Eight Women Named Greater Irvine Chamber 2021 Women of Influence

Friday, March 26, 2021

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Eight outstanding Orange County women were selected from an impressive group of finalists and honored during the Greater Irvine Chamber’s 2021 Women of Influence virtual event live-streamed on March 24.

Janeen Hill

Janeen Hill, Ph.D.

Dean, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Chapman University

Patty Juarez

Patty Juarez

National Diverse Segments Director
Wells Fargo  

Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan

Farrah N. Khan

City of Irvine

Nada Lena Nasserdeen

Nada Nasserdeen

CEO & Founder
Rise Up For You

Danni Remington Smithson

Danni Remington Smithson
Vice President & Regional Manager
Bank of Southern California

Amy von Kaenel

Amy von Kaenel

Founder & CVEO

Caitlyn Yang

Caitlyn Yang
CEO & Founder

Lynn Jochim

Lynn Jochim
Chief Operating Officer

2021 Women of Influence program cover

To read how the honorees have positively impacted their industries and
the Orange County community, view the event program booklet.



  • Bernadette Boden-Albala, M.P.H., Dr.PH.,Director & Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health, UC Irvine
  • Laura Archuleta,President & CEO, Jamboree Housing Corporation
  • Lan Belinky,GM & Co-creator, Boscia LLC
  • Anisha Bhatnagar,Student, El Sol Academy
  • Tania Bhattacharyya,Founder, Lumos Marketing
  • Arwen Widmer Bobyk,Consul, Political, Economic & Public Affairs, Consulate General of Canada
  • Lauren Brooks,Governing Board Member, Irvine Unified School District
  • Jennifer Chi,Founder & CEO, Live Good 
  • Sona Coffee,Environmental Programs Administrator, City of Irvine
  • Tammy Cooper,CEO & CFO, Technologent
  • Julie Cranston,Director, SBDC & UCI Beall Applied Innovation
  • Dr. Paula Pompa-Craven,CCO, Easterseals Southern California  
  • Hala Dabboussy,President & CEO, ActionCOACH Orange County
  • Lauren Doyle,Associate Attorney  
  • Jill Dominguez,Executive Director, Mary’s Path
  • Rhonda Ducote,President, Apriem Advisors
  • Kristle Duran,COO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast
  • Neda Eaton,President & CEO, Irvine Public Schools Foundation
  • Jill Goodwin,COO, Axis Research & Technologies
  • Marybeth Green, CCAM, CMCA, AMS, MAEd,Vice President of Education & Development, Seabreeeze Management Company, Inc.
  • Nikita Ganatra,Director & Owner,Kumon Math and Reading Center of Foothill Ranch
  • Liliana Gatrica,EVS Department, CHOC Hospital 
  • Madelynn Hirneise,CEO, Families Forward
  • Rebecca Brusuelas-James,Associate Vice Chancellor of Finance for the College of Health Sciences and Associate Dean of Administration & Finance for the School of Medicine, UC Irvine
  • Livi Kerszenbaum,Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange County United Way
  • Sheefteh Khalili,Chief of Staff for the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Health Affairs, UC Irvine  
  • Kate Klimow,CAO & Director, External Relations/ UCI Beall Applied Innovation
  • Jinny Lee, Vice President of Exploration and Strategic Marketing, Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences 
  • Sonia A. Lister, Shareholder & COO, Jackson Tidus, ALC
  • Helen Macfie, Pharm.D., FABC, Chief Transformation Officer, MemorialCare  
  • Shaista Malik, Founding Executive Director, Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute; Founding Associate Vice Chancellor, Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, UC Irvine,
  • Amy Mathieson, Executive Vice President, First Service Residential
  • Bridget Sodon Mills, Principal, Creative Vortex
  • Yari Mitchell, Chief Business Development Officer, AcuFocus
  • Martha Montoya, Founder & CEO, Agtools
  • Dr. Margaret Moodian, Tutorial Assistant Professor, Brandman University
  • Rima Nashashibi, Founder & President, Global Hope 365
  • Gina L. Osborn, President, Gina L. Osborn & Associates
  • Saachi Pavani,Portola High School Student, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Girl Advisory Member-Board of Directors  
  • Cara Raffele, Co-founder & CEO, Altalunas
  • Megan Schneider, MS, PE,Board of Directors President, division 7, Vice President, Seven Management and Consulting
  • Vikki Shepp, CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County
  • Paige Smith, Corporate Associate Attorney, Stradling Law
  • Timorei Spaulding, Co-owner, I AM Movement
  • Autumn Strier, Co-founder & CEO, Miracles for Kids
  • Lori Torres, Founder & CEO, Parcel Pending
  • Dr. Kathleen Treseder, Professor & Howard A. Schneiderman Endowed Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine; City of Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee Member  
  • Rachel Valentine, Head of Operations, Vincit
  • Lorraine Wardy, Chapter Chair, SCORE Orange County
  • Alissa Patricia Wolters, Founder & CEO, Maven

The 2021 Women of Influence event also featured a keynote presentation on emotional intelligence and self-care in the modern workplace, titled Time to Thrive, by executive coach Marsha Link, Ph.D.

Presenting sponsor for this year’s event was City of Hope. Also sponsoring the event were:

  • Bank of Southern California
  • CBE
  • Chapman University
  • Chevron
  • Cox Automotive
  • Cox Communications
  • Easterseals
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • FivePoint
  • GDR Group
  • Google Fiber 
  • Greater Newport Physicians
  • Hoag
  • Ingram Micro
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • OC Soccer Club
  • Parker Aerospace
  • SCE
  • UCI 
  • Wells Fargo
  • Zillow


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