Our 2016-2017 Orange County Steering Committee is a group of renowned local professionals, dedicated to delivering top quality programs and networking opportunities. For further details on who's who, take a look at some of their bios listed below:
With more than 15 years of management and recruiting experience, Lauren is a skilled leader, currently serving as the Regional Managing Director for Randstad Professionals, a $22 billion global provider of HR services. Prior to joining Randstad, Lauren worked in executive leadership roles at other top recruiting firms.Mike Emanuel, Account Executive, NetSuite
Combining his consultative software sales skills with his CFO/COO experience, Mike helps companies to quickly and practically achieve value by utilizing leverage cloud-based software applications to streamline business processes, reduce IT costs, and scale for growth. Prior, he served in CFO/COO roles in the fashion and soft goods industries.
Mike holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis.
Peter Hernandez, CPA, Director of Finance, Payne & Fears LLP
Peter's bio is available upon request.Michael Polenzani, Partner, KPMG
Michael's bio is availabe upon request.
Eric Roark, CEO and President, Roark Financial Solutions, Inc.
Currently the CEO and President of Roark Financial Solutions, Inc., Eric has served as a senior financial executive for middle market companies in the manufacturing, retail, distribution, biotech, and construction industries. He has experience working with publicly traded, family owned, venture capital, and private equity backed companies, focusing on the optimization of shareholder value. Eric has nurtured start-up organizations by executing their growth strategies, preparing them for IPOs, and driving turnaround operations.
An active California CPA, Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting, from California State University, San Bernardino.
Fernando Saucedo, CFO, Consultant
Fernando is an 18 year finance executive who has consulted and worked for a variety of companies including Gateway, Canon, Ricoh, Oakley, Carrier, Sunrun and Felt Bicycle. He is known for translating, disseminating, and communicating complex financial information to company departments and divisions worldwide. He is a goal-oriented board member for several non-profits with proven leadership, communication, interpersonal, and problem solving skills.
Guita Sharifi, Chief Financial Officer, AIDS Services Foundation Orange County,
The Chief Financial Officer of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, Guita has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit healthcare sector. With extensive expertise in fiscal oversight and operations, she supports AIDS Services Foundation ’s CEO in meeting the organization's vision and strategic goals by providing cost-savings insight and improving efficiency through financial and operational oversight. Prior, Guita was the CFO at Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, where she was responsible for all financial and fiscal affairs, external and multi-project funds, procurement, contracts, grant administration, and operational systems and procedures. She has also served on numerous charitable boards including the 5th District Representative Tax Payer Oversight on Measure M and the California Association of Nonprofits - CFO Task Force. In addition, Guita has been nominated for three consecutive years for CFO of the Year awards by the Orange County Business Journal and the California Society of CPAs.
Guita holds an IRS EA (Enrolled Agent) license and a PKE (Presidential Key Executive) MBA from Pepperdine University. She is also in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.