Mike Lansing is a San Pedro native and resident, and a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. He began his 17-year education career at San Pedro’s Holy Trinity and Mary Star High School. In 1988, he founded the San Pedro Youth Coalition (SPYC), a volunteer organization that continues to support the youth of San Pedro and advocate for their needs.
Enhancing his volunteerism, Lansing has served as founder and president of the SPYC board, as well as a board member for Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital and Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, all while continuing to serve on the Harbor Community Health Center board.
Since 1995, one of Lansing’s special accomplishments is being the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH), the largest private child development agency in the South Bay. As an alumnus of the club, Lansing also served on its board of directors for three years and was previously elected to serve two terms on the District 7 Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.
During his executive director tenure at BGCLAH, the club has increased the number of youths served by twenty-fold at 21 sites in the Los Angeles Harbor area. It has also expanded ways to help the community raise successful youth through programs such as College Bound, the Education 1st Program and Comprehensive Arts Programming.
Marjorie Lunt is a retired registered nurse with a varied 45-year history working in both New York and California. As Lunt describes it, she has done “good old fashioned bedside nursing” and was also an emergency department supervisor. Additionally, she conducted supervision and management in an outpatient, university-affiliated urology practice.
Since retiring from nursing in 2006 after being a case manager with UnitedHealthcare for 10 years, Lunt has been doing some part-time home health nursing supervision.
Lunt earned her nursing degree from Northeastern University in Boston followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Health from Hunter College in New York and a Master of Arts in Health Education from New York University.
As a dedicated healthcare professional, Lunt’s earnest goals are simple. “I have always prided myself in being a strong patient advocate. In retirement I have become very involved with two charities that I hold dear,” she says, “and I am eager to offer what I can to promote good medical care as well as easy access in my community.”
Jane Castillo, a Los Angeles native, is a REALTOR® for Keller Williams – L.A. Harbor. Inspired by buying and remodeling her first home with her husband, she came to real estate from the art world and the field of education. Applying artistic vision to her own properties has resulted in a vast array of experience in the restoration of historic properties for the National Register of Historic Places, the renovation process, vacation rentals, and of course, buying and selling properties.
Castillo’s work transforming spaces sharpened her eye for seeing the potential in a home and has enabled her to find creative solutions for each client’s needs. Being bilingual in English and Spanish, along with a background in teaching, gives her a keen ability to guide, listen and respond to client needs, as does her familiarity with Los Angeles geography, neighborhoods and resources.
Jane is published in the international bestselling book, Becoming a Local Leader. She was recently chosen to join the new Keller Williams Sports & Entertainment Division while serving on the Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council and teaching in her office. She holds various special designations and titles that include certified probate real estate specialist, first-time homebuyer specialist, senior real estate agent and new home specialist.
Castillo enjoys serving the community in various capacities and has served on her neighborhood council as a neighborhood watch block captain. “My mom used to take my brother and me to the neighborhood health center for our immunizations for school,” says Castillo. “I directly benefitted from this experience then as a little girl, and now I get to give back to this health center [Harbor Community Healthcare Center] as an adult.”
In her spare time, Castillo and her husband also enjoy rescuing, fostering and finding homes for rabbits for local rabbit rescue organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art education from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University.
Attorney Alan Weinfeld’s legal practice specializes in trust and estate and business litigation. He has represented clients in a wide range of trust and estate and business litigation matters, including business torts and shareholder disputes, trustees and beneficiaries in trust administration and trust and estate litigation.
Mr. Weinfeld’s legal accomplishments include obtaining a summary judgment awarding more than $2 million in insurance proceeds to a trustee of a trust for members of a famous Hollywood family; successfully defending a trustee of a trust set up by an iconic author against petition by a claimed beneficiary of trust; and obtaining a summary judgment completely dismissing business tort claims seeking $1.6 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Mr. Weinfeld has a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a specialization in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was also honored as a “rising star” for four consecutive years by Southern California Super Lawyers, an organization that recognizes top lawyers through a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. He has also published The Right of Occupancy, California Lawyer, Vol. 35, No. 9 (September 2015) as discussed in Quezada v. Ramirez (2d App. District, June 16, 2017) Court of Appeal Case No. B272093, 2017 WL 2609539.
Board Vice Chair
Dana Martin is a home care advocate and former owner of the Seniors Helping Seniors Home Care Agency.
For over five years, she has been on the Harbor Community Health Center’s board of directors. She also has experience in the import/export industry.
As a life-time San Pedro resident and graduate of San Pedro High School, she attended Harbor Community College and has taken a wide variety of courses that include certification for U.S. Import Tariffs, homecare practices, accounting and more. In her spare time, Martin enjoys music and boating.
Giving back to the community through volunteerism has been a lifelong passion for Ida Taylor. She is a charter member of the Carson branch of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., a national women’s community service organization with branches in over 120 cities. Through her church, she is also a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King, an international Christian outreach organization.
Additionally, Taylor served on the Women's Congressional Advisory Council for 10 years and volunteered for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 39 years. For 11 years, until 2019, Taylor was president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Federated Auxiliary 8 in Wilmington. She was also president of the ILWU Federated Auxiliaries for the entire West Coast for two terms, 2015 through 2019.
Her occupational background has included working for the Danica furniture company in San Pedro for 15 years and five years for Nippon Shuppan Hanbai USA, a Japanese publishing company. Taylor moved to San Pedro from Pueblo, Colorado in 1968 and graduated from San Pedro High School in 1969. She has been married 53 years and is the mother of four daughters.
CHAD SPARKS, MD
Dr. Chad Sparks has a multifaceted history of medical experience, highlighted by his service in the U.S. Navy. Following medical school, he served as an internal medicine physician for seven years and oversaw inpatient and ambulatory care at the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital as the Chair of Internal Medicine. Additionally, he was a leader for quality improvement as the “Clinical Champion” for several population health measures and served on numerous hospital committees.
He also completed a deployment to Kuwait. Following his military tour of duty, Dr. Sparks practiced as a hospitalist physician for the Veterans Health Administration and subsequently at community hospitals. He also has experience in managed care doing utilization management for California Medicaid and TRICARE, a government-based healthcare program that provides civilian health benefits for U.S military personnel and retirees.
At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Dr. Sparks was an assistant professor of medicine. He is also currently on the Western Territory Advisory Board for the Salvation Army.
Dr. Sparks received his medical doctorate from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA.