President & CEO
Meals on Wheels San Diego County

Brent Wakefield

A third generation San Diegan with a degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC San Diego, Brent studied both in Spain at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid for one year and at the Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna in Italy for a year. He began his career in Italy where he worked for over 12 years. Brent has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years building relationships and strengthening programs within our community.

STAFF

Ali Duarte
Development Manager - Grants
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Ali Duarte originally applied to be a meal delivery volunteer but jumped at the chance to become a Development Intern with Meals on Wheels in 2015. Ali moved on to become the Development Assistant in 2016, where she aided with aspects of grants, giving campaigns, digital marketing, events, and data management. In 2019 Ali was promoted to Development Manager – Grants. Ali holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies – Nutrition, Sociology, and Gerontology and a Grant Writing Certificate from San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies. Ali enjoys advocating for seniors’ needs in the community through her grant writing.

“I love working for an organization that strives to help seniors have the best possible quality of life.” 

Amie Brown
Director of Development
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Amie Brown came to Meals on Wheels in 2018 after working in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, with a strong emphasis in healthcare for the underserved. She has extensive experience with growing nonprofit organizations, earned certificates in Non-Profit Management and Fundraising Management, and is a graduate of Blue Shield of California’s Clinic Leadership Institute. Amie grew up in San Diego and graduated from SDSU with a B.A in Sociology and a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She is the mother of two college-age daughters and is ready to dedicate all of her newly found free “empty-nester” time to improving lives of San Diego’s most vulnerable seniors.

 

“As troubling as food insecurity is for our seniors, it’s the loneliness and loss of connection that inspires me to work with donors and other funders to ensure that our clients continue to receive a daily meal and a smile.”

Carla Tooker
Payroll and Administration Manager
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Carla Tooker has been a proud team member of Meals on Wheels since 2002.  Working to further the MOW mission by supporting the regional Service Centers and employees has been a rewarding and meaningful experience for her.   Carla, a San Diego resident since 1992, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and spent 17 years in the restaurant industry serving on a national training team focused on team-building and customer service. As the Administration and Human Resources Manager, she is in the unique position of having met every MOW employee and welcoming them to the team which has been instrumental to overall operations. 

 

“I am grateful to be a part of our team and to be involved in a mission so critical to our community.”

Gina Gonzales
Volunteer Manager
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Gina Gonzales inspires the community to become Meals on Wheels volunteers. She fosters and builds partnerships with businesses and organizations to enhance their social corporate responsibility initiatives. She is focused on orchestrating new programs to better serve clients. Before joining Meals on Wheels in 2020, Gina directed multiple international programs at Stanford University. She is a proud Bay Area native and UC San Diego alumna.  

 

“I am passionate about helping people fall in love with doing something good.”

Matthew Topper
CFO
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Matt joined the Meals on Wheels team in 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Norther Arizona University and is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector. He witnessed firsthand how his disabled and homebound mother benefited greatly from nutritious food and daily visits by a local Meals on Wheels program during the last several years of her life and strongly believes our services – so much more than just a meal – will be even more critical in the years ahead.

Patrick Zondler
Project Director
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MEAL CENTER AND SERVICE CENTER MANAGERS

Larry Sasser
Food Service Manager
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Larry Sasser, a Navy Veteran, came to Meals on Wheels in 2017 to run our Meal Center after a long and rewarding career in the restaurant industry, government contracting, military dining facilities, and as an executive training manager. Larry opened the first Allies Restaurant’s in San Diego, named after Bill Marriott’s Mother, and was the Area Director for Catalina Restaurant Group.

 

“I joined Meals on Wheels because I was looking for another challenging experience and to be a part of an organization with the mission of helping seniors receive daily nutritious meals.”

Chequita Falls
South County Service Center Manager
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Chequita Falls joined Meals on Wheels in 2006 and was promoted to South County Service Center Manager in 2008. Chequita holds a B. S. in Psychology from The University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Alamosa State College in Alamosa, CO.

After leaving Big Brother Big Sister Colorado, Inc. in Pueblo as Community Coordinator, her love for humanity led her to Meals on Wheels San Diego County. She enjoys the daily challenges to ensure that seniors receive the best quality service in a timely manner.

 

“The dedication of our volunteers and staff motivate me to strive and reach higher goals. I have been blessed to come to work every day where miracles truly happen”.

Charlotte Fan
North County Service Center Manager
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Charlotte Fan joined Meals on Wheels in 1999 as a Counselor and was promoted to North County Service Manager in 2004. Charlotte holds Master’s Degrees in Community Psychology and in Education. Her educational experience inspired her to pursue a career in social services.  Charlotte strongly supports Meals on Wheels’ mission and vision and enjoys every day at North County Service Center.  Over the years with Meals on Wheels, Charlotte has watched the organization grow and improve in countless ways, always keeping in mind the needs of seniors. Charlotte continues to build precious memories each day at Meals on Wheels with her clients, colleagues, volunteers, and community partners.

 

"Working for Meals on Wheels matches my personal life mission to serve a diverse community in a meaningful way."

Tim Ray 
East County Service Center Manager
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Tim Ray joined Meals on Wheels as East County’s Service Center Manager in January 2020. Prior to that, Tim managed an assisted living community for over a decade and worked as an event planner in the hospitality industry. Tim received his B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and is honored to be a part of the Meals on Wheels family, working with dedicated volunteers and colleagues to provide a much-needed service for our homebound seniors in the community.

“The service I have the good fortune to provide with Meals on Wheels feeds my soul.”

Willy Gloria
Metro Service Center Manager
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Willy Gloria arrived at Meals on Wheels San Diego County in 2017.  Prior to MOWSDC, he was an AmeriCorps Program Director through the Corporation for National and Community Service.  With over 10 years of non-profit management, he looks to contribute to MOWSDC’s goals and objectives through his experience in project management, advocacy, and working with diverse populations.  Willy also worked in the music industry assisting various record labels in developing and marketing new artists.  He received a B.A in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene.  In his spare time Willy enjoys eating Capt’n Crunch Berries cereal and Gummy Bears with his two young sons. 

 

“Food insecurity should not exist in this world. It’s important that we protect and advocate for Meals on Wheels.  I want to do my part to make sure Meals on Wheels is around for my kids to reap the benefits.”

 

 

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