Board of Directors

Sue Grant, Founder/Board Chair

The Literacy Project

Sue Grant's career background as a philanthropist, educator, publicist and journalist has focused on the nonprofit industry for over 27 years. Sue founded OC Public Relations in 1996, specializing in cause marketing, media relations, special event planning and publicity for nonprofit organizations. Sue’s journalism career includes over 17 years in positions as society Read More

editor, master calendar editor and editor for philanthropic publications. She was awarded “1998 Honorary Service Award” by the California Congress of Parents, Teachers & Students, Inc. for her literacy work in Orange County elementary schools. In 2000, Sue founded the first online magazine calendaring system for charity events in Orange Coast magazine, which expanded to 26 cities nationwide, earning her the “2002 Business Woman of the Year” by American Women’s Business Association. She also educates on topics of special event publicity, media relations and nonprofit marketing at Cal State University, Fullerton, Volunteer Center OC, and UCI Extension Program. Sue has served on the various nonprofit boards over 25 years to include 13 years in all capacities as board member of The Sophisticates of ATSC who supports free counseling for troubled at-risk school-age children. Sue graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal State University, Fullerton (B.S., Human Services and Community Development) and studied her master’s degree at CSUF in Counseling & School Psychology. She attended the University of California, Irvine Extension Program in the studies of nonprofit fundraising and public relations.

Cindy Galardi Culpepper

CEO, Wienerschniztel

Cindy Galardi Culpepper began her role as chairperson and CEO of Galardi Group, Inc. (GGI) in April, 2013, upon the passing of company founder John Galardi. Cindy’s relationship with the company was established in 1980 when she married John Galardi and spent nearly three decades living very closely to the brands that he developed. Read More

John chose Cindy as his successor because he was confident in her ability as a leader, admired her hard-work ethic and dedication, and trusted that she would uphold the brand’s core values.

With the support of her talented executive team, Cindy is focused on the continued excellence and growth of the Galardi Group concepts: Wienerschnitzel (the world’s largest hot dog chain), Tastee Freez LLC, and Hamburger Stand. Setting aggressive goals for the company and franchisees, her vision for the future includes brand expansion, both nationally and internationally.

Since coming on board, Cindy has made charitable giving a priority and is committed to upping the amount of charity work and partnerships on behalf of the company. She is dedicated to strengthening GGI’s local ties and giving back to the communities in which the more than 380 GGI restaurants across the U.S. serve.


Daniel Charles Vaughn

Principal, Dan Vaughn Law

For more than 25 years, Mr. Vaughn has advised many local, national and international clients on all stages and aspects of real estate and business financing transactions including acquisitions, mergers, licensing, corporate, real estate financing matters, and general banking matters. He has significant experience with construction, permanent conduit, government sponsored loans and bond financing; Read More

real estate syndications and offerings, including 1031 fractional interest programs and private real estate equity offerings; low income tax credit transactions; office, warehouse, and retail leasing; construction and architectural contracts; and domestic and international tax planning and asset protection. Mr. Vaughn's experience also includes (i) acting as general counsel for companies such as Sabey Companies and American Capital Group, and (ii) serving on the board of directors, Audit Committee and Loan Committee, for Core Business Bank, an FDIC regulated bank located in Bellevue, Washington. His extensive experience has allowed him to effectively counsel many business entities with a wide number of issues that occur during the life cycle of a business organization.

Dennis Kuhl


Dennis Kuhl enters his 13th year with the Angels in 2016 after joining the club on Nov. 10, 2003. He was initially appointed as the Angels’ seventh president before being promoted to club Chairman on Nov. 14, 2009. Kuhl continues to oversee the administration, along with a renewed effort in the area of civic affairs and community outreach. He also played a key role in working with Major League Baseball in the Angels hosting the 2010 All-Star Game.Read More

Kuhl is also actively involved in several Southern California charities. He serves as president of the “Light the Night” event which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a founding board member of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott Trophy. Kuhl works with Susan G. Komen for the Cure serving as a member of the Orange County Affiliate’s Board of Directors and is also one of their “Pink Tie Guys,” a select group of advocates speaking out to find a cure for breast cancer. Kuhl is a member of the Board of Governors at Chapman University, along with the board of directors for several nonprofits, including: the Los Angeles Sports Council, Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, Tiger Woods Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board for the Irvine Public School Foundation and the Angels Baseball Foundation Board of Directors.

A Boonton, N.J. native, Kuhl graduated from the University of Arizona in 1970 with a degree in business administration. In 2009, he was named the ‘Business Man of the Year’ by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. He currently resides in Newport Beach.

