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Staff Credentials

Marguerite Adams

Marguerite E. Adams currently serves as the Board Chair for HOPE Center for the Arts which has transformed the lives of intellectually disabled adults for over 40 years.  Since 2014 Marguerite has been giving back to the OC community by serving as a nonprofit volunteer and coach.  

Marguerite, a former HR Business Manager with the County of Orange, uses her expertise in organization development, conflict resolution, performance management, training and HR systems in assisting nonprofit leaders on their development journey.

Maria Arakaki

Maria Arakaki started her career as a CPA with Grant Thornton.  She subsequently went into community banking industry in Orange County, held executive management positions as Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer.

She co-founded an independent community bank in 2004, and saw it successfully merged into another bank in 2015.

After her banking career, Maria joined a small business education non-profit organization as its executive director and initiated education programs for Orange and Los Angeles counties’ low-income small business owners.  Currently she works with a local non-profit organization as a life coach and meditation facilitator.

John Benner

John Benner started his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse and held financial and general management positions with major retailers, finishing his career as Senior Vice-President Administration, Lucky Stores Division of American Stores. Since 1995 he has been a strategic planning consultant to non-profit organizations.

George Blanc

George Blanc owned and operated a gourmet French restaurant on Sunset Strip for 14 years.

He then spent 24 years managing $4.5 million of Orange Coast College’s non-academic programs including five non-profit businesses, its week-end swap meet, its performing arts events and its adult education program.

Dave Blankenhorn

Dave Blankenhorn was the President, CEO and a Director of the American Security Bank in Newport Beach, which under his leadership grew from $260 million in 2004 to $430 million in 2012.

Dave is also on the Board of Second Harvest Food Bank and the Orange County Council of Boy Scouts of America.

LaVasha Cain-Lobbins

LaVasha Cain-Lobbins has 15+ years of experience in education/training operations. She is passionate about developing and coaching talent to increase team dynamics while driving toward business outcomes.

She was a Principle Consultant at Valagent Consulting in Minneapolis and is a Business and Management  Instructor in UCI’s Continuing Education Program.

Lois Carson

Lois Carson, Executive Coach, works with leaders to bring their teams together for increased communication, effectiveness, productivity and job satisfaction!  She empowers people with the mindset, tools and talents to transform personally and professionally. 

An ICF Associate Certified Coach, Lois has been coaching over 15 years.  Previously, she was a senior leader in Product Development, for restaurant chains such as, Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr. and Godfather’s Pizza.

May Chan

May Chan was the CFO and COO of the Orange Catholic Foundation. Prior to that she was the CFO of the American Red Cross- Orange County.

In these positions, whether speaking to the Board or talking to donors and employees,  her passion for her nonprofit made her a successful fundraiser and team builder.

Renee Christensen

Renee Christensen, Ph.D., CEAP, HHP – has thirty five years’ experience in the areas of Leadership, Sales, Accounting, Organizational Development, Human Resources and Training. Her multiple degrees include a Ph.D. in Industrial Management as well as a Masters and Bachelors in Industrial Psychology.

In addition she also holds training and organizational development certifications with Franklin Covey and Teleometrics and being an Honored Professional of the National Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.

Renee has owned or managed businesses and is considered a leading expert in the arenas of organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, change management and critical incident stress debriefings. With Renee’s work experience, she is fully equipped to work with the senior ranks of an organization and the complexities of their unique responsibilities, while having a down to earth presence that gives her unique opportunities for mentorship with lower levels.

Dave Coffaro

Dave Coffaro is Principal of Strategic Advisory Consulting Group, a management consulting firm focused on helping organizations define, design and deliver their vision.

In addition to consulting, Dave’s experience includes leading financial services businesses at Wells Fargo and Bank of America, serving on non profit boards and as interim CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and teaching strategic management at California State University, Fullerton.

Victoria Collins

Victoria Collins, Ph.D, brings three decades of corporate experience and philanthropic leadership to her coaching clients. As a co-founder and managing director of First Foundation Inc. (NASDQ FFWM), a comprehensive wealth management firm managing more than $4 billion, she helped clients set goals and achieve positive results.

Named “Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year” at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day, Victoria has served on multiple non-profit boards and brings insights on leadership, fundraising, board development and marketing.

With a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, Victoria has authored or co-authored seven books on how emotions drive financial behavior. She has been interviewed on major TV shows and is quoted in multiple national publications.

