Society of Fellows


“Fellows” programs are among the most utilized fundraising techniques of Bar Foundations around the country, designed to cultivate individual lawyer and professional gifts over a multi-year period. Replicated from a model developed by the American Bar Foundation, “Fellows” programs are, in essence, donor societies, created to recognize attorneys, judges, and other professionals and public servants who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities. 

Funds raised through the Society of Fellows help sustain Project Youth OCBF’s mission of keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. Each year, Project Youth hosts a Society of Fellows event to honor its members, selecting one member to receive the Distinguished Fellows Award and one judicial member to receive the Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award. Upon initiation, Fellows receive a Certificate of Membership, a Society of Fellows lapel pin that identifies them as a Fellow member, and recognition at Project Youth events & in publications. To find out more information about the Society of Fellows, please contact Nancy Garcia, Associate Director, via email at or by phone at (714) 480-1925, ext. 108.

Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award Recipients
2016The Honorable Steven L. Perk
Judge Steven L. Perk
Judge Steven L. Perk
Judge Perk with Dan Robinson & Judge Carter
Judge Perk with Dan Robinson & Judge Carter
2015Commissioner Richard G. Vogl (Ret.)
2014The Honorable Jamoa A. Moberly
2013The Honorable Lon F. Hurwitz
2012The Honorable Francisco P. Briseno
2011The Honorable James P. Gray (Ret.)
2010Justice David A. Thompson
2009The Honorable David O. Carter

8th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award

The 8th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award recipient of 2016 was Judge Steven L. Perk, recognized for his outstanding efforts on behalf of the Orange County community and his embodiment of Project Youth’s core values.

Judge Perk has always been a model of civility, hard work, honesty, and fairness in the Orange County legal community. In a former life, Judge Perk was a quarterback at the University of South Dakota and a football coach in the college ranks. Judge Perk graduated from Pepperdine School of Law in 1980 and quickly worked his way up from a law clerk at Judge Ronald Kreber’s former firm to a Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, where he spent almost 9 years. He went into private practice for several years before returning to the DA’s office for a short stint when in 1995 Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the bench. In 2002, Judge Perk was assigned to the general civil panel, and in 2011, only 9 years later, he was appointed Supervising Judge of the General Civil Panel, where he took on both a financial crisis and an unprecedented backload of over 2000 unassigned cases – which he whittled down to 500 cases in 2 years – while also maintaining his own caseload. During the court-closure crisis, he co-founded the Voluntary Settlement Conference program that moved cases to resolution during “dark” days and spearheaded a policy where litigants who answered ready found a courtroom for their trials.

As a judge on the complex panel whose term ends at the end of this year, Judge Perk has earned a reputation for being a no-nonsense trial judge who values promptness, preparedness, and professionalism. Whether hearing high profile cases like the 4-month Lloyd Charton trial or the pleas of a pro se litigant, he lets both sides make their case, he delivers clear and just decisions on the spot, and he makes sure everyone is treated with respect and civility. He is a fine judge, and for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, he is one of Orange County’s finest models of integrity, hard work, and fairness.

We thank Judge Perk for his outstanding services to the Orange County community.

Distinguished Fellows Award Recipients
2016John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.
John Hurlbut with Chris Wesierski, Judge Carter, and Dan Robinson
John Hurlbut with Chris Wesierski, Judge Carter, and Dan Robinson
2015Steven G. Hittelman, Esq.
2014Jonathan M. Skorheim, Esq.
2013Dennis W. Ghan, Esq.
2012Eric V. Traut, Esq.
2011Alan J. Crivaro, Esq.
2010Allan H. Stokke, Esq.
2009James M. Skorheim, JD, CPA
2008Mark E. Minyard, Esq.

