Our Board

Scott Clifford, Board President, has spent 30 years in the investment management industry, the majority of it with Barclays Global Investors (now part of BlackRock) where he held a variety of leadership roles within the firm's active strategies. Scott is currently a founding partner of Redwood Bay Investors, a private investment firm in San Francisco. He also serves on the board of The Bay School of San Francisco and has a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Madeline Miller, Board Vice-President, began her professional career as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; practicing both farm and companion animal medicine in New York and Michigan. In 1992 Madeline turned her talents to the pharmaceutical industry where she worked in Clinical Research, Medical Affairs and Project Management at Biometric Research Institute and Gilead Sciences Inc.  Subsequently she helped to establish BioSoteria, Inc., a drug safety consulting company, serving as Chief Operating Officer.  Madeline joined the board in 2014, and was quickly captivated by the mission of Cedars, the clients and the dedicated staff.  She is pleased that she can apply her business skills and strategic thinking in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and the management team to ensure Cedars success and stability. 

Scott Erickson, Board Treasurer, has spent over thirty years in the commercial real estate development, investment, and management industry, most recently as Director of Asset Management for Rockpoint Group where he was responsible for its western U.S. asset management activities. Scott is also a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.S. in business administration, accounting and finance, from the University of California at Berkeley.  He has served multiple terms on the Board of Regents of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory and the Board of the Undergraduate Business Alumni Association at U.C Berkeley.  His connection with Cedars was through his brother Dayton, who thoroughly enjoyed living at Lamont House.

Jane Brown has been a member of the Cedars Family Association since 2007 and has a son, John, who is a resident at one of Cedars group homes. She previously has served on several boards and chaired many fund raising events including La Vendamia, which was a major fund raiser for Cedars. As a Board member she hopes to be able to contribute some of her expertise. She has a BA in Journalism (advertising) and has worked at the Des Moines Register and Tribune and IBM. She also was co-owner of Suntec Industries. She is now retired and lives in Petaluma with her husband, Patrick.

Mary Gordon is a retired holistic health practitioner who lives in the east bay.  She rejoined the Cedars board of directors in 2019 after a two year hiatus.  Her past professional experience includes working for many years as a member of the management team at a facility very similar to Cedars. She has served on various non-profit boards and is a founder and the past board president of Caritas Creek, an environmental education program serving elementary school-aged children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her sister, Jeannie, has been happily living at Cedars since 1992.

Betty LeFevre is a past president of Cedars Board of Directors , serving from 1994-1997.  She is the incoming President for the Cedars Family Association for the coming year.  Betty retired from the Insurance Industry in 1993, where she was a Vice-president of Design Professionals Insurance Company, based in Monterey California.   The company wrote professional liability insurance for Architects and Engineers.   She was directly involved in building a start-up company within DPIC for professional liability coverage for accountants in 1987, and served as chief underwriter for both lines. She retired in 1993.  She and her husband moved to Danville, CA in 2010, after both retired.  Betty has three children, including Gail, who resides happily at Pope Hall.  

Dan Leese has an unflagging passion for the wine industry coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, both of which led him to be the co-founder with his wife of the V2 Wine Group.  As V2’s CEO Dan is a proven leader, successful entrepreneur, strategic thinker and long-time corporate executive. In addition to a long track record in the wine industry, Dan has served on the boards of the Wine Institute and Marin Theater and is a member of the CEO Round Table and the Advisory Board of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business. Having grown up in Iowa as #9 of 10 kids, Dan and spouse Katy are long-time residents of Mill Valley.  Their 3 adult kids and 3 grandkids all live in the Bay Area as well.

Alexis Lynch is a Marin County native and a graduate of UCLA. She spent her early career working in education and corporate philanthropy before attending law school at the University of San Francisco, with a focus on estate planning. Working with families to ensure their family member with developmental disabilities is protected through conservatorships became her passion, and Alexis now has her own practice focusing solely on this need.  Alexis is an active volunteer in the special need community and, in addition to Cedars board, serves on the boards of Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center (as President) and Integrated Community Services.  

