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 Chairman Leslie Mittanck.
Leslie W. MittanckChairman
Chairman – 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 AbbottWalmart Marketing Manager
Craig Abbott has been overseeing 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 award 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.
Stephanie BurnsCEO of Chic CEO
Stephanie Burns, a mid-westerner at heart, is the founder and CEO of Chic CEO. With a background in brand building, media buying, strategy and entrepreneurship, Stephanie has wide experience with an eclectic portfolio of industries. While pursuing her MBA, Stephanie decided to create the business plan for what is now Chic CEO. After being a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune, she used her winnings to launch a web resource any woman could use and understand without having to obtain a business degree. As CEO, her vision for Chic CEO is to become a nationally recognized brand and reliable resource for female entrepreneurs. Stephanie teaches marketing for the University of Phoenix and also writes for Forbes online. Stephanie is passionate about entrepreneurship and closing the gender gap completely.
Matt CreightonV.P/ Intercare Insurance Solutions
Matt Creighton is a Vice President for Intercare Insurance Solutions and has been in the Employee Benefits industry since he received his BS in Health Service Administration at James Madison University. Having 5 years’ experience in brokerage and consulting and 10 years’ experience working for national insurance carriers in both sales and account management, Matt brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his clients. Areas of expertise include major medical and ancillary coverage, funding platforms, consumer driven healthcare modeling, wellness strategy and implementation, and more. Matt’s strategic planning approach to employee benefits and his “big picture” thinking make him a valued partner for his clients.
Jacqueline I. Cohen founded and built MedeTrac Systems into a viable online business. Sold MedeTrac in 2012 and served to transition the company to the new owners. Recently started a new venture, JR Consulting and is establishing herself in the California State Hospital and Correctional mental health and recovery marketplace. She is a graduate of both Fashion Institute (Textile Science) and Stony Brook University (Arts). Jacqueline is the mother of 3 grown daughters, including an adult with autism. She has been on the E&CO Leadership Council and a Board Member for past 5 years and has remained active in the micro-enterprise program at E&CO. She is also very active as an advocate for other parents with disabled adult children.
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 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.
Frank WhelanCFO - Three Rivers Provider Network
Frank Whelan, CPA, is the Chief Finnancial Officer at 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.
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.