George Van Alstine, M.Div., Th.M., Member of EH Board since 2010

George is senior pastor of Altadena Baptist Church where he has served for the past 38 years.  George received his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.Div and Th.M from Fuller Seminary.  George has served on numerous boards and committees, many of which he has chaired, both on the denominational level, school and district level, and many, many civic and local community organizations.  Most of these organizations are causes that purpose to bring health, justice, equality, healing, and peace to the marginalized and vulnerable of our community.  He has also received numerous awards for his honorable service. George has been a faithful member and officer of the Altadena Kiwanis Club since 1974.  He has also authored one book and several publications and articles. George has been married to Judy for 51 years and they make their home in Pasadena.

David Medina, MBA, Current Treasurer, Member of EH Board since 2010

In December 2014, David became Financial Advisor for Crowell Weedon, here in their Pasadena Branch. He seeks a diversified and holistic approach to helping clients achieve their financial goals. Previously, David worked for Avon Products for 21 years. He served as a US Sales Support Manager Avon, where his responsibilities included reporting, planning and analysis. He also managed the Representative financial initiatives including the of the Representative 401k plan and co-branded credit card. David joined Avon in 1993, after completing his MBA at USC as a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management fellow. He was an Account Manager for Proctor and Gamble, upon receiving his Bachelor Degree from USC in 1987. David heard about Elizabeth House through his church, Sierra Madre Congregational, where he is a leader of his adult Sunday School class. David and his wife Sherry live in Arcadia where they are raising their two teenage sons.


Tsega Worku, MFT, Member of EH Board since 2010

Tsega is a licensed marriage and family therapist, practicing in private practice in Pasadena for the past six years.  He is also the Director of Counseling at Lake Avenue Church, where he attends with his family.  Tsega graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1997 with a masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy.  Having worked as the Assistant Director of Mental Health Services at The Sycamores, a residential facility for children, Tsega brings years of clinical experience and expertise to the program side of Elizabeth House.  Tsega had heard about Elizabeth House and yet he became personally passionate when a distant relative experienced life change and significant help through this ministry.  Tsega lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kidest and their two daughters.

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Nancy Newhouse Porter, LLP, Member of EH Board since 2011

Nancy has a sustained interest in philanthropic enterprises serving the needs of vulnerable women and children. She has made multiple trips to build homes for families in the Mississippi Delta with Habitat for Humanity. She founded “Joining Hearts + Hands,” a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and fund programs supporting children in Africa orphaned by the Aids epidemic, and children and young women in the United States whose personal circumstances put them at risk. Nancy currently tutors homeless children in Los Angeles through the School on Wheels program. Nancy has been involved at La Canada Presbyterian Church as a member of the Personnel Committee  and in the Youth program as an adult leader. She served on the PTA Executive Board at La Canada High School. Nancy earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law,  she is a co-founding partner of Newhouse Porter Hubbard law firm. The firm has a transactional law practice, primarily representing writers, directors, producers, and other filmmakers in business transactions. She and her husband, Doug, are the parents of three children.


David S. Poole, LLP, Current President, Member of EH Board since 2011

David lives in Pasadena and has been married to April for 31 years. They have three adult children, Shannon, Ryan, and Sean and are expecting their first grandchild any day. David is a partner in the law firm of Poole & Shaffery, LLP. He specializes in civil litigation with a focus in the areas of complex business disputes, labor and employment, real property and environmental law. Prior to becoming a founding partner of the firm in 1998, David was a Deputy Attorney General with the State of California, Department of Justice, in-house counsel with a large corporation and partner in a large national law firm. He has been on the Boards of Maranatha High School (2001-2008); Azusa Pacific University (2009 to present); as well as various church Board positions. David attends Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock.

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Dave B. Gallagher, Member of EH Board since 2011

Dave has worked at JPL since 1989. During the course of his career he has been the Integration and Test Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope Repair Mission, Project Manager for Space Interferometry Mission, Project Manager for the Spitzer Space Telescope and his current position as Deputy Director. In addition, Dave has run an Investment Advisory firm for the past 20 years. Dave and Kathy Gallagher have been married for 27 years. They met in High School in Potomac, Maryland and moved to Southern California in 1990. They have three children, Kelly, Patrick, and Molly; 25, 23, and 21 years old respectively. They have lived in La Canada since 1996.They have worshiped and been involved at the Montrose Church since 2006. Previously they worshiped at La Canada Presbyterian Church. Dave and Kathy have been involved in Young Life for many years, both as part of Committee and Clubs. Dave was extensively involved in the High School Youth program at LCPC and led a group of boys from 10th grade through college completion. He remains connected with these young men today. Dave and Kathy have been involved in the Young Married Ministry for four years at Montrose Church.

