Board of Directors

A spirited and talented group of community members joined forces in 2008 to form the Mind Matters Board of Directors.

Jan Alcalde, Chairperson
Janet Orvis Cook, Vice-Chairperson
Jerry Lucas, Treasurer 
Nancy Tiffany, Secretary
Charlie Lortz       
Bob Reagan
Mona Kayton
Kymberlie Fleming


Jan Alcalde, Chairperson, Board Member Since 2011

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 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.


Janet Orvis Cook, Vice Chairperson, Board Member since 2016

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 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.


Jerry Lucas, Treasurer, Board Member Since 2011

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

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.


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.


Charlie Lortz, Board Member Since 2012

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 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 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.


Bob Reagan, Board Member Since 2009

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 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.


Mona Kayton, Board Member Since 2012

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 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.


Kymberlie Fleming, Board Member Since 2018

Kymberlie has experience as a Case Manager, direct care provider for patients with dementia, Alzheimer, and Intellectual Disabilities, as well as experience teaching ESL, running her own pet care business, and teaching healthy cooking classes to children and adults in Egypt. She lived in Egypt during the Egyptian Revolution, which is when she started Gameel Designs; a creative collective focused on graphic design and furniture re-design. Gameel means beautiful in Arabic and Kymberlie strives to make the world a more beautiful place for everyone by meeting their needs where they currently are.

After her experiences in Egypt, Kymberlie came back to the U.S. to continue her education, planning to return to Egypt to start a non-profit that worked with families and individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. She graduated Cum Laude in 2016 from UC Santa Cruz as a 21st Century Leonardo da Vinci Scholar and with honors in both her Bachelor Degrees. The first, Feminist Studies with a concentration on Law, Politics, and Social Change, and the second, Anthropology with a focus on Human Rights Law, Secularism, and the Muslim World. Kymberlie's calling is to help create safe spaces in which people with Intellectual Disabilities and Learning Disabilities can flourish. After university she decided to do that in her local community rather than abroad. 

She moved to Angels Camp in 2017 to be closer to her family and currently works with Calaveras and Sonora Lumber Co. as a Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer.