insurance law.  As general counsel to diverse business entities nationwide, Jim is responsible for developing strategies to minimize risk, navigating complex transactions, and representing his clients’ interests in litigation.  Jim has successfully tried numerous cases and argued before the California and federal courts of appeal.  Mr. Roth is also a frequent speaker and lecturer to professional and community groups on a variety of legal topics and is a regular columnist for the San Diego Defense Lawyers and the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Real Property Managers.

Committed to community service and strengthening our community, Mr. Roth has assumed leadership positions on an assortment of foundations.    He is a former Director for the Blue Sky Community Foundation, the Bernardo Town Center Property Owner’ Association, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, the Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce and its successor the North San Diego Business Chamber, having chaired the Board of both Chambers during his tenure.  As a long-time member of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary, Mr. Roth has held almost every Board position and served as the Club’s President during 1996-1997.  During 2006, Mr. Roth was elected in to the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame and recognized as the Rotarian of the Year in Rotary District 5340.

Jay Riordan

Jay Riordan

Director

Mr. Riordan was elected to the Board in March of 2013.  He currently serves as the Chair to the Planning and Construction Committee and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee, Audit Committee, Legal Committee and the Marketing & Community Outreach Committee.  Mr. Riordan has been active in his community over the years as President of the Rancho Bernardo Community Council, President of the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego to serve on 2 different Boards and has been a Rotarian since 2006.  Mr. Riordan is currently raising money for local charities as the VP of Giving for Processing for Good.

Steve DeMatteo

Steve DeMatteo

Director

Mr. DeMatteo was elected to the Board in December of 2014.  He is the Chair of the Casa Foundation Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and the Finance and Investment Committee.  Steve enjoys giving back to his community and is an inductee into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame in recognition of his leadership and community service.  He is a founding partner of Torrey Pines Wealth Management, a UBS Signature Team.  Together with his team, Steve designs comprehensive wealth management solutions – including strategic asset allocation portfolios, business exit-planning strategies and wealth preservation solutions- for a select group of business owners, executives and high net worth families.

Prior to his career in wealth management, Mr. DeMatteo served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps where he was decorated for performance in peacetime, humanitarian and combat operations. Steve recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty-three rewarding years of active duty and reserve service.

Steve Spear, Ph.D.

Steve Spear, Ph.D.

Director

Dr. Spear was elected to the Board in December 2013 and serves as a member of the Chair of the Marketing & Community Outreach Committee, and a member of the Governance Committee, and the Planning and Construction Committee.  He received is Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College, a Master of Science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside.  Mr. Spear retired after 39 years as a Professor at Palomar College and continues to serve on the Palomar College Health Benefits Committee.  During his tenure at Palomar College, he served on the Budget Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and was President of the Faculty Senate and Chairman of the Earth Sciences Department.  He was an active participant in the design and planning for the new Natural Sciences Building and Planetarium.

Sonja

Sonja "Sonny" Googins

Director

Ms. Googins was elected to the Board in December of 2018.  She serves as the Resident Board Member and serves on the Planning and Construction Committee, Marketing & Community Outreach Committee and the Health and Wellness Committee and had served as President of Casa’s Resident Council.  She is an active member of the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board, Rancho Bernardo Rotary, and the Poway Symphony Board.  Prior to retiring in San Diego, Ms. Googins served the Connecticut State Legislature’s House of Representatives for 12 years.

Ed Caviness

Ed Caviness

Resident Board Member

Mr. Caviness was elected to the Board in December 2019 as a non-voting resident member. He has been a resident of Casa de las Campanas for the past 3 years. During this time, Ed has served as the Resident Executive Council President and as Secretary along with several management advisory committees. Mr. Caviness has had a long career of 38 years in the US Navy and 10 years as a government employee. He has worked with several non-profit organizations.