LARNEY FOWLER, CUSD FOUNDATION PRESIDENT | ATTORNEY, PRIVATE PRACTICE
A native New Yorker and a graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School, Larney moved to Orange County in 1983. Since graduation from law school in 1979, Larney spent over 15 years with some of the nation’s leading law firms before going into business for himself. Larney’s practice combines general business and transactional law with estate planning and asset protection. Typical clients for Larney include small to medium sized businesses where he handles all business law matters as well as the estate planning for the business principals, and individuals and couples in Orange County looking to preserve their wealth and pass it on to their loved ones with the least expense and court involvement. Larney has also owned several businesses in telecommunications and import/export. This gives him practical hands on appreciation for his clients’ everyday needs. Larney is single and has raised his daughter by himself since she was 8 years old. He considers his daughter, age 22 and a Junior at Columbia University in NYC, as his greatest accomplishment. Larney loves the theatre, movies, reading, tennis, golf, dancing to rock ‘n roll, and singing at open-mike nights.
JEFF MONTEJANO | CONSULTANT & CHIEF OF STAFF, ASSEMBYMAN BILL BROUGH (CA-73)
Jeff Montejano has been actively involved with business, public policy and political affairs throughout California, serving as a communications advisor to developers, CEOs, attorneys, public agency representatives and various elected officials on federal, state and local levels. With 18 years experience in public relations and politics on both the government and agency sides, Jeff serves as President for KCOMM Public Affairs where he currently creates and supervises numerous communications programs in the areas of government, media, community and crisis relations. His clients range from developers, Fortune 500 companies and law firms to government agencies throughout the United States. Jeff has served as vice president for M4 Strategies where his clients included New Majority PAC, California Chamber of Commerce, the largest hospital provider in the United States, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA),and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). He previously served four years in the California State Legislature in multiple capacities, including press secretary, chief of staff and deputy chief of staff to the Assembly Minority Leader. Jeff has also worked on several federal and state political campaigns, including serving on George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign Montejano currently lives in San Clemente with his wife (a teacher) and two daughters attending CUSD schools.
ENZO SCOGNAMIGLIO | OWNER, BRIO TUSCANY GRILL
From owning four national franchises for Subway Restaurants, founding several restaurants to managing several Apartment Complexes in Southern California, Mr. Scognamiglio is an active entrepreneur, philanthropist and an icon in the community he serves. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Scognamiglio has made is mark serving people in the hospitality industry. Since 1993 he has been the owner of Brio Tuscany Grille in Dana Point, California, a popular restaurant, martini bar and nightclub. He also owned Brio Mare in Laguna Beach as well as Brio Tuscany Grille in Corona Del Mar. Prior to opening this local hotspot, he owned the Madison Steakhouse in Long Beach, the largest steakhouse in the US. He has held the Director of Food and Beverage position at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach and served as the General Manager of the Arriba Restaurant Group in Los Angeles, California. He also served as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Mayfair Hotel during the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984. Having spent over 5 years in the cruise ship industry he has mastered the art of customer service and appreciation. Born and raised in Napoli, Italy, Mr. Scognamiglio grew up in a large family where he learned the value of relationships and the importance of building a strong business through empowering people. He and is wife Jill raise their two children in Laguna Hills, California where they work together in several business. He holds a degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management from Avellino College in Napoli, Italy.
NOEL JOVER | BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
Noel Jover is an Orange County native where he has spent all of his childhood and adult life. He started his education as a Kindergarten student at Mission Parish School in San Juan Capistrano where he spent 8 years receiving one of the most well-rounded Catholic elementary school education available. He went on to attend Santa Margarita Catholic High School where he discovered the art of community volunteerism and support. Being involved in red cross club, student government and Kairos retreats helped him to expand his horizons and reach out to the community in which he lived and studied. He continued with his passion of community service while attending Loyola Marymount University while earning his Bachelor of Business Administration with a strong focus in Finance. Between serving as a member of LMU’s student government, mentoring peers as a Certified College Tutor, being a leader in the residence halls as a Resident Advisor and an active member of campus ministry, Noel always found it his duty to give back to the community by dedicating his time and resources in order to further those around him. Noel is excited to bring his experiences and passion to a noteworthy organization such as the CUSD Foundation and channel these resources to improve the lives of the students within these districts.
LAVAL BREWER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PLAYWORKS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Responsible for overall leadership, development, and program growth for the Southern California region. Major focus on strategic engagement of local school district administration’s adaption of play as a vital activity which supports youth development and learning. Lead team member for fundraising results and growth. Work closely with the local advisory board to set local direction, grow individual giving donors and maximize corporate fund development results.
PAUL SIMONDS | PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY
Paul Simonds is Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) local Public Affairs Manager, where he represents the natural gas utility before the 11 cities that make-up south Orange County, including all unincorporated areas of the County. He works closely with elected officials, cities’ staff and community leaders to ensure SoCalGas is able to provide safe, reliable service, while meeting its regulatory responsibilities. Before taking on his current role in 2014, Paul was the Stakeholder Education & Outreach Project Manager for the utility’s Advanced Meter Project. In that role, Paul led the development and implementation of external communication and outreach strategies to prepare locally elected officials, customers and communities for the installation of a r adio network for more than 5.7 million advanced meters.Prior to joining g SoCalGas in 2011, Paul consulted with Cerrell Associates, California’s largest independent public affairs firm, where he managed its social media efforts. Prior to that, he was the communications manager for Western Growers, an agricultural trade association whose member-companies grow, pack and ship about half the nation’s fresh fruit and vegetables. There he managed all external communications efforts on a host of issues, ranging from food safety, to immigration, to water-supply reliability.Paul is on the executive committee and serves as a board member of the South Orange County Economic Coalition. He is also a board member for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, CleanTech O.C. and serves on the government affairs committee for the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Paul has More than 15 years of public relations & public affairs expertise, dating back to his days in the U.S. Navy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Media Relations from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and is currently completing his Master’s in Public Administration from Brandman University, which is part of the Chapman University System. SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy regulated California utility, is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving 20.3 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities. Responsible for overall leadership, development, and program growth for the Southern California region. Major focus on strategic engagement of local school district administration’s adaption of play as a vital activity which supports youth development and learning. Lead team member for fundraising results and growth. Work closely with the local advisory board to set local direction, grow individual giving donors and maximize corporate fund development results.
MALINDA GOLLER | REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY BANK
Malinda Goller is an alumni of Capistrano Unified School District having graduated from Dana Hills High School. Her graduating class included current Dana Hills HS principal, Jason Allemann. She currently has two kids attending CUSD schools. Malinda has participated in numerous Foundation activities including Principal for a Day and actively support the annual golf tournament.
Goller is the Regional Vice President for Community Bank located in Laguna Niguel. Goller believes intensely that “People bank with People.” As a third generation relationship banker, there is nothing she believes more. Being attentive and engaging with clients lead to a workplace with great energy, productivity and profitable relationships that last. Currently Malinda is the Regional Vice President for Community Banks located in Laguna Niguel.
Goller is serving as the chairman of the board of directors for the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce. Goller is also involved in various community groups.