Officers and Staff


Alan Hall - President   After seeing the benefits that Meals on Wheels brought to a family member, Alan was inspired to volunteer for Meals on Wheels West Los Angeles. After delivering meals for two years, he joined the board. A retired aerospace engineer, he brings management skills to our organization. With the goal of providing an improved workspace for staff and volunteers, he spear-headed our 2014 office upgrade.
Karyssa Henderson - Vice President. Karyssa began volunteering at MOW West LA in early 2012 continuing in her late father’s footsteps (Wallace Britton) who was a dedicated volunteer for MOW in Santa Cruz for many years. Her children, Robert and Jules, are frequent volunteers, as well. Karyssa worked as a Vice President in corporate banking for 12 years after earning an engineering degree from Cornell and an MBA from UCLA. Currently, she works in admissions at UCLA Anderson during the school year. She is honored to be part of the board and support Meals on Wheels’ continued good works in the community.
Don Nelson - Treasurer. I was raised in then small rural town of Lakeside, about 25 miles west of San Diego. After high school, I enrolled at UCLA and spent my entire career in Los Angeles. I became a CPA and went to work as an auditor for Haskins & Sells, which after a series of mergers is now known as Deloitte. It is now one of the largest international professional service firms. I was active in several accounting organizations and was President of the California Society of CPAs for its 1983-84 year. My wife of 65 years, Roslyn, and I have been delivering Meals on Wheels almost every Monday since 2003.
Joanne Foley - Secretary
Dwight Heikkila - Past President  Five years ago, Dwight was introduced to the organization by legendary recruiter, Ernie Wolfe. Still active in his own financial planning practice, Dwight doesn’t often run routes, but has toiled with the Board of Directors in fundraising, budgeting, and portfolio management. Since the financial crisis of ’08, which threatened the existence of many small non-profit organizations, we have been blessed by many generous donors. Though we do not receive any government funding, we are in a sound financial position to continue serving the community for years to come.
Wayne Koupal - Board Member
Ladan Djabbari - Board Member
Shawna Malcom - Board Member
Vida Omana-Schwartz - Board Member
Ken Holden - Board Member. Ken and his wife (Betty) have been active supporters of Meals on Wheels of West L.A. for a number of years. After his retirement from the Aerospace Corporation in 2011, Ken joined Betty as a volunteer to deliver meals on Tuesdays. In August 2014, Ken joined the Board of Directors of MOW. Ken is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Aerospace Retirees’ Club. Ken enjoys tennis a couple of times each week. He and Betty travel regularly to London to visit their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
Ray Barreno - Board Member

Office Staff

Ellen Horwitz - Executive Director
Trisha Akaba - Assistant to Exec. Dir.