March 2021
Leaders in the Field
Child Guidance Center (CGC) continues to meet the increased demand for mental health services for vulnerable children, teens, and families in Orange County. Thanks to an exciting partnership with Jamboree Housing Corporation, CGC is thrilled to announce the opening of their fifth clinic at the new "Finamore Place" in Anaheim. Located at 2121 S. Manchester Avenue in the heart of Anaheim, Finamore Place will offer 102 housing units for low-income families, as well as on-site facilities from Child Guidance Center, Orange County Head Start, and St. Jude’s Neighborhood Health Center. Finamore Place is slated to open in Fall 2021.

Lori Pack, CEO of CGC, participated in the 2010 Executive Learning Group and was coached in the 2011 Executive Coaching Program.
Congratulations to Pam Presnall, who joined the staff of
2-1-1 Orange County as Director of Development and Outreach. After nearly eight years at the Mental Health Association, she is excited to start this new chapter, and hopes to increase awareness about 211OC’s work in the community. She is honored to work with her new team, including Karen Williams, 211OC’s President/CEO, who is also an Executive Leadership Group Alum.

Pam also volunteers as Director of the Community Food Pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange, which has seen an increased demand of 700% since last February. Winston Presnall, Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church, was a member of the 2018 Executive Learning Group.

Pam participated in the 2012 Executive Learning Group and was coached in the 2011 Executive Coaching Program.
Kudos to Kendra Chandler, Executive Director of Urban Land Institute OC/IE. She was a speaker in this month's Innovative Housing Opportunities "Today's Women in Leadership Panel" in honor of Women's History Month and moderated by Rochelle Mills, an alumni of Fieldstone. She shared her personal journey of becoming a leader in her organization, what motivates her, and lessons learned along the way, encouraging and empowering future female leaders.

For the complete recording, click here.

Kendra participated in the 2019 Executive Learning Group.
Great work is being done at Hope through Housing Foundation. They began partnering with healthcare agencies to deliver on-site COVID vaccinations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors within National CORE affordable housing sites throughout San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire.

Greg Bradbard, President of Hope Through Housing and Senior Vice President of National CORE, participated in the 2000 Executive Learning Group and was coached the 2010 Executive Coaching Program.
Best wishes to Jerri Rosen, Founder & CEO of Working Wardrobes. Jerri announced that after 31 years of service, she is stepping down from her position at Working Wardrobes in order to pursue more hands-on ways to help other non-profit organizations. She will focus on the women of Orange County who have been hit hard by the pandemic, and are experiencing record unemployment due to the need to stay home to care for children with schools and daycare centers closed.

Jerri is also working on a book about her journey with Working Wardrobes. The memoir will be called Pants on Fire and is expected to be released later this year.

Jerri participated in the 1999 Executive Learning Group and was coached in the 1999 Executive Coaching Program.
Congrats to Iliana Soto-Welty, Executive Director of Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA) who was featured on the Be Well OC podcast Hope Happens Here where she discussed the stigma & barriers each ethnic community faces as it relates to mental health. To help combat mental health stigma, Iliana recently helped publish "Drawing Out Stigma: These Are Our Stories," a chatbook sharing real stories from youth and adults about their recovery, hope, and struggles with stigma and resilience. Learn about all the incredible work she and MECCA are doing to collaborate with these communities to create healing.

To hear the complete podcast, click here.

Iliana participated in the 2009 Executive Learning Group.
Congratulations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County volunteer William D. Burrows. There are many ways people can make a difference in their communities, and for William that means mentoring children, and now he's being recognized for his efforts nationally. William was nominated for the prestigious Big of the Year Award!

William was featured on CBS News "People Making a Difference." To view, click here.
Congratulations to Jack Toan, the new Chief Operating Officer of Illumination Foundation. Jack was formerly with one of our funding partners, Wells Fargo.

As he so eloquently stated, "The new chapter started today! Different office, different job, different co-workers, different challenges...same purpose - to serve and to lift up our neighbors who need a hand in order to build a stronger community. I’m thrilled to join Illumination Foundation and the amazing staff and executive team to disrupt the cycle of homelessness."
Inspirational news about Laura Suk, Founder and Executive Director of Northeast of the Well. Laura accepted the very deserving award as the 2021 Woman of Distinction Honoree for Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. She was hand-chosen by Mayor Foley, Vice Mayor Marr, California State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, representing the 74th Assembly District, and a panel of community members. 
Laura and Northeast of the Well were recognized, awarded and congratulated virtually. To view the complete ceremony, click here.

Laura participated in the 2020 Executive Learning Group.
Thank you to all who participated in our office Easter Basket Drive to benefit The Friendly Center. Employees of CWS Capital Partners, Newport Assets, Servants Heart Foundation, First Fruit and Fieldstone Leadership Network doubled their goal and donated 21 baskets to help The Friendly Center reach their goal of 1000 baskets!

Cathy Seelig, Executive Director, participated in the 2018 Executive Learning Group and Arian Ghiacy, Director of Development is in the current Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.
Best wishes to Jason Holland! After 18 years at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where he served as Director of Education and Vice President of Community Engagement, Jason has accepted the position of Executive Director at Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. His new organization supports numerous arts programs and presents them at various venues on an annual or seasonal basis. While he will truly be missed, he and his family are excited to start a new chapter on the coast of Oregon.

Jason, participated in the 2020 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.