2014 OC Global Women's Conference Speakers

Janice Arrington
Orange County Film Commissioner
Orange County

As the Orange County Film Commissioner, Janice Arrington works to promote, facilitate, and retain filming throughout the County. As film production is a vital revenue-generator for Orange County and its 34 cities, Ms. Arrington markets OC locations and serves as liaison with the entertainment industry.

Arrington recently was elected President of the Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS)—a professional organization of 41 county film offices that partners with the California Film Commission. For 8 years, she served as Secretary/Membership Chair on the Board of the 330-member Association of Film Commissioners International. In that capacity, she traveled to Chile (4 times) and South Korea to speak on the best practices of film commissioners. Read more...

Ms. Arrington started in 1990 in the film industry as an Assistant Director, working on feature films and television series for all of the major film studios in California. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and her credits include LA LAW, CHEERS, COLUMBO, PARTY OF FIVE, THE WONDER YEARS, MENACE II SOCIETY, LOST IN YONKERS, and more.


Rachel Baranick
Deputy Director
U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana Office

Rachel Baranick is the Deputy District Director of the Santa Ana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration with service responsibility for the counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino in Southern California. In fiscal year 2013, the Santa Ana District Office approved 1,561 loans generating $1,331,068,618 ($1.3 billion) in financial assistance to small businesses. In addition, the Santa Ana District Office awarded 8(a) contracts for a total of $45 million.

As Deputy District Director, Ms. Baranick is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services to approximately 6 million people in the tri-county area, which covers over 28,000 square miles. Small businesses in the geographic area comprise in excess of 600,000, representing 16% of the total California business population. Ms. Baranick is also responsible for the management and oversight of SBA Resource Partners including three Women’s Business Centers, three SCORE chapters and a Regional Lead Center with a network of five Small Business Development Centers and three satellite locations. The district office and its resource partners provided counseling and training assistance to approximately 30,000 clients in fiscal year 2013. Read more...

Rachel joined the SBA in 1988 as a Business Development Specialist for the Inland Empire. She moved to the loan servicing department in 1992 as a Loan Specialist and became Chief of Liquidation in 1995. She has served as the Deputy District Director since 1997 for the Santa Ana District and most recently as the Acting District Director for the New York City District Office.

Prior to coming to SBA, Rachel worked for the Internal Revenue Service in a professional position where she also coached trainees. She has worked in both the private and public sectors.

Rachel grew up in the Los Angeles area, where her father owned a small business. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and has subsequently completed graduate courses at California State University, Fullerton.


Nan Bouchard
Vice President and General Manager, C-17 Program Manager

Nan Bouchard is the vice president and program manager for the C-17 Globemaster III program, part of the Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement division of Boeing Military Aircraft. Bouchard is responsible for C-17 business, technical, production and support operations and emerging fixed-wing mobility requirements for U.S. and international customers. Bouchard was appointed to this position in January 2013.

Most recently, Bouchard was vice president and general manager of Program Management for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), where she was responsible for assisting program managers throughout the program lifecycle with implementation of program management best practices, processes and tools, program planning and Lean+ integration. She also served as the BDS Southern California regional executive participating in California state and local government activities and providing leadership to Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship efforts in the community. Read more...

Since joining the company in 1981, Bouchard has served in leadership positions of increasing responsibility in operations, engineering and program management. She served as the vice president and general manager of the former Command, Control, and Communications Networks (C3 Networks) division of Boeing Network & Space Systems, and as the vice president of BDS Engineering & Mission Assurance. She also led the Development rocess Excellence Initiative focused on the effectiveness of development program processes across the enterprise.

Bouchard also held positions as program manager, deputy program manager and chief engineer of a proprietary program and served in management positions on the International Space Station program. She began her career at Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division, as a member of the technical staff. Bouchard holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Rice University.


Sandra Cervantes
Publisher & CEO
Cervantes Publishing Company

Sandra Cervantes is a visionary with the business acumen to take a deal from conception to fruition. Ms. Cervantes is a highly successful real estate business owner and investor with an uncanny ability to bring together the right people in the right place at the right time. She believes when convenience and opportunity coincide — the synergy is infinite. The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has recognized Cervantes as one of the top 250 real estate professionals in the nation. She has worked in the field of housing and community development throughout her career and is an advocate on homeownership education and sustainability issues.

