November 2019
Leaders in the Field
Congratulations to Pathways of Hope who was selected to receive the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund investment of $2.5 million dollars to advance their work in ending family homelessness in North Orange County.
The selection of Pathways of Hope as part of this exclusive group of nonprofits to receive this award confirms and endorses their relentless pursuit of high quality services that place the family and their needs first and the 100% adherence to the mission of ending homelessness. To learn more, click here.

David Gillanders , Pathways of Hope Executive Director, was a recent graduate of the 2019 Executive Learning Group and their Director of Programs , Nishtha Mohendra will be in the 2020 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group .
Congratulations to Eve-Marie Kuntzman on her new role as Major Gifts Officer with Farm Sanctuary Founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and to encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. They educate millions of people about their plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment and advocate for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion.

Eve is a recent graduate of our 2019 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group .
SeniorServ unveiled their new name Meals on Wheels Orange County at their 9th Annual Senior Care Hero Awards Gala and Fundraiser on Saturday, October 19th to more than 620 caring supporters and advocates for older adults. Meals on Wheels Orange County is the largest nonprofit provider of nutrition and supportive services for the county’s at-risk older adults. For more than 50 years, the organization has been committed to erasing hunger and loneliness for at-risk older adults through nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks, and keeping families together through day services. Holly Hagler , President and CEO of Meals on Wheels Orange County recently announced, We are proud to become Meals on Wheels Orange County to increase the public’s awareness of our cause – nourishing at-risk older adults – by more closely aligning ourselves with the highly recognized brand of our national association, Meals on Wheels America.”
Holly was a graduate of our 2014 Executive Learning Group and was coached in 2015, along with three of her staff, Gio Corzo , Tracy Hall , and Darla Olson , who have also participated in our Nonprofit Leaders Learning Groups.
We wish Berenika Palys our best as she steps down from Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens . Berenika served as Executive Director for six and a half years. The prominence and exciting reputation which the Casa currently enjoys is due in large part to her visionary and powerful leadership, along with the dedicated work of the Casa staff. We look forward to having the new Executive Director, Amy Behrens , participate in our upcoming 2020 Executive Learning Group.

Berenika participated in our 2016 Executive Learning Group and was a great partner with us in hosting our Coaches Quarterly Meetings and 35th Anniversary Celebration.
Kudos to WISEPlace who has joined in a $21 million building partnership with Jamboree Housing Corporation to expand their capital campaign into a greater long-term solution for unaccompanied women in Orange County. With this partnership, the time is right to expand their view of what’s possible – especially the role of permanent supportive housing as a solution to ending homelessness among vulnerable women.  

Brateil Aghasi, Executive Director of WISEPlace, is a graduate 2013 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group , a Creative Encounters by Fieldstone facilitator and will be a participant in the 2020 Executive Learning Group.
Well wishes to Wendy Weeks as she steps down from YES: Youth Employment Service . Wendy served as Executive Director for five years and was responsible for building YES into a thriving organization. She is eager to take on a new challenge with even broader scope and opportunity within the nonprofit arena.

Wendy participated in our 2016 Executive Learning Group and is a trained Creative Encounters by Fieldstone facilitator. 
Welcome to Barbara O'Brien , the new Director of Philanthropy for Second Harvest Food Bank . Barbara brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience honed in nonprofit, education and international marketing industries to the Food Bank. Barbara most recently served as Senior Director of Advancement for Mariners Christian School .

Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of our Network.
Fieldstone Leadership Network enjoyed reading an interview with recently appointed CEO of Families Forward , Madelynn Hirneise, who shared her vision regarding homeless issues in Orange County. Read about her team's excellent work here . Maddie is a graduate of our Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and will be coached in 2020. Thanks for the shout out, Maddie!
Congratulations to Nicole Suydam, President & CEO at Goodwill of Orange County for receiving the Institute for Community Impact 's Influencers for Good award. The award is given to individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Orange County community in the areas of Arts, Business, Education, Faith, Family, Government and Healthcare.

Nicole was in the 2010 Executive Learning Group and was coached in 2012.
Congratulations on the re-branding of Child Abuse Prevention Center to The Priority Center ! It reflects their growing and broader mission to deliver life-changing programs to assist people in crisis by giving them the tools and support necessary to end the cycle of generational trauma, including the prevention of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sex trafficking through early intervention and mental health services.

Great work Lisa Fujimoto and team!
Congratulations to Dr. Krista Driver , CEO of Mariposa Women and Family Center for her book launch of Mani/Pedi - A True-Life Rags to Riches Story.

She left everything behind and risked not only her life, but also the lives of her two small children to escape from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon. In the middle of the night, Charlie—along with her husband, two toddlers and two young sisters—joined 100 other people on a tiny boat and fled their home country. The journey was long and dangerous, but after almost two years in refugee camps, the family finally made it to America. After emigrating, as many Vietnamese refugee women did, Charlie began working in the booming nail industry. When her path crossed with Olivett, an African American woman, they became business partners—and built an empire together. After only a few years in the US, Charlie was a millionaire and living the American dream. Her tale is one of tragedy and triumph—a true rags to riches story that will amaze and inspire readers from all walks of life.

Krista was a participant in our 2013 Executive Learning Group .
Bravo to ALL of the honorees at this year's AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon: Bill Bracken of Bracken's Kitchen Inc., Keith Swayne, Junior League of Orange County, CA Inc. , Apriem Advisors, Balboa Bay Club, Clark Construction Group, LLC, Sue & Ralph Stern , Hannah Novakovich and Dr. Adrienne Matros.

Keith's late wife Judith Swayne, was a participant in the Network's inaugural 1994 Executive Learning Group when she was Executive Director of the Orange County Community Foundation .
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