Meet The board
Chair Person of the Board
Paula moved to Lucerne from Santa Rosa in 2017 seeking a peaceful, less hectic lifestyle. Personal experience caring for her own son and father's health issues gained valuable strength in her faith, and interaction with Government Agencies; specifically healthcare, built a knowledge base which benefits the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center. Paula quickly recognized the activity going on around the Senior Center; specifically the Food Bank and wanted to give her time as a volunteer. A background in high end retail merchandising made the Thrift Store especially intriguing and it wasn't long before she was actively involved in the management and organization of the operations. Paula loves the great sense of community amongst residents and joined the board in 2019.
Charlie and his wife Diane moved to Lucerne in 1990 from Colorado and now both enjoy retirement. “I love that in a small community, such as Lucerne, you can have a voice and your efforts to help the town with your experience are respected”, says Behne. This is why he starting volunteering at the Senior Center and became a Board Member in February 2020. A career Mason for 46 years, Charlie’s breadth of experience in construction will greatly help in the upcoming renovations at the Center.
Originally from San Francisco, Virginia developed strong interests in community issues and local government during a residence in Humboldt County that spanned 23 years. Other highlights included volunteer work at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and for 16 years served on the board of directors of the Redway Community Services District. Working as a reporter for local newspaper, The Redwood Times, was an especially exciting experience and afforded great insight into community issues which Graziani bought with her when she moved to Lucerne in 2014. She has been working with the Senior Center for 5 years and is very excited about the improvements taking place.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Donna Lee moved to the SF Bay Area for college. She moved to Lucerne in 1973 with her husband and two young children who attended school in the same building the Senior Center now resides in. In 1985, Donna was appointed the Long Term Care Field Ombudsman for Lake and Mendocino Counties visiting all Care facilities. Retired from the position in June of 1994, she joined the Board of Directors of Andy Rossoff’s Senior Law Project until his eventual retirement. Both career experiences provided extensive knowledge which greatly benefits the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center.
She reconnected with the Senior Center when it became a disaster relief site after the 2018 Ranch Fire, and she decided to put forth her efforts as a Board Member of the Senior Center in January 2019. “It is truly a blessing getting to know and work with an amazing group of volunteers”, says Lee.
Emil spent over 40 years living in Alberta, Canada where he both worked and volunteered in multiple social organizations; including youth, wildlife and Habitat for Humanity programs. He balanced these efforts with a career as a carpenter and worked on many projects from building movies sets to custom log cabin homes and many home renovations. After moving to Lucerne with his wife, Sallyann, Emil became involved in several volunteer programs with the Senior Center; including the coordination of Lucerne Neighborfest. His social program experience coupled with his extensive construction background will greatly benefit the Center where he is currently serving as a Board Member.