Judy Combs

Judy Combs was the Executive Director of the California Academic Decathlon and consultant to other local and national Academic Decathlon organizations.

She has over twenty-five years of experience in nonprofit organizations as an Executive Director, Development Director or Marketing Director.

Ron Davis

Ron Davis has been in the automotive business throughout his career since graduating from Loyola University. Ron was owner, President and General Manager of Santa Monica Ford Lincoln and Subaru which he sold in 2019. As an active member of the Santa Monica community for many years, Ron has served on many non-profit boards including as Chairman of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Monica Red Cross, the YMCA and the Santa Monica Symphony. He has also served on the board of the Rotary Club.

As a business owner, Ron uses his organizational development, team building, general management and marketing/ digital media strategy to assist non-profit leaders in their journey for excellence.

Sam Dawson

Sam Dawson had her own public relations company for more than 25 years working primarily with nonprofit and arts organizations and is retired  from the Ahmanson Foundation. 

She has volunteered with numerous nonprofit organizations and serves on the board of Working Wardrobes and Girls Inc. of Orange County. She is a founding partner and board member of Impact Giving, a woman’s collective giving organization.

Adrianne Geiger Dumond

Adrianne Geiger DuMond was responsible for Executive Development and Succession Planning at Owens-Illinois, First Interstate Bancorp and McDonnell-Douglas. Later she started her own consulting company, the DuMond Group, and worked as adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership.

She has an MPA and a PhD in Organization Development from USC and has served on the Boards of the United Way, Family Services of Orange County, Wiseplace, and St. Jude Memorial Foundation.

Rafael Durand

Rafael Durand is an international executive coach with broad experience in coaching executives, managers and emerging leaders. Born and raised in Mexico, he combines a corporate lawyers’ mindset with an extensive international senior Human Resources experience in global multinational and non-profit organizations.

Rafael has over thirty-five years of experience working in five different countries: Mexico, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, and the United States. Rafael retired in March 2019 to establish Dxpat Consulting, his coaching and consulting business.

Andrea Espy

Andrea L. Espy, M.A.  is an Executive Leadership Coach with over 20 years of experience in Organizational and Leadership Development. She was most recently the Director of Talent Development with Vans and has held leadership roles in healthcare, sales & marketing, and senior living.

She is currently serving clients across industries, such as biotech, food, packaging, retail, and non-profit to help leaders identify their talents and strengths, specific opportunities for growth, and provide coaching and support to move the needle on their own leadership development goals. Through her appreciative and strengths-based approach she guides leaders in fulfilling their purpose.

Jim Evans

Jim Evans, after getting his Ph.D. in Executive Management from Claremont, had a thirty year career in city management.

The last 15 years were as City Manager and Executive Director of Development for Eureka and Glendora. He is currently a Senior Associate at Citygate where he specializes in municipal consulting.

Daphne Felicitas

Daphne Felicitas is currently the VP of Learning & Development at Lazy Dog Restaurants has 20 years of experience in the learning, talent and organizational development field. She’s held Talent & OD leadership positions in a range of industries including: entertainment, gaming, technology, action sports, retail, hospitality and education.

Daphne’s expertise is in helping leaders invest in their talent and potential to build capabilities required to lead their organizations and teams.

Having worked in a variety of industries, including 11 years in global companies, she understands the importance of listening, meets people where they are, helps clarify where they want to be, and prioritizes learning the unique context of their organization and culture.

Daphne is here to support leaders fulfill their organization’s purpose, amplify their values and have a meaningful impact in their community.

Mike Flores

Mike Flores. Founder and President/Head Coach of INNER CHAMPION CONSULTING, providing executive coaching and leadership training to upper level executives in the sports, corporate and non-profit sectors.

Mike has been involved in coaching, both individual and group, since graduation from UCLA, including 15 years in the university setting. He has experience coaching executive directors and directors of development for numerous non-profits. As a volunteer, he has sat on over 15 non-profit Boards including serving a Chairman of the Board.

Mike is a graduate of CTI, Coaches Training International, and has completed his hours for certification as an Executive Coach. Mike is fully bi-lingual (English – Spanish).

John Gordon

John Gordon is a retired bank Chief Financial Officer with over 30 years experience helping managers develop a strategic approach to the financial, operational, and human resources management of Orange County regional banks.

