Board of Directors

Masada is led by a dedicated board of directors drawn from many community sectors.
Each member is deeply committed to helping Masada fulfill our mission.
George Igi
George Igi, LCSW

Founder of Masada
in June of 1989

John Hatakeyama
John Hatakeyama, MS

Retired Deputy Director of LA County Dept. of Mental Health

Maribel Martinez
Maribel Martinez, Ed. D.

Director of Student Services, Lynwood Unified School District

Sheri Anne Masuda
Sheri Anne Masuda, OTD

Vice President of Rehabilitation, North American Client Services

Marilyn Noriega
Marilyn Noriega, OTR/L

CSUDH Department of
Occupational Therapy –
Adjunct Lecturer

William Paulsen
William Paulsen

Real Estate Developer, Retired High School Teacher and Varsity Coach

Justin Stallings
Justin Stallings, MSW

CSULB School of Social Work, Full-Time Lecturer

Jessica Polk
Jessica Polk, LCSW

CSULB School of Social Work, Lecturer and Project Coordinator LAC-DCFS Stipend Program

Katie Pandolfo
Katie Pandolfo

General Manager, Dignity Health Sports Park

Jim Wind
James Wind, MBA

Founder and CEO of Capstone Solutions Consulting

Willard Yamaguchi
Willard Yamaguchi, JD

Retired Prosecutor, City of Pasadena

George K. IGI Scholarship Program Building Futures & Igniting Careers

Inspired Leadership

Before founding Masada Homes in 1989, George K. Igi was recognized as an exceptionally talented social worker who understood how to engage and motivate youth who were involved in the justice system. These insights led George to develop innovative programming at Masada that has produced life-changing outcomes for thousands of children, youth, and families. Masada’s Board and Executive Leadership Team have established an annual scholarship program to acknowledge George’s passion for education and commitment to serving the community. The George K. Igi Scholarship Program will carry forward his legacy for decades. 

The program celebrates George’s unique approach to serving youth and highlights his belief in the importance of higher education. As the first in his family to attend college and attain a master’s degree, George experienced first-hand the doors education opens. The new program builds on a scholarship fund George established in the 1990s, which counts three members of Masada’s Executive Leadership Team among its early scholarship recipients. 

To contribute or learn more about the George K. Igi Scholarship Program, please contact Patricia Tindbaek, Chief Development Officer. Click here to email.

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