9th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award

The 8th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award of 2016 went to John B. Hurlbut, Jr., who has diligently worked to sustain Project Youth’s Society of Fellows. John has dedicated many years in supporting the Foundation. He has served as chair of the Society of Fellows and Project SELF Program Committee, past president, and continues to serve now as a member of the executive committee and Board of Directors. In these leadership roles, John has been instrumental in many of Project Youth’s significant achievements, including the development and implementation of the Associate Board in 2012. He is a valued Project Youth volunteer and friend, and we know the entire Orange County community, not just the legal community, is fortunate to have him working so hard for its betterment. John is extremely well known and liked for good reason.

As one of Project Youth OCBF’s Founding Fellows, John strongly believes that investing in the prevention and early intervention programs of the organization strengthens our community, and provides compelling evidence of the need to support the Society of Fellows.

Chairman Message

Kyle S. Kawakami, Esq.
Kyle S. Kawakami, Esq.

I am honored to be the Chair of the Orange County Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows for 2017. Following in the footsteps of Chris Wesierski, I hope to carry on his great work for the Society, which has now grown to 230 members. Society of Fellows members provide an important source of funding for the Foundation. Since its inception in 2007, the Society has raised over $350,000, and this money has gone toward helping the Orange County Bar Foundation fulfill its mission to empower youth to make positive choices.

Your donations make a direct and positive impact on our community: Our Higher Education Mentoring Program helps youth from low-income backgrounds attend and graduate from college; Project SELF gives rising high school seniors the opportunity to work for law firms and other businesses through summer internships; and our SHORTSTOP and STOP SHORT of Addiction programs keep at-risk youth healthy and out of jail. Many of the youth who have participated in an OCBF program in the past now have very successful careers, and frequently return to pay it forward by working as mentors in our programs.

Thank you for your time, support, and commitment to the Orange County Bar Foundation – I promise you it is well worth it.

Kyle S. Kawakami
Chairman, Society of Fellows

How To Become a Fellow

Recommend a Colleague to Join the Society of Fellows

As a Project Youth OCBF Society of Fellows member, you are aware of the great programs offered by Project Youth. We hope that you have found it rewarding to support the Society of Fellows and its work to help low-income families access much-needed services.

Now, more than ever, given these difficult economic times, the Society of Fellows needs to continue to grow and thrive well into the future. Please take a moment to consider your co-workers, colleagues, and friends in the community. If you feel any of them share in the aspiration of Project Youth’s mission, please nominate them for membership in the Society of Fellows by filling out a nomination ballot.

The following classes of Fellows are available for nomination:


  • $2,500 pledge
  • May be paid over a ten-year period ($250 increments)

Sustaining Fellow

  • $5,000 pledge
  • May be paid over a ten-year period ($500 increments)

Life Fellow

  • $7,500 pledge
  • May be paid over a ten-year period ($750 increments)

Each Fellow will receive an appropriate certificate, honoring his or her contributions to Project Youth.

Fellows Members

Honorary Life Fellow

John C. Herklotz

Judicial Founding Fellows

Hon. Gail A. Andler (Ret.)
Hon. David L. Belz
Hon. Jonathan H. Cannon (Ret.)
Hon. Dennis S. Choate (Ret.)
Hon. Thierry P. Colaw
Comm. Max B. De Liema
Hon. Sheila B. Fell
Hon. John L. Flynn, III
Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz
Hon. Wendy S. Lindley (Ret.)
Hon. Linda L. Miller
Hon. Jamoa A. Moberly
Hon. William M. Monroe
Hon. John N. T. Nguyen (Ret.)
Hon. Eleanor M. Palk (Ret.)
Hon. Luis A. Rodriguez (Ret.)
Hon. Judith M. Ryan (Ret.)
Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.)
Hon. Nancy W. Stock (Ret.)
Justice David A. Thompson
Hon. John C. Woolley (Ret.)

