Meet the Board
Stephen W. Shultz
President and CEO of Shultz Steel
Mr. Shultz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shultz Steel Company, located in South Gate, California. Shultz Steel Company is a family-owned business that was founded in 1947 by Mr. Gordon W. Shultz, Stephen’s father. Stephen and his brother actively participate in the day-to-day activities of running this multi-million dollar forging business. Mr. Shultz is a native Californian, who has been married over 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Shultz is currently active on many different boards besides ECOLIFE®. He works with the South Bay Wildlife Rehab and is Vice-President of The Roar Foundation - Shambala Preserve.
Director of Public Relations & Communications, Sharp HealthCare
Mr. Hanscom is the Director of Public Relations & Communications at Sharp Healthcare. He is a veteran of 30 years in public relations and advertising, performed for major for-profit and non-profit corporations in Southern California. His two decades with the Zoological Society of San Diego included promotion of the organization’s facilities, as well as such conservation work as its California Condor Recovery Project. He is an expert in crisis communications, and has worked with all forms of media on local, national and international levels.
Mr. Hanscom has traveled professionally to 25 countries on six continents, coordinating the work of writers and documentary crews. He has written freelance articles for newspapers and magazines, and has performed pro bono PR consultations for several local non-profits.
Partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
Ms. Musick is an attorney whose practice emphasizes patent prosecution in the areas of telecommunications, signal and image processing, optics and lasers, computer software, data mining and learning machines, geophysics and oceanography, materials science, drug discovery, medical devices and procedures, electronics, bioinformatics and biomarker discovery, electro-mechanical and mechanical devices; trademark and copyright prosecution; and intellectual property licensing. Representative recent patent work includes seafloor electromagnetic measurement techniques for oil exploration, developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, gene expression databases and data mining and medical diagnostics using support vector machines. She also does patent work covering a wide range of technologies developed by researchers in the physics, electrical & computer engineering departments at UCSD and the UCSD School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Procopio, Ms. Musick was Of Counsel with the Atlanta-based national law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. Prior to Kilpatrick, she was a partner in the San Diego law firm of Brown, Martin, Haller & McClain, where she served as co-managing partner for 5 years.
Owner/Founder of La Monarca Bakeries
As Co-Founder/CEO of La Monarca Bakery, a premium Hispanic retail bakery chain in Southern California featuring cakes, pastries, and breads with the authentic flavor of Mexico, Mr. Cervantes oversees retail operations, marketing, new product development and real estate selection. Mr. Cervantes holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Accounting from Mexico’s leading private university, The Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He has a marketing and strategic planning background having worked at Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles and Grupo Cydsa in Mexico. Mr. Cervantes is on the California Board of Advisors of Mexico’s Government small business development banking institution, Nacional Financiera S.N.C. (NAFINSA) and of Mexico’s Government bank in charge of promoting foreign trade and attracting foreign investment, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (BANCOMEXT). He is also the President of The Taste of Mexico Association in Los Angeles. Mr. Cervantes is an expert in the U.S. Hispanic market’s composition, psychographics and consumption patterns. Mr. Cervantes is a native of Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Senior Strategic Marketing Consultant
Ms. Nancy Linke Patton joins ECOLIFE® Trustees with a great deal of respect and admiration for the organization, and the positive change it has in our world. She hopes to translate her over thirty years experience in corporate business, which includes leadership positions in finance, strategic planning, marketing, and investor relations plus her community involvement participating on non-profit boards, into a positive resource for the Foundation.
In her thirty years, Ms. Linke Patton has managed Contract Accounting teams, Engineering Finance, Corporate Finance, Process and Controls, CDMA Finance, Investor Relations, and Emerging Market Strategies. Most recently, Ms. Linke Patton held the position of Senior Director at Qualcomm in San Diego, California.
Nancy and her husband Rip Patton have been ECOLIFE® supporters since first meeting Bill Toone and Sunni Black in 2008. They had a life changing experience during the ECOLIFE® guided trip to Mexico in 2008. The wonder of the event, plus the desire to change and the appreciation of the local people, left a lasting impression on both Nancy and Rip.
Nancy holds a BS from Weber State University in Business Administration/Finance. Nancy served six years and four years as an Executive Board member of Make-A-Wish foundation of San Diego. She also served fours years on the Foundation Board of Walden Family Services in San Diego.
Fred Wollman, CFP
Mr. Wollman grew up in South Dakota and graduated from the University of South Dakota with degrees in Chemistry and Math. After graduation, he moved to Nashville where he met his wife Kathy. They eventually moved to San Diego in 1980 where Fred began his financial planning career. He earned his Certified Financial Planner “CFP” credential in 1984 and currently holds securities licenses 7, 63 and 24. He is licensed in California, Arizona, South Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Oregon, Washington and Pennsylvania in addition to holding a California life and disability insurance license. From 1987 through 1990 Fred taught the CFP classes to aspiring financial professionals at San Diego State University.
He is on the board of the Valley Center Trails Association and the advisory board of the Interfaith Community Services Endowment Committee. Mr. Wollman spends his down time relaxing with yoga, tai chi, riding horses and when he can get really away, backpacking the Anza Borrego Desert, Mt. San Jacinto or the California Sierra Nevada Mountains with Kathy and his kids.
CEO, DK Grand Safaris
Mr. Daniel Kikemu, CEO of DK Grand Safaris, grew up in the Makueni District in Kenya. He started a tea kiosk after high school to raise funds to pursue his dream of working in the tourism and hospitality industry. He joined Kenya Utalii College for a diploma course in Tour Guiding and Administration. Upon completion of his course, he joined Micato Safaris as a senior safari director where he worked until 1998.
In 1998, Daniel left Micato Safaris and started his company, DK Grand Safaris, which he has been running to date. In 2010, he started Kikemu Hair Design and Beauty School with the main goal of making a difference in his society by providing quality training in the field of hairdressing and beauty to underprivileged youth.
In 2011, Daniel enrolled at United States International University to earn his Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management. He is on the board of Ngoni Secondary School and is an active member of various organizations including Kenya Association of Tour Operators, Eco-Tourism Kenya, The East Africa Wildlife Society, and Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association.
He has been ECOLIFE's representative in East Africa since 2010 overseeing several successful projects in Kenya and Uganda.