Cervantes is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, bilingual housing expert and skilled negotiator. Cervantes has 30 years of experience committed to stabilizing neighborhood communities. Cervantes is available 24/7, executes on compressed time frames, provides thorough reports and delivers to all her clients. Expert knowledge of Loss Mitigation, REO Marketing, Real Estate Agency Management, Fine Home and Estate Sales, Short Sales, New Home and Commercial Sales throughout Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. Read more...

In a departure from her real estate acquisitions, Cervantes recently launched Cervantes Publishing Company and immediately acquired Velazquez Publishing, Inc., and its two signature newspapers — Miniondas and FarandulaUSA. These trusted brands have been established for over 35 years and are the leader in both local coverage and community partnerships.

Cervantes is the Chairman of the Board of Cervantes International whose companies include Cervantes Commercial, Cervantes Publishing Company, Cervantes Promotions, Cervantes Real Estate and Cervantes Scholarship Foundation.


Heather Chastain
Chief Sales Officer

Heather Chastain joined Arbonne, International as Chief Sales Officer in September 2012 and guides key areas of the business related to Arbonne's Independent Consultant sales force – field development and sales – including expanding and supporting the multicultural markets, public relations, sales force events, training, leadership development and online marketing. With more than 18 years in the direct selling industry, Heather was most recently President of Celebrating Home and successfully executed several Vice President roles at BeautiControl, Inc. Heather graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration and is also a member of the board of the Direct Selling Association and serves on the board of MOPS, International. Heather lives in Orange County with her husband and two extraordinary little girls, Pfifer and Finley.


Jo Ellen Chatham, Ph.D.
Manager, Strategic Planning & Public Affairs
Southern California Edison 

Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham is the Director of Public Affairs for the Southern Region of the Southern California Edison Company. She is also past president of Eagle Forum of California, a public policy organization. Jo Ellen was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the Board of Governors of the California State Bar and the Narcotic Addict Evaluation Authority. She was a member of the Board of the Henry Salvatori Forum at the University of Southern California and is currently a member of the Leadership Council for the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California at Irvine.

Jo Ellen received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from California State University at Northridge and a second M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Constitutional Interpretation: Views of the Early Congresses Concerning Judicial Review and Original Meaning. She also studied Consumer Economics in the UCLA graduate school. Read more...

For nearly 15 years, Jo Ellen was an Associate Professor of Political Science at West Los Angeles College where she also served as an administrator and officer in the Faculty Senate.

Jo Ellen served on the Orange County Commission on the Status of Women and on boards of numerous organizations, including the Orange County Business Council (Past Vice Chairman), the World Affairs Council of Orange County (Past Chairman), the Orange County Forum (Past President and current Vice President for the Executive Leadership Series), the Orange County Taxpayers Association and the Red Cross of Orange County (Past Secretary). She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the KOCE Foundation, and member of the Board of Directors of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Orange County Business Council, the Orange County Forum, the Orange County Taxpayers Association and the Orange County High School of the Arts Foundation Board. She also serves on the Board of Visitors for the Chapman University School of Law.

Jo Ellen was the Republican nominee in the 69th State Assembly District in 1992 and was an alternate delegate to the 1996 and 2004 Republican National Conventions. For nearly 15 years she served as the First Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County and is First Vice Chairman Emeritus. She has chaired the Education Committee, Speakers’ Bureau and the Political Education Committee for the California Republican Party and continues to be a delegate to the CRP.

In 1987, Jo Ellen authored A More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 which received official recognition by the United State Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution. She is listed in the Eighth Edition of World’s Who’s Who of Women and was named “Woman of the Year” by the California Legislature in 1987. In 1993 she was awarded “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Coalition.

For two years Jo Ellen was a panelist on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning public policy program “Free 4 All” and is a frequent guest in television and radio, including appearances on such programs as “CNN and Company,” “The Tom Snyder Show,” “The Today Show,” CBS’s “News Makers”, “Live in L.A.” and many others. She was a political columnist for the Daily Pilot and has organized and taught seminars in effective political action and media relations. She is a co-founder of the Alpha Political Campaign School and has authored The Political Campaign Manual, the Citizen Action Manual and is currently writing The Child’s Book of Virtues.


Vivian Clecak
Human Options 

Vivian Clecak, Chief Executive Director of Human Options: Alternatives for Abused Women and their Children, founded Human Options together with three other women in 1981. Ms. Clecak has transformed a small outreach program, which began in a small basement room, into an established safe-haven and comprehensive multi-service agency for abused women and their children in Orange County. In 1994 she brought together a unique private/public coalition to complete a $4 million capital campaign to build a new emergency shelter and double the program capacity.

