Improving the Lives of Military Connected Children

Board of Directors

Board of Directors | Military Childrens Collaborative Group

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    MCC Group's board of directors is happy that you are interested in helping improve the lives of military connected kids. The Board Members and Board Advisors recognize that children connected by Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veteran and Fallen have unique needs, which we seek to address through education and awareness, collaboration with several groups and the creation of programs and initiatives. Our Board is tasked with how Military Childrens Collaborative Group can best support children who silently serve, and their families. We set out by evaluating how our organization would best address those needs and identify the gaps in service. We also strive to raise awareness with our civilian population unaware of the military population that lives off base, within their community.

    From the beginning, MCCG founder Debbie Nichols ensured the creation of a strong Board, with expertise to properly develop an internal infrastructure that would sustain over time, starting at ground zero. As a smaller board, we have been able to move swiftly, investigate existing research developed by experts and quickly build collaborative partnerships. Our Board outlined where the need was, how to fulfill, and create a plan developing a program. Once developed, we then beta tested the program to determine if the program was of value. The Board chose not to duplicate existing programs or services, but instead create meaningful programs that can be replicated in the future, and leverage collaboration with others.

    The Board takes the time to investigate what military children faced at home, at school, within their community. We then share our findings, with programs to educate those working directly with the children in schools, medical experts as well as children’s, faith based and community organizations that serve military children and their families. Our Board members come from the private sector, utilizing best practice to test and refine new programs, to insure success prior to requesting grants. Our goal is to use our funds wisely for maximum impact and successful outcomes.

    Now that we have our business plan, program templates, and relationships with quality collaborating partners, we welcome those interested in becoming a Board member. We encourage you to contact us or fill out our Board of Directors member application.

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    Debbie Nichols

    Executive Director & CEO

     
    Debbie Nichols’ career for the past 30 years was in Sales and marketing for the Transportation & Logistics Industry.

    Debbie, became a deployed grandmother for the first time in 2008 when her daughter was deployed to Afghanistan, she had no idea where to begin this new chapter in her life. Unable to find any major resources within the Military community she began to compile her own data and subsequently published her book, “Deployed Grandparents Being Parents” wherein she charted her journey. Since then, Nichols has spoken at numerous events including the 2011 Annual Meeting of The American Red Cross – Orange County Chapter and the IFSAC Regional Conference held in June of 2010, as well as several Army National Guard and Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon events, and the Navy Reserve Southwest Command Ombudsman Conference in January 2011.

    At a special invitation from the White House in August 2011, Nichols represented Military families by speaking about the special needs of Military children in regards to their schools and the community at large. Also in attendance were various department heads from the United States Department of Education and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director to the White House. Ms. Nichols now participates in monthly conference calls with officials from the White House Administration Community Partners, addressing the needs of Military families.

    Debbie served as a Co Chair on the USC CIR Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, representing Families & Children Group. She is also an advisor for The California Statewide Collaborative & State of California Veteran Affairs.

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    Pamela L. Parisien

    Executive Director & CFO

     
    Pamela has more than 35 years of experience in accounting for both public and private organizations and has focused on local government and municipalities for the past 16 years. Her most recent assignment has been providing support to the Director of Finance and managing the operations of the Finance Department for the City of Yorba Linda. At the City she supervised a technical staff of four and her duties included hiring the technical staff, implementing new systems to streamline operations, monitoring the City’s $100 million in cash and investments and providing assistance in developing the $30 million annual budget. She also worked directly with the auditors for the City’s annual financial statement audit and for the Single Audit. She has a strong knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems as well as fund accounting and has experience monitoring and reporting federal and state grants.

    Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. She is a current member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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    Gayle Clark

    Marketing Director

     
    Gayle is a marketing specialist with expertise in creating marketing messages across several platforms, including print, digital, social media, direct mail and email.

    Born and raised in Southern California, Gayle attended the University of Washington and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. After graduation, she worked for various publications including Teen Magazine, Teleflorist, Architectural Digest and Bon Appetite. As a volunteer for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, she worked with actress and singer Gloria Loring to procure sponsorship from Knapp Communications for the print and production of the “Days of Our Lives” cookbook, raising over $250,000 for the nonprofit. Other memorable volunteer experiences include working team members from Viacom to help paint and decorate many recreational facilities for families living at Edwards Air Force base.

    After working for various design firms in Los Angeles, Gayle went to work at her family owned business, Creative Mailings, Inc., eventually becoming Executive Vice President, during which the company had grown, becoming the second largest full service direct mail production facility on the west coast. Her client roster included Bank of America, TBWA/Chiat Day, UCLA, USC, Red Cross of Los Angeles, Mono Lake Committee, KCET, French Foundation and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    She worked for 10 years as Customer Relationship Marketing Manager in the marketing department at historic Hollywood Park racetrack until its closure.

    Gayle’s passions include watching her daughter row as a member of the University of Washington’s women’s crew team, as well as volunteering and fostering for Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions you may have about the Military Childrens Collaborative Group’s Board of Directors.

Do the Board of Directors Members draw a salary?

No. All of our donations go directly into our programs.

What are the obligations of a Board Member?

We have quarterly meetings and we encourage you to attend. You can volunteer and get a feel of our volunteer group.

Many of our Board Members have full time jobs and understand time management, making your time involved worth while

How can I become a Board Member?

To become a Board member or volunteer, please contact us at +1-714-536-6184, email or download and fill out an application.

Need more information?

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