board of directors
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
CEO/Co-foundersIn 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. Larry Boggeln
Medical DirectorLaurence Boggeln, MD is a native San Diegan, who attended University of San Diego High School (Now Cathedral Catholic), Loyola Marymount University, and St. Louis University Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in Family Practice at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. He then served 4 additional active duty and 23 reserve years in the Navy, mostly with the Marines, including a tour with the First Marine Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was in private practice in Temecula from 1987 to 2016 as a family physician. He now focuses on his subspecialty in hospice and palliative medicine. He was chairman of the Board of Governors of Temecula Valley Hospital from its opening in October 2013 to Dec 31, 2015, and was Chief of the Medical Staff 2016-2017. He is involved in numerous community activities besides Jacob’s House, including Boy Scouts, St. Martha Catholic Community, youth sports, and mentoring for aspiring nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians. Father of nine, and grandfather of eleven, he enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, studying his faith, and family time as much as possible.
Board MemberAs 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!
Construction/EngineerI 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.
Board MemberGina Lowery MSN, RNC-OB is the Nursing Director of Women’s Services at Southwest Healthcare in Murrieta, California. She has been a registered nurse (RN) for the past 26 years spending time as both a Labor and Delivery RN and ICU RN. In 2010, she graduated with honors receiving her master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the University of Southern Indiana. This past year she was the first Director recipient of the Mission, Vision, Values, Person (MVVP) award, presented by her peers, for her dedication to her role as a hospital leader. Gina is also an active member of the Temecula Valley National Charity League (NCL), spending time volunteering with her daughter for different philanthropies throughout our local community. Gina has served as the NCL liaison for Jacob’s House; scheduling and coordinating meal preparations for guests throughout the work week. Recently, she joined the Board of Directors at Jacob’s House with the hope of helping to share the vision of caring for patients’ families during the difficult hospitalization of their loved ones. In her spare time, Gina enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 children and their two dogs.
Board MemberTheea Rosu has over 20 years of experience in banking with 8 of those spent in Branch Management. She worked 19 years for Wells Fargo and last year she joined SDCCU team last years as a Vice President Branch Manager for a local branch. She is the CEO of Advanced Mapping founded in 2008,a California based company specializing in GPS & GIS services assisting with project management, data conversion, data collection, and map production. Theea loves spending time volunteering for different philanthropies throughout our local community, partnering with Junior Achievements to teach financial literacy to all age groups. Theea has been serving as an intake volunteer for Jacob’s House; welcoming and checking in our guests and recently she was honored to accept a board position for Jacob’s House. In her spare time, Theea enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening.
Board MemberBrandon has been in the Temecula Valley since 1991. Brandon's father is a former Marine and law enforcement officer, his mother served 27 years in the Navy, and his bonus mom has cut hair in the valley for over 20 years. He attended Nicolas Valley Elementary School, James L. Day Middle School, and Chaparral High School. During his high school years, he attended the City of Temecula's Youth and Government Program and met Shawn Nelson for the first time. Shawn saw some potential in Brandon and made a kind remark that "You have a knack for local government!" For his bachelor's degree, he attended Northern Arizona University and for his Masters, he attended the University of Delaware. After graduating from his Master's program, the economy was extremely challenging, so in addition to taking a minimum wage job with his Master's degree, Brandon decided he wanted to give back to Jacob's House in June 2012. Even after accepting a position with the FBI, Brandon stayed involved with Jacob's House, returning to Temecula for many weekends to help the organization open the house based on his prior work experience in student housing. In June 2013, Brandon relocated back to Temecula after being offered a better job in the local area and became the Resident Manager for Jacob's House. When starting the position in 2013, Brandon stated he had two goals that he wanted to help the organization achieve. 1) He wanted to help 1,000 people. 2) He wanted to help Jacob's House pay off the mortgage. Brandon is extremely proud to have been a small part of helping the organization achieve all of those goals. Each family interaction is very important to Brandon, as he has always found it to be the most fulfilling when he sees a family find peace when they come to Jacob's House for the first time. He's recently engaged and very thankful to have a fiance that supports his endless desire to improve Jacob's House (she even went in the attic with him to re-wire some things...)
Operations ManagerMartin joined the Jacob’s House team in January of 2018. With a background in nonprofit management, combining many years of social facility management and constituent services, he hopes to promote an environment where guests quickly feel at ease and at home during their time at Jacob’s House. He is passionate about serving people especially when a family is in crisis. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife Michele, trying out new restaurants and attending as many plays and concerts as possible.
Volunteer CoordinatorIn 2016 Stacey had the privilege to join the team at Jacob's House as the Volunteer Services Coordinator. Stacey's previous work experience includes working many years as a Medical Assistant in Orange County and working for a political fundraising/consulting company before finally finding joy in the Non-Profit sector, where she worked for two domestic violence agencies prior to coming to Jacob's House. She considers it an honor to work with such a wonderful group of dedicated, amazing volunteers as together they work in a variety of ways, to provide comfort and hope to families staying at Jacob's House.
In her spare time she enjoys date nights with her husband Jared, cooking for her family and game nights with their 3 children where lots of laughter and various outbursts of singing in harmony can and most certainly do occur.
Resident ManagerBio is coming soon.