Vivian Clecak is a recognized expert on domestic violence and has appeared on both Good Morning America and The Today Show. She was the first community education chairperson of the Orange County Family Violence Council. As executive director, she has a unique background as both a therapist and an administrator. She developed a staff and volunteer training “Nurturing the Nurturer” which she has done over the past 20 years. In addition, she has been a coach for other executive directors in the Fieldstone Foundation Leadership Program. Read more...

In 2003 Ms. Clecak received the Women in Business Award from the Orange County Business Journal and the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award. In 2001 she received the Human Options DOVE Award. Vivian was honored as a 1999-2000 Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow, a national award given by the Peter Drucker Foundation to five nonprofit leaders annually and was selected by the Freeman, Freeman and Smiley Foundation for Philanthropy as their 1999 recipient of the Vision in Philanthropy Award.

Ms. Clecak graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Stanford University and completed her M.S.W. at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family therapist.


Ding-Jo Currie, Ph.D.
CSU Fullerton Education Leadership 

Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie’s career includes 30-plus years in the California Community College system. She has recently retired from Coast Community College District where she served as Chancellor from 2009-2011 and President of Coastline Community College from 2002-2009. Ding-Jo is committed to continuing her service and contribution toward higher education while wearing a different hat. Besides spending more time with her family and helping her husband with his business, she will also be joining the research faculty team at CSU Fullerton’s Educational Leadership Program (Ed.D). She is excited to be a part of a great team that will help to develop the systems future leaders.

Before joining Coastline and the Coast District, Dr. Currie held the position of assistant superintendent/vice president of economic and community development at Rio Hondo College in Whittier. Her education includes a bachelor of science in both mathematics and psychology from Manchester College in Indiana, a master of science in counseling from Wright State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in international/intercultural education from USC. Read more...

Ding-Jo is well known for her passion and expertise in quality education, distance learning, leadership development, international education, economic development, entrepreneurial endeavors, and the list goes on. She is active locally and nationally on various boards and has won numerous awards for her outstanding accomplishments such as Women Helping Women Awards, Who's Who in International Executives, SBA District Director’s Awards, Outstanding Chinese American Scholars, etc. She is known as a visionary leader and a unity builder.


Dina Eletreby, Ph.D.
Head of School
New Horizon School, Irvine 

A graduate of Chapman University with a Ph.D in Education, Dr. Dina Eletreby has been an educator for over 20 years and has been involved with New Horizon since 2001 in multiple capacities. She has assumed the role of a Board Member, Faculty Member, and Alumni Parent. Dr. Eletreby was appointed Head of School in 2004.




Carla A. Ford
Senior Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Field Support Team
Walmart Stores, Inc.

Carla A. Ford is Senior Director of the Environmental Health & Safety, Field Support Team for Walmart Stores, Inc. Ms. Ford joined Walmart in October 2010. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Ford leads a team of environmental compliance managers who teach, train and provide technical assistance and support to associates working in California Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers, and in facilities across the United States, to insure compliance with State and Federal environmental laws.

Before joining Walmart, Ms. Ford practiced law in Atlanta, GA and in Los Angeles, CA. In 1984, she started her career as a law clerk to a State Court judge in Fulton County, GA. Thereafter, for three years, she was in private practice at an Atlanta insurance defense law firm. Read more...

In 1988, Ms. Ford began her public service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Two years later, then Georgia Governor Zell Miller appointed Ms. Ford to lead the Commission on Equal Opportunity, an agency that investigates claims of discrimination in state employment and housing. In 1993, Ms. Ford left the Peach State and moved to Los Angeles to start a new life with her new husband.

When she arrived in Los Angeles, Ms. Ford worked briefly as an associate at an employment law firm in Century City, CA, but in 1994, she returned to public service as an AUSA in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Over the next 16 years, Ms. Ford specialized in prosecuting asset forfeiture cases and defending Federal agencies and individuals in a variety of actions that included employment discrimination, immigration, constitutional torts, and common law torts.

Since joining Walmart, Ms. Ford has actively supported company initiatives that benefit Walmart associates and our community. Currently, she is a leader in the Pacific Division’s Women in Retail (WIR) Program, an initiative to develop future leaders. And she mentors several associates. In the community, for the past three school years, Ms. Ford has coordinated Walmart donations of more than 1,200 backpacks to homeless students in the Compton Unified School District.

