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2013 Coastal Gala

Charity Elliott
Charity Elliott is the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Loyola Marymount University and has served as a collegiate basketball coach for many years. During her time on the court she has not only lead her teams to many victories, she has helped young women grow and develop into athletes and leaders. Charity’s integrity, hard work, and service make her an example to the women she coaches and to her community. She has been honored for her excellence as an athlete and recognized for her dedication as a coach. Off the court, Charity gives her time to several programs including the Adopt a Grandmother program, food banks, youth clinics, elementary school reading programs, and veteran’s hospital. Charity’s commitment to influencing young women and helping them to become all they can be makes her an angel on earth to many.
Kellie Perez-Tuchowski
Kellie Perez-Tuchowski is the Senior Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC). For the past 8 years, Kellie’s passion has been focused on helping families find the necessary programs, services and resources for their loved one with Down syndrome and to help ensure their child can grow up healthy and confident, able to reach their full potential. She has also created an awareness project, “Community Corner”, to help create more awareness about Down syndrome, and the value that individuals with Down syndrome bring to their families and communities. Kellie’s commitment and dedication are tireless as she works to raise money for programs, facilitates events, and promotes greater participation. Her leadership example began long before her tenure at DSAOC. She worked for many years in the hospitality industry managing training programs for those individuals with obstacles to employment. Her life-long commitment to helping those who struggle to find a place, become active, employed, and fulfilled individuals is truly commendable.
Shannon Garrison
Shannon Garrison is a fourth grade teacher at Solano Avenue Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In her 16 years of teaching, she has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students and her fellow teachers. Her unwavering dedication has led her to hold many leadership positions. She has been instrumental in helping teachers to improve instruction and helping students get the support they need. Shannon was honored as a 2010 Lowell Milken Center Fellow for her contributions to education. She was also chosen by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In all she does, Shannon has her students’ best interest at heart as she works to prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for success. She is an exemplary leader, a compassionate educator, and an inspiring angel on earth.
Doreen Matsumoto
Doreen Matsumoto has dedicated much of her life to supporting others in need. She has put on and supported fundraisers for many worthy foundations, projects, and causes including the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Orange County Senior Center, One Breath Foundation, Wounded Warriors, and Patriot and Paws. She has been able to help children, families, groups, centers, the elderly, Veterans, and animals, but her passion is to bring a better quality of life to children. She has been instrumental in putting on an annual fundraiser for Totally Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Loma Linda, providing supplies, donations, and volunteers for medically fragile and technology dependent children. Her devotion to children is also evident in her work with the MORE Project, which helps children and families with shelter, medical and dental aid, education, and job training. Doreen is also the founder of Women in Networking and is a Nutrition Coach in partnership with Venice Nutrition and Mark Macdonald. Doreen’s untiring devotion to improving quality of life for families and children goes above and beyond.
Kelley White
Kelley White is the Founder and Executive Director of Coastal Mountain Youth Academy (CMYA). The mission of CMYA is to provide an educational and therapeutic program for adolescents that have not been successful in the traditional setting. CMYA provides a safe environment in which students dealing with addiction, truancy, abuse, harassment, and self-harm can learn to find solutions, focus on success, and transition back into high school or into life beyond high school. Kelley also teams with other organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, Bethany’s Gait, San Juan Capistrano Habitat for Humanity in order to expand her programming or to create a partnership that is mutually beneficial. Kelley is committed to meeting the needs of students in Orange County and is also a Project GLAD Trainer. She trains teachers in the strategies and models that promote English language acquisition, academic achievement, and cross-cultural skills. Kelley goes above and beyond in her effort to make sure that all of Orange County’s students have the opportunity to succeed.
Dr. Katherine Bihr
Dr. Katherine Bihr is the Vice President of Programs and Education for the Tiger Woods Foundation and Earl Woods Scholarship Program. The Tiger Woods Learning Center provides resources and support for underserved students. It is a safe environment where students can rise to the expectation that they will graduate high school and go on to college. The Learning Center also works with other non-profits, public schools, after-school programs, and community-based organizations to better serve students. Under Kathy’s passionate leadership, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program has served students who would not otherwise have the resources to explore careers or prepare for college. Students have access to admissions counseling, college scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops. Kathy’s dedication to improving education goes beyond the Learning Center. She has advocated for educational change on the local and national level and has participated in a collaborative effort of business, non-profit, and educational leaders to provide health resources for people in Anaheim. Kathy’s passion and drive are focused, effective, and go above and beyond.
