F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
CASA PACIFICA CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)
Contact: Carrie Hughes
For: Assignment Editor
Camarillo, CA – Casa Pacifica is proud to welcome Gary Gorian, Narimon Honarpour, M.D., Ph.D., John Mallett, and Adam Thunell, to its Board of Directors this year. Comprised of 24 individuals, Casa Pacifica’s board members offer a wealth of experience and expertise in a wide range of areas, such as the legal field with several lawyers; in financial services with representatives from a number of banks, investment, and insurance services; in business with a variety of industries from the medical field to construction to agricultural management to equipment rentals; in the field of education with the retired superintendent of the Moorpark Unified School District; as well as several community advocates.
Gary Gorian – Gary Gorian is the President and Founder of Colton Lee Communities, LLC – a company focused on developing all facets of housing stock including Affordable Housing, Master Planned Communities, Apartments, and Self-Storage. Prior to starting Colton Lee Communities in 1998, Gary served as Vice President for Dale Poe Development Corporation, one of the largest privately held real development firms in California. Gary is a lifelong resident of Ventura County and holds a double major in both Urban and Regional Planning, as well as in Public Administration from University of Southern California. Gary was previously on the Casa Pacifica Board of Directors from 2004-2010.
Narimon Honarpour, M.D., Ph.D. – Narimon Honarpour is the Translational Medicine Head at Amgen, Inc. – board certified in Internal and Cardiovascular Medicine. Over his 8 years at Amgen, Narimon has held various positions: Senior Medical Scientist, Clinical Research Medical Director, Global Development Lead and Executive Medical Director, and Global Product General Manger. Prior to joining Amgen in 2011, Narimon was a clinical instructor at UCLA’s Division of Cardiology, the same place he did his Residency in Internal Medicine as well as his Clinical Fellowship in Cardiology. Narimon obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in 1996.
John Mallett – John Mallett is the President and Co-Founder of MainStreet Mortgage in Westlake Village which specializes in residential lending. Prior to co-founding MainStreet Mortgage in 1997, John was a loan officer at Five Star Financial where he excelled and was the top selling agent in loan production for four years running. John brings strong entrepreneurial and strategic skills to the table, along with skills in feasibility analysis and leadership. He obtained his MBA from USC in 1999 with an emphasis in finance and entrepreneurship. His book, “Buy Your First Home Today!” is available on Amazon.
Adam Thunell – Adam Thunell is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operation Officer at Community Memorial Health System in Ventura. Thunell’s focus at the Health System includes long-term strategic planning, daily operations, physician relations, community interaction, as well as oversight for the System’s building projects which encompass the construction of a new hospital in Ventura and the modernization of another in Ojai. Adam received his B.A. in Business Management at Brigham Young University and his M.H.A. in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives and a current board member of Health Executives Association of Southern California.
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. Casa Pacifica is also a foster family agency, which recruits and trains families for potential placement with a foster youth. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.