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Masonic Leadership

Randall Brill
Grand Master of Grand Lodge of California

Allan Casalou
Grand Secretary

Jordan Yelinek
Assistant Grand Secretary and Director of Member Services

Professional Leadership

Andy Cameron
General Counsel

Gary G. Charland
President and Chief Executive Officer, Masonic Homes of California 

Vince Gonzaga
Executive Director, Covina Campus, Masonic Homes of California

Carol Hunter
Chief Financial Officer

Douglas Ismail
President, California Masonic Foundation

Emily Limón
Chief Communications Officer

Charles Major
President and Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Creek Retirement Community

Soledad Martinez
Executive Director, Union City Campus, Masonic Homes of California

Sabrina Montes
Chief Strategic Officer, and Executive Director of Masonic Outreach Services, Masonic Homes of California

Joseph Pritchard
Chief Operating Officer, Masonic Homes of California

Kimberly (Wheeler) Rich
Executive Director, Masonic Center for Youth and Families

Chris Smith
Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Uehling
Chief Human Resources Officer

Randall Brill

Grand Master of Grand Lodge of California

Randall Brill received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Loyola University in Chicago. After four years of teaching science and math at a private school in Illinois, he began a long career in marine mammal training and research that led to research and leadership assignments around the globe. In 1975, he was a marine mammal trainer and training supervisor for the Chicago Zoological Society. After proving that dolphins use their lower jaws to hear returning echolocations signals, he went on to serve as a scientist and branch head of the Scientific and Veterinary Support Branch of the U.S. Marine Mammal Program, in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Center in Hawaii and California.

During this time, he received the Professional Achievement Award from the International Marine Animals Trainers Association. He served as technical agent and contracting officer for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. He was the Office of Naval Research science advisor to the commander of the U.S. Naval Central Command and Fifth Fleet in the Kingdom of Bahrain and received the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense. Randy returned to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego as a leadership coach for the Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement program. He retired in 2009 after 20 years of service.

Brill currently serves the Grand Lodge of California as its Grand Master and has served in a number of roles over the last decade. For six years, Brill served as a trustee for the California Masonic Foundation as well as on the board of the Nob Hill Masonic Center, the California Masonic Foundation, Acacia Creek and the Masonic Homes of California.

Education

PhD., Neurophysiology and Perception – Experimental Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois
MA, Interpersonal Psychology, Governors State University, Illinois
BA, Secondary Education –  Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

Allan Casalou

Grand Secretary

Allan has been a leader in the non-profit sector since 1990. He worked as a project officer for the Merced County Office of Economic and Strategic Development where he managed economic development projects, including a disaster relief loan program for Central Valley farmers and a microenterprise program for Southeast Asian immigrants. Allan is the founding executive director of the Merced Center for the Performing Arts and led membership, education, and leadership programs for youth organizations in California. Allan joined the staff of the Freemasons in 1999 as executive director and was elected grand secretary for the first time in 2008.

In his role as grand secretary, he oversees the business operations of the fraternity throughout the state. He serves as secretary to several operational and charitable boards including the Masonic Homes of California and the California Masonic Foundation. He is the chief executive of the California Masonic Memorial Temple and the Nob Hill Masonic Center. For 20 years, he was the editor of the award-winning California Freemason magazine.

Education
MBA, University of San Francisco
BS, Economics, University of San Francisco

Professional Affiliations
Raising A Reader, National board member
Ross Valley Players, Board member
Five Bridges Foundation, Vice President and Treasurer
Nob Hill Association, Director and President
DeMolay Foundation of California, Past President

Jordan Yelinek

Assistant Grand Secretary and Director of Member Services

Jordan Yelinek has been a leader in the world of learning and development, event programming, and membership for over twenty years, in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In 2015, he joined the Masons of California and leads the member services, lodge services and events teams of the organization.

Yelinek’s passion for freemasonry and its members is rooted in his belief that it can have a positive impact on the surrounding community. He is an advocate for the learning and development to ensure that all members of the Masons of California have access to the resources they need to grow the fraternity and their positive impact on communities. Yelinek is dedicated to strengthening the internal systems and processes of the organization, while also making sure its external outreach efforts are effective in connecting with potential members and supporting the community.

Education
PhD, Cell Biology, Yale University, Connecticut
MPhil, Cell Biology, Yale University, Connecticut
BS, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Washington College, Maryland

Professional Associations
American Society of Association Executives

Andy Cameron

General Counsel

Andy Cameron has more than 15 years of C-Suite, General Counsel experience across a range of public, private and non-profit corporations and industries. He has varied and deep business, nonprofit, governance, finance, and regulatory experience. Prior to joining the Masons of California, Cameron served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Arch Mortgage Insurance and President and General Counsel at PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. He was Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster, both in San Francisco.

