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, MBA
Jerry has been a board member since 2011. He 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.
Janet Orvis Cook, MS
Janet Orvis Cook has been a member of the Mind Matters Board since April of 2016, rejoining 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.
Nancy Tiffany, MA
Nancy Tiffany has been a board member since 2017. She 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.
Patrick has been a board member since 2019. He retired in 2017 after a long career in medical product development for Johnson and Johnson, Tyco Healthcare and other large corporations. During this time, he managed both projects and departments within R&D, often leading national and international project teams. Patrick holds a BSME (equivalent) from his native Argentina and is also the titular on various medical device patents.
Jennifer has been a board member since 2019. She and her family moved to Calaveras County in 1998 from the Modesto area where she became a small business owner, joined the Volunteer Fire Department, and worked for a local ambulance company. Jennifer loves being able to help, protect, and serve the communities in which she lives. In 2001 Jennifer and her family relocated to the Arnold area where she raised three children, two of whom have received services from Mind Matters since they opened in 2007. Jennifer has gained a wealth of knowledge through real life experiences as a mother seeking treatment for her children, and this experience allows Jennifer to bring a unique perspective to the Board.