MEET THE TEAM
Below you will find a list of current Impact Giving Board Members, contact info for our Board Co-Chairs and details about our Legacy Circle.
Kristina Chatow is a long-term supporter of non-profit organizations both professionally and personally. Kristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and worked at a Santa Ana-based nonprofit for youth and families for over seven years as a counselor, program manager and clinical supervisor. Kristina believes deeply in the value of collaborations between educational institutions and nonprofits to maximize the change and impact they have on our communities. She produced a documentary, Achieving Greatness, which tells the story of three families whose lives were changed forever by AISS Foundation, a non-profit that gives economically disadvantaged high school students the skills and mindset they need to attend college and succeed in life. Kristina was the owner of a health and wellness business in Los Angeles for over 12 years, which she sold in 2019. She oversaw all business operations for over 40 health and wellness staff and professionals seeing more than 10,000 clients annually. Kristina enjoyed bringing happiness and joy to clients and staff in a health-centered environment. She is a graduate of USC’s Rossier School of Education with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Kristina remains actively involved at USC and currently serves on the USC Board of Governors as the representative of the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She remains committed to giving back to her alma mater by mentoring current undergrad and graduate students. In her free time, Kristina loves spending time with her husband and young son. They stay busy with attending USC games, taking ski trips, and going to the beach.
Karen led an exciting life as an expat for more than 20 years. After attending UC Berkeley, she began her professional hospitality career in London working for high-end hotel groups, including Four Seasons and Park Hyatt. Her life shifted direction by continuing the adventure in the Middle East, where she started her family. As a stay-at-home mom, she took on leadership roles at American schools in Riyadh, Dubai and Beirut, collaborating with international women from all over the world to enrich the lives of both the children in attendance and in the host country. Upon returning to the United States, Karen put her communication skills to work by managing Jofit in Newport Beach. She began networking throughout Orange County, concentrating on non-profit events. In her current role as Director of Special Events and Client Relations for Jump Global Technology Advisors, Karen enjoys planning events for their partner charity, United Champions for Change. Impact Giving is a perfect fit for Karen as she especially enjoys serving on grant committees and offering a unique perspective on international charities’ grant applications. She also serves on the Development Committee for New Directions for Women, as well as an ambassador for Breast Cancer Angels. In her off-time, Karen is an avid golfer who also enjoys cooking and Pilates.
Jennifer is a freelance writer and editor with experience in magazine production, investment reporting and corporate communications. She has lived and worked on both coasts and in between. Jennifer began her career as an editor in Morgan Keegan’s equity research department where she earned her Series 7 license and since has worked as an online editor and writer for Entrepreneur Media and a managing editor for Primedia Business Magazines & Media. She has written about an array of topics ranging from local government issues and business trends to Atlanta’s best restaurants. After her two sons were born, Jennifer started to focus on giving back both locally and globally. She joined Impact Giving in 2017 and continues to be inspired by the women and nonprofit leaders that she meets. Jennifer enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, studying foreign languages, traveling with her family, reading, wine tasting, playing the piano, floral design and photography. And she wishes she didn’t need to sleep so that she could do all of those things more often.
Eileen is an attorney and spent her career as a prosecutor (Chief Deputy District Attorney). She specialized in child abuse/homicide cases and trained attorneys at both the state and national levels. She chaired the County’s Child Death Review Team for 15 years and was also part of an expert panel that was convened to conduct a review of child deaths for a neighboring state. Eileen loves to travel and is always planning her next trip. She enjoys long distance hiking and has completed the 500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, among other treks. She recently obtained her Irish citizenship and now holds dual citizenship. Eileen loves delving into genealogy and has built many family trees. She is fascinated by what can now be accomplished using forensic genetic genealogy (DNA). She has two grown children and lives in Laguna Beach.
Tina has her own business providing accounting services. A native Californian, Tina received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California in 1988. She began her professional career at Price Waterhouse in Los Angeles and earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate. In 1992, Tina opened her own accounting business. Her client base includes the following industries: the legal and consulting services, interior design, public relations, advertising, manufacturing, trust management, and educational and arts based non-profits. Tina and her husband, Eoin, reside in Laguna Beach, and have two children. In her free time, Tina enjoys scrapbooking, reading and cheering on the USC Trojans!
