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Pretend City Board of Directors

Officers

Hirad Emadi, P.E.
Chair, Pretend City
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.
 

 

Chad Horning
Vice Chair, Pretend City
Executive Committee, N&G Committee, Building Sub-Committee
CEO/Chase Merritt

Chad 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.
 

 

Jill Bertea
Secretary, 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.
 

 

Kari Moore
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.
 

 

William Habermehl
Honorary Director
Superintendent
OC Department of Education, Retired

Bill has 34 years experience in teaching, coaching, site and district administration as well as 23 years of work with the senior management team of the OC Department of Education as Associate Superintendent of Instruction, Technology, Child Development and Outdoor Education Services. He received an MA in Education Administration.

 

Members

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.
 

 

kurtbelcher Kurt Belcher
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.
 

 

Erin Boyl
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.

 

 

markfitzpatrick Mark Fitzpatrick
Marketing Committee
President
RUHM

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.
 

 

Darren Henderson
Finance Committee
First Vice President, Private Banking & Investment Group
Merrill Lynch

Darren and his team advise high net worth clients and foundations on a variety of investment and financial matters ranging from asset allocation and investments to trust and estate planning, philanthropic planning, and credit strategies. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English. Additionally, he received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in Finance. Darren and his wife Kym have five children.
 

 

Sinan Kanatsiz
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.
 

 

seankirwan Sean Kirwan
Education Committee
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 Officer
William 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.
 

 

Kim Marquis
Marketing & PR Committee, Gala Committee
Marketing Consultant

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. Longing to move back to Orange County, she then 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. Marquis places a strong focus on her family. She is happily married to Chad Marquis for the past 18 years and has three children from ages 6 to 11.
 

 

Scott Meserve
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.
 

 

Duleep Rodrigo
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. Duleep and his wife Lisa live in Foothill Ranch, CA with their twins.
 

 

Todd Tripp
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.
 

 

Chris Winn
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.
 

 

Ex Officio Members

Sandra Bolton
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.