SupportAbility Board of Directors
" REWARD COURAGE"
Chairman of the Board
Julie epitomizes the standards for which Supportability, currently
given over a quarter-of-a-million dollars,
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, courageously
worked to regain 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 USC with honors in 1989. She graduated 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.
SupportAbility will begin its tenth year and has
awarded over $250,000.00.
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 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.
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
In 1959 Katharine earned her B.S. in Education at USC,
and taught kindergarten before starting her family
which now includes seven children and seventeen
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 ?"
Jim is our newest Board Member. He is a graduate of The
Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.(M.A.) and
UC Irvine (B.A.) He is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mirror Image
Internet, a Boston-based technology company. Jim served for
many years on the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory
Board where he worked closely with Julie and Ken Granger, past
Board Member. He is active in coaching his children's baseball
and soccer teams. He resides in Tustin with his wife, Tracey,
and their four children.
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
Jean 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.
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 grandchildren.
Mother of adult three 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.
Active family man and past dedicated supporter of SupportAbility. Works for Hewlett Packard
Lives with his wife and one son, currently attending high school. Also has twin daughters
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
Ann is a practicing attorney, her expertise being Elder
Law. Ann has two adult children and 2 grandchildren.
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.