Fujimoto brings more than 35 years of corporate and nonprofit experience to her new position. She previously served for 18 years as the executive director of the Change a Life Foundation, based in Orange, California. The foundation sunset in December 2018 after providing $41 million in grants to over 250 charitable organizations throughout California along with $8 million in collegiate scholarships to low income, high risk youth along with former foster youth/emancipated youth.
Prior to the Change a Life Foundation, Fujimoto worked in the child welfare arena with Olive Crest and Children’s Bureau, as well as with Orange County Rescue Mission working with the less fortunate and impoverished here in Orange County. Lisa also had the opportunity to manage the community relations and public affairs team at the happiest place on earth, the Disneyland Resort.
Her expertise is in building and strengthening organizations, board development, team building, and collaborations with the public and private sectors and creation of strong partnerships and alliances. She has served on 20 charitable boards over her tenure in the nonprofit sector.Close
With more than 20 years of experience as an executive strategist for nonprofit organizations, Parand oversees donor cultivation, marketing programs to generate philanthropic support and prospect research. She has developed and managed numerous fundraising campaigns and specializes in leveraging major donations from private donors, corporations and foundations to maximize their financial impact on program services.
Prior to joining the Priority Center, Parand served as Director of Development and Communications for Project Hope Alliance and as Director of Development for Long Beach Rescue Mission. In both roles she was responsible for raising funds through annual campaigns, events, direct mail, social media, planned giving, and foundation and corporate relations. Parand earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Lima, Peru, and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. She is a resident of Rancho Santa Margarita, California.Close
A 25-year veteran in nonprofit and social services, Tornquist has daily oversight of all healthcare agency, social service agency and First 5 (formerly the Children and Family Commission of Orange County) grant contract awards and programs provided through the county of Orange. He also oversees program operations, develops program policy and procedures and conducts program assessments and data evaluation. Tornquist was most recently the clinical manager for behavioral health insurance at Health Net in Huntington Beach.
He holds a master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science/Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. A resident of Aliso Viejo, California, Tornquist is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified Residential Care for the Elderly Administrator.Close
Linda Sarabia joined the Priority Center in June 2018. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience of over 15 years in nonprofit organizations, working her way from a Bookkeeper to leadership roles of Controller, Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting. Linda’s current role in the organization is significant. She is in charge of the organization’s financial health. She uses her finance and business experience to identify areas of opportunity, not only for the people she works with but for the company as a whole. Linda is an avid bowler and a ballroom dancer.Close