Chairman of the Board: Ben Montoya
Ben Montoya is a retired engineer for San Diego Gas & Electric Co. where he was employed since 1986. Ben has a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of San Diego. Ben is an elder at First Presbyterian Church San Diego and is President of the Downtown Fellowship, a collaborative of 40 church and ministry partners who serve the most vulnerable in downtown San Diego. In retirement, Ben teaches Middle School math at City Tree Christian School.
President & CEO: Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg
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.
Secretary: Patrick Gaughan
Patrick Gaughan is Senior VP & Chief Mission Officer for CommonSpirit Health’s Colorado/Utah/Kansas Division. Prior to joining CommonSpirit, Patrick held leadership roles in mission integration and operations/process improvement with Alexian Brothers Health System in Illinois and began his career in healthcare as a cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Medical Center. Patrick has a nursing degree from St. Anthony Nursing School, a BSN in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, and MHSA master’s degree from Xavier University.
Treasurer: Joe Jordan
Joe Jordan earned his BBA degree from the University of Notre Dame. Following graduation, he served 5 years active duty in the supply corps of the US Navy. Following his active duty, he was employed in banking, finance and accounting. He is a certified public accountant.
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.
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.
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 the Institute and proud of the work they do to bring healing and hope to grieving families. He currently resides in Poway with his wife and sons.
Margot Kyd spent nearly 30 years of her career at San Diego Gas & Electric 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 including Senior VP & Chief Administrative Officer. Margot received an MBA from Arizona State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business 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 Foundation 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.
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.