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6th Annual Women's Conference Speakers

Angie Harmon
Keynote Speaker

Angie Harmon is a model, film, and television actress. Harmon currently stars on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles as the title character 'Jane Rizzoli'. She is best known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney 'Abbie Carmichael' on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama Law & Order. She also appeared as the lead in ABC’s Women’s Murder Club as homicide detective 'Lindsay Boxer'.

Harmon serves as a UNICEF Ambassador to fight human trafficking. In this role, she advocates on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children – those that are trafficked.

2014 Breakout Session Speaker Bios Below

Jamie Gwen
A Celebrity Chef's Guide to Healthy Cooking

Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author who can be seen stirring up something delicious on television, on the radio and in print from coast-to-coast for more than a decade.  She brings the best to radio with her weekly Syndicated Radio Show, filled with delicious conversation on all things culinary, heard every Sunday on 72 Radio Stations across the country and in Southern California on KFWB News Talk 980. 

 Her recent victory on the Food Network’s new show “Cutthroat Kitchen” has brought even more acclaim to Chef Jamie’s California Comfort Food and her simple, seasonal approach to making every day more delicious.  Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on The Talk, Emeril Live and Martha Stewart and her sizzling restaurant reviews can be found in Modern Luxury’s Riviera Magazine.  She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.

Monica Chandra
A Woman's Journey toward Financial Independence



Helping you reach your financial goals is my number one objective. Working together, I’ll assist you in making sound financial decisions that are consistent with your comfort level, investment time-line, and goals.

We can start small and grow, or we can evaluate and build upon any existing financial plans. The end result will be a strategy designed to help you build, protect, use, and transfer assets in the most advantageous way.

We’ll evaluate your situation and make adjustments as needed. It just makes sense – as your life changes, so do your financial needs. I’ll be here for you at every stage of your life.

Kathryn Hackney
A Woman's Journey toward Financial Independence


Over the last 30 years, I’ve helped a great number of people make sound financial decisions that were in their best interest while maintaining consistent service with their individual comfort level, investment time-line, and goals. Working together, I can help you create a strategy geared towards meeting three key financial goals:

1) wealth accumulation during your working years,
2) security and independence in your retirement, and
3) transfer assets in the most advantageous way.

We’ll review your situation and make adjustments as needed. It just makes sense – as your life changes, so do your financial needs. I’ll be here for you at every stage of your life.

Katerina Soukhorado
The 3 C's of Home Buying

Katerina has been with Orange County’s Credit Union for over 6 years in the Mortgage Lending Department. In her leadership role as Assistant Vice President of Secondary Mortgage Department, Katerina oversees pricing strategy, department’s profitability and daily loan pricing, develops and administers various secondary market initiatives. She sells loans to the secondary market and is responsible for the mortgage product design.

She is a hardworking associate who is dedicated to offering member first service and education. She is passionate about helping many of our members reach their dream of home ownership.

She is a graduate from Moscow State with an MBA in Journalism and has her BA in International Business from Hofstra University in New York. Katerina is also a graduated from Leadership Tomorrow in California.

Leticia Mata
Easy Ways to Save Money

Leticia Mata has been involved in the credit union movement since 1986. She has held various positions in the credit union industry from collections officer to her most current position with Orange County’s Credit Union as Assistance Vice-President of Community Education and Development. Leticia has served on several credit union, local schools and community boards her current positions include, Chairwoman for Centro CHA, Inc (Community Hispanic Association), and Executive Board member of Orange County Human Relations.

Leticia is a 2005 graduate of Western CUNA Management School and a 2006 Credit Union Development Educator.

Her Project CARE (Community Advocates Reaching Everyone) won the 2007 Beacon Award with Richard Myles Johnson Foundation (RMJ). It involves a group of credit union associates who help provide free financial literacy and share the credit union difference by providing volunteered time for local community outreach. They also provide community workshops and seminars both in English and Spanish to schools, public libraries, small businesses, and community resource centers.

Katharine Wang
Cyber Safety: The Internet, Your Family, and Protecting your Personal Information

Katharine Wang is the global policy lead for Google's strategy on child safety and digital literacy. Kat works to make sure that national and regional initiatives align with Google's global strategic planning across all legal, communications, and product engineering teams on these issues.  Most recently, Kat co-chaired the cross-functional team to redesign Google's Online Safety campaign, an online guide to staying safe and secure online.  Kat studied at Stanford University and speaks both Chinese and English.  She is a published author as well as a fantasy/sci-fi novel enthusiast. 

Jennifer Hanley
Cyber Safety: The Internet, Your Family, and Protecting your Personal Information

Jennifer Hanley is the Director of Legal and Policy for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Jennifer is a magna cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. While in law school, Jennifer served as a Vice Chancellor on the CUA Moot Court Board and as the Vice President of the Communications Law Students Association. Jennifer held legal internships with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, EchoStar, and Comcast. Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the George Washington University where she studied Political Science.

