Foundation Leadership

Members of the board of directors of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation and its advisors were carefully selected to provide a solid foundation for the organization’s development and growth. The Foundation’s leadership, its directors and advisors, have comprehensive experience that includes business, finance, administration, and health care. Underlying the group’s overall experience, each member of the Foundation’s leadership possesses a strong connection to Noah Homes and its residents as well as a desire to see Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation reach its goal – providing funding to sustain Noah Homes in perpetuity.

Board of Directors

Walter Fitch, III

Walter Fitch IIIWalter Fitch, III is an honorary member of the board of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation, in memoriam, because he was the first benefactor for Noah Homes – the first angel. Walter did more for Noah Homes than simply providing funding. He became a member of the Noah Homes family, visiting and interacting with residents he referred to as his children regularly from the community’s inception in 1983 until his death in 2002. Furthermore, Walter inspired the founders of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation to pursue the goal of funding Noah Homes in perpetuity, and his generosity provided the Foundation’s initial capital investment. “Uncle Walter” will never be forgotten by the residents of Noah Homes and their families. His provision continues to help Noah Homes maintain a high standard for the quality of life of community residents. The price of equipment, gasoline, and other necessities, as well as increased costs associated with the aging of Noah Homes’ residents mean that steps must be taken to augment Walter Fitch, III’s legacy.

Peter J. Ferrantelli, Chair

Peter FerrantelliPeter Ferrantelli is a retired businessman, a San Diego native with public service activities and ties to the developmentally disabled community that span over forty years. Peter is one of the founders of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation and serves as its board chair because he believes in Noah Homes and wants to preserve the community for his son, a current resident, and for all of the sons and daughters who are part of the Noah Homes family. He has experience with individuals with special needs, gained as both parent and grandparent. In addition to his hands-on experience, Peter has served on the boards of several organizations that focus on providing education and services for individuals with special needs including St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and Friends of Handicapped Children, as well as two terms on the board of Noah Homes, Inc. He has also served on the board of University of San Diego High School (now called Cathedral High), and served for one year in an advisory capacity for Community Options.

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Gary Sage, Secretary/Treasurer

Gary SageGary Sage has been San Diego resident for over 40 years. He has extensive experience in business and finance and over 20 years of experience with public service organizations. Gary served on the board of directors of the ARC Foundation for 5 years and has served on the board of the Nice Guys, Inc. for the last 26 years. He has strong ties to the special needs community and personal experience working with developmentally disabled individuals, gained as parent to a son with special needs. Gary is part of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation because he is very committed to ensuring the quality and the financial stability of Noah Homes. Gary and the Nice Guys were responsible, in part, for the building of the Casa DeLight house in the Noah Homes community and he served on the Board of Directors of Noah Homes for three years.

Michael Dullea

Michael DulleaMichael E. Dullea is Senior Vice President and Senior Underwriting Counsel for Old Republic Title Company. After serving the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, Mr. Dullea graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law (formerly Western State University) in San Diego. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the San Diego County Bar Association. He is a former President and Board Member of the Thomas More Society; and former Board President and Member of Noah Homes, and served as President and Board Member of the Board of Trustee’s of the Law Library Justice Foundation in San Diego. In addition to his service on the Noah's Ark Angel Foundation Board, Mr. Dullea currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California, and as Co-Chair of the Membership and Outreach Subcommittee.

Knox Williams

Knox WilliamsKnox Williams was born in Oklahoma and raised in California. He is an active member of the business community in the San Diego North County area. A Graduate of U.C.L.A. in 1951, Knox established a successful business career as owner of a north San Diego County Rayne Water conditioning franchise. Knox served as president of board of trustees for St. Madeleine Sophie and as a trustee for several years. Knox and his wife June were one of the first donors to the Noah Homes Fitch endowment fund in the early 1990’s and have remained active supporters of both Noah and St. Madeleine’s. Knox is a thirty-year member and past president of the El Camino Real Rotary Club, President of the Pacific Quality Association and currently Chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation. Knox and June are the loving parents of their deceased son Drew who lived at Noah and attended St. Madeleine Sophie Center.

Dr. A. A. Mikolajczak

Alek MikolajczakAlojzy (Alek) A. Mikolajczak a resident of Bonita and Coronado has a life story of which novels are made.  Born in Poland, Alek and his family were displaced by the Second World War.   At a young age, Alek and his mother found themselves in a Russian forced labor camp, separated from his father and not knowing where he might be.  Alek looked for every opportunity to receive an education and the crowning prize was receiving his doctorate in engineering from Cambridge University. 

Alek’s executive corporate work experience and educational associations spans the globe: the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, NASA, the National Research Council, and the International Council on Combustion Engines, the Aerospace Industries Association, United Technologies Corporation, and Rolls Royce, Ltd. Other associations include:  Rohr, Inc., in Chula Vista, CA, the University of California, San Diego, the Farmington School System in Connecticut, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Mikolajczak is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  Dr. Mikolajczak holds three patents in the field of jet engine technology and has over twenty technical publications. 

