About Us

We Are Waymakers

Board Officers

MLarsen
Mark Larsen
President, Purus Wealth Management
JSmallwood
Jason Smallwood
Vice President, City National Bank
DDelfin
Donny Delfin
Secretary, Pacific Western Bank
JMcCarthy
Joe McCarthy
Treasurer, McCarthy Consulting Services

Board Members

TCoad
Dr. Thomas Coad
Carol Fox
Carol Fox
Orange County Business Journal
John Jory
John Jory
Radiation Protection & Specialties
GKubesh
Gary Kubesh
Wells Fargo Advisors
LKuelpman
Laurie Kuelpman
Kuelpman Resources
Ann Stawicki
Ann Stawicki
Burnham Benefits Insurance Services
BSteensland
Barbara Steensland
MAG-TROL Electrical Distributors
KThordarson
Kris Thordarson
K2 General Contractors
GTippin
Greg Tippin
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
ATurner
Abril Turner
Experian

Management Team

Ronnetta Johnson
Ronnetta Johnson
Executive Director
HetherBenjamin-7950
Hether Benjamin
Director of Youth Development
EllenEllis-8416
Ellen Ellis
Director of Human Resources
MelindaRamos-8392
Melinda Ramos
Director of Finance & Administration
LitaMercado-8442
Lita Mercado
Director of Victim Assistance Programs
CarolCarlson-7944
Carol Carlson
Program Director, Children's Crisis Residential Program
KristenDimeo-8428
Kristen Dimeo
Program Director, Juvenile Diversion & GRIP
DanGleason-8395
Dan Gleason
Program Director, Project PATH
ElsaGreenfield-8469
Elsa Greenfield
Program Director, H. B. Youth Shelter & Gang Prevention
MichelleHeater-8504
Michelle Heater
Program Director, Victim Assistance Programs
Kiosha Jeltema
Program Director, Victim Assistance Programs
Troy Lozano
Troy Lozano
Controller
RichanneMarshall-8425
Richanne Marshall
Program Director, Collaborative Courts Full Service Partnership
MelissaMellon-8495
Melissa Mellon
Program Director, Families First
JenniferReed-8456
Jennifer Reed
Program Director, Victim Assistance Programs
Vanessa Reyna
Vanessa Reyna
Program Director, Victim Assistance Programs
AmySutherland-8476
Amy Sutherland
Program Director, Youthful Offender Wraparound
Heather Stoerck Edit
Heather Stoerck
Executive Assistant

What We Stand For

Mission

We are committed to supporting individuals on their journeys and fostering lasting change and positive impact throughout Orange County.

Vision

Our vision is a community where individuals reach their highest potential and have support finding their way past conflict and crisis.

Culture

Waymakers offers individuals, families and communities the steadiest, surest, safest pathways to promising outcomes. To clients, Waymakers is the stable home they never had. Their voice when they’re too fragile to speak. Their alternative to the juvenile justice system. Their path away from gang life, substance abuse and other destructive behavior. And their counseling support at a time of greatest need. Waymakers is their advocate, ally, voice of reason and mentor – the one who walks with them on the razor’s edge. The people of Waymakers are committed to supporting clients on their journeys and fostering lasting change and positive impact throughout Orange County.

Our History

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1972

January 1, 1972

Founded (1972)

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A University of California, Irvine professor, a few of his students and a Costa Mesa Police Department captain recognized the need to provide diversion counseling for delinquent youth and their families. As pioneers working within local law enforcement agencies, their efforts led to the creation of a new non-profit serving at-risk youth in Orange County.

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January 1, 1978

Making Our Way (1978)

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Victim Assistance Programs began as a collaborative project of criminal justice and community professionals. Opening first at the West Justice Center, volunteers and interns provided basic services to alleviate the impact of crime. Currently over 100 victim service professionals provide assistance at locations throughout the County.

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January 1, 1979

Making Our Way (1979)

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The Youth Shelter program began in Laguna Beach providing a safe haven for youth at-risk for homelessness or running away from home, those who suffered abuse, and those struggling with mental health issues. Over time, the program expanded services through additional homes in Huntington Beach and Tustin. Each shelter provides comprehensive services in a setting conducive to healing and growth.

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January 1, 1980

Making Our Way (1980's)

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The 1980’s saw development of programs such as PATH, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Legal Awareness workshops which demonstrated commitment to creating safe and healthy communities through education, training, and technical assistance.

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January 1, 1990

Making Our Way (1990's)

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New projects in the 1990’s focused on providing support to families who were struggling due to violence, crime victimization, drug abuse, and conflict. Dispute Resolution Services and specialized services for victims of homicide and family violence were established during this period.

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January 1, 2000

Making Our Way (2000's)

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The turn of the century brought with it mass violence events, realization that human trafficking was a community issue, and needs of youth in trouble with law enforcement who were suffering from mental health issues. Faced with the increasing complexity of needs within Orange County, we worked with long term partners to establish a Community Crisis Response Team, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and wraparound counseling services.  

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January 1, 2017

Making Our Way (2017)

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Over our 45-year growth, we have evolved to serve youth, adults and families living in Orange County involved or at-risk of involvement with the justice system by designing and implementing some of the most respected prevention and intervention programs in Southern California. Our vision always focused on helping people make their way, and in 2017, we adopted a name fitting our purpose, promise and potential: Waymakers.

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2017

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Now that you have found your WAY, join us and MAKE things happen in Orange County.

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