The Honorable David O. Carter – Master of Ceremonies – welcomed guests to Project Youth OCBF’s Annual Meeting and 12th Annual Society of Fellows Recognition Reception on the evening of Thursday, December 13, 2018. He thanked First American Corporation for allowing us to be there to enjoy the beautiful setting. He introduced Parker Kennedy and Garrett Rogers of First American and expressed our gratitude for their loyal support throughout the years and for our relationship with First American, in which we take great pride.
Judge Carter introduced 2018 Project Youth OCBF President Brian Daucher, and reflected on the fantastic year that was had under Brian’s leadership. He kept all of Project Youth’s programs running strong and planned for a comprehensive capital campaign that has prepared Project Youth OCBF to proceed forward for many years.
Brian thanked everyone for coming and introduced our participant speakers, all of whom participated in Project Youth OCBF programs. First to speak was Adam Sattar, who participated in a Project Youth OCBF diversion program when he was 15 years old, went on to graduate from UCI, and returned to volunteer at Project Youth OCBF. Adam was hired as SHORTSTOP Coordinator, became a role model as Higher Education Mentoring Program Mentor, and is now a police officer in the Santa Ana Police Department. Next to present was Miguel Mejia, who participated in Project SELF in 2011 as an intern at Travers Realty with board member Steve Card. He graduated from Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana in 2012 and attended Concordia University in Irvine. Currently, Miguel works as head boys track coach and substitute teacher at Segerstrom High School. The final speaker was Bulmaro Vicente, who participated in Project Youth OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program and Project SELF in 2012, interning at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He graduated from Godinez High School and the Higher Education Mentoring Program in 2013. In 2018, he graduated from UC Berkley with a major in political science and public policy.
Next up was Judge Carter’s presentation of the Sammy Award. He described the 2018 recipient as a wonderful example of a public servant who has supported Project Youth OCBF through years of dedication and commitment. Judge Carter further explained that the recipient is a longtime supporter, past president, and current board member who has diligently supported Project Youth OCBF as a volunteer and friend. Further, he and his wife provide a Higher Education Mentoring Program student with a four-year renewable college scholarship each year, and he continues to be a major sponsor of our annual golf tournament. We know the entire Orange County community is fortunate to have him working so hard for its betterment. He is extremely well known and liked for good reason. On behalf of Project Youth OCBF, Judge Carter congratulated Bill Grenner on receiving this prestigious honor.
*Please visit our Sammy Award page for further details.
The evening continued with Brian Daucher’s presentation of Community Awards. First, the Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Madeleine Crivaro, wife of longtime board member Alan Crivaro. This past year, Madeleine spent numerous hours creating a revised employee handbook for Project Youth OCBF. Next was the Outstanding Partner Award, presented to the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (“OC-ALA”), with current president Mike Shuff accepting on its behalf. The award honored the longtime partnership with Project Youth OCBF in administrating the Project SELF program. For 23 years, OC-ALA has enabled Project SELF interns to have a meaningful summer experience at law firms.
Society of Fellows member Dan Robinson presented two Society of Fellow awards: 1) The 2018 Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award, and 2) the 2018 Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award.
The 2018 Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award recipient is a longtime supporter of Project Youth OCBF and Society of Fellows member. He is a wonderful Project Youth OCBF volunteer and friend and we know the entire Orange County community, especially the legal community, is fortunate to have him working so hard to better our community. He is extremely well known and liked for good reason. He is one of our first Fellows and strongly believes that investing in the prevention and early intervention programs betters our community and provides compelling evidence to all of the need to support the Society of Fellows. On behalf of Project Youth OCBF Board of Directors, Dan presented the 11th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award to Tim Carlyle for his outstanding services on behalf of Project Youth OCBF and the Orange County community.
This year’s judicial recipient was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Orange County community and her embodiment of the values Project Youth OCBF stands for, not to mention her extremely longterm support of Project Youth OCBF.
The Honorable Judith M. Ryan (Ret.) has always been a model of hard work, honesty, and fairness in the Orange County legal community. Judge Ryan has a reputation for successfully mediating and resolving complex employment matters. She has handled all types of cases, including wage and hour disputes, sexual harassment claims, and discrimination claims based on sexual orientation, race, gender, and national origin. Based on her background and experience as a litigator and instructor in the area, in addition to her dispute resolution experience, she is skilled at working with both sides in addressing and resolving highly charged and emotional issues. Judge Ryan has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of employment matters as a judge and arbitrator.
As Corporate Counsel with Hunt Wesson Foods, Inc., she supervised all in-house investigations regarding employment matters, conducted training on employment law compliance, and oversaw all employment litigation. While serving as Deputy City Attorney/Police Advisor for the Santa Ana Police Department, she was responsible for employment litigation matters, including class actions. Judge Ryan taught employment discrimination law as an adjunct professor for Western State University College of Law for four years and has lectured on the subject at various legal and civic organizations.
On behalf of the Project Youth OCBF Board of Directors, Dan presented the 10th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award to the Honorable Judith M. Ryan.
*Please visit our Society of Fellows page for further details.
In conclusion, Judge Carter thanked everyone for helping us honor our award recipients and called for a special thank you to the Project Youth OCBF staff and their outstanding efforts for the year.
*Please visit our Annual Meeting page to view photos.