Our Board of Directors
Debrah (Debbie) F. Begley

Debrah (Debbie) F. Begley

President

Debbie is a former Certified Public Accountant, Controller and Banker.  She is known for her heart and passion to “get things moving forward and DONE”.  With her 30-year business career she served in positions as Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis and Controllerships with both public, private financial service companies.

Her leadership style cultivates relationships and partnerships that inspire and motivate action.  “I love people, I love teaching and I love serving.   People provide me with the knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to teach, mentor and bring forth the best in others.  I love it!!” Debbie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Fullerton – College of Business and Economics. She is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) in the State of California.  Debbie is passionate about helping those who are homeless and providing conversation around the continuum of care of the homeless in Orange County.

Debbie is the President of the Board of Directors of WISEPlace, a homeless shelter for women. She has been a resident of Orange County for over 40 years.

Rochelle Ward

Rochelle Ward

Secretary

Rochelle is Senior Vice President and a Wealth Management Managing Director for the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. Rochelle has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with focus on wealth management and banking. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President for City National Bank Private Client Group and Vice President for Union Bank of California Private Banking in Orange County California.

In addition to her current role serving on the Board of Directors at WISEPlace and for the Orange County Pacific Symphony, Rochelle has served as Planned Gift Development Chair for Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Chairman of the City of Industry Branch for the American Heart Association; Executive Leader of Go Red for Women – Orange County Branch of the American Heart Association and Advisory Board Member of UC Irvine The Paul Merage School of Business – Center for Investment and Wealth Management. Rochelle attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and Summary of Financial Planning at UCLA

Kellie Q. Aamodt

Kellie Q. Aamodt

Kellie currently serves as the VP of Sales for the UPS West Region, and is responsible for 8 business units across the 25 western United States. Kellie manages a sales team of over 1,200 Sales Professionals, and is responsible for over $35B in annual sales. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, with a minor in German. She studied in Munich, Germany and earned her MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kellie is also active with the United Way, is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for UCI and is a member of the USC Board for Masters in Supply Chain Management. Kellie is an appointed member of the District Export Council for the Inland Empire of California. She is married, with two children, and one grandson. Kellie is active outdoors and loves being with friends and family.

Bob Bartlett

Bob Bartlett

Bob is an Executive Vice President of Hanmi Bank and has spent more than 40 years in the banking industry. Prior to joining Hanmi Bank in 2017, Bob held executive management positions at several community banks including Pacific Mercantile Bank, First California Bank, National Mercantile Bank Corp., Tokai Bank of California and West Coast Bancorp. Bob joined the WISEPlace Board of Directors in May 2015.

Caron Berkley

Caron currently works on the senior management team of Jewish Federation & Family Services, a nonprofit organization serving people of all ethnicities, faiths, and backgrounds. Previously, Caron was Executive Director of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC) and Director of Government Relations for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, advocating in both roles on behalf of social services and in support of a strong alliance between California and Israel. Prior to her nonprofit career, Caron proudly served in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28). During President Bill Clinton’s second term, she worked as a scheduler in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, and interned at the White House. Caron is a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute and was the Los Angeles Young Leadership Chair for HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). She holds an M.A. in Communication Management from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from the University of Arizona. Caron lives in Placentia with her husband Cliff, a legal advocate for the disabled, and their two children.

Chuck Dow

Chuck is a veteran executive with over thirty-five years of proven leadership in positions with a high degree of responsibility and accomplishment serving in senior management. He has been a technology banking executive for over 25 years and was the Chief Technology Officer at a commercial bank for 17 years, during which that bank grew from startup to over one billion in assets. As a C-level executive, Chuck has been active in several cross departmental board and management committees overseeing risk management, operations, compliance, strategic planning and systems.

Nancy Gray

Nancy graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.  She has over 40 years experience in banking and is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Pacific Mercantile Bank, where she has worked since 2002.

Nancy’s volunteer work has focused on children related organizations along with numerous charity races. She supported the local high schools in track and field events, worked with children as a science explainer at SciTrek, and was involved in several ice/roller skating events including the Georgia’s Special Olympics. During the 1994 Olympics in Atlanta, she supervised a group of volunteers at the Olympic Stadium for track and field.  In Dallas, she assisted the Director of the Senior Reunion Golf tournament, which benefited Communities Foundation of Texas.

