Board of Directors

Project Youth OC’s Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance and fiscal management of the agency. This impressive 40-member board is comprised of Orange County’s top legal professionals and business leaders. The success of Project Youth OC is due much in part to the strength and commitment of the Board.

A Message from 2024 Project Youth OC President

Kelly Lucinda Galligan, Esq.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

For over 52 years, Project Youth OC has been a beacon of hope and transformation in Orange County. Keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening – this mission has guided us since our inception. Since joining the Project Youth OC board fresh out of law school, I have been continually inspired by the impactful change we create in the lives of young people, empowering them to forge brighter, healthier futures.

As we step into an exciting new era, I’m thrilled to announce that we are finalizing a strategic plan poised to turbocharge our efforts. This plan is our roadmap to focus and amplify our services, expand our outreach, and deepen our engagement within the community. It’s about reaching more young lives and more effectively, and providing them with the long-term solutions they desperately need.

Reflecting on our journey, it’s clear that our strength lies in the strength of our supporters and the talents of our staff, for each of whom I am extremely grateful.

This year, I look forward to leading Project Youth OC as we grow and adapt while staying unwaveringly true to our mission. I cannot wait to see our refined commitment allow our youth to continue to rise up, defy the odds, and seize opportunities that once seemed out of reach. For many of the youth we serve, Project Youth OC is a beacon of second chances and new beginnings.

But our journey is far from over. Your support is crucial in our endeavors. Each donation, no matter the size, is a powerful catalyst for change. It enables Project Youth OC to not only sustain our vital programs but also to innovate and expand them, addressing the increasingly complex challenges faced by our youth. Every contribution plants seeds of hope and opportunity, fostering a stronger, healthier future for our community. Your investment in Project Youth OC is an investment in brighter futures, stronger communities, and a better world.

Let’s make this happen, together!


Kelly L. Galligan, Esq.

Wesley K. Polischuk, Esq.

Kristin Gomez, Esq.

Eddie Quillares, Jr.

Maria Z. Stearns, Esq.
Immediate Past President


Christopher R. Aitken, Esq. Aitken Aitken Cohn

Deborah E. Arbabi, Esq.Crowell & Moring LLP

Alan BrutmanJudicate West

Anthony W. Burton, Esq.AWB Law, P.C.

Steven T. CardSavills

Shane P. Criqui, Esq.Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Alan J. Crivaro, Esq.Law Offices of Alan J. Crivaro

Erin R. Ezra, Esq.Berger Kahn

Mark A. Finkelstein, Esq.Umberg Zipser LLP

Carrie E. Foglesong, Esq.Law Offices of Carrie Foglesong

Todd G. Friedland, Esq.FBFK Law

Kelly Galligan, Esq.Rutan & Tucker LLP

Jessica L. Garland, Esq.Newmeyer & Dillion LLP

Kristin L. Gomez, Esq.Hyundai

Alan A. Greenberg, Esq.Greenberg Gross LLP

William B. Grenner, Esq.

Kevin J. Grochow, Esq.Kutak Rock LLP

Michele D. Johnson, Esq.Latham & Watkins LLP

Nikole M. Kingston, Esq.O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Michael P. Maguire, EsqADR Services, Inc.

M. Alim Malik, Esq.Jackson Tidus

Hon. Jamoa A. Moberly (Ret.)ADR Services, Inc.

Anthony C. Modarelli III, Esq.DiMarco Araujo & Montevideo

Cheryl L. O'Connor, Esq.Jones Day

William S. O'Hare, Esq.Snell & Wilmer LLP

Andrea W.S. Paris, Esq.Andrea Paris Law, PC

Wesley K. Polischuk, Esq.Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.

Miguel P. Prietto, Jr., Esq.Prietto Law, Inc.

Eddie Quillares, Jr.State Farm Insurance Agency

Vikram M. Reddy, Esq.Wu & Reddy, a Prof. Corp.

Daniel S. Robinson, Esq.Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.

Lewis R. Sifford, Esq.Sifford, Anderson & Company, P.C.

Maria Z. Stearns, Esq.Rutan & Tucker, LLP

William TaorminaCEO & Founder, Clean City Inc.

Eric V. Traut, Esq.Traut Firm

Christopher P. Wesierski, Esq.Wesierski & Zurek LLP

Past Presidents
2023-2022 Maria Z. Stearns, Esq.
2021 Todd G. Friedland
2020 Mark D. Erickson
2019 Steven T. Card
2018 Brian M. Daucher
2017 Daniel S. Robinson
2016 Kyle S. Kawakami
2015 Christopher P. Wesierski
2014 Eric V. Traut
2013 Collie F. James, IV
2012 Mark E. Minyard
2011 John B. Hurlbut, Jr.
2010 Dennis W. Ghan
2009 Carolyn C. McKitterick
2008 Allan J. Crivaro
2007 James M. Skorheim
2006 Allan H. Stokke
2005 Kathleen O. Peterson
2004 Michael P. Maguire
2003 Wayne W. Smith
2002 William S. O'Hare
2001 Michael T. Hornak
2000 Marshall M. Schulman
1999 Cindy Stokke
1998 William B. Grenner
1997 Robert J. Whalen
1996 Rodger M. Carey
1995 Jess J. Araujo
1994 Hon. Judith M. Ryan (Ret.)
1993 Donald L. Morrow
1992-1989 Robert S. Barnes
1989-1987 Ann Avery Andres
1987-1985 Richard Schwartzberg
1985-1984 James Goff
1984-1980 James B. Bear
1979-1973 Arthur W. Gray
1972-1969 Stanford Shaw