Our work is guided by
an array of amazingly talented
and educated people.


Sharon Orfalea


Sharon brings over 25 years of business experience to EPIC . . . initially as owner of her own art design enterprise and then followed by a successful career in corporate banking. She oversaw the deve read more...


Christine Wood, DMin

Vice President/Founder

Christine Wood, DMin, Founder and Board PresidentDMin of Transformational Leadership for the Global City. She is the Founder of the EPIC Leadership Center and has taught graduate-level leadership stu read more...


Joann Yabrof


Dr. of Transformational Leadership and 30-year veteran teacher of all age levels. She served as a longtime board and leadership team member of Richard read more...


Dr. Gina Gonzalez, DDS

Dr. Gina Gonzalez, DDS has been interested in dental care most of her life. Shestarted working as a dental assistant in high school. After graduating read more...


Margi Wray

Executive Director

Margi comes to EPIC with 21 years of School Board experience from a district that, during her tenure, was the fastest growing in California. She is read more...


Kate Simonson

Program Director 

Kate is a ten year resident and leader in the Westview neighborhood. She has entrepreneurial skills and is such a strong presence in her community, o read more...


Falisha Lopez

Assistant Program Director

Falisha is a three year resident of Westview and a new member of the EPIC Leadership team With the help of her spouse of 16 years she is raising 4 boy read more...


Paula Gomez Hodgins

Assistant Program Director

Paula Gomez Hodgins grew up in Cabrillo Village. Her parents are one of the 80 originalshareholders who helped establish Cabrillo Village and she brings to EPIC her exp read more...


Sue Sturtevant


Sue was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from theUniversity of Redlands and marrying Brook, became an elementary school teacher inYucaipa, California read more...


Brook Sturtevant


Brook grew up on a peach farm in central California. Attended University ofRedlands, where he met his wife, Sue. They have now been married 55 years and have 3 kidsand 8 gra read more...


Dr. Jim Cole


Dr. Jim Cole is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked here in VenturaCounty since he completed graduate school in 1978. Over the years hehas used his specialty in Child and read more...


February 23, 2024

PRESENT: Christine Wood, Sharon Orfalea, Gina Gonzalez, Joann YabrofMINUTES: Meeting minutes from previous January 29, 2024 were approved as sent. GINA GONZALEZ BACKGROUND: She has a servant’s heart! The more she heard about EPIC, the more excited she became. She has been involved with CASA, worked with underprivileged families in Guatemala, a read more...

January 30, 2024

PRESENT:  Christine Wood, Sharon Orfalea, Joann Yabrof,Margi WrayARTICLE ABOUT AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS:Margi shared an article from a therapist about what works and whatdoesn’t, with interviews from kid participants.STRATEGY-SHARING SESSION FOR PARENTING CLASSES:Chris met with Kate and Jim Cole to figure out how to increase attenda read more...

January 9, 2024

PRESENT:  Christine Wood, Sharon Orfalea, Joann YabrofMINUTES: Minutes of previous meeting were approved as sent.RESIGNATION: Those present approved unanimously to honor Darlene Rosario’s request that we begin immediately to search for her replacement. She will be relieved of her duties as Board President right away. We acknowledge our debt to read more...

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