by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Tim Hardy

Positive Impact

volunteer_zikakis2For Lany and Alex Zikakis, helping San Diego’s foster youth is both a passion and a way of life. She and Alex were introduced to Voices for Children through friends who were actively involved in the organization. Alex and Lany quickly became avid supporters themselves. “I joined the Voices for Children Board of Directors in July 2013 and served on the development and marketing committees until June 2017,” related Lany. This fall, she and Alex, who is the president and founder of a Carlsbad-based diversified real estate investment and development company, chaired the Starry Starry Night Gala, an annual fundraiser for Voices for Children. “We feel very blessed that this event brought in a record amount of money and introduced many new attendees to a very worthwhile organization,” said Lany.


Name: Lany and Alex Zikakis
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Three sons
Hobbies & Interests: Skiing, surfing, running, and going for walks with our dogs
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: It used to be Legoland when the boys were little! Now we love all the fun new restaurants (and a speakeasy!) popping up in the village, and of course the Carlsbad Village Farmers Market


From her involvement on the board of directors, Lany witnessed first-hand the positive impact Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) have on the lives of thousands of foster children in San Diego County. “Because of this knowledge, I have decided to serve Voices for Children in a different role. I am excited to say that I have started training to become a CASA myself,” revealed Lany, whose professional background is in print production, advertising, and media buying. She is pleased to be able provide one-on-one assistance to San Diego’s foster youth, as well as use her previous experience on the board of directors to recruit more CASAs.

Lany and Alex recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and have three sons. Max is a musician and will soon graduate from Belmont University in Nashville. Calvin attends the University of Colorado, Boulder and is thoroughly enjoying the outdoor lifestyle that the area offers. Hank is a junior in high school at Pacific Ridge School and is involved in the local community. Lany and Alex have lived in Carlsbad for 20 years. Although they both grew up in snow country on the East Coast, they have happily adapted to life in sunny San Diego. “Alex has become an avid surfer and I love to run the area trails, many of which we can access just around the corner from our house. Our three sons were able to walk to school, and they grew up enjoying the Carlsbad trail system and being outdoors,” stated Lany. And while the Zikakis family loves to travel, they are never sorry to return home to the City of Carlsbad.


Name: Voices for Children
Mission: Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused, abandoned, or neglected children by providing them with volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)
Website: www.speakupnow.org