Alek is active with the Rancho San Diego Rotary Club serving as president and past Rotary Foundation chairman.  In addition, Alek is the founder and President of the Mikolajczak Family Foundation which quietly supports many San Diego organizations including, Noah Homes Inc., Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation, the Arc of San Diego, and the Monarch School.  Alek and Danuta Mikolajczak have three children; their daughter, Monica, is a resident of Noah Homes. As a director of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation, Alek brings a wealth of knowledge and management experience to the Foundation Board.

Violet Sciuto

Violet SciutoViolet Sciuto is a native of San Diego with deep roots in the community.  Violet attended the University of San Diego High School and studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and at San Diego State University.  Violet’s education was interrupted by her marriage to Frank Sciuto and the raising of three sons, giving her the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of their education.  Violet has a natural flair for event planning and fundraising, gaining years of experience serving as president for various PTG organizations.  In addition, Violet has worked as a consultant to her husband in the management of their Tio Leo’s Mexican restaurant chain. Violet possesses the gift of identifying a problem and finding a solution; her enthusiasm and unmatched people skills brings a new dimension to the board of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation.

Jennifer Goulet, Board Coordinator

Jennifer GouletJennifer Goulet is a San Diego native with business experience as well as strong familial ties to both Noah Homes and Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation. She has experience with individuals with special needs, gained as younger sister to such an individual. Jennifer has taken part in organizations and activities serving the developmentally disabled community for over 20 years, including Sophie’s Center and Friends of Handicapped Children. Jennifer has been involved with Noah Homes since her brother became a resident there in 1990. Noah Homes is a one of a kind facility that Jennifer is eager to help preserve through her work with Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation.

John Rey

John ReyJohn Rey is the Vice President for School Advancement at Mater Dei Catholic High School (formerly Marian Catholic High School) in Chula Vista where he has worked for eight years as a teacher and administrator. John is a native New Yorker and attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where he studied accounting. Upon graduation, John worked for Ernst & Young LLP in their Entrepreneurial Services Division where he attained his CPA license. John also worked at the New York Stock Exchange in its Market Surveillances Division and for a boutique asset management firm. After a move to San Diego, John received his MBA from San Diego State University with an emphasis in financial and tax planning. John has become very involved in the special needs community of San Diego after the birth of his special needs daughter.

Jim Provencher

Jim ProvencherJim Provencher has been on the Board of Directors for Noah Homes since 2012 and took over as Board Chair in November 2013. He is a financial advisor and estate planning attorney who provides investment, tax, and estate planning services to individuals. Jim is a 1981 graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law, and received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Jim takes great pride in serving as a Board member with other dedicated individuals, and hopes to help the Board to maintain and enhance the lives' of Noah's residents. He and his wife Sue reside in Ramona, California with her son Ryan, who has Cerebral Palsy. Jim's daughter Jaclyn is currently a senior at the University of California at Irvine.

Mark Walton, Financial Consultant

Mark WaltonMark Walton is a longtime San Diego resident with nearly a decade of experience as a financial advisor and over 20 years of experience working with charitable organizations including the American Heart Association, the Scripps Community Advisory Board, the La Costa Canyon High School Foundation and the Encinitas Educational Foundation. Mark’s connection to Noah Homes spans over 20 years. Prior to Mark’s involvement his father, Frank Walton, sat on the board of Noah Homes at its inception and served for three years. Mark was asked to sit on the Noah Homes Board of Directors in 2001, and in 2002, he was asked to help manage the assets of Noah Homes and serve on the Finance Committee. Because of his financial expertise, his background in the community and his relationship with Noah Homes, Mark has now been asked to serve as financial consultant to the Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation Board.

Michael F. Eyer, Financial Advisor

Michael EyerMichael F. Eyer is the first born of twelve children given life by John and Yvonne Eyer. Growing up in El Centro, California, he often worked on neighbor’s farms; driving tractors, harvesting, and working with the livestock. After graduation, in 1967, from El Centro High School he attended the University of San Diego earning a degree in Business and Economics in June of 1971.

Michael began his career as an Account Executive with Merrill Lynch in July of 1971. Michael currently serves as a Merrill Lynch First Vice President of Investments and a Wealth Management Advisor to a robust group of clients, including individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations located throughout the United States. Michael serves as the financial advisor to St. Vincent de Paul Villages, St. Augustine High School and many other notable organizations. Michael also serves as a member of the Finance Council of the Diocese of San Diego and is a loyal supporter of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation.

Michael and his wife, Denise, reside in Poway with their four children, Julianne, Josh, Jennifer and Joshua. Michael and Denise’s weekend days are filled with camping, surf competitions, tennis and lacrosse matches. Whenever Michael has a moment to spare, you will find him on the golf course.

 

 

Honorary Directors

Kathleen Fitch Roeder Stroop

Kathleen Fitch RoederKathleen Fitch Roeder Stroop is the sister of Walter Fitch, III. She is a long-time resident of Coronado, CA and, like her brother, a great supporter of Noah Homes. Kathleen is also a member of the Coronado Historical Society.

 

Anne Roeder

Anne RoederAnne Roeder is the daughter of Kathleen Fitch Roeder Stroop and the niece of Walter Fitch, III. Anne is a retired employee of the city of San Diego, having held executive positions throughout her career.

 

 

 

Tina Grieve

Tina GrieveTina Grieve served as Walter Fitch, III's personal assistant  and confidant.  She is a resident of La Jolla, CA, and currently manages the rectory at Mary Star of the Sea.