John has worked closely with bank boards to develop achievable objectives helping to navigate performance through turbulent economic cycles, mergers and acquisitions, and increased regulatory oversight.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a seasoned nonprofit executive having spent over 15 years in the not-for-profit sector.

Graduating from New York University with a master’s in nonprofit management, Amanda has worked across North America in fundraising, executive management and consulting.

Her specialties are strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, case writing, board development and executive management.

Karen Haren

Karen Haren was the CEO of Harvesters Community Food Network. She has a track record of success in mission driven strategic planning and performance management, leadership development and succession planning, fund raising and community engagement, board development, capacity building and organizational effectiveness.

Frank Hathaway


Frank Hathaway was a Senior Supply Chain Executive in consumer products and biotech at Genentech and Amgen, and was as a Vice-President at Avery Dennison, Unilever and Nestle. He is currently a board member and secretary at South County Outreach, and served of the board of the One World’s Children’s Fund.

Frank is Board President of Waste Not OC.

Monica Horner

Monica Horner was the Director of Strategic Giving at the Second Harvest Food Bank where she personally solicited all major gift donors ($5K+) and worked with Board Members, the CEO and her Development team to fundraise over $5 Million annually plus raised $8.5 Million for a Capital Campaign.

Monica has over 13 years of experience as a professional fundraiser.

Shaheen Husain

Shaheen Husain  is the Principal at Accelerating Impact, a practice focused on fundraising strategies for nonprofits. She is creating impact in Orange County with her involvement in Girls Inc., United Way, Working Wardrobes, and OneOC.

Shaheen’s career began in banking and shifted to architecture, then higher education, and nonprofits. Her personal and professional experiences have driven her to focus her efforts on education, income, and social responsibility, both on an individual and corporate level. Shaheen was born in Khartoum, Sudan and was educated on four continents before high school!

Heidi Kasevich

Heidi Kasevich, PhD, is the founder of Kase Leadership Method, where she is a Quiet Empowerment Educator and Coach.

A national keynote speaker, she works with schools and companies to foster inclusive environments where introverts can thrive.

Heidi has served as Educational Director at Quiet Revolution, and History Chair and Leadership Program Designer at several schools and universities in New York City.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly spent 35 years in the insurance industry in various management and executive positions. After retirement he was a management consultant to the health industry, advising CEOs and management teams on operational issues, corporate governance and board related matters. For the past 25 years, Patrick has served on various company boards and numerous not-for-profit boards, serving on the Orange County Red Cross board, chair of the board and member of the finance committee, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange CA., member of the board, mission regional hospital, board member of Access Orange County, a not-for-profit providing surgical care for the underserved community in Orange County.

Patrick has a B.S. degree in business administration and finance from the University of Southern California.

Michael Kogutek

Michael Kogutek received an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He retired after 33 years in private practice specializing among other areas in executive and life coaching. He worked with Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and taught part time for the Human Services Department at CSU-Fullerton.

Moty Koppes

Moty Koppes is an Executive Master Certified Coach and a Professional Mentor Coach. As a psychologist, counselor and coach for the last twenty years, she brings the wisdom, life experience, and proven processes to move individuals and leaders to higher stages of personal and professional awareness and effectiveness.

Danny Lanz

Danny Lanz has been coaching for ECofOC since 2019. Danny brings 20 years of progressive leadership experience including multiple senior executive roles in Aerospace and Biotechnology. Having successfully tackled a broad range of operations, engineering, sales, and technology challenges, Danny believes that the greatest assets of any organization are its people.

He has a proven track record of driving unprecedented business results by hiring and developing amazingly talented individuals.

Danny founded A&B Solutions in 2018 to deliver transformational operational improvements in the manufacturing industry. A&B grew quickly, and by 2020 the company evolved to include E8 Engineering to deliver technology assisted “boots on the ground” solutions to supply chain challenges in quality-critical industries.

He is also a certified Executive Coach through Allen Training Centers.

Danny holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Cal State Long Beach and an MBA from Webster University.

Joanne Larson

Joanne Larson is currently a management consultant and Executive Coach, and has completed the 60 hours of coursework  required for The Associate Certified Coach credential from ICF. From 2001 to 2013 she was Director of Client Services at Larson Retirement Planning Services. Prior to that, she was Director of Operations at Employee Support Systems Co. in Orange, CA.

