OFFICERS & BOARD
OF DIRECTORS

AUSTIN AND LESLEY DE LONE FOUNDERS

LESLEY DE LONE  –  PRESIDENT

AUSTIN DE LONE  –  SECRETARY

Austin and Lesley de Lone have been married since 1984, and have two beautiful children; Caroline, a talented 23 year old singer-songwriter who has performed around the world as well as at several RDSHP benefit concerts, and Richard who is 17 and has Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Lesley was born and raised in Radlett, England, just north of London. She is a highly trained florist, having done flowers for the Savoy Hotel Group, The Duchess of Kent, Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street. For the past 15 years Lesley has been Personal Chef to best selling author Catherine Coulter.

Austin was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, and dropped out of Harvard University in 1969 to pursue a career in music. His first band, Eggs Over Easy, is credited with starting the British rock movement called Pub Rock. Austin has performed with Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs, Nick Lowe, Bonnie Raitt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Loudoun Wainwright, Carla Thomas, Irma Thomas, Clarence Clemons, Howard Tate, Commander Cody and many others. Austin is Executive Director for RDSHP.

The de Lones have lived in Mill Valley, California since they were married. Being older parents, they realized soon after the traumatic birth of their son Richard that there was a great need to find a way to help their son, and others like him, in his later years. Thus was born The Richard de Lone Special Housing Project, with the dream of creating a residential community for adults and children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

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STEVE SENK VICE PRESIDENT

Steve Senk began his career in the music business over 20 years ago as National Sales Manager for Sony Signatures. After moving to London from San Francisco to manage the sponsorship program for the 1998 World Cup in Paris for Sony, Steve secured North American Licensing rights from Apple Corp for The Beatles. Steve grew, nurtured, and managed this program for Sony, Signatures Network, and ultimately Live Nation in his Position as Vice President of Licensing until 2012.

During his career Steve managed the licensing and merchandising programs for many rock luminaries including The Beatles, John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, The Who, The Doors, Kiss and rock related properties Woodstock and Mouse Kelley. Steve licensed these properties for apparel, footwear, slot machines, toys, publishing, gift, novelty, fan appreciation, food & Beverage, stationary and many others, while working with brands like Converse, Junkfood, Trivial Pursuit, and RockBand.

Steve managed successful retail programs with Bloomingdales, Target, Hot Topic, Virgin, Spencer’s, and Walmart to name a few. Steve’s expertise in licensing, merchandising, branding and sponsorship from inception to execution and royalty accounting made millions of dollars for his clients.

Steve’s broad base of collaborators in graphics, design, production, web and social media make him a “one stop shop” for artists seeking a cohesive marketing, licensing, merchandising and branding program for strategic growth and revenue enhancement.

Prior to entering the music business Steve was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and enjoyed a career in the hospitality industry.

Since 2014 Steve has been a partner at Second Octave based in Rohnert Park. Second Octave produces concerts in Sonoma and also manages & books bands.

Steve’s greatest joy comes from his marriage to his wife Ilana and their 5 children!

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ANDY HOUSTON TREASURER

Andy Houston was born in 1953 in San Rafael, California. He was raised in Mill Valley, California and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since. He attended high school in Mill Valley and earned a B. A. degree in Humanities with an emphasis in psychology from The New College of California in San Francisco. Andy has worked extensively in the hospitality business, been self employed and is currently working in finance.

Andy was involved in the Mill Valley CA Little League for almost 20 years and in the Windsor CA Little League for 4 years. He coached teams, umpired and was president of each organization. Andy had volunteered for the Marin Aids Project and has been a member of the RDSHP Board for over 4 years.

Andy lives in Novato CA with his partner, Barbara Johnson. They like to spend time with friends, enjoy working in the yard and like to take driving vacations. Both are currently very involved with the care of their parents.
Andy was honored to be asked to join the initial Board for RDSHP due to his friendship with the de Lone family.

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JONAH STEINHART DIRECTOR

Jonah Steinhart is a Bay Area native and the father of three young children, including Annika, a 10-year-old girl with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

In 2016, after Annika’s behavior required two different specialty hospitalizations out of state, Jonah and his wife Heidi took the advice of multiple PWS experts and made the heartbreaking decision to place Annika at Latham Centers in Brewster, MA.  Latham is the only residential school in the country for individuals with PWS.  Annika is now safe and thriving. Her parents and siblings are relieved, in spite of the challenges of keeping a now bi-coastal family together.  The two specialty hospitals that treated Annika’s PWS and helped get her to Latham have since closed, leaving no PWS inpatient programs in the U.S.

The Steinharts hope one day they will be able bring Annika home to California, but the state’s resources for children and adults with PWS currently lag far behind states like MA; in many cases supports present in MA are non-existent in CA. Jonah and Heidi have seen how a well-trained residential staff can allow individual with PWS to build a life.

The Steinharts are committed to establishing the Richard De Lone Special Housing Project, so that one day families of individuals with PWS are not forced to send their loved ones far across the country in order to get the care they need.

Jonah has taught English and journalism at Tamalpais High School for 14 years. He also is a screenwriter and producer.  Prior to teaching and writing, Steinhart co-founded two Internet companies from 1998 to 2000, selling both to publicly traded companies.  He has a BA in history from Stanford University and an MA in education from the University of San Francisco.

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JOHN MCCUE CONSULTANT

With 30 years experience in residential programs for the disabled, John McCue joins RDSHP to help create our first residence.  John has served in both full-time and interim executive roles, developing organizations with little preexisting infrastructure. This work has provided John with a strong generalist background in finance, organizational development, human resources, compliance, and fund development. He has designed and implemented successful fund development initiatives in organizations where there had been none, and has worked successfully with non-profit Boards of Directors, as the executive, as a consultant and as a Board member. He has lead strategic planning and implementation efforts with Boards and other stakeholders, and managed accredited organizations effectively incorporating best practices and technology.

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ADVISORY BOARD:

Dr. Suzanne Cassidy –  Former President International PWS Organisation

Elvis Costello – Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Artist

Maddy de Lone –  Executive Director, The Innocence Project

Kevin and Michelle Donaldson – Parents

Bruce Dorfman – Real Estate Developer

BJ Goff – PWS Residential Specialist

Lisa Graziano – Former Executive Director Prader-Willi California Foundation

Dawn Holliday – Producer, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival; Former General Manager Slims and Great American Music Hall

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