The Board exercises its governance responsibilities supported by a committee structure that allows members to apply their skills and expertise in the areas that will ensure most effective oversight and guidance of OCCF’s activities.
Ueberroth Family Foundation
Vicki Booth joined the OCCF Board of Governors in 2008. A longtime Orange County Community Foundation donor advisor, she and her husband involve their children in philanthropic endeavors and support of local nonprofit work. Currently chair of the OCCF Board of Governors and co-chair of the fund distribution committee, she is actively involved in understanding needs facing the community and the local nonprofit sector. In addition to her work at OCCF, Vicki serves as president of the Ueberroth Family Foundation, which benefits charitable organizations focused on youth, education and cancer. She is a founding trustee and board chair of Sage Hill School, which she has served for 15 years. She has also served as chair of the Hoag Cancer Center's Founders' Committee, raising funds for critical cancer research.
Irvine Company Office Properties
Doug Holte is the President of Irvine Company Office Properties and formerly served as a West Coast regional partner with the international real estate firm Hines. Doug joined the Orange County Community Foundation Board of Governors in 2009. He served as past Board Chairman of Covenant House California, a nonprofit agency that provides shelter and support to homeless and abused youth in California. He currently serves on the advisory board for USC's Lusk Center. Doug Holte is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard Business School.
Jeffrey A. Dankberg is a Certified Public Accountant and has been a tax partner at the Costa Mesa office of Deloitte, LLP for over 30 years. An active community philanthropist, he has volunteered his time and professional expertise to the boards of several local nonprofit organizations. In 2006, he joined the Orange County Community Foundation Board of Governors, where he currently serves as Treasurer and chairs the finance committee. He has also been a 25 year volunteer for the Irvine-Calif.-based Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. His other community service experience includes serving on the boards of Girls Inc. and KOCE-TV Community Partners. Jeffrey A. Dankberg holds an MBA in accounting/finance from the Anderson School at UCLA, and an undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA.
Keith & Judy Swayne Family Foundation
Keith Swayne served as CEO of food processor Case Swayne Co. and its successor company International Food Solutions, a subsidiary of BestFoods/Unilever. Since retiring in 2000, Keith has remained active in the business sector serving on the boards for companies including Trojan Battery, Mitchell Rubber Products and Tropicale. A longtime philanthropist and volunteer, he is the co-founder of the Keith and Judith Swayne Family Foundation, which invests in programs and solutions that strengthen families in Orange County and Hawaii. He has also served on the board of local charitable organizations including the Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Keith received his bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Oregon and MBA from University of California, Berkeley.
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Tim Kay is a partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. His law practice concentrates on tax, trust and estate matters with emphasis in estate planning, trust and probate administration, estate and gift taxation and trust and estate litigation. Tim joined the OCCF Board of Governors in 2005 and is a member of the audit and investment committees. He is a member and past president of the board of directors of Boys Republic, is a member of the board of trustees and the executive committee of South Coast Repertory and is the past president of the board of the Orange Coast Estate Planning Council. Tim Kay received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco and his J.D. degree with distinction from Stanford Law School.
Michael Berchtold, CEO of Orange County-based Berchtold Capital Partners, is a corporate advisor and private investor with more than 25 years of experience in finance and investment banking. From 1987 to 2007, Berchtold worked for Morgan Stanley in a variety of investment banking roles in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. He was based in Asia from 1990 to 2006, most recently serving as Morgan Stanley’s head of Investment Banking for Asia Pacific between1999 and 2006 and President of Asia Pacific from 2002 until 2006. He currently serves on the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors and is a founding member of the school’s Center for Global Management Advisory Board. Berchtold serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in history and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management.
