Our Team

Who We Are

CLAOC Board of Directors

Annette Walker

President, City of Hope Orange County
Chair, CLAOC

Annette M. Walker is the visionary president of City of Hope Orange County who has gained a national reputation for her industry-changing insights, outstanding leadership, and keen abilities to bring people together to achieve extraordinary results. Annette has been twice recognized as one of the 100 most influential leaders in U.S. health care (Modern Healthcare, 2019 and 2020).

Mark Percy

CEO and President

Mark serves as CEO and President and is on the Board of Directors of CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County. For the prior decade, Mark led and advised numerous family foundations, especially in the area of education grantmaking. Earlier, Mark held executive positions primarily in privately held firms, including President of a consulting firm in Washington DC that strategically empowered US companies, such as AT&T, Motorola, Westinghouse, and United Technologies, to expand business in emerging market economies.

Darryl Button

President and CEO, Pacific Life Insurance Company

Named CEO in 2022, Darryl joined Pacific Life in 2017 as executive vice president and CFO. Previously, he was with Aegon for 17 years, where he most recently served as CFO and member of the Executive Board of Aegon N.V. He began his career at Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Canada. Darryl also serves as Chairman of the Pacific Life Foundation.

Daveen Chopra

Corporate Vice President, Transcatheter Mitral and Tricuspid Therapies, Edwards Lifesciences

Daveen Chopra joined Edwards Lifesciences as corporate vice president, Surgical Structural Heart, in May 2018, and assumed leadership of Transcatheter Mitral and Tricuspid Therapies in Jan. 2023. Chopra has broad experience in the medical technology industry, including global leadership in strategy, marketing, commercial operations, research and development, and program management. Prior to joining Edwards, Chopra held various roles with increasing levels of responsibility at Medtronic, plc, from 2005 to 2018. In 2020, he joined the board of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, and, in 2021, he joined the board of Octane.

Richard (Dick) Gochnauer

Co-founder, CLAOC
Managing Partner, SoCal Master Fund

Dick is co-founder of CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County. Dick also currently serves as the founding Managing Partner of the SC Master Fund, a venture capital fund focusing on the accelerating SoCal innovation ecosystem. Dick retired in May of 2011 as Chief Executive Officer of Essendant, the leading wholesale distributor of office and business products in the US. In addition to CLAOC and SC Master Fund, Dick is on the following boards: AmerisourceBergen Corp., Golden State Foods, Vodori, Higher Ambition Leadership Alliance, Rush University and Medical Center, and Rising Tide Transitional Housing.

Kim Letch

US-West Region Private Equity Leader, EY

Kim brings over 30 years of public company, private company, and private equity accounting experience serving regional, national and global clients in life science, financial services, and consumer products. She works with high-growth public, private, private equity portfolio and emerging companies on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and international expansion.

Edward Mora

Senior Vice President and Orange County Market Leader, US Bank

Edward has over 25 years of experience in the wealth management and private banking industry. He currently is Senior Vice President and Orange County Market Leader for U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. Previously, Ed has held senior leadership roles at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Bank of the West | BNP Paribas Wealth Management and Union Bank Private Bank. He is active in the community, serving on the board of directors and executive committee for Unlimited Possibilities, and advisory boards for Project Access, CHOC Latino Advisory Council, and the UCI Center for Investment and Wealth Management. He also serves as a mentor for business students at Long Beach State University.

Emmanuel Roman

CEO and Managing Director, PIMCO

Manny serves on PIMCO’s Executive Committee and has executive oversight of the firm’s client and business areas. Manny was previously CEO at Man Group PLC. Earlier in his career, he was with Goldman Sachs for 18 years and was co-head of worldwide global securities and the European services division. He has served as a trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board Ltd., the Paris Review of Books, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the Tate Foundation and the University of Chicago.

Lindsey Spindle

President, Samueli Family Philanthropies
Chief Operating Officer, H&S Ventures

Lindsey oversees the philanthropic entities operating under the oversight of H&S Ventures, including the Samueli Foundation, the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the San Diego Gulls Foundation, the Irvine Ice Foundation, and The Rinks Foundation. Formerly, she was President of Jeff Skoll Group and Chief Communications and Brand Officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit focused on ending childhood hunger.

