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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2012-2013

The Lions Center was set up in the 1950s by local Lions Clubs. In the founding documents, the Clubs were named as “members” and continue to provide leadership to the organization through participation on the Center’s Board of Directors.  One individual from each active “member Club” serves on the Board.  The Board also includes individuals elected by the Board from the community at large.  Special effort is made to recruit blind and visually impaired members.


Barbara Cronin, President
Vice President and Manager, Mechanics Bank

Charles Dunham, First Vice President
Plant Operator, Shell Oil

Phillis Neitling, Secretary
Director of Volunteer Services, John Muir Health/Concord Campus
Purchasing Supervisor, Concord Naval Weapons Station (retired)

Walter C. Griffin, Treasurer 
Automotive Service Manager (retired)
Warehouse Manager and Member of the Board, Lions In Sight of California/Nevada

James M. Lee, Legal Counsel
Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County (retired)

Mary Desmond, Immediate Past President 
Educator (retired)

Edward P. Schroth, Executive Director
Lions Center for the Visually Impaired


John Bates, U.S. Department of Transportation (retired)

Barbara Chambers, Contra Costa County Clerk (retired)

Mac Coates, Client, Lions Center for the Visually Impaired
Special Education Teacher’s Aide (retired)

Dee Hicks
Medical Secretary (retired)

Jane Perry
Public Relations Administrator (retired)

Ray Petersen, P.G.&E. (retired)

Kazuyoshi Sato
Certified Public Accountant (retired)

Ann Spry, R.N. (retired)

David Traum, U.S. Army (retired)

Jan Valtr, Special Education Teacher, West Contra Costa Unified School District

Veronica Villa, Client, Lions Center for the Visually Impaired
Medical Research Participant
Elementary School Physical Education Specialist (retired)