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.
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.
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
DIAPERS IN DECEMBER
BABY CARE KITS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See more photos from the event HERE.
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!
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You can help families have healthy babies by
Fundraising Dinner and Comedy Night
These Fabulous Prizes (and more) will be
A Magical Disney Experience
All proceeds benefit MOMS Orange County.
Please contact Yvonne Sanders (714)352-3427
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”.
“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.
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.
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.
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.