About Us

Our Team

The Orangewood team of staff, board members and volunteers is second to none. The longevity of our staff is a testament to our culture and our mission. More than half of our employees have been with us for five or more years and a quarter for 10 or more years. Our Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in all segments of the community. Not to be forgotten are our volunteers who give over 5,500 hours of their time to our youth.

Orangewood Foundation Leadership Team

Annie Bach

Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

Annie has been with Orangewood Foundation since 2019. She has worked with various nonprofits such as Olive Crest and Boys Town, prior to coming to Orangewood. “I’m glad to be a part of an organization that provides high-quality care and makes a difference in the community,” she says. As a part of the Foundation, Annie helps build and maintain the quality of programs and services Orangewood Foundation offers. She has a Bachelor’s in Public Management and a Master’s in Public Administration. Outside of work, Annie enjoys playing contact sports and hanging out at home with her Great Dane. She is also a diehard Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

Sara Bazant

Director of Marketing

Sara has been Orangewood’s Director of Marketing since 2001. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in corporate marketing for over 15 years with companies including Nestle, Verizon Wireless, and Brown-Forman Beverage Company. About her job, she says, “I love working with donors, the community, and the media. But the best part of my job is telling the inspiring stories of the youth we serve in a way that will inspire the community to get involved.” Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Rick, and their two children, camping, traveling, or watching movies at home. Her stress relievers are currently tap and Irish dance classes.

Joy Corpora

Director of Human Resources

Joy joined the Orangewood team in March of 2020. Her HR career started at a local Orange County non-profit and continued in the private sector at organizations such as Fidelity National Financial, CoreLogic, Blizzard, and Ambry Genetics. She is happy to return to where her heart is, supporting at-risk youth, saying, “I believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed and we should do what we can to support them.” Joy has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from CSUF and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. She holds two senior level HR certifications: SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) and an SPHR (Senior Professional HR) from HRCI. Joy is an adjunct professor at Brandman University. She and her husband are “fur parents” to two rescue pups.

Alicia Daddio, LMFT

Director of Transition Youth Services

Alicia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been involved in the social services industry for almost 17 years. She is passionate about providing high quality services to the at-risk and foster youth population and is deeply connected to the community. She was hired as Orangewood’s Director of Transition Youth Services in May 2018. “What I love most about my job,” she says, “is getting to be a part of the youth’s journey and seeing them conquer and push through adversity and discover their greatest potential.” Outside of work, she enjoys planning her wedding, spending time with her family and friends, exercising with her dog, Bella, kickboxing, doing escape rooms, trying new food/restaurants and traveling.

Jami DeChaney Sheridan, MS

Director of Youth Connected Program

Jami joined Orangewood in 2020 to lead the Youth Connected Program. She has worked for over 20 years with children and families, primarily with teens in foster care, and in various positions including therapist, case manager and a director at three different agencies in Illinois. What Jami loves most about her job is that she gets the opportunity to create something brand new and build it to prepare youth to be supported in all areas of their lives when they exit foster care. When she isn’t working, Jami loves to listen to live music and watch sports with her husband, four kids, three dogs and one cat. Jami and her family also enjoy cruising the Caribbean for vacation (of course not during a pandemic!).

Lee Fleming

Head of School, Samueli Academy

Lee Fleming is thrilled to serve as Samueli Academy Head of School. After teaching high social studies in the classroom for seven years, Lee worked for the New Tech Network for nearly a decade, traveling to support school leaders in over 150 different schools across the country and internationally. Lee then became a principal at Bonsall High School in North County San Diego where she helped build and lead the school through the first graduating class that launched in June of 2018. Lee came to Samueli Academy in July 2018. She said, “I was moved by the mission to provide a quality education and personalized care to students who are thr

Linda Giel


Linda has been Orangewood’s Controller since 2016. Prior to the Foundation, she worked for two other non-profits in Orange County, serving the homeless. Linda loves to work for an organization that help youths reach their fullest potential, some youths have no idea how great they can be. She is inspired by the youth’s success and is proud to work with staff who does whatever it takes to make a difference. When she is not working, Linda spends time with her family and friends. Her favorite food is sushi.

Kendra Puryear

Chief Development Officer

Kendra joined Orangewood Foundation in April, 2019. Prior to working at the Foundation, she started her development career at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. Since then, Kendra worked in various nonprofits such as Orange County United Way and The Raise Foundation. She was drawn to Orangewood because of the consistent caring relationships staff develop with youth. Kendra enjoys connecting people to causes that matter to them. “I love to watch people find meaning and personal fulfillment through giving back to their community,” she says. When Kendra’s not working, she enjoys reading inspirational books, paddle boarding and seeing musicals and operas with her sisters and mom.

