Janice Trantham is President
Janice has lived in Tierrasanta since 1977 with husband, Mick Tartaglia. They have two sons and a grandson and are blessed to have family living in the area.
After a thirty-year career working in non-profit, private, and public sectors, Janice founded Thumbs Up Performance. Her business specializes in working with small business owners who need help growing their revenues and making operational changes that cut costs and increase profits.
With the hard work of career building and education behind her, Janice is now cruising along, enjoying her business, daily workouts, cooking, entertaining, horse racing, and snow skiing.
Janice values the opportunity to share her experience in grant writing, coaching, training, facilitation, and management. She believes in the importance of paying it forward. Through her involvement with Tierrasanta Junior Women’s Club and Tierrasanta Village of San Diego, Janice is committed to serving others and contributing to our wonderful community.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
Marc Narkus-Kramer is Vice President
Marc Narkus-Kramer has a Bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and two Master’s degrees (one in physics from the University of Michigan and another from University of Maryland University College in business). He was a senior manager at the MITRE Corporation for most of his 30 years there and his focus was first on energy and environment policy and then in Air Traffic Control modernization. He also spent several years in Germany where he advised the highest levels of that government in modernizing their system. He was the recipient of the highest award in aviation (the Collier Award) along with a remarkable team that spanned several companies. He has been on many boards of directors associated with afterschool programs, daycare centers, social justice organization (mostly associated with Unitarian-Universalist congregations and organizations). He current was involved in tutoring grade-school kids until the Corona Virus shut down the schools. He is an avid piano player and loves to play golf. He is married to Grazina Narkus-Kramer in 1974 and has 2 children and 1 grandchild.
Carol Lee is Secretrary
Ann Lasdon is Co-Treasurer
I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Illinois when I was in 4 th grade. I loved grade school and high school and was very involved in my church there. I graduated from college with a teaching degree and a double major: Spanish and Music. I met John Lee when we were both teaching in Northbrook, Illinois, and we married in 1964. While we were having and raising our sons (in 1965, 1967, and 1971) I taught piano and voice at home and conducted the church choir. John continued to work in Northbrook and eventually became Assistant to the Superintendent, although he always tried to keep his hand in by teaching a few classes, as well. When our boys were in school full-time, I went back to teaching and spent most of the next 20+ years teaching language arts in middle school, which I loved. I retired from the classroom in 2003 and began teaching an Online Writing Workshop for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. I continue to teach for CTD to this day.
Through the years, John and I enjoyed music, plays, and activities with our children and grandchildren. Thirteen days short of our 50 th wedding anniversary, he died. I decided to move to San Diego to be near my youngest grandchildren while I could still enjoy sharing in their activities. It’s been great seeing some of my other, older grandchildren marrying already! Having time with grandkids just wasn’t enough, though—I needed some adult friends here in Tierrasanta! Then, discovered TVSD. I’ve been a member for just a few months, but I’ve participated in lots of activities, as well as writing a member bio for the Vibes each month. I am very happy that I could help out by volunteering to be secretary of the board, and I treasure the friendships that The Village is bringing me.
Ann was born and raised in Greensburg, PA. a small- town southeast of Pittsburgh. She had an older brother who died in 1991. After graduation from high school she moved to Tucson where she attended the University of Arizona. During those years she held summer jobs in a bank.
She moved to San Diego in 1967 and pursued a 26 year-banking career. Positions included Executive Assistant to the President of Torrey Pines Bank, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors and finished her career as an Assistant Vice President.
After the Bank was sold to Wells Fargo Bank her working career continued as Office Manager/Personal Assistant to the former Chairman of the Board of the Bank and a former owner of Frazee Industries.
She joined TVSD in 2014 and looks forward to serving on the Board as your Treasurer.
Rhoda Keegan is Co-Treasurer
Rhoda grew up in Detroit, Michigan, moving with her parents after high school to New York City. She met her future husband at the University of Michigan and they were married in 1958. Her son was born in El Paso, Texas, her daughter in New York. The children grew up in East Lansing, Michigan and Rhoda arrived in San Diego in 1981.
She met Bob Keegan in 1984 and they were married the following year.Rhoda’s San Diego career covered payroll and benefits accounting during her jobs in San Diego. Helping the village as Co-treasurer allows her to put her skills and love of accounting and numbers to good use.
Marilyn Bente is Member-At-Large
As a young child in Columbus, Ohio, Marilyn never dreamed that she would become a Californian, much less that she would be able to travel world-wide, visiting countries on six continents! Marilyn is the oldest of five children and was raised by parents who put a high value on education and work ethics. She graduated from the Ohio State University in 1969 with a degree in education, majoring in French and English. That year was a turning point in her life! She not only earned a teaching credential, but also married her college sweetheart, Tom. They moved across country, teaching contracts in hand, to start their careers with the San Diego Unified School District, which would continue for nearly forty years. In 1971, they bought their first house in Tierrasanta, and were soon blessed with a son, Christopher.
Throughout the years, Marilyn worked towards earning a Master's degree from San Diego State University, became a mentor teacher, a resource teacher, and a staff developer for the AVID program and for the California Language Project. She and her family spent two years in France with the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program where she taught English as a foreign language in French high schools. This offered them the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and to Africa. Since retiring, Marilyn shared her husband's passion for travel and they were able to visit over 50 different countries and travel throughout the United States.
In 2015, her husband, Tom, passed away, and now she fills her life with visiting her son and two grandsons in Sacramento; working on assessment projects for the U.S. Department of Education; participating in book, card, and film clubs; traveling with friends and family; and volunteering with TVSD. She has gained much personal satisfaction in leadership roles with the Village, facilitating the Lunch Bunch, serving as an original member of the Membership Committee, helping to organize the TVSD team for the Relay for Life, and leading a Village group to Paris. She is proud to be a member of the TVSD Board of Directors as the Secretary and Board Liaison for the Volunteer Core Group.