March 2020
Leaders in the Field
Best wishes to Keegan Bell , the new Executive Vice President at Irvine Public Schools Foundation ! Keegan will work with IPSF staff and board to build educational excellence and enrichment opportunities for all K-12 students throughout Irvine to build a brighter future for our young people.

Keegan was a member of our 2013 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group .
It's official! On March 3rd, T he  Hispanic Public Relations Association  (HPRA) announced the launch of its newest chapter,  HPRA Orange County . HPRA OC will serve the burgeoning local population of Hispanic market practitioners.

Congratulations to Gladys Hernandez , Director of Marketing and Advocacy at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County , a graduate of our Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group , and serves as a founding member and Secretary of HPRA Orange County.

For more information, click here .
Kudos to Maricela Rios-Faust , CEO of Human Options , who appeared on KTLA 5 with morning host Lynette Romero and Mark Mester about relationship violence and Why Love Shouldn’t Hurt . She brought awareness and spoke on the prevalence of relationship violence in our communities. As one of the highest at-risk populations, one in three teens will experience relationship violence.

Watch Maricela's discussion on this topic and what tools and resources are available to educate teens on healthy relationships here .
Hats off to David Gillanders and Pathways of Hope who announced the expansion of their housing programming, powered by the Bezos Day One Families Fund! If you'll recall, they were the recipients of a $2.5 million award from the fund. They have announced they are deploying approximately $300,000 as direct service money to the community in the form of rapid re-housing. This will end homelessness for as many as 30 family households in the next 20 months with this first phase of programmatic expansion!

David was in last year's Executive Learning Group.
We love seeing our Network members sharing their valuable wisdom with others! This powerhouse panel facilitated OneOC' s Board Diversity Summit, including Maricela Rios , CEO of Human Options , Dawn Reese , CEO of The Wooden Floor , and LaVal Brewer , Director of Business Development & Partnerships with OneOC. All of these leaders are past participants of a Learning Group and in Dawn's case, is one of our esteemed Executive Coaches.

Thank you for sharing your expertise and passion for making our community stronger!
Congrats to Sharon Ellis and her team at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County ! They recently built a house for a low-income family in Fullerton, as part of the week-long campaign "National Women Build Week" showcasing the abilities of women builders leading up to International Women’s Day, while calling attention to the real need for affordable housing in Orange County.

The volunteers were part of Habitat’s Women Build OC, a club of women builders dedicated to teaching women construction skills.

For the complete article, click here .
Great job, Mark Lee , CEO of Women's Transitional Living Center (WTLC) and current member of our Executive Learning Group ! Their vision is to end the cycle of violence and exploitation, and their mission is to help individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation. 

Mark was featured in Spectrum News' In Focus for his participation in the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

For the complete interview, please click here .
Congratulations to Rochelle Mills, President & CEO at Innovative Housing Opportunities, Inc. , who was voted onto the Board of Clearinghouse CDFI - Community Development Financial Institution at their Annual Shareholders Meeting this month. Their mission is to provide economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for lower-income individuals and communities through innovative and affordable financing that is unavailable in the conventional market.

Rochelle is an active member in our Network and was a graduate of last year's
Executive Learning Group and is currently part of our Executive Coaching c ohort!
Kudos to Jean Wegener of SPIN - Serving People in Need for her appointment by the Newport Beach City Council to serve on the
City's Homeless Task Force . They will be responding to the court mandate that each city determine housing options for its homeless population. Newport Beach has a homeless population ranging from 32-86 individuals, and therefore, appropriate housing options are being explored for those individuals, as well as recommendations for outreach services for those currently on the street and educating the public about the homeless...their issues, mental health, substance abuse and the cost of homelessness.

Jean is a long time Network member having participated in the 1998 Executive Learning Group , was coached in 1997, and has been an Executive Coaching since 2009.
Excellent work, Ria Berger , Chief Executive Officer at Healthy Smiles for Kids of OC for being recognized in the Inspirational Women Spotlight by t he Delta Dental Community Care Foundation!

Ria is a graduate of the 2015 Executive Learning Group .

For the complete article, click here .
SPIN - Serving People in Need and Families Forward came together when a fire ravaged an apartment complex in Tustin. The 40-unit affordable housing building was a total loss. Among the displaced were ten families in serious need. Each agency took five families and went to work putting their lives back together as rapidly as possible.

For the complete article, click here !
Check out the great work Lisa Castetter , Founder and CEO of the Teen Leadership Foundation is doing on the first episode of Season 5 of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast. Lisa is paving the path to adulthood for teens aging out of Orange County foster care. As part of her vision – and buoyed by her background in the apparel industry – Lisa recently launched Framewerk Imaging in Costa Mesa, a local print shop employing former foster youth, and raising money to fund Teen Leadership Foundation.

Lisa was a graduate of our 2016 Executive Learning Group and was a member of our inaugural Leadership Reading Group .

To access the Podcast, click here .
Welcome Angie Rowe , newly appointed President and Executive Director of Blind Children's Learning Center ! Angie brings 20 years of experience that will aid in their mission to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education and family support.

BCLC is an active member of our Network; Kevin Furhmann , Director of Development, is currently in our Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group .
You asked…and we listened! We are excited to announce a new program of Fieldstone Leadership Network -  Fieldstone 4 U... Zoom teleconferencing meetings that provide a safe space for you to come together, designed to give you the opportunity to share your successes and challenges with other Fieldstone leaders. It is our hope that this will help combat the isolation that is prevalent during these unsettling times.

In our first ED/CEO call a new partnership was created between Kristi Perez of Inspire Life Skills Training and Brenda Wells of i-5 Freedom Network . Working remotely created a need for computers for Brenda to continue her work with victims of human trafficking and Kristi generously donated five computers! Thank you Kristi for your kindness!
Welcome Steven Forry , newly appointed Chief Development Officer of Working Wardrobes ! Steven is a 30-year expert in fund development and capital campaigns. He will play a key role in helping the organization rebuild after the fire destroyed their Irvine headquarters in February.

Steven has raised millions of dollars through capital campaigns including St. Joseph Health's Mission Hospital , Scripps Institute of Medicine and Science , Sharp Healthcare , UC San Diego School of Medicine , and Memorial Healthcare. Working Wardrobes has been an active member of our Network.

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