LSA's Mission

Life Services Alternatives provides exceptional community living and programs for adults with disabilities.

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About

Life Services Alternatives believes all people with developmental disabilities have the right to live life to its fullest in our community. Twenty-four hours a day, we care for and support adults with special needs in neighborhood homes in Santa Clara County. Through personalized programs focused on skill-building, we make a difference in the quality of our residents’ lives, enabling them to reach their true potential.

Meet some of our residents.

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Excellent Care

We invest in training and development, and embrace a quality improvement process.

Dignity

We respect and trust our employees, residents, and families. We are a kind and caring community.

Involvement

We are an active part of something special. We encourage community and family involvement.



Our Story

Life Services Alternatives was founded by parents who had a dream of establishing homes for their adult children with special needs. In 2002, LSA began a journey to establish quality homes and nurturing services so that adults with developmental disabilities – including those with enduring medical needs – could receive life-long services while living in a community, not an institution.


2002

LSA founded offering adults with disabilities community-based living options.

2004

First three Residential Care Homes open located in John Burns Gardens in Santa Clara.

2007-2009

Five more homes open and services expanded to include medically fragile residents.

2013

Cypress Home opens and Community Integration Training Program begins offering volunteer jobs with local nonprofits.

2014-2015

Humbolt and Jordan-Bennett Homes open.

2018

LSA's twelfth home, Ramita, opens in San Jose.


Leadership Team


Dana Hooper Executive Director

[email protected] | 408.728.9573

Dana Hooper has served as Executive Director of LSA since 2007. A high-tech veteran, he previously was Vice President of U.S. Operations for a German software developer. He is a leader in our community, working with government and nonprofits such as Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Board), Santa Clara Chorale and San Andreas Regional Center (Past President) where his son, Brent, is a client in supported living.

Duane Wong Controller

[email protected] | 408.728.9587

Duane Wong, CPA, joined LSA in 2009 and has 20+ years of senior-level finance and accounting experience with global high-tech companies and start-ups. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters as well as reading, jogging and travel.

Angie Speulda Program Director

[email protected] | 408.728.9610

Angie Speulda has 30+ years of experience with developmentally disabled clients. Since 2007, she has been instrumental in opening several of LSA’s residential care homes. Previously, she was a Psychiatric Technician at Agnews Developmental Center for 28 years where she also managed the Sheltered Workshop and Adult Education Program.

Susan LeRitz Program Director

[email protected] | 408.727.3411

Susan LeRitz has a diverse background providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities in a community setting for more than 20 years. Her specialties include residential care programs, day programs, and independent living services including working with seniors. She has served LSA since 2006.

Celia Moreton Director of Development

[email protected] | 408.728.9627

For over 17 years, Celia has been fundraising for non-profits both large and small. She has worked for the American Cancer Society in Philadelphia, March of Dimes and Autism Speaks in New Jersey, School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County and Alum Rock Counseling Center. Most recently, she was the contracted Director of Fund Development for Project WeHope in Palo Alto. Celia enjoys baking, gardening and crafting in her spare time.

Roxane Mortensen Director of Human Resources

[email protected] | 408.728.9588

Roxane Mortensen joined LSA in 2015 after working in small to large size high tech companies for more than 10 years in Human Resource positions leveraging HR services, policy and programs. She enjoys walking, reading, playing the piano, travel, cooking and spending time with her family.

Roberto Candel IT Manager

[email protected] | 408.728.9559

Roberto Candel joined LSA in 2017 after working in IT across multiple disciplines since 2003. He enjoys short walks on the beach, and the breathtaking views from behind his glasses.

Laura Le Marketing & Communications

[email protected] | 408.791.2584

Laura Le joined LSA in 2017 with a background in marketing, public relations, and photography. She has worked with clients in the healthcare IT and services, B2B technology, and higher education industries. In her spare time, Laura enjoys taking photos, biking, and travelling with her husband and two daughters.


Our Staff


Jemma Duguma

Jemma Duguma

Administrator, McKendrie

Jemma is a nurse with over 20 years of experience in various medical specialties. She joined LSA in November 2008 and helped open Empey. In August 2012, she became Administrator for McKendrie.

Orlando Ferrer

Orlando Ferrer

Administrator, Rivermark Homes 2 & 3

Orlando joined the LSA team as a Direct Support Professional in 2004 and steadily rose up the ranks to his current Administrator position. Prior to his 11 years at LSA, he worked as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility. Because of his long-standing commitment to LSA, Orlando knows the residents he supports very well and is a calm and steady presence for Rivermark Homes 2 and 3.

Juanito Flores

Juanito Flores

Administrator, Rivermark Home 1

Juanito Flores started working at LSA on January 2013 as a Direct Support Professional. Prior to joining LSA, Juanito worked in various lead staffpositions. He is currently the administrator for our Rivermark home 1. Juanito holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Philippines and is a registered LVN.

Shelly Goss

Shelly Goss

Administrator, Jordan-Bennett & Ramita

Shelly joined LSA in May 2007 as a Direct Support Professional. Her previous experience with seniors proved very helpful, and she was promoted to Administrator for Rivermark Home 1. She helped develop and start the programs for the Jordan-Bennett and Ramita Homes.

Joseph Lansana

Joseph Lansana

Administrator, Baywood

Joseph joined LSA in 2009 as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician. Previously, he worked at several community-based day programs as a caregiver and mental heath counselor.

Armie Tancinco

Armie Tancinco

Administrator, Salerno

Armie was a nurse for five years and a nursing instructor for three years in the Philippines. In 2006, she became a registered nurse in the U.S. and worked as a nursing supervisor in a skilled nursing facility. In 2007, she joined LSA and helped opened Baywood. In August 2012, she became Administrator for Salerno.

Roger Vicente

Roger Vicente

Administrator, Cypress & CITP

Roger's career has been dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and seniors with Alzheimer's for 18 years. Roger started as a DSP for LSA in 2007 and has been instrumental in providing quality care and services to all of the homes.


Board


Greg Dalzell

Greg Dalzell

Board President
Maurice Leibenstern

Maurice Leibenstern

Board Vice President
Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

Board Treasurer
Fran Goodwin

Fran Goodwin

Board Secretary
Lorna Drope

Lorna Drope

Thomas Estrada

Thomas Estrada

Maureen O'Donnell

Maureen O'Donnell

Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell

John Pencer

John Pencer

Tina Underwood

Tina Underwood

Olenka Villarreal

Olenka Villarreal

Christine Wang

Christine Wang