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MOMS Orange County Welcomes New Board President James Owens

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:17:44 +0000

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Please join us in congratulating James Owens as the newly elected President of the MOMS Orange County Board of Directors.

James is an associate vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley in Santa Ana, and has served on our Board for five years. He became interested in supporting us when he was introduced to our CEO, Pam Pimentel, at a Santa Ana Rotary Club meeting. James was attracted to our mission because it seemed very noble and pure at heart. “Who can say no to a mission like that?” he laughed.

As our board president, James brings numerous skills. Using his finance background, he has a keen eye for interpreting macro-level financial data, and using that data to help the board make informed decisions which will ensure the long-term sustainability of MOMS Orange County. James is also a careful listener, and is not afraid to ask difficult questions. He is adept at relaying our story to people outside of the non-profit and health industries, and continually seeks new ways to grow the impact of our organization. James muses, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if every community could have a MOMS Orange County?”

In his free time, James enjoys both listening to Jazz and playing Jazz on his saxophone, gardening, and spending time with his two children and wife. He reputedly emphasizes what a great honor it is to serve on the board of directors of such a committed organization. We are proud to call James our new board president, and look forward to growing MOMS Orange County under his leadership.




Veteran Board Members Return to MOMS Orange County

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:53:15 +0000
After a five-year hiatus, we are privileged and honored to welcome back Ron DiLuigi and Mark Marten to the MOMS Orange County Board of Directors. Their leadership and unique expertise in the healthcare industry is especially important now as we address the many challenges and opportunities brought about by the Affordable Care Act and rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Ron DiLuigi is the Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy for St. Joseph Health in Irvine, and was a founding member of the MOMS Orange County Board of Directors in 1992. Before the creation of MOMS Orange County, Ron remembers how there was a veritable crisis in the county with a lack of OB services. “Back then, the goal was to create an entity that, even if it could not provide services itself, could at least be a linkage in the community to help women access those services” he says. Over the next 16 years, Ron was instrumental in helping MOMS Orange County become the largest community-based provider of maternal-child health coordination and education services for low-income, underserved families in Orange County.

Ron brings a diverse set of skills to the board, including a strong sense of history, a background in governance and advocacy, and an aptitude for navigating complex linkages between government and non-profits. In his spare time, Ron enjoys working out, reading, traveling (especially to Europe when he can get enough time off!), and spoiling his grandkids. Ron is most interested in helping MOMS Orange County work through the changing healthcare environment with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He also hopes to discuss and help disseminate best practices from MOMS Orange County to the wider community. He knows that his current term on the board will be an exciting one, and he is eager to tackle any challenges which arise in the future.

Mark Marten is the Chief Operating Officer for Prospect Medical in Santa Ana and first joined the board in 2001. His path to the board took a different route. He was originally a board member for the March of Dimes, and although he enjoyed his time there, he felt his talents would be better suited for an organization which had more of local focus to satisfy his passion for community health.

Mark served as board president from 2004 to 2007. Under his leadership, MOMS Orange County experienced tremendous growth in the number of families served and was able to build up the financial resources needed to purchase the organization’s first permanent location in Santa Ana.
Mark likes to say that he’s an “outside of the box” thinker. He believes that problem solvers should focus on “can” not “can’t” solutions, and tries to implement that belief in his leadership style. He knows that as an insider in the healthcare industry, his knowledge and contacts will be beneficial to the continued long-term success of MOMS Orange County.
Mark’s hobbies include spending time with his wife (a pediatric nurse), two daughters and son, watching and coaching all kinds of sports, and traveling. Moving forward, Mark would like to help focus the messaging of MOMS Orange County. He knows that the services provided are wonderful, and help create a sense of independence and empowerment for individuals who go through our programs.
Both Ron and Mark are, and will continue to be, valuable assets to MOMS Orange County, and we are tremendously excited to have their continued support as board members.




Join Us For the Holidays & Help Families In Need

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:22:53 +0000

The holidays will be here before we know it and we hope you will keep MOMS Orange County in mind as you plan your holiday giving. Here are the programs we will be offering for donors and supporters who would like to help families currently enrolled in our program.

ADOPT A FAMILY

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Our home visitors have nominated families who can benefit from your help during the holidays. We will match you with a nominated family and provide a wish-list for each family member. Gifts can be delivered to our offices between December 9 – 17th.

DIAPERS IN DECEMBER
Diaper need is real for many struggling families trying to make ends meet. Lets help keep babies comfortable, clean and dry! Individuals and groups are encouraged to coordinate diaper drives and deliver donations to MOMS Orange County to be distributed to client families.

BABY CARE KITS
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Help MOMS Orange County provide Baby Care Kits for new parents for the holidays. Baby care kits can contain any or all of the following:
Baby Clothing
6-9 Months
9-12 Months
12-24 Months
Baby Developmental Toys and Books
0-2 Years
Baby Care Kit Items
Baby Bath Wash
Baby Shampoo
Baby Diaper Cream
Baby Powder
Wash Cloths
Baby Swaddling Blankets/Towels

Please email or call Yvonne Sanders (714)352-3427 if you or your group would like to participate in any of our special holiday events.




Funniest Housewives Brought Down the House!

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:55:06 +0000

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Thank you to everyone who came out on October 5th to share a laugh with MOMS Orange County and the Funniest Housewives of Orange County to benefit healthy babies! A hilarious night of comedy with the Host/Comedienne, Cindy Burns (Anti-Aging Housewife), special guest Julie Kidd (Dysfunctional Housewife), Karen Rontowski (Past Life Housewife), Kira Soltanovich (Inappropriate Housewife and star of Girls Behaving Badly, and Jay Leno’s “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”), and Mark Schumacher (OC’s Funniest Person 2012)!

