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Orange County United Way Welcomes Six Visionaries To Its Board of Directors

New Members Include Philanthropic Leaders Across Business Sectors Committed to Strengthening Orange County


IRVINE, CA (May 7, 2014) – Orange County United Way today announced new additions to its Board of Directors. Elected by the incumbent Board to serve three-year terms, these business leaders bring a wealth of knowledge and talent along with a steadfast commitment to forwarding United Way’s mission and championing its FACE 2024 community-wide action plan.

Board member additions include: 

  • Nicole Carrillo Hall, Chief Financial Officer, Opus Bank, Irvine, CA
  • Antonella Alma Castro, Senior Counsel, Mobilitie, LLC, Newport Beach, CA 
  • Timothy S. Clyde, CEO, Katzkin Leather, Montebello, CA
  • Carie Monroe, Division Manager, UPS, Aliso Viejo, CA 
  • Tam Nguyen, President, Advance Beauty College, Garden Grove, CA
  • Susan B. Parks, CEO, iCount™ Wellness, Irvine, CA

Susan B. Parks is a returning Orange County United Way Board member. Parks has been a longtime supporter and advocate and she is one of the founders of United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund.

“We’re excited to have such a diverse and accomplished group of professionals joining our Board of Directors,” said Max Gardner, Orange County United Way’s President and CEO. “They bring new perspective and insights into community issues as well as valuable business expertise. We’re making great strides in achieving our ambitious goals and we know this dynamic group of individuals will help us move the needle in addressing Orange County’s toughest challenges.”

FACE 2024 is United Way’s local community-wide action plan focused on ensuring everyone has access to a quality education, a sustainable income, good health and stable housing by 2024. Already, the organization has initiated several innovative solutions to improve conditions for children and families. Targeted initiatives that United Way has kick-started include: OC Reads, which focuses on increasing grade level reading for local youth by third grade; Destination Graduation, which works to ensure students graduate high school, college and career-ready; SparkPoint OC Financial Empowerment Centers in schools, which focuses on increasing family financial stability; the Covered OC Health Collaborative, which targets education on health coverage options; Waste Not OC, a food recovery and distribution coalition; and Rapid Rehousing, which links unstably housed families with their own homes.

“Our newest Board members have demonstrated the leadership, passion and vision United Way needs to keep FACE 2024 moving forward toward its long-term goals,” said United Way Board Chair Steve Allison, partner with Irvine-based Crowell & Moring, LLP. “On behalf of the entire United Way Board of Directors, we are thrilled that these six individuals have made a commitment to us at such a pivotal time of our growth.”

Those interested in learning more about Orange County’s United Way’s new Board Members are encouraged to visit the Orange County United Way website.


Michael Suydam
21Strat 949.981.5008, mike@21strat.com

Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Orange County United Way 949.263.6176, katheriner@unitedwayoc.org


Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County. To do this, we focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County’s children, families and individuals, we help them meet their most basic human needs, including food, shelter and medical care, while at the same time creating pathways to self-sufficient futures through education and training. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our new 10-year initiative “FACE 2024” (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), United Way is mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of Orange County youth and families. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.

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