We are pleased to welcome hospitality industry iconoclast, philanthropist, and United States Marine Corps disabled combat veteran, Dr. Donald W. Wise, to be a member of the Advisory Committee. Dr. Wise is a long-time Newport Beach resident. He has demonstrated his selfless capacity to support the local community through decades of philanthropic endeavors right here in Orange County. He also brings a lifelong career of business skills as an investment banker to assist in making strong decisions for our Advisory Group and our Board.
Margaux is an artist and entrepreneur. Her designs and concepts have been featured in multiple publications including Conde Nast, HGTV and Disney. Margaux studied at UCLA and Brigham Young University, and holds bachelor degrees in both Business and Political Science.
Ariana has been blessed to find her calling as a financial planner. Her passion of simplifying what can often be overwhelming for individuals and couples is what truly fulfills and gives her purpose. “My mantra on financial planning has always been to educate and navigate the client through constantly changing stock market environments and major life milestones, it’s a partnership of trust and respect.” Her greatest mentor has been her husband Sid, who has played an integral role in her development not only as a professional but as the woman she is today.
Maria has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years. She provides comprehensive wealth management planning and consultation to high net worth individuals, families and business owners, specializing in helping women achieve financial independence.
Angie is a native to Southern California and currently the Controller at Crown Realty & Development. She practiced public accounting for several years after earning her degree and graduating top of the Accounting majors at the University of Redlands before moving on to the private sector real estate industry. When she is not crunching numbers, she enjoys traveling, tap dancing and exploring new restaurants. Angie is recently married and her husband shares her love of classic cars. She is excited about joining the OC Women 2 Women team and supporting them in all ways possible.
Julie grew up in Glendale and attended University of California, Irvine to receive BA in psychology. She was part of the downtown LA hustle and bustle working at Trust & Banking Company. During that time, she met her husband and traveled around the world pursuing his career. Currently, Julie is working part time at Karen Butera, Inc. She met Karen interning while attending Interior Design Institute. Happy to have the opportunity to work with OCWomen2Women to assist local women in need. It is so heart-warming to meet the women in person.
Sahar Hanna started her professional career as a trainer of computer operators and account management. She followed her passion and worked as a gemologist specializing in diamonds and gemstones. Sahar has received many honorees for her work in the community and has been recognized by the State Bar of California, California Legislature Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives, and many members of the United States Congress. Sahar continues her work supporting and empowering women across the world as well as educating senior citizens on new technologies. In her free time Sahar enjoys:
Farah is the founder of Design Trends Group,inc, dedicated to addressing interior design needs of those who appreciate the finest that success has to offer. Farah holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design and has served residential clients and professional home builders for over 20 years. With attention to detail and excellence, she has created award-winning projects in major American metropolitan markets as well as in Germany, Spain, England and France.
Heidi has a broad background of 3 decades in key leadership positions with Allstate Insurance Company.
Heidi has a passion for goals and creating a vision to maximize them. She loves to create teams to achieve these goals and naturally sees the strength of others and how each person can contribute in their own special way. She is very excited to be a part of OC Women2Women team.
Jude is a true native of Orange County, graduating from Newport Harbor High School, and attending Nursing School at Orange Coast College. She later received a BA in Health Services Administration, and an MA in Psychology from St Mary's College. After working years in ICU at Hoag Hospital, she became the first nurse to perform a dialysis at the hospital, she worked the next 20 years in the dialysis field. After retiring, Jude had the opportunity to perform medical missionary work in India and Ghana. Recently she has accompanied friends who developed, and installed, portable water purifiers in remote villages in Ghana and Tanzania. She is very pleased to serve with the wonderful women of OC Women2Women, in the business of serving others.
Robin is a marketing consultant who strives to make a difference each day in all that she does, whether it be in her professional or personal life. She was drawn to OC Women2Women because of their Christ-centered approach to empowering and nurturing women. This reinforces her belief that women are the center of the home, with the home being a powerful resource for change in the community. With over 18 years of Marketing and Communications experience, along with over 20 years of community service, she is excited about making a difference for the OC W2W organization.A few fun facts about Robin include:
Currently a stay at home mom, Shawna is enjoying all that toddlers have to offer and soaking up every moment she can with her adorable children. She owns her own design business and when she has the chance she takes on small design jobs and events or consults for other designers. She was drawn to OC W2W because of its vision to not only help women globally but locally, and she looks forward to helping as many women and children as time will allow.You may not know that:
Karen is the founder of Karen Butera Inc., an international award-winning interior design firm where she has had the privilege of practicing her passion of creating personalized style and aesthetics for each project's vision for over three decades. Inspired and guided by a task-oriented father with a strong business ethic and moral code, together with the unconditional love of a beautiful, soft spoken mother, she is able to apply her entrepreneurial spirit in OC Women2Women by helping women locally and globally to become fully self supporting. As a founding member, she loves the challenge of helping others achieve their dreams.
Karen is happily married to her wonderful husband and business partner, Ric King.