Founding Fellows

Wylie A. Aitken, Esq.
Charles G. Bakaly, Jr., Esq.
Steve Bieber
Ronald G. Brower, Esq.
Matthew S. Buttacavoli, Esq.
Kevin F. Calcagnie, Esq.
Marc K. Callahan, Esq.
Timothy D. Carlyle, Esq.
Alan J. Crivaro, Esq.
William M. Crosby, Esq.
Yolanda De La Paz
John R. Denny, Esq.
Lawrence S. Eisenberg, Esq.
Daniel F. Fears, Esq.
Marjorie G. Fuller, Esq.
Saul M. Gelbart, Esq.
Dennis W. Ghan, Esq.
William B. Grenner, Esq.
David Hirson, Esq.
Michael A. Hood, Esq.
Michael T. Hornak, Esq.
Lisa B. Hughes, Esq., CPA
John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.
F. Scott Jackson, Esq.
Collie F. James, IV, Esq.
Timothy J. Kay, Esq.
Hilary Kaye
Jennifer L. Keller, Esq.
Donald P. Kennedy, Esq.
Susan F. Lindenberg, Esq.
DeAnna Lyons
Leonard Lyons
Ramon Machado, JD, CPA
Michael P. Maguire, Esq.
Thomas R. Malcolm, Esq.
Don W. Martens, Esq.
Carolyn C. McKitterick, Esq.
Gary S. McKitterick, Esq.
Paul S. Meyer, Esq.
Mark E. Minyard, Esq.
Michael A. Morris, Esq.
Donald L. Morrow, Esq.
William S. O’Hare, Esq.
Robert E. Palmer, Esq.
James R. Parke, Esq.
James L. Payne, Esq.
Kenneth E. Petersen, Jr., JD
Kathleen O. Peterson, Esq.
Thomas D. Phelps, Esq.
Gary M. Pohlson, Esq.
James D. Riddet, Esq.
Daniel S. Robinson, Esq.
Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Esq.
Troy D. Roe, Esq.
George C. Rudolph, Esq.
Jaritt Ruff
Linda A. Sampson, Esq.
Herbert N. Samuels, Esq.
Douglas A. Schaaf, Esq.
Lonnie K. Seide, Esq.
Gary J. Singer, Esq.
James M. Skorheim, JD, CPA
Jonathan M. Skorheim, Esq.
Wayne W. Smith, Esq.
Ryan W. Smith
Eleanor A. Stegmeier, Esq.
Allan H. Stokke, Esq.
Cindy Stokke, JD
Todd C. Theodora, Esq.
Thomas W. Tuttle, Esq.
Robert J. Whalen, Esq.
Nicole Whyte, Esq.
Michael R. Williams, Esq.
Louise J. Woolsey
Michael G. Yoder, Esq.
Dean J. Zipser, Esq.

Life Fellows

Aaron Dishon, Esq.
Steven G. Hittelman, Esq.
James W. Loss, Esq.
Michael D. Pursell, Esq.
Commissioner Richard G. Vogl (Ret.)
Peter D. Zeughauser, Esq.

Sustaining Fellows

Wayne W. Call, Esq.
Cathrine M. Castaldi, Esq.
John S. Cowhig, Esq.
John R. DiCaro, Esq.
Mark D. Erickson, Esq.
Dennis McCue, CMC
Thomas P. Stabile, Esq.

Judicial Fellows

Comm. Doreen B. Boxer
Hon. William D. Claster
Hon. John C. Gastelum
Hon. David C. Velasquez (Ret.)


