October 2019
Leaders in the Field
Congratulations to Gina Scott, the newly appointed Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County ! Gina, long time staff member of HomeAid Orange County, having worked for the organization since February of 1997, began as Executive Assistant, moving on to various roles during her tenure, each propelling her further up the leadership ladder. Gina has been a faithful and studious participant of the Fieldstone Leadership Network programs!

Gina was a member of the 2002 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group , was coached in 2014 and is currently in the Leadership Reading Group .
Bon Voyage to Margie Wakeham as she retires from Families Forward . She will be missed for her work, not only as leader of an organization that has put roofs over the heads of thousands of parents and children, but as a consistently strong voice for offering compassion to homeless people in Orange County.

Margie has been a very special advocate for our work and we are very fortunate to have her continue as a Coach in our Executive Coaching Program and look forward to working with her for years to come!
Congratulations to Scott Larson , who has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of HomeAid America . Scott served as Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County , and was recently honored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors recognizing his work, his commitment to ending homelessness, and his leadership over the past 21 years.

Scott participated in the 2001 Executive Learning Group , is a Coach in our Executive Coaching Program , and received the Clare Rose Sabbatical in 2018.
OC Grantmakers invited the nonprofit and philanthropic community to a full day of learning and discussion around what equity means, and how the community can tackle the challenge together. This one-day Summit was open to executives, staff and board members, many of whom are part of Fieldstone Leadership Network, offering an opportunity for leaders of all ages and experience to network, grow and connect with one another.
Kudos to Laurie Zagon , Founder of Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. who was featured in a recent piece on Good Day OC. Take a minute and watch Laurie explain "The Art of Healing & Creative Expression" here.

Laurie participated in the 2005 Executive Learning Group and was coached in 2006.
Congratulations to Sue Bright , Executive Director, and Tania Bhattacharya , Foundation Executive Director, of New Directions for Women for receiving a special certificate of Congressional recognition from Field representative Lauren Barich of Congressman Harley Rouda’s office at their recent Community Open House. New Directions focuses on people with substance use disorder.

Sue Bright recently attended our Crossroads and Turning Points session on Spark Magic in your Team, Brand and Cause!
Kudos to Maricela Rios-Faust , Chief Executive Officer of Human Options . She is featured in the Orange County Register's Coast Magazine article: Up Close: Human Options CEO Maricela Rios-Faust works to end domestic abuse.

Maricela was a participant in our 2007 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and was coached in 2010.

Read here for the complete article.
Congratulations to The Wooden Floor on their first license agreement with CityDance, Inc. in Washington DC as they expand their reach across the Nation . DREAM is replicating The Wooden Floor ’s creative youth development model. Together, they are transforming the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education.

The Wooden Floor has been partnering with the Fieldstone Leadership Network since 1995 when the Founder Beth Burns participated in the 2nd Executive Learning Group . Since then, six more leaders have joined our network!

Innovative Housing Opportunities celebrated their new offices with more than 70 of their closest friends including Senator Tom Umberg, Claudio Gallegos, District Director for Congressman Lou Correa. The evening was kicked off with lively music from Santa Ana High School's Mariachi Band, Los Santos. Congrats to all!

We would like to welcome WHW’s new Chief Executive Officer , Trina Fleming , and Yumiko Whitaker its new Chief Development Officer. WHW is a non-profit organization that provides the unemployed and underemployed skills and resources needed to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW has served over 100,000 job seekers at no charge.

WHW's former CEO, Janie Wolicki Best , was a coach in our Executive Coaching Program before she relocated to Idaho.
The Kennedy Commission in partnership with Innovative Housing Opportunities and the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies , hosted a regional Supportive Housing Forum. Kudos to Milo Peinemann , whose agency American Family Housing , builds and operates Supportive Housing in both Orange and Los Angeles counties, speaking to aspects of how to operate and finance supportive housing.

Milo and Rochelle Mills of Innovative Housing Opportunities participated in the 2019 Executive Learning Group together.
Welcome to Susan Kenny , new Chief Advancement Officer of CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Orange County . Susan comes to CASA from Ronald McDonald House Orange County and is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care OC. She has created long-lasting relationships with donors, nonprofit partners, volunteers, and client families and has been responsible for business development, special events, grants, and cause-related marketing campaigns.
CASA has been a member organization of our Network since 2002.
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