Coastal Gala Honorees

To find out more on each honoree, click on their photo to read their bio.

Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation - 2022

Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation - 2022

Bill Bracken, Bracken’s Kitchen - 2022

Bill Bracken, Bracken’s Kitchen - 2022

Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes - 2022

Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes - 2022

Claude Tellis - 2022

Claude Tellis - 2022

Hannah Karanick, Hannah’s Helping Hands - 2022

Hannah Karanick, Hannah’s Helping Hands - 2022

Keith Rattay - 2022

Keith Rattay - 2022

Dr. Douglas Deming - 2022

Dr. Douglas Deming - 2022

Reginald Grant - 2022

Reginald Grant - 2022

  • Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation - 2022
  • Bill Bracken, Bracken’s Kitchen - 2022
  • Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes - 2022
  • Claude Tellis - 2022
  • Hannah Karanick, Hannah’s Helping Hands - 2022
  • Keith Rattay - 2022
  • Dr. Douglas Deming - 2022
  • Reginald Grant - 2022
  • Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation - 2022

    Since 2008, Steve has served as Executive Director and President for the Wyland Foundation. The Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects, and community events. Founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Foundation inspires people everywhere to discover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways. Programs like the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge, Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, National Art Challenge, and countless community events are leading the way to inspire millions of people to become creative, positive, and solution-oriented stewards of our marine resources. Steve is the co-author of “Hold Your Water: 68 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue,” a fresh look at the importance of water in our communities and throughout the world. A former environmental newspaper reporter and advertising executive, Steve has overseen the strategic growth of the Wyland Foundation through partnerships and alliances, ranging from the U.S EPA, US Forest Service, and White House Council on Environmental Quality, to media relationships with CBS2/KCAL in Southern California, American Public Television and Discovery Channel's Animal Planet Network. He is the project architect for the Wyland Foundation's signature programs and has overseen international art projects on behalf of Wyland for the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is currently working on efforts through the foundation to engage today's leaders and future leaders to create water resilient communities.
  • Bill Bracken, Bracken’s Kitchen - 2022

    Bracken’s Kitchen is a non-profit organization based in Orange County California. Founded in 2013, their mission is simple: through food rescue, culinary training and a community feeding program they are committed to rescuing, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives. Food holds tremendous power in every life and sharing a meal breaks down barriers. More than 300,000 people in Orange County are food insecure, many of them working poor or seniors on fixed incomes. They are often unsure of where their next meal is coming from and nutritious food is often hard to come by. Job insecurity and education have become larger problems as everyone contends with the consequences of the pandemic. Bracken’s Kitchen has found three solutions to these problems. Their Culinary Training Program provides training, work experience, and the opportunity for at-risk youth and young adults to work alongside professional chefs to learn essential skills for a career in food service. It is tied into their food truck feeding program, rescued food programs, and “Catering For A Cause” program. The Food Truck Program serves high quality and nutritious meals to clients in a fun and upbeat environment. It provides tables and chairs, music, and a robust and varied menu from a clean and attractive truck to help deliver meals with dignity. Finally, the rescued food program is to rescue leftover cuisine and turn it into healthy and nutritious meals for those who need it most. Bill began this endeavor after a successful career at some of the best hotels in Orange County and after watching friends, neighbors, and his own family experience difficult times joblessness, and food insecurity. He felt called to feed people, and his spirit of service has created a beacon of hope!
  • Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes - 2022

    In 1990, Jerri Rosen was President of J.L. Rosen & Company, blending 25+ years of marketing communications experience in developing results-oriented planned giving and development programs for nonprofit organizations. Jerri and five friends found themselves disturbed by the growing statistics of domestic violence. The group set out on a mission to help. With the intention of hosting a onetime only event, they held the first ever “Day of Self-Esteem™,” which served 67 women from six shelters. The event became the launching pad for Working Wardrobes. The organization that Jerri founded helps over 5,000 men, women, veterans and young adults each year re-enter the workforce with career development services and professional wardrobing. In 2012, the work expanded with the addition of VetNet, a safety net for veterans, who are offered full wraparound services to transition into the civilian workforce. Now, in its 31st year, Working Wardrobes has served nearly 115,000 clients in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties in partnership with 50 local shelters and social service agencies. Working Wardrobes operates many successful social enterprises including four resale shops, an active wardrobing center and powerful career development workshops in the community. The organization added virtual workshops in 2020 and has effectively readied job seekers across the county with great tips and techniques so they are job ready. Jerri’s entrepreneurial spirit and giving heart have helped to create a network to support thousands of people. She is an angel to all she serves!
  • Claude Tellis - 2022

    In 2002, Claude and long-time friend Kareem Cook moved to Los Angeles and immediately recognized the child obesity crisis and decided it was time to do something. They founded Healthy Body Products, a healthy vending machine company with the mission of providing healthier options to public schools. Within a year, they co-led a movement that resulted in a ban on junk food in the Los Angeles public schools. Within two years, they were awarded the contract for every public high school and middle school in Los Angeles. From there, they sought to make an even bigger impact on diet-related illness and obesity. The question that bothered them most was “Why do people who need quality products have the least access to them?” They developed a business plan to prevent illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension in vulnerable populations. This led them to develop Naturade, a premium level natural products company distributed primarily in natural food and product stores. They now distribute their product not only in premium health food stores, but in local health food, drug stores and supermarkets that sell to the underserved, undereducated and low-income communities that are often ignored. They also teamed up with John Lewis to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein powder. Their passion to spread health and wellness among underserved communities has impacted many people across the country. Claude has gone Above and Beyond to create hope and well-being in those who need it most!
  • Hannah Karanick, Hannah’s Helping Hands - 2022

