Orange Catholic Foundation Elects New Chairman and Board Members

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The Foundation’s founding Chairman will shift to the Vice Chair position after more than 10 years of dedicated service

The Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF), one of Orange County’s largest independent Catholic philanthropic organizations, has elected James Tecca as its second Chairman of the Board since its founding in 2000. The former founding Chairman, Mike Hagan has led the board for more than 10 years, shepherding growth of the foundation’s philanthropic grants to nearly $10 million in fiscal year 2009-2010. During Hagan’s tenure, the OCF has made grants in support of Catholic education, seminarian formation, retired priest care, aid to parishes and schools facing financial hardship, Catholic Charities, and general funding of Diocesan ministries through the annual Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA).

“Since the founding of the OCF by Bishop Brown in 2000, our charitable outreach has grown multifold. With a strong board we were able to shape and guide the growth of this unique and crucial Catholic institution. The generosity of donors has enabled many important ministries and charitable outreach activities of our Church, including financial aid for our schools. I look forward to supporting Jim Tecca as he continues our important mission,” said Mike Hagan, former Chairman, and current Vice Chairman of the OCF.

Upon his departure from the Chairman position, Hagan will assume the Vice Chairman role, acting as advisor to the incoming Chairman. The newly appointed Chairman, James (Jim) Tecca, has had a career in the financial services industry throughout California and is an active member of St. Timothy's parish.

The incoming Chairman of the Board will be joined by Secretary/Treasurer, Arthur Birtcher. As Chairman of Birtcher Anderson Realty, LLC, Birtcher chairs the Investment Committee and oversees day-to-day asset management function. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif. based company was formed in March 2004 and focuses solely on commercial/industrial real estate investment and asset/property management programs.

Birtcher is known for his real estate expertise as well as his humanitarianism, having earned such awards as, the B'nai Brith Anti-Defamation League Real Estate Man of the Year and the NAIOP U.S. Developer of the Year Award. He is a past member and director of the American Business Conference, an association composed of one hundred CEO's of the nation's fastest growing "mid cap" and small companies. This group advises Congress and the Executive Branch as to the current needs of the U.S. economy.

The officers of the board will be joined by the following directors: Alan Arnold of Vision Solutions, Mary Campbell, Jim Hunter of PeopleBest, Fernando Jimenez of Ramirez Jimenez International, Monsignor Lawrence J. Baird pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and administrator of St. John Vianney parish, Ryan Kerrigan of Serent Capital, John A. McMahon, Thomas P. Merrick, Berni Neal, Scott Richmond of Richmond Law Offices, Rand Sperry of Sperry Van Ness, and Monsignor John Urell, pastor of St. Timothy’s Parish.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Tecca and other newly appointed board members to their new roles. Their combined knowledge and expertise will prove vital as we continue to advance the many complex goals of this foundation. As a Diocese we look forward to the continued support of the OCF and are thankful for their exceptional support of our Catholic educational system,” said the Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange and director of the OCF board.

About the Orange Catholic Foundation:

Established by Bishop Tod D. Brown in November, 2000, the Orange Catholic Foundation is a separate and independently governed 501(c)(3) Corporation, established to provide a permanent source of funding for the religious and educational mission of the Diocese of Orange. It strives to be a premier nationally recognized steward of Catholic philanthropy in carrying out Christ’s work to sustain and enhance all aspects of Catholic life for the faithful in Orange County. For more information, visit http://www.oc-foundation.org or call 714-282-3021.

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