2019 Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors
President-CEO: Mike Lipscombe
Chairman: Terry Rifkin
Treasurer: Hank Snyder
Secretary: Cathy Nelson

Board of Directors
Mike Lipscombe, Terry Rifkin, Cathy Nelson, Judy Mastracchio, David Shahoian, Patti Short, Hank Snyder, Jill Watson, David Shahoian, Nick Frankovich, Sheri Schneringer

Mike Lipscombe, President-CEO:

Mike is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran serving with HMM 163 and others at Marble Mountain in 1965-66. After his discharge, he went back to school and completed 2 engineering degrees and a masters in Finance. He retired from 3M Ceradyne, a maker of ballistic protection for the Marines, and other branches of our Armed Forces. Prior to that he spent his career in the Aerospace and Defense industries in California working for companies such as Honeywell, Meggitt and Armtec in the supply chain area. He serves as Vice President on the Board of Fisher House of Southern California, and has served as Adjutant and Board Member of the American Legion Post 291 Newport Harbor where he is a life member. He is also a life member of Post 022 of the Marine Corps League in San Clemente. Mike moved to Dana Point in 2008 from Hermosa Beach, and enjoys volunteering for groups that support active and retired military, including their families, sailing and working on his old BMW and most of all spending time with his wife Vicki.

MSgt Hank Snyder USMC-Ret,-Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Hank Snyder after 28 years of service retired from our Marine Corps in 1982. He is the President & CEO of Safe Tax and Business Accounting Services and has an extensive background in tax-business consulting, software development, and sits on five different Boards of Directors. He is a Member & Director of the Exchange Club Of San Clemente, a past President and is currently their Treasurer.

Terry Rifkin, Chairman of the Board:

Terry has a private practice in Laguna Niguel as a licensed Psychotherapist.  She has a special recognition in her field by holding a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.  Terry is also a member of “Who’s Who of American Professional and Business Women”.  She is a published author and has served as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.  Terry is a Charter member, Past President and Past Director of the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and a sustaining Paul Harris Fellow. Terry was recognized in her community with the “Heart and Soul Award” for August of 2011.  This award recognizes Orange County citizens for their passion for life and their dedication for making a difference.  In March of 2012, Terry was honored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey as the 73rd Assembly District Woman of the Year.  This honor was given for Terry’s tireless community service and her devoted efforts with our military troops and their families.

In 2008, Terry was selected to be the Rotary District Business Rotarian of the Year. When the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group was incorporating, she was on the inaugural board and is the only remaining Director from its origin.  She served as Director of Support and Outreach between 2008-2012 and then President of the organization through the end of 2018.  She is now the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Advisory Brigade.  She looks forward to many more years in advisory, public relations and fundraising roles.

Sheri Schneringer, Director:

Sheri has been volunteering with the Dana Point 5th Marines for 4 years and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2017.  She has been the CEO of the Schneringer household, married for 36 years, raising 4 kids.  With the last of her 4 children turning 18, she has decided to increase her support to the organization and is pleased to accept the position of Director of Volunteers.  Her previous experience includes 3 years as President of the San Clemente High School Water Polo Booster Club President and 2 years as Team Manager at Capistrano Valley Aquatics Water Polo Club.

Judy Mastracchio, Director:

After some life-changing events, Judy moved to Dana Point from the east coast in 2008.  Realizing how her personal experience could help others move on with their lives as she had, Judy achieved certifications as a Life Coach, Professional Coach and Divorce Coach.   Also on her “bucket list” was to pursue being a stand-up comic and she made her first stage appearance in 2010 and has had several other “gigs” since then. Her love of comedy led to co-producing DPSG’s very successful “Laughs for Leathernecks” fundraisers, now in its 6th year.  Judy serves as Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry at St. Edward the Confessor here in Dana Point and also volunteers with Family Assistance Ministries at the San Felipe de Jesus Satellite food pantry. Until recently, Judy was DPSG’s Director of Volunteers and now will lead the way with Communications for the Team. She feels one of the highest honors she has ever achieved is to serve on the Board of Directors for the DPSG.

Cathy Nelson, Secretary:

Cathy is a Capo Beach Resident for 30 years and has recently retired from working as an executive/legal secretary.  She has been active in the local community and has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations including the Capistrano Valley Symphony, the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society, and the Sand Dollar Guild; a fund raising arm for the Ocean Institute. She joined the Guild in 1996 and has been on the board of directors for most of her tenure and is currently serving as co-President for the second year in a row.  She also belongs to Beta Sigma Phi, Tau Phi Chapter, a philanthropic sorority, and has been on the board of directors for their chapter for many years.  She has been involved as a volunteer with the 5th Marines Combat Golf Tournament and feels privileged to be involved with such wonderful, dedicated people!

David Shahoian, Director:

With over 20 years of banking and lending experience, David Shahoian is currently a Vice President & Relationship Manager at Farmers & Merchants Bank. After leaving San Diego State University, David has held key management positions at US Bank, Huntington Bank and Union Bank where he developed vast experience in Commercial and Corporate Lending. Mr. Shahoian was also licensed for Series 6, 63, and Life Insurance, as he worked closely with the Private Bank at Union Bank to develop Wealth Management clients. Being a leader in his community, David has been a longtime Board Member of Fish for Life, OCAPS, Mariners Church, Founder of Christian Surfers San Clemente Chapter, and member of the Saddleback Church Men’s Ministry in San Clemente. As a 34 year family resident history in San Clemente and a current resident of Dana Point, he spends most of his free time with his wife Kristina and relaxing by surfing the local surf breaks. Moreover, he enjoys helping others and serving God.

Patti Short, Director:

As a 34 year resident of Dana Point, I am proud of the mission of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and honored to serve on its Board of Directors. Career experience includes retail sales, advertising, telecommunications customer service, sales and marketing, and event planning and management. Currently I’m a full time Realtor with 26 years of experience. Have previously served the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the Capistrano Valley Symphony Board of Trustees; the Dana Point Incorporation Study Team; the first Harbor Revitalization Committee and as a Charter Member of the Sand Dollar Guild. Currently a member of the Earth Ocean Society Board of Directors; Dana Point “Citizen of the Year” Committee; Orange County Women in Networking Board of Directors; Dana Point Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Realtors; California Association of Realtors; Laguna Board of Realtors.

Jill Watson, Director:

Born and raised in Vineland, New Jersey, Jill moved to Bass Lake, California in 1979 where she met her husband of 36 years. Jill and her husband moved to San Clemente in 1984 and purchased a home raising five children. Jill started her company, The Pampered Bride, a wedding planning business in 1994. She was fortunate to become part of the preferred vendor list of such venues as the Ritz Carlton, Pelican Hill, Rancho Las Lomas, Saint Regis, and Casa Romantica to name a few. She left the business in 2016 entering into semi-retirement so she and her husband could enjoy more travels. During this time Jill was asked to be the venue manager for the Casino San Clemente where she worked for two more years before deciding to fully retire and spend more time playing tennis, swimming, travelling, and volunteering in the community. We brought Jill out of retirement to be the DP5MRSG Director of Support and Outreach for our Marines, Sailors and Families.