Anthony Saba

Executive Director

Anthony started his career in education in the classroom, teaching business and math. He was named “Rookie of the Year” his first year of teaching. His success in the classroom propelled him into administration. Prior to joining Orangewood Foundation as Head of School of Samueli Academy in 2012, he was the principal of Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, California where he created an environment where teachers can collaborate and form a common standard and curriculum for students. About working at Samueli Academy, Anthony says, “It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve the students and families of Orange County, and together we’re building something very special. Samueli Academy is a school that has produced graduates who are knowledgeable and confident.” Originally from Bakersfield, Anthony now resides in Newport Beach with his wife and two children.

Chris Simonsen

Chief Executive Officer

Chris started his professional career in various finance roles, from an accountant in a large accounting firm to CFO of Auto Club. Chris joined Orangewood in 2007 as the CFO and was promoted to CEO in 2014. He loves that the Foundation has a wide variety of programs that support youth in making improvements in their life. “Seeing a smile on a youth’s face after one of their success, no matter how large or small, it is always rewarding.” Chris loves music. He has seen his favorite band, Metallica, over 20 times.

Orangewood Foundation Board Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – 3:00 p.m.

Board of Directors

The late General William Lyon

Founding Chairman

Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, William Lyon Homes, Inc

Greg Dunlap


Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

Cindy Dillion


Mediator and Ombuds, ProblemResolved.org

Steve Keefer


Business Executive

Marissa Barth

Vice President, Fidelity National Title Company

Bob Bartholomew

Managing Principal, Windjammer Capital Investors

Stuart Bernstein

Sr. V.P., National Production Manager, Union Bank

Alan Clifton

COO, Passco Companies, LLC

Keith Duggan

President/CEO, First National Capital Corporation

David Dunn

CEO, Athletes First

Richard Dutch

Corporate Business Manager, 3M Health Care and Founding PALS Board Member

Bruce Fetter

Business Executive

Fermin Glasper

Vice President, Mapping, McCarthy Building Companies

Adam S. Horowitz

President, Horowitz Group

Daniel M. Houck II

CEO/President, Universal Asphalt Co., Inc.

Bob Istwan

President & CEO, Motive Energy, Inc.

Sandi Jackson

Community Philanthropist

Chris Jones

President & CEO, Acra Aerospace Inc.

Mitch Junkins

President & CEO, The CDM Company and Founding PALS Board Member

Kimberly Kirksey

CEO & President, Kirksey & Co.

Harry Langenberg

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Optima Tax Relief

Renee Pepys Lowe

President, RPL and Associates, LLC

Joe Lozowski

President, Tangram Interiors

Neena N. Master

Director, SoCalGas

Vic Merjanian

Founder & CEO of Titan HST, and Founder & Managing Partner, Kalfayan Merjanian, LLP

Mohit Mittal

Managing Director, PIMCO

Vikki Murphy

Vice President, Wilson Automotive Group

Ken Parker

Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Lauren Peterson

Vice President & Client Advisor, Whittier Trust

Andy Phillips

CEO, Cliq

Jeff Roos

Western Regional President, Lennar

Timothy Ryan

President, Anaheim Arena Management and COO of the Anaheim Ducks

Susan Samueli

Co-Chair of the Board and Vice President of the Samueli Foundation and Founding Chair of 44 Women for Orangewood

Sona Shah

Chief Education Officer, My Private Professor Tutoring

Rick Sherburne

Executive Vice President, CBRE

John E. Stratman

Senior Director, Public Affairs & Brand Communications, Kaiser Permanente – Orange County

John Stumpf

Business Executive, Core Logic

Kasey Suryan

President, Pacific Drive-Ins, and Senior Vice President, Lyon Living

Shannon Tarnutzer

Community Philanthropist

Kris Theiler

Vice President, Disneyland Park

Paul Tobin

Consultant & Attorney

Piero Wemyss

Business Executive

Casandra Williams

CEO and CFO, A-Tech Consulting, Inc.

Adam Koyanagi

Ex Officio

Orangewood PALS Chair

Emeritus Board

Elizabeth Amendt

Director, Citi Private Bank

Stephanie Argyros

Community Philanthropist

Bob Barth

President, Black Equities Group

Christianne D'Ambrosio

Community Philanthropist

Ron Davis

Founder, Davis Capital LLC

Doug DeCinces

President/CEO, DeCinces Properties

Tom Dobyns

CEO, Mission Community Bank

Patti Edwards

Community Philanthropist

Joel Goldhirsh

Retired business executive

John Hagestad

Managing Director, SARES-REGIS Group

William Healey

Community Philanthropist

Lisa Hughes, CPA

Attorney-at-Law, Hughes & Hughes

Casey Journigan

President, Arcadia Chair Company

Shirley Pepys

Community Philanthropist

Patricia L. Poss

President, C.W. Poss, Inc.

Thomas L. Powell

Attorney-at-Law, Law Offices of Thomas L. Powell

David Ritchie

American River Bank

Greg Scott

President, Winfield Management, LLC

Frank T. Suryan, Jr

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lyon Living

Joe Ueberroth

CEO, Bellwether Financial Group

Vikki Vargas

Orange County Bureau Chief, NBC4 Southern California

David Wilson

President and Owner, Wilson Automotive Group