Our Team

Who We Are

CLAOC Board of Directors

Richard (Dick) Gochnauer

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.

Douglas A. Wilson

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. He currently serves as Chair.

Michael A. Mussallem

Michael A. Mussallem serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edwards Lifesciences. Under his leadership, Edwards has 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.

Annette Walker

Annette Walker is the visionary health care leader tapped to build City of Hope, Orange County. Annette works to expand City of Hope’s world-class health network in Orange County, with the primary health campus planned for Irvine’s Great Park. Annette serves as President of Strategy for Providence St. Joseph Health System, the nation’s third-largest health system and previously served as interim president and chief executive of St. Joseph Health before the merger of St. Joseph Health and Providence.

Brett Wall

Brett Wall 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 ev3, Inc., Micro Therapeutic, and Boston Scientific.

Who We Are

Our Staff

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.

Gustavo Chamorro

Gustavo is the Senior Community College Advisor at CLAOC. With more than 20 years of experience in education and economic and workforce development at organizations like Rancho Santiago Community College District, Gustavo works on strategic initiatives that can provide work-based learning opportunities to community college students while also providing CLAOC member companies with qualified talent.

Nye Davidson

Nye is the Director of Marketing and Communications for CLAOC. With more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit, government, and private sector communications at Northrop Grumman, GE Healthcare, and the Government of the District of Columbia, Nye leads all external and internal communications efforts for CLAOC.

Kristina Horn

Kristina is the Coordinator of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at CLAOC. With two years of experience in AI ethics research, education, and talent development, Kristina conducts research and manages talent development projects that align with CLAOC strategies.

Amy Kaufman

Amy is the Senior Vice President of Experiential Learning and Talent Development 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 San Diego. She leads a team that works directly with CEOs and CHROs across the talent pipeline continuum to align regional education and workforce efforts for maximum collective impact.

Jasmine Pachnanda

Jasmine is the Senior Vice President of CLAOC. 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. Currently, Jasmine leads the strategy for developing OC into a premier, diverse talent hub as a critical lever to achieve CLAOC’s vision for a “thriving OC for all.”

Mark Percy

Mark serves as President and 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 [email protected] 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.