A board member since 2017, Marc has made it a personal mission to support Noah Homes however he can. Having grown up with a very close family member who has Down syndrome, he is all too familiar with the day-to-day challenges individuals with a developmental disability face, as well as their families. Currently, Marc is the President and Founder of Real Estate Capital Advisors, a commercial real estate finance company. His career in private equity, real estate investment banking, and commercial banking spans over 27 years during which he has originated and/or closed well over $1 Billion in debt and equity real estate transactions. He graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Finance. He also holds Broker and Officer Licenses with the California Department of Real Estate. Marc is also actively involved in other non-profit boards in the San Diego Community.
Mary O'Connor, DDS
Mary joined the board in September 2015 and currently holds the position of Vice President. She was introduced to Noah Homes by seeing some of the residents as patients and supporting numerous fundraising events. She is grateful to be able to serve on the Board of Directors.
A graduate of the University of San Diego and Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago, she has maintained a private practice in pediatric dentistry in Hillcrest since 1990. Her practice includes the care of special needs children and adults. She serves on the board of the Rest Haven Children’s Fund, the USD College of Arts and Sciences advisory council and as Dental Director of the Anderson Center for Dental Care at Rady Children’s. Mary and her husband John support each other in their volunteer endeavors. With their three children grown and living on their own, they both have more time to dedicate to places like Noah Homes. Having met so many wonderful residents, staff, family members and volunteers, she is happy to be able support such a great organization.
A Board Member since 2012, Adam is an accomplished finance and accounting professional. He has over 10 years’ experience in financial management.
Adam received his B.S.E from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A in Finance and M.S in Accountancy from San Diego State University. He also served as a Submarine Officer with the US Navy. Today Adam is the VP of Finance and Administration at TSG Solutions, Inc. Adam brings his financial expertise to Noah Homes.
Tom joined the Noah Homes team as a member of the Construction Committee, serving as an oversight task group for the Memory Care Homes. After spending time at Noah Homes and seeing the hard work and effort being put forth to improve so many lives, Tom joined the board of directors in 2015. Other boards that he serves include Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista and the National Concrete and Masonry Association. Tom has been married to his wife Andrea for 23 years and they have four children; Avery, Lindsey, Shelby, and Jacob. Their family has lived in Jamul since 2001.
Tom is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at RCP Block & Brick. He and his three siblings manage the family business that was started in 1947 by their father, Marvin. The company manufactures concrete block, segmental retaining wall products, and concrete interlocking pavers in Otay Mesa. Additionally, the company operates six retail stores in San Diego and Riverside counties.
Tom is a 1988 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, earning his bachelor’s degree in business.
A board member since 2006, Randy is a founding attorney and managing partner of Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos with offices in San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Randy is married to his wife Alison and cherishes the opportunity to be a small part of the success and mission that is Noah Homes. Randy is uncle to twins with Down syndrome.
He is a graduate of the University of Arizona as well as the USD School of Law. His two daughters and Alison routinely share their musical talents with the residents of Noah Homes, helping with fund raisers or choreography for special events. Randy has served the board as Vice President.
Shoshanah Feher Sternlieb
In addition to her role as board member at Noah Homes, Shoshanah is a member of the board of directors at Ohr Shalom Synagogue. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her career as a sociologist includes qualitative research projects at the La Jolla and Los Angeles VA, University of Illinois, Chicago and within the University of California system. She has presented her original research in journal articles and book chapters. She is also the author of a book on interfaith topics, titled Passing Over Easter: Constructing the Boundaries of Messianic Judaism. Shoshanah and her husband are the parents of three children. Their youngest has a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual and developmental disability which propelled her to initiate a program on disability awareness and inclusion at Ohr Shalom Synagogue. As a result of this effort, the synagogue now has a permanent committee dedicated to developing, implementing, and maintaining disability awareness and inclusion programs. As a board member of Noah Homes, Shoshanah will strive to contribute to the organization’s mission and effectiveness, and help enhance its visibility by serving as an ambassador and advocate to the larger community.
A board member since 2010, Philip brings a special connection to Noah Homes through his personal relationship with the staff and residents. For the past 11 years, Philip was the Business Development Director for a pharmacy servicing Noah Homes. He was impressed with the excellence of service and quality of staff, and was pleased to answer the call to serve on the board of directors!
Today Philip is Director of Development for RezCare Pharmacy, a business Philip started in 2010 to provide quality pharmacy services to long term care facilities throughout San Diego. Philip also has a passion for providing timely medical training for professionals in the industry and has been very hands on expanding the Noah Homes Annual Medical Symposium, as well as Chairing the Annual Golf Tournament. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and has a daughter Alicia attending Valhalla High School in East County.
