The mission of E&CO is to create and support opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in making choices to live, work and enjoy life in their community with dignity and respect. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life of each individual we support, but we can’t fulfill this mission alone. It’s only through a close and continuing interaction with the community that we can be sure of having the necessary guidance and support to appropriately respond to the needs of our constituencies. The volunteer Board of Directors takes the lead in promoting the mission and services of E&CO, led by Chairperson Frank Whelan.
Frank Whelan, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer at Health Center Partners, a premier consortium of healthcare organizations. Prior to joining HCP, Frank worked as the CFO of Three Rivers Provider Network, the nation’s largest supplemental PPO insurance network providing healthcare benefits nationwide. AT TRPN, Frank is the chief accounting executive in charge of financial reporting, planning, and analysis for the company. Prior to working at TRPN, Frank was the Assistant Controller for the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS), a 501(c)(3) biotech research center where he headed up the Finance and Accounting Department for the company’s California division. Frank has also held positions as a Senior Auditor with the CPA firm of Sonnenberg & Company, specializing in nonprofit organization and government audits, as well as working in accounting for real estate developers and property management companies. Frank earned an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego UCSD and an accounting certificate from the UCSD Extension.
Leslie W. Mittanck
Leslie W. Mittanck’s career encompasses twenty years in the financial services industry and includes public accounting, financial planning, and business banking. She has previously served on the boards of two non-profit organizations, and has been volunteering with E&CO since 2008. Leslie is passionate about E&CO because it champions the capabilities and contributions of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, an ideal that strongly resonates with her own core values.
Leslie achieved her CPA certification in 1991 and is licensed in Texas and California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas and her master’s degree at Corpus Christi State University.
Craig Abbott oversaw the operations of Walmart stores for the past 21 years. A Texas native, he started out as an assistant manager trainee in his home state where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University in 1992. Craig Abbott’s awards and recognitions include Market Manager of the Year for Southern California in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Under his management, the La Mesa – Grossmont Center Walmart store was awarded store of the year in the Walmart US category. Craig Abbott is married with two kids. His proudest accomplishment has been raising $35,000 last spring to build a locker room for Poway High Boy’s Lacrosse Team, which his son is proudly a part of.
Ryan BowcottV.P. Comercia Bank
Ryan Bowcott is a Vice President for Comerica Bank and works as a Private Banking Officer. He has been in banking his whole career since graduating from Duke University in 1999. In his 15 year banking career Ryan has worked with small business lending, commercial loans, and private banking. This diverse background allows him to be well rounded in his banking knowledge and have access to numerous contacts in San Diego. Ryan began volunteering with E&CO in 2013 on the committee level and joined the board in 2015.
Andres HernandezCEO - Wingman Legal Tech
Andres Hernandez is the co-founder and CEO of Wingman Legal Tech, a technology consulting firm that specializes in law firm technology. A Marine Corps Veteran with an MS in Technology Management from National University, Andres has been leading an effort in the legal industry to adopt cloud technologies for leaner and more efficient law firms.
Karl GormanVP - Voya Financial
Karl Gorman is a Vice President for Voya Financial and has been in the Employee Benefit industry for over 15 years. Having worked for the one of the largest insurance company in the world, his expertise included but not limited to, knowledge of all insurance products, presentation skills, sales skills and relationship building. He works primarily with companies from 500 – 20,000 employees across the country to maximize their ancillary funding platforms and strategic planning around implementation and communication. He has a business degree in both Marketing & Accounting from Western Michigan University, a Life, Accident & Health license in all 50 states as well as Series 6 & 63 license. Karl is a 7 Time President’s Circle Qualifier, 6 Time President’s Award Winner and 2 Time Sales Rep of the Year! More importantly, Karl is dedicated to helping his community and has a passion for those who are in need.
Katy ChevalierProgram Director, County of Santa Cruz
Katy Chevalier served as the Regional Director of E&CO programs in Northern California for 12 years and was a 19-year employee of the organization. She has a passion for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and was proud to start two new services while at E&CO: Tailored Day Services and Supported Living Services. Katy has spent the last 25 years dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities find employment and live life as independently as possible. Now a Program Director at the County of Santa Cruz, she oversees Employment Services for low-income families in the community that are experiencing barriers to their success. Katy is dedicated to her local community and helping people ultimately achieve self sufficiency. She is excited to serve on the board of a company that is near and dear to her heart.
Maggie OsburnExecutive VP, Employee Benefits HUB International Insurance Services Inc.
Maggie Osburn is executive vice president, general Manager for HUB International, Inc. San Diego. In this role, Maggie leads the strategic direction of the employee benefits division for San Diego. Maggie joined HUB in August 2006. She has more than 25 years of sales, training and consulting experience in the human resources arena across a variety of industries. Prior to joining HUB she served as senior vice president of global accounts for Lee Hecht Harrison, where she successfully developed and implemented customized career management and leadership consulting solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Maggie enjoys helping people and companies accomplish their goals and tap into resources they don’t know exist.
Ken BarnesPresident - KENBARNES Global Advisors LLC
Ken Barnes is President of KENBARNES Global Advisors LLC, a Sacramento based public affairs and management consulting firm focused on addressing the regulatory issues which impact business growth and new product development. Ken has deep roots in the technology and entrepreneurial world. After an award winning career in advertising at The Sacramento Bee newspaper, he joined the startup Realtor.com in 1998, and helped build out and develop the sales force in their homebuilder division through Realtor.com’s IPO and maturity phase. In 2002 Ken created a payment processing company, and after successfully building it for several years, he was able to exit and sell it to a Montana based banking services company. In 2013 Ken served as the interim president of Zingle, restructuring the four-year-old mobile technology and communications firm based in the northern San Diego County city of Carlsbad.
In addition to his corporate business activities, Ken also serves as the Executive Director of
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, and has tackled a number issue advocacy
challenges for his clients. In addition to his corporate business activities, Ken also serves as the Executive Director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, and has tackled a number issue advocacy challenges for his clients. He has served on the boards of numerous civic and political organizations in California, as well as in New York City and Beijing during his residence in those cities.
Barbara K. MeserveEsquire
Barbara is an attorney who has practiced in California since 1987. Barbara is currently of counsel to the Law Office of Susan Stricklin Wilson in Encinitas, and her area of legal expertise is probate and trust litigation. She has been an active volunteer in the San Diego community, serving in the past as President of Makua, Friends of Voices for Children, President of Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies, and acting as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Voices for Children.
Barbara and her husband, Ken, have two children. Their daughter, Katie, is attending law school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Their son, Matthew, is a participant in the E&CO MadeIt Film and Media Program. After living in San Diego for thirty years, Barbara and Ken recently moved to San Clemente, California.