The 2021 FaCT Annual Conference

9:00AM- 1:00PM

Wednesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 20

Via Zoom

Resilience – Renew – Reimagine

We are excited to host our Annual Conference, the first on a virtual platform. We are committed to sharing engaging and relevant virtual offerings. Let’s continue to work together to identify more ways to strengthen families in Orange County.

Register by Wednesday, May 12th to receive a conference packet

View flyer here 

Breakout Sessions

 Renewing Our Investment In Trust by Building Resilient Leaders

This session will be on Wednesday, May 19th.

Jose Moreno 

Associate Professor, California State University – Long Beach

Securing Resources Today and Beyond

This session will be on Wednesday, May 19th.

Nancy Mejia

Chief Program Officer, Latino Health Access

Mary Anne Foo

Founder and Executive Director, OCAPICA

 Ely Flores

Executive Director, OCCORD

 Reimagining Father Engagement

This session will be on Wednesday, May 19th.

 James Cotten

Principal Recruiter, Capital One

Noah Drezner

Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

Neftali Pereda

Parenting Education Director, Olive Crest

Renewing Commitment To Gratitude, Family, and Mental Health

This session will be on Wednesday, May 19th.

Sharon Ishikawa

MHSA Coordinator / Administrative Manager II, Orange County Health Care Agency

 Supporting the Development Resilience of Trans* Youth

This session will be on Thursday, May 20th.

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Peg Corley

Executive Director, The LGBTQ Center of Orange County

Transitioning and Supporting Your Staff, Organization and Mission As We Move Into Our New Normal

This session will be on Thursday, May 20th.

Supporting and Advocating for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People Of Color) Youth

This session will be on Thursday, May 20th.


Julie Vue 

Program Director, BRIDGES Safe & Respectful Schools Program and Restorative Schools Program

Gary Taylor

Senior Fellow with the Child Welfare League of America

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jaiya John

Freedom Worker | Author | Poet |Professional Speaker

Dr. Jaiya John was orphan-born in the desert of New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized freedom worker, author, and poet. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. He is the author of numerous books, including Daughter Drink This Water, and, Freedom: Medicine Words for your Brave Revolution. Jaiya writes, narrates, and produces the podcast, I Will Read for You: The Voice and Writings of Jaiya John, and is the founder of Freedom Project, a global initiative reviving traditional gathering and storytelling practices to fertilize social healing and liberation. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, and has spoken to over a million people worldwide and audiences as large as several thousand. Jaiya is a former National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup and race relations. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors. His Indigenous soul dreams of frybread, sweetgrass, bamboo in the breeze, and turtle lakes whose poetry is peace.

Jaiya’s book titles include Freedom: Medicine Words for Your Brave Revolution, Your Caring Heart: Renewal for Helping Professionals and Systems, Daughter Drink This Water, Calm: Inspiration for a Possible Life, Sincerity of Sunlight, Fresh Peace, Legendary: A Tribute to Those Who Honorably Serve Devalued Children, Beautiful: A Poetic Celebration of Displaced Children, Reflection Pond: Nurturing Wholeness in Displaced Children, Clear Moon Tribe, The Day Jumoke Found His Name, Father to Son: Ode to Black Boys, Habanero Love: A Poem of Sacred Passion, Lyric of Silence: A Poetic Telling of the Human Soul Journey, and Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib.

Shari Dunn

Attorney | News Anchor | CEO | Professor | Thinker | Agent of Change

Shari Dunn is a graduate of Marquette University with a B.A. in the history of philosophy and Northwestern University School of Law with a Jurist Doctorate. She spent a decade working first as a practicing attorney representing victims of domestic violence and then nationally as a non-profit executive, focusing on the national legal services system. Shari has lobbied the federal government and developed and oversaw training and program services for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association based in Washington, DC. She then became a funder of that system as the Vice President of a New York, NY-based foundation, Power of Attorney Inc., which was a sub grantee of Atlantic Philanthropies. In that capacity, Shari oversaw a 5 million dollar grants portfolio and developed collaborative relationships with other national funders such as Soros, Ford, and Rockefeller.

Shari then transitioned into broadcast journalism and spent a decade as a news anchor/reporter in Los Angeles, California; Tyler, Texas; and Milwaukee, WI. Shari was honored for her work by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association: Best Morning News 2010 and the Associated Press Award for Best Spot News. Shari has also acted as a consultant for fledgling non-profits, helping them go from idea to reality by utilizing her legal, non-profit, and communications expertise.

Because she holds dear to her heart, the empowerment, and transformation of women re-entering the workforce, Shari is the Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon. In this role, she can bring to bear her vast array of experience and expertise to help women in need to change their lives. Shari is also an adjunct at the University of Portland in the MBA program, teaching non-profit management. She is the Co-VP of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon. She is on the executive committee of the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board. Shari has won numerous awards for her work including: Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Executive of the Year; 2019 Women of Influence, Portland Business Journal; Driving Force Award, Oregon Governor Kate Brown; 2019 Extraordinary Executive Director, Portland Monthly Magazine; Light a Fire Awards and The Business Journals Top 100 National Influencer in the United States. In addition to having been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show, she is also a gameshow winner!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change the session topics that I chose after I register?

Please email any changes to [email protected]


How do I register for the Conference?

You can register here or use the “buy tickets” button 

Where will the conference be held?

Our conference will be held online via Zoom

Didn’t see your question answered here? Please send your inquiry to [email protected] or give us a call at (714) 566-2878.

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