SupportAbility Board of Directors
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 twentieth year and has awarded over $900,000.00.
Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. She and her husband Bill have lived in Irvine for over 30 years.
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 Public 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.
I attended Stanford University where I majored in Psychology and then received my law degree from the University of Southern California. After practicing employment law as an Assistant General Counsel for Boeing, I later served as the first Executive Director of the Quiksilver Foundation. Currently, I am Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hoag Hospital Foundation . My husband, Dwight, and I live in Irvine where we raised our three children. I am so honored to be a part of Supportability and to assist Julie in her mission to reward the courage of students who have overcome tremendous obstacles to graduate.
Linda holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Southern California and began her career in education in 1962 where she taught elementary grades in the Newport Mesa School District prior to the birth of her children. Later she taught middle school in the Capistrano Valley School District. Along with her husband Bob she helped found Mission Hills Christian School in 1980 where she was a teacher and administrator for thirty-one years. She is currently retired, active in her church and P.E.O. and very much enjoys working with the fine Board members of SupportAbility to reward and encourage deserving students. She feels privileged to work with Julie who is a wonderful example of courage herself, and who is tireless in her pursuit of helping others to become overcomers rather than victims.