Community Advisors 2014-2015
Each year the JLOCC seeks out members of the community to serve as advisors, lending their expertise in a variety of areas to the League. Community advisors serve as consultants to the League, helping councils and committees with issues they may face that touch on their areas of expertise. This year the JLOCC was fortunate to recruit the following distinguished professionals to serve as community advisors.
Zov Karamardian is a chef, author, philanthropist, restaurant owner and businesswoman. With her family, she owns three restaurants which are located in Newport Beach, Tustin and Irvine. She is a lifelong philanthropist and is currently very involved with several local charities, including the Blind Children’s Learning Center and the James Beard Foundation. She is a also a tremendous supporter and friend to the JLOCC, and has contributed significantly to both The Christmas Company and Orange County Fare Cookbook.
Deborah Mayhew is a public relations consultant and freelance writer with a strong background in agency and corporate communications. She has developed and implemented award-winning programs for a diverse range of clients in the health care, tourism, television, arts, and retail sectors. Prior to her consulting work, she was a director in the Southern California offices of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, an international public relations firm headquartered in New York City. In addition to JLOCC, she is an Advisory Board member of The Raise Foundation and a Steering Committee member of Playhouse Women, a support group for The Laguna Playhouse.
Patricia McMaster is the Director of Community Programs for the Orange County High School of the Arts. Pat is very active with local community organizations. She serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. and Long Beach-Manta Sister Cities. Pat is the past President of the National Latina Business Women Association- Orange County. She is a member of the National Hispanic Business Women Association and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is very passionate about helping others and a strong advocate about giving back to the community (locally and in Ecuador, South America).
Daniel McQuaid has been the CEO of the OneOC, formerly the Volunteer Center Orange County, since 2005. He brought more than 25 years of leadership experience as a chief executive officer, community leader, board chairperson, organization consultant, and professional trainer. Between 2000 and 2005, Dan was retained as an independent consultant by more than 100 Southern California nonprofits, providing growth planning, evaluation and training services. For the twenty prior years he was the Executive Director of Canyon Acres Children's Services. He has been a board member of the United Way Orange County and past board chair of the largest statewide child welfare association. In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, Dan is experienced as a child, adult, and family psychotherapist.
Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias
Newly elected Vice President of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education, Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias is committed to partnering with the Junior League to help the at-risk populations we both serve. Ceci founded the Santa Ana Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.), a non-profit organization, to provide homework assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She is certified in American Sign Language and has proudly tutored deaf students in Language Arts and Math. As a social worker with the County of Orange, she has served the Santa Ana community by assisting families in crisis. As a Contract Administrator, she has administered programs that provide temporary assistance while empowering families to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. Ceci is committed to keeping violent criminals away from our children, ensuring all students are prepared for college or the workforce and ensuring every Santa Ana student learns how to read, write, and speak English. She strongly believes that communication is the key to the success of ALL of our students.