RUSSELL LEATHERBY / CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Until March of 1995, Russ Leatherby served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of UniCARE Insurance Company, a California worker’s compensation insurance company, and its hold company, UniCARE Financial Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company. Following the sale of UniCARE to Blue Cross of California, Russ served three years as the Founding Director of the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Chapman University. Over the years, Russ has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and is the founder and Chairman of Casa de Amma.
SUSIE LEATHERBY Susie is a graduate of the University of the Pacific and was a professional educator prior to starting a family and becoming a community volunteer. Many organizations have benefited from her talent and energy including the Junior League and National Charity League. Susie played a critical role in the inception and start up of Casa de Amma including directing all aspects of the building’s interior design and furnishings.
MEGAN GESS Megan is an associate in O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Newport Beach office. She has experience in mergers and acquisitions as well as general corporate law and securities matters. She has represented clients in stock purchases, asset purchases, purchase and sales, portfolio acquisitions, leases and secured and unsecured financing transactions. Megan holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, cum laude; Order of the Coif; Fritz B. burns Scholars, St. Thomas More Law Honor Society; First Honors Award in Legal Research and Writing.
GREGG H. DORNER Gregg began his career in management at Heinemann’s bakeries and in 1993 became the Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board. In 2003, Gregg left Heinemann’s and became a private investor, the manager of real estate investments, and board member for a number of organizations such as: Cove School in Northbrook, Illinois , Riverview School in Massachusetts, Casa de Amma and Hunter Industries.
DAWN HUNTER, PHD Dr. Dawn Hunter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of special education. She currently serves as a Professor and Director of the Ph.D. program within the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, teaching both doctoral and undergraduate students. Prior to her work at Chapman, Dr. Hunter served as the Branch Chief of the Severe Disabilities Branch, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, DC. Dr. Hunter has over 25 professional publications in the field of special education in the areas of inclusive schooling, positive behavioural strategies, transition, policy development, and systems change.
JOEL LAUTENSCHLEGER A Laguna Hills resident since 1985, Mr. Lautenschleger, his wife, and four children have been extremely active in church, school, youth athletic, and community programs. He has always considered community involvement a priority and has been actively involved with scouting, AYSO, Saddleback Valley YMCA and area schools. Joel Lautenschleger was first elected to the Laguna Hills City Council concurrent with the vote on incorporation in March 1991 and has served on the City Council ever since. He served as Mayor in 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2009. Prior to incorporation in 1991, he served as Chief Petitioner and Co-Chairperson for the successful cityhood drive. Mr. Lautenschleger recently sold a very successful healthcare facility to spend more time with community programs, grandchildren, and a fairly extensive involvement with property management throughout Orange County. He received his Bachelors of Biological Science Degree from Cal Poly Pomona, and a Masters Degree in Medical Technology Management. He has appeared before numerous committees regarding long-term care, as well as appearing on KOCE-TV to discuss health care issues. Joel Lautenschleger was proud to diligently fight the battle to defeat a commercial airport at El Toro and most recently has become heavily involved with Saddleback church and it’s Clean Water Initiative to bring drinkable water to thousands of residents of Rwanda, Africa.
KEN YOOD Mr. Yood is a partner in the Corporate practice group in the firm's Los Angeles office. He represents a wide range of healthcare providers and healthcare companies, including specialty and general acute hospitals (including local district, nonprofit and for-profit facilities), home health agencies, pharmaceutical vendors, nursing facilities, and health information and management providers. Ken has experience in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and certification, state licensing, and federal regulatory compliance. Additionally, he counsels clients on physician referral law limitations, state and federal fraud and abuse issues, and state and federal false claims and program fraud matters. Ken helps clients both establish and operate health care compliance programs. He has developed corporate compliance programs designed to identify Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and certification issues, licensing and federal regulatory compliance matters, fraud and abuse issues, as well other regulatory compliance matters. He has assisted clients in both internal and external investigations of health care facilities and has experience in advising clients on disclosure and reporting obligations and strategies under the various federal and state false claims laws.
BILL R. TILLETT After attending Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship, Bill transferred to North Texas State University graduating with a degree in Accounting in 1965. Upon graduation, Bill joined the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) in the Dallas office. In 1972 he became a partner and in 1979, he moved to New Orleans as Managing Partner to establish a new office for the firm. He moved to Atlanta as Managing Partner in 1986, and finally became Managing Partner of the South Florida and Puerto Rico offices. He also served as a member of the firm’s National Governing Board. He traveled extensively serving clients with operations in Canada, Alaska, China, the Middle East, Europe and South America. After 35 years in public accounting, Bill retired from PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He joined a private equity firm and was responsible for company acquisitions, leading the effort to acquire two successful companies for the fund. He served on the board of these and other portfolio companies. Currently Bill is developing real estate in Utah and Texas and is involved as a financial consultant in small company management and acquisitions. Throughout his career, Bill has been involved as a leader in many professional civic and charitable organizations including the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the 1984 World’s Fair Board, Chambers of Commerce, Cystic Fibrosis, LPGA and PGA golf events, and CPA Societies. He is presently serving on the board of Baptist Health Systems of South Florida, a leading health care provider in the United States.
KATIE GILLIN Katie is a member of the Leatherby family. She is the daughter of Russ and Susie, and sister to Doug Leatherby. Katie has her teaching credential and M.A. in Special Education from Chapman University. She taught special education for Garden Grove Unified School District and worked at Chapman University coordinating special education student teachers. She is passionate about supporting families that have children with disabilities. She is a wife to Peter and mother to Annie and Susie.