For the enjoyment of our seniors and betterment of our community

Our Team

The Mira Mesa Senior Center team will be working hard to make sure our patrons and visitors are served and that we remain open to the community.  Our committee and staff are listed below, stop by and say hi when you visit the Mira Mesa Senior Center.


Executive Director

Mitz Lee has been a community leader, coalition builder and neighborhood advocate for nearly three decades. Mitz’ early public service started the same way many others have served. She was a military spouse, a Youth Soccer and Little League Team Mom, a Den Mother, a school classroom volunteer, and a School Parent Volunteer Coordinator.

Later, Mitz was elected to the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education. Mitz has also served on San Diego City Human Relations Commission.  She cofounded several nonprofit organizations and has served on their Board of Directors. In addition, she is now spearheading two new innovative neighborhood-focused projects as Chairperson of San Diego 6th Council District’s Neighborhoods First Coalition and D6 Night Market.  She continues to serve as President and CEO of Alliance for Quality Education.

Mitz has received numerous awards for her efforts including the Governor and First Lady’s Service Award, Special Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Legislature, and from local elected officials, and was named one of the Top 50 People to Watch in San Diego by San Diego Magazine.

Mitz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics from the University of the City of Manila and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Management from National University in San Diego. Mitz has made San Diego her home for 33 years with her husband, a U.S. Navy veteran, and their 2 sons.


Program Director

Sandy Smith loves Mira Mesa and the people who reside in this ever changing diverse community.  Her main goal right now is to help make the Mira Mesa Senior Center a shining example of what can be accomplished when volunteers and local government come together and create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community.  Sandy moved to Mira Mesa in 1972 and has raised two sons who have since moved away and gone forward to have successful lives. She also has the three of the best Grand Children ever.  Before she retired Sandy had a successful Real Estate career with RC Realty (formerly Red Carpet Realty) located in the Mira Mesa Mall which afforded her the opportunity to hone her skills in helping others attain their goals.

Sandy is not new to volunteering. She is currently a member of Golden Friends a Social Club that meets at the MMSC. She first got involved with the Mira Mesa Theatre Guild in order to support one of her sons who was interested in theatre, she was on the board as well as being a participant in Theatre Guild productions, including Monster Manor and Breakfast with Mrs. Claus. Sandy says her greatest achievement was being chair of the Mira Mesa 4th of July for several years, a huge but satisfying job. Sandy was Volunteer of the Year for 2009.

Sandy sat on the Mira Mesa Town Council Board of Directors and has been a member of the council for years. She was a business member on the executive committee of the Mira Mesa Planning Group and on the DAR subcommittee. She was with HEROES and the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce at their inception. She has also been a participant in the Stakeholders committee, Kiwanis, and the Mira Mesa High School business partnership council. Sandy likes to connect our community groups and volunteers to each other as well as recruit and support new volunteers.  If you are looking for a way to give back that fits in with your beliefs and lifestyle be sure to talk to Sandy.


Financial Officer & Treasurer

Helen Quintanilla is a Cash Management Supervisor with a retail company in charge of reconciliation of bank accounts, cash analysis and forecasts, approval and release of cash transfers. Previous to this she worked as an accountant in the banking industry.

Since 2006, Helen has been an active member of Lions Clubs International, the largest and one of the most effective service club organizations in the world. She has served in leadership positions in her Lions Club and at the district level receiving numerous awards and honors including “Lion of the Year 2008-2009” from her club and was featured in the December 2014 issue of Lions Magazine, “Why It’s Great to be a Lion – in Our Own Words”. Helen currently serves as 4-L6 Cabinet Treasurer (2nd term) and is the Auditor of San Diego Lions Scholarship Foundation, a Frank P Rivera Fellowship.

Helen is also a neighborhood leader with Neighborhoods First Coalition in San Diego.  Born and raised in the Philippines, Helen earned a BA in Finance from the University of Baguio.  Helen and her husband, Medes, reside in San Diego, CA. Their two children attended public schools in San Diego; one child is a college graduate and the other is presently attending college.


Technology Coordinator Dude

Dennis-Michael Broussard, a New Orleans transplant, is the founder of Silk Road Productions, an events management and production firm, that creates exciting events and meaningful experiences. He has created a multitude of acclaimed special events and also serves as a consultant for numerous nonprofit organizations.  He is also a co-creator and producer of the hit television show, Asian Voices.  Dennis-Michael volunteers tirelessly and serves on many nonprofit boards.  He has an Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a Master of Pacific International Affairs from UCSD.

Dennis-Michael has received several awards, including a San Diego Metro 40 Under 40 Award, the Asian Business Association Community Service Award, an Asian American Community Achievement Award, and many others for the work he has done through Silk Road Productions. He was also chosen as one of the COX Communications Asian Pacific American Heritage Outstanding Individuals, awarded by KPBS and Union Bank as a Local Hero for his community work; and recently presented with the American Red Cross Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award for his international humanitarian work. Dennis-Michael Broussard is awesome.  No, really, he is.


Maintenance & Logistics Coordinator

Jeff Lee has served 22 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, was recognized as an expert in logistics and strategic planning, and is a decorated combat veteran.

Jeff attended the University of Wisconsin on an academic scholarship, where he earned a BS in History. He also earned an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, and an MA in International Relations from Salve Regina University. Jeff is a graduate of Deming Management Training and Drucker Foundation Leader of the Future Training.

For more than twenty years, Jeff has served as a volunteer adult leader and youth mentor with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in which his two sons participated and earned Eagle rank. Jeff is a graduate of the BSA’s Wood Badge advanced leadership training course.


Lauren Garces
Marketing Coordinator

Lauren Garces has had humble beginnings and tremendous growth and leadership advocacy in community events and organizations.  Built with a foundation for community empowerment, education and engagement, she began to find her work come to life in larger community events outside of the university setting. She now has several years of event experience in conferences, galas, press events, guerrilla marketing events, weddings, concerts, fairs and festivals. Lauren is also the current Vice President of Silk Road ProductionsWith a B.S. degree in Business Administration Marketing from San Diego State University, she actively engages communities to develop and exhibit underrepresented groups.