Board & Staff

Board of Directors

President

Callie-Wight-2Callie Wight

Callie Wight has been a California State licensed Registered Nurse for 40 years and has been in practice as a psychotherapist for 30. Ms. Wight holds two Masters of Art degrees from fully-accredited academic institutions; one in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. The other is in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Wight is all but dissertation in a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the latter institution. From 1990 to 2014, Ms. Wight was employed by the Veterans Health Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) as Sexual Trauma Counselor for women Veterans; as Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, and, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs national Women’s Health Services, as the GLAHS Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM). As WVPM, she was responsible to advocate for and support the healthcare facility’s effort to meet the needs of women Veterans across a five county healthcare system by monitoring, planning and developing healthcare and mental health care programs for those Veterans.

Ms. Wight has also actively volunteered in community-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organizations in Los Angeles County, advocating for social justice and for social responsibility. She served on several Boards of Directors or in key planning, organizing and decision-making roles. Her longest period of volunteer work, approximately five years, was with the Los Angeles Area Program Office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). She served there as chair of the Los Angeles Area Program Committee. The committee supported and helped to direct paid staff of AFSC in their work with needy local communities. In addition, Ms. Wight simultaneously served as a member of the AFSC Pacific-Southwest Regional Executive Committee.

Ms. Wight also served on the Board of Directors of the Pasadena local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has been active in the Coalition for Justice and Peace and the Free Pacifica Neighborhood Network.

In 2013, Ms. Wight was a Nursing Excellence GEM Award Regional Finalist. Ms. Wight is also a certified Mind/Body Health and Wellness Coach trained in the Circle of Life Coaching System.
Ms. Wight retired and relocated to Idyllwild, California at the end of 2014. She is involved with several volunteer activities in her new community. She has been serving on the Idyllwild Help Center Board of Directors since early 2015.

 

Vice President

conorConor O’Farrell

My name is Conor O’Farrell and I’ve lived in Idyllwild for 21 years. I’ve been an actor for over 30 years
and have worked in Television, Film and State. I am a congregate at St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church, which has been a faithful supporter of The HELP Center for many years. I ahve produced and directed three plays as fundraisers for The HELP Center, raising close to $30,000. My wife and I staged two plays a year at Idyllwild Elementary School for six years. I have been the Easter Bunny at our town Easter Egg Hunt for the past 15 years. I write a monthly column for the Town Crier weekly newspaper and I have recently won a California Newspaper Publishers Association award for journalistic excellence. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife, Holly, for 17 years, and together we have three children. The Idyllwild HELP Center has always been one of my favorite charitable organizations and I am proud to be a part of their board.

 

Secretary

Barry-Zander-4662Barry W. Zander

I have served on boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including as charter president of Rotary, president of several boards, and officer on Chambers of Commerce and others.  A native of New Orleans, I spent a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor; worked as a congressional lobbyist for many years, founded an advertising/public relations agency and held several marketing and communications positions over the years.  I retired from the Air National Guard with the rank of Air Force Major.

My wife Monique and I returned to Idyllwild, where we bought a cabin in 2011 after traveling full-time in our RV.  We have experienced 49 states, 7 provinces and Mexico, including 46 National Parks in our travels.

My penchant is helping deserving people, which is exemplified by my artistic hobby of selling magnets, note cards and other items that promote the environs of the Hill.  I look forward to learning about the HELP Center from the inside-out, having been a frequent patron for the past four years.

 

Treasurer

larrypicLarry Bischof

Larry Bischof has been a “Hill” resident since 1984. Relocating from Los Angeles to Mountain Center with his family in search of a more family-friendly environment he has never looked back. The Bischofs started Harmony Farms, a feed store and garden nursery to serve the needs of the local community. Founding member of the Hill MAC, appointed by Riverside County Supervisor Kay Ceniceros, then publicly elected, Little League and basketball coach, Sunday School teacher and now on the Board of the HELP Center, Larry has always been committed to the mountain community in work and deed. A 30-year veteran and award-winning motion picture and television screenwriter, he worked with the likes of Dick Clark and Michael Landon (to drop a couple names). When given an opportunity by broker Shane Stewart of Hilltop Realty, to become a licensed real estate agent, Larry seized the opportunity. For the past decade and a half he has assisted residents and visitors garnering coveted awards as a top producing realtor highly regarded by both clients and colleagues

 

Board Members

Vicki Streeter

Vicki Streeter’s worklife includes Home Stage, Interior Design, Community Relations, Retail Sales, Image Consultant
Her past and present volunteer service includes:  Idyllwild HELP Center Board Member; American Red Cross: Chairman of Volunteer Group Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego Greater Chamber of Commerce; Executive Member, Women Opportunity Week; Executive Board, Greater San Diego Industry-Education Council; Recipient of Industry Award, Monterey Volunteer Center; Board of Directors, YWCA Monterey County; President Board of Directors, YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter; Crisis Line and Intake Volunteer, Leadership Monterey Peninsula; Class of 1992, Leadership Monterey Peninsula; Board of Directors President, Leadership Monterey Peninsula Alumni; Board of Directors President, Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation; Board Member, Membership Chairperson, Idyllwild Rotary Anns; Past President, Grant Committee

 

Consultants

doug2Doug Austin

 

phototocomeDiane Coate

 

Staff

Executive Director

colleen-IMG_0191-2Colleen Meyer

951-659-2110Colleen had been the Idyllwild HELP Center’s Client Services Administrator for nearly eight years, all while working closely with former Executive Director Karen Patterson. Karen had been grooming Colleen to take over the reins, so when she left it was a natural progression to promote Colleen to the position of Executive Director. And she hit the ground running!
 Email: info@idyllwildhelpcenter.org; ed@idyllwildhelpcenter.org

 

Help Center Staff

Client Services Administrator

skye3IMG_0172Skye Zambrana

 

Thrift Store Manager

Julia Ledesma

 

Thrift Store

Olivia Ledesma
Raymond Metoyer