The Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is a 12 member committee, appointed by the City Councils of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Our committee members are active in their community and passionate about volunteering. Learn more about them below.
Chair, Los Altos
Laurel and her family have lived in Los Altos since 2002. She has volunteered extensively in the schools, serving as PTA President and on the boards of the Los Altos Educational Foundation and Mountain View High School Foundation. Laurel was a member of the Los Altos Public Arts Commission for several years, volunteers as an MVLA Scholars mentor, and has worked for Los Altos Community Foundation since 2014.
Vice Chair, Los Altos Hills
Sandy Mingia is retired from high tech sales and marketing and has lived in Los Altos Hills since 1991. She is an active member of the Rotary Club or Los Altos, acting in 2021 as Director of their major annual fundraiser, The Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park.
Los Altos Hills
Jennifer Duarte is a graphic designer and has been a volunteer since college. She has worked with many organizations, including Family House, a hospital hospitality house for Benioff Children's Hospital, where she was honored as a Volunteer of the Year, the Arthritis Foundation, Girl Scouts and the National Charity League. She is actively involved at St. Nicholas School, where she served multiple years on the Parent Teacher Group Board including two as President, and co-chaired their annual auction for several years, as well as St. Francis High School.
Jennifer and her husband live in Los Altos Hills and have two children. In her free time she enjoys making art, mixing cocktails, cooking, singing, volunteering and spending time with her friends and family.
Los Altos Council Liason
Los Altos Councilmember/Former Mayor Neysa Fligor was first elected as the top vote-getter to the Los Altos City Council in 2018, and was re-elected as the top vote getter again in 2022. During her term on Council, Neysa has been a local and regional leader. Her leadership positions include Former President of the CalCities Peninsula Division, First Vice President of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, Executive Board Member of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and CHAC, and Vice Chair of the ABAG Housing Committee. Neysa is passionate about public service and advocates for policies and programs that foster healthy communities and improve the lives of all residents. Prior to serving on Council, Neysa served on the El Camino Healthcare District Board and worked for the County of Santa Clara for 9 years representing the Santa Clara County Assessor and the Health and Hospital System departments. She is a Georgetown Law School graduate and is currently a Division Legal Counsel at HP. She is also mom to a 10th grader and a 6th grader.
Associate Member, Los Altos Hills
Benjamin Gikis has spent a lifetime of volunteerism focusing mainly on youth activities especially youth sports! He is currently on the Little League District Board and a Board Member of Sons In Retirement. His professional experience was in engineering and management especially in environmental areas. He retired from Applied Materials as the General manager of Hazardous Waste Operations in 2008.
His other activities include adult softball, youth baseball and soccer, scouting and PTA-related physical plant projects at Bullis School (internet wiring of school in 1998-1999) as well as plus fund raising (Silent Auction).
Rebecca Lowell and her family moved to Los Altos in 2013. Since then, Rebecca has volunteered for numerous local projects and organizations including: Loyola Elementary School PTA Board, LAEF Board of Directors, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Project Cornerstone, and the AVID program at Los Altos High School. Currently, Rebecca serves as the President of the MVLA High School Foundation. She has been a member of the MVLA Foundation board since 2016. In addition, Rebecca drives food to the LASD Gives Back Food Bank and is a site host for Tera Farm. Rebecca's professional background is in fundraising and event planning. In addition to volunteering, Rebecca enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, baking and traveling.
Los Altos Hills
Don Mattson and his wife Barbara have lived in their home in Los Altos Hills for 50 years and has a BS and MBA degrees from UC Berkeley. Don is a retired executive from the Computer Data Storage Industry and most recently as the COO of InVision Technologies, developing and manufacturing CT Devices for Airline Security worldwide. He has a variety of volunteer activity from youth sports as coach and manager, treasurer of Little League, Home Owners President, Director for community-owned facilities and officer for SIR Branch 35.
Los Altos Hills
Kelly has lived in Los Altos Hills with her husband for 27 years and is an active member in the community. She currently serves on the Board of the Foothill-Deanza Foundation Board, The Los Altos History Museum Board, The Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards. She has previously served on the Red Cross Board of Palo Alto, The Los Altos Village Association Board and the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula Board. Kelly has worked for over 40 years in the Banking/Financial Services Business. She is a passionate equestrian and competes in multiple disciplines of riding.
Los Altos Hills Council Liason
George and his wife Stephanie have lived in Los Altos Hills since 2009, but both of them have roots in the community that go back further than that. George is in his second term as a council member for the Town of Los Altos Hills, having served as mayor last year. He is also Chair of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Board member and Treasurer of CHAC, and Commissioner of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District. Past volunteer work has included serving as board member and president of West Valley Community Services, Board member of the Cupertino Union School District, and as Committee Chair of Boy Scouts Troop 75 (meeting in Grant Park). He currently works as a consultant helping small pharmaceutical companies develop new products and teaches Chemical Process Design at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Lakshmi Ramgopal
Los Altos Hills
Dr. Lakshmi Ramgopal has been a dentist in the Bay Area for 25 years. She lives in Los Altos Hills and has been a resident of the area for the last 20 years. She previously served on the Education Committee and the Public Art Committee of Los Altos Hills. She also actively participates in community activities and enjoys hiking and traveling.
Los Altos, Treasurer
Dennis Young splits hs time between being Senior Partner at Young, Craig & Company, CPAs and as Co-Publisher of the Los Altos Town Crier. He has lived in Los Altos since 1971. He and his wife raised their two sons in Los Altos. He is a Past President of the Chamber Of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Los Altos Village Association, Festival of Lights and other Civic and Professional organizations. He was Los Altan of the Year in 2018 and has received other honors during his career.