Board of Directors
A spirited and talented group of community members joined forces in 2008 to form the Mind Matters Board of Directors.
Jerry Lucas Chairperson
Janet Orvis Cook Vice-Chairperson
Charlie Lortz Treasurer
Nancy Tiffany Secretary
Chairperson, Board Member since 2011
Jerry retired in 2004 after a career as a financial executive with the Postal Service. He received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a BSEE from the University of California. He worked as a nuclear engineer for five years prior to joining the Postal Service and served in the Navy as a nuclear submarine officer. Jerry is also the treasurer for the Murphys Community Club non-profit and for both the Angels-Murphys Rotary Club and Foundation.
Treasurer, Board Member since 2012
Charlie graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1974. He worked his way through school in the retail nursery industry and afterwards worked wholesale and plant propagation through traditional methods. Eventually he moved into tissue culture propagation and started his own landscaping business, getting his contracting his license in 1982. He continues to own and run his business "Progressive Landscaping".
Originally from Arcadia in Southern California, he married Sheila Doyle in 1979. They moved their family and business to Murphys in 1992 where they raised two sons who are both autistic.
Board Member since 2011
Jan earned a BA in English and a Lifetime K-9 Teaching Credential from San Jose State University, an MS in counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Sacramento State University, and a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential from Stanislaus State University. She moved to Murphys in 1972 and retired from the Vallecito Union School District in 2004 after 32 years of service teaching, school counseling, and assisting with curriculum development. She also taught modules for, and supervised interns in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties’ credentialing programs.
Secretary, Board Member since 2017
Nancy Tiffany received an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from West Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (of the family) from San Jose State University. She received her Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco in 1984. Nancy’s career for many years was in human resources, working for several large corporations in the computer industry. In addition, she taught in graduate and undergraduate programs for the University of Southern California, University of Denver and University of Phoenix. She served on the Disability Commission for the City of San Jose in the early nineties. In 2004, she moved to Calaveras County and was the director of a nonprofit program for young children. She went on to provide human resources consulting services and taught at a vocational college until she retired in 2016. She is now devoting her time to volunteering in the community, gardening and quilting.
Board Member since 2012
Mona is a 32 year veteran teacher of Special Education in Calaveras County. She has been a dedicated and caring teacher of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and emotional disorders. She has designed curriculum and managed hundreds of IEP's over the years and passed the Department of Education's HQ standards as a Highly Qualified teacher.
Recognized for her dedication, she was voted teacher of the year in 2009 in Calaveras. She has also served as a mentor to other teachers, as the chairperson for Bret Harte Grad night and other volunteer positions in the community.
John I. Maurer, M.D.
Board Member since 2015
John graduated from Stanford University in 1956, and Stanford Medical School in 1960. After a psychiatric residency at Stanford, he worked in Student health at Stanford for four years, and then was the founding director of a community mental health center in Turlock. Following two years there he opened a psychiatric private practice in Turlock and served there for 25 years.
He finally retired in 2006, and did several locum tenens assignments on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and county mental health clinics in Oxnard and Roseville California. After moving to Angels Camp, John served as a consultant in the Behavioral health clinics in both Calaveras and Tuolumne county. John serves on the Mark Twain hospital foundation board and has played in the Calaveras Community band for about 14 years. He has been married to Oma Maurer now for 17 years.
They moved to Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp in 1999. Oma has an autistic grandson who has done wonderfully with good strong therapy for him and his parents.
Janet Orvis Cook
Vice Chairperson, Board Member since 2016
Janet Orvis Cook has been a member of the Mind Matters Board since April of 2016, rejoining the Board after a hiatus of 2 years. She previously served on the Board for 5 years. Janet is retired from a 40-year career in early care and education. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Child & Family Services Division. Previously, she was the Assistant Executive Director for the Human Resources Council, Inc. (HRC), HRC Calaveras Head Start / State Preschool Program Director for 15 years, a Child Development / Early Childhood Education Adjunct Instructor for San Joaquin Delta College and Columbia College, and worked in the Early Childhood and Social Services field for various non-profits.
Janet is also a trainer and consultant in strategic planning, leadership, management, and systems development and implementation. She has a B.A. degree in Child Development / Special Education and a M.S. degree in Early Childhood Administration. Her honors and awards include the Jean Harrell Memorial Practicum Award, Scholar in Residence: Outstanding Leadership as a Graduate Student in the Field of ECE, the Renee Kaplan Scholarship Recipient for Outstanding Child Care Director, and a Head Start-Johnson & Johnson Fellow at UCLA. She has presented at numerous conferences on subjects as varied as Critical Thinking, Strategic Planning, to Child Discipline.
Board Member since 2009
Bob is a retired Public Relations executive who, with his wife JoAnna, moved to Calaveras County from Pasadena in 1998. his last job was as Director of Public Relations for the Los Angeles Public Library. He held similar positions with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Music Corporation of America and Paramount Television Productions (KTLA).
The Reagans live in Murphys and are actively involved in the community in a variety of ways. They supervised the Murphys Irish Day parade for 10 years. Bob handles the media relations for a number of organizations including Mind Matters.
Board Member since 2017
Sam retired in 2015 after a career that included Real Estate Appraising in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties and Operations Management in various high tech companies in Silicon Valley. He received a degree in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport in 1971 after serving in the U. S. Army 1965-1968. Sam is active in the Angels-Murphys Rotary Club and is the immediate Past President.