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"REWARD COURAGE" has given over $950,000 to very courageous high school Seniors.
Julie Inman,
Chairman of the Board

Julie epitomizes the standards for which Supportability exists.
A woman of extraordinary courage, Julie suffered a stroke at the age of 15 which left her in a coma for five weeks, and hospitalized for six months. She was literally incapable of doing anything; she did not even have a coughing reflex.
Julie was not defeated, however. After endless hours and years of challenging physical therapy, she slowly and courageously worked to regain her sight, speech, the ability to walk, read, and do things we normally take for granted.
Julie went on to graduate with her class from Mater Dei in 1985, and graduated with honors in 1989 from USC, with a B.A. in English. She went on to found SA after learning about non-profit organizations from her work with local organizations.
After beginning SA, Julie received the Clara Barton Spectrum Award by the O.C. Red Cross, Outstanding Women in Orange County by the We Give Thanks Foundation, the B of A Neighborhood Hero Award, and was honored by Mater Dei High School with the Ring of Honor Award. In October 2017 L.A. Fitness wrote a blog on their website introducing Julie. It was linked to this site where people were encouraged to pledge towards our new spinning fundraiser!
SupportAbility is now in its 17th year and has awarded over $600,000 to date.

Nancy Lewis

Nancy earned a B.S. in Education from USC in 1962.
She and her husband Derek have three adult children. Her firstborn, Michael, was born with cerebral palsy, and it was in dealing with this unexpected challenge that Nancy's compassion and desire to help others was ignited.
A frequent speaker at women's groups, and a mentor to those who can be encouraged from her life experiences, Nancy serves on the SA Board to support those who are overcomers who live with disability on a daily basis. Recognizing all that this entails, and all the obstacles which constantly present themselves to the disabled, Nancy considers it a privilege to serve on the board where Julie is a "champion of courage" and where courage can be rewarded.
She and her husband are also founding members of the Shea Therapeutic Horseback-riding Center where Mike, their son, was one of the first participants.

Patricia Inman

After graduating in 1962 from USC, with honors, with a B.S. in Education, Patti (mother of Julie Inman) has enjoyed keeping in touch with her Kappa Kappa Gamma sister's.
She always kept her hand, head, and heart in some phase of education. She is a collector of all things vintage especially Valentines and has taken several trips with the Valentine's Society. She is in two book clubs and was Vice President of the Irvine Tycoons, where she was a member for 15 years. She was a full-time classroom teacher, private tutor, and past employee of the Sylvan Learning Center for fifteen years.
Currently she has her own tutoring business. She has loved the idea of rewarding courage by awarding scholarships to special young people who are so often overlooked, but who have overcome real difficulties in their lives . She is the recording secretary of SA and a great all-around aid to Julie.

Katharine Trotter

In 1959 Katharine earned her B.S. in Education at USC, and taught kindergarten before starting her family which now includes seven children and over twenty grandchildren.
Always active in community affairs, Kathy has been a member of the Assistance League of Santa Ana since 1969. She has served on various committees and currently works with the Katharine Irvine Auxiliary whose members work in the Dental Center and provide low cost dental care and education for the needy. Katharine is also a member of the Santa Ana Alumnae chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and St. Cecilia Church in Tustin.
Having 2 brothers who had cancer, she has witnessed the difficulties one experiences with such a disability. Therefore she is very happy for the opportunity to help those who find themselves in difficult circumstances and is encouraged by what she has observed of Julie's courage and indomitable spirit since her stroke. She feels privileged to know Julie who has met her challenges head on and has never asked, "Why me ?"

Neena Smith

Neena earned her B.A. and Teaching Credential at UCLA. She later earned a Special Eucation Credential at UCI.
She is married, has three grown children and five grandchildren. Neena has been a Special Ed teacher and Department Chair at University High School in Irvine. Presently she tutors once a week at that school, and serves as House Captain for Rebuilding Together O.C. She is also affiliated with the Bowers Museum.
Neena is excited about expanding opportunities for people with disabilities because she has had relatives with MS and Cerebral Palsy and has felt that their opportunities were so very limited. She also wants to be able to provide hope and encouragement to Special Needs students, who need it so badly.

Jean Baumann

Jean is currently retired as co-owner of a company that is responsible for marketing computer keyboards to schools and districts.
A mother of 5 children who all grew up with Julie. She has 12 grandchildren now. Jean has always been active in the Catholic Church and a model citizen for many.
She keeps the SA Roster on her computor and maintains it.

Cy Baumann

An engineer from Boeing who is currently retired.
He is active in other non-profits, such as Rebuilding Together. He serves as the Southern California region President. This is a group that aids and assists the disabled create accessibility for themselves.
Cy has finished every L.A. Marathon and is the husband of Jean. He enjoys traveling with his grandchildrenand his wife

Mary Hickey

Mother of three adult children and grandmother of three. Worked with her husband who has since passed away. She set up a scholorship at their college alma mater in his name. Involved in Catholic ministry. She also enjoys spending time
with her 96 year old father who is now 102.

Barry Noebel

Active family man and  dedicated supporter of SupportAbility. Currently retired from sales.

Barry's wife, Jane, suddenly passed away from a rare from of cancer. Many donations were received from friends and family. An award in Jane's name was established at Mater Dei High School where her three children graduated. 2015 was the second year of her award.

Linda Kilpatrick

Returning to the Board after retiring from her demanding career as a teaching administrator.
She received her BA in Education from USC where she is still involved.
She is the mother of two grown children and has five grandchildren. She is also very active in her church, and loves to travel.

Kelly Campbell

Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified

Financial Planner.  She and her husband Bill have lived in

Irvine for 28 years.  They have 2 grown daughters.With a

commitment to giving back to the community, Kelly has

volunteered with local non-profits as well as the Irvine

Schools.  She was a founding member of the Irvine Publi

c School Foundation’s Afterschool Classroom Enrichment

Program and served on the Boards of both the Junior

League of Orange County and the Irvine Chapter of

National Charity League.

Kelly is inspired by SupportAbility’s mission to recognize

and reward courageous students and feels privileged to

serve on its Board of Directors.

Kathie Armstrong

A graduate of Stanford, Kathie attended the University of

Southern California Law School where she earned her

J.D. degree.  Kathie was the first Executive Director of

the Quiksilver Foundation, where she oversaw its

development, administratio and management for five

years. Kathie currently serves on the Hoag Hospital

Foundation Board of Directors. She and her husband,

Dwight, live in Irvine and have three grown children

.  Kathie is honored to be a part of SupportAbility which

recognizes, praises and supports students who have shown

courage in overcoming extraordinary obstacles. 

Joann Slobodien
Mother of past Courage Award recipient, Ben, who has since graduated from UNLV, joined the PGA and is the current golf pro at Rancho San Jaoquin. Joann is mother of three boys , served on te PTA during their high school years and is currently active on the USC Water Polo Booster Club. She is adept at fundraising.
Peter Inman
Pete, Julie's father, is a real-estate consultant and CEO for Inman and Associates. Currently he is providing site acquisition for another non-profit organization.

Updated 5-17-2019