Jennifer helps implement FOSI’s global projects, initiatives, and government outreach. She is responsible for assisting with FOSI policy positions on Internet safety issues including online privacy, mobile safety, cyberbullying, sexting and federal and state legislation.

Eva Velasquez
Cyber Safety: The Internet, Your Family, and Protecting your Personal Information

Eva Casey Velasquez is the President/CEO at the Identity Theft Resource Center, a non-profit organization which serves victims of identity theft. Ms. Velasquez previously served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and spent 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.

Eva has a passion for consumer protection and she strives to educate the public about identity theft, privacy, scams and fraud, and other related issues. She served as the chairman of the Consumer Fraud Task Force (San Diego) for 13 years, is a past Vice President of the California Consumer Affairs Association, and most recently was a finalist in the 2012 San Diego Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Awards.

She is recognized as a nationwide expert on identity theft and has recently been featured on the Ricki Lake show, CNBC Nightly Business Report, and Huffington Post Live.  She has also been quoted in MORE and Real Simple Magazine’s, the New York Times,,, the Washington Examiner and numerous other outlets.

Velasquez has been a presenter at numerous conferences across the country, including the American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting, the National Consumers League State of ID Theft Conference, Professionals Achieving Consumer Trust (PACT) Summit, the California District Attorney’s Association Consumer Protection Conference and the California Consumer Affairs Association annual conference. 

Margaret Weber
Finding a Work-Life Balance that Works for You

Margaret Weber is Dean of Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Weber's research focuses on Women in Leadership: Work - Family Integration and she chairs several dissertation committees around this topic. 

The Women in Leadership initiative held it's first conference in March, 2013 and focused on Celebrating Women's Wisdom. She serves as director for GSEP's master of arts in social entrepreneurship and change program which focuses on solutions to social issues from a grassroots perspective.  She continues to emphasize the role of service in support of the Christian mission of the university.

Kristin Welsh-Simpson
Finding a Work-Life Balance that Works for You

Kristin Welsh-Simpson is a Senior Employee Assistance Counselor with the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Employee Assistance (OEA) where she carries a clinical caseload as well as participates in a variety of consultative and training activities. Ms. Welsh-Simpson frequently facilitates performance enhancement and personal skill building workshops for employees, managers and supervisors throughout the House as well as the U.S. Capitol Police and the Congressional Budget Office.  These programs assist individuals with identifying their supervisory strengths, developing strategies for enhancing performance, team effectiveness, as well as improving personal and professional well-being.  

Prior to joining the OEA team 2000, she was with a large managed-care firm in Northern Virginia as their Manager of International EAP.  In that role, Kristin participated in the development, implementation and ongoing management of the International Employee Assistance Program as well as acted as a resource with regard to workplace service activities.  Her experience also includes working as an Account Executive managing various EAP and integrated contracts. Her experience also includes working with vulnerable children and elderly populations. 

Ms. Welsh-Simpson holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America and an undergraduate degree from Boston College in Human Development and Elementary Education. Her professional interests are particularly related to executive coaching, change management within organizational structures with a focus on communication strategies.  She enjoys working with individuals as well as intact work teams. 

Lacy Kelly
Finding a Work-Life Balance that Works for You

Lacy is a graduate of California State University Long Beach. She began her non-profit career at the California Glass Association (CGA) in 1988, ascending to EVP in 1994. In 1995, she accepted the Executive Director position of the American Water Works Association’s California/Nevada Chapter where she established the Water College, the first Western regional training center for drinking water professionals. Lacy then moved to the National Forest Association, expanding the organization throughout Southern California. Lacy also served as a Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Woman’s Club Conservation Chair, and President Elect of the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club. In March 2007, Lacy accepted the Executive Director position of the League of California Cities, Orange County Division. Lacy was a key member of the workgroup that developed Orange County’s Ending Homelessness 2020 plan. In 2009, Lacy was honored as one of OC Metro Magazine’s 20 Women to Watch for her efforts in building strategic alliances, and her advocacy on behalf of Orange County cities. Lacy was recognized as one of Senator Lou Correa’s 2011 Women Making a Difference for her work in building coalitions between the public and private sectors. In 2014, she was awarded for her Excellence in Promotion of Infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and for her Distinguished Service by the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC). Lacy is currently the CEO of the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACCOC). ACCOC’s mission is to protect local control and to facilitate collaborative public policy solutions and regional collaboration among local governments and their community partners. Lacy is also the host of Cox Civic Connection, a segment of Cox OC Connection focusing on civic leader and local government success stories and current issues.


This event is free and held in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton

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