Cliff Ishigaki served as a Marine Officer in Viet-Nam in 1970. He had to face the realities of Post Traumatic Stress through many recovery protocols. He has worked in the Juvenile Justice system and became a founder of a counseling center in Orange County. He attended seminary and is an ordained minister and has studied the martial art of Aikido and is a senior instructor in the art. He has been associated with Wellness Works for 33 years. His current work is in trauma recovery with veterans and families.
Board President, USMC Ret.
Kelly joined the board of Wellness Works after volunteering with the bookkeeping. Kelly is a CPA and manager at Windes, Inc. in the audit and assurance department and has professional experience with publicly-traded and privately held companies in a range of industries including professional service, distribution, manufacturing and technology, and nonprofit organizations. Kelly holds a Master in Accounting and B.S. in Finance from Tulane University.
Camille Levee has been the Chief Executive Officer for non-profit agencies, which focus on enhancing the lives of the most vulnerable for over 30 years, such as: Girl Scouts; Glendale Healthy Kids and Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter. Now retired, Camille is a community activist. Camille received the Verdugo Hills Business and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year Award in 2007. She was named Woman of the Year for both the 29th Senate District of CA in 2007 and the 25th Senate District in 2010. She was recognized as a Woman in Business 2008 by the three CA legislative districts serving the greater Glendale Area, and named a “Jewel of Glendale” by the Commission on the Status of Women in 2011. An active Rotarian for 25 years, (with perfect attendance) she is a past president (twice), and also: chaired the Glendale Healthier Communities Coalition in 2011, served on the Board of the Glendale Religious Leaders Assn. and was a founding member of the Crescenta Valley Youth Drug Prevention Alliance. She also organized the Executive Coalition in both Glendale CA and Payson AZ, for executive directors of local non-profits. She currently serves on the board of the Guild at Adventist Health Glendale, Volunteers at The Firehouse in LaCrescenta. She is chair of the Glendale Senior Services Committee and is Secretary of the Board for HealWithin International. Camille believes that service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy. But she feels that she gets back much more than she gives! Camille is a widow of husband, Earl, World War II veteran, whom she was married to for 41 years. She and Earl have 4 children, 3 grandsons and a “cadre” of unkids who called them mom and dad.
Joseph V. Palesano was born in Glendale California, where he attended school and participated on sporting teams within the Glendale community where he learned the importance of team work and to further his experiences as he continued his education. Voluntarily enlisting in the US NAVY, in August of 1986, he served two tours in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He continued his education in 2013 after reuniting with his mentors, Kathy Lynch and Mary Lu Coughlin, where he continues to serve as volunteer Computer Network Supervisor and BBQ Chef.
Board Member, USN Ret.
Captain Phil Ambrose has been serving with the Glendale Fire Department since 2001 and is responsible for a paramedic engine company and the Glendale Fire hazardous materials response team. Phil is also founder and CEO of HazSim, LLC which provides safety training systems to first responders and military personnel across North America. Captain Ambrose is a Los Angeles native and attended Loyola High School and Loyola Marymount University where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. Phil has been granted three patents and enjoys writing for fire publications, speaking at conferences, and learning to improve business processes. Phil lives in the south bay and enjoys spending time in the ocean with his wife and two sons.
William Hill served in the US Army's 82nd Airborne as an Infantryman for six years. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2009. Upon his honorable discharge from the US Army, he returned to complete his B.A. at California State University, Northridge and then his Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. He has been conducting Case Management and Mental Health Therapy in various organizations with civilians and veterans alike.