Chairman of the Board: Ben Montoya

Ben Montoya is a retired employee of San Diego Gas & Electric Company where he served for 35 years as an engineer and electric generation planner. Ben is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served for five years as an officer in the United States Navy. He has a Professional Engineer license in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.

Ben was the Vice Chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party in 1993-4, and was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the California Veterans Board from 1993-96 where he served as Chairman in 1996. Ben is an elder at First Presbyterian Church San Diego and is Chairman of the Downtown Fellowship of Churches & Ministries, a consortium of 40 church and ministry leaders in downtown San Diego.

Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg President & CEO of the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care

Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg is the President and CEO of the Institute of Reproductive Grief Care,  and is the global authority of reproductive grief care. As one of the world’s foremost experts on reproductive grief care and pregnancy loss, Michaelene is a published author, lecturer and speaker and has appeared in over 100 radio and television programs.

See Michaelene’s full bio here.

Treasurer: Joe Jordan

Joe Jordan came to San Diego in 1965 as an ensign in the Navy. Joe was an NROTC graduate from the University of Notre Dame. He worked in banking and public accounting before joining Motivational Systems as the Chief Financial Officer in 1985.

Joe gives back to the community by serving as the audit chair, a member of the board of trustees at the Nativity Prep Academy and a former member of the board of trustees at Epiphany Prep Academy. He also serves on the finance committee of Partnership with Industry at Epiphany Prep Academy.

Secretary: Maryanne Odom

Maryanne Fraunces Odom holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  After a number of years in public accounting and the banking industry, she retired to raise four children and focus on community activities.  She spent over 15 years teaching Religious Education, leading adult bible studies and currently serves as a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and Alpha leader. She served as a Girl Scout Leader for eight years and served in various leadership positions with the Coppell Service Unit.  Maryanne also served as a board member of the Coppell Assistance League as the Secretary and Scholarship Committee Representative for six years.

Maryanne has served on the Cistercian Preparatory School Parent Club Board in various capacities for the past 8 years. She currently serves as the President of the Board leading 30 officers in their service to the school. In 2014, along with others, Maryanne chartered a new chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, a mother/son service and leadership organization. In the chapter’s three-year history, Maryanne has served as the Vice President of Philanthropy and two terms as President. The chapter has 160 members and serves over 20 different philanthropies in the Dallas area. The chapter provides over 3,000 hours of community service a year. In addition, Maryanne serves as a mentor to two freshmen at Cristo Rey Catholic School in Dallas.


Fred Clark

Fred Clark earned a B.A. degree at the University of Southern California, a J.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. at Harvard University. Mr. Clark has been in the investment business since graduating from Harvard, first at Goldman Sachs and then Pacific Equity Management which he founded.

Mr. Clark is very much involved in philanthropy. Some of the boards he sits on include the Berkeley Institute, Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, Inner-City Scholarship, Inc., Institute for Family Studies, Institute on Religion and Public Life, Patients’ Rights Council, and the Witherspoon Institute. He currently volunteers as a teacher at an inner-city school.

Mike Fredenburg

Mike Fredenburg is a cyber security consultant with a focus on data security and privacy standards. He works with clients throughout the United States.  He was also the founding president of the Adam Smith Institute.  As an Institute board member, Mike works with the office staff to help set IT policy and often helps in adopting and evaluating new technology.

Mike is a nationally published author and has had columns published in such publications as the Union-Tribune, the Daily Transcript, California Political Review and National Review Magazine. Mike received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of California Santa Barbara and his Masters in Business Administration at San Diego State University.

Patty Garczynski

Patty Garczynski is President, CEO and RMO of Tony Garczynski Development, Inc., a general contracting company founded by her late husband, Tony Garczynski in 1977. Patty has over 45 years of experience in financial management, accounting, administration, and customer service. She has extensive experience in dealing with professionals in all areas of the Building/Construction/Real Estate Industries. Her ability to address challenges in a decisive manner is beneficial to her problem solving skills and abilities. Patty currently serves on the Finance Committee of San Rafael Catholic Church and the Board of Directors of the Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital in Uganda.

She has previously served on the Board of the St. Madeleine Sophie Training Center, the Board of St. Michael's Catholic School (Poway), the Building Committee of San Rafael Catholic Church and the Building Committee of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is the managing member of a family held real estate investment firm and President of the Johnson Family Foundation. He has a background in banking, real estate and finance. Brian received his B.A. in economics and political science from Pitzer College and a MBA from the University of Oregon.

He is a supporter of Life Perspectives and proud of the work they do to bringing healing and hope to grieving families. He currently resides in Poway with his wife and sons.

Margot Kyd

Margot Kyd spent nearly 30 years of her career at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company. Now retired, Margot served as a corporate officer for nearly 24 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer. Margot graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in business and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.

Margot is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and the Magis Institute, in addition to Life Perspectives. She is also a member of the Board of Regents of the Augustine Institute and a Trustee Emeritus of the University of San Diego. Margot served as a past Board member of the Los Angeles Urban League, Catholic Exchange, Catholics for the Common Good, Pantellos (a for-profit emarketplace for the energy services industry), the National Association of Women Business Owners–LA Foundation, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, the San Diego United Way and the Arthritis Foundation. She is a member of Legatus, an organization of Catholic executives, and a past Area Councillor for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.