Greater Irvine Chamber 2021-2022 Board Slate Includes Three New Members and Incoming Chair

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

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The Greater Irvine Chamber installed its new 2021-2022 Board of Directors during a July meeting held at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum, kicking off the fiscal year term.

The new slate includes incoming Board Chair Carlos Oregon, president/CEO of Thinkbox Technology Group, who is assuming the gavel following outgoing Chair Jeff Davis, vice president, Entitlement, Irvine Company.

Three executives from Orange County organizations have been appointed to the board:

Wendy Aid, Director of sales, Cox Business
With more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Wendy Aid is a results-driven leader with the proven ability to develop and lead sales teams to exceed market goals and increase operational efficiencies. She has held multiple positions at Cox Business since 2006. Prior to Cox, Aid was a manager for eight years at XO Communication, prior to it being absorbed by Verizon.

Dr. Janeen Hill, Dean of Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University Rinker Health Science Campus
Dr. Janeen Hill has been credited with defining and developing the health care focus at the University. Dr. Hill founded Chapman research centers, including the Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health, the Brain Institute, and the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy, which assists socioeconomically challenged Orange County residents with mental health and family-related services. Her nationally recognized research has been funded by the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. Dr. Hill recently received a $1 million undergraduate Education Grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Robert Santana, CEO, Girls & Boys Club of Central Orange Coast
As CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, Robert Santana has driven expansion of the organization and raised nearly $60M to serve approximately 9,000 Orange County youth and teens. He developed several initiatives such as Coding, Robotics, Entrepreneurship, Early Literacy Intervention, and College Bound. He serves on several advisory boards including Cal State Fullerton Center for Leadership, Chapman University Attallah School of Education, OneOC, Samueli Academy, & the Institute for Community Impact. Santana enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in the 15th Security Forces Unit at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. He holds degrees in criminal justice, justice administration, child & adolescent development, and a Master’s in business administration.

“Each of these executives brings a valuable perspective to the Greater Irvine Chamber’s diverse Board of Directors,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber. “Their input will serve the Chamber well as they understand what makes Irvine the ideal environment for organizations in their respective fields to achieve their goals and grow. We are proud to welcome this group to serve on our Board of Directors alongside other leading Orange County executives.”

2021-2022 Board of Directors Executive Committee:

Carlos Oregon – Chair
President/CEO, Thinkbox Technology Group

Paul Simonds – Vice Chair
Vice President, Curt Pringle & Associates

Diane Blake – Committee Chair, Hotel Improvement District
General Manager, Sonesta Irvine

Kate Klimow – Member at Large
Chief Administrative Officer & Director of External Relations, UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Kelley Lee – Committee Chair, Government Affairs
Government Relations Manager, Local Public Affairs, SoCalEdison

Brian Montes - Committee Chair, Economic Vitality Council
Founder, Scaleocity Works

Eric Morgan – Member at Large
Vice President, Community Affairs, FivePoint

Barry Rodolff – General Counsel
President, The Rodolff Law Firm, APC

Scott Schultz – Treasurer
Financial Services Professional, Axiom Financial and Insurance Solutions


2021-2022 Board of Directors Members:

Vivian Atkinson, Owner, Express Employment Professionals

Mayssa Attar, Vice President, Non-Clinical Pharmacology, Allergan, an AbbVie company

Andrew Bernstein, Shareholder, Jackson Tidus

Massis Chahbazian, President and CEO, The Printery

Susan DeGrassi, VP, Administration & Cause, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing

Barry Draskovich, PMP, Vice President, Program and Contract Management, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace

Rachel D. Lee, Head of Local and Finance Partnerships, Google

Jeff Garner, President of Business Relations, Orange County Soccer Club

Janeen Hill, Dean, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University Rinker Health Science Campus

Ville Houttu, CEO, VINCIT

Dov Lazarus, Shareholder, HBLA Certified Public Accountants, Inc.

Dianne Markis, General Manager, Marriott Irvine Spectrum

Nisha Morris, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, City of Hope Orange Coast

Scott Norton, Director Strategic Partnerships, Hoag Health

Lanae O’ShieldsPublic Affairs Manager, SoCal Gas

Tania Peña, Chief Brand Officer, OmniPrint International, Inc.

Robert Santana, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange County

Lisa Thomas, Principal / CEO, Main Street Marketing Partners


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