The San Elijo Hills Foundation is a valuable resource in our community. This 501c3 is tasked with the mission of helping enhance the quality of life for residents of San Elijo HIlls. The board, which is made up of local residents and business owners, usually meets on the first Monday of each month at 5:30PM at the San Elijo Hills Visitor’s Center on the corner across from Epoch.
If you’d like to attend a meeting, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm meeting times. They are always looking for volunteers and ideas.
The San Elijo Hills Foundation has engaged in a variety of projects here in the community by acting as an umbrella for various charitable groups and events in the neighborhoods – from the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club to Must Dash for a Cure and Odyssey of the Mind. The Foundation was also pivotal in the Buy Local and PACE Car Campaigns designed to build community and improve safety in and around SEH.
The Foundation hopes to take a more active and growing role in the community as time goes on. If you have a project that you’d like the Foundation to consider, please email email@example.com and make arrangements to present your idea to the board for consideration.
In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to SHARE a little bit about each of the Board members so you recognize their names and faces. Say hi when you see these people out and about and thank them for the time and energy they put into helping our community.
Brett Gottlieb – President
Brett Gottlieb has lived here in San Elijo Hills for about three years with his wife, Lital, and their two children (ages 4 & 2). Brett is the owner of Comprehensive Advisor, a leading provider of fee-based financial planning & insurance services for pre-retirees & retirees. With 16 years experience in financial services, Brett is passionate about educating his clients on Social Security, retirement income planning and portfolio management. When he’s not working he loves spending time with his family and also basketball and running. Brett got involved with the San Elijo Hills Foundation as a way to be connected to the community and to meet new people. He loves being part of something that creates value and support for others inside of our community.
Li Tian – Vice President
Li Tian lives in San Elijo Hills with her husband and two children (ages 14 and 17). They have lived here since 2005 and enjoy being active in the community. Li who has a PhD from USC worked in Biotech for 20 years in Mergers & Acquisitions, but left that career to pursue her passion for helping others. She is now leading a team of financial planners with offices in Carlsbad, Mission Valley and Temecula. When Li is not busy working, she enjoys kickboxing at UFC several times a week. She loves being part of our community and joined the San Elijo Hills Foundation Board so she could give back. She loves all the the foundation stands for and is happy to utilize her experience and skillset to take on projects that enhance safety and quality of life here in SEH.
Angela Ayers – Treasurer
Angela Ayers has lived in San Elijo HIlls about three years. She has two adult sons – one of whom works with her at her Allstate Insurance Agency. Angela loves helping families make sure they are properly protected and running her insurance agency allows her to do just that. Angela also loves ballroom dancing, live music, cooking with her son who is a chef, and hiking the trails with her two dogs. Angela also loves getting involved with the community and that’s why she joined the San Elijo HIlls Foundation board – to offer up her skills and experience to support good causes and meaning projects in our community.
Carol Sayles – Member at Large
Carol Sayles and her husband Todd have lived in San Elijo Hills since April, 2015, along with their two beloved furr-kids, Hunter and Bindi. Carol works as a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty where she is able to utilize her strong legal and corporate background to fully assist her clients. As an avid animal lover, Carol enjoys in spending her free-time volunteering with a number of local animal rescue groups, but she also enjoys unwinding while visiting many of the great wineries and craft breweries prevalent in our area. Carol is now an active member of the the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club – and she has also assisted with the SEH PACE Car Campaign – to help make the streets safer in San Elijo. Carol is excited about the opportunity to contribute her future efforts to the Board of the San Elijo Hills Foundation to further the cause of supporting and enhancing projects that improve the quality of life within San Elijo Hills.
Neil Ward – Member at Large
Neil Ward moved into San Elijo HIlls last year where he lives with his wife Lisa and his daughter, Emma (11). He also has a son who is studying for his Doctorate in Pharmacy at Mid Western University in Arizona. Neil took early retirement in 2014 and is a 35-year Capital Markets veteran, holding various positions in financial institutions in Ireland, the UK and the US. His most recently held position was as CEO of Bank of Montreal Ireland for 8 years. He loves to hike, walk and read. He also enjoys studying wine as a level 3 graduate of Wine & Spirits Educational Trust. He’s also an amateur gemologist. Neil is a fantastic resource on the Foundation board with his experience of proper Corporate Governance, but mostly, because of his love of community and wanting to help make San Elijo a more safe, healthy and fun-filled place to live both for his family and those who choose to live here.