Board & Advisors

Board & Advisors

Ken Drellishak     President

Ken has been a resident of Balboa Peninsula Point for over 14 years, having relocated here from San Marino, and is a five year member of the Foundation Board. He has been an active member of the Newport Beach community, serving on the BPPA Board, as member and Chair of the Newport Beach Environmental Quality Affairs Committee (EQAC) and as a founding Director of CFBPP.

He served 2 years active duty as a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer and over 30 years as a researcher, product developer and manager for NASA and in the defense/aerospace industry. He retired as Technical Director from Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Ken earned his BME from University of Detroit and Masters and his PhD from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical Sciences. He is a regular tennis player at the local PPRC, enjoys playing golf at local public courses and is an avid LA Dodgers fan.

He has 3 children and 5 granddaughters who enjoy spending time with Grandpa at the beach. Peggy, Ken’s wife of 43 years, passed away in 2010 after a long battle with breast cancer.


Bob Yant     Secretary

Bob moved to the Balboa Peninsula in 1980. In 1981 his life was drastically changed when he suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of an ocean diving accident at Island Avenue on the Peninsula. Since his accident Bob has been a volunteer fund raiser for spinal cord injury nerve regeneration and has raised over $12 million. For 29 years he has been a member of the national board of directors of the group now known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Bob founded two successful medical supply companies. Research Medical was founded in 1989 and sold in 1996. Cure Medical is a wholesale company that distributes throughout the U.S. plus Canada and Puerto Rico. Both companies adopted a policy of giving 10% of net profits to neuroscientists working to develop a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.

Bob received a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Bob has been a founder or board member of 14 different charities, including the Newport Elementary School Foundation (Newport Elementary School), the Ensign Fund (Ensign School) and the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation (Newport Harbor High School). Bob has been active in the Balboa Peninsula Point Association, serving as President and many other positions. He is currently web master for the BPPA. Bob co-founded the Community Foundation of Balboa Peninsula Point and continues as a director of CFBPP.


Bill Matheis

Bill was raised in the Pasadena area as the son of a prominent physician. Bill earned a degree in Psychology from USC. His familiarity with the healthcare community obviously had an impact on future professional life.

He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the health care industry and brings a wealth of management expertise and visionary thinking to the CFBPP Board. We are honored to have him join us in our efforts to continue to provide enhanced quality-of-life programs for our neighbors on Balboa Peninsula Point.

Bill and his wife Lisa live on E. Ocean Boulevard and are parents of two adult daughters, Amanda and Riley. Bill and Lisa are both tennis players who can often be seen perfecting their games at PPRC. You might also recognize Bill as the leader of a group of 20 volunteer intersection monitors who keep us safe during the annual July 4 festivities around L Street park.


Denise Macias

Denise and husband, Fred, are 22 year residents of Balboa Peninsula Point, have raised two adult sons here, and have been actively involved in all community activities (Easter egg hunt, July 4 Parade, Beach BBQ’s etc).

Both Fred (Treasurer)and Denise (Membership Chair) have served on the BPPA Board of Directors and are well-known to many of you. Denise’s impressive professional career encompasses 16 years with GE (Lighting and Healthcare Divisions), founding of start-up company, Acclaim Medical, and heading the development of a $20M service line for Alliance Imaging. More recently, she has worked at Hoag Hospital in Memory and Cognitive Disorders and later as a Chaplain Intern.

She currently volunteers at St. Joseph Hospice and for Alzheimer’s Orange County.

Steve Gainey    Treasurer

We are pleased to announce the election of Steve Gainey as a new member of the CFBPP Board of Directors. He will replace Mike Shapiro, a founding Foundation Board Member and active supporter of CFBPP projects, who has agreed to continue his support as a member of the Foundation Advisory Board. Welcome Steve and thank you, Mike, for your service to the Balboa Peninsula Point Community.

Steve was born, raised and educated in the Claremont area and immediately joined Gainey Ceramics, Inc., a family owned business established by his father and grandfather in 1949. There he learned the fundamentals of ceramics manufacturing and ascended to the position of chief designer. He assumed the presidency in 1986 and continued company growth to worldwide markets by introduction of new products, unique designs and imported products. His innovative ceramics designs were displayed at the American Museum of Ceramic Arts and earned him an assignment as Adjunct Professor at prestigious Otis Art Institute where he led students to create ceramic designs that could be successfully manufactured. Steve retired this year after 40 years in the ceramics design and manufacturing business and closed the 63 year old family business.

Steve moved to the Peninsula Point over 20 years ago and lives here with his wife, Jule, and daughter, Morgan. They have recently downsized from a home on the E. Ocean Front Board Walk to an L Street location near the park. The Gainey family are all active community members (Steve and Jule with BPPA and PPRC Tennis Club and Morgan, a NHHS senior and local piano teacher). Steve is a proud father of three and a grandfather of five. We are happy to add Steve’s management and creative expertise to the Foundation Board.


Jill Andrus
Leslie Miller
Mike Shapiro
John Bonar

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