Meet The Board

Josh Buttrey

Board Chair, Finance Committee

Josh Buttrey is the CEO of Buttrey Financial, a boutique wealth management financial planning firm associated with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company in Newport Beach.  He and his team of five have been doing comprehensive financial planning for 15 years.  They work primarily with couples and individuals in the “retirement red zone;” they also work with many closely-held business owners, executives, attorneys, and other professionals.  Josh began the firm after graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP™) professional, a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®), and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®).

Josh is passionate about the work we do at Child Guidance Center having served many years as a volunteer counselor and mentor with the Royal Family Kids Summer Camp for abused and neglected children in the foster system.  He has also personally seen the damaging effects of mental health issues in several family members and he knows the life-saving impact of professional help.  In fact several of his relatives have become licensed counselors.  He values the role that family plays in the process as he and his wife Lexie, have a 7-year-old son, Jack, who battles his own mental health challenges, and a 5-year-old daughter, Sadie.  Also, several of their closest friends have become foster parents and/or adopted children from the foster system, and nearly all of these kids deal with some mental health problems as a result of the trauma they’ve experienced.

Bruce Conn

Board Secretary

Bruce Conn is founder of California Equity & Loan, a residential mortgage banking company he began in 1986. He earned a degree in real estate and finance from Long Beach City College. Bruce serves as Secretary of the Board, and supports CGC’s mission to provide access to quality and compassionate mental health services for all children.

Bruce is an avid naturalist and active in land use planning and long term preservation of Orange County’s Live Oak Canyon and adjacent O’Neill Regional Park and Cleveland National Forest. He resides in Silverado Canyon.

Jim Ethell

Board Member, Finance Committee

Jim Ethell is Senior Implementation & SAP Manager BatchMaster Software, a leading provider of industry specific processing software and has more than 25 years of management, finance and accounting experience as a CEO, CFO and controller. He has served companies ranging from start-up to operating divisions of Fortune 500 companies, and industries ranging from medical device and electronic manufacturing, to distribution, service and not-for-profit in both domestic and international markets.

Jim has supported the growth of CGC for 20 years, and has served many roles on its board including Chairman of the Board. He serves a significant role in guiding the organizations’ operations and financial oversight.

Jim holds a bachelor’s in business administration from California State University, Fullerton, and an MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He currently lives in Mission Viejo.

H. Kent Falk

Board Member, Parliamentarian

H. Kent Falk is the Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Partners Bank of California, where he is responsible for directing and managing the bank’s lending and business development activities. A native Orange County resident, Kent is a veteran banker with 40 years of experience in banking and commercial credit in the Orange County area. He has held executive management positions in credit management, business development and commercial lending throughout his career.

Kent earned a bachelor’s degree in managerial finance from California State University, Long Beach and is a graduate of both the RMA-Stonier Banking School and the National American Banking Association’s Compliance and Graduate Compliance School.

He has served on numerous boards in the past, including the Saddleback College Foundation, Newport Irvine Rotary, Pacific Chorale, South County Community Clinic (El Camino Health Center), Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Mission San Juan Capistrano Parish. Currently, Kent serves the poor by volunteering through Family Assistance Ministries. He also has coached PONY league and high school baseball, and most recently his grandson’s Ladera Ranch Little League team. Kent lives in San Juan Capistrano with his wife of 40 years, Linda. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

Maryrose Gray

Board Member

Maryrose Gray is an educator, writer and small-business owner with a deep commitment to supporting families and strengthening communities. She started her career teaching elementary school in rural North Carolina with Teach For America, and then moved to Los Angeles to teach at KIPP: Comienza Community Prep, the No. 1 performing school in California out of schools serving at/above 60 percent English Language Learners. Maryrose attended the KIPP School Leadership Program in Chicago while founding and overseeing the After School Program at KIPP Comienza.

Maryrose co-founded Cat & Owl Co. to provide educational tools that foster a strong connection between parent and child. Maryrose has also worked as a consultant for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Emergency Management Task Force, and she is currently active on several educational and youth-related committees.

She graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s in economics and completed her master’s in teaching at University of Southern California.

During her time in the classroom, Maryrose saw the deep need for mental health services for children and families, and she is honored to serve on Child Guidance Center’s board of directors. She hopes that she can bring her current experiences growing a small business to help CGC build stronger brand awareness in Orange County.

Jennifer Jana

Board Member, Board Development Committee, Chair

Jennifer Jana is an attorney who began her legal career as an intern with the New York State Attorney General. After graduating cum laude from New York University with a bachelor’s in history, Jennifer attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She gained international experience with training in Budapest, London and Vienna, and, upon admission to the State Bar of California, continued brokering sponsorship opportunities for businesses across three continents.

Jennifer joined Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors in 2014, and currently serves as Vice Chair of Board Development.

As a first generation American from a family of educators, Jennifer is committed to social justice advocacy. Previous partnerships include Habitat for Humanity, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Mission Hospital and University of California Early Academic Outreach Program. Jennifer resides in Laguna Beach and, when not in local waters, she can be found on a yoga mat, with a book, or boarding a plane.

Robert Jechart

Board Member

Robert Jechart is president and CEO of RJE International, the Irvine-based worldwide leader in diver navigation systems. Robert has over 20 years of leadership and expertise bringing underwater sonar technologies to market. Robert’s mission is to increase safety measures for swimming pools and other bodies of water to save lives, and in 2000, he invented SonarGuard®, the most advanced and effective swimming pool safety system that has already saved the lives of dozens of children.

