OFFICERS & BOARD
AUSTIN AND LESLEY DE LONE FOUNDERS
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.
ANDY HOUSTON PRESIDENT
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.
MOLLY COOMBER TREASURER
Molly Coomber is an attorney and professional organizer. She practiced environmental insurance coverage litigation for 9 years with Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe in San Francisco. She also practiced in the area of trusts and estates for one year. In addition, Molly has run a successful organizing business for 5 years. She has helped people organize their homes and offices; she has assisted personal representatives and trustees with getting documents collected and organized in connection with estate administration; and, she has managed entire home moves from the planning and packing to the unpacking and home set up.
Molly served on the UCSF AIDS Health Project Advisory Board in the early 1990s. She is currently in her third year of serving on the Marin Swim League Board.
Molly is married with two children and a dog. She has lived in Mill Valley for 18 years and looks forward to many more years hiking the trails of Mount Tam.
BEVERLY BUTLER SECRETARY
As a Wells Fargo Bank Vice President, Beverly leads a corporate team which creates and delivers internal and external communications to support Treasury Management changes and enhancements at the bank’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco. She serves on the Wells Fargo Social Media Community of Practice and is on the editorial board of the Wells Fargo CEO Blog.
Her career has spanned major corporations and international non-profits where she developed and directed marketing, public relations, and crisis communication strategies. She’s held executive positions at Brooks Athletic Shoes and Apparel (Hush Puppies), Rockport Shoe Company (Reebok), Pacific Bell, American Red Cross, The GAP, Inc., American Cancer Society, and Fireman’s Fund Insurance. She also is on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Public Relations Round Table, where she serves as programming co-chair.
Beverly also is active with the Public Relations Society of America, Commonwealth Club, International Association of Business Communicators, the National Association of Professional Women, the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), and the California Film Institute. Beverly is former Chair of the Mill Valley Art Commission.
Dr. Suzanne Cassidy – 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 – Executive Director Prader-Willi California Foundation
Dawn Holliday – Slims and Great American Music Hall