Wayne has worked in the development of Regional Shopping Centers for over thirty years. He joined TrizecHahn Development (formerly The Hahn Company) in 1975. Mr. Finley served as Director of Development. Over the course of his 25-year career with TrizecHahn, he was instrumental in the development of one of the most prominent portfolios in North America. In total these properties exceed over 40 million square feet of retail space. In 2001 he formed the Finley Group, LLC and joint ventured with Forest City Development and The Corti-Gilchrist Partnership to develop Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley California. Wayne retired in 2006 and has continued to contribute his time and efforts to various endeavors. He served as Co-Chair of the Architectural/Construction Committee and was responsible for the coordination of the planning and construction of Horizon Prep K-12 Christian School on a 15 acre site in Rancho Santa Fe. Wayne joined the Board of Directors of ACCO Engineering Systems, Glendale California in 2007. ACCO Engineering is one of the largest mechanical contractors in the U.S. He served as Chairman of the Board 2009-2012, currently he is a member of the Management and Succession and Compensation Committee, and the Audit Committee. Mr. Finley is a member of the Facilities, Planning and Construction Task Force for Rady Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees. As a task force member he has worked on a number of projects for Ray Children’s Hospital. Wayne has been married to his wonderful wife Charlotte for 41 years and they live in Carmel Valley. They have three children: Veronica, James, and Jonathon, and five grandchildren. Veronica, their oldest, has Down syndrome and currently lives at Noah Homes.
Jill is a seasoned professional with 40 years of banking experience. Her expertise in commercial lending is in the following fields: Commercial Real Estate, Commercial and Industrial including lines of credit, equipment financing, letters of credit and Asset Based Lending.
She is well-versed in the Relationship Banking Model in which she develops banking relationships with the owners of local companies to facilitate their growth as well as providing Private Banking Services to the owners and key management. She also manages a staff of talented and focused professionals who see the value in every client and every client request. Jill has been with CBT for 18 years and has been a top producer each year. She enjoys providing lending/banking solutions to the business community.
Mark Cassell grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. However, Southern California has always been his home after being stationed at Camp Pendleton during his years in the United States Marine Corps. After serving a tour of duty in Vietnam, he settled in Los Angeles to begin his business career.
After starting a family and while working as National Franchise Sales Director for a large equipment rental organization, he earned his business degree from UCLA.
He is a results-driven entrepreneur with experience in diversified industries within the public, private, and franchise sectors of business. He is a calculated risk-taker and has a proven track record of success. With over 3 decades of experience, his leadership and contributions have been essential to the development of small and medium-sized businesses including manufacturers, restaurants, real estate offices, and retail shops.
He has had several successful businesses of his own. Although early in his career, he worked for different companies and held various leadership positions of increasing responsibilities. He is a true entrepreneur at heart and understands what it takes to build something from the ground up. His last company, a national linen manufacturing, and silk-screening plant began in his garage and had over 100 employees when it was sold to his business partner after 20 years.
Throughout his many years of experience, he has developed a reputation for collaborating with his partners to make well-educated business decisions that help excel the company in positive ways. His business acumen, patience, and steadfastness have helped him succeed in his endeavors.
Legislative Committee Chair
Debra Elwell, a native San Diegan, has been a Noah Homes board member since December of 2019. She recently retired as the Vice President of Outpatient Operations for a large medical group with which she had spent over 34 years in a variety of roles including oversight and leadership in contracting, compliance, human resources, strategic planning and development, construction planning and oversight, IT projects and whatever else it took/takes. She enjoys diversity and a challenge – and there has been a lot of both of those for her over the years. She has been a part of the medical groups’ growth from 12 physicians to now over 60, from two outpatient offices to five and from providing services at three hospitals to eight hospitals. She sits on various boards and committees with the medical group as well as with local hospital partners. Previously she has worked at UCSD and she worked at Sharp Grossmont Hospital while earning a BA from San Diego State.
Debra is the mother of three and stepmother to three – all adults and doing wonderfully. She is blessed that her daughter Leah is a resident of the Noah Homes community and Leah is thriving, happy and very much at home in her forever home. Debra loves to plan the weekend activities for Leah when she comes for weekend visits and usually involves some of Leah’s favorite things: sporting events, country western music, and eating out. Debra loves to volunteer at Noah and spending time with the “folks” when she can. Being a part of Enchanted Village from its inception is something that Debra holds near and dear. While not one to just sit and relax, Debra looks forward to her upcoming retirement so that she can spend more time assisting at Noah.
Debra and her husband, Richard, enjoy annual vacations to the island of Kauai and taking advantage of the everything “island:” swimming, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, reading on the beach, as well as visits to the farmers markets and fresh fish market to take back the treasures of the day to a little house right on the beach for grilling. All in all, the time is “unplugged.” Debra also enjoys spending time on bicycle rides, tending to her garden, baking, cooking, and an afternoon proper cuppa tea.
A board member since 2021, Carey supports Noah Homes in fulfilling its strategic vision and furthering its education and training components. Carey was first introduced to Noah Homes as a child in the ‘90s, when her mother, Trish McColl, served on the Noah Homes Board of Directors. Inspired by her experiences at Noah Homes, Carey decided to pursue a career working with people with disabilities. For the last ten years, she has worked with students with disabilities as a School Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her current role at Cabrillo Point Academy, Carey conducts multidisciplinary assessments and functional behavior assessments to determine student support needs. In addition she supports parents and students by providing behavior intervention services. Carey received her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University and her Master’s in School Psychology and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Alliant International University. Carey is a La Mesa native where she lived until her early 20s. She currently lives with her husband, Colin, and their two children, Andrew and Allison in Claremont Mesa.