Here are the credentials of the executives who donate their time to ECofOC in order to coach and mentor nonprofit managers in Orange County.
Marguerite E. Adams was the HR Business Manager at County of Orange Human Resource Services, which provides HR support services for over 17,000 county employees. She has expertise in organization development, performance management and HR systems. Marguerite was also the Interim Chairperson, Board of Directors at Hope Center for the Arts.
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 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 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.
Greta Boye is a professional and personal development coach and an international economic development consultant. As a coach, clients come to her mainly with issues related to their businesses and careers. As a consultant, she leads and supports project teams to improve the lives of others in developing countries. Often Greta blends coaching and consulting for clients who want both services. ECofOC clients have told her that this “consultative coaching” skill along with her international work and life experiences have been very helpful.
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 Minniapolis and is a Business and Management Instructor in UCI’s Continuing Education Program.
Lois Carson worked at Taco Bell as a Senior Manager, Product Development. She then became an Internal Corporate Coach, providing coaching to employees, while being responsible for ingredient cost savings and product improvements. In 2009, she started her own coaching firm. Lois is an Associate Certified Coach.
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.
Bob Chester was the General Manager of Climatee, a $90M commercial building contracting company. He previously held General Manager Positions at Carrier, Siemens and Honeywell. His recognized skills include creating and motivating strong teams, developing shared visions and strategies, and developing individuals to meet strategic goals.
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, Ph.D. was a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of First Foundation Inc., a wealth management and banking firm now listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Victoria served on multiple nonprofit Boards and was named “Outstanding Philanthropist” by National Philanthropy Day.
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.
Bob Cryer worked for Procter & Gamble for 34 years managing departments that provided consulting services to P&G’s financial, sales, marketing and product development divisions. In 1994, he founded an Investment Advisory firm that built its assets under management to $60 million. In 2002, he founded ECofOC.
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 was responsible for Executive Development and Succession Planning at Owens-Illinois, First Interstate Bancorp and McDonnell-Douglas. She has a Ph.D. in Organization Development from USC and has served on the Boards of the United Way, Family Services of Orange County and Wiseplace.
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.
Erik Hansen was the Senior Vice President of LNR Property Corporation where he managed the acquisition of retail, industrial, office and land development projects in Southern Ca, including the El Toro Marine Base. He was a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served on various charitable and church boards.
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 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.
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.
Richard Kaufman had a 50 year career with a Credit Management Association where he managed insolvency cases, published bulletins, was an asset liquidation agent and auctioneer, served as secretary to creditor committees and was the President and Chief Operating Officer for the last 21 years of his career.
Patrick Kelly had a variety of management assignments in the insurance industry from 1961 to 1979. He then became a partner in a start-up insurance company that grew to 30 offices and $1 billion in annual revenues. In 1995, he sold his interest in that company and became the CEO of an insurance brokerage firm.
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 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.
Namita Kutty is a Gallup certified Strengths Finder Executive Coach with over 14 years of experience in the field of Organization Development & HR. Namita has been in HR leadership positions with companies like Target & Deutsche Bank. In her last assignment, she was heading Human resources for Odessa, a FinTech product company.
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.
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. After leaving Ultramar, Joel became an oil industry investor and Board member.
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.
Robin Noah was the Executive VP of Human Resources of a commercial insurance company. Prior to that, she managed field and staff operations for Pacific Telephone for 30 years. Robin is a certified mediator and has an independent consulting company specializing in management and personal growth systems.
Tara Norton has over 18 years of experience as a senior organization development, talent management, business development, and human resources professional. Tara is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and has a Masters in Human Resource Management.
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.
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 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 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.
Diane Shank was the Chief Operating officer of the Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. She has expertise in finance, HR, technology, construction, and the analysis, planning and leadership skills needed to build organizations that are mission driven and financially sound.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Martha Szufnarowski was the founder, CEO and head coach of TriLaVie Triathion and Running, Orange County’s largest triathlon team. More than 5000 atheletes have joined TriLaVie for training, clinics, events and race preparation. Martha is now a business development consultant for startups and fast growth companies.
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 had a 30 year career in sales and market for the #1 toymaker Hasbro, selling leading brands such as Star Wars, Play-Doh, GI Joe, Monopoly and Sesame Street. He has worked with design and marketing teams to develop business plans to introduce new products and created strategic brand presentations that sell.
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.