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Orange County United Way Names Five New Board Members

Orange County United Way Names Five New Board Members

The group includes leaders in banking, aerospace and healthcare industries

Irvine, CA, April 25, 2018— Orange County United Way is proud to announce the election of five new members to its respected board of directors:

    • Michael A. Johnson, Automobile Club of Southern California
    • Nanda Kumar Cheruvatath, Eaton
    • Adey Nyamathi, University of California, Irvine
    • John E. Stratman, Jr., Kaiser Permanente
    • Keith Kobata, Wells Fargo Bank

The new members were elected at the Orange County United Way Board Meeting held on February 6   and will serve through April 2021.

“I have no doubt that the experience, leadership skills and diverse backgrounds of these dedicated individuals will help United Way to further its core mission of fighting for quality education, financial stability, good health and stable housing for all,” said Susan B. Parks, President & CEO of Orange County United Way. “We are eager to put their collective vision for our organization into practice in our communities.”

Michael A. Johnson is returning to the board after a 1-year absence and had previously served on the Board for 12 years. As the Senior Vice President, Member Services for the Automobile Club of Southern California, which operate in 21 states.  Johnson is responsible for branch offices, call center operations, roadside services, and the travel business.

As Region Bank President for Wells Fargo & Company, Keith Kobata manages 79 Wells Fargo branches with 1,200 team members and $14 billion in deposits. Kobata is active in community events and nonprofits and serves on the board of directors for the Orange County Business Council, the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo’s local Foundation Giving Council.

Nanda Kumar Cheruvatath is President, Eaton Aerospace Group at Eaton, a power management company dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment. Cheruvatath leads the high-performance teams in the US, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Cheruvatath serves on the Board of Governors, Aerospace Industry Association, Vice Chairman of Eaton JV with COMAC in Shanghai, China and a board member of College of Engineering, Wayne State University. Cheruvatath holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University in India, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Adey Nyamathi is a Distinguished Professor and the Founding Dean of the UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. Dean Nyamathi is a highly respected researcher, academician and professor. She has led teams of multidisciplinary principal investigators on more than a dozen NIH-funded grants related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis. In the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, her domestic research is centered on homeless and previously incarcerated populations while her international work is focused on women living with AIDS in rural India.

John E. Stratman, Jr. is Senior Director, Public Affairs & Brand Communications for Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan. Stratman leads the development and implementation of Kaiser Permanente’ strategic communications and public affairs programs, managing all corporate communications and external affairs activities, media relations, issues management, government relations and the community benefit grant program. He is a member of the local Senior Leadership Team responsible for operations of the Kaiser Permanente Orange County Service Area.


Nicole Morrison
Cornerstone Communications 949.200.611o,


Today’s Orange County United Way fights for the Education, Health, Housing and Financial Stability of every person in Orange County. We focus on long-term solutions to the most critical interconnected challenges facing local children and families. Through our 10-year collaborative, community-wide action plan, “FACE 2024” (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), by 2024 we will cut the high school dropout rate in half, increase the number of healthy youth by one-third, cut the percentage of homeless and housing-insecure children in half and reduce the percentage of financially unstable families by 25%. By mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, we make a long-term measurable difference in our community. UNITED4OC, we change the lives of adults and children right here in Orange County and create a brighter future for every one of us. To learn more or to join our fight, visit

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