Gail McCallister is a native of Marin County where she lives and raises her four children with her husband Tom.  Before becoming a full time mom, Gail received a BA from Dartmouth College, an MA from Columbia University, an MBA from Northwestern University and worked primarily in corporate philanthropy and the non-profit sector, including Edgewood Children's Center and the Marine Mammal Center.  In 2015, Gail returned to work as the Service Learning Coordinator at San Domenico School.  In that role, she plans and organizes service projects for K to 8th grade students, including bringing 3rd graders to visit the Cedars Fine Art Studios to meet and interview the artists.

Julie McInerney joined Cedars board in 2013. She graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, and was a partner in Thelen Marrin Johnson and Bridges, and then served as in house counsel at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, both in San Francisco. Julie retired from full-time practice to raise her two children with her husband in San Anselmo. At present, Julie is back to practicing corporate/contract law on a part-time basis. She also serves on the Board of the Ross Valley Ecumenical Housing Association, which provides housing to low income seniors in San Anselmo, and volunteers with Friends of the San Anselmo Library. 

Scott Price is the principal in Scott B. Price and Company, Certified Public Accountants, in San Francisco. Educated at Rutgers College and holding an MBA from San Francisco State, Scott is the Treasurer of the Rainforest Action Network, Inc. in addition to serving on the Cedars Board. 

Anna Anello Rosen, co-founded Rosen Realty Group in 1989 with her husband, Mark, and acts as the company COO. The company specializes in representing office tenants in leasing transactions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and globally through its partnership in ITRA, the International Tenant Representative Alliance. Prior to launching Rosen Realty Group, Anna practiced real estate and business law for eight years, representing Silicon Valley start-ups and San Francisco real estate ventures. Anna has a B.A. degree from San Jose State University and a juris doctoral degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a native of the Bay Area, as is her sister, Toni, who is a Cedars resident. Anna currently serves as Treasurer of the Cedars Family Association. Anna and Toni love to make apricot jam together each July.

Sterling (Terry) Ross has served on the Cedars Board since the late 1980s and was its Chair for more than 10 years. A lawyer who lives and works in Mill Valley, Terry is the originator of the Special Needs Trust used throughout the country in estate planning for parents with a son or daughter with disabilities.  He’s the former chair of the California State Bar Certified Specialist Advisory Committee in trusts and estates; former chair of the Marin Bar Association Probate and Trust Section; and past president of the Youth Law Center of San Francisco and the Mill Valley Tennis Club. He received a B.A. from Stanford and J.D. from the University of Michigan. Terry retired in 2018 from the Robb and Ross law firm but continues his volunteer activities on behalf of persons with special needs.

Steven (Steve) Shaw is a real estate developer in Marin and was formerly a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. He is also a board member of Actis Capital of the UK, a private equity firm.  Steve has had past non-profit involvement with BAYCAT in San Francisco, the United Way, and SFJazz. Steve's brother Spencer is a Cedars resident, and Steve has been so impressed with Cedars that he asked to join the Board of Trustees.  

Rebecca Sullivan lives with her family in San Anselmo and currently is a Capital Campaign Associate for Big Sky Council. Having received a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University and worked in the field including her current practice as a private consultant, Rebecca also has engaged heavily in philanthropy.  She has been co-chair for YES, The Ross Valley Schools Foundation, Fundraising Co-Chair for Schools Rule Marin, and a Volunteer Commissioner for the San Anselmo Parks and Recreation Commission.

Debbie Stutsman recently retired from the Town of San Anselmo after 27 years of service, the last 15 as the Town Manager.  She also served as the elected San Anselmo Town Clerk for 8 years.  Prior to working for the Town government, she was employed at Bechtel Incorporated in Human Resource management.  She has a BA degree in English from California State University, Hayward.  She became interested in Cedars after participating in several tours and helping facilitate Cedars Farm Stand on the Town Hall lawn and would like to help forge greater connections between Cedars and the community. Debra and her husband are 40 plus year residents of San Anselmo.

John West joined the Cedars Board in 2020.  John’s son Andy has called Ferris House home since 2012.  Before retiring John spent 40 years in the railroad industry, with the last 20 years involved with railroad equipment financing both in the U.S. and Europe.  Following retirement he served on the Board of a non-profit corporation running a historic railroad in Colorado and New Mexico.  He has an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  John’s wife Barbara is a retired registered nurse, and they have lived in Mill Valley since 1975.

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