Society of Fellows

“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 OCBF’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 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 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.

Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award Recipients
2019The Honorable Nancy Weiben Stock (Ret.)
2018The Honorable Judith M. Ryan (Ret.)
2017The Honorable Gail A. Andler (Ret.)
2016The Honorable Steven L. Perk
2015Commissioner Richard G. Vogl (Ret.)
2014The Honorable Jamoa A. Moberly
2013The Honorable Lon F. Hurwitz
2012The Honorable Francisco P. Briseno
2011The Honorable James P. Gray (Ret.)
2010Justice David A. Thompson
2009The Honorable David O. Carter

11th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award

The 11th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award recipient of 2019 was The Honorable Nancy Weiben Stock (Ret.), 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 longterm support of Project Youth OCBF.  She has always been a model of hard work, honesty and fairness in the Orange County legal community.

We thank Judge Stock for her outstanding services to the Orange County community.

Distinguished Fellows Award Recipients
2019Arthur G. Kidman
2018Timothy D. Carlyle, Esq.
2017Michael T. Hornak, Esq.
2016John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.
2015Steven G. Hittelman, Esq.
2014Jonathan M. Skorheim, Esq.
2013Dennis W. Ghan, Esq.
2012Eric V. Traut, Esq.
2011Alan J. Crivaro, Esq.
2010Allan H. Stokke, Esq.
2009James M. Skorheim, JD, CPA
2008Mark E. Minyard, Esq.

12th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award

The 12th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award of 2019 went to Arthur G. Kidman for his outstanding services on behalf of Project Youth OCBF and the Orange County community. 

Mr. Kidman 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 it. 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.

2021 Society of Fellows Chairman’s Message

Mark D. Erickson

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

For 14 years, Society of Fellows has served a critical role for Project Youth OCBF, 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 OCBF 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 OCBF – we won’t let you or the community down.


Mark D. Erickson
Chairman, Society of Fellows 

How To Become a Fellow

Recommend a Colleague to Join the Society of Fellows

As a Project Youth OCBF Society of Fellows member, you are aware of the great programs offered by Project Youth. We hope that you have found it rewarding to support the Society of Fellows and its work to help low-income families access much-needed services.

Now, more than ever, given these difficult economic times, the Society of Fellows needs to continue to grow and thrive well into the future. Please take a moment to consider your co-workers, colleagues, and friends in the community. If you feel any of them share in the aspiration of Project Youth’s mission, please nominate them for membership in the Society of Fellows by filling out a nomination ballot.

The following classes of Fellows are available for nomination:


  • $2,500 pledge
  • May be paid over a ten-year period ($250 increments)

Sustaining Fellow

  • $5,000 pledge
  • May be paid over a ten-year period ($500 increments)

Life Fellow

  • $7,500 pledge
  • May be paid over a ten-year period ($750 increments)

Each Fellow will receive an appropriate certificate, honoring his or her contributions to Project Youth.

Fellows Members

Honorary Life Fellow

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. 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.

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. 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.
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
Yolanda V. Torres, Esq.
Eric V. Traut, 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

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