Robert is an active member of Orange County’s business and education communities, serving as past president and founding member of the Orange County Chapter of the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization and a past president of Toastmasters of Orange County. He was also a board member of the California State University, Fullerton Alumni Association and the Guardian Scholars Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor’s in business from California State University, Fullerton. He is the proud father of two sons and resides in Irvine with his wife, Erin.

Sonja Krastman

Board Member, Business Development Committee, Chair

Sonja Krastman is a strategic creative communications, marketing and organizational change executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience working with start-up and Fortune 200 companies. In 2012, she founded Krastman Communications, working with clients from the healthcare, building, information technologies, nonprofit and arts industries. Prior to that, Sonja spent 15 years with Computer Sciences Corporation as a member of the executive leadership team where she led comprehensive communications, culture change, transition, corporate responsibility and client marketing programs for many large scale clients including Raytheon and Ascension Health.

Sonja has provided volunteer leadership to Child Guidance Center for eight years, supporting the agency’s communications, grant writing and fundraising needs.

She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and holds certificate degrees in communications, organizational change and design. Sonja lives in Huntington Beach and has two adult daughters.

Christa Rose Lipinski

Board Member

Christa Rose Lipinski is a passionate designer of interiors and florals who opened her first floral design business as a high school senior. She went on to receive her bachelor’s in interior design from the Design Institute of San Diego. Now in its 14th year, Floral Designs by Christa Rose is a thriving company specializing in wedding and special occasions. Christa understands the positive impact that business can have on local communities. In 2015, her company became the first, and only, Orange County floral business to source directly from local flower farms. In addition to running her own business, Christa is the assistant creative director at Hibner Design Group, Inc., a successful boutique interior design company in Irvine.

Christa is a proud 10th generation native of San Juan Capistrano. She is deeply committed to strengthening her community by supporting children and families in need, and she joined the Child Guidance Center Board of Directors in 2015. Christa resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband, Dan.

Nisha Morris

Board Member

Nisha Morris was previously the executive director of communications, public relations for Providence St. Joseph Health, a Catholic health system with 50 hospitals, 829 physician clinics and 111,000 caregivers (employees) serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. In this role, she led the team responsible for system-wide proactive media relations at a national level as well as oversaw public relations for the organization’s eight markets.

Nisha joined the health system in 2014. Recently, Nisha made the decision to leave Providence St. Joseph Health to focus on her family. Her 9-year-old daughter, Nathasha, was born with a rare genetic condition that causes her to stop breathing when she sleeps. It’s a complicated medical condition that requires around-the-clock monitoring. Her daughter will soon go through a major transition in her health care that will greatly improve her quality of life, and Nisha left PSJH to dedicate her time to her family right now.

Being a special needs mom and advocate is an experience that led Nisha to work in health care and also connected her heart to CGC’s mission of empowering children and families. She joined the Child Guidance Center board of directors in <insert month and year> to help guide and support the agency’s strategic communications and public relations needs. She is passionate about the work CGC is doing to end the stigma associated with mental illness and bring children and families who are hurting out of the shadows and into care they need.

Nisha holds a dual master’s degree in marketing and healthcare management. In 2007, Nisha received a PR News’ top Women in PR award. She lives in Ladera Ranch in Orange County, California, with her husband, Randy, her daughter, Nathasha, and their many pets.

Lori Pack

Chief Executive Officer

Lori Pack, a licensed clinical social worker, was appointed CEO of Child Guidance Center in 2009. She began working at Child Guidance Center in 1988 and served in various roles, including therapist, supervisor, university liaison and clinical director. Lori has a track record of establishing strong professional partnerships and introducing innovative therapeutic programs, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and the Strong Families, Strong Children program for veteran and military families and children.

Her passion and commitment to helping the community is demonstrated through her leadership and ensuring her well-trained team is always providing the highest quality of innovative and evidence-based care to children and families in need.

Lori earned her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, New York and her bachelor’s in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She studied Spanish at the Institute for Bilingual Studies in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Lori is a California native who resides in Newport Beach. She is the proud mother of two grown sons, Evan and Brent.

Addie Zione

Board Member

Addie began her career at NBC News in New York City, NY as a production assistant on Today, Weekend Today and NBC News at Sunrise. Addie then became a reporter and anchor at a local CBS news affiliate in West Virginia.  In 2002, Zinone joined the US Army Reserve as a journalism and public affairs soldier, serving a total of 14 years in the armed forces, including two, year-long, tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Addie covered combat, humanitarian and civil affairs missions while interviewing coalition troops, top U.S. and world leaders, Iraqis, visiting celebrities and civil servants.

Between her two tours in Iraq, Addie worked at NBC’s Access Hollywood as a field producer and special on-air correspondent, producing segments and covering Hollywood’s biggest events including the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and MTV Movie Awards red carpets.

Addie’s military service, entrepreneurism and commitment to those in need has led her to create a number of exciting projects including Kicks for Kids which asked Americans to donate their lightly used athletic shoes to struggling children in Iraq, resulting in the delivery of over 50,000 pairs of shoes.  In 2007, Addie and her husband Greg founded the nonprofit Pro vs GI Joe with the sole purpose to boost the moral of deployed American troops.  Pro vs. GI Joe connects soldiers to their favorite professional athletes and celebrities back home through highly coordinated and often televised live-stream video game competitions. Often these connections lead to lasting in-person friendship. Addie’s experience in journalism and her wish to mentor young women led to her co-founding Press Forward, a national initiative to improve the culture in America’s newsrooms.

Addie lives with her husband Greg, and her two children in Newport Beach.