Debra Baetz is the Orange County Social Services Director. She received a unanimous vote of approval from the Board of Supervisors in July 2018. She has nearly 29 years of service with SSA, most recently serving as the Division Director of Family Self-Sufficiency & Adult Services. She started her tenure at SSA in the Assistance Programs Division as an Eligibility Technician, eventually moving her way up to Deputy Division Director of Regional Operations. Baetz also took opportunities to rotate into various assignments in the Administrative Services Division, where she developed a broader understanding of the Agency as a whole. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of California, Irvine.
Sandra Barry retired from Anaheim City School District (ACSD) in 2009 where she served as superintendent. She began her educational career in Orange County as a junior high English and French teacher and was quickly promoted to director of educational services, assistant superintendent, and then deputy superintendent. She served ACSD as a deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent.
Barry is active in the Anaheim community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Division of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Anaheim Family YMCA, Leadership Anaheim, Salvation Army, and Police Chief Community Advisory Board. Her work in the Anaheim and Buena Park communities has earned her the Woman of Vision Award (We Give Thanks, Inc., of Anaheim) and the Woman of Achievement Award from the City of Buena Park. The International Dare Officers’ Association honored her with a Distinguished Educator of the Year Award. Barry has served as Vice President for Programs for Region 17 of her professional organization, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and was a three-year member of the ACSA State Elementary Curriculum Committee.
Barry hails from Nebraska where she earned her undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She received her Master’s from California State University, Fullerton. She and her husband, Ron, have one son, Jeffrey, a graduate of Loyola Law School.
Ramin Baschshi, M.D. currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of UCP of Orange County. UCP-OC provides comprehensive services to more than 5,300 children and families affected by developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay. She is committed to enhancing and creating opportunities for UCP-OC to become a premier charity in the community, while increasing referrals and support services. Previously, Dr. Baschshi served as Chief Operating Officer of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.
Dr. Baschshi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Xavier University School of Medicine in 2008. She earlier earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology at California State University, Fullerton in 1999 and Medical Science at the University of Sint Eustatius in 2003. She lives in Lake Forest with her husband and three children.
Supervisor Doug Chaffee
Supervisor Doug Chaffee was elected Orange County Board of Supervisor in November 2018. Prior to his election, Supervisor Chaffee served as Mayor of the City of Fullerton and is a longtime Fullerton resident graduating from Fullerton Union High School in 1961. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Redlands, a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law, and has been practicing law in the City of Fullerton for more than 40 years. Supervisor Chaffee has worked as Special Projects Manager for the Anaheim Community Development Department to provide more affordable housing and enhance the quality of the life to the residents of Anaheim. He is active in the community as a member of many organizations and founding member of the Western Youth Services, a nonprofit organization providing comprehensive and collaborative mental health services to children, youth and families since 1972. Supervisor Chaffee represents the Fourth Supervisorial District which includes the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Placentia, and unincorporated communities. He has been married to his wife Paulette for 42 years, they have sons, and one grandson.
Kenneth McFarland is an accomplished executive with proven success in leading and inspiring large complex organizations and demonstrated experience in fiscal management, developing talent, creating and driving strategy, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and assimilating newly merged organizations operationally and culturally as well as vertically and horizontally. McFarland has a deep knowledge of the Orange County healthcare market, as the CEO of Tenet Health’s Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, a 400-bed acute care medical campus; and, previously serving as President & CEO at Mission Hospital, a 552-bed acute care, full-service facility and designated trauma center in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he served for 18 years in various senior leadership roles.
McFarland earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, an MBA from University of California, Irvine, and, a credential from the California HealthCare Leadership College – Senior Executive Development Program, Berkeley California. Additionally, McFarland is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, California.
McFarland has been married to Kristine McFarland for more than 23 years. Their oldest son Jake is a junior at the University of San Diego; and, their son Sean is a freshman at the University of Southern California.
Maria E. Minon, M.D.: Commission Chair
Dr. Maria Minon is a veteran of more than 20 years of private practice in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), a post she has held since 1998.
Active in many community-based organizations, Dr. Minon sits on the CalOptima Provider Advisory Board and the National Committee on Child Health Finances for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Minon has served as president of the Orange County Medical Association. She was also selected to serve in the California Medical Association House of Delegates and as chair of the advisory board for the Ronald McDonald House.
Dr. Minon received her medical degree at the University of California, Irvine.
Sandra Pierce has been involved in the Early Childhood Development field for more than 20 years and is currently the Director of Little Friends Preschool in Yorba Linda. She has been active with Friends Christian School for more than two decades and has been associated with Rose Drive Friends Church, concurrently volunteering as a Children’s Minister and is also a member of the Pastoral Staff. She has served as Area Chair for the ACSI accreditation body in North Orange County. Pierce has also created and implemented curriculum for a national franchise of early educational institutions and received a commendation for creating a library and weekly scheduled visits for children to promote early literacy.
Pierce acquired her Early Childhood Education Certificate in 1981, and received an advanced degree in Early Childhood Administration from Vanguard University in 2003.
Richard Sanchez, REHS, MPH was selected in March 2017 as Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA). He has more than 32 years of experience in public health care administration. He first joined HCA in 2005 as Director of Environmental Health and has served as HCA Assistant Director since 2013.
Richard previously served as Director of Environmental Health for the Sacramento County Environmental Health Department, and as a Program Manager and field staff for the San Bernardino County Environmental Health Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine and a Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University.
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.