Nicole Leier

Nicole Leier, SPHR-CA, is the Principal & Sr. HR Consultant for Mindful HR Consulting & Coaching. She graduated from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Resources, and earned a SPHR-CA, (Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification, with an additional specialty certification in California Employment Law). Nicole spent 25 years in Hospitality Human Resources Leadership roles in Corporate America as an HR Director and Area Director across the county. Her passion is guiding and developing others to be their best, and to bring out the best in their teams.

Over the course of her established career, Nicole has spent copious amounts of time in both union and non-union environments, and is well versed in acquisitions, divestitures, and business transitions, to match seamlessly with her extensive familiarity in opening high end properties.

She now works with business owners in all industries, helping them establish their HR infrastructures and providing Leadership Coaching to owners and Managers on how to create an environment where individuals and their businesses can thrive.

Joel Mascitelli

Joel Mascitelli was the Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of Ultramar Inc., which was a $1.5 billion, 2000 person petroleum refining and marketing operation of Ultramar Corp., a NYSE traded company in the Fortune 200. 

Joel has served as Chairman of ECofOC and is a member of the ECofOC Board of Directors and the current Treasurer.

Barry Menzel

Barry Menzel is the managing director of Training Funding Source that obtains $4-5M of California Training Funds for clients to help their employees improve their efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. Prior to that, he was the Human Resources Director at Valero Energy and VP of Human Resources at International Paper.

Rachel Mohr

Rachel Mohr. For Rachel, life is about learning, growing and progressing. She is passionate about pursuing these and loves helping others seeking to do the same. Her mission is helping others bring their goals of growth, improvement and excellence to fruition with ease in a positive way that truly sticks long-term for them.

Rachel is an experienced executive coach, life transformation coach, speaker, facilitator and trainer. She is an internationally credentialed and certified professional coach who holds an ICF (ACC) credential, a coaching certification from one of the top ranked coaching academies in the world and degrees in both Psychology and Spanish. Rachel’s career paths have included being the #1 nationally ranked high-performing senior sales executive for a pharmaceutical company multiple times where she also worked on the marketing team for two of the products, founding and running two companies, teaching, training, speaking, coaching for individuals and organizations as well as being the CEO of Mohr Enterprises where she gets to be a wife and mother to two little ones who keep her on her toes.

Rachel has a demonstrated history of teaching others, improving personal and team performance and guiding others to excellence. As a personal excellence and success coach, Rachel loves helping empower achievement-oriented individuals struggling with feeling stuck whether in their career, in relationships or personally to finally break free, gain the traction needed and get the forward momentum they crave to produce massive results and live the fulfilling and intentional lives they’re meant to live for themselves and those they love.

Tara Norton

Tara Norton has over 25 years’ experience as a Sr. Executive Coach, Career Coach, Leadership and Organization Development professional. She has partnered with global Fortune 100 internal and external clients such as Cisco Systems, Walt Disney World, PepsiCo, Gateway, Hard Rock Café, and Warner Brothers to successfully accelerate individuals, teams and organizations to achieve their goals and increase overall effectiveness. She is an insightful coach who works with individuals who are looking to achieve a greater degree of professional and/or personal leadership success by enhancing their leadership style, communication skills, interpersonal savvy, executive presence, and/or career development.

Tara is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, holds a Master’s degree of Human Resource Management, member/past board member of ECofOC for the last 15 years, an instructor for UC San Diego, and is certified in 9 assessments and leadership programs.

David Riley

David Riley was the Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency where he was instrumental in improving the indigent health care system in the county. David possesses in-depth administrative experience in finance and budget, board relations, human resources, and legal compliance.

Jerri Rosen

Jerri Rosen  is a marketing/advertising veteran with both agency and client experience. She headed her own agency with a specialty in creative planned giving and development campaigns for the nonprofit sector.

In 1990, Jerri founded Working Wardrobes, and for 31 years “has been driving the bus” as she grew revenue from $200 in the first year to $7.5 million in 2020.

Martha Ryan

Martha Ryan  has over 30 years experience as a proven leader in Information Technology.

She has served on various non profit boards as Chair Fund Development and Board Chair. Her expertise in personal coaching includes leadership development, fund development, board development and marketing.

She is on the ECofOC Board of Directors, Marketing Committee and Leadership Committee and served as President for 2 years.

Joe Schoeningh

Joe Schoeningh joined the Second Harvest Food Bank as a volunteer coordinator in 1995 (after a 35 year career in the office products industry), and became the Executive Director in 2003. As the ED, Joe spearheaded a capital campaign of $8.5 million to renovate a 126,000 sq. ft. warehouse office facility for the nonprofit.