Click HERE to view photo album.




Thank You Hanna Andersson

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:36:54 +0000

We would like to thank Hanna Andersson clothing stores for their generous donation of over 900 books! The store in Fashion Island has partnered with us for four years, and donated over 700 books this year. The Mission Viejo store partnered with us for the first time this year, and donated 235 books.

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Children who are read to from a young age are much more likely to meet developmental milestones and do well in school, and these books will be passed directly to clients families in need to help build their personal libraries.




Workforce Campaigns Help Bring Awareness to MOMS Orange County

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:31:48 +0000

We are so honored to have been invited to two employee giving events in the past few weeks. The Southern California Gas Company invited us to their lunchtime charity fair on September 24th where employees participating in the Orange County Sempra Employees Giving Network could learn more about our organization.

We were also selected to be a part of a United Way giving event, held at Allergan Pharmaceuticals Headquarters in Irvine, last Friday. Over 500 employees participated, and were able to learn about the mission of MOMS Orange County. In addition, numerous employees helped assemble tie blankets (as seen in the photo) which we will distribute to families in need as cold winter months approach.

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Little Monsters 2013 Thank You Disneyland Resort

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:24:00 +0000

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The Disneyland Resort held its Little Monsters event on October 9th. Cast members and their children (in costume of course) had the park all to themselves, and were encouraged to bring new and gently used baby items to help client families enrolled in our program. A total of 18 large boxes filled with baby items was collected. A special shout out to Karlos Siqueiros, Agar Yanulaytis and Lydia Gardner (pictured receiving a donation from a “Little Monster”), from the Disney VoluntEARS Leadership Council, and Disney Ambassadors Sachiko White and Megan Navarette for lending their great positive energy to the evening!

Click HERE to view more photos.




MOMS Orange County Comedy Night

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:56:53 +0000

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Share a Laugh With Us on October 5th

You can help families have healthy babies by
purchasing a ticket to join us as we welcome
THE FUNNIEST HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY!

Fundraising Dinner and Comedy Night
to benefit MOMS Orange County
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Moreno’s Restaurant in Orange
Host/Comedienne Cindy Burns
Karen Rontawski &
Kira Soltanovich
(star of Girls Behaving Badly, and
Jay Leno’s “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”)

These Fabulous Prizes (and more) will be
auctioned and/or raffled off at the event:

A Magical Disney Experience
Four 1-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets with Premium Reserved Viewing for World of Color along with a Dooney & Bourke collectable bag, and Brighton collectable bracelet and necklace.
Valued at $950

Nirve Sports
His and Hers Co Branded Bikes
Two special edition cruisers with unique surf graphics by renowned artist, Drew Brophy.
Valued at $500

All proceeds benefit MOMS Orange County.
Tickets are $75 per person and include buffet dinner,
soft drinks and comedy show.
(no host bar is available)
Adults only please.

Please contact Yvonne Sanders (714)352-3427
for more information.




Spotlight on Kenna Little

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:47:41 +0000

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Kenna (pronounced Keena) recently joined the MOMS Orange County team as the new Chief Financial/ Operations Officer. She is responsible for finance and accounting, as well as HR and IT operations.

Kenna spent her formative years in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended college at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

In her free time, she enjoys dancing (she took 13 years of dance classes!) and running. She also enjoys experimenting with cooking, and says “If I eat a dish I enjoy at a restaurant, I will try to recreate it at home adding my own personal touches”.
Kenna previously worked at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego in a similar capacity. While she thoroughly enjoyed her work at the museum, she did not enjoy the 4 hour round trip commute from Orange County so she decided to search for jobs closer to home to reduce her travel time and spend more time with her family.

“I am thrilled to be part of an organization which has a culture of caring for it’s clients and employees” Kenna says. She also noted that she is lucky to have had jobs in the past where this culture is strongly valued and is pleased to continue to be able to serve in a nurturing environment.
Welcome Kenna!




Spotlight on: Claudia Franco

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:28:30 +0000

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Hi everyone,

My name is Claudia Franco and I am one of a four member Program Support team here at MOMS Orange County. I greet classroom attendees, answer the phone, provide general support for our education and home visitation program, handle in-kind donation intake, call clients to remind them about upcoming class appointments, and am generally the first person anyone sees when they walk into the doors of our facility. Needless to say, my job is multifaceted, and requires me to utilize many different skills.

My journey with MOMS Orange County started a few years ago when I was a client. I heard of the programs through a friend, and enrolled in the childbirth preparation classes. At the time, I was pregnant with my son, Aldo. Once I had enrolled, I quickly realized how many amazing services MOMS Orange County provides their clients, and soon after I also enrolled in the home visitation program. The support I received from the staff was fantastic. Juan Diego, Martha, and Gaby, our education team, all were extremely knowledgeable, and helped remind me to be proud of who I was as a mother. My home visitor, Mimi, was also extremely knowledgeable and compassionate, and helped provide a referral to the proper services I needed when I had postpartum depression.

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I originally started as an Enrollment Coordinator and helped spread the word of our services at WIC offices and OB clinics, but soon realized that my son Aldo needed me at home. After spending a year with him, I felt that I was ready to re-enter the workforce, and was thrilled to be able to return to MOMS Orange County and accept a new position. The staff here works tirelessly to ensure they provide a top-notch program for their clients. Aldo is now 2 years old, and extremely social. I credit a large part of his successful development to the classes and support I received here at MOMS Orange County. I know that the knowledge I gained and the support I received made me a better mother, and helped Aldo reach his developmental milestones when he was an infant.

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I look forward to meeting and speaking with many more clients, volunteers, and community members in the future, and truly feel honored to be part of such an outstanding organization.

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