Congratulations to Larry Driscoll our Volunteer of the Month for May 2016!
Larry Driscoll joined the Many Mansions Volunteer Team about seven years ago. He is part of the Homework Tutoring Club (HTC) at Shadow Hills and has been a regular on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6 pm since he began volunteering.
The students admire Larry for his math skills and appreciate all the help he gives with their homework. But what makes Larry a stand-out volunteer is his willingness to help support the students and staff with other projects or tasks. Even if it involves re-stuffing two beloved bean bag chairs the kids use! The chairs had gone flat from so much use so he volunteered to help fix them, and two hours later he emerged from the garage on-site covered from head to toe with Styrofoam bead stuffing but the chairs were perfectly plumped!
Larry’s professional career included a position as a senior executive for RCA. After moving to California in 1988, he became the fourth employee of DirecTV as Senior VP of Customer Care. He finished his career as an Executive VP at Balboa Insurance. He feels very fortunate that he had a good education and a successful career. Now that Larry is retired he is able to do something he has always wanted to do – “give something back”!
He grew up in Rochester, New York, close to Lake Ontario and he spent most of his spare time swimming, fishing, water skiing, and ice skating on the lake learning to love nature and the outdoors! He married his college sweetheart from The College of William and Mary, Kay Pulliam, who is still the “love of his life”! He and Kay have two grown children, Eric and Jennifer, and one grandson Brendon. Larry also volunteers at the California Wildlife Center where he particularly likes working with the raptors, and he volunteers for the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary leading hikes and whale watches. Larry loves to hike in the Santa Monica Mountains!
His special Many Mansions moment is when one of the high school students told Larry that he wouldn’t have passed his math course without his help! Larry would like to humbly thank Many Mansions for this honor, and hopes to continue helping at HTC in the years to come.