65 Years Pursuing Dreams

Company Leadership

Non-Profit Arts Educ

Philanthropy

Org Development

Deming QA Systems

Change Management

Research Methods

Applied Statistics

HR Management

Compensation & Pay

Performance Systems

Project Management

Information Systems

Critical Path Analysis

Philosophy

Prose & Writing

Medical Advocacy

Public Advocacy

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Willi-Anton Christopher Lee


As you sit in the Calm you can choose to do nothing and fear everything – or, you can raise the sail in preparation of the wind which will inevitably stir in the moments immediately thereafter.

This is not faith, this is a deep understanding that life demands constructive actions even during the most difficult of times – not impatience, rather foundational acts of courage and diligence.

Far better to prepare for the wind, then curse the quiet – else, you will certainly sleep unprepared and wake up having unwittingly traveled from Calm to Calm.

[Raise the Sails]
Willi-Anton
(revised 2020. June 19)

Road’s traveled

Business Exec

Consultant

Chief Executive

Chief of Operations

Admin Manager

HR Manager

Project Manager

Data Analyst

Systems Analyst

Program Auditor

Comp Professional

Personnel Analyst

Store Manager

Crew Leader

Cook – Closer

School Trustee

Philanthropist

Public Servant

Writer-Mentor

Website Builder

Medical Advocate

Youth Coach

Deming Analyst

Statistics Teacher

College Tutor

College Student

Service Shopper

Choir Boy

Newspaper Boy

Lawn-Yard Boy


Turning Points

  • The day my 2-year old bro, Rick, directed traffic on the French highway
  • The day my bro, Rick, and I realized being 13-months apart wasn’t so bad after all
  • The death of my 3-year old bro, Norman, a pioneer in pediatric open-heart surgery
  • My “Nanny” taking care of us while Mom and Dad got away for a while
  • The day my youngest bro, Michael, was born and we found out he wasn’t a girl
  • The day I said no to my Mom with Dad unexpectedly home for lunch, ouch!
  • The day we chucked mud balls into the neighbor’s bathroom window, ouch!
  • Learning as a 3-year old that playing doctor with the girl next door was not a good idea
  • Being a trusted neighborhood newspaper carrier at age 9
  • This 11-year old flutist consoling my adult “jam partner” after her husband committed suicide
  • Meeting Senator Hubert H. Humphrey in his Capital office at age 12
  • M.L.K. marching on Washington, DC and giving his “I have a dream” speech
  • Our school organizing food and sleeping items for the Civil Rights marchers who walked to DC
  • Collecting and giving the Washington, DC marchers food and bedding and welcoming them to our city
  • The assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • The assassination of Martin Luther King
  • Nearly drowning in the Glen Echo Public Swimming Pool
  • The 1964 New York World’s Fair
  • Summer 1964 vacationing at the Catskill Mountain Lake Hotel, a living ‘hommage’ to Dirty Dancing
  • Holy Redeemer Elementary School, Kensington, MD
  • Teacher Sister Rose Bernadette taking noticing of a quirky kid
  • Michelle Nys and Mary Anne Clark awaking the sleeping lion
  • Michael Toussaint being a great childhood friend
  • Sadly losing our choir director in 1965 because parents couldn’t deal w/ gay
  • Summer vacation in Germany and our last visit with my “Opa”
  • Vatican Council II throwing the baby out with the bath water
  • Dad leaving us for a tour-of-duty in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Mom learning to drive, scary!
  • Moving to Sacramento, CA from Kensington, MD 3-months before the family joined me
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard being wonderful “parents” for 3 months
  • Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento, CA
  • Teachers Br. Thomas, Br. Ed, Br. Claude and Mrs. Frascinetti
  • John Morton and Tom Santiago being great high school buddies
  • Summer vacation in Fullerton, CA and our last visit with my “Grandpa Lee”
  • The day I realized my Dad was more than ten $20 bills on the buffet
  • My parent’s finally divorcing
  • The day my Dad sold me his nearly new 1968 VW Bug for a promise
  • Carl Keech teaching me that friendship has no age limit
  • Diana Trumble teaching me girl “friends” are about more than a kiss
  • LaVonna and Charles Trumble trusting me, ok Diana
  • My early career with McDonald’s Restaurant
  • Greg Kuster telling me his sister was, well frankly wrong headed
  • Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Youth Group
  • Nick Gladysz teaching me to relax and how to be a friend for life
  • Debbi Gladysz for trustung Nick when he said Dawne and I were cool
  • Jim and BJ Wagner teaching me that family can be your best friends too
  • John Zimlich bringing me to my senses about love
  • Randy Langan teaching me to laugh
  • Cindy Crowder being the sister I never had
  • Dawne Leslie Wood saying YES and never wavering
  • Robert and Lois Wood trusting me with their daughter
  • The day Robert Wood called me son, noting he liked the idea
  • The day Elliot Machit my buddy died
  • The day Judy Machit asked me to memorialize Elliot
  • American River College, Sacramento, CA
