Board of Directors
Rick Fortier was born in Chile and moved to the US with his family during his last year of high school. After receiving a business degree and a law degree, Rick joined an oil company where he eventually would manage all trading and refining operations. In 1987 Rick started Bravo Energy Trading N.A., an international oil refining company and currently serves on the board. Rick has been married to Gaile for 36 years and together have 4 adult sons. Rick came to know North East of the Well from his wife’s involvement as a volunteer over the last 4 years. Rick has served on multiple nonprofit Christian organization boards such as the OC Rescue Mission, House of Hope, Every Generation Ministries and in church ministries such as Mariners Local Outreach, Global Outreach and Lighthouse Ministry. Rick has been involved in the startup of Children’s Ministries in the Latin American countries of Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Peru. Rick currently serves on two Board committees for Every Generation Ministries and recently joined the Mission Ministry of his church were he serves as an advisor.
Mary brings over 30 years of experience through various community, international, and church-related volunteer/board positions. She also serves with Powerhouse Ministries in Watts LA, reaching out to inner city children and families. Mary has personally witnessed the transforming power of Christ in the lives of many. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Nursing, specializing in education and management. In addition to healthcare consulting, Mary has held various management positions at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Deerfield, Illinois as well as at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Mary is blessed to have a husband, John, of 35 years, and two grown sons and a daughter-in-law. She remains committed to the Lord, and passionate about His commandment to love and serve one another in His name. “To whom much has been given, much is expected.”
Laura is the Founder and Executive Director of NorthEast of the Well. Her ministry career is marked by a burden for the Gospel and a passion for reaching the marginalized. Laura uses her own story of addiction, recovery and faith to identify with others struggling with generational patterns of brokenness and sin. She has spent the past 24 years in missions work, including local community development, global evangelism, disaster relief motel and jail ministry. Laura founded NorthEast of the Well as a way for women graduating from a county rehab program who were pregnant or had small children, to stay connected and grow in their faith. This ministry started with a couple of people, a keyboard, and a bible in her living room. Above all else, Laura has a deep and undeniable calling to teach the Word of God. Her key verses are 1st Peter 1:3-9.
Marty is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bixby Land Company, a privately owned commercial real estate company based in Newport Beach, California. He has been with Bixby since 2010 and directs all of the capital markets, financial planning and budgeting, risk management, tax and accounting for the company. Marty’s real estate finance career spans over 37 years and started in public accounting after graduating from Boston College. Marty and his wife live in Newport Beach and have 3 grown children. Marty’s commitment to his faith led him to serve at NorthEast and oversee the financial sustainability of the organization.
Charlie became a part of the community of NorthEast of the Well through his wife, Marji, who is a longtime volunteer and supporter. He served for many years as General Counsel and Board Member for Quiksilver and the Quiksilver Foundation and continues to be active in the surf industry. Charlie and Marji have been blessed with 6 children and 11 grandchildren. They are inspired by the scriptural and family-based vision of NorthEast of the Well.
Daniel's love for children led him to serve in children's ministry for over forty years. He became involved with NorthEast after attending our 2019 annual gala. Daniel is the Director of Every Generation Ministries Institute, promoting EGM's innovative biblical ministry principles. Daniel founded EGM in 1993, working with local churches to develop transformational children's ministry. Prior to founding EGM, Daniel served for ten years as the Children's Pastor at Mariners Church. Daniel has a BS in physics from CSULB and a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Daniel and his wife Marla have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Jennifer was first introduced to NorthEast at a luncheon hosted by our Women of the Well auxiliary. She immediately connected to the bold message of redemption and the real stories of changed lives. Jennifer brings her experience as a mother of three and her service to numerous OC non-profit organizations and ministries, most recently as the Deacon of Women's Ministries at Voyagers Bible Church. With a background in marketing, she and her husband of 40 years, Dave, grew a pet products company from the back of a pick-up truck to one that provided careers for 40 people. Now retired, the couple has sought God's direction as they share their passion for Him and the gifts He has given them. Jennifer is open and excited to see how God will use her to continue the NE vision of reaching the lost for His glory!
Since 2014, Jeff has worked with CBRE as their Director of Consulting and helps fortune 500 companies solve complex questions relating to its real estate portfolio. Jeff is passionate about the local church and currently serves as a board member at The Bread Church in Los Angeles. He learned about NorthEast of the Well through his family, who have been longtime supporters and volunteers at NorthEast.
Lantz Bell has been in the investment business taking care of clients for over 40 years and is a Founder at Bell & Brown Wealth Advisors. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for over 30 years and raised their four children in Newport Beach, CA. Lantz and Nancy have been longtime members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and are both heavily involved in the ministries of NorthEast of the Well and Teen Challenge. Lantz has been a member of Big Canyon Country Club for over 20 years and enjoys golfing, playing pickleball and loves serving his community.
Our Ministry Partners
CANYON HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ANAHEIM
Heritage Christian Fellowship
Long Beach Christian Fellowship
Orange Coast Community Church
San Clemente Presbyterian Church
ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Action Alliance / Raymar House
Alter Health Group
Dana Point/Laguna Hills
Florence Crittenton Home
FLOSSIE LEWIS RECOVERY CENTER
GRANDMA'S HOUSE OF HOPE
His Nesting Place
Lighthouse Treatment Center
Little House Recovery Home
Lydia House / LB Rescue Mission
Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries
Orange County Jail
PROTOTYPES Family Campus
Southern California Teen CHALLENGE
Tarzana Treatment Center
TEEN CHALLENGE MINISTRY INSTITUTE (TCMI)