April 2021
Leaders in the Field
Congratulations to Margaret Bayston, CEO/Executive Director of Laura's House and her staff, who recently announced the launch of its teen H.E.A.R.T. ® (Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships Today) prevention education certification program globally. Available to educators, community-based organizations and healthcare professionals working with adolescents ages 11-24, the H.E.A.R.T. facilitator accreditation program is a 16-hour online interactive training that equips professionals with tools and resources to help prevent adolescent dating abuse in their communities. 

To view the complete press release, click here

Margaret participated in the 2003 Executive Learning Group and has been a trusted Executive Coach since 2011 in our Executive Coaching Program. Several of Laura's House staff members have benefitted from our Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.
This is community health in action! Great work by Christy Ward, CEO of Share Our Selves, and her staff, who coordinated and delivered OC Supervisor Katrina Foley’s first community vaccination clinic event in westside Costa Mesa where 484 of their neighbors received their first vaccine dose!

The kick-off event brought together community partners Manuel Chavez - Costa Mesa City Council Member - District 4, City Costa Mesa Fire Department, The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers, County of Orange Health Care Agency, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, and Save Our Youth.

Christy is a current participant in the 2021 Executive Learning Group and Karen McGlinn, former CEO was an Executive Coach.
Congratulations to Guidelines International Ministries, a non-profit organization involved in Christian broadcasting in Mission Viejo, who will receive the 2021 International Strategic Partnership Award from the National Religious Broadcasters this coming June in Dallas, TX.  This award is for the collaboration with Shema Media in Turkey, involving translation and production for broadcast in Turkish, Arabic, Kurmanji Kurdish and Syriac of Guidelines’ short-format programs.  Guidelines also helped establish Alef FM, the very first Christian station in Mardin, Turkey, which borders Syria and Iraq.   

Bonnie Sala, President, and Luisa Collopy, Director of Media traveled to Mardin in 2018 to speak at the very first women’s conference in the area, the catalyst to the women in several Middle Eastern countries to continue holding more inspirational women’s events. 
Bonnie participated in the 2017 Executive Learning Group and was coached in the 2018 Executive Coaching Program. Luisa participated in the 2019 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and was coached 2020.
Collaboration at its finest! The Goodwill of Orange County has teamed up with nonprofit Donate Life California to encourage visitors to consider donations that go beyond clothing. They are giving shoppers an opportunity to register as organ, eye and tissue donors throughout April for National Organ Donation Month. There are more than 100,000 people currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and more than 22,000 of them live in California.

For more information regarding this program, please refer to the Daily Pilot article.

Nicole Suydam, CEO of Goodwill, participated in the 2010 Executive Learning Group and was coached the 2012 Executive Coaching Program.
Kudos to Brateil Aghasi, CEO of WISEPlace and CSUF Alumna '05! She was a panelist for Cal State University Fullerton's Titan Table Talk on The Power of the Female Vote. Moderated by Dr. Natalie Fousekis, she was joined by Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Journal; Michele Martinez, Santa Ana City Council; and Tammy Tran, Southern California Edison.

To hear the whole broadcast, click here.

Brateil participated in the 2013 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and was trained as a Creative Encounters by Fieldstone facilitator.
Congratulations to Deborah Levy the new Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association Orange County Chapter! She will be serving alongside an amazing team of individuals and volunteers who are helping lead the way to end Alzheimer's and dementia by accelerating local and global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
Deborah participated in the 2005 Executive Learning Group, was coached in the 2018 Executive Coaching Program and was trained as an Executive Coach in 2011.
The end is in sight! We are so excited for Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens as they kicked off their reopening of indoor events in time for spring break with film screenings and live music. The gardens remained open through the pandemic at reduced capacity, and the venue relied on virtual programming to share performances and events. However the historic Spanish-style home, typically open for self-guided tours, performances and art exhibits, was closed.

Casa Romantica was featured in the Los Angeles Times, Daily Pilot. To view the article, click here.

Amy Behrens, Executive Director, participated in the 2020 Executive Learning Group and Kylie Travis, Program Director was a member of the 2020 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.
Innovation at it finest! The Friendly Center has continued to experience a high demand for programs like emergency assistance, counseling, and food support; reflecting an enduring need for OC families and seniors in poverty to receive comprehensive services. They have responded to this sustained demand by tailoring its outreach efforts and program delivery. One of these changes includes implementing a texting system that allows clients to easily register for and learn about programs. The Friendly Center is prepared for program demand to remain high through 2021 as many low-income OC residents experience a more challenging path to recovering from the pandemic’s impact on income, food security, and overall wellbeing.

Cathy Seelig, President/CEO of Friendly Center and was a participant in the 2018 Executive Learning Group and Arian Ghiacy, Director of Development is in the current Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.
Congratulations to Christine Farwell on her promotion to Chief Development Officer of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Since starting her work in 2012 as Philanthropy Manager, it has been clear that the mission to end childhood cancer through research aligns with her values both personally and professionally. She considers herself fortunate to work in a field that supports the advancement of research to give families facing the unimaginable hope that their child will realize their future. Harnessing the support of private donors, corporate partners, and next-generation researchers will allow the momentum of hard-won progress to continue. May every child be able to hear the words, "But we have a cure!"

Christine participated in the 2017 Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group.
Changes are happening at CIELO! We want to wish Network member and former CEO John Hobson well as he moves on to his new role at Credera. John had a tremendous impact in building CIELO; establishing its value within the community and pushing his team to new heights.

Taking over for John is Network member, Iosefa Alofaituli. Since helping to incubate CIELO 5 years ago, Iosefa has been the Southern CA Regional Director at Opportunity Fund, the nation's largest nonprofit microlending organization for small businesses. While there, Iosefa helped lead the organization's expansion into Southern California and the national expansion of business advising/education programming. Through his experience at Opportunity Fund, Iosefa has deepened his skills and experience in community building, capital raising, and program development, and is now poised to guide CIELO to its next phase of growth.

John participated in the 2017 Executive Learning Group and Iosefa was a member of the 2013 Executive Learning Group.
“You give but little when you give of
your possessions. 
It is when you give of yourself that
you truly give.” - Kahlil Gibran

Volunteers are the backbone of a nonprofit organization, and we couldn't exist without ours! Our Executive Coaches go above and beyond to mentor our nonprofit leaders year in and year out. Thank you to our 2021 Coaches: Becky Ahlberg retired ED, My Safe Harbor; Lauren Brand, Director of Operations, Mind OC; Shana Buxser, Director, Philanthropy, CHOC Children's Foundation; Sharon Ellis, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County; Rusty Kennedy retired CEO, OC Human Relations; Lynda Perring, retired CEO, CASA; Shawna Smith, CEO, Taller San Jose; Margie Wakeham, retired CEO, Families Forward; Judi Westberg, Regional Development Officer, Mercy Ships; and Lisa Wolter, retired CEO, Susan G. Komen Orange County.