Four Members of the Orange County Business Community Join the Laura’s House Board of Directors

Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

Executives from Allergan, Bank of America, Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, and Hittelman Law Group commit to becoming advocates for Laura’s House and its efforts to “end the silence” of domestic violence

LADERA RANCH, Calif., July 2, 2013Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe place in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, is pleased to announce the expansion of its board of directors to include four new members from the Orange County business community.

Joining the board are Linda Lewis, Allergan Practice Consulting Group for Allergan, Inc.; Eric Chamberlain, Associate General Counsel, Senior Vice President and lead lawyer for the Consumer Banking Services division of Bank of America; Laverne Friedmann, President, Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Inc.; and, Kerri Strunk, Partner with Hittelman Law Group and Adjunct Professor for the UCI School of Law.

“We are pleased to welcome Linda, Eric, Laverne and Kerri to our board of directors, and delighted that they have committed to helping Laura’s House fulfill its mission to end the silence of domestic violence here in Orange County,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “In joining our board of directors, they are becoming part of an energetic and talented group of individuals, who each in their own right have proven to be steadfast in their efforts to build greater awareness of our organization within the broader business community.”

About the New Board Members

Linda Lewis is a management consultant with the Allergan Practice Consulting Group of Allergan, Inc., where she consults with dermatology and plastic surgery practices in the areas of cosmetic practice development, financial analysis, practice valuations, human resource issues, internal and external marketing, leadership training and team building, sales training, and compensation. Linda has more than 24 years of sales, marketing, and management experience, and joined Allergan in 1999, serving as vice president of strategic communications for Pacific Communications, Allergan’s internal advertising agency. Prior to joining Allergan, she held positions with a variety of health care companies, including The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Eisenhower Medical Center, and Baxter Healthcare. Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, with a minor in public relations, from the University of Southern California.

 

Eric Chamberlain is Associate General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Bank of America.  In his role, Eric leads legal and regulatory support and serves as general counsel for the bank’s Consumer Banking Services division, which advises and serves more than 50 million customers and clients, and manages customer service contact centers, consumer product delivery and operations, and consumer and business lending, among other services.  Eric also serves as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of various entities involved in the sale and/or servicing of consumer and commercial insurance products.  Prior to joining Bank of America in 2006, Eric served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Esurance Inc., a nationwide provider of auto, home and other consumer insurance products. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He has been a speaker and has published articles on insurance and intellectual property issues, clerked for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and in his free time (which is limited now as Eric and his wife Kathy recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Ashlynne Grace!), Eric enjoys playing hockey, guitar and (attempting to play) golf.

 

Laverne Friedmann is President of Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services, Southern California’s leading privately held insurance firm. A fighter with tenacity, strength and stamina that belie her years, Laverne ascended from homemaker to trailblazer in a realm once dominated by men, taking positions at Allstate, Marsh & McLennan and elsewhere before founding Friedmann & Friedmann Insurance Services.  In 2012, Friedmann & Friedmann was nominated by the Orange County Business Journal as the best family-owned business.  Her clients, family and employees know her as an abiding presence with a firm, reassuring hand; quick-witted and quick to lend personal attention laced with wisdom won by three-plus decades in the insurance business. Laverne is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers & Agents of the West, Women President’s Organization, and was voted Woman Of The Year in 2011 by the Orange County Association of Health Underwriters. She is also active in her industry, the local Newport Beach business community, and in her commitment to ending domestic violence through her passionate involvement with Laura’s House. When she’s at home, Laverne is playing Nintendo Wii® with her 10 grandkids, and she also wields a wicked air guitar.

 

Kerri Strunk is one of the founding partners of Hittelman Law Group, along with Steven G. Hittelman. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University, and earned her J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. After practicing one year in public interest as a special education attorney on behalf of parents and their special needs children, Kerri dedicated herself to the practice of family law. She has extensive experience in representing litigants with complex family law issues, and in 2010 became a Certified Family Law Specialist. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at the UCI School of Law, teaching in the Family Violence Clinic and working with certified law students as a supervising attorney, representing clients at domestic violence hearings. Kerri is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, a member of the Orange County Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and actively takes part in Mommy Esquire within the Orange County Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys playing competitive league soccer, including competing in the 2009 World Masters Tournament in Sydney, Australia.

