City of Hope Orange County’s Carissa Bechtloff Appointed to Greater Irvine Board of Directors

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Carissa Bechtloff, MBA, senior director of business development at City of Hope – Orange County, has been appointed to the Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors. She previously served on the Board from 2016 to 2019 and its executive committee in 2017 and 2018. She served on the Chamber’s Board Development Committee in 2017.

“I am excited to return to the Chamber Board of Directors after a year hiatus. I’m looking forward to working with this incredible group of leaders among the Board and Chamber staff, to support the economic vitality of the business community in Irvine and all of Orange County. I am truly grateful and honored to be back.”

Bechtloff has been active in the Chamber, serving on the Emerging Professionals committee. She was recognized in 2019 by the Chamber as a 40 Under 40 leader in Orange County.

“Carissa brings valuable perspectives to the Greater Irvine Chamber’s diverse Board of Directors,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber. “Her input will serve the Chamber well as she understands what makes Irvine the ideal environment for organizations in their respective fields to achieve their goals and grow. We are proud to welcome Carissa back to serve on our Board of Directors alongside other leading Orange County executives.”

In her current role, at City of Hope – Orange County, Bechtloff provides administrative leadership over the business development and physician relations activities to drive engagement and growth for the Orange County market. She has served in similar roles at Hoag, MemorialCare, and Providence Mission Hospital.

She is active with UCI’s Executive Mentoring Program and previously with UCI’s Women in Leadership mentor program. She has served on the Young Professionals Leadership Group, and the Board of Directors for the OM Foundation, which empowers children with disabilities and their families to live a life beyond limits. She recently joined the Advisory Council for the Southern CA Hospice Foundation.

She also received the President’s Leadership Award for demonstrating exemplary leadership while at Providence Mission Hospital.

Carissa earned a Bachelor’s in business administration from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from University of California, Irvine in the Healthcare Executive MBA program.

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

Carissa Bechtloff, MBA, Senior Director, Business Development, City of Hope – Orange County


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

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

Dianne Markis, General Manager, Marriott Irvine Spectrum

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

Category: Greater Irvine Chamber, Board of Directors, Leaders Circle, City of Hope, Leadership