Board of Directors/Advisors

Board of Directors

Debbie Nichols’ career for the past 30 years was in Sales and marketing for the Transportation & Logistics Industry.

Debbie, who became a deployed grandmother for the first time in 2008 when her daughter was deployed to Afghanistan, had no idea where to begin this new chapter in her life. Unable to find any major resources within the Military community she began to compile her own data and subsequently published her book, Deployed Grandparents Being Parents wherein she charted her journey. Since then, Nichols has spoken at numerous events including the 2011 Annual Meeting of The American Red Cross – Orange County Chapter and the IFSAC Regional Conference held in June of 2010, as well as several Army National Guard and Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon events, and the Navy Reserve Southwest Command Ombudsman Conference in January 2011.

At a special invitation from the White House in August 2011, Nichols represented Military families by speaking about the special needs of Military children in regards to their schools and the community at large. Also in attendance were various department heads from the United States Department of Education and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director to the White House. Ms. Nichols now participates in monthly conference calls with officials from the White House Administration Community Partners, addressing the needs of Military families.

Debbie serves as a Co Chair on the USC CIR Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, representing Families & Children Group. She is also an advisor for The California Statewide Collaborative & State of California Veteran Affairs.

Pamela L. Parisien has more than 35 years of experience in accounting for both public and private organizations and has focused on local government and municipalities for the past 16 years.  Her most recent assignment has been providing support to the Director of Finance and managing the operations of the Finance Department for the City of Yorba Linda.  At the City she supervised a technical staff of four and her duties included hiring the technical staff, implementing new systems to streamline operations, monitoring the City’s $100 million in cash and investments and providing assistance in developing the $30 million annual budget.  She also worked directly with the auditors for the City’s annual financial statement audit and for the Single Audit.  She has a strong knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems as well as fund accounting and has experience monitoring and reporting federal and state grants.

Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. She is a current member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

gayle-clarkGayle Clark is a marketing specialist with expertise in creating marketing messages across several platforms, including print, digital, social media, direct mail and email.

Born and raised in Southern California, Gayle attended the University of Washington and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. After graduation, she worked for various publications including Teen Magazine, Teleflorist, Architectural Digest and Bon Appetite. As a volunteer for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, she worked with actress and singer Gloria Loring to procure sponsorship from Knapp Communications for the print and production of the “Days of Our Lives” cookbook, raising over $250,000 for the nonprofit. Other memorable volunteer experiences include working team members from Viacom to help paint and decorate many recreational facilities for families living at Edwards Air Force base.

After working for various design firms in Los Angeles, Gayle went to work at her family owned business, Creative Mailings, Inc., eventually becoming Executive Vice President, during which the company had grown, becoming the second largest full service direct mail production facility on the west coast. Her client roster included Bank of America, TBWA/Chiat Day, UCLA, USC, Red Cross of Los Angeles, Mono Lake Committee, KCET, French Foundation and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

She worked for 10 years as Customer Relationship Marketing Manager in the marketing department at historic Hollywood Park racetrack until its closure.

Gayle’s passions include watching her daughter row as a member of the University of Washington’s women’s crew team, as well as volunteering and fostering for Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles.

Board Members/Board Advisors

Ivie Grad pictureIvie Caldwell is presently residing in Lafayette, IN and is a student at Purdue University.

Ivie’s parents- her mother, father and step father are currently serving in the military. Ivie has faced many challenges as a military connected child- multiple moves, parent separation, and living with  guardians during her mother’s deployment to Afghanistan.

Ivie is the Co author of a book called “Deployed Kids / how we survived our mom’s deployment”.  Ivie’s shares tips for kids on how to cope when a parent deploys, and what to do.

Ivie supports military connected families, by speaking at Yellow Ribbon events. She shares how she dealt with predeployment, deployment, and reintegration.  She offers helpful tips on ways she stayed connected with her parents during their deployments and what to expect when the parent returns.

Ivie will be advising the MCCG Board on the special needs of teenagers and ways to give back to the community. She believes all military connected children need support in our schools and community.

Bailey Caldwell is presently resides in Honolulu,HI.

Bailey’s parents- her mother, father and step father are currently serving in the United States military. Bailey has faced many challenges as a military connected child- multiple moves, parent separation, and living with guardians during her mother’s deployment to Afghanistan.

Bailey, her sister, and grandmother wrote a book together to help military connected children.  The book- “Deployed Kids / how we survived our mom’s deployment” are actual quotes from Bailey and her sister.  Bailey wanted to share her experience so other children would not to be afraid if and when their parent deploys.

Bailey was selected as a finalist from – Operation Home Front Military Child of the Year 2012, representing the US Air Force. She was selected for her efforts of volunteering at community and military events and sharing her story.

Bailey was invited to attend the  2014 Reserves Officers Chapter Annual Chapter meeting in California. Bailey autographed her book for those attending. UCLA attended the event and Bailey was informed her autographed copy will be placed in the UCLA Library.

Bailey is looking forward to advising the MCCG Board on how to better support military connected children.

Rick Riegel M.A., MFT, PPS is the Administrator of Student Services at the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.  He started in Placentia-Yorba Linda in January 2015.  Prior to that, he was the Coordinator of Student Services at the Orange County Department of Education for over 5 years and Coordinator of Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance at Centralia School District for 9 years.  He began his work with youth as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and was Director of Outpatient Services at Straight Talk, Inc. during 17 years working there.  He is Vice President of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance, Southern Section.  He is married to his wife Pamela for 35 years and has 3 grown sons and a granddaughter.