CAROL STONE, BOARD CHAIR
OWNER, STONE NONPROFIT CONSULTING GROUP
Carol Stone is owner of the Stone Nonprofit Consulting Group. Her expertise is in creating innovative solutions for nonprofit organizations to improve performance and impact. Prior to opening her own business, she served as the President and CEO of the Volunteer Center Orange County (Currently OneOC) for twenty-five years. She has served as a national consultant and trainer for Points of Light Foundation, Camp Fire, U.S.A and a broad range of local, regional and national nonprofits. She was a master teacher and curriculum designer for a variety of school districts throughout California, Texas and Libya, North Africa. She was an adjunct faculty member at California State University Long Beach, California State University Fullerton and University of California Irvine. Ms. Stone is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She holds her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco with a focus on nonprofit business management.
ISABELLE BART, SECRETARY
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CRITICAL-CARE NURSES
Isabelle Bart is marketing and communications director at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the world’s largest specialty nursing organization. In her current role, Isabelle oversees marketing, communications, creative and digital strategy efforts for AACN, which represents the interests of more than 500,000 progressive, acute and critical care nurses. Her professional experience includes more than 15 years in healthcare and medical devices, working in business planning and marketing strategy for companies such as Abbott and Advanced Medical Optics. Isabelle holds a Masters in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. She is a former triathlete and has been involved in numerous nonprofit sporting events such as Team In Training and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, EXPERIAN
Sandra A. Bernardo is a public relations manager at Experian, the nation’s largest credit bureau. She has more than 15 years of experience in communications and has earned more than 25 industry awards during her career for both general market and multicultural campaigns. Her honors include earning a Public Relations Society of America Bronze Anvil, the PR WEEK Magazine Multicultural Campaign of the Year award and being selected as “Woman of the Year in Communications” by the League of United Latin American Citizens. Sandra has served on the board of directors for the International Association of Business Communicators and MANA, A Latina Organization. Sandra is also a graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute and Orange County United Way Multi-Ethnic Leadership Institute. Her academic credentials include the Accreditation in Public Relations and a Certificate in Marketing from the University of California, Irvine. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a devoted mom to her son Lucca, bilingual in Spanish and a proud Argentine.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, BYTELAUNCH
Jhoanna is the owner and Director of Operations of Bytelaunch, a creative development and digital marketing agency in Irvine, California. Jhoanna’s knowledge includes personnel management, organizational development, and strategic planning. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Management and Human Resources. However, much of her time is dedicated towards her philanthropic passions. Jhoanna is the founder of Bytelaunch Foundation, whose mission is to promote STEM education and entrepreneurship for children and young adults. Jhoanna is also a planning committee member for Making Strides, Orange County.
VICE PRESIDENT, ENTERPRISE PMO, HYUNDAI CAPITAL AMERICA
Err Gozun is the Vice President of Enterprise PMO at Hyundai Capital America, responsible for overall project management, vendor strategy and corporate procurement, and business innovation/process excellence. Err has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources spanning various industries, including Retail, Pharmaceutical, Banking and Auto Finance, with expertise in HR program design, establishing HR operational excellence, system and HR infrastructure design and implementation, and merger & acquisition activities. He holds an Organizational Leadership degree from Azusa Pacific University and currently pursuing master’s degree in Human Resources Management at the University of Southern California.
INDEPENDENT LEGAL SERVICES PROFESSIONAL
Cathy provides freelance legal support to firms specializing in estate planning, probate, and litigation. In addition to being heavily involved in the education and enrichment of her two sons, Cathy has always been active in non-profits benefiting her children’s schools. She served as Secretary of a boosters club for her sons’ preschool as well as Treasurer of the Unit PTA for the elementary school her boys currently attend. She now aspires to broaden her non-profit reach through her position with Child Creativity Lab. Cathy is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, with a degree in Political Science, and Whittier Law School, where she received her J.D.
VICE PRESIDENT, SENIOR COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Graydon Latson is the Vice President and Senior Compliance Officer for the Trade Surveillance team at PIMCO (Pacific Investment Management Company), headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. Graydon joined PIMCO in 2007 as a compliance analyst, and was promoted in 2010 to managing a team for new global business initiatives out of the New York office, focusing primarily on equity trading. In 2014, following the successful building and development of the compliance office in New York, Graydon moved back to Orange County, where he focuses on trading and portfolio management activities, with additional responsibilities developing Talent Management within the Compliance Department. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics with a minor in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego.
SPECIAL EDUCATION ATTORNEY, SHAAR LEGAL GROUP
Cherylee (“Lee”) Shaar is a special education attorney who owns and operates Shaar Legal Group, a boutique law firm focused on representing special needs children in schools across Orange County. Lee is the founder and leader of the Mariners Church Legal Ministry, where she organizes and directs volunteer attorneys committed to providing free legal services to those without the means to pay. Lee also serves as secretary on the board of directors of Love A Community, a non-profit focused on supporting and partnering with rural communities in Uganda. Lee has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Colorado State University, and received her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.
SENIOR MANGER, FINANCE AND DATA, ALIGNMENT HEALTHCARE
Lucas D Taylor is the Senior Manager of Finance and Data at Alignment Healthcare, California's premier healthcare platform for Medicare members, and President of IndigoFingers, a financial services firm serving small and medium businesses across the state. He has over a decade of experience in business development, strategy, and investment finance having worked on Wall St. and across many parts of the healthcare industry. His non-commercial activities include having been a server at God's Kitchen homeless shelter in Corona and treasurer for his university alumni club. Lucas has a B.S. in biochemistry from UC San Diego and his MBA from Notre Dame.
REALTOR, CENTURY 21 AWARD
Heidi Twitchell started off her life as a professional television and film actress. After more than a decade in front of the camera, her focus shifted towards higher education and then to her passionate teaching career. In 2011, after ten years of teaching, she left her arts-integrated classroom and began dedicating her time to the betterment of education and the unification of community, society and the world at large- specifically through the common thread she believes is shared by most; a value for innovative thinking, creativity and the arts. Heidi spent time designing and implementing humanitarian programs seeking to unify local communities through the co-creation of collaborative, sustainable service projects. In the process, she discovered her life's purpose - serving those who need to be served. She has since developed a sincere love for her volunteer work with local charitable organizations serving the homeless, refugees, the environment, public education and more. Heidi now dedicates much of her time to helping people buy and sell homes as a REALTOR® with Century 21 Award. Her joy comes from being wife and mom, from spending time helping people find the houses which become their homes, and from being actively involved in community projects which improve lives and contribute to social change.
FINANCIAL ADVISOR, EDWARDS JONES
John (aka “Bird”) is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 Company that provides a multitude of investments and services to help individual investors and business owners reach their long-term financial goals. He earned his BA in International Relations and Diplomacy from SUNY-New Paltz, is Series 7 & 66 Licensed, and holds his California Insurance License for Life, Health and Annuities. John is often asked to speak on a variety of topics that pertain to accumulating, investing, and protecting assets and financial planning. He strives to find out what is the most important goals for his clients, provides customized, tailored solutions and builds a partnership with this clients to stay on track and make adjustments as needed. John resides in North Tustin and is active in the Tustin Chamber of Commerce (currently on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Ambassador Chairperson) and coaches his children’s teams at Tustin Western Little League and AYSO Region 96 Soccer.