Outside the workplace, Ms. Ford serves on the board of Being Alive, a peer-driven agency for people living with HIV/AIDS that specializes in providing supportive services, education, wellness and self-empowerment. Ms. Ford also supports her churches. She has volunteered on the Hospitality Committee at Holman United Methodist Church and she has provided pro bono legal services to her home church, Altadena United Methodist Church.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Ford is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.A. in English; and Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Ford and her husband, Michael Kinberg, have a 16-year old high school sophomore, Nicholas, who makes them very proud. They also have a very cute five-year old terrier-spaniel-chow mix named “Ceviche.”


Sandra Hutchens
Orange County

Sandra Hutchens is the 12th Orange County Sheriff and the first woman to serve as the county’s top cop. She was named Sheriff by the Board of Supervisors in 2008 after a nationwide search which included a field of 48 candidates. She was first elected in 2010 to her first full term.

A Southern California native, Sheriff Hutchens was raised in Long Beach, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High. Shortly after graduating from high school she was hired as a secretary for the Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Department, where she met some Deputies who convinced her to apply for a Deputy position. She graduated from the Academy in 1978. Her 30 year career includes counterterrorism training in Israel, FBI National Academy training, participation in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Read more...

In her five years as Sheriff of Orange County, Sheriff Hutchens has made numerous changes to the Orange County Sheriff ’s Department with the goal of restoring honor to the department. New leadership staff has been added and policies have been revised all with a commitment to the department’s core values: “Integrity without compromise; Service above self; Professionalism in the performance of duty; Vigilance in safeguarding our community.

Sheriff Hutchens and her husband, Larry Hutchens, are long time residents of Orange County. Larry is a retired assistant police chief for the Los Angeles Unified School District. They have a dog, Tucker. In her spare time, Sheriff Hutchens enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and writing.


Dimetria A. Jackson, J.D.
Director of Corporate Social Responsbility and Sustainability
Golden State Foods

Dimetria A. Jackson is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability at Golden State Foods and the Chief Executive Officer of redBAMBINA.com, an online retail boutique, that caters to infants, children, and nursing and expectant women.

Dimetria served as the 2012 President of the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”), the first African American woman to hold the position in the OCBA’s 112 year history. During her tenure, she implemented several key initiatives including Mommy Esquire, an OCBA Committee that addresses issues pertaining to parenting attorneys of school-aged children. Dimetria is the current President of the OCBA’s Charitable Fund.

In 2012, Dimetria was named as one of "20 Women to Watch" by the OC Metro Magazine and one of Orange Coast Magazine’s 2012 OC Look Award recipients.


Dr. Kathy Kangarloo
Emerging Om

Dr. Kathy Kangarloo (Ph.D. in Esoteric Studies) is the founder of “emerging Om” in Tustin California/USA. She has taught and practiced yoga, Reiki, and meditation for over 25 years in the United States and across the world.

During years in India, particularly while studying in a Reiki hospital in Madras, Kathy learned of the boundless opportunities offered by this practice. She then developed “Yukt Yoga” which is a combination of Hatha yoga, deep breathing, soft movements, Mindful meditation, Qi- Gong and Reiki. Yukt Yoga dedicated to healing in all its forms: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.



Savannah C. Jones, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Mykayla Group 

Dr. Savannah C. Jones is passionate about education and student access to the educational process, especially higher education. That passion is what inspired her career choice as a College Success Coach. She brings to the profession more than two decades of experience in higher education coupled with corporate experience, leadership activities and educational preparation.

Dr. Jones is founder and president of The Mykayla Group, a minority/women business enterprise. Her tenure in higher education has included two-year and four-year, public and private colleges and universities. As well, Dr. Jones has managed tutorial programs in 10 school districts dispersed throughout seven states and the District of Columbia. Read more...

Dr. Jones has established professional relationships with colleges and universities nationwide and with many high schools in the public and private arenas. She is enthusiastic about directing students towards the best fit in higher education – partnerships that will help ensure their college success.

Dr. Jones serves on several boards including the National Council on Black American Affairs, Troubled Waters and the Dallas Area Agency on Aging Caregivers Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Jones has received several honors and awards including: Fellow, the Kellogg Foundation; award recipient, Black Women in Sport; leader, National Student Development Leadership; leader, National Women’s Leadership Program.


