September 2019
Leaders in the Field
Kudos to staff members Gina Scott , Chief Development Officer, and Emily Biehl , Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator with HomeAid Orange County . These two just won a competition for their Family CareCenter! 

How did they do it? It was essentially the ‘grant version’ of Shark Tank. The two, alongside  Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - Orange County Chapter,  and Fristers , had six minutes to pitch why HomeAid OC deserved the funding of 100 Companies Who Care .
Gina is a graduate of the 2002 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group , was coached in 2012 and is a current member of our Leadership Reading Group .
Hats off to The Ecology Center partnered with Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) to redesign its Farm Stand. The Ecology Center is a local ecological model and resource for residents of Orange County who seek sustainable living and locally grown produce. Its Farm Stand plays a vital role in its plan to develop a 28-acre community farm that’s meant to be a resource for future farmers, chefs and educators all while displaying and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.

Thanks to OCCF, the center can remodel the Farm Stand’s infrastructure and incorporate different types of goods and products to enhance customer service.

Executive Director, Evan Marks, is a graduate of the 2012 Executive Learning Group and recipient of the Clare Rose Sabbatical in 2017; and Bret Babos, Chief Operating Officer is currently being coached and will participate in next year's Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.

Congratulations to John Forsyte and Pacific Symphony Orchestra for being honored by the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County for Pacific Symphony’s dedication to the community, which includes over 2,500 performances, lessons, therapeutic sessions and performances each year! At the event, their principal brass and percussion musicians performed a rousing tribute for the Armed Forces.

On September 8th they honored servicemen and women at a major concert called "Hail to the Heroes."

John was coached in 2004. 
Congratulations to Opus Community Foundation and PIMCO for their recognition by the Orange County Business Journal as honorees of The Civic 50. They will be recognized as the most community-minded companies in Orange County while inspiring others to give back.

We are very proud to count them as supporters of
Welcome to Gloria Jetter Crockett, the new President & CEO of Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire .

Gloria was Chief Development Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank before arriving at Make-A-Wish. The depth of her non-profit executive experience includes 17 years in executive leadership roles at the American Cancer Society . She is a results-oriented leader with proven skills in board leadership, strategic planning, fundraising and program development, staff and volunteer management and financial administration.

Make-A-Wish, Second Harvest Food Bank and American Cancer Society are all member organizations in our Network!
Congratulations and thank you to Orange County Community Foundation , for celebrating 30 years of impact and service to the Orange County community!
Take a walk down memory lane for their recent profile in the Orange County Business Journal.

Best wishes to Karen McGlinn of Share Our Selves (SOS) as she embarks on a new position as the SOS Foundation Officer. In this new position, she will assure the foundation has an infrastructure for success and their health centers will achieve sustainability.

The mission of SOS has always been whole-person care and now Karen will be be raising funds for Social Services, the heart and soul of SOS. She has always sung the joyful song of SOS to all that would listen and will continue to reach many others through the foundation. 

Karen was a graduate of our inaugural Executive Learning Group in 1994 and was trained as an Executive Coach in 2010.
Congratulations to Madelynn Hirneise , newly named Executive Director of Families Forward and graduate of the 2019 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and Amber Skalsky, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility of PIMCO for being honored by the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40.

The event recognizes and engages the next generation of business leaders and advocates who are making strides in their industries and the business community in Orange County.

Giving Children Hope announced Monica Horner as its new Director of Development. Monica's previous experience includes 13 years at Second Harvest Food Bank where she served as both Director of Development and Director of Strategic Giving.

Giving Children Hope and Second Harvest Food Bank are member organizations in our Network!
Congratulations to Gina Scott of HomeAid Orange County for her recognition by the Building Industry Association as they celebrate Professional Women in Building Week (Sept 16-20) with the National Association of Home Builders . They acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and influence of industry leaders as they impact and shape the housing industry through their leadership.
Kudos to Orange County Conservation Corps as they celebrate 25 Years serving young, at-risk adults through employment, training and educational programs that build self-sufficiency and benefit the community through conservation-related projects.

OCCC’s approach to employability teaches teamwork and cooperation by utilizing work projects that are beneficial to the community and the environment by creating an atmosphere where corps members have the chance to develop on an educational, professional and personal level.

OCCC is a member organization in our Network!
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