  • Professor Whitmer who taught me I was smarter than I thought
  • Professor Williams who taught me courage
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Professor Art Sherman hiring me as his test writer
  • The day Ken Kruger validated my dream to be an educated, professional working stiff
  • Carl Seymour being there every time I call, even months later
  • Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
  • The day I learned politics trumps pragmatism, particularly in local government
  • Norma Johnson trusting me, a slightly obsessive-compulsive white guy
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Carl Andonini teaching me government bosses are blind to invention and genius
  • Sheila Wright (now Vickers) picking me off the ground, regularly
  • The birth of my kids, Michelle and Robert
  • The birth of our “adopted” kids, Allyson, Nicole, Stacy, Nick and Michelle
  • The amazing strength of character and kindness of all our kids
  • Cullinet Software, the best job I ever had
  • Debra Wolf blessing me with her 1st Christmas Tree Hunt
  • Debra Stacuzzi showing me Boston and more
  • The day the doctor’s told me my Mom had ALS and three months to live
  • My bro Michael taking Mom home to Germany and caring for her for 2 years, wow
  • The day I said hello and good-bye to Sierra Photocopy Services, Inc.
  • Shane Balkowitsch being a loyal and exceptional young co-worker
  • Shane Balkowitsch tracking me down years later to say hey; wow!
  • The day my kids celebrated their acceptance into the OC High School of the Arts
  • The day my daughter, Michelle, announced she was going to be a teacher, not a psychologist
  • The day my son, Robert, announced he was going to be a professional dancer, not a soccer player
  • Each of the days when the kids announced they were engaged
  • Each of the days when the kids went through with it and wed wonderful partners
  • Realizing our children’s spouses, Michael and Alex, and their parents and kin considered us family
  • Each of the days my godchildren, Nicole and Stacy, married their sweethearts
  • The day we buried Dad at Arlington National Cemetery
  • The day my father in-law Robert Wood retired
  • The day my father in-law Robert Wood died
  • Robert Wood’s memorial at his beloved Masonic Lodge
  • The day my grandson, Matthew, was born
  • The day my grandson, Anthony, was born
  • The day my granddaughter, Frankie, was born
  • The day my granddaughter, Ashlyn was born
  • The day my grandson, Guy was born.
  • The day they diagnosed me with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome
  • The day Dr. Harward, vascular surgeon extraordinaire, concurred
  • The day the Federal Law Judge reversed 5-years of Social Security admin hell
  • Sitting in Bankruptcy Court feeling like I was a criminal
  • Being a 5-year Trustee for the Orange County School of the Arts
  • The day Mayor Pulido, Santa Ana, CA, gave the Orange County School of the Arts a home
  • Helping a young man reunited in spirit with his father and the two working through his suicidal impulses
  • The day the Orange County School of the Arts made me a 20-Year Anniversary Honoree
  • The Klippel-Trenaunay Support Organization honoring with a Board appointment
  • James and Gabby Ventham from England stealing a day to meet us
  • Meeting K-T Companion St. Marie and her family while they vacationed
  • SoCal K-T Companions gathering with us at our daughter home
  • April Matthews Guidetti sticking with us through exhausting Real Estate deals
  • Driving my Vintage Corvette when the axle/wheel bearing sheered off
  • The day my lovely wife and life partner was diagnosed with Breast Cancer
  • Today, as Dawne and I awoke six feet up and ready to rock and roll
  • The faith and trust of so many extended family members in the K-T Community who encourage me each day to live, love and laugh
  • The day the teacher’s and admin staff at the Orange County Arts School trusted me to deliver a sustainable, fair, and equitable Compensation Structure that broke the mold
  • The day I sat at the edge of the Grand Canyon at Sunset and then in the AM as the sun rose
  • The day my father was laid to rest in Arlington Memorial National Cemetery and the Honor Guard kindly said goodbye via their traditions
  • Being saved by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, particularly Dr. Megha Tollefson who pulled every string she could to bring Dr. Emily Bendel and Dr. Haraldure Bjarnason to my rescue.
  • Cousin Doug Peterson, Danene Hunting, and Cathy Wagner for their kind support so many times when Dawne and I needed an extra hand and moral support.
  • Sheila and Dale Vickers for always being one step ahead of us and supporting us at every turn with amazing surprises and acts of love.
  • Maria Trunzo and Kim Smith for stepping up and leading me to a constructive end I had not imagined.

Passions

  • Family
  • Humanity
  • Systems Improvement
  • Bettering Community
  • Sustainable Eco Systems
  • Refurbishing and Re-Purposing
  • Constructive Conversation
  • Self-Actualization
  • Public Education
  • Arts and Arts Education
  • Photography
  • Writing

work life

Under Construction
(1964 – 2018)
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