Laura Merage

Laura Merage was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and her Masters Degree in Art from New York University. Laura is an artist/photographer with works in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Her work keeps her traveling for shows as well as inspiration. She keeps studios in Denver, Hawaii and Israel.

Together with her husband, David Merage, Laura has launched several philanthropic organizations, including her newest venture RedLine; an urban art laboratory, promoting the creative expression of visual and performing resident artists. In 2000 Laura and David founded a program to provide education, training, and community connections to Israeli immigrants as they transition to a new lifestyle and culture. The Merage Foundation’s efforts in Israel have expanded significantly, and currently include several new program areas with a focus on community development and education in the underserved Negev region of Israel.


Meloney M. Miller
M³ & Co. Global Enterprises, LLC

Meloney is known as Coach M³, "The Woman in the Back of Success." Her reputation with her clients has been built on encouraging people to research for their true potential, regardless of the necessary effort and energy from both them and her. As a global public speaker, Certified Professional Coach, Group Leader and Master Trainer, Meloney conducts Train-the-Trainer sessions, as well as takes on coaching clients, internationally; Meloney has consulted, trained, and coached thousands of individuals for over 15 years and lives a life open to helping others visualize, identify, and realize their dreams. Her methods vary from providing textbook coaching to implementing non-traditional approaches. She is delighted with a diverse clientele from all socio-economic groups; her clientele range from troubled young adults in the shelter system to public figures, civic groups and corporations. Her methodology is to treat all clients equally and with the same importance and priority. Read more...

Meloney's career has spanned from executive management at Pergo, Inc., to consulting with organizations like New Horizons Inc. Computer Learning Center (recognized in the Prestige Presidents Club for producing over $1M in revenue) and Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. National Conclave, to being a featured subject matter expert (SME) on WRAL NOON News with reoccurring segments monthly, to establishing in 2007 M³ & Co. Global Enterprises, LLC, a global consulting, coaching and training organization based out of Raleigh, NC. She is a proud North Carolina native from Kannapolis, NC. She is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University and Mount Olive College, both in Durham, NC with a concentration of study in Business Management and Organizational Development. Meloney is also a proud alumnus of the elite City of Raleigh Neighborhood College and Raleigh Citizens Leadership Academy. Additional trainings and education include Certified Professional Coaching, as well as extensive training and certificates in areas of Interpersonal Relationships and mentoring.

Additional expertise includes, but is not limited to: Motivational Speaking, Facilitation, Curriculum Development, Business Development, Image Consultant, Crisis Management, Personnel and Organizational Consultation. An extensive career within the global market includes multi-million dollar sales records and savings accolades, experience with driving corporate executive management, Change Management strategies, PR campaigns, and local community and governmental actions.

Brought in to help organizations develop and align strategic planning and execution for ultimate results, Meloney is known amongst her clients and peers for a 'Thick-Skinned Approach to Change Management.' Recognized for strong values, a commitment to service, quality, and for creating order out of chaos in turnaround situations and start up initiatives, she has become a recognized community leader in the world renowned Research Triangle Park ("RTP" one of the world's largest research parks). Meloney believes every day is a learning and teaching opportunity for individuals and organizations alike. "Your Success is my success so we accept nothing less than optimal results for all involved."

"Motivation for Life, Family, and Business is Essential for Success"
"The world is waiting on you. Let us help them discover you TODAY!"


Jerri Rosen
Founder & CEO
Working Wardrobes 

In 1990 Jerri Rosen was President of J.L. Rosen & Company, blending 25+ years of marketing communications experience in developing results-oriented planned giving and development programs for nonprofit organizations.

At the same time that she started her own ad agency, Jerri and five friends found themselves disturbed by the growing statistics of domestic violence. The group set out on a mission to help. With the intention of hosting a onetime only event, they held the first ever “Day of Self-EsteemTM,” which served 67 women from six shelters. The event became the launching pad for Working Wardrobes. In 1995 the organization received official nonprofit status and in 2000 Jerri was hired on as the Executive Director. Read more...

Today, Jerri is the CEO and Founder of Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit organization that helps 5,000 men, women, veterans and young adults in crises re-enter the workforce each year with career development services and professional wardrobing. Since its conception, Working Wardrobes has served more than 65,000 clients in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties in partnership with 50 local shelters and social service agencies.

