Mike is a founding member of the Pasadena Village, working since 2010 to make it what it is today. Mike began his professional career as a high school math teacher. In 1980, he became headmaster of Polytechnic School. Since retiring in 1998, he has served on the Pasadena Unified School Board (one year as president) and has remained active in Pasadena public schools. In addition to serving as co-chair of the Pasadena Village Board of Directors, Mike also serves on the boards of New Village Charter School, Midland School, and the Pasadena Child Health Foundation.
Born in Brooklyn 82 years ago, Bob has been a resident of Pasadena for more than 50 years. He has been married to Maureen Donnelly Carlson for 50 years and together they have two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren living in California, Colorado, and Utah. In 2010, Bob retired as a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. During his 50 years of law practice, he was an active participant in the American, California, and L.A. County Bar Associations. He chaired a number of different committees and gave lectures for various continuing education programs.
Bob has had the privilege of serving on the board of many non-profit organizations in addition to the Pasadena Village, including the Trust for Public Land (23 years) and the Pasadena Community Foundation (10 years) where he served as board chair for his last two years. In 1988, Bob was of of the founding directors of the Skid Row Housing Trust, serving as their first board chair for 12 years. He remains an active board member.
Upon hearing about the Village and attending an informational meeting in May of 2012, Bob and Maureen joined as friends and members. They believe that providing alternatives to retirement care homes is essential to enabling people to have the option of staying in their homes with help and companionship. The absence of affordable and accessible care facilities around the country calls for a village-type option that allows the willing to stay in their homes and communities, rather than being forced to move away from all they know in order to find a facility that they can afford.
Dave moved to Pasadena in 2006 after 30 years in La Canada. His professional background is in the computer industry, where he worked for nearly 50 years. Dave is currently active in many senior programs in the area. He serves as City Commissioner of Pasadena Senior Commission and is a Board Member of the Pasadena Senior Center, where he also teaches an Internet course. Dave joined the Pasadena Village because he had been looking for an opportunity to volunteer with an organization that he could really get his teeth into. And boy, did he! For starters, he developed the website that you're currently looking at, and continues to maintain it as Webmaster. He is eager to help with any member service requests, and acts as our all-around IT support. Although he has a full volunteer schedule, Dave still finds time to play tennis and travel with his girlfriend.
Originally from the Bay Area, Barbara has been an Altadena resident for 40 years. She and her husband John have two children, David (who lives in Orinda) and Leslie (who lives in Lexington, MA). Barbara's three grandchildren, almost adults, all live on the East Coast. Barbara is a retired Clinical Social Worker. Her interest in children and adolescent girls has been her motivation for serving as a board member for the Pasadena YWCA and Altadena Christian Children's Center. She also helps organize PCC's annual Science Day for PUSD middle school students. Barbara enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, cooking, and listening to all kinds of music.
A committed believer in the power of and the need for community, Barbara was happy to learn about the move to create the Pasadena Village. She had been following the development of the national Village movement in a number of cities over the past few years, and was eager to join ours and help it grow. She and John were early members, seeing this as an opportunity to expand their social community and share concerns and support with like-minded seniors.
John's career centered around housing development in the impoverished areas of our country, and he served for thirteen years in the Washington, D.C. area. He spent a number of years on the team that developed the Model Cities program and the Community Development Block Grant program, while administering HUD activities on the East Coast. In 1980, he came to California to run the Los Angeles HUD office, eventually moving on to head up the Community Redevelopment Agency of L.A.
Besides delighting in the antics of his nine grandchildren, the progeny of his four daughters , John loves playing and watching tennis, water exercise, reading, watching Masterpiece Theatre, walking in the Huntington gardens, his involvement with the Pasadena Village, and travel of all sorts with his adventure-loving wife, Lynne.
Lynne and her husband John arrived in Santa Monica in 1980 after raising their children in Washington, D.C., surviving five administrations! They moved to Linda Vista in Pasadena in 1986. After a stint in Rancho Mirage, where they thought they might retire in the 90s, they returned to Pasadena to nourish their urban hearts, embrace again the spirit of All Saints, revive cherished friendships, and settled into simplified condo living.
Lynne has four daughters--Kristin and Suzanne in South Pasadena, Kerry in Wilmette, IL, and Jennifer in Arvada, CO. Along with her daughters she is blessed with four terrific sons-in-law and nine grandchildren. Six of the grandkids are scattered across the country in colleges from coast to coast.
The final years of Lynne's outside-the-home work were completed with the formation of VU Productions, Inc., where she was the co-founder and managing partner. The company specialized in issue-oriented television documentaries about women, children, and families. Prior to that, her career had been in the communications field, where she specialized in marketing and community relations for non-profits. The Pasadena Village has become a vital and enriching part of her and John's lives, providing a unique sense of belonging and the opportunity to be of service to others on a common, untraveled path.
Jim Goodell - Founding Member and Board Co-chair
The Pasadena Village owes Jim a debt of gratitude for his tireless enthusiasm and his vision for the Village's future. We lost Jim in 2014 but carry on his dream of creating a valuable resource for future generations of older adults.
Jim began his career as an architect-planner. He and his wife Nancy moved to Pasadena in 1976. By their 50th year together, they were spending most of their travel time in Atlanta with daughter Melissa and her two children, and in Dallas with son Josh and his three children.
Jim was one of the founders of The Arroyo Group, the authors of the plan that revitalized Old Pasadena. Over the years he has advised a number of cities on revitalization and redevelopment, most recently working with colleges and universities to develop campus-related projects. He has served on several community boards and was a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.
It was perhaps this commitment to community involvement that led Jim and Nancy to host the meeting where the idea for the Pasadena Village was born. In 2010, a group of older adults got together to contemplate the possible answers to the question "What's next?" Jim felt that helping to give birth to the Village has been a wonderful transition into elder-hood, and watching the Village grow and flourish was a great reward.
Rev. Clarke Oler - Founding Member
The Pasadena Village would not be here without Clarke. It was his desire to "grow older without growing lesser" that was the catalyst for forming the Pasadena Village. We lost Clarke in 2015 and remember him always for his warmth, optimism, and endless capacity to care for others.
Clarke was one of the founders of the Pasadena Village. He was an Episcopal priest and a psychotherapist, and a longtime member of the staff of All Saints Church in Pasadena. He was a New Yorker and moved to California in 1975. Clarke was a veteran of WWII in the Burma Campaign, and worked for the State Department the year after the war in China. A graduate of Yale, Clarke worked for IBM in New York before attending Virginia Seminary. His wife of 66 years, Wendy, died in 2010.
Clarke's commitment to growing older without growing lesser led him to work with friends to develop the Village. His hope was that the Pasadena Village would allow everyone journeying towards elder-hood to live vigorous, creative, and joyful lives without having to leave our homes or depend upon children who may not live nearby.