    Hannah Karanick started Hannah’s Helping Hands as a solution to a problem she saw in elementary school. Of all her elementary school memories, she can recall one in particular that still brings up unpleasant feelings: A boy in the second grade who was getting teased by other students for wearing the same clothes day in and day out. Hannah has used that experience to do good. She created a special closet in her former elementary school where students in need can find items like backpacks, hygiene kits, laundry supplies - and most importantly? A little bit of confidence and joy. Hannah has had 12 foster brothers and sisters and has seen firsthand the impact that was made when children had their basic needs met and some new items of their own. She was inspired to make a difference by helping students in her school by providing new items for kids who were bullied or teased for not having them. Hannah’s Helpful Hands keeps space in several schools to store hygiene bags, laundry bags, backpacks, shirts, jackets, quilts, and other items. Students can get items they need without being embarrassed about receiving help. This seemingly small gesture makes a huge difference in making someone’s day better, growing confidence and acceptance, and creating a generation of givers. Earlier this year, Hannah was awarded the Youth Hero Award for American Red Cross Southern California Region. We are honored to make Hannah the first recipient of the Coastal Above and Beyond Youth Award for Excellence!
  • Keith Rattay - 2022

    Keith Rattay is a licensed California Landscape Architect and has been an employee of the City of Mission Viejo for over 27 years. He currently serves as the Assistant City Manager and as the city’s Landscape Architect. Prior to joining the City of Mission Viejo, Keith worked for a large Engineering and Landscape Architecture firm and designed several parks, streets and public facilities around southern California. Some of the more notable projects include the street medians and landscape surrounding the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda California, Frank Sinatra, Country Club, Gerald Ford and Bob Hope Street Landscapes in the City of Rancho Mirage and the Beckman Laser Lab at University of California in Irvine. Locally in Mission Viejo Keith was responsible for the design of the Oso Creek Trail, several parks and streetscapes and the World Cup Soccer Center. Most recently Keith completed the rehabilitation of the Oso Creek Golf Course and the Marguerite Aquatics Complex home to the world renowned Nadadores Swim and Dive Club and home training ground for many US Olympic Athletes. Keith has always had a passion for infusing art into public spaces. He has dedicated significant time creating community-based public art. The most notable in Mission Viejo is the drive-able art gallery along Crown Valley Parkway and art work along the Oso Creek Trail. Under Keith’s direction, the community has created over thirty public art pieces placed throughout Mission Viejo. Many of the pieces involved thousands of residents helping to create and assemble the exhibits. Community-based art has fostered significant community participation creating an enduring sense of community in the City of Mission Viejo.
  • Dr. Douglas Deming - 2022

    Douglas Deming, MD has shown passionate commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and service throughout the course of his 35-year career. Dr. Deming is a pillar of neonatal and perinatal medicine at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. He has served in many roles, including Neonatology Fellowship Program Director, Director of the Neonatal-Pediatric ECMO Program, Medical Director of Neonatal Respiratory Care, and Chief of the Division of Neonatology. He serves to bring the tiniest of lives safely into the world and give them a healthy start. Dr. Deming is actively involved in neonatal research. His findings have been published in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. He is also an outstanding educator and well-respected mentor for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. He has a unique ability to combine the roles of challenging and supporting each student as they grow and mature in their training. Dr. Deming is a highly sought-after lecturer as well, sharing his great wealth of medical knowledge. He has also made many missionary trips to China, helping communities in need of improving neonatal management. He is revered in the Children’s Hospital at Zhejiang University as a mentor, educator, and friend. He has gone above and beyond by teaching techniques, sharing protocols, reviewing cases, and giving equipment, resources, and innumerable lectures to their neonatal teams. Dr. Deming has shown unwavering commitment to the children, students, and staff at LLU Children’s Hospital. He consistently shows the highest level of rigor, quality, and trustworthiness-truly an angel on Earth!
  • Reginald Grant - 2022

    Reginald Grant brings much to the table in the way of dynamic keynote addresses, workshops, and work with youth on developing and implementing "A Winners Mindset." He is a Business Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, and Author. He is a serial entrepreneur, former English teacher, and professional football athlete. He has a passion to empower and inspire individuals to be successful because he has been helped and inspired during his journey. With the understanding that success is defined differently for all of us, he works with schools, organizations, and on special projects that empower people with the tools for success. A former NFL (New York Jets) and CFL player, he also finds time to serve on several boards of national organizations working with youth. A former high school and middle school English teacher (17 years) he has worked on statewide assessment development and curriculum for the State of California. He currently consults with companies in a variety of industries from apparel manufacturers like the Retired NFL Players Congress to tech industry innovators. He is also considered a leading expert on Reaching and Teaching African American and other urban youth. He is the CEO of eSportsInstruction.com "eSports Business Accelerator" and partner in A Family of Authors and Grant Language Academy. A Family of Authors promotes literacy and helps authors publish and market books. The Grant Language Academy provides university tours for international students and families, summer ESL programs, workshops for urban youth on academic skill development, and summer author programs. Reginald’s commitment to helping youth find success is truly commendable!
  • Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation - 2022
  • Bill Bracken, Bracken’s Kitchen - 2022
  • Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes - 2022
  • Claude Tellis - 2022
  • Hannah Karanick, Hannah’s Helping Hands - 2022
  • Keith Rattay - 2022
  • Dr. Douglas Deming - 2022
  • Reginald Grant - 2022