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. Debra 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.
Ms. 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.
Ms. 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. Mrs. 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.
Ms. 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.
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.
Gregory Haulk: Commission Vice Chair
Gregory Haulk currently serves as the Superintendent of the Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD). The district has more than 7,000 students who attend one of the seven elementary schools or two middle schools in the district. HBCSD is recognized as one of the top elementary school districts in Orange County and the State of California. During his 30 plus years of service in education, Mr. Haulk has taught 2nd – 8th grade, worked as both an elementary and middle school Principal, and has served as a school Superintendent for the past 16 years in four different school districts throughout the state of California. While serving as both a Principal and Superintendent, Mr. Haulk’s schools have been honored numerous times, including many California Distinguished Schools, California Blue Ribbon Schools and National Blue Ribbon Schools for their excellence in student achievement.
Mr. Haulk completed his undergraduate work at California State University at San Bernardino. He received his teaching credentials from the University of La Verne, his Masters and Administrative Credential at National University and completed graduate work for his Tier II Administrative Credential at Chico State University. Mr. Haulk has been married for more 30 years. He and his wife Debbie have two daughters who are both graduates of the California Public School system and Sonoma State University.
Peggy Huang is a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Appeals, Trial, and Writs section. As a former Senate Fellow, she worked on the CALFED Bay-Delta project. As a trial attorney, she prosecuted individuals who abused and neglected clients in facilities licensed by the California Department of Social Services and represented foster children in juvenile court. She was involved in two bills signed into law that protected abused and neglected children. She is a current councilmember for the city of Yorba Linda and is passionate about serving the community with a focus on advocacy for abused, neglected, and developmentally delayed children. She is a Taiwanese native, spending most of her adolescence and young adult years in northern California. She received her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate, as well as a specialized certificate of governmental affairs from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She and her husband, Dr. James Huang, are the proud parents of two daughters.
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. Sandra 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.
Ms. Pierce acquired her Early Childhood Education Certificate in 1981, and received an advanced degree in Early Childhood Administration from Vanguard University in 2003.
Elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014 Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.
As a member of the Board of Equalization, she led the process to refund tax security deposits to small businesses, changed procedures to return money to taxpayers on time, and eliminated the agency’s automatic security deposit program, which led to job creation and growth to the economy. She fought on the perennial battle against higher taxes. In 2008, she successfully led the fight against a new iTax, a $500 million tax on digital downloads. A signatory of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Michelle will oppose all new taxes and tax increases.
Over the past decade, she has served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, California World Trade Commission, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and Los Angeles Airport and Fire Commissions.
Michelle holds a degree in Business from Pepperdine University, an Executive MBA from the University of Southern California, and is fluent in Korean and Japanese. Michelle and her husband, Shawn, have been married since 1981. They live in Surfside, California.
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 was appointed Executive Director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County in May 2016, and first came to the Commission in 2002. Prior to accepting the Executive Director position, she was the Commission’s Strategy and Operations Director with responsibilities that included grant-making and outreach, contract development and compliance, and managing the Strong Families and Capacity Building goal areas. With a focus on sustainability Kim successfully developed the Commission’s catalytic contracting model that attracted additional public and community funding support; led the development of a comprehensive capacity building strategy to attract federal and national philanthropic funding; and secured a leveraged funding strategy for Commission priorities. Early in her career she worked for the City of Santa Ana, implementing Federal Empowerment Zone funding. Kim 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.