Pretend City Board of Directors
Chair, Pretend City Executive Committee; Development Committee; Gala Committee
Senior Member Major Accounts First American Financial Corporation
Jill attended the University of Southern California where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. After graduating from USC, Jill began her 10-year career in title insurance at Fidelity National Financial. She recently joined First American Financial Corporation as a senior member of the Major Accounts group.
Vice Chair, Pretend City N&G Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee; Chair, Visioning SubCommittee
Managing Director KPMG Risk Consulting
Duleep is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice providing a variety of consulting services to clients in all phases of the business cycle from emerging, pre-IPO to some of the largest multinational organizations in the world. Duleep is a frequent speaker on risk and governance related topics and leads several local forums that bring together executives to discuss trends and leading practices. He received his B.S degree in Finance & Risk Management from La Sierra University, Riverside.
Treasurer, Pretend City Chair, Finance Committee; Executive Committee; Audit Committee
Chief Accounting Officer Applied Medical
Kari holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from University Southern California. Kari has over 20 years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Her career has focused primarily on serving large domestic and multi-national public companies. Kari also served as one of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sarbanes-Oxley experts where she advised companies on corporate governance matters.
|Anne Marie Moiso Leonard
Chair Emeritus, Pretend City N&G Committee; Development Committee
Former Marketing Director Rancho Mission Viejo
Anne Marie holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She is also a member of the O’Neil/Avery/Moiso family, the second largest landholder in Orange County.
|Alexandra Mars Airth
Co-founder Pretend City Children’s Museum Building Subcommittee
Director Mars Foundation
Alexandra holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and has held senior level positions at several international advertising agencies.
CEO/President STA Jets
Kurt is an Orange County native and an aviation enthusiast with a love for philanthropy and politics. With a degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Kurt’s aviation background has consisted of positions such as flight instructor, corporate commercial pilot, as well as previous Founder of Encore Aviation and Encore Jet Center FBO. As President and CEO of STA Jets, Kurt’s focus is leading the company to the forefront of the Aviation Industry with a distinct focus on safety and service.
Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
Based in Irvine, Erin actively manages a portfolio of approximately 25 middle-market commercial banking clients. Erin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She lives in Costa Mesa with her husband, Jack.
|Lesley V. Davis
Associate Attorney, Gibson Dunn
Lesley V. Davis is an associate in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Lesley received her Juris Doctor degree, with a concentration in corporate and business law, in 2005 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor of the UCLA Law Review and a Managing Editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review. In 2001, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.
|Hirad Emadi, P.E.
Executive Committee; N&G Committee; Development Committee Building SubCommittee
Co-founder and President Innovative Construction Solutions (ICS)
Hirad earned his civil engineering degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1993 and is a licensed professional civil engineer. Hirad established ICS in 1999. The company provides soil and groundwater remediation, facility decommissioning, demolition and general construction services for projects complicated by environmental and regulatory issues. Hirad is the father of two young children.
Mark leads a team of career artists and degreed marketers in the creation of RUHM — a full-service destination marketing firm traveling the globe producing 4K narrative videos from RED cameras, custom property branding, fine art brochures, V•Tours, and professional photography displayed on award winning custom websites to package and promote the world’s finest luxury destinations. When not marketing luxury, this family man is building sofa forts with his six kids. Whether it’s church as a family on Saturday nights, French toast on Sunday mornings, or endless late nights coming up with the next big idea, Mark’s addiction to forward-thinking remains second to his deep love for his family.
Executive Committee, N&G Committee, Building Sub-Committee
CEO Chase MerrittChad founded Chase Merritt, a privately owned real estate investment firm headquartered in Irvine, California, in 2005. Chase Merritt specializes in distressed, opportunistic, value add real estate investments. He previously served as the President of Newport Federal, a real estate investment company belonging to his father, Chuck Horning. Chad and his wife Kirsten have three sons.
Marketing and PR Committee
Chairman and CEO KCOMM
Sinan holds a B.A. in Communications and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, both from Chapman University. In 1998, he formed his first company, KCOMM, a web development and Internet marketing consultancy. In less than 10 years the company grew exponentially as a full-service Public Relations, Government Affairs and Event Marketing agency distinguished by its Internet expertise. In addition, Sinan founded the Internet Marketing Association, 8 years ago, a group that has grown rapidly to over 65,000 members nationwide.
