Nancylee J. Friedlander, pH.D.

Nancy was raised in the countryside about thirty miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. As the oldest of eight children, she developed a sense of fairness early in life and to this day can divide a cake into eight perfectly equivalent pieces.

She received her B.A. from Duquesne University in 1968 and was active in the anti-war movement in Pittsburgh, and later in New York City where she moved at age 21. She also was active in the feminist movement in New York City, and continued such activities after she moved to the San Francisco Bay area at age 24.

Nancy worked​ from her mid-twenties ​through her early thirties in heavy manufacturing, at jobs held almost exclusively by men at that time -- in production control, material control, and government prime-contract procurement. She was the first woman to work in such manufacturing and management positions at three successive companies.

In her mid-thirties, Nancy decided to pursue a lifetime dream of studying physical anthropology, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She did teaching, research, and educational administration at UC San Diego from approximately age forty until her retirement in her early sixties.

Nancy has had a lifetime passion for fairness, equality, inclusiveness, and justice. She became involved with SDCDIG in late 2016 after a chance encounter with one of its Board members. She is finding that in many ways, this new involvement feels like coming home again.

“How can a community be progressive and strong if it doesn't set an example of tolerance for all people? “ . . .  Linda Wenger  

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Linda moved to the small town of Wabasha, Minnesota, setting of the movie "Grumpy Old Men." Linda attended college in Winona, MN where she continued to reside most of her life. She is the proud mother of three sons and four granddaughters, all living in the San Diego area.

Linda is a new resident of southern California, after moving from Wisconsin in November 2012.  She resided with her son and his family in Pacific Beach while renovating a home in La Mesa. 

Linda’s undergrad degree is in social work although, "I raised my sons and horses on a hobby farm before returning for a grad degree in counseling."  Professionally, she has had diverse vocations in the field of social work and spent many years working with people with severe mental illness.  For the last several years, Linda has worked as a caregiver for elderly clients.

Other areas of Linda's interests include raising and exhibiting the smallest breed of rabbits, Netherland Dwarfs, swimming, gardening, music, movies and travel.  She also collects the Japanese porcelain Dragonware and restores antique furniture. 

After working with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and mental and  physical disabilities, Linda believes it is inherent that all individuals have a basic need to belong. 

It is her conviction that no one should be excluded from participating in their community or singled out because of  age, gender, race or religion.

linda wenger


David Altman earned his BA from Hofstra University in 2014, with a dual major in Film Studies, Production and History. Currently David is a Master's student at the University of Chicago and will graduate with his MA in Humanities, with a concentration in Cinema and Media Studies in June 2015.

He is a supporter of diversity and inclusiveness initiatives and continues to devote much of his time outside the classroom to help such causes. He writes and produces short films in his spare time his aim is to work in higher education.  

David worked for 3 years as a resident assistant and served on the executive board of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.  In both capacities, he coordinated and engaged in a number of community, diversity and inclusiveness programming.

He also spent a year as a fellow for "Ask Big Questions," that is itself an initiative to encourage student participation in large group discussions that deal with such topics as diversity and tolerance. 

David feels that his time as a graduate student has further exposed him to academic discussions that analytically deal with such topics as gender, race and religious equality.

David is currently working on a video project to help the SDCDIG initiative.

Born before World War II, Howard was raised in the City of Champions, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
16 years of education, although it was intentionally interrupted by two years of active duty in the
US Army from April 1962 - April 1964. 

After graduating college, Singer had an unremarkable career as an owner of two auto parts stores in the greater Pittsburgh area.  After attending his younger brother’s wedding in San Diego, he immediately looked for someone to purchase his auto parts stores. 

Arriving in La Jolla in 1976, he remained in the automotive parts business until 1981, when he made the mistake of taking several Federal exams.  For the last twenty years until his retirement, Singer was employed by the USPS.  Singer also affiliated with the US Naval Reserve two months shy of his 40th birthday, retiring at the mandatory age of 60. 

Since 2004, Singer has been passionate about his community, serving as a La Jolla Town Council Trustee from March 2011 through March 2014.  He is currently President of the Uptown Democratic Club and is proud to be a nearly lifelong member of Rotary International. 

An avid car collector, Howard would regularly loan cars to the La Jolla Christmas Parade.  After the 2004 parade, Howard called the co-event chair to discuss a name change from the long established "La Jolla Christmas Parade" to a name that welcomes everyone. The five-word response Howard received was disgraceful, beyond the pale and reeked of anti-Semitism. 

Since 2004, Howard has witnessed and experienced an unbelievable unwillingness from the La Jolla Christmas Parade organizers to accept tolerance, inclusion, and diversity in a name more characteristic of this entire community and the event. 


This acronym stands for:  TOLERANCE, INCLUSIVENESS, DIVERSITY, and EQUALITY in Howard's quest to bring about an authentic community parade name for the most diverse San Diego community, La Jolla.

This must be a name that makes everyone feel welcome inside the tent, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, absence of religion and sexual orientation. 


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