Patty Turrell, President/Founder
Patty worked for over 22 years in corporate America as a Human Resources Director. She was considered one of the most assertive job recruiters for the Tricon Company in Orange County and trained hundreds of store and restaurant managers in her career. After leaving the corporate world, Patty started her own catering company and has worked as a successful event planner and producer. In 2002, she started The Women’s Journey Conference and from that the Women’s Journey Foundation was formed.
Patty feels compelled to give back and discovered she could apply her coaching and HR skills in helping women of all ages cultivate their personal empowerment. Patty has been a mentor to many young women and it has become her life passion to foster self-esteem in girls. After discovering that over 70% of girls suffer from low self-esteem, Patty invested her 401K to create and build a Free Self Esteem Program for girls. Since that time, the program has benefitted over one thousand girls. The wind beneath her wings is her husband, Dr. Jim Turrell who is a Pastor, published author, professional musician and retired school teacher. Both are activists in the non-profit community and are committed to living a life of service.
Leanne DiSanto, Board Vice President
Owner of Fitness Patrol Personal Training Studio and over 25 years experience in the wellness industry. Leanne brings a great deal of life experiences to the table; Being a widow, a divorcee and a single mother, she calls herself the Been There and Done That Queen.
As a Transformational Life Coach, Leanne DiSanto helps others create a more engaged, energized and empowered life. She teaches sustainable transformation by aligning how you think, eat and move with your health goals, vision and life intention.
Leanne has extensive expertise, as well as a special mix of life’s lessons, compassion and humor whether she is working one-on-one or speaking to a large audience. With a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, Leanne works as both a trainer and an athlete. Leanne knows what it’s like to be the teacher and the student. Among her many attributes Leanne is also a published author, a sensational emcee and facilitator.
Katie Adams Farrell, Treasurer
Treasurer Katie Adams Farrell is a business owner, wife, mother, community organizer and feminist activist. Her firm, KAF Catalyst is a fundraising and financial management consulting firm for nonprofit organizations that melds for-profit strategies and nonprofit soul to create new and innovative models for growth. Katie has wealth of knowledge about not-profit fundraising and functionality. Prior to forming KAF Catalyst, she led fundraising teams at institutions small and large where she raised more than $50 million.
In addition to serving as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Journey Foundation, Katie holds leadership positions on other community Boards including NAWBO-OC, the Professional Advisors at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Democracy and Progress PAC and is a member of the School Site Council Board at her children’s elementary school. She is a platinum member of the Orange County Diversity Council and her family is active in supporting numerous causes locally. Katie is a FINRA-licensed financial representative and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Music Performance (on violin and viola) from California State University, Long Beach.
Amorra Raa, Advisory Board Member
Amorra Raa spent her late teens and 20’s as a Roman Catholic nun, which instilled in her a life-long passion for evolving spiritually
Dr. Jim Turrell
Dr. Jim graduated from Cal-State University at Los Angeles in 1964 and was a professional musician and teacher. In 1987 he became a minister and has written 12 books. He currently trains writers in an online program called CSL Writers Workshop.
Kathy Brook-Wong is an educator, entrepreneur, wife, and mother. As a teacher in the Rancho Santiago Community College District, she helps people in her community reach their educational and personal goals in her English as a Second Language (ESL) and US Citizenship courses. As Founder/Head Instructor of Comfort and Joy English, Kathy provides ESL instruction for women of all nationalities to gain more confidence in expressing themselves with greater ease. Her Skype English lessons create a safe and nurturing learning environment where women can talk about their goals and dreams, challenges as a women in their society, and ways they can be an influence for healing and positive change.Kathy has held several leadership positions in her community such as Vice President of Membership of the PTAs at her children’s elementary, middle, and high schools as well as the VP of Membership of the Irvine Council PTA.
Justine Arian, CPCC, Women’s Transformation Coach, Award-Winning Speaker and Best Selling Author, is fiercely committed to inspiring purpose-driven women to gain the clarity and confidence they need to be powerful, both personally and professionally, so they can fulfill on their highest potential and purpose.
She is the creator of “Finding Me, Impacting We, a life-changing annual women’s empowerment event. She leads The Awakening Woman of So Cal Meetup and is the Founder of “The Multi-passionate Moms Club” a coaching community to support women who are passionate about being good moms and making a difference, while owning their personal power.
Additionally, Justine is a Marine Clerk at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach. She has been a union member for over 19 years and has served on the Publicity Committee, Chaired an annual Working Class Women’s Luncheon and has volunteered in various capacities throughout her career.
Justine is the mother of 2 children and 2 step-children with her partner Ethan, and lives in Huntington Beach.