Nancy resides in Fullerton, California with her husband, Leon, (whom she met at a roller rink 50 years ago!), niece, Nicole, 2 cats and three dogs. She and her family enjoy canoeing, camping, and traveling.

Peter Mangosing

Peter Mangosing

Peter is a Sensor Design Engineer at Masimo Corp and chief instructor at Te-Kenjustsu-Kan Karate-Do, a traditional Japanese Martial Arts program and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He has been teaching Martial Arts in Santa Ana since 1986. Peter is proud to be “Chief” of the WISEGuys, a group of local philanthropic men who come to the rescue for WISEPlace when things go awry in the 70-year-old facility.

Amber Omran

amberAmber currently works for Epsilon Electronics Inc. as a National Sales Manager for NESA and VST. Epsilon Electronics Inc. has been a pioneer in the audio world with visionary products for both home and vehicles since 1983. Amber has been a part of the car audio industry for 12+ years. She started at a young age  and worked her way up the corporate ladder. Amber is very goals- driven. She graduated top of her class with a B.A. in Business Management with an emphasis in IT. Amber’s greatest role model as a child was Mother Teresa. She would watch her on TV and be inspired to help anyone and bring smiles to their faces. Amber was introduced to WISEPlace through her mom and her mom’s work colleague, WISEPlace Board President Debbie Knight. She started doing breakfasts with Debbie’s group and now does them with friends and family every second Sunday. The youngest board member, she has a  big heart for people who feel that life has been unkind. It makes her happy to bring about change in people’s lives, especially women, the cause for which WISEPlace stands dear to her. Every time she interacts with the residents and can bring a smile to their faces, it brightens her day.

Jenny Rodin

Jenny Rodin

Jenny is the founder and owner at Hope Family Interventions. She is a published author, a motivational speaker, and a community volunteer. She is certified through the Pennsylvania Certification Board, and is proud to have earned the titles of Certified Intervention Professional and Certified ARISE Interventionist. Since 2008, Jenny has worked with hundreds of families in crisis, bringing them the gift of hope, and then turning that hope into positive action through intervention. She draws inspiration from her own recovery from addiction and trauma, as well as from the successful results she has seen in the families she has worked with. Jenny has been trained in multiple intervention approaches, and is able to adapt her style to fit most any situation. She specializes in complex mental health interventions. Jenny is a graduate of the WISEPlace Steps to Independence Program. She is proud to be an alumna and shares her story of transformation to inspire others to support the WISEPlace mission of hope and healing for women in crisis. Jenny is also a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Network of Independent Interventionists.

Dr. Janet C. Webb, DHA

janetDr. Janet Webb has over 28 years of experience in the health benefits industry, including sales, account management and benefits consulting.  Her current position is Director, Business Development. Janet earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration (MHA) from La Verne University, and a doctorate degree in Health Administration (DHA) from the University of Phoenix. Janet previously served on the WISEPlace Board of Directors from 2001 through 2007 and 2010-2014, and has held the office of President, Vice President of Governance, and Program Chair.  She also is active in other service organizations in Orange County.

Dewane Willis

Dewane Willis

Dewane is a dedicated community activist and philanthropist.  She is a founding member of WHW Women’s Guild and an active member of Orange County United Way Women’s Philanthropy Fund, Women Looking Forward and Women United. She is also the Founder of SOCS Foundation, with a mission to be a catalyst of change for children and the elderly community. She is inspired by the smiles she sees on their faces, and believes that by working together, we can do so much more in our communities than we can in isolation. Dewane holds a Masters of Science and studied Holistic Medicine at American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is working towards completing her PhD in Holistic Medicine. She and her husband George have two children, Geornay and Geordan. Her hobbies are travel, interior design, spending time with family, gardening and volunteering. Dewane believes a gift of giving can transform lives of other in so many ways.

Kathleen Davis Bowman

Kathleen Davis Bowman

Executive Director

Kathi holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. Following a successful corporate career spanning over twenty-five years, she joined the YWCA South Orange County as Executive Director in 1996 and saw the facility through its transition to WISEPlace in 2000. For more than twenty years prior to joining the YWCA, Kathi contributed her time and talents to numerous non-profit and church organizations in advocacy of women and children. She brings her considerable corporate expertise and business acumen to the position of Executive Director of this community based social service agency. Kathi has worked with the Board to bring fiscal accountability to the agency and establish WISEPlace as the premier resource for homeless women in Orange County.