Nancy Litteken has been a “bridge builder” since birth. Her introduction to life with special needs began as a newborn hearing child of deaf parents. Much of whom she is today was shaped by her unique family life. Her skills were honed by working in Special Education with the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 30 years, both in the classroom and in job transition/placement. Nancy has a Master’s degree in Special Education/Deaf Studies and she coordinated the program for Secondary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Career and Planning program with LAUSD for 18 years. Most recently, Nancy worked as an Infant/Preschool Specialist, providing early intervention services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing infants (0-3) and their families. Nancy and her husband Mike were among the founding families of Club 21 and when Club 21 opened its doors in 2009, Nancy volunteered as Club 21’s first administrator while still working for LAUSD. Then in January 2014, Club 21’s Board of Director’s offered Nancy a full-time position as Club 21’s Executive Director. As a parent of an adult daughter with Down syndrome, she has experienced the other side of special education – being an advocate, community builder, teacher and networker. Her passions are to bring individuals together, discover their talents, gifts and interests, and then to help them use those gifts to transform their communities. With the birth of Molly, her daughter with Down syndrome, her entire family began to work toward and promote the full potential of individuals with Down syndrome. Her daily inspiration comes from Mike, her incredible husband who passed away in 2019, her amazing son, Matt and his wife Carmen and the wondrous joy of Molly.
Joan McLaughlin first learned about Club 21 when she saw Nancy Litteken do a peer presentation at the school where she worked. Joan immediately wanted to get involved and volunteered as an ECAR tutor. A change in work schedule ended Joan’s ability to tutor, but not her love for Club 21. Joan joined Club 21 as Development Coordinator in January 2016 following careers in commercial and private banking, wholesale and direct market fashion sales, and education and development in independent schools. Joan thinks Club 21 is the happiest place on earth and absolutely loves working with amazingly talented and dedicated coworkers, families, teachers, and volunteers. It is the best and the last career move she plans to make. When not at Club 21, Joan enjoys time with family and friends, especially her husband Patrick and adult sons Daniel and Jack. She considers herself a yoga addict and also loves Pilates, cooking, reading, and taking long walks with her dog Guinness.
Joy Domingo is the program director at Club 21. She is married to husband James and has 3 children. Joy is a California native, but at the age of 10 moved to Vienna, Austria where her parents moved the family to be missionaries to Eastern Europe. She lived in Austria until she graduated high school, at which point Joy moved to England to attend Bible School. While at Bible School, her family moved from Austria to Pasadena, CA to start Foothills Community Church where she still attends today. After Bible School, Joy came home and worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years. Then Joy got the opportunity to go back into the mission field and live on a ship with 300 others from 40 different countries with Operation Mobilization. After two years of travelling the world with OM, where she met her husband James, Joy moved home to Pasadena and continued teaching preschool for another 9 years. It was during this time that Joy found her way to Club 21. She started out volunteering at our Every Child A Reader program. It did not take long till she found herself hooked on Club 21’s amazing community. About 5 years and many more programs in, Joy was approached by Nancy Litteken to see if she would be interested in becoming the Program Coordinator. Joy says, “I have never had a harder job, but also never loved a job more than working here. It is my true blessing and honor to serve our Club 21 community and I would not want to work anywhere else!”
Pam was born and raised in Southern California. She has been married to her husband Mark for 23 years and has two daughters, Marley and Lauren. She attended USC where she received her degree in Occupational Therapy. After 25 years of working as an OT, specializing in pediatrics, she was feeling the tug towards another career which led to 2 years of working at Christian Assembly church. It was after that when Pam found her way to Club 21 earlier this year. Pam has found her new home at Club 21 as the Executive Assistant and is so grateful to be a part of such a diversely talented and hard working team.
First Steps Coordinator
Pam Grassedonio has been a Club 21 parent since her daughter Amanda was born in 2008. She is the mom of two girls with her youngest having Down syndrome. After over 20 years of working in advertising, marketing and packaging design and serving for four years on the Club 21 board, Pam took a position at Club 21 heading up the First Steps and Medical Outreach programs. Working with new families and helping them navigate the path as they begin their journey has been a passion for Pam as she knows first-hand how important it is for all families to get connected and have access to resources. Through the Medical Outreach program, Pam connects with Regional Centers, top birthing hospitals, genetic counselors and Medical Professionals to get them information and let them know what Club 21 has to offer. Along with her First Steps role, Pam has recently started helping with Club 21's social media.
Kim Titus was born and raised in La Jolla, California. She graduated college from USC with a major in Education. She went back to school to receive her Masters Degree in Educational Administration. Kim was a teacher and part time school administrator before making a career change working in the fundraising industry. She is married with 2 grown children and 3 almost 4 grandchildren. Kim was introduced to Club 21 by Joan McLaughlin in 2017. She worked as a volunteer on the Club 21 Gala and was a supporter of the Together is Better Walk. Kim instantly fell in love with this organization. In 2018 she joined the Club 21 team as the Community Outreach Coordinator and Events Assistant. Kim works with volunteers and community organizations, coordinates events with our Bienvendios, D.A.D.S. and Moms Meetup groups as well as work on events such as the Second Saturdays, Annual Meeting and Holiday Market. When Kim isn't spending time with her family, she enjoys going to the gym, reading, gardening and hiking.
Kim first came to Club 21 as a volunteer yoga instructor for Club F.U.N. in 2015 and she has been a part of the Club 21 community ever since. So when the opportunity came forward for her to join the Club 21 staff in 2020, the transition felt natural, fitting, and familiar. Kim received her bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from Vanguard University, her master's degree in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Seminary, and she will be pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy at Azusa Pacific University starting in 2021. She lives in Pasadena with her husband and together they have an Australian Shepherd/Beagle mix named Winston.