Status Update: Jobs fair is Dec. 5; longtime Mazda VP Jay Amestoy dies

Orange County Register

By Staff Report

November 27, 2017



Guy Navarro has been named vice president of operations at Parentis Health Senior Care of Laguna Hills. The facility provides a range of services including home care, home health, hospice and residential care. Navarro’s previous health and human services experience includes serving as executive director of the Stroke Foundation. He’s also the founder of Mission Monetizer, a resource for nonprofits that includes grant writing expertise.

Glenn Carniello and Rachel Rico have joined HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors in Tustin as partners. Carniello will serve as a partner in the firm’s business assurance services department and construction practice. Rico will serve in the firm’s business assurance services department.

On board

Anaheim Resort Transportation has elected four new directors to its board. They will serve for two years. Newly elected board members include Ian Gee, Sheraton Park Anaheim; Bhavesh “Bo” Patel, Anaheim Marriott; Jeffrey Runsten, Hilton Anaheim; Dan Lee with the city of Anaheim; and Brian Sanders with the Angels baseball team. ART provides public transportation services through a franchise agreement with Anaheim.

Err Gozun, a vice president with Hyundai Capital America has joined the board at Child Creativity Lab, a nonprofit that fosters children to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration.


Good works

The fifth annual Carousel of Possible Dreams by Festival of Children Foundation of Costa Mesa has raised $217,757 to fund 12 Orange County children’s charities. The participating charities this year include: Assistance League of Santa Ana, Changing Face of Beauty, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Family Support Network, Girls Inc. of Orange County, HOBY California, Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, Orange County School of the Arts, Seneca Family of Agencies, Talk About Curing Autism, and Western Youth Services.

Brea-based 85°C Bakery Cafe has teamed up with Food Finders, a regional food bank and food rescue program, to give back to those in need. The bakery, which began working with Food Finders in early 2017 to test the program, contributes leftover product to children and seniors.

The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund held its 24th annual celebration dinner at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The fundraiser supports its scholarship program for Hispanic youth in Orange County, and recognizes exceptional individuals who positively impact the lives and education of Hispanic students. This year, HEEF awarded 106 scholarships totaling $194,000 for college-bound students.

The event, held at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, offered zip lines, wall climbing and water fun to promote exercise and better health.



The YMCA of Orange County has received a $25,000 grant from LA84 Foundation for its Santa Ana Family YMCA Youth Sports programs, which serves approximately 1,250 youth annually with soccer, swim and drowning prevention classes.

In passing Jay Amestoy, a San Clemente resident and the former vice president of Public and Government Relations at Mazda North American Operations, died Nov. 16. The Irvine-based division of Mazda said Amestoy was undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic at the time of his death. During his tenure at Mazda, Amestoy oversaw all public relations, government affairs, internal and external communications and national shows and events. He joined the company in 1991 and retired in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Erica, a sister and a brother.


Coming up

Hire Live will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 5 at DoubleTree Santa Ana, 201 East MacArthur Blvd. Parking is $5. Participants should bring resumes and dress in professional attire.


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