Education
JD, Columbia University School of Law, New York
BA, Oberlin College, Ohio

Professional Affiliations
Meals on Wheels of Alameda County

Gary Charland

 President and Chief Executive Officer, Masonic Homes of California

Gary Charland has more than 25 years of experience in innovative and strategic health care leadership. Prior to joining the Masonic Homes, Charland served in various positions with the Washington Hospital Healthcare System. He was instrumental in the formation and growth of the Washington Township Medical Foundation where he served as the Chief of Physician Development and as the Executive Director of the Washington Township Medical Foundation. Charland was the former Chief Operating Officer of East Bay Medical Network/Bay Physicians Medical Group. He served as a trustee of the Masonic Homes for six years prior to his appointment as President and CEO.

Education
JD, Quinnipiac University School of Law, New Haven, Connecticut
BS, Communications/Journalism & Psychology, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Professional Affiliations
Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Fremont, California – President New Haven Schools Foundation, Fremont, California – Advisory board member
Masonic Communities and Services Association – Board member
Newark, California Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairman of the board Shriners Hospital for Children – Board member and Chair
Innovators Alliance – Founding member
Thrive Alliance Board – Secretary
California Assisted Living Association
Ohlone Community College – President’s Advisory Committee
LeadingAge California

Vince Gonzaga

Executive Director, Covina Campus, Masonic Homes of California

Vince Gonzaga has nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience, of which he’s spent the past 13 years in senior-living leadership roles. He began his career as a physician in the Philippines, but after arriving in the United States in 2004, transitioned into the senior-living field, starting as an admissions and marketing director and later becoming an administrator. Since 2011, he has worked as a CCRC executive director.

Education
B.S. Biology, University of San Carlos, Cebu, Philippines
Doctor of Medicine, Cebu Doctor`s College of Medicine, Cebu, Philippines Family Medicine Externship Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

License

RCFE Administrator License

Professional Affiliations
CALA member
CAHF member
Board of Adviser Career Care Institute School of Vocational Nursing

Carol Hunter

Chief Financial Officer

Carol Hunter is a finance professional leading accounting and operational teams for more than 25 years. As Chief Financial Officer of the Masonic Homes, Carol partners with the leaders of the various masonic entities to provide financial oversight and leadership. She started her career in public accounting in Toronto Canada and upon moving to California in 2003, transitioned to finance management roles in for-profit public and private companies. In 2015 she made the transition to mission-based work in the underserved Bayview District of San Francisco. Prior to joining the Masons of California, she was the CFO of Larkin Street Youth Services, a prominent California nonprofit focused on ending youth homelessness.

Education
BAS York University, Toronto Canada

Professional Affiliations
Certified Public Accountant
Mission Graduates – Board treasurer
Rotary Club of GOALS – VP membership

Douglas Ismail

President, California Masonic Foundation

Douglas Ismail has worked in fundraising for more than 30 years, leading organizations and offering independent consulting. His nonprofit-sector career has focused on the arts, health care philanthropy, social services, and education. He believes that charitable giving is a powerful example of Freemasonry at its best.

He works to celebrate, recognize, and promote philanthropy as a tool to make the fraternity recognized and relevant, while providing opportunities for brethren to experience the joy of selfless giving. Ismail leads the California Masonic Foundation in engaging individuals and lodges in all aspects of charitable giving as well as overseeing the foundation’s charitable investments.

Education
BA, Classical Studies, Hiram College, Ohio
MA, Higher Educational Administration, Ohio State University

Emily Limón

Chief Communications Officer

Emily Limón has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications in a variety of fields, including finance, performing arts, and other non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Masons of California, she served as the sales and marketing director of the San Francisco Symphony, driving millions of dollars in annual ticket sales. Limón has extensive senior level
experience in all aspects of marketing, process development and implementation, project management, and creative development.

Education
BA, Modern Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Graduate, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco

Professional Affiliations

Amateur Music Network, Board member

Charles Major, M.P.A., R.C.F.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Creek Retirement Community

Chuck Major has worked in the senior living and hospitality industries for more than 30 years. His extensive knowledge and hands-on experience inform the development of innovative, industry-leading programs at Acacia Creek, and provides seamless operations and fiscal management. Before joining Acacia Creek, he served as vice president of operations at American Baptist Homes of the West, where he provided oversight for senior communities across the Western United States as well as direction and assistance in the creation of memory care communities. Prior to this position, he was engaged by Regent Assisted Living and Brookdale Senior Living as operations vice president, where he oversaw communities in California, Oregon and Washington and supported the opening of new assisted living and memory care communities. Before entering the senior living industry, Major owned several restaurants in Redwood City after serving 12 years as a police officer for the City of Redwood City. He is a distinguished veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard having served in the Viet Nam era.