Panteha Abdollahi, Esq.
Jeffrey M. Adelson, Esq.
Ashleigh E. Aitken, Esq.
Ms. Cheryl Bame
James P. Barone, Esq.
Brian A. Bayati, Esq.
Kristin M. Bengfort, Esq.
Kyle R. Bevan, Esq.
Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Esq.
Robert F. Bolinger, Jr., Esq.
Sherry S. Bragg, Esq.
Alan P. Brutman
William W. Bruzzo, Esq.
Stacy L. Campuzano, Esq.
Mr. Steven T. Card
Revelle Clark
Paul J. Couchot, Esq.
Mr. Chris Craig
Kenneth W. Curtis, Esq.
Leslie R. Daff, JD, MBA
Joseph P. D’Agostino, Esq.
Taylor R. Dalton, Esq.
Roman E. Darmer, Esq.
Brian M. Daucher, Esq.
Robert P. Des Jardins, Esq.
Mark S. Devore, Esq.
Marie D. DiSante, Esq.
Joseph E. DuBois, Esq.
Brian W. Easton, Esq.
Michael G. Ermer, Esq.
Joseph A Ferrucci, Esq.
Aaron J. Flores, Esq.
Mr. Var Fox
Paul L. Gale, Esq.
Dennis P. Gaughan, Esq.
Michael J. Genovese, Esq.
Lonnie D. Giamela, Esq.
Luis E. Gonzalez, Esq.
David C. Grant, Esq.
Alan A. Greenberg, Esq.
Kevin J. Grochow, Esq.
Brian N. Gurwitz, Esq.
Wesley G. Hampton
Theodore M. Hankin, Esq.
Brian C. Harty, Esq.
David H. Hochner, Esq.
Linda A. Iannelli, Esq.
Dimetria A. Jackson, Esq.
Michele D. Johnson, Esq.
Steven J. Katzman, Esq.
Kyle S. Kawakami, Esq.
Susan C. Kelley, Esq.
Arthur G. Kidman, Esq.
Gerald A. Klein, Esq.
Philip D. Kohn, Esq.
Yoshiaki C. Kubota, Esq.
Pamela G. Lacey, Esq.
Shannon C. Lamb, Esq.
Eric V. Lane, CPA/ABV CFS
David M. Lechuga, Ph.D.
Allison L. Libeu, Esq.
Ms. Karen D. Linden
Pamela S. Liosi, Esq.
Dobbin P. Lo, Esq.
Aaron J. Malo, Esq.
Michael B. McClellan, Esq.
Timothy G. McFarlin, Esq.
Ashley E. Merlo, Esq.
Jeffrey A. Milman, Esq.
Anthony C. Modarelli, III, Esq.
Robert J. Molinaro
Kevin J. Mooney, JD, MBA
James L. Morris, Esq.
Matthew A. Moses, Esq.
A. Patrick Munoz, Esq.
John C. Murphy, Esq.
Alexis W. Myer, Esq.
Lisa N. Neal, Esq.
Shari E. Nokes, Esq.
Ronald P. Oines, Esq.
Kenneth G. Parker, Esq.
Brian T. Pedigo, Esq.
Mark D. Peterson, Esq.
Wesley K. Polischuk, Esq.
Eddie Quillares, Jr.
Byron M. Rabin, Esq.
Anthony J. Rackauckas, Jr., Esq.
Janice A. Ramsay, J.D.
Jeffrey H. Reeves, Esq.
Michelle A. Reinglass, Esq.
Lisa K. Risner, Esq.
Solange E. Ritchie, Esq.
Gregory G. Rizio, Esq.
Richard A. Salus, Esq.
Daniel A. Sasse, Esq.
Edward A. Schlatter, Esq.
James M. Skorheim, Jr., CPA
Evan D. Smiley, Esq.
Alton J. Smith, Esq.
Maria Z. Stearns, Esq.
Jordon P. Steinberg, Esq.
Matthew A. Sumrow, Esq.
Joshua R. Teeple, CPA/CFF
Yolanda V. Torres, Esq.
Eric V. Traut, Esq.
Nisha Verma, Esq.
Theodore I. Wallace, Jr., Esq.
T. Edward Welbourn, Esq.
Eric J. Wersching, Esq.
Christopher P. Wesierski, Esq.
Mark B. Wilson, Esq.
Cynthia M. Wolcott, Esq.
Meryl L. Young, Esq.
Stephen M. Zamucen, CPA

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