Kimberly Goll, Executive Director
Kimberly Goll was appointed Executive Director of First 5 Orange County in May 2016, after serving as the Director of Strategy and Operations since 2002. With a wealth of experience and understanding of First 5 operations, Goll is transforming the organization from a funding resource to a data-driven organization that focuses on building a system-wide infrastructure to support early childhood development. She relies on data collected through the Early Development Index (EDI) that measures child development and school readiness, to inform investments to improve health, education and wellness for young children and families. She is elevating the profile of First 5 among national and state organizations, and encouraging private and public sectors to prioritize early childhood development. Goll serves on the statewide First 5 Association Executive Committee as Vice-President. She holds a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from University of California, Davis. Goll lives in Aliso Viejo with her husband and three school-aged children.
Phone: (714) 567-0152 Email: Kim.Goll@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Tiffany Alva, Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs
Tiffany Alva serves as the Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs at First 5 Orange County. In her role as Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs, Alva executes the organization’s vision through an intentional focus on partnerships, integration, and communication. She also takes initiative to develop and nurture relationships with cross-sector stakeholders, providing First 5 Orange County with a platform to educate community leadership and advance buy-in to the importance of investing in early childhood systems of care. Prior to joining First 5 Orange County, Alva served as the Early Learning Director at THINK Together and has extensive knowledge and expertise in program development and management. She serves on leadership committees for both the national and state associations for the education of young children. Alva holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and a Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential in Early Learning.
Phone: (714) 567-0109 Email: Tiffany.Alva@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Jennifer Berthon, Contracts Administrator
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration and as a key member of the Finance and Administration team, Jennifer Berthon provides support services for the implementation of the finance, contracts, and administrative functions for First 5 Orange County. Her former work experience includes working for the Disneyland Resort as an accountant for the Disney Travel Company.
Phone: (714) 567-0166 Email: Jennifer.Berthon@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Rhonda Esera, Assistant to Executive Director/ Office Manager
Rhonda Esera has been part of First 5 Orange County’s administrative staff since 2001. She provides overall administrative support for management, and is responsible for assisting grantees in accessing First 5 Orange County’s online data reporting system, including password resets, changes and questions. She also manages documentation of grantee compliance with insurance requirements. Prior to joining First 5 Orange County, she worked at Ingram Micro as an IBM and Hewlett Packard product authorization specialists.
Phone: (714) 567-0191 Email: Rhonda.Esera@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Michael Garcell, Director of Administration
Michael Garcell is responsible for First 5 Orange County’s budget, long-term financial plan and preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. He provides leadership over the day-to-day accounting and finance operations for the organization. Garcell is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). He has annually received the GFOA award for Excellence in Financial Reporting since 2009. Garcell received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida.
Phone: (714) 567-0160 Email: Michael.Garcell@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Lucy Lin, Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration
Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration and as a key member of the Finance and Administration team, Lucy Lin is responsible for the development and administration of First 5 Orange County contracts with the Commission’s funded partners and consultants. She also manages a minimum of two direct reports and demonstrates commitment to the team’s and organization’s success. Prior to joining First 5 Orange County in 2015, Lin was a Lead Program Officer at First 5 LA managing a portfolio of large public health programs. In addition, Lin has extensive experience as a litigation attorney. Lin earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2000.
Phone: (714) 567-0157 Email: Lucy.Lin@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Janette Medrano, Administrative Analyst
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration and as a key member of the Finance and Administration team, Janette Medrano is responsible for providing support to the Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration and the Contracts Administrator on tasks related to invoice processing, payroll, IT, and other administration functions as needed. Medrano is detail oriented, self-motivated, proficient in office operations, and bilingual in English and Spanish. In July 2017, she brought her store management experience to the position, which is a transferable skill for the Administrative Analyst duties. She completed her general education at Riverside Community College.
Phone: (714) 567-0138 Email: Janette.Medrano@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Kelly Pijl, Communications and Policy Director
Kelly Pijl oversees strategic communications and legislative outreach for First 5 Orange County. Pijl began working for First 5 Orange County at its inception in 2000. She was formerly the strategic affairs manager for the County of Orange Executive Office. She earned a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.
Phone: (714) 567-0151 Email: Kelly.Pijl@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Nicole Preciado, Senior Finance Analyst
Nicole Preciado is the Senior Finance Analyst for First 5 Orange County and responsible for state and federal contract compliance, budget analysis and reporting, providing support on finance audits, and executing other general finance activities. She also lends expertise to the administration of contracts to funded partners. Before joining First 5 Orange County in 2002, Preciado was a Product Management Analyst for Ingram Micro, where she maintained monthly budgets and reported analysis of the percentage of business done by the configuration team. She earned an Associate’s degree in accounting from Santa Ana College.
Phone: (714) 567-0168 Email: Nicole.Preciado@cfcoc.ocgov.com
Ilia Rolon, Vice President of Programs
Ilia Rolon executes the vision of First 5 Orange County through an intentional, integrated focus on program development and implementation. Rolon has more than 25 years of experience in public health and healthcare administration. She is also tasked with steering programmatic investments that catalyze a variety of funds and create meaningful, sustainable outcomes for young children in Orange County. She chairs the Health Funders Partnership of Orange County, serves on the CalOptima Member Advisory Committee, and served as CalOptima’s director of strategic development prior to her current position with First 5 Orange County. As a former consultant to First 5 Orange County, she was instrumental in increasing access to pediatric primary and specialty care through community clinics, along with the development of the Bridges Maternal Child Health Network. She continues to work with County and community partners to build the Bridges program into a more comprehensive platform for home visiting services. Rolon has a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in health science from California State University, Long Beach.
Phone: (714) 567-0150 Email: Ilia.Rolon@cfcoc.ocgov.com