Education
MS, Public Administration, Notre Dame de Namur University, CA
BA, Business Administration, Notre Dame de Namur University, CA

Certifications
RCFE Administrator License
Certified Executive Chef (CEC)

Professional Affiliations
Leading Age
California Assisted Living Association
American Culinary Federation
California Peace Officers Association 

Soledad Martinez

Executive Director, Union City Campus, Masonic Homes of California

Soledad Martinez has over 26 years of experience in serving seniors and their families in various capacities. She received her Associate Degree in Human Services and Early Childhood Development from Chabot College in Hayward, California. She is a member of Leading Age of California – the state’s leading advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care.

Education
AA Human Services and Early Childhood Development, Chabot College Certificate for Case Management for Human Services
Social Services Designee Certificate
National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
RCFE Administrator License

Professional Affiliations
Leading Age
California Assisted Living Association
Notary Public

Sabrina Montes

Chief Strategic Officer, and Executive Director of Masonic Outreach Services, Masonic Homes of California

Sabrina Montes has been in the field of social work for more than 20 years, where she has served a wide range of clients, including children, adolescents, families, and seniors. She has a strong background in residential treatment programs, mental health, and community based services. Montes has served the Masonic Homes of California since 2003, where she assisted the in the Masonic Homes Children Program in Covina. In 2009, she joined Masonic Outreach Services.

Education
MSW, Social Work, University of Southern California
BA, Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine

Professional Affiliations

Field Instructor University of Southern California School of Social Work National Association of Social Workers
Masonic Communities & Association Board Member, 2021

Joseph Pritchard, MD

Chief Operating Officer, Masonic Homes of California

Joseph Pritchard has spent more than a decade studying and developing innovative and effective strategies to combat the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Pritchard is a member of multiple local and state organizations and he works with advisory bodies in the cities of Fremont, Union City, and Newark to create dementia-friendly communities. He partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide education on how to support and care for elders coping with memory loss.

Education
MD, Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines
MHA, California State University, East Bay
BS, Biology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Certifications

Certified Dementia Practitioner, NCCDP
RCFE Administrator
Big Data Program Certificate – San Francisco State University

Professional Affiliations

Union City, Senior Commission – Former Senior Commissioner
Tri-City Dementia Friendly Communities Task Force (Fremont, Newark, Union-City) – Co-chair
Fremont Chamber of Commerce – Member
LIFE Eldercare – Member
LeadingAge CA – EMERGE Coach
LeadingAge CA – Service Excellence Committee Member
LeadingAge CA – Planning Committee Member
LeadingAge CA – Workforce Situation Room Member

Kimberly (Wheeler) Rich, MFT

Executive Director, Masonic Center for Youth and Families

Kimberly Rich is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 25 years of experience treating children, youth, and their families. She specializes in pediatric anxiety, depression, and family therapy, and has more than 22 years of experience developing clinical and graduate training programs. Rich has extensive experience acquiring and managing public and private funding. As a nonprofit executive, she has raised more than 20 million dollars in support of therapeutic programs for children, youth, and their families. She is passionately dedicated to creating services that help parents raise happy, healthy, and productive youth and believes that by supporting and healing families, communities are able to become stronger and thrive.

Education
MS, Counseling Psychology, California State University, Hayward
BA, Psychology and Sociology, Cabrini College, Pennsylvania

License

California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Chris Smith

Chief Technology Officer

Chris has over two decades of experience in technology across a variety of industries.  He is an engineer by training, and a builder, innovator and leader at heart. Prior to joining the Masonic Homes in 2020, Chris had been a Senior Director at Envestnet/Yodlee as well as at Early Warning, a Vice President at Mastercard, and a Senior Research Engineer at SRI International.  Chris is well experienced leading teams that span organizational boundaries while ensuring all stakeholder needs are satisfied. Living a life of competing priorities is expected, and Chris believes open honest communication is the key. Chris strives to give everyone a voice, as each team member has a unique perspective that may result in the best solution, and knows that the best solution may not in fact be a 100% solution. As a Mason, Chris takes his commitment to the care of our residents to heart and endeavors to instill that commitment in the hearts of each member of the Technology team.

Education

PhD, Electrical/Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
MS, Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
BS, Physics, East Central University, Ada, OK

Professional Affiliations
Senior Member, IEEE

Andrew Uehling

Chief Human Resources Officer

Andrew Uehling is a seasoned human resources professional with more than 23 years of management experience. As vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Masonic Homes of California, Uehling partners with leaders and managers in five California Masonic entities to drive and implement effective leadership and management strategies. Prior to the Masonic Homes of California, Uehling served for eight years as director of human resources for Charles Schwab & Co.

Education
MBA, Business Administration and Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business
BA, Economics, Georgetown University

Professional Affiliations
Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Past chairman