Dr. Darryl S. Adams
Superintendent of Schools
Coachella Valley Unified School District

Dr. Darryl S. Adams, Superintendent of Schools for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, began his career as a professional musician, songwriter and music publisher. After ten years in the music business, he followed his love for music and went on to serve as a Music Teacher and Band Director, Middle School Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Human Resources, Read More

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Dr. Adams has been previously recognized as a Teacher of the Year in Los Angeles County.

Dr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Memphis, his Master of Education Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles and his Doctoral degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Dr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Memphis, his Master of Education Administration degree from California State University, Los Angeles and his Doctoral degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Under Dr. Adams’ leadership the Governing Board has approved “Measure X”, a 21st Century Teaching and Mobile Learning initiative that will place 18,000 iPads in the hands of all 18,000 CVUSD students along with the technology infrastructure to allow students to connect and learn all day, every day. Other initiatives of note are the Health, Wellness and K-12 Sports program which promotes healthy life long fitness and eating habits. Dr. Adams is leading the district to a new level of efficiency with the building of the new CVUSD Education and Community Support Center. The Center will allow the district to increase productivity and realize financial savings. The center will support the community by way of a state of the art Parent Resource Center, an expanded Adult Education center and a modern bus transportation division which will include shade structure for facility parking that will rely on solar panels to power the facility.

Dr. Adams has led the way in increasing the District’s financial stability. He is proud to have stabilized the district’s fiscal position which has resulted in no layoffs of Certificated or Classified employees over the last two years.

Dr. Adams has implemented a collaborative servant leadership style and believes in working with the entire school community to realize the primary mission of education: Preparing all students for College, Career and Citizenship. Dr. Adams serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the Ophelia Project.

Kathryn Brewer

CEO Digital Eye Media

Kathryn Brewer is a dynamic, top-performing finance and operations executive with high profile finance, operations and information technology management skills within major industries such as aerospace, defense, semi-conductors, clothing manufacturing and real estate. She was recruited to each position based upon experience, strong organizational leadership and team building skills, and the ability to consistently and favorably improve bottom-line financial results. She has maintained an active role in client relationship management with major corporate accounts such as Lockheed Martin, Compaq, Motorola, Raytheon, Boeing and GKN/Chemtronics. Over the years Read More

she has managed high profile aviation programs for USAF and Boeing Corporation and most recently acquired “Digital Eye Media,” a digital marketing company providing cutting edge digital marketing solutions to a diverse client base.
Kathryn’s philanthropic interests have been an important aspect of her life from a young age. Her father and mother are advocates for charitable giving and created a family foundation in 2008 for their children. Kathryn has maintained an active role in administration and leadership, and helping their siblings identify worthy causes to support. Since the inception of The Literacy Project (TLP) in 2009, Kathryn has been an avid supporter, visionary and major donor to TLP. She was elected on the Board of Directors in 2014 serving on the Marketing and Finance committees. As an avid reader, promoting childhood literacy is a social issue close to her heart and she believes every child should have the chance to learn to read and be able to advance their formal education.
Kathryn earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University in 2004 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in 1985. She also attended Whittier Law School from 1996-1997. Kathryn was born in Newport Beach and raised two sons, Jeffrey and Scott. She continues to cultivate her entrepreneurial spirit and is an active business mentor every chance she gets. She also enjoys reading and travel.

Lee Hausner, Ph.D.

SVP, Family Enterprise, First Foundation Bank

Senior Managing Director, First Foundation Advisors. Lee Hausner is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, business consultant and family wealth advisor. She served as the senior psychologist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District for 17 years. An acknowledged expert on psychological issues involving wealth and wealth transfer, she was a presenter at the World Economic Forum in Davos Read More

and is a frequent participant at the high wealth/private client conferences for major financial institutions. Lee is co-author with Doug Freeman of A Founder’s Guide to the Family Foundation”, published by the Council on Foundations, and The Legacy Family…The Definitive Guide to Building a Successful Multigenerational Family. She is the author of the seminal work regarding wealth and the family; “Children of Paradise: Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families” and co-author of the critically acclaimed family business resource book “Hats Off to You 2: Balancing Roles and Creating Success in Family Business”. Lee is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A., Psychology), San Francisco State University (M.A., Psychology), and Kensington University (Ph.D., Psychology).



Robert DeVan

Community Leader

Robert DeVan has over 45 years of experience in business, the last 20 of which he operated as a CFO in the consumer goods industry. Robert has served on various Boards of Directors including the Credit Research Foundation in New York, the Credit Educational Foundation (President) in Los Angeles, and the North San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (Treasurer). He also served as the City Commissioner Read More

 in Finance & Banking for the City of Laguna Niguel. Robert received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and was given an Executive Award from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, CA.