Quality of Life Connections (d/b/a San Diego VeloYouth)
operates with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and staff.
Meet the special people who make it all happen.
Tanya Landry, President/Co-Founder, 2006 – Current
Tanya is a social entrepreneur and owner of Elusen, Inc., providing project management, facilitation and training for non-profit and for-profit companies. Founding and leading Quality of Life Connections is a passion and dream fulfillment. In August 2011 she was honored with the 10News Leadership Award for her work with youth through San Diego VeloYouth.
Maryclare Boyle, Co-Founder/Secretary, 2006 – Current
Maryclare is a co-founder and integral to the development of the organization, providing focus and vision. Having served on numerous Boards and having many years experience working with at-risk youth, she uses her knowledge and experience to help guide the organization. Maryclare is a Senior Manager at HD Supply Facilities Maintenance in San Diego.
David Grylls, 2008 – Current
Dave was Silver Medalist in the 1984 Olympics in track cycling. His passion is youth development and serves as a hub of information for youth cycling in San Diego. With his big heart and booming voice, Dave is QOLC’s Community Liaison in big ways. When not cycling, Dave is a husband, father and engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems in Chula Vista.
Matthew Hoffmann, 2014 – Current
Matt Hoffmann is a former pro-cyclist, coach and event coordinator. Before joining the Board, Matt volunteered and coached for San Diego VeloYouth. In addition, he works with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and coaches private clients. Matt is very accomplished both on and off the bike, with recent accomplishments including racing and completing solo Race Across the West (RAW) in 2014 and solo Race Across America (RAAM) in 2015. Additionally, Matt was part of the winning Team Chase as a crew member at the Silver State 508 in 2015.
Robert H. Kaplan, PhD, 2016 – Present
Bob is the Associate Program Director of the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Masters of Advance Studies Program, and an adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the School of Medicine, UC San Diego. Dr. Kaplan is a founder and partner with The Torrey Pines Health Group, Inc. that provides consulting to health care organizations, including strategic planning, network development and post-acute care analysis and management services. Bob brings experience in fundraising, development, and programming to San Diego VeloYouth, along with a passion for sport as a life-time athlete.
Marty Katz, 2016 – Present
Marty is the senior partner in Wood Phillips, an intellectual property law firm, and represents a number of corporate clients in the life sciences area. He previously was the Assistant Director of Patents at Merck & Co. and the Patent and Trademark Counsel at Abbott Laboratories. Marty is an avid competitive cyclist and enjoys both road and track cycling. Marty's legal, regulatory, risk assessment experience are an invaluable asset to the San Diego VeloYouth Board as the program expands.
Robert Panzera, 2016 – Current
Robert is owner and president of CCSD, a sport event management company located in San Diego, CA. Robert has been active in the cycling community since his teenage years, first on the east coast and now in California. He is excited to be part of the amazing and accomplished Board of the SDVY. Robert intends to add logistics to fundraising efforts, along with reach to marketing and promotion activities. He wishes to ensure SDVY furthers its growth to the communities it serves, and he hopes to connect more people to SDVY who will help fund its programs.
Quality of Life Connections (d/b/a San Diego VeloYouth) is honored to be supported by a group of recognized professionals:
Jim Benedict – President, Innovative Giving
Sandra Bishop – After School Program Director, Sweetwater Unified School District
Dana Harwood – 8th Grade Teacher, Monarch School
Terrence Johnes – Assistant Principal, Hoover High School
Lisa Johnson – Executive Director, NTC Foundation
Jeff Nichols – Creative Director, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
Linda Wergeland – Real Estate Executive (retired), Yoga Instructor
Richard Fisher, PhD – Nation Institute of Health (retired)