Deb Johnson, MPA

Founder & Executive Director:

  • Deb earned her undergraduate degree in Business from California State University, Fullerton and her Masters Degree in Public Administration- Non-Profit Management from Columbia University in New York City.
  • She gained recognition on a national level as #2 salesperson at a Fortune 100 company, Automatic Data Processing (ADP). She sold more business in California than anyone had in the history of the company (over 200 new clients in one year).
  • At ADP she was promoted to Sales Director and led her team to Presidents clubs, in addition to being the most sought out coach and sales trainer in California.
  • Deb owned and ran a successful bank consulting firm for over 15 years. Over 100 financial service firms hired her to improve their balance sheets. Banks from 50 million to 13 billion in asset size hired Deborah and her firm. Deborah has been teaching sales, customer service, sales management, for over two decades.
  • As a sought after conference speaker,  Deborah spoke at many bank conferences: Western Independent Bankers Association, California Bankers Association, New York Bankers Association, Ohio Bankers Association, etc.
  • Deb was a Tustin City Council Member (2008-2012)
  • She teaches improvisation classes once a month at Heritage Pointe and volunteers for the Back Bay Conservancy.
  • Deborah is fluent in Spanish and speaks German

 

Camille Gershenovitz- CPA

Accountant

 

Gayle Wayne – Part Time Development Manager, UC Berkeley Masters Degree

 


 

Jeff Katz 

Part-time Case Manager

 

 


Board of Directors:

 

Peggy Ohihaver, M.S.

Chairwoman of the Board

Senior Vice President, Human Resources Pacific Premier Bank. Responsible for over 1,600 employees. Formerly with: Aegion Energy Services, Baker Corp, Emulex Corporation and JP Morgan Chase

Kim Ramirez

Secretary

Courtney Williams

Treasurer

Courtney Williams is VP, Deputy CRA Officer for Pacific Premier Bank, in Irvine California. She leads the Bank’s community reinvestment strategy across four western states with a primary focus of directing funds for investment in support of affordable housing and economic development initiatives. She has over 20 years of financial services experience, ranging from bank operations, sales, broker-dealer compliance, and community reinvestment.

Prior to joining Pacific Premier Bank, Courtney was VP, CRA and Fair Lending Officer for Sunwest Bank. During her time at Sunwest Bank, she grew the Bank’s down payment assistance program for low-income, first-time homebuyers by 600%. She was also a member of the Sunwest’s Hiring Committee and supported their Human Resources team, primarily in the areas of talent acquisition and employee engagement.

Courtney is on the Board of Trustees of Hands Together, Santa Ana and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Affordable Housing Clearinghouse and Orange County Community Housing Corporation.


 


Wendy Brennan Zimmerman

Board Member

Wendy is the Senior Vice President, Area Manager- Southern California South Area at HSBC Bank USA where she is responsible for leading Retail Banking and Wealth Management in Orange County. She has over 35 years of banking experience in the financial industry. In addition, Wendy has served as a board member for Council on Aging, and she volunteers with Mary Erickson Community Housing, Affordable Housing Clearinghouse, and more. Wendy is a graduate of California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and is a longtime resident of Orange County.


Deb Johnson

Board Member


Advisory Committee Members:

Howard Mirowitz

Board Member Illumination Foundation, Board Member Jewish Federation of Orange County, Partner Tech Coast Angels.


Pamela Keller

Former Mayor Pro-Tem of Fullerton, Executive Director Fullerton Collaborative, and served 20 Years as an Elementary School Teacher


Heather Cieslak

Operations Director, Newport Bay Conservancy, prior CFO at Amigos de Los Rios


 

Jeffrey Katz

Jeff is currently an attorney with Kesher Law Group in Santa Ana. He provides General Counsel, Litigation, and Government Affairs services to businesses throughout Orange County.  He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  Previously, Jeff has worked for the Berger, Kahn law firm as a litigation associate, and at Western Dental and SmileCare, as General Counsel.