Richard Ward, CFP

Role: Chairman
Serving Since: 1998

Richard Ward holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional certification and has a passion for helping people find their purpose in life. With more than 35 years of industry experience, Richard believes in taking a holistic approach to creating a financial portfolio that offers fulfillment and possibilities. 

Richard is First Vice President/Investments at Stifel, committed to helping you build upon your success as you pursue significance. Many clients he works with are Baby Boomer business owners and executives who are considering a transition out of the business world, or financially secure pre-retirees who have little interest in traditional retirement and are looking for guidance for the second half of their life.

Richard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA, and his CFP® education from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He holds a Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent), and Series 65 (Investment Advisor Representative) licenses, as well as a Life/Health/Disability Insurance licenses.  Richard is very active in his community and has supported countless non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. He has personally learned that some of the greatest rewards in life are earned while helping others grow, thrive, and prosper, and he continues to live his purpose on a daily basis by helping others. 

Richard has a published book entitled Redefining Retirement: Finding Purpose and Passion for Your Second Half.  Richard currently serves on the Board of Governors for Center Club Orange County, as well as the OC Chapter Board of Advisors in Philanthropy and the Advisory Board for the Institute for Community Impact.

He advises at the OC Community Foundation and One OC, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association, International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, UCLA Alumni Association, UCLA Chancellor's Associates, and the UCLA Foundation. 

Richard is a lifelong resident of OC and has lived in Irvine since 1992. His father, James E. Ward, was mayor of Santa Ana from 1977 - 1979. Richard has three adult children and lives with his fiancé, Dita.

 His hobbies include golf, travelling, movies, and concerts.

Paul Evan Greenwald

Role: Chairman Emeritus
Serving Since: 1986

Victoria Collins, Ph.D.

Role: Chairperson 2011-2013
Serving Since: 1985

Patti E. Larson

Role: Vice Chairperson
Serving Since: 2016

Liza Krassner

Role: Secretary
Serving Since: 2013

Robbie Blauer

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2015

Adam Coughran

Role: Chair of Ben Franklin Forum
Serving Since: 2018

Kris de la Pena

Role: Center39 Committee Chair
Serving Since: 2017

Lola Gershfeld, Psy.D.

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2014

Victor Hausmaninger

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 1985

Susannah Johnston

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2014

David Kantar

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2013

Jon W. McClintock

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2016

Amy Miller

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2016

Brandon Moody

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2014

Alisa R. Okeefe

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2016

Dr. John Okeefe

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2017

Julia Rappaport

Role: Bulls, Bears & Ladies Club
Serving Since: 1985

Jerri Rosen

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2018

Diana Sabatino

Role: Chair of Membership Council
Serving Since: 2017

Alana Schmidt

Role: Chair of Women's Impact Council
Serving Since: 2017

Ryan Seven

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2017

Dinia Takacs

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2015

Richard Van Meter

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2013

Tony Vicari

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2016

Evelyn Zohlen

Role: Chair of Culinary Events
Serving Since: 2017

Bart Zandbergen

Role: Governor
Serving Since: 2014

Shahin Vosough

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2010

Greg Dill

Role: Member
Serving Since: 2018

Greg has been an active member of the Center Club since 2015 and currently serves as chair of the Business Leadership Circle (BLC) as well as a participant in the Membership Council.  Outside of the Center Club, he sits on the boards of the CCIM Southern California Chapter (a commercial real estate educational organization) and Pure Game (a local nonprofit organization that provides mentors to help children develop character through experiential learning facilitated through the game of soccer).  Mr. Dill “works at a bank, but is not a banker” and has held a real estate / mortgage broker license in the state of California since 2010.  He is a “Commercial Mortgage Strategist” whose practice focuses on helping entrepreneurs achieve the “American Business Dream” of acquiring own-occupied real estate for company operations, which is likely to be the largest and most impactful investment of their life.  In addition, Mr. Dill provides expertise in the financing of business acquisitions and partner buyouts. Mr. Dill graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned his master’s degree through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Though he is a local, growing up in Costa Mesa, Mr. Dill lived outside of the United States for six years in various parts of Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.  He is fluent in Spanish, which is the primary language spoken at home with his family.