In a nod to Jerri’s entrepreneurial spirit, Working Wardrobes operates many successful social enterprises (including two upscale resale boutiques, two Thrift Shops, and a Career Center), which account for more than 53% of the organization’s budget.

For her ongoing dedication to the community, Jerri has been recognized by civic leaders, government and organizations at the national, state and community levels. As the host of the award-winning cable TV show about Working Wardrobes, Jerri continues to leverage her expertise in advertising, sales and marketing, and public relations. She is an effective and entertaining presenter and she speaks with many corporate and community groups in her ongoing effort to bring additional awareness of the Working Wardrobes mission to even more people.


Lynn Salo
VP, Sales and Marketing, Facial Aesthetics
Allergan Medical 

In the 20 years she has spent with Allergan, Lynn has enjoyed a challenging and dynamic career. She first joined Allergan in 1987 as a sales representative for the Optical Division in Canada, after being attracted by the opportunity to use her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology in the context of a competitive sales environment. Since then, her path has included numerous product launches, ten promotions, and assignments in Canada, Southern California, and the United Kingdom.

In her current role with the company, Lynn is establishing Allergan's sales and marketing presence in a new therapeutic area with high unmet need - Urologics - as the company develops a treatment portfolio that addresses the continuum of care for overactive bladder and other genitourinary disorders. Read more...

One of the things Lynn values most about working at Allergan is the company's culture. She finds it extremely rewarding to work in an environment distinguished by such a close-knit, high-performance, team-oriented ethic. The company's smaller size and unique structure offer employees a great deal of visibility and recognition. To this end, the company has experienced rapid growth over the last two years, which has afforded Lynn the satisfaction of watching many of her teammates move into leadership positions and succeed.

She is also inspired by the vision of Allergan's Executive Committee. She thinks the company's senior management has effectively positioned Allergan for sustained future growth and success. In her words: "If you want to build a career at this company, you can, and you will get out of it what you put into it."


Lucy Santana-Ornelas
Girls Inc. of Orange County

Lucy Santana is the CEO of Girls Incorporated of Orange County, the oldest girl-centered organization in the U.S., which has been transforming girls’ views of themselves and their opportunities for generations through programs that focus on leadership, academic success, health & financial self‐sufficiency.

Since 2002, Lucy has led the organization’s growth to expand program services and operations through a collaborative outreach model of program delivery that has dramatically increased its services to Orange County girls. She is responsible for the management and operations of the Orange County Chapter, overseeing a staff of 35, placing over 1,500 volunteers annually, and serving as liaison to a 20‐member Board of Directors. Read more...

Under Ms. Santana’s leadership, Girls Inc. has gone from serving 1,500 girls with a budget of $750,000 in 2001 to serving just over 5,000 girls at the Girls Inc. Youth & Family Center in Costa Mesa and through 52 offsite programs throughout Orange County with a budget of $3.1 million.

Ms. Santana has earned a number of leadership awards for civic, business and community leadership in the 20 years of service to the Orange County community for her advocacy and support of girls/women’s issues. In 2008, she was selected as one of 50 Latino graduates in celebration of the 50th anniversary at California State University, Fullerton. In 2011, Lucy was named Woman of the Year and awarded the Community Pillar Award by Assembly member Jose Solorio of California’s 69th District. In October 2012, she was honored as a “Woman of Courage, Taking a Leap” by Farmers and Merchants Bank. In April 2013, she was honored to be the recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Service award by Senator Mimi Walters of California’s 37th District and most recently in March 2014 was honored as a Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Fullerton. She actively participates and is a member of a variety of women’s leadership groups. She served on the Girls Inc. national Board of Directors from 2005‐2012 and is currently a member of the Girls Inc. National Latina Initiative Advisory Council. Ms. Santana also currently serves on the Latino Leadership Council for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino County and is Vice President of the board at Relampago Del Cielo, a folkloric dance organization. In 2013, she was selected to participate in Leadership California, a statewide program focusing on complex issues affecting California.


Elga A. Sharpe
Chief of Protocol for the Mayor of Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Elga Sharpe is Chief of Protocol for the Mayor of Los Angeles. One of Ms. Sharpe’s main duties is to serve as the liaison between the Office of the Mayor and the Los Angeles’ Consular Corps, consisting of Consulates General from 80 countries. She is highly skilled in all aspects of international communications, business relations, corporate development, translation, international marketing and related multinational business applications. Ms. Sharpe is multi-lingual in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Papiamento.



