Staff

DEBORAH MASSAGLIA

DEBORAH MASSAGLIA

President/Director and Trustee of the Foundation

Helped Roxanna Todd Hodges develop the Foundation and now runs the day-to-day operations. She and Roxanna started working with the Stroke Association of Southern California in 1996. Deborah was instrumental in planning the first of many community Stroke Awareness Programs that consist of Stroke Warning Signs and Screenings. Her goal of working with Keck Medical Center of USC to establish the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Program came to fruition in 2012.
“Roxanna had an audacious dream — to eliminate stroke forever. It is my life’s work to see that her dream comes true.”

LeAnn Alanis

LeAnn Alanis

Development Director

LeAnn Alanis joins the RTH Stroke Foundation as Director of Development. With over 30 years’ experience in Marketing and Sale, primarily in the health care industry, LeAnn is a welcome addition to the RTH Stroke Foundation and the people they serve.
Prior to joining the RTH Stroke Foundation, LeAnn was a Hospice Triage nurse for nearly 4 years.This position was a dream come true for LeAnn as she felt called to serve her patients and their families.
Before this, LeAnn held various Director positions with Home Care companies as well as owned her own Home Care company.
LeAnn is a Licensed Vocational Nurse and CPR instructor through the American Red Cross and is currently in the process of completing a BS in Health Care Administration.

JOANNA YARBER-WILLIAMS

JOANNA YARBER-WILLIAMS

Clinics Director

Formerly a pre-school teacher in the West Side area, four years ago, Joanna was hired to manage Roxie’s Treasure Chest (our thrift shop) in Culver City, CA. Just recently Joanna has taken on the role of Programs Manager in our Foundation office Monday through Thursday of each week. Joanna’s fresh ideas, has helped give the foundation a boost in the right direction with our newsletter, and other programs including fund raising events taking place throughout the year.

“After a first stroke, some people think their life is over. It isn’t. Our seminars teach stroke victims and their families how there can be plenty of good, happy, productive life after a stroke.”

TIFFANIE HYLLAND

TIFFANIE HYLLAND

SSRP Program Director/LVN

Tiffanie, LVN, has been employed with the RTH Stroke Foundation since 2013. Tiffanie will be responsible for managing our new Stroke Survivor Recovery Program (SSRP). She has worked in the homecare industry as an office manager and caregiver for over 10 years. She graduated from CNI College in May of 2012, from the Vocational Nursing Program. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

“At the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation, we are working to change the mindset of a seemingly impossible situation, in to one of hope.”

ALYSON PETERSON

ALYSON PETERSON

Vice President/Assistant Director

Has been employed through RTH Management Company, LLC, where she supervises commercial property in the Los Angeles area. Alyson is a licensed Real Estate Agent and also a graduate of Long Beach City College Nursing School. She became very fond of Roxanna over the years, and now devotes time to the RTH Stroke Foundation as well.
“We help people recover and we even help save lives. That is immensely satisfying.”

EMILY RISSALA

EMILY RISSALA

Seminar Education Director

Emily moved from Maine to California in 2010 to attend San Diego State University. She recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Event Planning. As the new programs assistant, she hopes to bring her passion for non-profits and education to help further improve and expand the foundation’s programs.

CHRISTINE LARSON

CHRISTINE LARSON

Front Desk Receptionist/Office Administrator

Christine formerly taught after receiving her bachelor of science in Child Development from CSUF. But for the past 6 years she has been an active volunteer in several local nonprofits and has developed a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit sector and its ability to keep communities strong and healthy. She is excited to join the Foundation and help carry on its mission of preventing strokes and providing support for courageous survivors.