Brett Wall

Executive Vice President and President, Medtronic Neurovascular

Brett is the Executive Vice President and President of Medtronic’s Neuroscience portfolio. Brett also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Medtronic African Descent Network. This employee resource group focuses on recruitment, engagement, retention and development for employees of African descent. Brett’s career journey also included leadership roles at Covidien, ev3, Inc., Micro Therapeutic, and Boston Scientific.

Douglas A. Wilson

Co-Founder, CLAOC

Doug is co-founder of CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County. Doug is an Executive Fellow at Higher Ambition Leadership Alliance, a community for CEOs and their teams ready to do the work of leadership with a higher purpose. With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience, he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Next Solutions, Inc., a real estate consulting firm. Doug also authored Team Sight, as assessment used to build high performing teams in Fortune 500 companies across the world.

Michael A. Mussallem

Non-executive Chairman of the Board and Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edwards Lifesciences
Vice Chair, CLAOC

Under Mike’s leadership as its only CEO for 23 years, Edwards Lifesciences established its position as a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations. Before his current position, Mike held various roles at Baxter International. Currently, Mike serves on the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) board and is an advisory board member for the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California.

Who We Are

Our Staff

Melissa Arambula

Melissa is the Program Coordinator at CLAOC. With more than a decade of experience in coordinating expanded learning programs specializing in college and career readiness for high school and college students, Melissa supports CLAOC’s education initiatives.

Franciska Castillo

Franciska serves as the Director of Talent Strategies and University Relations for CLAOC. With more than a decade of experience at organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Chapman University, Franciska helps businesses maximize their early career engagement strategies by partnering with local universities to build an effective talent pipeline through micro internships and capstone projects.

Kristina Horn

Kristina is the Manager of the Artificial Intelligence Initiative at CLAOC. With over four years of experience in AI ethics research, education, and talent development, Kristina manages and oversees the AI programs, events, and communications at CLAOC's AI Talent Lab.

Amy Kaufman

Amy is the Senior Advisor, Talent Strategies at CLAOC. With more than 25 years of experience working across private and public sectors, including the Orange County Department of Education and the University of California. She provides strategic guidance to align regional education and workforce efforts across the talent pipeline continuum for maximum collective impact.

Kathryn Morrison

Kat Morrison is a seasoned professional currently serving as CLAOC’s Administrative Coordinator. With a rich and diverse background spanning over a decade in the government sector, Kathryn brings a wealth of experience and a unique skill set to her role. Before joining CLAOC, she dedicated ten years of her career to the United States Army, where she honed her leadership abilities, strategic thinking, and exceptional organizational skills. Kathryn's commitment to excellence is evident in her high-level administrative capabilities, making her an invaluable asset to the CLAOC team.

Jasmine Pachnanda

Jasmine serves as the Chief Operating Officer of CLAOC, overseeing all strategic and programmatic aspects of CLAOC’s goal to develop OC into a premier, diverse talent hub. With 20 years of extensive experience in the corporate sector, Jasmine worked as a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, where she led various strategic projects related to healthcare, social impact and media. Previously, Jasmine served as Senior Vice President of CLAOC’s AI Talent Hub, developing and launching the initiative.

Mark Percy

Mark serves as CEO and President and is on the Board of Directors of CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County. For the prior decade, Mark led and advised numerous family foundations, especially in the area of education grantmaking. Earlier, Mark held executive positions primarily in privately held firms, including President of a consulting firm in Washington DC that strategically empowered US companies, such as AT&T, Motorola, Westinghouse, and United Technologies, to expand business in emerging market economies.

Karly Simpson

Karly is the Chief Administrative Officer for CLAOC. Since 2018, Karly has assisted the organization by supporting the executive team, coordinating events, and managing the organization’s administrative operations. Additionally, Karly is responsible for tracking and increasing member engagement within the organization.

Laurie Smith

Laurie is the Director of Education Programs and Partnerships at CLAOC. With more than 20 years of collective impact experience at companies like Science@OC and Project Tomorrow, she works effectively across sectors cultivating partnerships and aligning resources to create lasting, sustainable, scalable programs. Her current work focuses on creating career onramps for high school students.

Peggy Wolff

Peggy serves as the Director of Special Programs at CLAOC. Peggy works on the National Talent Collaborative of business-led organizations, working together to create opportunities to collaborate across regions. Peggy also manages the OC Fellows, a talent development program for young professionals to develop early-rising talent across companies and industries in the OC.