Jan Slater

Jan Slater, founder of CareerConnection.me, has been a CEO/Executive Coach, Career Coach, Trainer, and story teller for 32 years. CareerConnection.me is a new innovative approach that provides a suite of products and services focused on the creation of interactive online learning communities.

A proud graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Jan taught school for nine years before beginning her business in 1981. She loves that this new technology allows her to work with kids and adults to provide a new highly effective opportunity to learn and grow!



Joanne Sokolski
Chief of Protocol
Orange County 

Coming soon!




Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila, J.D.
Snell & Wilmer

Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila is a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in Orange County, where she practices appellate law.  Ms.Sungaila has successfully briefed and argued appeals raising cutting edge and core business issues statewide as well as nationally and internationally.

Fortune 500 companies and leading international human rights organizations have relied on Ms. Sungaila to help define the scope of the duty to warn sophisticated users of product hazards, overturn multimillion dollar judgments, limit the reach of medical monitioring claims, clarify the standards for interstate enforcement  of non-compete agreements, and secure important rights for women worldwide. Read more...


Betty Rengifo Uribe, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President
California Bank & Trust 

Betty Rengifo Uribe has recently joined California Bank & Trust as Executive Vice President, where she leads the Business and Personal Banking Division, which is comprised of branches and multiple business lending teams in San Francisco, East Bay, Sacremento, Central Valley, Greater Los Angeles, Orange County Antelope Valley and Inland Empire. CB&T is a leading business and professional bank with more than 100 branches statewide and over $10 billion in assets.

During her twenty-five year career in the Financial Service Industry, Betty has held senior level positions in Retail Banking, Business Banking and Strategic Planning.  Prior to California Bank & Trust, Betty was the Executive Vice President at Comerica Bank's Western Market Retail Division, leading the retail bank in Calfornia and Arizona. Read more...

Betty earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Business from San Diego State University. She received her Executive MBS from Pepperdine University in Finance and Strategy, and is a graduate of the Consumer Banker's Association, Graduate School Retail Bank Management at University of Virginia and a graduate of the Bankcard Management School Betty is a former small business owner, therefore she embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and strong work ethic in her work-life.


Consul Alejandra Garcia Williams
Consul of Mexico
in Santa Ana

Consul Garcia Williams is the currently serving as the Consul of Mexico in Santa Ana, California since December of 2009. Prior to this position, she acted as the Deputy Consul General in San Francisco, California, from December 2007 to November 2009 and Acting Consul General from January 2007 to November 2007.

Prior to her post in San Francisco, Consul Garcia Williams was in charge of the Office of Internal Politics, Human Rights and Legal Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in France (2000-2006). During this post, she also acted as a Delegate of the Mexican Representation before the OECD. From 1998 to 2000, Consul Garcia Williams served as the Advisor for the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs and posted at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States in the Office for Migration and Border Affairs from 1994-1997. Read more...

From 1990-1994 she was appointed Advisor of the Coordinator for Migration and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While at this position, Consul Garcia Williams assisted and coordinated projects associated with immigration, human rights and drug trafficking at national and international levels. In her different assignments, Consul Garcia Williams has participated in several international conferences as a speaker and negotiator, most notably in international forums related to human rights and immigration. Consul Garcia Williams has a Certificate in Diplomacy on International Finances and Politics from the University of Oxford, Great Britain and a BA in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. She has also been a Member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1992. Consul Garcia Williams was born in Mexico City, Mexico and currently lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter. She loves animals, speaks several languages, including Dutch, and enjoys playing several sports, in particular tennis and horseback riding.


Brenda Williams
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Brenda Williams has over twenty-five years of experience consulting, coaching and mentoring individuals and businesses in a wide range of personal and professional development. Brenda is a caring, dedicated and well-respected coach in the field of leadership development which comprises leadership of self and others. She is a world renowned public speaker sharing her message with diverse audiences.

Amongst her friends and colleagues Brenda is known as a dynamic, fun and gregarious personality always ready with an easy laugh and an encouraging word. It is her compassion and sincere desire to help others that drives her as a life coach to reach out to clients looking to make positive changes in their lives. Read more...

Brenda cultivates an environment which consists of inspiration, encouragement and motivation. Her 7 step methodology has helped her clients shift their mindsets from a thought process that consisted of “I can’t” and “I don’t know how” to a new belief system focused on “Anything is Possible”.



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