Pretend City Board of Directors
Hirad Emadi, P.E.
Hirad earned his civil engineering degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1993 and is a licensed professional civil engineer, registered in the State of California. 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.
Vice Chair, Pretend City
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.
Secretary, Pretend City
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 is a Senior Member of the Major Accounts group headquartered in Newport Beach.
Treasurer, Pretend City
CPA & Consultant
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
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.
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.
|Alexandra Mars Airth
Co-founder & Member at Large, Pretend City
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.
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.
First Vice President, Private Banking & Investment Group
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.
Chairman and CEO
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.
|Thomas J. Leary
Partner, Corporate & Finance, Capital Markets
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
President & COO
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.
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 quickly 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.
The Koll 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
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.
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.
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 Services, 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
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.