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Union Station Homeless Services Appoints New Board Members

Rob Levy. Submitted photo.
Rob Levy. Submitted photo.

Marvin M. Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services, announced the appointment of three new members to the non-profit agency’s board of directors. The new members are community and business leaders with a vested interest in Union Station’s mission to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness.  They will serve an initial term of three years.

Rob Levy is a Vice President, Branch Manager and Sr. Loan Officer at HomeStreet Bank. Prior to joining HomeStreet, Rob was Sales Manager and Senior Loan Officer at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Sr. Loan Officer at Washington Mutual. He holds a BA from San Diego State University. Rob has served on the board of trustees at Crestview Preparatory School. In addition to his work in the banking industry, Rob is owner of The Raymond 1886, a Pasadena restaurant and mixology bar which the LA Times called “a small cocktail oasis [that] offers labor-intensive libations and a crowd more resembling the low-lighted haunts of downtown than the sleepy, suburban sidewalks of Pasadena.”

“Homelessness is an undeniable issue that must be dealt with thoughtfully and compassionately,” says Levy. “I have always admired the work of USHS and had great respect for those who selflessly give of their time and expertise for such a worthy cause. I am honored to be a part of it.” 

Jim McCarthy is CEO of Goldstar, a Pasadena-based company that is a leader in online ticket sales and audience generation. He focuses on business development through strategic marketing for Goldstar. Before launching Goldstar in February 2002, Jim was Vice President of Marketing for venture-backed Kiko, Inc., and previous to that developed highly successful sales products for GeoCities until its acquisition by Yahoo. Jim has penned articles on e-commerce and niche marketing for such publications as Fast Company, Business Insider, E-Commerce Times, and has been a featured lecturer at such conferences as InTix, Dansk Live, Drilling Down on Local. He has been an active participant at the annual TED conference since 2008. He is an organizer and the curator of TEDxBroadway, the annual event which brings together experts from a wide range of fields to create, share, and stimulate dialogue about making Broadway the best it can be. Jim also serves as Chief Editor for SellingOut.com. He is a graduate of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and Harvard University.

“Union Station does great work and important work here in Pasadena, and as a longtime supporter of the organization, I’m honored to be asked to join the board,” says McCarthy. “My hope is to make a contribution in some way to helping them in their important mission.”

Catherine Simms is a Vice President for the Pasadena region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Catherine was a Vice President and Private Banker at U.S. Trust Company, where she specialized in advising clients on asset and liability management. She has been in the banking industry for nearly 30 years and has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate, healthcare finance, mortgage banking, and corporate and small business lending. Catherine holds an MBA in Finance from USC. She is currently on the board of Five Acres, Boys and Girls Aid Society, and Pasadena Rotary Foundation. She previously served on the board of Pasadena Rotary Club, and Ketchum Downtown YMCA. She also volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Catherine has volunteered at Union Station for over 10 years with her family. “The experience has been rewarding for [my family members and I] and we have formed real friendships with the other people who have served with us over those years,” says Simms. “Our children are now grown and involved in their own lives but we continue to look forward to [volunteering together.] I am grateful that USHS can take our small donations of time and money and transform lives.” 

"We are tremendously excited about the new board members joining us, and appreciate their time and commitment to Union Station and the community over the next three years," says Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. "Each member brings a reputation of excellence in his or her respective field. We are truly fortunate to have this caliber of leadership at our organization, and look forward to their contributions to our growth and development."

—Union Station Homeless Services

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