2017-2018 Board of Directors

2017-2018 Executive Board of Directors
President-CEO: Terry Rifkin
Treasurer: Hank Snyder
Secretary: Cathy Nelson

2017-2018 Board of Directors
Brian Coty, Judy Mastracchio, Mike Lipscombe, Cathy Nelson, Terry Rifkin, David Shahoian, Patti Short, Hank Snyder, Jill Watson and Alan Wickstrom

2014-15 Board of Directors of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group:

Terry A. Rifkin, President-CEO:
Terry A. Rifkin, President-CEOTerry has a private practice in Laguna Niguel as a licensed Psychotherapist since 1981.  She has a special recognition in her field by holding a Diploma in Clinical Social Work.  Terry is also a member of “Who’s Who of American Professional and Business Women”.  She is a published author and has served as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.   Terry is a Charter member, Past President and Director of the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and a sustaining Paul Harris Fellow.  In 2008, Terry was selected to be the Rotary District Business Rotarian of the Year.  She served as Director of Support and Outreach for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group 2008-2012. Terry was recognized in her community with the “Heart and Soul Award” for August of 2011.  This award recognizes Orange County citizens for their passion for life and their dedication for making a difference.  In March of 2012, Terry was honored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey as the 73rd Assembly District Woman of the Year.  This honor was given for Terry’s tireless community service and her devoted efforts with our military troops and their families.

MSgt Hank Snyder USMC-Ret,-Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
MSgt Hank Snyder USMC-Ret,-Chief Financial Officer & TreasurerHank Snyder after 28 years of service retired from our Marine Corps in 1982. He is the President & CEO of Safe Tax and Business Accounting Services and has an extensive background in tax-business consulting, software development, and sits on five different Boards of Directors. He is a Member & Director of the Exchange Club Of San Clemente, a past President and is currently their Treasurer.

Brian Coty, Director:
Brian Coty, DirectorBrian Coty moved from Raytheon’s Missile Division to the Airframe Structural Test Group of McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach California. Brian transferred to the MD-11 Wing Design Group as an Airframe Design Engineer. He finished out his career at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing by working on the C-17 Transport Aircraft for over 7 years as a Airframe Design Engineer, Lead Engineer and Project Manager. Brian is a Realtor with Re/Max Select One located in Dana Point. Director Brian Coty has donated 100s of hours of his time and resources serving tirelessly as the DP 5th MAR Support Organization’s point person with Rock Of Ages & our Marines to design, build, transport and place the 5th Marines Operation Enduring Freedom Monument at Camp Pendleton.

Mike Lipscombe, Director:
Mike Lipscombe, DirectorMike is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran serving with HMM 163 and others at Marble Mountain during the early years 1965-66. After leaving he went back to school and completed 2 engineering degrees and a masters in Finance. He has worked in the Aerospace and Defense industries in California for companies such as Honeywell, Meggitt and Armtec in the supply chain area. He is currently responsible for Compliance at Ceradyne Inc, a subsidiary of 3M that produces body armor and helmets for the Marines, and other branches of the armed forces. He serves on the Board of Fisher House of Southern California, and has served on the Board of the American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor where he is currently the Chairman of the Donations Committee. Mike moved to Dana Point in 2008 from Hermosa Beach where he lived after leaving the Marines, and enjoys sailing and working on his old BMW and most of all spending time with his wife Vicki.

Judy Mastracchio, Director:
Judy Mastracchio, DirectorAfter some life-changing events, Judy moved to Dana Point from the east coast in 2008.  She decided to become an entrepreneur and created a website and a virtual organization called "OC Active Seniors" for folks who are seniors in age only.  It has become very successful reaching over 2000 subscribers.  Realizing how her personal experience could help others move on with their lives as she had, Judy achieved certifications as a Life Coach, Professional Coach and Divorce Coach.   Also on her "bucket list" was to pursue being a stand-up comic and she made her first stage appearance in 2010. Her love of comedy led to co-producing  two fundraising events for the DP5MRSG: "Operation Semper Funny" in 2013 and "Laughs for Leathernecks" in 2014. She's also served as President of her HOA and is Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry at St. Edward the Confessor here in Dana Point. She feels one of the highest honors she has ever achieved is to serve as Secretary for the DP5MRSG.

