Officers

Roger Goatcher, President

I live in Northern California between Stockton and Modesto.  My wife and I have three children ages 17, 15, and 10.  My first and last child has Prader-Willi Syndrome.  I have worked in education for the past 19 years as a teacher and administrator.  I am currently the Director of Special Education.  This position has provided me the great opportunity to work with teachers, parents and students in an effort to create programs and services for the special needs children in my school district.  We have truly done some wonderful things for kids!  I am excited about serving on the PWCF Board and working with others to help our families and children.

Diane Kavrell, Vice President

I live in Davis, California with my husband Brandon and 3 children. Jackson is 16, Haley is 15 and Quinn is 11.  I have been involved with PWCF for the past 11 years since my daughter Haley was diagnosed at 4. It’s taken this long for me to feel like I have my family in a good space so that I now have enough time to give back to an organization that has given me so much. Prior to children and after graduating from UMASS/Amherst I ran my own print/broker business in San Francisco for 15 years.  Since moving to Davis and for the last 12 years I have been on the board and most recently President for Northern California Children’s Therapy Center, a non-profit in Woodland, California that serves children with special needs through early their early intervention program. I hope to work on raising awareness.

Nisha Mehta, Treasurer

I live in Redondo Beach, California, with my husband, Minesh, and three incredible kids, Siena (PWS), Melina, and Jaiden. I have spent the majority of my career working in Strategic Planning and Strategy Consulting positions, and have an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. I am very excited to work with the Board to achieve its Strategic Objectives and to help our kids and families reach their fullest potential. I have been a stay-at-home Mom since Siena was born. I am extremely grateful to the PWS community for all of its support and I am pleased to share my knowledge and experience in every way that I can.

Daniela Rubin, Ph.D., Secretary

I am a native of Argentina and moved to the U.S. in 1999 to do my master degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I moved to CA shortly after obtaining my Ph.D. from UNC to work at California State University Fullerton in the Department of Kinesiology. I have been in CA since then. My husband Ricky Garcia and I live in Buena Park, CA. We enjoy so much being physically active, we spend our weekends (when not in the laboratory at CSUF) being outdoors and occasionally dancing tango. My professional interests are the promotion of an active lifestyle in children and adolescents and understanding metabolism and hormones.  I have conducted research studies in children who have Prader-Willi syndrome since 2008. I hope that my professional experiences can contribute to the mission of the Prader-Willi California Foundation, as well as my enthusiasm and my joy when I see children and adults playing, moving and thriving.

The officers, together with the Executive Director, form the Executive Committee and lead the organization.