ROSIE THE RIVETER TRUST — Board of Directors
Letitia Moore — President
Rosie the Riveter Trust and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park represent a tribute to the human spirit, a recognition that we can move beyond obstacles and build a different future. It is never easy and will not always show us at our best, but our capacity, when we work together, can change the world. As a community and as a country, we need to know and remember all that we are capable of and that we can accomplish great things together. Letitia Moore is a San Francisco attorney with more than 25 years of experience addressing complex environmental, regulatory and land use decisions. Before joining Holland & Knight as Senior Counsel, she was Senior Counsel with the U.S. EPA. Letitia is also a former mayor of the City of El Cerrito, California. Other community leadership includes serving as first vice president of the El Cerrito Branch of the NAACP, as a member of the Board of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, and with the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) of Contra Costa County. Letitia has worked with the American Bar Association and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California to promote diversity in the field of environmental law. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (1986) and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (1989). For more information, please click here.
Kyle Wichelmann — Vice President
The women in Kyle’s family achieved leadership roles traditionally held by men, thanks to the early encouragement that they could do whatever they set out to do. The We Can Do It! message of Rosie the Riveter Trust and Park resonates with him for this reason. He believes that the Trust’s mission can inspire us today in facing obstacles similar to the WWII home front workers. Kyle joined the Trust Finance Committee in 2017 and the Board in 2018. Kyle is CFO at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare. He came to Rosie the Riveter Trust when he worked with Kaiser in Richmond and learned of their great programs. He applies his finance and planning education and experience to help support the Trust through his Board and Committee roles. For more information, please click here.
Warren Harber — Treasurer
Being involved with the Rosie the Riveter Trust allows Warren a small part of preserving the rich and important history of the Richmond community and the monumental effort made by all during World War II. Most important to Warren is honoring the legacy of those who took chances, challenged the cultural norms, and made the history that affects each of our lives today. Warren Harber is the Vice President of Finance and leads the technology strategy for National Financial Systems for Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and Health Plan. In this capacity, Warren is responsible for leading Kaiser’s IT systems roadmap in finance, supply chain, and enterprise shared services. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is the Executive Advisor to HIUG, a healthcare technology advocacy organization. For more information, please click here.
Michelle Fadelli — Secretary
Michelle’s mother was a “Rosie” during World War II, working for the Department of Agriculture in Kansas while her father went to war in Europe. Her mother-in-law was also a Rosie who worked in a parachute factory and her father-in-law worked on the home front in poultry production during the war. Michelle joined the Board of Directors for the Rosie the Riveter Trust in 2019. She serves on the Development Committee and Event Committee. She is committed to using her background in public education and outreach to support the Trust and further the goals of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Michelle is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and is a lifelong student of American history.
Jane’s work with the Trust is animated by memories of her mother as a warden during WWII. Jane remembers the rationing and coupons used to buy basic essentials and loves sharing stories of how families made do with less. Jane is one of the Trust’s founding board members serving as president in the early years. She currently heads the Trust’s speakers bureau with a mission to engage the larger community in supporting the National Park and the mission of the Trust. Jane served on the El Cerrito City Council, including two terms as mayor. She has also served as chair of the Contra Costa Mayors Conference and represented Contra Costa cities on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments. She has served on the board of the YWCA and as President of the county-wide National Women’s Political Caucus. In 2012 she was inducted into El Cerrito’s Wall of Fame in honor of her many civic leadership roles, including serving as mayor. Jane taught in local public schools for more than 30 years and her innovative classroom ideas won her the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the West Contra Costa Education Fund.
Thomas K. Butt
Tom helped bring Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Historical Park to life. He led the effort in lobbying Congress and authored much of the local legislation related to Richmond’s partnership position. Tom then served as the Trust’s founding Board president. He has served as mayor of Richmond since 2015 and on the Richmond City Council since 1995, including a year as vice-mayor in 2002. Tom is an architect and president of Interactive Resources, a Richmond, California, architecture, engineering and planning firm. In addition to providing a wide range of consulting services, Interactive Resources is a developer of urban infill real estate projects. Tom is active in many organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. For more information, please click here.
Mark strongly believes in the mission of Rosie the Riveter Trust and the power of the WWII home front history to inspire good works in current and future generations. Mark is a litigation shareholder in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office. He has over 30 years of experience in California as a litigator, strategist, and negotiator of complex multi-party disputes in commercial lending, construction, insurance, environmental rights and obligations, general business, and real estate. Over the past 12 years Mark has updated and authored two chapters, Defective Construction and Receivers, in the respected legal treatise, Miller & Starr California Real Estate, 3rd, published by Thomson West. Mark received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his M.A. and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. For further information, please click here.