Comprised of 19 members of the Orange County Business Community, the 2013 Board of Directors is led by Wayne Pinnell, Managing Partner with Haskell & White, LLP.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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Laura’s House Gets a “Helping Hand” During Deloitte IMPACT Day 2013

Posted on Monday, June 24th 2013

On Friday, June 7, 20 employees from Deloitte’s Orange County practice gathered at the Laura’s House Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing facility to complete small repair and beautification projects

LADERA RANCH, Calif., June 24, 2013Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe place in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, is pleased to announce that it was a beneficiary of the 2013 Deloitte IMPACT Day, held on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Deloitte IMPACT is a celebration of Deloitte’s longstanding commitment to its communities, where its 50,000+ people nationwide make nonprofits their top clients for the day by setting aside their work and contributing their time and talent. This year, approximately one third of IMPACT Day projects call upon the professional skills of Deloitte’s people through events that address a range of social issues. These events are designed to help nonprofit leaders address business and organizational challenges, help students succeed from high school to college, help veterans transition from military to civilian life and enhance leadership development for nonprofit executives.

“At Deloitte, we pride ourselves on providing high-value quality services to our clients and the capital markets, and we apply this same approach to service within our communities. As we’ve seen lately, when the private and public sectors collaborate, we can make a real and lasting impact,” said Joe Echevarria, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP. “Our annual IMPACT Day is just one way our commitment to service extends beyond business and into the community. At its core, IMPACT Day is about making our communities, and our country stronger.”

As part of the 2013 Deloitte IMPACT Day project for Laura’s House, 20 employees from Deloitte’s Orange County practice helped Laura’s House with a number of small repair and beautification projects. At the Emergency Shelter, shelving was installed in the Children’s Center closet and in the alternative meal cabinet; door stops were installed behind each bedroom door; floors were deep cleaned; drywall and locks were repaired; paint was touched up; toilet paper holders and towel racks were replaced; and new pillows for the living room couch were donated and installed.

At the Laura’s House Transitional Housing facility, Deloitte employees installed privacy covering on the shower windows; painted the back fence, and a light blue accent in the therapeutic room; completed gardening and landscaping projects including trimming trees and large bushes, weeding and trimming shrubs and grasses; removed a broken dresser and lamps, and donated and installed a new dresser and three lamps; assembled a children’s play kitchen; fixed door locks and a smoke alarm; and donated a new BBQ and hauled the old one away.

“Community involvement is good for business and great for the community.  When businesses strengthen their role as corporate citizens, they can produce tangible results for the community, which then creates a positive corporate culture and pride among their employees – all good for business,” said Frank Friedman, chief financial officer, Deloitte LLP.

“Laura’s House is grateful to Deloitte Orange County employees for including us in Deloitte IMPACT Day again this year,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “Deloitte is a shining example of how businesses here in our community can accelerate social change by tapping into the skills and innovative thinking of their people. We would like to thank them for the time and talent they contributed to Laura’s House in 2013, and for shining a light on the important work of local nonprofit organizations, through this annual event.”

More information on the programs and services offered by Laura’s House is available at www.laurashouse.org.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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Laura’s House Raises More Than $26,000 as Part of the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary’s 3rd Annual “Dancing For A Cause” Event

Posted on Thursday, May 30th 2013

Board member Sandy Jacobson and partner Ryan Crutcher of South Coast Dancesport won the competition with “East Coast, West Coast Swing with a little country mixed in”

LADERA RANCH, Calif., May 30, 2013Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, today announced that it raised more than $26,000 as part of the 3rd Annual “Dancing For A Cause,” an event sponsored by the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary, that was held on Friday, May 17 at Casino San Clemente.