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Heidi Luginbuhl, Member of EH Board since 2013

Heidi Luginbuhl has been involved with Elizabeth House for many years, both as a supporter and a volunteer.  Her interest began when her daughter was working as Administrative Assistant at Elizabeth House.  Heidi could see the important role the organization plays in the Pasadena community and through the years has volunteered in the office, taught parenting classes and been involved with the Gala Committee.   Heidi has also been involved with leadership in PTA in the Pasadena Unified School District, was a member of the Board of Directors of Maranatha High School and has served in various capacities in her church.  Heidi and her husband Tom own Interior Services, providing Window Coverings to the Construction, Design and Property Management communities of the Los Angeles area for 30 years.   They have 4 grown children as well as 5 grandchildren and live in Altadena, CA.


Lissa Wherle,  Member of EH Board since 2013

I first became involved with Elizabeth House as a volunteer mentor to one of the moms in residence. I saw first-hand the transformative power of this ministry for me as well. After raising four boys I so enjoy being around these women. I have been a mentor with La Canada Presbyterian Church youth program. My husband is an anesthesiologist at Huntington Hospital and I am an RN in the Recovery Room. I'm looking forward to being of service to Elizabeth House.

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Chuck Taylor, Current Vice President, Member of EH Board Since 2014

Chuck Taylor is Senior Vice President and Bank Secrecy Act Officer for City National Bank. Chuck received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara, Juris Doctorate from Santa Barbara College of Law and graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. Chuck has been a certified member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) since 2003, is a member of their teaching faculty and is Co-Chair of the Southern California Chapter of ACAMS. Chuck grew up in La Canada and currently lives in Arcadia with his wife Maegan and their son.

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Michael H. Cerrina, Member of EH Board Since 2015

Mike was born and raised in Bakersfield California.  He attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  Following graduation from USC he attended Loyola Law School and earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1982.  Mike is a senior partner at the law firm of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble and Mallory LLP and has been with the firm for 33 years, practicing in the commercial real estate area of the law.  Mike is a member of various professional organizations including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Urban Land Institute.  Mike and his wife Lisa live in La Canada California and have 3 children, Matthew (26), Andrew (24) and Ryann (22).  Mike and Lisa are members of, and active participants in various groups at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pasadena California.

Stan Rushing, Member of EH Board Since 2016

Stan Rushing, Vice President at Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services, has been working in community mental health since his graduation from Asbury College in 1979.  He migrated to California after college to begin his mental health career and further education at Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology, obtaining an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy.  

The last 25 years have been spent managing and developing mental health, residential treatment, and housing programs for Hathaway-Sycamores.  His area of focus the last 15 years has been in providing opportunities for young adults emancipating from foster care and probation systems to have housing, job training, employment internships, life skills training, and education support.  

Outside of work, Stan has provided clinical supervision to students training at Lake Avenue Church Counseling Center and Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.
 Stan also supervises interns and maintains a small private-practice, sharing the office space of his wife, Karen Saliba, a psychoanalyst in private-practice in Pasadena.  They have 2 daughters, Haley and Ella, who are both in college.

Stan became acquainted with Elizabeth House through his friendship and professional relationship with Tsega Worku.


Lisa Nopachai, Member of EH Board since 2016

Lisa Nopachai has a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector. Having worked at a faith-based drug rehab program for homeless women in Washington, DC, she later worked at a non-profit child advocacy organization. There, as an associate director, she worked together with law enforcement leaders and pastors from across country in support of at-risk kids. In 2012, Lisa graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena with a master's degree in Intercultural Studies, with a concentration in Children-at-Risk. She went on to work at a Christian non-profit helping to certify families for foster care and adoption. Most recently (June 2016), Lisa completed a rigorous year-long clinical chaplaincy training program at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia.

Lisa has been active at her church, New City Church of Los Angeles, having served as a children's Sunday school teacher and a Pastoral Care leader, and has developed a ministry exploring the spirituality of race, class, identity, and community. She spent many years volunteering as a mentor/tutor in at-risk communities for kids. Lisa grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC, where she met her husband in 2009. He is a physical therapist and an avid runner. They have lived in Pasadena since 2010 and love the community. In her free time, Lisa loves to travel, hike, rock climb, drink coffee, and spend time with her loved ones, especially her 7 nieces and nephews.