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Staff and Leadership


Board of Directors

Rick Fortier

Chairman

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 BYERS

Board Member

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 JOHNSON-Suk

Board Member

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 O'Hea

Board Member

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 EXON

Board Member

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 WATTS

Board Member

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 Link

Board Member

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!

Jeff Jones

Board Member

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.


Our Ministry Partners

Church Partners

CANYON HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Anaheim

canyonhillspc.org

Cove Church

Anaheim

covechurchoc.org

Crossroads Church

Long Beach

crossroadslb.com

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ANAHEIM

Anaheim

fccanaheim.org

Heritage Christian Fellowship

Orange

hcf.cc

Long Beach Christian Fellowship

Long Beach

lbcf.org

NUMA Church

Garden Grove

numachurch.org

Orange Coast Community Church

Orange

occc.church

San Clemente Presbyterian Church

San Clemente

scpres.org

ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Newport Beach

sapres.org

Trabuco Presbyterian

Trabuco Canyon

trabucopres.com

Trellis

Costa Mesa

wearetrellis.com

Village CHURCH

Laguna Woods

faithstreet.com


Program Partners

Action Alliance / Raymar House

Santa Ana

ocsobriety.com

Alter Health Group

Dana Point/Laguna Hills

alterhealthgroup.com

Casa Teresa

Orange

casateresa.org

Florence Crittenton Home

Fullerton

florencecrittenton.org

FLOSSIE LEWIS RECOVERY CENTER

Long Beach

GRANDMA'S HOUSE OF HOPE

Orange County
grandmashouseofhope.org

His Nesting Place

Long Beach

hisnestingplace.org

Lighthouse Treatment Center

Anaheim

lighthousetreatment.com

Little House Recovery Home

Bellflower

littlehouseinc.org

Lydia House / LB Rescue Mission

Long Beach

lbrm.org

Noah's House

Orange County

Pacific Shores

Costa Mesa

pacificshoresrecovery.com

Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries

Orange County Jail

pacificyouth.org

PROTOTYPES Family Campus

Tustin

prototypes.org

Southern California Teen CHALLENGE

Santa Ana

teenchallenge.com

Tarzana Treatment Center

Long Beach

tarzanatc.org

TEEN CHALLENGE MINISTRY INSTITUTE (TCMI)

South Gate

teenchallengeusa.org

Vera's Sanctuary

Trabuco Canyon

theteenproject.com