Board of Directors
Ernie Braunwalder is the President and CEO of Ernest E Braunwalder Insurance Agency, Inc. DBA; Braunwalder Insurance and Financial Services. He has an independent, professional, full service Insurance Agency representing Farmers Insurance and other highly rated insurance companies since 1978.
Carina Bursese is Distribution Operations Manager II for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks. Located in Rancho Cucamonga, Evolution Fresh manufactures cold press fruit and vegetable juices which ship nationally. With over 30+ years of manufacturing experience, Carina has successfully led teams in areas of quality, sourcing & planning, production, safety, warehousing and logistics. Carina holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Redlands. She is a proud 29-year resident of Rancho Cucamonga.
Brendan is the Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships for the Ontario Reign of AEG Sports. The Reign are the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings and call Toyota Arena home, drawing over 8,000 fans per game. Brendan and his team offer advertising and hospitality opportunities to businesses throughout Southern California to develop mutually beneficial partnerships that both enhance a company’s portfolio and bottom line as well as the fan experience at Toyota Arena.
Mark Guirguis is the president / owner of Home Masters Intl. one of Inland Empire’s top home improvement companies. He leads a team of 58 employees including project managers, sales and marketing teams, office Admins and own journeymen in all different trades and their own in house crews. Home Masters is a highly rated, award winning one stop shop handeling all aspects of construction and remodeling from designing, material choices and tenant improvement for residential and commercial properties. home masters also helps in financing clients through reputable third party Financial Institutions. Mark has been working in the hospitality and construction business for 18 years over achieving results a year after the other with plans to make it the number 1 go-to construction company. He is a proud husband, and father of 2 kids.
Yvonne Sarmiento Hernandez
Ivonne Sarmiento-Hernandez is the Director of Sales at the Residence Inn by Marriott Rancho Cucamonga, the first extended stay hotel in the city. Ivonne manages and oversees the sales operations of the hotel that include designing plans to meet sales targets. Ivonne and the Residence Inn by Marriott Rancho Cucamonga pride themselves by providing supremely comfortable guestrooms for longer stays, all while developing and cultivating long lasting relationships with team members, clients and guest. Ivonne is an industry expert with years of experience in the hospitality realm.
Janet Nix, EdD is the Chief of Organizational Development for Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), one of the top 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid plan in the country. She is responsible for driving IEHP’s processes for recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, benefits administration, company-wide training, and building employee morale. Dr. Nix’s key focus includes impacting IEHP’s culture by leading the development of employees and managers, as well as the advancement of the company’s environment. Dr. Nix earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Nix also earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.
Mike is the founder of Petry Computer Services. Providing technical support for small business computers and networks throughout Southern California since 2006. Mike is also the CEO of Operation Community Cares, Inc. An all-volunteer organization that sends care packages to deployed military personnel.
Rebekah Schwandt is the Director of Marketing and Development for United Christian Academy, a private Christian school located at Abundant Living Family Church in Rancho Cucamonga that serves over 600 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. UC Academy is a college and career preparatory school, dually accredited through ACSI and WASC, whose mission is to educate students by integrating academic excellence with a Christian worldview, equipping them to impact their world for Christ. With Rebekah leading the school’s marketing, admissions, advancement, and community relations efforts, she and her team have paved the way for explosive enrollment growth year over year, more than doubled their annual charitable income to date, and established an authentic brand and presence for United Christian Academy in the local community.