Family Fridays

 

Once a month in partnership with Pizza Hut, Operation Gift a Smile will visit motels in Anaheim to give out a warm meal and board game to the residents for the evening. This program is designed to encourage quality family time which is crucial to the development of a child.

TONY JAKSTIS

President and Founder

 

From a young age, Tony has had an entrepreneurial spirit.  In high school, Tony initiated the ‘Anti Prom’ for over 300 high school students as a first class alternative to the standard high school prom.  This parlayed into Tony’s first company, Platinum Proms. Tony is now co-owner of Casa de Lago Events alongside his brother and reputable Orange County based business partners.  These business partners continue to serve as life mentors to Tony, helping him to realize his dreams while applauding his success.  Casa de Lago Events provides premier, full service event coordination and have five venues throughout Orange County. Recently, Tony’s sister was in a horrific car crash which nearly ended her life.  During her recovery, Tony committed himself to give back to those in crisis, thus forming Operation Gift a Smile. Tony is passionate about his family, his friends and his unwavering love for his sister.

LOREANI GUADALUPE

Vice President 

 

Loreani is an Orange County native and Long Beach State graduate with four years of experience in Public Relations and Communications for a Fortune 500 company. She loves to travel and experience new foods and culture as well as hanging out with her family. As a first born American, Loreani is passionate about helping financially vulnerable populations and the Latino community. She's also ran a marathon and raised $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after the loss of a close family friend. 

David Lee

Board of Director

 

With a passion for storytelling and documentary filmmaking, it’s a dream of mine to tell find the stories that aren’t being told and inspire those who watch my films to do their part in changing our world. My mission with OGS is to support them through documenting their projects and events year round, bringing more awareness to their efforts and inspiring as many people as I can through the work the amazing work of OGS.

TIM LINEBERGER

Co-Treasurer

 

Tim is the legal and politics guy with four years of experience in campaign management and fundraising. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Chapman University and is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Tim is an avid sports fan and found his love for traveling after circumnavigating the globe by ship at the age of 20. 

Isabella Paz

Board of Director

 

Isabella is a recent Long Beach State Graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration and minor in Child Development and Family Studies. She aspires to continue her education and obtain her Masters in Public Health. Isabella is very passionate about her family, traveling, and giving back to the community every chance she gets.

BILL BRADDOCK

Co-Treasurer 

 

Bill is a motivated Distribution Sales Engineer at DMG Corp in Orange. He studied Business at Fullerton College and volunteered his time coaching the women’s basketball team along with a boy's youth travel team. Bill prides himself with being surrounded by a strong network of friends and business relationships. He married his wife, Brittany, recently and they bought a house together in Orange County. Family is everything to Bill and he looks forward to giving back.

Alma Gomez

Board of Director

 

Alma is a recent graduate from Western Governors University, obtaining her Master’s degree in Business Administration. She attributes her achievements to the unconditional support of family and friends. As a result, her gratitude inspires her to work with Operation Gift a Smile.  Appreciating the little things, Alma has a light hearted and humorous personality naturally she can’t wait to gift smiles all around.

Victoria Jakstis

Board of Director

 

Victoria Jakstis is a Long Beach State graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Community Health Science. The entire experience she went through during her sister's car accident is what geared her even more towards the medical field. Victoria enjoys spending time with her family, who mean everything to her. She is very passionate about helping others and enjoys giving back to her community.

 
 
 

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Vanessa Rigsby

Board of Director

Vanessa is a Cal State Fullerton graduate with a Master's of Science in Kinesiology. She has experience within the non-profit field and working with youth and enjoys being able to give back to the at-risk and underserved communities. Vanessa is passionate about her family and friends and embracing life to the fullest. Her favorite quote to live by is, "Be the change you wish to see in the world" by Mahatma Gandhi. 

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