“Fellows” programs are among the most utilized fundraising techniques of Bar Foundations around the country, designed to cultivate individual lawyer and professional gifts over a multi-year period. Replicated from a model developed by the American Bar Foundation, “Fellows” programs are, in essence, donor societies, created to recognize attorneys, judges, and other professionals and public servants who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities.

Funds raised through the Society of Fellows help sustain Project Youth OC’s mission of keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. Each year, Project Youth OC hosts a Society of Fellows event to honor its members, selecting one member to receive the Distinguished Fellows Award and one judicial member to receive the Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award. Upon initiation, Fellows receive a Certificate of Membership, a Society of Fellows lapel pin that identifies them as a Fellow member, and recognition at Project Youth OC events & in publications.

To find out more information about the Society of Fellows, please contact Nancy Garcia, Associate Director, via email at or by phone at (714) 480-1925, ext. 108.

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2021 Society of Fellows Chairman’s Message
Mark D. Erickson

It is an honor and a privilege to Chair Project Youth OC’s Society of Fellows for 2021.

For 14 years, Society of Fellows has served a critical role for Project Youth OC, by connecting the Orange County community with our organization in a meaningful way that also provides much needed funding for our youth programs. The Society now stands at 239 members. Since inception, the Society has raised over $461,075 money that directly supports our youth services.

From our juvenile diversion program (SHORTSTOP) to our college preparation and support (Higher Education Mentoring) and summer employment (Project SELF) programs, the Society’s participation helps Project Youth OC to build the future of Orange County. Thousands of local youth have benefitted from our support; and, now, many of them enjoy successful professional careers. In fact, a number of our program graduates now support these very programs themselves, with time and money.

As we continue our Comprehensive Campaign, we look forward to working with our existing Society members and reaching new members. The members of the Society help us spread our message and grow our support base in the community.

As we turn the page on a challenging 2020 and look to 2021 as a time of renewal and new beginnings, join us in our campaign, our mission, and our programs. Join us at Society events, consider how you can help us make a difference, spread the word on the opportunity to be part of something special.

Thank you for your time, support, and commitment to Project Youth OC – we won’t let you or the community down.

Chairman, Society of Fellows

Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award Recipients
2023 The Honorable Maria D. Hernandez
2022 The Honorable Linda Miller (Ret.)
2021 The Honorable John C. Gastelum
2020 Due to COVID-19 pandemic, no award given
2019 The Honorable Nancy Weiben Stock (Ret.)
2018 The Honorable Judith M. Ryan (Ret.)
2017 The Honorable Gail A. Andler (Ret.)
2016 The Honorable Steven L. Perk
2015 Commissioner Richard G. Vogl (Ret.)
2014 The Honorable Jamoa A. Moberly
2013 The Honorable Lon F. Hurwitz
2012 The Honorable Francisco P. Briseno
2011 The Honorable James P. Gray (Ret.)
2010 Justice David A. Thompson
2009 The Honorable David O. Carter
Distinguished Fellows Award Recipients
2023 Jaritt Ruff
2022 Alan Brutman, Esq.
2021 Kathleen O. Peterson, Esq.
2020 Due to COVID-19 pandemic, no award given
2019 Arthur G. Kidman
2018 Timothy D. Carlyle, Esq.
2017 Michael T. Hornak, Esq.
2016 John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.
2015 Steven G. Hittelman, Esq.
2014 Jonathan M. Skorheim, Esq.
2013 Dennis W. Ghan, Esq.
2012 Eric V. Traut, Esq.
2011 Alan J. Crivaro, Esq.
2010 Allan H. Stokke, Esq.
2009 James M. Skorheim, JD, CPA
2008 Mark E. Minyard, Esq.

Fellows Members

For more information on how to become a member, contact Nancy Garcia at

Honorary Life Fellows

  • John C. Herklotz

Judicial Founding Fellows

  • Hon. Gail A. Andler (Ret.)
  • Hon. David L. Belz
  • Hon. Jonathan H. Cannon (Ret.)
  • Hon. Dennis S. Choate (Ret.)
  • Hon. Thierry P. Colaw
  • Comm. Max B. De Liema
  • Hon. Sheila B. Fell
  • Hon. John L. Flynn, III
  • Hon. James P. Gray (Ret.)
  • Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz
  • Hon. Wendy S. Lindley (Ret.)
  • Hon. Linda L. Miller
  • Hon. Jamoa A. Moberly
  • Hon. William M. Monroe
  • Hon. John N. T. Nguyen (Ret.)
  • Hon. Eleanor M. Palk (Ret.)
  • Hon. Luis A. Rodriguez (Ret.)
  • Hon. Judith M. Ryan (Ret.)
  • Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.)
  • Hon. Nancy W. Stock (Ret.)
  • Justice David A. Thompson
  • Hon. John C. Woolley (Ret.)

