Board of Directors
Principal, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School / Santa Ana Unified School District
Anita Ford comes to us with 28 years of service in Education. She has authored and been awarded significant grants for Technology, Arts, and Language Arts for elementary schools in Santa Ana Unified School District. She was a 1999-2000 recipient of the prestigious UCI Regents Award. Her background in Curriculum & Instruction, Staff Development and as an expert Evaluator of Teaching & Learning with Santa Ana Unified School District provides Heritage Museum of Orange County optimum support for our educational programs.
Her professional affiliations include:
- Association of California School Administrators (ACSA),
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD),
- California Associate of Bilingual Education (CABE),
- California Mathematics Council (CMC),
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),
- President/Board Member for Santa Ana School Administrators Association (SASAA),
- Board Member for Santa Ana Recreation and Parks,
- Board Member for Bella Vista Neighborhood Association.
Norma C. Kurtz
Director of Workforce and Economic Development, Orange County Labor Federation
Previous employment included eight years as District Director for CA State Senator Joe Dunn where she was responsible for the management of the Senator’s local office and also represented him in the communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Buena Park, Stanton and Westminster.
Prior to that, she was employed as a manager by Pacific Bell for more than twenty years. She had several management assignments during those years including sales, service, human resources, training, budget & results and labor relations. She retired as Assistant Vice President of External and Public Affairs.
She is married (to a blacksmith and longtime museum volunteer) and lives in Anaheim. Their children and grandchildren have all enjoyed the museum – both through school visits and museum events.
Associate, Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Ms. Levin is an associate in the Government and Regulatory Section where she specializes in a wide range of litigation and transactional matters relating to both municipal governments and private clients. Particularly, Ms. Levin’s practice focuses on water district issues, as well as other municipal and regulatory matters.
Ms. Levin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2006, earning her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Sociology and Political Science. While at UCLA, she was an active member of the UCLA Unicamp. In addition, she worked at the UCLA Lab School. Ms. Levin then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. Ms. Levin received her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 2012. At UCLA Law, she was Comments Editor for UCLA Law Review and served on the Board of the Health Law Society. While in law school, she clerked as an extern for Justice Richard Fybel at the California Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division 3 and for Judge Roy Paul at the Los Angeles Superior Court.
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.
Directors at large
Mark Bello, PhD
Principal, Mitchell Development Center / Santa Ana Unified School District
Publisher & CEO, Cervantes International
Sandra Cervantes is a visionary with the business acumen to take a deal from conception to fruition. Ms. Cervantes is a highly successful real estate business owner and investor with an uncanny ability to bring together the right people in the right place at the right time. She believes when convenience and opportunity coincide – the synergy is infinite. The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has recognized Cervantes as one of the top 250 real estate professionals in the nation. She has worked in the field of housing and community development throughout her career and is an advocate on homeownership education and sustainability issues.
Cervantes is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, bilingual, housing expert and skilled negotiator. Cervantes has 30 years of experience committed to stabilizing neighborhood communities. Cervantes is available 24/7, executes on compressed time frames, provides thorough reports and delivers to all Fine Home and Estate Sales, Short Sales, New Home and Commercial Sales throughout Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.
In a departure from her real estate acquisitions, Cervantes recently launched Cervantes Publishing Company and immediately acquired Velazquez Publishing, Inc., and its two signature newspapers – Miniondas and FarandulaUSA. These trusted brands have been established for over 35 years and are the leader in both local coverage and community partnerships.
Cervantes is the Chairman of the Board of Cervantes International whose companies include Cervantes Commercial, Cervantes Publishing Company, Cervantes Promotions, Cervantes Real Estate and Cervantes Scholarship Foundation.
Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan
Federal Grants Manager with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
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.
Former General Counsel, Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (Ret.)
Les Hall was a corporate attorney for 30 years, serving as general counsel for Ricoh Electronics, Inc. and previously as a corporate counsel for the Automobile Club of Southern California. 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 25 years, he has seen too much open space lost to development. He is committed to helping preserve a part of Orange County’s rich cultural, natural and agricultural history, and helping make the Heritage Museum of Orange County a better community resource that can be enjoyed by everyone. In addition to working to increase overall visitor opportunities at the Museum, his main focus has been on expanding gardening opportunities for the local community, and working to improve the Museum’s Gospel Swamp Natural Area by planting oak trees and other native plants, and by helping restore the wetlands and other natural areas for future generations to enjoy.
• Orange County Bar Association
• Policy Committee, SAUSD Head Start
Director of Contract Management, Behr Process Corporation
Drew Hatcher is the Director of Contract Management with 18 years at Behr Process Corporation, the manufacturer of Behr brand paints in Santa Ana. Drew is a licensed California attorney and received his J.D. from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. An Orange County native with deep family roots in Santa Ana. Drew is passionate about the preservation of Orange County’s historical legacy and is actively involved in the restoration of the Maag Farmhouse at the Heritage Museum.
Patrick Lee, CPA/PFS, CFP, MAS
Principal, KLP Tax & Financial Group
Patrick Y. Lee is a principal with KLP Tax & Financial Group, Inc. with over twenty-four years of experience in providing professional accounting, tax and financial planning services. He has served clients in a variety of industries including hotel management, real estate, non-profit organizations and hospitals, mortgage banking, technology, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, engineering, medical and professional services.
Patrick is a CPA/PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) and CFP (Certified Financial Planner) serving high net worth clients in tax planning, estate planning, investment planning, charitable giving, wealth preservation, and asset protection strategies. His clients have ranged from entrepreneurial start-up companies to established multi-national corporations.
Patrick was a tax manager with Ernst & Young specializing in tax planning services, mergers and acquisitions, tax examinations and appeals, due diligence, transaction structuring, financial accounting for income taxes, buyer and seller side representation, and international tax planning.
He earned his undergraduate finance degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Master in Accounting Science degree with concentrations in Taxation and Information Systems from University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign.
He is committed to contributing actively to the community and various non-profit organizations. Patrick was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for 2-1-1 Orange County, a non-profit organization that offers a comprehensive information and referral system (via the toll free number 211) linking Orange County residents to community health and human services and support.