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
Bob Reagan
Jan Alcalde
Mona Kayton
John Maurer  
Sam Matyas

                                                                                                                                                     

 


I am energized by helping Mind Matters because of what we do for clients and their families.”
— Jerry Lucas

Jerry Lucas
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.


As a parent of autistic children, I have a unique voice to contribute to the Mind Matters Board and am pleased to be able to represent all of the many families who live with ASD issues on a daily basis.”
— Charlie Lortz

Charlie Lortz
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.


We are fortunate to have attracted a stellar staff at Mind Matters, all of whom are part-time, but work with full-time heart and dedication to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.”
— Jan Alcalde

Jan Alcalde
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.


Nancy Tiffany
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.


It is a privilege to be part of this organization and support them in their mission. They are a valuable community resource.”
— Mona Kayton

Mona Kayton
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.


Having seen how well Justin has done with his autism and good competent treatment, I am excited to be part of Mind Matters, because I have seen first hand how good therapy can help autistic spectrum disorder kids and their parents.”
— John I. Maurer, M.D.

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. 


It is immensely rewarding to be a part of a solution to help families enable their children to learn the necessary skills and behaviors that allows them to live productive and independent lives.”
— Janet Orvis Cook

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. 


If I can help acquaint families, educators and donors with the story of Mind Matters and what it accomplishes I will feel that my talents will have been put to good use.”
— Bob Reagan

Bob Reagan
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.


Sam Matyas
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.