Our Foundation

Valley Village

The Valley Village Foundation

In 2002, the Valley Village Foundation was formed to ensure the future financial viability of Valley Village. The focus of the Foundation is the endowment to provide lifelong care for our clients. The endowment is funded through earnings from donations, planned gifts, and investments.

Here are some ways you can contribute to the Valley Village Foundation and support Valley Village’s long-term sustainability:

  • Appreciated securities
  • IRA charitable rollover gifts
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)
  • Appreciated property

Gifts you can give later: 

  • Bequest
  • Gift of retirement plan assets
  • Endowment Gift

Gifts that pay income:

  • Charitable gift annuity

If you would like to support the efforts of the Foundation, please note “endowment” in your donation. Any donation to the endowment is tax-deductible. For your records, the Tax ID for the Foundation is:

The Valley Village Foundation is governed by its own Board of Directors:

Mark L. Levinson, President
Mark is a San Fernando Valley civic leader and Fernando Award winner. He is an Attorney at Law who specializes in family law matters and has been practicing law for over 40 years.

Milton Stimson, Vice President
Milton is a retired supervisor inspector. He and his wife, Elisabeth, have volunteered in special needs schools and other organizations that serve developmentally disabled adults.

Joseph Perdenza, Treasurer
Joe is the Director of Finance and Business Manager at The GARVI Group, a diversified commercial real estate company operating in Southern California.  Joe has been involved with Valley Village for several years as a volunteer and a member of the Foundation Board.

Elisabeth Stimson, Secretary
Elisabeth is a retired human resources director. She and her husband, Milton, are parents of a Valley Village Residential client. After our son, Robert Stimson, moved into the Marlin Home in West Hills in the early 2015, we wanted to get involved in the organization.  Dolores Zimmerman recruited us to the Foundation Board in 2015.  We feel very strongly that our generation needs to continue the mission and ideals of the parents that came before us. We have the responsibility to ensure the sustainability of Valley Village for future generations.

Al Reano
Al Reano is a long-term member of the Valley Village community. He is passionate about helping people. He has been in the banking industry for almost 30 years and loves to make sure everyone is treated fairly and equally. Al lives in the Santa Clarita Valley with his family and enjoys sports, hiking and working out.  He joined the Foundation Board in 2023.

Danone Simpson
Danone is the CEO and President of Montage Insurance Solutions. Danone’s area of expertise and success is in her ability to focus on individual clients, whether they are large or small groups.

Dolores Zimmermann
Dolores is retired from her position in HR at Litton Guidance and Control. Dolores is a founding parent of Valley Village, and a parent of one of Valley Village’s Residential Program clients. Dolores is a founding member of the Foundation.


Dick Bartus
Dick is the Board’s Planned Giving specialist. He is also a parent of a Valley Village Residential Program client, a founding parent, and a founder of the Foundation.

Guenther Engel, 1998-2005
Guenther was a parent of a Valley Village Residential Program client. Guenther was a founding member of the Foundation and remained involved with Valley Village since the early years. Guenther retired from his career in structural engineering.

Robert Hay
Robert Hay is a partner in his company, Perry, Hay, Chu, and Associates. He provided 23 years of service to Valley Village and the Valley Village Foundation. Bob served as Treasurer of the Foundation for 19 years.

Judi Prejean
Judi served on the Valley Village Board of Directors from 1999 until 2020. Shortly after beginning her board service, Judi was elected treasurer. She remained in that role until 2018. Judi was elected President of the Foundation Board at its inception in 1999 and remained in that role until 2020.

Ron Smith
Ron retired from SGB-NIA Insurance Brokers. Ron served Valley Village as a volunteer for over 20 years and is a past President of the Board of Directors. He served on the Valley Village Board from 2004 until 2018. Ron passed away in November of 2022.

June Stanton, 1924-2020
June became involved with Valley Village in 1972 as the organization’s treasurer. June is one of the founding parents and worked for Valley Village as the full-time bookkeeper and general office person between 1977 – 1996. June is also a founding member of the Foundation.

Dwight Wheeler
Dwight is a retired Vice President at Litton Guidance and Control Systems in Woodland Hills. Dwight’s wife, Barbara, became involved in Valley Village in the early 1970s. Both Dwight and his wife, Barbara, have been heavily involved in Valley Village. Dwight is a founding member of the Foundation.

Dennis P. Zine
Former Councilman Zine served the western San Fernando Valley for 12 years. He has been involved with Valley Village since 2002 and is an Honorary Member of the Foundation Board of Directors.