President Vask Real Estate Group
Sean is Vice President of Legal Affairs and In-House Counsel at Consolidation Services, Inc. and serves as the President of VASK Real Estate Group, LLC. He is an attorney and an active member of the State Bar of California as well as a licensed Real Estate Broker. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.
|Thomas J. Leary
Executive Committee, Chair N&G Committee
Partner, Corporate & Finance, Capital Markets Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Tom has extensive experience advising public and private companies, boards of directors and executives in a broad range of complex business, litigation and transactional matters. He received his B.A. in Economics and Business and his J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice in the state of California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
|Bill H. Lyon
Executive Committee, N&G Committee, Chair Development Committee, Building SubCommittee
Chief Executive OfficerWilliam Lyon Homes
Bill, son of General William Lyon, has worked full time with William Lyon Homes since November 1997. He has been a member of the board of directors of William Lyon Homes since January 2000. Bill received a dual B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Product Design from Stanford University.
Marketing & PR Committee, Gala Committee
Kimberly Anne Marquis is an independent medical marketing consultant and Ladera Ranch resident. A graduate of Corona del Mar High School and University of the Pacific in Stockton, she started her marketing career with in northern California with The Grupe Company. It was here that she began her philanthropic work with Rotary and became a board member for United Way and the Volunteer Center. After moving back to Orange County, she became marketing director for Kforce in Irvine and maintained her passion for giving back. She joined the Junior League of Orange County and the Tinkerbell Guild, a Ladera Ranch philanthropy for CHOC Children’s. She is happily married to Chad Marquis for the past 18 years and has three children from ages 6 to 11.
Chair, Building SubCommittee
Vice President The Knoll Company
Scott is responsible for identifying development opportunities, project entitlement, and construction management. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and is a member of NAIOP, the trade association for developers, owners, and investors in industrial, office, and related commercial real estate.
|Sandy Peffer Stone, CFRE
N&G Committee, Development Committee, Gala Committee,
Education Committee Director of Development Lift Up America
Sandy, along with Alexandra Mars Airth, provided Pretend City’s vision. Sandy also served as the first Executive Director. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and received a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Development Committee, Chair Poker Committee
Financial Advisor / Field Director Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Todd has helped run the Northwestern Mutual Orange County Office since 2002. He frequently speaks as a subject matter expert at financial planning industry meetings, sharing his in-depth knowledge regarding holistic financial planning. Todd has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s degree in public policy and planning from CSULB. Todd and his wife Trish have four young sons.
Development Committee; Education Committee; Autism SubCommittee
President of Sales Sales and Service, Inc.
Chris Winn is Principal of Sales & Service, Inc., a firm specializing in technical marketing, product development with market implementation and consulting to the top semiconductor manufacturers in the United States and abroad. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of La Verne
Executive Vice President CBRE
Travis Boyd is an accomplished commercial real estate broker, currently serving as executive vice president at CBRE. Travis is a six-time recipient of Broker of the Year for The Irvine Company and a four-time Equity Office and Spieker Properties Broker of the Year, as well as Dealmaker of the Year for Kennedy-Wilson Properties. In 2009 and 2010, Cushman & Wakefield named him to the prestigious top 100 brokers globally.
Ex Officio Members
Executive Director, Pretend City
Sandra Bolton is an attorney and RN, who recently served as Vice President of Professional Services at City of Hope. In that position she worked with the Chief Medical Officer to facilitate and develop clinical care and medical center programs. In three years, Sandra recruited over forty physicians and physician-scientists. Prior to City of Hope, Sandra served as the founding Executive Director of Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County. Under her leadership, the organization raised more than $7.5 million in its first four years, constructed a 7,000-square-foot dental facility and collaborated with the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, University of Southern California School of Dentistry and Children’s Hospital of Orange County to establish the first dental residency program in Orange County. Sandra started her career in pediatrics/neonatal at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach.Sandra completed a fellowship in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She received her associate degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctorate from Western State College of Law.