Founding Fellows

  • Wylie A. Aitken, Esq.
  • Charles G. Bakaly, Jr., Esq.
  • Steve Bieber
  • Ronald G. Brower, Esq.
  • Matthew S. Buttacavoli, Esq.
  • Kevin F. Calcagnie, Esq.
  • Marc K. Callahan, Esq.
  • Timothy D. Carlyle, Esq.
  • Alan J. Crivaro, Esq.
  • William M. Crosby, Esq.
  • Yolanda De La Paz
  • John R. Denny, Esq.
  • Lawrence S. Eisenberg, Esq.
  • Daniel F. Fears, Esq.
  • Marjorie G. Fuller, Esq.
  • Saul M. Gelbart, Esq.
  • Dennis W. Ghan, Esq.
  • William B. Grenner, Esq.
  • David Hirson, Esq.
  • Michael A. Hood, Esq.
  • Michael T. Hornak, Esq.
  • Lisa B. Hughes, Esq., CPA
  • John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.
  • F. Scott Jackson, Esq.
  • Collie F. James, IV, Esq.
  • Timothy J. Kay, Esq.
  • Hilary Kaye
  • Jennifer L. Keller, Esq.
  • Donald P. Kennedy, Esq.
  • Susan F. Lindenberg, Esq.
  • DeAnna Lyons
  • Leonard Lyons
  • Ramon Machado, JD, CPA
  • Michael P. Maguire, Esq.
  • Thomas R. Malcolm, Esq.
  • Don W. Martens, Esq.
  • Carolyn C. McKitterick, Esq.
  • Gary S. McKitterick, Esq.
  • Paul S. Meyer, Esq.
  • Mark E. Minyard, Esq.
  • Michael A. Morris, Esq.
  • Donald L. Morrow, Esq.
  • William S. O’Hare, Esq.
  • Robert E. Palmer, Esq.
  • James R. Parke, Esq.
  • James L. Payne, Esq.
  • Kenneth E. Petersen, Jr., JD
  • Kathleen O. Peterson, Esq.
  • Thomas D. Phelps, Esq.
  • Gary M. Pohlson, Esq.
  • James D. Riddet, Esq.
  • Daniel S. Robinson, Esq.
  • Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Esq.
  • Troy D. Roe, Esq.
  • George C. Rudolph, Esq.
  • Jaritt Ruff
  • Linda A. Sampson, Esq.
  • Herbert N. Samuels, Esq.
  • Douglas A. Schaaf, Esq.
  • Lonnie K. Seide, Esq.
  • Gary J. Singer, Esq.
  • James M. Skorheim, JD, CPA
  • Jonathan M. Skorheim, Esq.
  • Wayne W. Smith, Esq.
  • Ryan W. Smith
  • Eleanor A. Stegmeier, Esq.
  • Allan H. Stokke, Esq.
  • Cindy Stokke, JD
  • Todd C. Theodora, Esq.
  • Thomas W. Tuttle, Esq.
  • Robert J. Whalen, Esq.
  • Nicole Whyte, Esq.
  • Michael R. Williams, Esq.
  • Louise J. Woolsey
  • Michael G. Yoder, Esq.
  • Dean J. Zipser, Esq.

Judicial Life Fellows

  • Comm. Richard G. Vogl (Ret.)

Life Fellows

  • Aaron Dishon, Esq.
  • Carrie E. Foglesong, Esq.
  • Steven G. Hittelman, Esq.
  • James W. Loss, Esq.
  • Michael D. Pursell, Esq.
  • Comm. Richard G. Vogl (Ret.)
  • Peter D. Zeughauser, Esq.

Sustaining Fellows

  • John E. Altstadt
  • Wayne W. Call, Esq.
  • Cathrine M. Castaldi, Esq.
  • John S. Cowhig, Esq.
  • John R. DiCaro, Esq.
  • Mark D. Erickson, Esq.
  • Dennis McCue, CMC
  • Thomas P. Stabile, Esq.

Judicial Fellows

  • Comm. Doreen B. Boxer
  • Hon. William D. Claster
  • Hon. Francisco F. Firmat (Ret.)
  • Hon. John C. Gastelum
  • Hon. Yolanda V. Torres
  • Hon. David C. Velasquez (Ret.)


