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Board of Directors

Julie Schoen, JD, President

Julie brings her passion for all aspects of aging issues to her role as Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. She is an attorney with a strong background in Medicare Advocacy who is now making an impact in the area of Elder Abuse. Like you, she hopes to build public awareness by collaborating with experts in the field.

She is an active board member of the Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) and the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA). Julie’s influence in he aging field has been well documented in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and USA Today as well as frequent guest appearances on KFWB, Talk Radio, Money 101.

Before joining the NCEA team at USC, Julie devoted the first 20 years of her career as the director of the Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program and the CA Senior Medicare Patrol. Julie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison and has lived in Orange County for the past 30 years with her husband Jim and daughter Emily. 

Julie Schoen

In Memory of Founding Board Member - Diane Edwards, EdD, Vice President
1938 - 2024

Diane Edwards was Professor Emeritus, Saddleback College. As a professor, she was an expert in “geriatric” exercise programming. Diane received her Bachelor of Science Degree from San Jose University, Master of Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University. She wrote a best-selling book, Prime Moves, which sold over 50,000 copies.

Diane conducted research at University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, and Cedars Saini Hospital in Los Angeles. As a representative of the United States Government, she traveled to China to share her expertise in preventing Osteoporosis.

Additionally, Diane appeared on T.V. Channels 2,4 and 7. Diane was married to her devoted Husband, Lyle for over 65 years, together they had two daughters and 6 grandsons. She loved  painting, traveling and volunteering.

Diane's dedication to the Village will sorely be missed and her enthusiasm will never be forgotten.

Diane Edwards

Steve Walrath

Steve Walrath, CPA, Treasurer

Steve has spent the last 45 years as a Certified Public Accountant. His firm provided accounting services to individuals, and businesses. Those services included financial statements, payroll preparation, tax returns and business consulting.

Until 2010, the primary business was the creation of information system’s software for the temporary employment industry. His company supplied software solutions to over 100 firms nationwide. Currently, he provides income tax preparation for individuals, estates, trusts and businesses. San Clemente Village is so fortunate to have Steve join our Board of Directors.

Chase Metcalf, Secretary

Chase has worked in the financial services industry for more than five years and began serving as a Financial Advisor with Metcalf Wealth Management Group in 2018. Prior to that, he worked as an Operations Clerk from 2013 to 2014 and a Client Service Associate from 2015 to 2018.
Chase has a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University-Fullerton, and is an Orange Coast College Community Education Instructor and serves on the Board of Directors of San Clemente Village.

Chase Metcalf

Carolyn Novotny, Director

Carolyn has been a supporter of San Clemente Village since the first meeting introducing The Village to San Clemente. She understands the importance of keeping our Senior Population healthy, independent, and thriving in their environment.  Her own mother is a Charter Member, first as a Social Member and now a full Member.  After retiring from over 35 years as an Insurance Broker, she is devoted to making sure that our Senior Population and their loved ones know their options when making some difficult decisions when life changes.

In her spare-time she has volunteered for many organizations and has been part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association for the past 23 years.  She enjoys camping and gardening.

Carolyn Novotny

Sandy Shoden

Sandi Shoden, Director

Sandi and Tom Shoden were married for 46 years, before his passing in 2021, and have two children and four grandchildren. Sandi has been avid volunteer all of her adult life. She volunteered at her children’s schools and travelled the country volunteering for various church camps. Sandi and Tom provided the labor in the church camps by painting, doing repairs, sewing, working in the kitchen and even building bridges!

As a volunteer for San Clemente Village, Sandi helped develop the following programs: volunteer recruitment and training, SCV’s utilization of Club Express and the phone team, the formation of Village Guides, the implementation of Village Health Companions and assistance with SCV’s programs and events. In addition, Sandi has provided a variety of services to our Members such as transportation, errands and grocery delivery.

Paula Kohl, Director

Paula served on the San Clemente City Council Human Affairs Committee from 2017 to 2021 and organized presentations and discussion groups on the state of the city regarding homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, suicide, senior needs, teen healthy choices,
youth activities, human trafficking, food insecurity, and COVID-19 impacts. She is the Treasurer of the San Clemente Rotary Club and serves on the Finance Committee of Community Outreach Alliance.

Having experienced her own daughter’s challenges with childhood cancer and Type 1 diabetes and witnessed that 7- year-old grow up to be a professional singer, Paula’s favorite saying is “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. Life is about learning to dance in the rain". 

Paula Kohl

Barry Mulkay, Director
Barry Mulkay, Director

Barry has been married to his wonderful wife, Peggy, for 51 years. They have 2 sons and 3 wonderful grandchildren. He and Peggy grew up in Maryland and as an adult, Barry
embarked on a long career crossing various states throughout the U.S.

He spent most of his 40-year career in transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Barry’s last 29 years were with Frito Lay Inc. and PepsiCo -- in the supply chain arena. He held numerous positions and his last was Senior Director of Transportation, Logistics and Supply
Chain for all the PepsiCo companies before retiring at the end of 2010.

Peggy and Barry enjoy traveling and visiting all parts of the world--with still many to go. He is an avid golfer playing 4 to 5 times a week. Barry has been a volunteer with SCV for the last 4 years on the Phone Team.

Pete Antonic, Director

I am absolutely thrilled to join San Clemente Village and to serve this vital community.  After nearly 30 years in corporate America, the next phase in life came sooner than expected and this opportunity showed itself to me.  I look forward to connecting with our many members and the fantastic volunteers here at San Clemente Village to help in any way I can.  My wonderful wife of 26 years, Lisa and our four children (PJ – 24, Ellie Grace – 21, Thomas Cole – 17 and Sofia Marie – 12) give me purpose.  As a family, we have enjoyed all San Clemente has to offer since moving here in 2008…some or all of us can be found at T-Street beach, strolling the Beach Trail or walking our labradoodle, Paco, around town on any given day.  I follow all Chicago Sports teams (except for the Cubs) and am a massive Arsenal Football Club fan (that’s soccer if you didn’t know).  I love camping, traveling and sampling some of our local craft brews.  Whenever we can, Lisa and I like to get out to Temecula to take in it’s natural beauty and sample some of that region’s wines.  I look forward to meeting everyone and seeing you around town, our “Village”!!!

Jessica Reiter-Flax

Jessica Reiter-Flax, Executive Director

Jessica joined San Clemente Village as the Executive Director in April of 2022. Jessica brings over 18 years of non-profit experience, working in development and community relations for various national organizations focused on health and chronic disease. Jessica is passionate about helping Seniors live life to the fullest, after seeing her Grandparents struggle with maintaining their independence.

Jessica and her husband Eric, moved to Orange County from the Midwest 5 years ago and enjoy hiking and being outdoors in beautiful Southern California. Jessica studied at the Gemological Institute of America and enjoys rockhounding whenever possible.

She is looking forward to growing with San Clemente Village, helping the senior population live a healthy, independent lifestyle, and engaging in the community.