Cathy Nelson, Secretary:
Cathy Nelson, DirectorCathy is a Capo Beach Resident for 30 years and has recently retired from working as an executive/legal secretary.  She has been active in the local community and has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations including the Capistrano Valley Symphony, the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society, and the Sand Dollar Guild; a fund raising arm for the Ocean Institute. She joined the Guild in 1996 and has been on the board of directors for most of her tenure and is currently serving as co-President for the second year in a row.  She also belongs to Beta Sigma Phi, Tau Phi Chapter, a philanthropic sorority, and has been on the board of directors for their chapter for many years.  She has been involved as a volunteer with the 5th Marines Combat Golf Tournament and feels privileged to be involved with such wonderful, dedicated people!

David Shahoian, Director:
David Shahoian, DirectorWith over 20 years of banking and lending experience, David Shahoian is currently a Vice President & Relationship Manager at Farmers & Merchants Bank. After leaving San Diego State University, David has held key management positions at US Bank, Huntington Bank and Union Bank where he developed vast experience in Commercial and Corporate Lending. Mr. Shahoian was also licensed for Series 6, 63, and Life Insurance, as he worked closely with the Private Bank at Union Bank to develop Wealth Management clients. Being a leader in his community, David has been a longtime Board Member of Fish for Life, OCAPS, Mariners Church, Founder of Christian Surfers San Clemente Chapter, and member of the Saddleback Church Men’s Ministry in San Clemente. As a 34 year family resident history in San Clemente and a current resident of Dana Point, he spends most of his free time with his wife Kristina and relaxing by surfing the local surf breaks. Moreover, he enjoys helping others and serving God.

Patti Short, Director:
Patti Short, DirectorAs a 34 year resident of Dana Point, I am proud of the mission of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and honored to serve on its Board of Directors. Career experience includes retail sales, advertising, telecommunications customer service, sales and marketing, and event planning and management. Currently I'm a full time Realtor with 26 years of experience. Have previously served the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the Capistrano Valley Symphony Board of Trustees; the Dana Point Incorporation Study Team; the first Harbor Revitalization Committee and as a Charter Member of the Sand Dollar Guild. Currently a member of the Earth Ocean Society Board of Directors; Dana Point "Citizen of the Year" Committee; Orange County Women in Networking Board of Directors; Dana Point Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Realtors; California Association of Realtors; Laguna Board of Realtors.

Jill Watson, Director:
Jill Watson, DirectorBorn and raised in Vineland, New Jersey, Jill moved to Bass Lake, California in 1979 where she met her husband of 36 years. Jill and her husband moved to San Clemente in 1984 and purchased a home raising five children. Jill started her company, The Pampered Bride, a wedding planning business in 1994. She was fortunate to become part of the preferred vendor list of such venues as the Ritz Carlton, Pelican Hill, Rancho Las Lomas, Saint Regis, and Casa Romantica to name a few. She left the business in 2016 entering into semi-retirement so she and her husband could enjoy more travels. During this time Jill was asked to be the venue manager for the Casino San Clemente where she worked for two more years before deciding to fully retire and spend more time playing tennis, swimming, travelling, and volunteering in the community. We brought Jill out of retirement to be the DP5MRSG Director of Support and Outreach for our Marines, Sailors and Families.

Alan Wickstrom, Director:
Alan Wickstrom, DirectorAlan works in the web design and Internet marketing business and is a Past President of the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, former Vice-Chair of the City of Dana Point's Arts & Culture Commission, past Board Member of Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and Dana Point Coastal Arts. He was selected as Dana Point Citizen of the Year in 2009 and was past President of the SOCSA Foundation.  Alan is currently the Web Site Chair for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group.