AMY LARSON Board Co-Chair and Fundraising Chair (Email Amy.)
Amy has enjoyed an eclectic career. In her younger days, she pursued a career in theater as a stage actor in San Francisco, Hawaii and Seattle. Since moving to Southern California in the early ’80s, Amy has had numerous corporate management jobs and was a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Newport Beach, specializing in investment education for women. Since 2002, Larson has served the nonprofit community of Southern California. Amy has been Director of Development for Laguna Playhouse and The Wooden Floor. She founded Poppyfield Consulting Services in 2012, to help bring profit to nonprofits. Clients include WISEPlace, Laguna College of Art & Design, Idyllwild Community Center, Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Larson has served on the Board of Leadership Tomorrow, on the Executive Board of The Guilds of Segerstrom Center, as Membership Co-Chair for American Association of University Women-Laguna Beach and was Board President for Women in Management-Orange County. Amy is proud to have been an Impact Giving Partner since 2009. Amy is married to Jake Smith (a stage romance that worked out!) and enjoys travel, music of all kinds, theatre and dance.
Chris spent thirty years working as an executive in global banking and markets. She was the Head of Institutional Sales in the Americas for Standard Chartered Bank, Head of Banking and Markets in Latin America and Canada for the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Global Head of Foreign Exchange for Bank of America where she also held leadership positions as Head of E-commerce for the Investment Bank, Head of the Diversity Council and Member of the Executive Selection Committee for Managing Directors. Chris has served on the Foreign Exchange Committees of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Bank of England and as a Board member at a number of financial markets technology firms. Recently she has been a consultant and expert witness for foreign exchange and derivatives matters in the banking sector, and enjoys mentoring and investing in young finance professionals and entrepreneurs. Chris and her husband John live in Laguna Beach and frequently travel-especially to visit their son in New York City.
LYNETTE MILLER Board Co-Chair (Email Lynette.)
Lynette retired from the role of Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo and led the Human Resources function for the Auto Finance Business. She spent the last 30 years of her career leading human resource functions, including the development of human capital strategy, employee relations, recruiting, compensation, and organizational development. Since a young age, Lynette has always had a passion to serve others and has spent time volunteering at hospitals and with the Girl Scouts of America. She has also served on fund allocation committee for United Way in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her B.A. in Business from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and is married with one son and resides in Irvine. A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she has been cancer free since 2007 and loves to travel, go wine tasting, paint, host tea parties, celebrate holidays, scrapbooking and is always looking to have a good laugh with friends.
Kathy trained as an epidemiologist and biostatistician at UC Berkeley and has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine at UC Irvine for over 30 years. During her career at UCI, she has participated in research and teaching, working on a variety of cancer research studies and a national study of autism. Kathy served on the Admissions Committee for the School of Medicine and on the UCI Cancer Center’s Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee for over 20 years. As a career scientist, she has both written and reviewed many research grant proposals. She continues to work part-time as emeritus faculty on research projects focused on quality of life in cancer survivors, with some time devoted to outside consulting. Kathy has three grown children and four grandchildren spread across the country (metro DC and Texas), as well as family in New England where she is originally from. Family visits are a priority but the California sunshine always draws her back. A former marathon runner, Kathy still runs trails for fun, enjoys hiking in the California mountains, and participates in west-coast swing and ballroom dancing.
Randi is a partner and co-founder of Outwater & Pinckes, LLP, a business litigation firm located in Irvine. Randi and her partner (her husband) litigate matters involving fraud, breach of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, business dissolution, construction defect litigation, and financial elder abuse. She has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Orange County Bar Association and the County and State Bar Solo and Small Firm Sections, and is currently serving on the Board of the William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court (for which she is a Past-President) and the Rancho Irvine Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. Randi received her B.S. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the Santa Barbara College of Law. She lives in Irvine with her husband, son and daughter. Randi is an avid long distance runner having completed twenty-two full marathons (including Boston) and more than a dozen half marathons.
Our Legacy Circle
We’ve had many incredible women serve on our Board over the years. Our Legacy Circle honors our Partners who have generously shared their time and expertise as Board Members and want to continue contributing to the organization in a leadership role.