  • Panteha Abdollahi, Esq.
  • Jeffrey M. Adelson, Esq.
  • Ashleigh E. Aitken, Esq.
  • Christopher R. Aitken, Esq.
  • Cheryl Bame
  • James P. Barone, Esq.
  • Brian A. Bayati, Esq.
  • Kristin M. Bengfort, Esq.
  • Kyle R. Bevan, Esq.
  • Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Esq.
  • Robert F. Bolinger, Jr., Esq.
  • Sherry S. Bragg, Esq.
  • Tiffanny M. Brosnan, Esq.
  • Alan P. Brutman
  • William W. Bruzzo, Esq.
  • Stacy L. Campuzano, Esq.
  • Steven T. Card
  • Revelle Clark
  • Paul J. Couchot, Esq.
  • Mr. Chris Craig
  • Kenneth W. Curtis, Esq.
  • Leslie R. Daff, JD, MBA
  • Joseph P. D’Agostino, Esq.
  • Jessica L, Daley, Esq.
  • Taylor R. Dalton, Esq.
  • Roman E. Darmer, Esq.
  • Brian M. Daucher, Esq.
  • Robert P. Des Jardins, Esq.
  • Mark S. Devore, Esq.
  • Marie D. DiSante, Esq.
  • Joseph E. DuBois, Esq.
  • Brian W. Easton, Esq.
  • Michael G. Ermer, Esq.
  • Joseph A Ferrucci, Esq.
  • Aaron J. Flores, Esq.
  • Var Fox
  • Paul L. Gale, Esq.
  • Kelly L. Galligan, Esq.
  • Dennis P. Gaughan, Esq.
  • Michael J. Genovese, Esq.
  • Lonnie D. Giamela, Esq.
  • Luis E. Gonzalez, Esq.
  • David C. Grant, Esq.
  • Alan A. Greenberg, Esq.
  • Kevin J. Grochow, Esq.
  • Brian N. Gurwitz, Esq.
  • Wesley G. Hampton
  • Theodore M. Hankin, Esq.
  • Brian C. Harty, Esq.
  • David H. Hochner, Esq.
  • Linda A. Iannelli, Esq.
  • Dimetria A. Jackson, Esq.
  • Michele D. Johnson, Esq.
  • Steven J. Katzman, Esq.
  • Kyle S. Kawakami, Esq.
  • Susan C. Kelley, Esq.
  • Arthur G. Kidman, Esq.
  • Gerald A. Klein, Esq.
  • Philip D. Kohn, Esq.
  • Yoshiaki C. Kubota, Esq.
  • Pamela G. Lacey, Esq.
  • Shannon C. Lamb, Esq.
  • Eric V. Lane, CPA/ABV CFS
  • David M. Lechuga, Ph.D.
  • Allison L. Libeu, Esq.
  • Karen D. Linden
  • Pamela S. Liosi, Esq.
  • Dobbin P. Lo, Esq.
  • Aaron J. Malo, Esq.
  • Michael B. McClellan, Esq.
  • Timothy G. McFarlin, Esq.
  • Ashley E. Merlo, Esq.
  • Jeffrey A. Milman, Esq.
  • Anthony C. Modarelli, III, Esq.
  • Robert J. Molinaro
  • Kevin J. Mooney, JD, MBA
  • James L. Morris, Esq.
  • Matthew A. Moses, Esq.
  • A. Patrick Munoz, Esq.
  • John C. Murphy, Esq.
  • Alexis W. Myer, Esq.
  • Lisa N. Neal, Esq.
  • Jess Nerren
  • Shari E. Nokes, Esq.
  • Cheryl L. O’Connor, Esq.
  • Ronald P. Oines, Esq.
  • Andrea W.S. Paris, Esq.
  • Kenneth G. Parker, Esq.
  • Brian T. Pedigo, Esq.
  • Mark D. Peterson, Esq.
  • Wesley K. Polischuk, Esq.
  • Eddie Quillares, Jr.
  • Byron M. Rabin, Esq.
  • Anthony J. Rackauckas, Jr., Esq.
  • Janice A. Ramsay, J.D.
  • Jeffrey H. Reeves, Esq.
  • Michelle A. Reinglass, Esq.
  • Lisa K. Risner, Esq.
  • Solange E. Ritchie, Esq.
  • Gregory G. Rizio, Esq.
  • Richard A. Salus, Esq.
  • Daniel A. Sasse, Esq.
  • Edward A. Schlatter, Esq.
  • James M. Skorheim, Jr., CPA
  • Evan D. Smiley, Esq.
  • Alton J. Smith, Esq.
  • Maria Z. Stearns, Esq.
  • Jordon P. Steinberg, Esq.
  • Matthew M. Stokke, Esq.
  • Matthew A. Sumrow, Esq.
  • Joshua R. Teeple, CPA/CFF
  • Eric V. Traut, Esq.
  • G. Lucia Valenzuela, Esq.
  • Nisha Verma, Esq.
  • Theodore I. Wallace, Jr., Esq.
  • T. Edward Welbourn, Esq.
  • Eric J. Wersching, Esq.
  • Christopher P. Wesierski, Esq.
  • Mark B. Wilson, Esq.
  • Cynthia M. Wolcott, Esq.
  • Meryl L. Young, Esq.
  • Stephen M. Zamucen, CPA