Deborah (Debbie) H. Margolis is active in many charities, locally and nationally. Her many roles at Jewish Federation of Orange County include past chair of the board, and she was president of Women’s Philanthropy (WP) and currently chairs the Leadership Advisory Committee for WP. Debbie received the Woman of the Year Award from WP in Orange County in 2015 and the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the International Lion of Judah Conference in New Orleans in 2010. At the national level, Debbie served on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board of Jewish Federations of North America.
Members of Temple Bat Yahm (TBY) in Newport Beach, Debbie and her husband Jeff are active in temple life. She has held several positions on the TBY Board and was TBY's Woman of the Year in 2004. She currently chairs the TBY Legacy Committee.
Debbie grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and lived in Denver before moving to Corona del Mar, California. She and Jeff have two adult daughters and two granddaughters. She lives part time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and loves to hike, golf, and ski.
Stephen (Steve) G. Muzzy is a managing director with MF Partners, an investment group focusing on late-stage private equity and real estate investing. Steve’s passion for community involvement was sparked at an early age by both of his parents who have been involved with and supported a number of Orange County nonprofit organizations. Following in his parent’s footsteps, Steve has been involved with numerous local nonprofit organizations over the years. Steve and his wife, Cathy, live in Coto de Caza where they have developed an enthusiasm for horses. When they’re not at the barn, they enjoy watching their youngest compete in Hunter/Jumper competitions.
Kyle B. Wescoat is recently retired but continues as an advisor and board member at several companies. He spent much of his career as a financial executive in branded consumer, technology, and health care. He is the former CFO of several public and private companies, including Emulex, Vizio, Vans, Skullcandy, Cherokee, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, and the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Kyle lives in Orange County and is active in a variety of charitable activities, including Be Well OC. He was also a past member of the Board of the Orange County Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he served on the executive committee and was treasurer and chair of the audit committee. He is the founder and principal benefactor of the Scott King Memorial Scholarship Endowment and is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee, both at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Diane worked in the software industry until her retirement in 1997, when she created a private foundation focused on organizations supporting equally education, human services, the environment and the arts. She has volunteered, and held leadership positions, for a variety of philanthropies over the years and continues to be a passionate supporter of Hoag. Diane and her husband Jim are members of Hoag Innovators and have been longtime supporters of Circle 1000. Diane and Jim reside in Newport Beach and have three adult children.
Anthony (Tony) Allen is retired as founder and CEO of TAVA Development Co., a home building and real estate company. Tony is a past board member of the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County and board member emeritus of The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tony and his wife Ginger live in Corona Del Mar and have two children and four grandchildren.
Lisa Argyros is philanthropic leader in Orange County and resides with her family in Newport Beach. She serves as the vice president for the Board of the Argyros Family Foundation whose mission is to focus on children and after-school programs, education, medical, health care, hospitals, and the arts. Lisa expands her personal philanthropic outreach to help those with food insecurities, the local marine mammal center, and, more recently, an organization that saves elephants by educating and supporting people in surrounding African communities.
Lisa currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for both the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation and the local Orange County Chapter. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Chapman University, Orange County School of the Arts, USC Thornton School of Music, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, New Majority California, and serves as the Orange County chairwoman for Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s congressional campaign.
Victor A. Assad was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He attended the USC Marshall School of Business where he developed his skills for business and investing. Early in life, Victor earned his business savvy by working in the family business of Agriculture and Oil.
Never one to miss an opportunity, he got into the diet gourmet food delivery business at its inception with Freshology Inc., a multi-million-dollar business where he has enjoyed years of success. Victor’s newest venture has been as owner and CEO of Seabreeze Productions.
Although Victor has a busy professional life, he always finds time to donate a goodly portion of his profits to various worldwide charities and serves on the boards of Hoag Hospital Foundation, Brent Shapiro Foundation, and the Emerald Bay Community Association. He previously served on the boards of Planet Hope, Promises Foundation and Reach Foundation.
Victor feels very blessed in business. However, it is his family that he lists as his greatest success. Victor and his family reside in Southern California.