John Seelinger


John Seelinger was the Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer of New Jersey’s largest state bank. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking for an east coast regional bank. John was also a trustee of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund which awarded scholarships to inner city youth.

Mary Sidhom

Mary Sidhom has over 17 years of experience in the management consultancy and coaching field, focusing on organizational excellence & leadership management. Mary focuses on effective strategic planning and transformational change management roadmaps. She has helped businesses build world class organizations by developing innovative business strategies, while cultivating partnerships and stakeholder management across the organization.

She has worked in the fields of Financial Services, Telecommunication, Information Technology, Insurance, Automobile, Retail, Engineering and Government sectors. She hold an MBA degree and PMP certification.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been the president of GrowthSource Coaching since 2011. They focus on three primary areas that drive growth and sustainability: mindset coaching, management consulting and marketing strategies. Their process is well suited to organizations with stagnant or declining growth and executives who need to improve their staff’s performance.

Ernest Stambouly

Ernest Stambouly did product development in the aerospace and defense industries. He then worked as a business consultant on incubating, launching and managing change in small technology companies. Ernest also has ten years experience in coaching corporate teams in professional development and in using social media to promote his business.

Jason Stern

Jason Stern is a business advisor- executive/leadership coach at Gift of Time which helps executives navigate critical decisions so that they can thrive rather than just survive.

Prior to that he was President of Xceliware, a system integration company focused on the supply chain and specifically on the warehouse’s management system.

Daniel Stetson

Daniel Stetson is the Executive Director of The Nicholas Endowment which supports the performing and visual arts and assists in the advancement of science and education. Previously, he was President  and CEO of the $9M Ocean Institute which under his leadership won the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in Maritime Education.

Valerie Strauch

Valerie Strauch is the Chief Operating Officer of BrightCoach, a group of Executive Coaches, Life Coaches and support personnel. Previously, Valerie had a 25 year career in the property management industry where she rose to becoming a regional vice-president of Merit Property Management.

Showleh Tolbert

Showleh Tolbert is the Principal of Success Coach, LLC, a coaching and training company specializing in helping people identify and achieve their personal and professional goals by getting rid of the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and stress.

Showleh is a certified master coach and trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy® and instructor of Hypnotherapy with over thirty years of experience in corporate and nonprofit organizations as COO, Executive Director, Development Director and Marketing Consultant. 

Larry Tucker

Larry Tucker  had a 25 year career with Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting firm, as one of its principal owners, as a consultant, as a manager, and as a coach to executives. In the last decade, Larry has coached several nonprofit leaders, founded ECofOC’s Executive Director Forum program and facilitated dozens of nonprofit board strategy sessions.

David Wild

David Wild had a 30 year career in sales and marketing for the #1 toymaker Hasbro, selling leading brands such as Star Wars, Play-Doh, Disney, Marvel, Monopoly and Sesame Street. He worked with design and marketing teams to launch new products and create strategic brand presentations that sell.

David volunteers as a mentor to small business owners with the nonprofit SCORE Orange County.  His keen focus relates to sales, marketing and community engagement. He is a frequent mentor for the CSUF Entrepreneurship student-consultancy program.

Angie Wisdom

Angie Wisdom has 25+ years of finance, marketing, and tactical business experience. She coaches from a place of understanding, having built a thriving investment firm herself. As a Professional Certified Coach with the ICF, Angie shows you how to add the most important ingredients to your life to reach success in all you do.

Angie is the professional coach behind the scenes for many of the most successful people you know. Sharing the exhilaration of victory and extraordinary achievement is Angie’s driving force. Her profound belief and personal experience that you can accomplish what you desire and truly love your life is fundamental to the remarkable results her clients achieve – and that belief is the gateway to your success.

Joan Wise

Joan Wise is an ICF credential coach since 2015, working with families and couples to discover positive communication and conflict resolution skills. She has also worked in the field of domestic violence prevention for over 14 years, as a Batterer’s Intervention Specialist and Parenting Facilitator. She designed the Families ‘R Forever Program to develop the healthy co-parenting skills that children of separation and divorce deserve.

From 2011-2016 Joan was on staff at the Life Coach Institute, an ICF certified training program. In 2017 she co-founder of the Benoit-Wise School of Coaching to continue to advance ICF standards of coaching.