Meet Our Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our Board recognizes the challenges that are faced by the intellectually disabled community and wants to lead our current arts programming so that it empowers our customers to reach their highest potential.  As a result, we are looking at new development opportunities and fundraising strategies that will support the continued growth and programming that addresses the changing needs of the community.  It is our goal that HOPE provides recognition in the community for the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities. These people deserve to be valuable members of our society.

Marguerite Adams, Interim Board Chair

Marguerite Adams is no stranger to the significance that Hope Center for the Arts brings to the community. Her sister, Patricia “Patty” Mount, is a long-time consumer of HOPE and so she knows first-hand how the Center transforms the lives of intellectually disabled adults through the arts.

Professionally Mrs. Adams comes with experience as a seasoned Corporate Human Resources Manager with extensive experience in a leadership role. In 2014 she retired from the County of Orange, i.e., the third largest employer in Orange County. At the County, she demonstrated a track record for being strategic, results oriented, innovative, collaborative, and business improvement focused; and was especially known for her experience developing and implementing recruitment and marketing strategic plans. She graduated with a B.A. from University of California Irvine, attended UCLA Anderson School of Management HR Executive Program, and Chapman University’s Leadership Academy.

Mrs. Adams wants to ensure HOPE will be there for future students and their families so they will be able experience the joy, support and value that HOPE brings. She lives in Santa Ana with her husband and they have two adult sons.

Samantha Gorrell, Vice Chair

Samantha Gorrell has been in the real estate/design industry for over sixteen years and is currently a realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Some of her achievements include: Presidents Club, Top Producer Orange County, Top Listing Agent 2014, 2015, as well as, Top Sales Agent 2013. She provides real estate services for all of Orange County and the Inland Empire as a residential and commercial interior designer. Ms. Gorrell always sees the possibilities of a dwelling and she is especially adept in working with luxury listings and handling financial negotiations.

Ms. Gorrell’s volunteer experience includes serving as Development Chair for the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association.

June McLaughlin, Treasurer

June McLaughlin is a Professor and Director of the Paralegal Studies program at Irvine Valley College.  She is a lawyer, admitted to the State Bar of California and New Jersey (retired).  June has a son, Cail, with musical and artistic talent who attends Hope.   In addition to serving on the board at Hope, she serves on the board of Glennwood Foundation, a non-profit providing social activities for the intellectually disabled, as well as serving as Chair of the City of Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board.  Finally, June is the head tennis coach for the Irvine Eagles, Special Olympics tennis team.

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