Change is in the Air for the Las Trampas Board

Big changes are in the works for the Las Trampas Board of Directors. In June Las Trampas said goodbye to five directors, but are pleased to welcome three new additions to the Board.

Mary Gomes joined the Las Trampas Board of Directors in January of 1982 as a Las Trampas parent. In January 2017, 35 years later, she said goodbye and retired from Board service. An extraordinarily committed leader, she rarely missed a monthly board meeting and was a familiar and welcome sight on campus. Over the last 35 years, she has worked side-by-side with the Clipped Wings on many a successful fundraiser and a number of lucky bidders have won the beautiful wooden salad bowls made by her husband John. Mary rallied the family every year to participate in Walk n’ Roll, often gathering multiple generations from many different branches of the family.

Pat Flaharty
joined us as the chef for the Chef’s Table program in 2012 after hearing a presentation to his Rotary Club. As he learned more about Las Trampas and got the know the amazing folks here, he wanted to do more and volunteered for Board service. Since then he has helped build Chef’s Table† to the creative and fun monthly event we enjoy today. The dinner parties he donates to the What’s In Our Hat silent auction are widely sought after, and he has always been ready to share his Las Trampas experience with new friends and supporters.
Mary and Pat were both long-time directors who are much beloved by the Las Trampas community. Through their long Board services and active participation in Las Trampas life, they have become institutions and we will miss seeing their bright smiles!

Judie Wilson, Inga Miller, and Sara Castille all joined the board more recently, but will be no less missed. They have all brought to the Board a passion for the work of Las Trampas and a wealth of information in the areas of healthcare, law, and developmental disabilities. We cannot thank them enough for their strategic guidance and commitment to the well-being of Las Trampas’ clients and staff.

New directors Annette Surtees, Terry Murray, and Charles Ashworth promise to bring the same strategic vision and commitment to the Board, as well as skill and experience in human resources and finance. We look forward to sharing their stories with you as we get to know them better.

Thank you so much to Mary, Pat, Judie, Inga, and Sara. We wish you all the best in your endeavors and hope you’ll come back to see us. And a big welcome to Annette, Terry, and Charles!