Representing Laura’s House in the 3rd Annual “Dancing For A Cause” was Board Member Sandy Jacobson, who competed with Ryan Crutcher of South Coast Dancesport, winning the coveted “Top Dancer” trophy for “East Coast, West Coast Swing with a little country mixed in.”

To prepare for the event, Sandy and Ryan practiced their dance routine, which was choreographed to Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl Shake It For Me,” for months leading up to the competition. That evening, they received a standing ovation from a crowd of more than 200 “Dancing For A Cause” attendees, following the number. Sandy’s classic country style costume was purchased from the Laura’s House Resale Store in Lake Forest, which supports the mission of Laura’s House by providing much needed revenue from the sale of gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, books, paintings and collectibles.

“I had a fabulous time, and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in this year’s ‘Dancing For A Cause’ on behalf of Laura’s House,” said Jacobson. “I am especially grateful to all of my friends, colleagues and fellow board members Rick Lutzky, Matt West, Kurt Ross, Helen Timpe and Casey Wolin, who supported me in this endeavor through financial sponsorships, and to Laura’s House board members Wayne Pinnell, Jennifer Boyer, Linda Lewis and Helen Timpe, who came out that evening to cheer us on!”

 

Jacobson has served on the Laura’s House Board of Directors since 2011.  She is a partner in Orange County office of law firm Allen Matkins, and her practice involves all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development and leasing of office, industrial, multi-family and retail properties across the United States. Jacobson also has extensive experience in representing sellers and buyers in complex and portfolio projects involving industrial and office properties.

“We would like to thank Sandy for competing in this event on behalf of Laura’s House,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “She is a shining example to our clients that if you have faith in your abilities, as well as courage and determination, you can succeed wherever your heart desires.”

In addition to the dance competition, the 3rd annual “Dancing For A Cause” event also featured a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Other beneficiaries for the 3rd Annual “Dancing For A Cause” event include San Clemente Kiwanis; San Clemente Rotary; San Clemente Sunrise Rotary; and, San Clemente High School Cheer.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

 

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Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC Help Laura’s House “Shine a Light” on Domestic Violence

Posted on Friday, May 17th 2013

On Wednesday, April 24, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company sales associates and their clients gathered at AnQi By Crustacean for a luncheon and fashion show presented by Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, and featuring Laura’s House the designated charity partner

LADERA RANCH, Calif., May 17, 2013Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families effected by abuse, is pleased to have been selected as the designated charity partner for a luncheon hosted by Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, on Wednesday, April 24 at AnQi by Crustacean at South Coast Plaza.

The luncheon drew more than 100 attendees, most of whom were women, and included The Ritz-Carlton sales associates and their clients from the travel services, meeting and event planning industries in Orange County. During the event, guests dined on a selection of AnQi’s lighter luncheon fare including a Duet of Chicken Meatball with Sweet and Spicy Kochujang and Shrimp Ocean Roll with Zucchini, Eggplant, Wakame and Quinzoa; a choice of Tuna Tataki Salad with English Cucumber, Bean Sprout and “Matsuhisu Style” Dressing or Roasted Chicken Salad with Five Spiced Game Hen, Cashew, Black Radish and Coconut Dressing; and, a Duet of Mixed Fruit and Jasmine Sorbet for dessert. Guests also enjoyed a fashion show featuring designs from Hugo by Hugo Boss, Robert Graham, Maje, Karen Millen, Reiss, Sandro and Elie Tahari.

During the event, Laura’s House was recognized for its efforts to “end the silence” of domestic violence. Former Laura’s House board chair and long-time supporter, Laura Khouri, presented attendees with an overview of the shelter, counseling, education and community outreach services provided by Laura’s House to the local community.

“We are delighted to partner with Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza and Laura’s House in ‘shining a light’ on domestic violence,” said Karen Sheldon, Corporate Director of Global Sales Organization, West Coast for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Domestic violence is an issue that effects 1 in 4 women, yet it still remains one that many people are afraid to talk about. Through this luncheon, we are pleased to have both fostered the conversation surrounding domestic violence, and educated attendees on its prevalence here in our community.” At The Ritz-Carlton, we believe our global company should be aligned with the issues that are important to the communities where we operate and always strive to make a difference.