Philip (Phil) A. Belling is the managing principal and co-founder of LBA Realty, a full-service real estate investment and management company with a diverse portfolio of office properties. Mr. Belling is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the firm, which includes LBA investments, debt, and equity activities throughout the United States. Mr. Belling also serves on LBA’s Investment Committee. He holds a finance degree from San Diego State University and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics and is trustee of the Urban Land Institute.
Patricia (Trish) L. Berchtold has served on the Hoag Hospital Foundation’s Nursing and Women’s Health Institute Committees, as well as the Hoag Promise Campaign Steering Committee. With her husband, Mike, Trish established an endowed nursing scholarship in their name. She is a former pediatric oncology nurse, and she has worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Robert Braithwaite is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. He is the senior executive responsible for all aspects of hospital operations and quality of care, and he directs a 21-member executive leadership team. He is also responsible for a significant philanthropic effort, directing the Hoag Hospital Foundation along with a senior executive and staff. In addition, he is responsible for the provision of hospital-sponsored outreach services and is accountable for achieving community benefit goals, as determined by the Board of Directors.
From 2009 until his appointment as president and CEO in 2013, Mr. Braithwaite was chief operating officer of Hoag’s entire health care network including both campuses of Hoag Hospital. Robert also served as chief administrative officer of Hoag Hospital Irvine which opened in 2010, leading the process of developing, building, staffing and licensing both Hoag Hospital Irvine as well as Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
Mr. Braithwaite joined Hoag in 1992 as administrative resident and throughout his tenure, from 1992 to 1996 and from 1999 to present day, has served in key management positions for Hoag’s network of hospitals and community urgent care centers.
Irving currently serves as the portfolio manager for S&A Management, LLC, a privately held real estate company that owns and manages properties in 17 states. Irv has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1978 and previously held executive positions with the General Mills subsidiary Wild West Shores. Irv is dedicated to community service and currently serves multiple boards at Chapman University. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County and was previously president for both Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation. Irv has been married to Nancy Fainbarg Chase since 1977. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Whitney Gomez has twenty years of experience in investment research and fund marketing, and currently serves in both working and advisory capacities on a number of non-profit boards in education and healthcare. She was a Director in PAAMCO Prisma’s Investment Strategies Group for over ten years. Prior to joining PAAMCO, Whitney was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and spent ten years as an emerging markets strategist in the Fixed Income Department in New York. Whitney’s research was recognized by Institutional Investor, Euromoney and LatinFinance magazines, and has been broadly quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
Whitney started her career at the US Department of State in the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center and later in the Office of Newly Independent States. She undertook short-term assignments for the State Department at several American embassies and received the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award for her service.
Whitney resides in Newport Beach with her husband and three children.
Mark A. Hardtke, Sr., is region president and managing director of Wealth Advisory Services for the Orange County office of Northern Trust. With almost 40 years in the financial services industry (with Northern Trust), Mark has a deep understanding of trusts, investments, taxation, insurance, and banking. He has expertise in generational wealth transfer tactics and fiduciary responsibility. Mark is a past president of Hoag’s 552 Club and serves on Hoag’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee as well as similar committees for UCI and Chapman University. He is also a member and past president of the Orange County Estate Planning Council and the Orange County Sports Youth Foundation. Mark and his wife Cheryl live in Mission Viejo with their five children.
Betty Huang is a community-minded philanthropist who treats her service to the community with dedication, thoughtfulness, and joy. As an avid performing arts fan, Betty is especially committed to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where she is a very active board member. She has served on committees for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and the Bowers Museum. She has supported the South Coast Repertory for several years, where she is an emeritus board member. Supporting higher education is also a major passion for Betty and her husband, Dr. Shang-Li Huang. They have established scholarships at Peking University, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and Caltech. Betty was appointed president of Caltech Associates, a 2,000-member organization that supports groundbreaking scientific and engineering advancements at Caltech. She and her husband were inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame in October 2023. They also support the Shanghai Museum, USC, and Hoag. In 2020, they witnessed the importance of medical innovation during the pandemic and generously made a gift to Hoag to support a robotic catheterization suite for cardiac care.
