Mark Gaines is currently working as an independent energy efficiency consultant to 3rd party energy efficiency program providers. Prior to his retirement from Sempra Energy in October, 2011, he was the Director Customer Programs for San Diego Gas Lamp; Electric and Southern California Gas Company. His organization was responsible for developing and implementing energy efficiency and demand response programs for residential, commercial and industrial customers. He holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from U.C. Irvine, an MBA from UCLA and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Mark currently serves as Prentice’s Board Chairman. He wanted to give back for all that Prentice has given to his family. His daughter, Tera, was a student at Prentice from 4th through 8th grade (graduated 2011) where she came in as a child with dyslexia who disliked school and lacked confidence in her abilities because of her learning differences. Prentice made an immediate and permanent impact on her self-esteem and scholastic performance by surrounding her with caring teachers and students who understood her challenges. She did well in high school and is now attending Chapman University. Mark is convinced that without Prentice, this would not have been possible, which is why he wanted to contribute his time and energy to make sure Prentice continues to be an option for other families with children like Tera.
Married to Laurel since 1979, Dan Clark has three kids; John, Anna, and Carrie. Dan Clark graduated from USC in 1968 and has been working at Prudential Overall Supply since then. He is an avid bird hunter and traveler. Dan Clark has been on the Prentice Board since 1994.
Diane Donaldson is an Assessment Consultant at Pearson Assessments. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her son, Grant, graduated from Prentice in 2003 and went on to the Orange County High School of the Arts. Diane is an Advisory Council Member for Prentice and often holds workshops for Prentice faculty and staff.
Patty Juarez is a senior vice president and regional manager for the Wells Fargo Regional Commercial Banking Office (RCBO) in Orange, California. Patty oversees a team of commercial banking professionals that develop business relationships with middle-market companies in the North Orange County region. Patty earned her bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.B.A. in business administration from St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga. Active in a variety of professional and community organizations, Patty is chairwoman for the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of Orange County’s 30,000 Hispanic-owned businesses. She also sits on the board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County and heads up its board development effort. CASA is a nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to serve as powerful mentors and advocates for our community’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Patty is also on the Leadership Council for THINK Together, an organization that provides high-quality academically-oriented out-of-school programs for students in disadvantaged communities. Lastly, Patty sits on the Dean’s Board of Counselors for Chapman University’s school of business and economics. Internally, Patty mentors team members throughout Wells Fargo, assists with the company’s diverse candidate recruitment, and is part of the Women’s Leadership and Diversity Councils for Commercial Banking. As a result of her dedication to the community and her Board service in Orange County, Patty was honored with One OC’s 2013 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards by the OC Volunteer Chapter of Wells Fargo. In 2014, Patty was named “Women of the Year” by the National Hispanic Business Women Association for her work in the corporate sector. Additionally. The Orange County Business Journal has recognized Patty with Women in Business Nominations for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Patty lives in South Orange County, California with her husband, daughter, and son.
Laura A. Khouri is President of Western National Property Management (“WNPM”), which currently manages nearly 25,000 apartments located throughout Southern California and Nevada. Ms. Khouri is responsible for the operations of the property management division, and provides strategic direction to the company relative to all the multifamily assets within the portfolio. Philanthropically, Ms. Khouri also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Laura’s House, a charitable, non-profit organization assisting women and children of domestic violence, is a Board of Trustee for Chapman University in Orange, California and is an influential member of the board for The Prentice School.
Lynn Lee joined The Prentice Board of Directors in October of 2013. She is an attorney for Rutan and Tucker, LLP in Costa Mesa, CA. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate and corporate finance, with an emphasis on purchase and sale transactions, development, leasing, and secured financing. Along with being a Board Member for The Prentice School, Ms. Lee is also a mentor to young students through UCLA Alumni and UCLA Law Alumni. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, the outdoors, and chasing after her young son.
Kathryn Su was elected to the Board of Directors of The Prentice School in 2014. She is a Director at Experian, a leading global information services company, helping businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. She leads a team of finance, marketing, data analytics, strategy, and competitive intelligence professionals based in Costa Mesa and London. Her prior experience includes Internet retail, private equity investment, and management consulting. Along with being a Board Member for The Prentice School, Kathryn is an advisor to the President of Netball America, and a volunteer with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Junior Achievement. Kathryn, her husband and their two children live in Orange County, California.
Brian Sullivan is a journalist and analyst who has been covering financial services and the insurance industry for more than 30 years. Today, Brian is Editor and Publisher of two of the leading newsletters in the property and casualty insurance industry, Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report. He is also chairman of the Auto Insurance Report National Conference and Property Insurance Report National Conference, annual meetings which bring together leading industry executives, investors, brokers, reinsurers and others to discuss the most important strategic issues impacting auto insurance. Brian, a native of New York City, is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Brian and Tracie reside in Dana Point, California. Brian and his wife Tracie found Prentice, which they felt was the perfect place for not only their oldest child, but also their youngest son who was clearly very bright, but still struggled in school. Brian believes that Prentice is a life-saver for students who learn differently.