Our Board of Directors are experts in their respective backgrounds. Just as importantly, they all possess a passion to serve their communities.

Together, they provide Jacob’s House with direction and leadership to help ensure we meet our goal of being a shelter in time of storm for families in need.

Shawn & Stephanie Nelson

Shawn & Stephanie Nelson

CEO/ Founders

In 2006, our lives would again be devastated when our son, Jacob, was in a tragic automobile accident. We again stormed out of the house. However, this time we had no choice but to remove the life support from his 24 year old body. In an attempt to make something positive out of something so devastating, community leaders developed a concept of bringing a hospitality house, similar to a Ronald McDonald House, to the Temecula/Murrieta Valley. It was decided to build a hospitality house that would meet the needs of all ages. To our surprise, we were told the organizers unanimously agreed to name the new hospitality house – Jacob’s House!
We know there will be more families that will get that dreaded call and we want to be able to reach out to them during their most challenging times. We believe the world is changed one life at a time and even though we know we can’t change the destiny, we believe we can positively impact the journey.

Dr. Boggeln

Dr. Boggeln

Medical Director

Dr. Boggeln is the Medical Director for Hospice of the Valleys. He also served as the Medical Director for the Sterling Senior Communities Residential Care Facility, Hill Outpatient Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation and the Southwest Region, Visiting Nurses Association of the Inland Counties Hospice. He was the Chairman of the Board for Birth Choice of Temecula and Crisis Pregnancy Counseling Center.
“In order to develop the best healthcare delivery system possible, we need to have hospitality houses for our hospitals and long-term care facilities. It is easy to see the Lord’s hand on this ministry. I am humbled to be part of the leadership team.”

Jaclyn Granillo

Jaclyn Granillo

Grant Writer

As the proud sister of Jacob Andrew Nelson, I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to honor my brother, and those lives that have gone too early, through Jacob’s House, which will support those families who will be faced with the trials of having a loved one in critical care in our local hospital. When it comes to having a purpose motivate your life to be the best you can be to accomplish and achieve a goal to help others, I can’t imagine a stronger purpose in my life than Jacob’s House. As an active board member, I commit to making every decision and every vote for the sole purpose to ensure the best for Jacob’s House and the best intention for future families who will reside in Jacob’s House as their home away from home. I truly feel honored to be apart of Jacob’s House with selfless leaders and dedicated volunteers who take time away from their busy lives to commit a true desire and endless effort to impact the lives of others. May God always bless Jacob’s House!

Maureen Bowlin

Maureen Bowlin

Maureen Bowlin is a Registered Nurse and works as the Trauma Program Manager at Inland
Valley Medical Center. Maureen and her husband, Thom have been in the Temecula Valley for
22 years where they have raised their 2 children.Maureen is very active in the community, very passionate about our youth and their well-being. She is excited and passionate about Jacob’s House mission and looks forward to being a part of the board.

Richard Valdez

Richard Valdez

I am a consulting civil engineer and have been involved in many aspects of the growth in this valley for the last 25 years. I first became aware of Jacob’s House in early 2009, and recognizing the selfless and benevolent needs it would meet, began volunteering for various assignments and tasks. It has been especially rewarding to witness how families are already being helped in such meaningful ways, while in the midst of their tremendous difficulties. I am therefore honored to accept the opportunity to be a member of the Board of Directors and help fulfill and contribute to the vision and growth of Jacob’s House.

Linda Mejia

Linda Mejia

Executive Director

Linda comes from 30+ years of Public Health & Safety Civil Service, with a background in Public Social Services, Code Enforcement, Building and Safety, Community Emergency Response Instructor, Adjunct Faculty for Santa Ana Community College District, Police Chaplaincy, has served on the Boards of several statewide code enforcement organizations, and is currently serving on the Riverside Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) board.

“Four years after my son Adam’s death, my first grandchild was fighting for her life with heart decease. Julia died at 3.5 months of age. Between Adam and Julia, I spent many days, weeks, and months living at various hospital hospitality houses. These experiences taught me about the need, the gift, and the value of such facilities for my family and my daughter’s family.”