Board of Directors
Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan
Yvonne was born in Chicago, IL , her mother was from Aguascalientes, MX and her father was from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She moved to Southern California in 1979.
Yvonne returned to school after a 15 year absence and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science in 1981 and started a Master’s Degree in Management. She worked for over 20 years as a Manager in Head Start, Health Care and most recently as a Program Manager at Long Beach City College in the Economic and Resource Development-Workforce Development Department. In this position she managed programs addressing the training needs in Early Childhood Education. She has been a consultant and a federal program reviewer for a variety of programs. She continues to write grants and most recently was awarded a grant for Anaheim High School’s Independent Learning Center to address the Hispanic dropout rate. This grant exposes students to careers, visits to colleges and cultural awareness.
Yvonne has enjoyed an early retirement and has volunteered at several non-profits. She is currently:
- President, League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC) in Anaheim.
- Vice President Internal Affairs, Heritage Museum of Orange County
- Vice President Mexican American Heritage Cultural Center of Orange County
- Member of the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council
- Child Care Connections Advisory Board member
- Pretend City Children’s Museum, Education Advisory Board member
- Consultant and Past Board member for Orange County Children’s Therapeutic ARTS Center(OCCTAC)
Yvonne has 2 adult children, Julie and Greg and one 11 year old grandson Gavin.
Hon. James P. Gray (Ret)
Private Judge / Private mediation, ADR Services
Jim Gray served as a judge for the Orange County Superior Court for 20 years before retiring in 2009. During this time, he received many awards for his service including “Judge of the Year” from the Orange County Bar Association and Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation. Prior to that, Jim was appointed to the Santa Ana municipal court where he was active in trying to combat the major problem of drinking driver and other alcohol-related offenses. He was awarded a commendation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for these efforts in 1990. Jim also worked as a Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office and in private practice with Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel in Newport Beach. Jim obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA and law degree from USC.
Corporate Counsel, Ricoh Corporation (Ret)
Les Hall has been a corporate attorney for 30 years, serving as general counsel for Ricoh Electronics, and previously as a corporate counsel for the Automobile Club of Southern California. A supporter of the arts and the environment, he is currently in the process of opening an art and import gallery. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and J.D. from USC Law Center. As a California native living in Orange County for over 20 years, he has seen too much of our open space lost to development. He is committed to helping preserve a part of Orange County’s rich agricultural and cultural history, and protecting and restoring native plants and habitat for future generations.
Debra L. Holmes
Cangelosi & Holmes, Inc. ▪ Certified Public Accountants
Debra L. Holmes, CPA is the managing partner of Cangelosi & Holmes, Inc., Certified Public Accountants in Tustin, CA. The firm provides a full range of tax preparation and planning, accounting, business systems advisory and not-for-profit audit, review and consulting services. Debra (Debbie) has over 30 years’ experience and specializes in not-for-profit entities including religious organizations, schools, rescue missions and social organizations. Other areas of expertise include establishing and maintaining internal controls and resolving financial system problems.
Debbie is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and received her CPA certificate from the State of California in 1980.