Celebrating its 125th anniversary, North Orange County Chamber (NOCC) installed its 2020-2021 Board of Directors at a virtual Installation and Annual Membership Meeting on June 11. Jennifer Fitzgerald, Mayor, City of Fullerton, introduced the executive committee and board of directors and officiated the ceremony.
The event featured keynote speaker Garry O. Ridge, Chairman and CEO of WD-40 and co-author of Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.” His presentation entitled “It’s All About the People” focused on the importance of having learning moments, honing leadership skills and promoting positive culture in the workplace.
Cherry Li-Bugg of North Orange County Community College District, incoming chair of the NOCC board, recognized the organization’s accomplishments and laid out her plans for the upcoming year. Joining Li-Bugg as officers for the coming year are April Barnes, Speech and Language Development Center, Chair Elect; Josee Minero, AtWork Personnel Services, Vice Chair; Jim Ripley, RAI Wealth Management, Vice Chair, Finance; and Michael Williams of Williams Insurance, Past Chair. Dr. Sueling Chen, Arborland Education Center, will also serve on the executive committee as Member at Large.
Those joining the board for the first time include Jessica Fernandez of Southern California Edison, Andrea Reyes of American First Credit Union, and Danielle Thomas of Professional Search Group. Returning to the board is Emily Grant of Southern California Gas Company.
Jessica Fernandez, Government Relations Manager for the largest subsidiary of Edison International, served as a senior policy advisor in Congress, a senior advisor at a public affairs firm, and a senior director at a statewide children’s organization before joining the utility. She brings over 14 years of experience working on political campaigns, policy, and external affairs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Andrea Reyes, Account Executive, Business Development, has over 25 years of credit union industry experience. She has implemented an award-winning Financial Wellness program, facilitated workshops for nearly 1,000 teens, and received a Volunteer of the Year Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park.
Danielle Thomas, Associate Director, focuses on both contract and direct hire opportunities in Accounting, Finance, Administration, Operations, Marketing and Sales. With more than 12 years of experience working in staffing, she launched Professional Search Group (PSG) Orange County in June 2019.
Emily Grant, Public Affairs Manager, supports 11 cities in North and West Orange County coordinating company partnerships with city and community leaders. She is a current board member of the Anaheim Family YMCA, Tustin Community Foundation, OC Forum, and serves on the Caterina’s Club, Anaheim Fire Chief's Business, and Chrysalis’ Orange County Advisory Committees.
Other members of the Board of Directors who will be continuing service include Tami Bui of Cal State Fullerton, Alex Burrola of FSB Public Affairs, Kerri Clark of Rowntree Gardens, Dru Ann Copping of St. Jude Medical Center, Stan S. Kwak of Voit Real Estate Services, Javier Solis of Holiday Inn Buena Park and Katie Wanamaker of M&D Properties/The Source.
NOCC thanked outgoing board members Christopher DeCaro of Kneadle, Helen Eligio of Farmers & Merchants Bank, Kevin Pendergraft of Credit Union of Southern California and Kelley Lee of Southern California Edison.