Cathy serves on the board of Rosie the Riveter Trust because she is passionate about telling the stories of the home front and how the Trust is preserving and ensuring that they are shared widely with today’s and future generations. Cathy is a San Francisco Bay Area native. As a finance professional, she has worked with East Bay local businesses and, in addition to the Trust, she has served on boards of nonprofits such as the Richmond Art Center, West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, West County Business Development Center’s Kitchen@812, and Rotary
Diane M. Hedler, RN, MS, is National Director of Quality with Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente. Since 1988, Diane has held numerous positions throughout Kaiser Permanente. The scope of her current role encompasses working with senior executives and physician leaders in the eight operating regions of Kaiser Permanente. Diane is the first registered nurse appointed to the State of California Department of Health Services Clinical Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (CLTAC). In addition, she is active in various professional associations dedicated to quality care delivery on a national scale. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of North Dakota and her MS in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Diane has had her own consulting business and also held positions in clinical nursing, hospital administration, physician owned medical groups, and collegiate nursing education. She has published articles and studies related to quality management in professional journals and texts. Diane represents Kaiser Permanente, which has a rich Home Front history, on the Trust board.
To Lynne, Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is a unique industrial landscape celebrated by an amazing Visitor Education Center that should be on everybody’s list for sightseeing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She says that it’s an honor to serve with the Trust in its mission to provide substantial support for the Park and its exceptional staff. Anchored in WWII history, the interpretive work in the Visitor Education Center provides historical insights into the current status of women in the labor market and the value of the work of a unified nation in defense of our country. Lynne is currently writing a book, Dislocations and Relocations: Building Prison Cities for Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII. Her publications have been honored with awards such as The Bancroft Library Study Award from UC Berkeley and the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Lynne is an architectural historian who received her Ph.D. in 2005 from UC Santa Barbara. Her professional experience is in environmental planning and engineering at Caltrans, specializing in cultural resource management.
Nicholas' grandmother, Dr. Regina Pustan, an immigrant, was a welder in the San Juan (Washington) shipyards during World War II. He grew up understanding the critical importance of industry, labor, and perseverance. This perspective inspires his work with Rosie the Riveter Trust. Nicholas practices environmental and land use law with the San Francisco office of the international law firm, Holland and Knight LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s National Environmental Law Team. He previously served in leadership positions with the U.S. EPA and as Counsel and Associate Director to the Office of Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C. Nicholas also served in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior where he worked with National Park Service Director, Roger Kennedy, and Judy Hart, who managed the legislation establishing the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Historical Park and who later served as the Park's first superintendent. Nicholas has published more than two dozen scholarly and professional articles and book chapters. He lives on the San Francisco Peninsula with his wife, Elise and their son. For more information, please click here.
Naomi Torres, Superintendent — National Park Service Liaison to the Trust
Naomi has enjoyed a 30-year career with the National Park Service. She has served over 12 years as Superintendent of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail which runs near three of the four National Parks in the East Bay (Four Parks). Prior to working with the Anza Trail, Naomi served for one year as the Chief of Interpretation in the Four Parks. Naomi began her career on Alcatraz and continued serving as an Interpretation Manager at many sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The last position she held at Golden Gate NRA was the Community Outreach Specialist where she was the primary NPS partner in the development of the Crissy Field Center, a partnership between the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. Throughout her career Naomi has developed a particular emphasis on communities and partners in collaborative projects and programs. A native of El Paso, Texas, she holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Rice University.
ROSIE THE RIVETER TRUST — Staff
Sarah Pritchard - Executive Director
Sarah is committed to safeguarding the history of unsung heroes and believes that giving opportunities to learn the stories of the home front is a positive and powerful way to teach lessons of resiliency, equality and the tremendous benefits of unified efforts. Sarah holds a master’s degree in planning from Cornell University and a bachelor of fine arts in photography and cultural anthropology from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia and Guatemala and has dedicated her career to working with local and international non-profit organizations.
Martha Henderson - Communications and Development Specialist
Martha shares the rich history of the WWII home front with the Trust’s membership base and leads the cultivation and stewardship of all donors. Martha is a development professional with many years of fundraising leadership in a wide variety of national, statewide, and local public benefit organizations. Martha holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College.
Sarah "Jo" James - Development Associate
Jo joins the team bringing with her a history of volunteerism and marketing. She holds two bachelor's degrees from University of California Santa Cruz in Business Management and Film & Digital Media. Jo is motivated to expand upon the Trust's events, client base, and social media presence because she believes it is more important now than ever to preserve the many sides of history from the home front to ensure continued growth towards equality.
Lisa Foote - Marketing and Public Relations Manager
After serving as a volunteer for many years, Lisa joins the Trust in furthering its goals of preserving home front history, and supporting and expanding the park’s educational programs. Lisa develops and creates story content for various social media platforms, expands community outreach, and assists with merchandising products available at the park’s visitor center. She holds a master’s degree in integrated arts from San Francisco Art Institute, and a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute. Prior to her career in photography and media, she worked as a marketing and merchandising professional for various national corporations.
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