Dr. Jay Calvert
Dr. Jay Calvert is the co-founder of the Surgical Friends Foundation, which reaches out to those with physical deformities, in the U.S. and abroad. The Surgical Friends Foundation provides free reconstructive surgery and post-operative care to young adults living with physical deformities. They develop partnerships to help patients who live with difficult and life-threatening deformities and do not have access to medical treatment. His genuine concern ensures that all patients receive the best care. Jay is also the founder and director of the Rox Center, founder of MDinsider.com, and the founder of Jay Calvert, MD Professional Corporation. In all he does in these organizations, he strives to create a more responsive and progressive surgical experience in which patients are sure to get the best care. His example and drive has brought together like-minded physicians who demand excellence of themselves and each other. In addition, Jay is involved in community service through the Orange County Tocqueville Society of the United Way devoting time, talent, and funds to help tackle the communities’ most serious issues. He is also on the board of the Children of War Foundation. Dr. Calvert’s devotion is evident in his willingness to lend a hand, his kindness, and genuine concern for others.
Camino Health Center Auxiliary
The Camino Health Center Auxiliary (CHCA), founded by Gaye Birchter, provides over 110,000 patient visits per year to those in the community who cannot afford private health insurance or do not have access to care due to lack of health benefits through employment or due to personal and/or life challenges. The Camino Health Center provides many services including a medical clinic, which offers comprehensive primary, acute and chronic care; a pediatric dental clinic, which provides affordable, quality dental care for children 19 and under; a mobile medical unit, which provides health care services for families without transportation or other access to care; a diabetes van which provides screening and education for those most at risk for diabetes; and includes the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programwhich provides nutritional support to pregnant women and children under 5 years of age. Their fundraisers include a Fashion Show at South Coast Plaza that rivals fashion shows seen in New York, and a Ladies Golf Classic. The dedication and commitment of each of CHCA’s members ensures that many in Orange County will receive the comprehensive health care they need. Accepting the award on the Auxiliary’s behalf are the founder, Gaye Birchter and President, Ericka Waidley.
Homefront America
Homefront America provides year-round programs for military families, with focus on meeting the emotional, physical, and social needs of the children. Programs include scholarships, back-to-school “Pack for Success,” holiday programs at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, “Project Hugs” to welcome home the troops, iCarePackages for deploying service members, and more. It is Homefront’s mission to honor and hold dear those who willingly defend our freedoms, and to serve their families – especially the children – by providing quality, caring, and meaningful assistance in their times of need. Over 100 volunteers generously give their time, energy, and money to support the programs, to listen with care and compassion, to inspire others to honor those in service to the country, and to say “Thank you.” Accepting the award on behalf of Homefront America are the co-founders: Arthur Hasselbrink and Mamie Yong Maywhort. Arthur is a WWII and Korean War Seabee, former LAPD Officer, retired Builder/General Contractor, former President of the Orange County Navy League and former President of the Wilshire Police Community Council. Mamie is the spouse of a former Coast Guardsman, a businesswoman, and former Rotarian, Chapman University Alumni Board Member, former Treasurer of the Orange County Employer Advisory Council and the Wilshire Police Community Council. Both are dedicated to continuing and expanding Homefront America’s programs and honoring those in service to the country.
Colleen Lohrman
Colleen Lohrman is the CEO of Epicuren Discovery. The line of skin care offered by Epicuren is pure and natural. Colleen’s professional experience gave her firsthand knowledge about business integrity and the art of customer service. Using her background, combined with her passion for essential oils, aromatherapy, and holistic health, Colleen became the driving force behind a successful corporation. She and Robert Heiman strive to create skin care products that enhance customer health and well-being. Colleen’s natural leadership and generosity have created a company culture that has improved the lives of its employees. Colleen continues to grow the corporation, while always working to protect the planet and naturally improve the health of her customers. She is an angel on earth to many and those touched by her enthusiasm and generosity have been blessed.
Tony Diltz
Toni Diltz is being honored for her continued selfless service throughout her lifetime. She has devoted her time and energy to many organizations and her tireless energy ensures a job well done. One of her biggest projects is with the Fullerton Union High School Choral Booster Club. Her involvement has brought positive changes and her tremendous leadership has benefitted many choral music students. She has raised funds, travelled with students, and improved the program greatly. Toni is also involved with the National Charity League, a mother/daughter organization involved in philanthropic activities all over Orange County. She has also worked with the Women’s Transitional Living Center, tutoring children. Toni’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are inspiring to all she meets.
City National Bank
City National Bank invests in the communities where it does business, contributing millions in support of charities, civic programs, and organizations that contribute to the success and well-being of the communities. Through many programs, volunteer hours, and donations, the bank is making a difference. City National encourages and supports colleagues’ involvement in the community and even helps each to find the opportunity that interests them. Accepting the award on behalf of City National Bank is Carolyn Rodriguez for her involvement in the program Reading is the Way Up. The vision of this program is for all children to discover the joy of reading and experience a lifelong love of books. Carolyn has been instrumental in establishing this program and guiding it to assist school libraries and increase literacy. City National Bank continually works to make communities stronger and goes above and beyond in that effort.