VPCOC Organizational Structure


Board of Directors...

Provide leadership regarding violence prevention strategies and activities of the Coalition. Conducts Coalition business. Committee includes members from each committee and Coalition members at large.

Christine Laehle, MPH, Chair                    OC Department of Education

Dr. Mohammad Forouzesh, Vice Chair     Cal State University, Long Beach

Daria Waetjen                                          OC Department of Education

Alison Edwards, M.A.                               OC Human Relations

Patricia Lenahan, LCSW                          University Southern California

Dr. Anne Light                                          Social Services Agency


Policy Committee

  • Reviews legislation concerned with the prevention of violence.
  • Provides accurate information regarding violence policy issues.

Resource Committee

  • Acts as a resource for violence prevention and coalition information.
  • Produces fact sheets, resource cards, calendar of violence prevention activities.

VPCOC Chair Legacy

VPCOC has a rich history of leadership that helped in bringing this grass-roots prevention effort in Orange County. We honor the following outstanding Chairs and Vice Chairs:

  • Davine Abbott and Daria Waetjen, 1996-97
  • Daria Waetjen, 1998
  • Mary Marlin, 1999-2001
  • Drs. Dallas & Debra Stout, 2002-2010
  • Danielle Nava, 2011-2013
  • Dr. Mandy Mount, 2013 - 2015
  • Christine Laehle, MPH,  2015 - present 

VPCOC Ambassador Council

Provides expertise, support, and counsel to the executive committee as previous Ambassador of Peace Award winners in their field to reduce violence.

  • Alan Albright (2006) – OC Health Care Agency
  • Linda Biehl (2002) – The Amy Biehl Foundation
  • Charlie Blek (2008) – OC Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence
  • Mary Leigh Blek (1997) – OC Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence
  • Claire Braeburn (2000) – OC On Track
  • Craig Chen (2002 Youth) – OC On Track
  • Darcy Fehringer (2008) - Anti-Defamation League
  • Tina Fernandez (1999) – OC Human Relations Commission
  • Rosa Galindo (1999) – Santa Ana Unified School District
  • Alberto Gedissman, MD (1997) – PowerPlayMD-OC
  • Officer Dennis L. Grimm (2008) - Placentia police Department
  • Erin Gruwell (1998) – Freedom Writers Foundation
  • Rick Krey (2005) – Anaheim Union High School District
  • Don Lafoon (2007) - STOP-GAP
  • Patricia Lenahan (2007) – UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Laura Long (2007) – United Way of OC
  • Gwen Hass (2001) – Leadership Institute for Teens
  • Fernando Leon (2004) – La Calle
  • Chief David Maggard (2007) – City of Irvine
  • Debbe Magnusen (2006) - Project Cuddle
  • Alexandria “Zan” Margolis (2007 Youth) – Carona Del Mar High School
  • Mary Marlin (2005) – Health Options 
  • Jack Miller (1998) – OC Citizens for the Prevention of Gun Violence
  • Pepe Montenegro (2003) – Newport Mesa Unified School District
  • Cindy Nagumatsu-Hanlon (2005) – Garden Grove Police Department
  • Bruce Perry, MD (2006) – The Child Trauma Academy
  • Jan Sener (2002) – OC Sheriff’s Department
  • Alton Steele (2006) – ACCESS Schools
  • Lucy Steinberg (2001) – Leadership Institute for Teens
  • Dallas M. Stout, Psy.D. (2004) – DoctorS Nonprofit Consulting
  • Terry Thompson (2000) – OC On Track
  • Al Valdez (1998) – OC District Attorney’s Office (ret.)
  • Daria Waetjen (1998) – OC Department of Education
  • Denise Weiland (2008) - Newport Mesa Unified School District
  • Zoe Weintraub (2008 Youth) - San Clemente High School
  • Billie Weiss (1998) – Violence Prevention Coalition of Los Angeles
  • Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH (2006) - UC Davis School of Medicine