In addition to featuring Laura’s House as the charity partner for the luncheon, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company donated $5,000 in hotel stays to be auctioned off by Laura’s House at upcoming fundraising events. Laura’s House also benefited from a portion of the proceeds from purchases made at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza by luncheon attendees from April 24 through April 26.

“We would like to thank Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, for helping us build greater awareness for the programs and services we provide to the individuals and families in our community who are effected by domestic violence,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “Events like these are instrumental in helping us share our message with audiences, such as the travel services industry, that we might not otherwise have access to, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to broaden our community outreach efforts among this delightful and influential group of individuals.”

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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Laura’s House Nets $12,000 at 2nd Annual “Wine & Dine” Benefit

Posted on Thursday, May 9th 2013

Overlooking the Golf Course at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, 125 guests were treated to culinary delights and tastings of more than 30 wines from California, Argentina, France, Italy and New Zealand

Ladera Ranch, Calif., May 8, 2012Laura’s House, a nonprofit whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, today announced that it raised $12,000 at its 2nd Annual Wine & Dine event, held on Friday, May 3 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

During the 2nd Annual Wine & Dine event, guests who began arriving at the event at 6:00 p.m. dressed in “spring chic” attire including colorful cocktail dresses and casual suits, were treated to an array of gourmet delights as they mingled with other guests, perused the silent auction Wine Wall featuring more than 100 bottles of wine, tasted wine selections from more than 30 wineries from California, Argentina, France, Italy and New Zealand, and enjoyed a selection of Chocolates by Next Organics. Big Canyon Country Club Master Sommelier Steve Poe was on-hand to provide expert advice in choosing wines. Guitarist Jerry McFarland provided the evening’s entertainment.

Special guests at the Wine & Dine event included a Laura’s House survivor who spoke about her experiences with domestic violence, what brought her to Laura’s House, and how through the programs and services she received, she has built a life that is free of violence for herself and her children.

“We are delighted that more than 125 guests chose to join us for our 2nd annual ‘Wine & Dine’ event at Big Canyon Country Club, and we would like to thank the participating wineries for donating their wines for this event, as well as our pourers who volunteered their time to help make this event such a great success,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “Proceeds from the event will be used to support our counseling, emergency shelter and outreach programs for families who are impacted by domestic violence. Events like our annual ‘Wine & Dine’ help us to both raise much needed funds for our organization, while shining a light on an issue that affects one in four women, and one in three adolescents.”

Some of the wineries that were featured at the 2nd Annual “Wine & Dine” event include August West, Central Coast; Augey, France; Beringer Vineyards, Napa Valley; Big Basin Vineyards, Central Coast; Boson Wines, Napa Valley; Campesino Cellars, Napa Valley; Clos Pepe Estate, Central Coast; Colores del Sol Wines, Argentina; Cowboy Canyon Winery, Silverado Canyon; DUNSTAN Wines, Sonoma Coast; Etude Estate Wines, Napa Valley; Giracci Vineyards and Farms, Silverado Canyon; Jean Edwards Cellars, Napa Valley; Le Pich, Napa Valley; Le P’tit Paysan, Central Coast; Levendi Winery, Napa Valley; Loring Wine Company, Paso Robles; Matua Wines, New Zealand; Newport Beach Vineyards & Winery; Purlieu Wines, Napa Valley; Risata, Italy; Saxon Brown Wines, Napa Valley; Sbragia Family Vineyards, Napa Valley; Sojourn Cellars, Sonoma; Tercero Wines, Central Valley and Santa Barbara; and, Zotovich Cellars, Central Coast.

Among the items featured on the gourmet stationed menu for the 2nd Annual Wine & Dine event were an imported and domestic cheese display with charcuteries; a selection of Pulled Pork Sliders, Angus Beef Sliders with Blue Cheese, and Shrimp Po’boy Sliders; and, delicious salads including a Mediterranean Salad and Butter Lettuce Chef Salad.

About Laura’s House

For nearly two decades, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to more than 3,500 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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