2021 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, 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.

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 40 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. My 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 34  years of experience. I have previously served on 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. I am currently a member of the Dana Point “Citizen of the Year” Committee; the Board of Directors of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Realtors; California Association of Realtors, the Laguna Board of Realtors and GEMS BNI.

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.

Nick Frankovich, Director

Nick grew up in Ohio on Lake Erie where he learned to sail and gained a fondness for racing. He joined the Air Force right out of High school and became Crew Chief on the A-10 Thunderbolt. Nick finished up his Duty on the west coast and was drawn to San Clemente and Dana Point for the climate and proximity to the ocean. He has been here since 1983 and started his own business in 1987. Nick has always wanted a way to give thanks to the Marines for what they do for him and this country and believes this support group was the best way to do that.

Dean Koukos, Director

As a first-generation Greek American, Dean has a great appreciation for the blessings we have as Americans and a lifelong appreciation of the sacrifices made by our great Marines that protect our freedoms. He is honored to be giving back by serving on the 5th Regiment Support Group board. Dean previously served as a board member and member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association, supporting the bureau’s efforts to educate and build bridges with the community. In those roles, he actively participated in FBI Community Relations across Southern California, including recruiting and event support. To support his work with the FBI CAAA, he became involved with InfraGard, a public/private partnership between the FBI and the private sector, and Orange County Shield, a public/private sector program that works to enhance the security, safety, and quality of life for county residents. Dean is a member of the WWII D-Day Museum in New Orleans. Professionally, he is Vice President, Wealth Management, with Morgan Stanley, where he has worked for the last 31 years.

Jan Bennett, Director

Jan is a native Californian who grew up working in her family’s construction business. After attending business college, she started her own accounting business, where she worked for ten years, helping clients organize their finances and teaching them how to use computer accounting software. She has held leadership roles in construction-related companies, and recently co-managed two-family LLCs and oversaw the extensive remodel of two homes. Now, Jan is retired and enjoys playing golf, fishing, spending time with her family, and volunteering.  She volunteered with the Camp Pendleton Rotary to help make the lives of the families on base a little easier and has been volunteering with the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group for the past eight years. Her awards include an Honorary Life Membership for her volunteer work with the GFWC El Camino Real Jr Women’s Club, an honor in career achievement for Outstanding Women in Orange County from the Office of Continuing Education & Community Service at Saddleback College and Volunteer of the Year for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group.

Mark Schuler, Director

Mark was born in Detroit, Michigan., moving to California at the age of twelve. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force where he started his career as a loadmaster. Mark enrolled in the Orange County Peace Officers Academy in 1979. In 1982 he became a Police Officer for the City of Orange where he specialized in drug enforcement, crime scene investigations and training of junior officers. In his downtime he began organizing police softball tournaments. He left the Police force in 1989. He started a Landscape and Construction company working with residential and commercial customers throughout Orange County. In his spare time he finds time to play golf. In 2001, Mark and his wife moved to San Clemente and have been enjoying working and living at the Coast ever since.