Paul is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He is a member of the firm’s corporate practice and the Partner in Charge of the Irvine office. He is a frequent speaker on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and a lecturer and a member of the Dean’s Board of Visitors, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Paul is active in the Asian-American community and cross-border associations and is a member of the Committee of 100, an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that brings a Chinese-American perspective to issues concerning Asian-Americans and U.S.-China relations. He was selected as one of the top “20 under 40” lawyers in California by Daily Journal, California’s largest legal news provider. Paul resides in Irvine with his wife Sarah and two children.
Devon has been dedicated to philanthropy in Southern California for many years. She was born at Hoag Hospital and grew up in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Devon is a board member for New Directions for Women Foundation and a founding member of the DevTo Support Foundation, which supports the well-being of youth and families in Southern California. She and her husband Kevin Martin partnered to purchase the iconic Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach Country Club and the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Devon is an accomplished equestrian and owns and manages DK Ranch in Newport Beach. She and her husband live in Newport Beach and have three children.
Carolyn Clark McKitterick and her husband Gary live in Corona del Mar and are long time volunteers at Hoag, where their adult daughters and granddaughter were born. Carolyn currently serves on the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute Advisory Committee and Hoag Irvine/Ortho Advisory Committee. Carolyn’s other volunteer passion is the Orange County Bar Foundation - Project Youth. A freelance lawyer for Montage Legal Group, Carolyn is past president of Project Youth and has chaired Project Youth’s Higher Education Mentoring program for a number of years.
Gary Pickett is a CPA and president of M.H. Sherman Company, a commercial real estate investment firm, in addition to the Sherman Foundation, which supports the Sherman Library & Gardens. Gary is also president of Ardell Investment Company, a private real estate investment firm. For 20 years, he was president and owner of Gary Pickett & Company, which provided accounting, tax, and business consulting services. He is the former director of Global Grins, a nonprofit corporation that delivered over 1.5 million toothbrushes to disadvantaged people around the world, and was president and CEO of the SACC Scholarship Charitable Trust, which provided higher education scholarships to Santa Ana Country Club employees or their children. Gary and his wife, Nancy, reside in Laguna Beach and have two children and five grandchildren.
Recruited to Hoag in 1987, Dr. Raney is the past medical director of cardiovascular surgery at the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute. He also served as the surgical director of the Nancy and Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center and he was designated the James and Pamela Muzzy Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Raney has served as Chair of Department of Thoracic Surgery, Member of the Medical Executive Committee and Member of the Hoag Hospital Board of Directors. He recently retired from the practice of cardiovascular surgery but remains on staff at Hoag and serves on the Octane Board of Directors, an accelerator and innovation incubator for the Southern California region.
Katherine spent her early childhood in Hong Kong and Taiwan. At 17, she left Asia and came to the US to further her education. She became involved with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program at St. John Fisher Church and through this work, she became a founding member of the Office of Worship at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She also developed the RCIA program at St. Anthanasius Church in north Long Beach, CA and served on the Board of Franciscan Communications and Publishing arm of the Franciscan Order. From 2005 – 2011, Katherine served on the board of Half the Sky Foundation, an American non-profit organization that focuses on the wellbeing of children of state-run orphanages in China.
Cindy Stokke has been a member of the Hoag Hospital Board of Directors since 2013 and elected as Chair for 2023-2025. She served on the Hoag Hospital Foundation Board from 2008-2017, serving as Chair from 2015- 2017. She has served on numerous boards including the Harbor Day School Board of Trustees, served as President of Project Youth, Orange County Bar Foundation (PYOCBF), was a founding member of Orange County’s United Way “Women in Philanthropy,” and served as President of the Newport Chapter of National Charity League. She was appointed by the Juvenile Court as a Commissioner, Orange County Juvenile Justice Commission, advocating for incarcerated, institutionalized (Orangewood), and foster children for 10 years, serving as Chair for three years.
Richard H. Taketa (Rick) currently works with public and private high-growth companies, with a focus on tech-enabled service businesses. Most recently, he stepped down in late 2018 from the senior operating role at York Risk Services, Inc., where he was the President and CEO. Prior to York, Rick was a co-founder of a private equity group named Eventide Capital, a corporate securities lawyer with DLA Piper, and spent four years in Washington, D.C. working with public policy. Rick was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year in 2017 and has been a recurring guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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