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South County Crosscultural Council

Meet Our Team


David Peck

Chair, Board of Directors

Professor Emeritus in English Department at California State University, Long Beach.  

Co-founder of the South County Crosscultural Council and Friendship Shelter.

Resident of Laguna Beach since 1978.

Tim Hartshorn

Executive Director


Tim is currently completing his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation concerns the daily lives of migrant workers in Orange County. Tim is dedicated to facilitating positive relationships among workers, employers, and community members through the Laguna Day Worker Center.

Janet Waters

Director, La Playa Center

Retired English Teacher and District Coordinator for English Learner programs.

Volunteer ESL instructor.

Teresa Dominguez

Jobs Coordinator,

Laguna Day Worker Center

Teresa was a childcare assistant at La Playa Center for some years before becoming the Jobs Coordinator at the LDWC.

Margarita Hierro

Operations Assistant,

La Playa Center

Joanna Kibler-McNerney

ESL Classes Coordinator, Laguna Day Worker Center

Joanna is a faculty member at Irvine Valley College where she teaches in the noncredit ESL department. She is also a faculty member at Santiago Canyon College, where she teaches and coordinates ESL in the Division of Continuing Education. She strives to create ESL programs in our surrounding communities. 

Paula Rodriguez

Jobs Coordinator,

Laguna Day Worker Center

Teresa was a childcare assistant at La Playa Center for some years before becoming the Jobs Coordinator at the LDWC.

Sarah E. Stanley

Development Director 

Sarah has worked in Development and Media Relations at Paul Taylor Dance Company and Spoleto Festival USA. She holds an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and is currently an Anthropology PhD student at the University of California, Irvine

Irma Rosas

Former Jobs Coordinator, Laguna Day Worker

Irma became involved with La Playa Center as an advanced ESL student before going on to become a childcare assistant, and, later, in 1999, the lead staff member of the LDWC. Irma has been an active member of the community for over 29 years. In 2002, she was honored by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club for her outstanding work.


Board Members

Jerry Curtin

Jerry is a 22-year resident of Laguna Beach. A lifelong student of Spanish and English, Jerry’s B.A. was in Spanish and American History. After several years of working and teaching high school English, Jerry went back to law school, and slogged through the field of corporate law for 26 years until semi-retiring in 2018. Jerry supports the Board as a problem solver with passion for maximizing use of technology to improve outcomes and efficiency.

Krisztina Fulep

Krisztina, a current La Playa Center student, is from Hungary. In her native country she worked at the Budapest School for the Deaf as a special education teacher, and has studied Russian and German as well as being proficient in Hungarian sign language. Krisztina recently became a US citizen, can be seen working at the Sawdust Festival each summer, and is interested in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Juan Carlos Gallego

Professor of TESOL and Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, Fullerton.

Thirty-seven years of teaching experience at various Universities and in different countries.

Academic interests include language education, discourse analysis, bilingualism, and dialectology.

Meslissa Hexter

Former middle and high school English teacher

Teaching credential from San Francisco State University. 

BA in Theatre from Whitman College

MA in Set Design and Scenic Painting from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Volunteer ESL teacher at La Playa Center.

Kolleen Lawson

Recording Secretary,

Crosscultural Council.


Currently an ESL instructor at La Playa Center and has taught English as a Second Language in Spain, Argentina, and Mexico.

Married with 2 children, this Laguna Beach native has a passion to give her skills to our community.

Joana McFarland

Professional marketing communications background in the computer industry.

Peace Corps volunteer for 2 years in Dominican Republic

1 year with NGO in Guatemala working with women's craft cooperatives.  

ESL teacher at La Playa for over 15 years.

Tim Ronses

Local business owner, Tim & Son’s Hauling.

Oversaw construction of the Laguna Day Worker Center office building in 1999.

Irma and Tim are proud of their 5 children, who are thriving in their chosen professions.

Bonnie Teder

Retired Music Educator and Music Therapist.

Volunteer ESL instructor.

Martin Tobin

Business owner of a CPA firm in Denver, Colorado.  

Serves as SCCC financial consultant.

Resident of Orange County for seven years and active in several other organizations.

Fritzi Werner

For 26 of the 44 years that Fritzi has lived in Laguna Beach, she was a Registered Nurse in Public Health and Aids Services Foundation.

Laguna Beach Art Museum docent, and continues to volunteer as an ESL instructor at La Playa Center.


In Memoriam


Elinor Freeman

Alice and John Graves

Bob Meyerhof

Evelyn Munro

Judy Sinisgalli

Carl Schwarz

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