Brenda Drake practiced corporate law in San Francisco and Marin County for fifteen years before becoming a foundation executive with the Goldman Fund, where she developed grant-making programs focused on health, education, the arts, the elderly and the elimination of poverty. She has also served as chair of the board of EngenderHealth, an international women’s health organization, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the board of the Health Professions Education Foundation and served on the boards of Golden Gate Bank, where she chaired the compliance committee, and the Greater Bay Bancorp Foundation, among other memberships. Currently a consultant, she recently served as the court-appointed administrator of a multi-million dollar litigation settlement dedicated to reducing harmful emissions in California. She also serves as associate of the chancellor at the University of California, Irvine, a volunteer position that supports activities on the campus and in the Orange County community. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Vice Chancellor, Emeritus
University of California, Irvine
Dr. Manuel Gómez is a highly respected community leader who has over three decades of experience in the education sector. He joined the OCCF Board of Governors in 2010 after retiring from a 38-year career at the University of California, Irvine, where he most recently served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. During his tenure, Dr. Gómez founded the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships, which aims to prepare students for success in higher education. He has contributed his expertise to a number of state, national and international education initiatives. Dr. Gómez holds a Ph.D. in higher education policy and organization from the University of Southern California, a master’s in social ecology from UC Irvine and a bachelor’s in history from California State University, Hayward.
Heeschen & Associates
Paul C. Heeschen is the president and founder of Heeschen & Associates, an investment management company in Newport Beach, and chairman of the board for Diedrich Coffee. Prior to forming Heeschen & Associates, he spent nine years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He joined the Orange County Community Foundation board in 2006 and serves as chair of the board development committee. His experience also includes chairman of K & B Co and a member of the board for PC Mall. He holds a B.S. degree in business from the University of Southern California and is a certified public accountant.
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Dr. Alberto Manetta is a leading obstetrician and gynecologist and a former senior associate dean and professor at the University of California, Irvine. As a physician, he has developed innovative methods for early detection of cervical cancers among high-risk groups. He also directs the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), which prepares physicians and public health experts to meet health care needs of the Latino community. Dr. Manetta advocated for the well-being of Orange County’s Latino population as chair of the board of Latino Health Access. In his 10 years of service as senior associate dean of educational affairs at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, Dr. Manetta oversaw the education of physicians as well health and nursing professionals at UCI Medical Center.
President & CEO
Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.
Anoosheh M. Oskouian is the president and co-founder of Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc., an engineering company that provides innovative energy efficient solutions for air pollution reduction in a variety of industrial manufacturing operations. An environmental entrepreneur with a passion for philanthropy, Anoosheh serves on a number of boards dedicated to environmental solutions such as the South Coast Air Quality District and Western Region Society of Plastics Industry, as well as several nonprofit organizations including Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Anoosheh joined the OCCF Board of Governors in 2009. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado.
GPalmer & Associates
Greg Palmer is the founder and CEO of GPalmer and Associates, a consulting firm that helps businesses in the staffing sector maximize shareholder value. He formerly served as president and CEO of Remedy Temp Inc. before its sale to Select Staffing Services. With 22 years of experience, Greg has been a featured speaker at various industry conferences as well as the CEO Distinguished Speaker Series at UC Irvine. He has volunteered many years of leadership on nonprofit, university and school boards, including Taller San Jose and St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. He joined the OCCF Board of Governors in 2010. Greg Palmer holds a B.S. in economics from Morehead State University.
Center for Living Peace
Orange County philanthropist Kelly Thornton Smith is a member of the Board of Governors at the Orange County Community Foundation. She plays an active role in understanding the needs of local nonprofit agencies and serves on the board's fund distribution committee, which awards grants to nonprofit agencies addressing some of the most pressing needs in Orange County. Passionate about early childhood education and literacy, Kelly also serves as a Western Regional Advisory Board Member of Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
Susanna Vakili is a community volunteer who spent more than two decades as a management consultant for Peat Marwick (now KPMG), Oracle and Deloitte & Touche, where she was a managing partner. Her career focused on helping high-tech and manufacturing companies transform their businesses through the use of technology. She has served on the boards of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and School and the Technology Foundation for Kids. Susanna currently serves as a board member of Human Options and is the past chair of their audit committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information and computer science from University of California, Irvine and is working to complete her license as a certified marriage and family therapist.