First 5 Orange County Staff
President/Chief Executive Officer
Kimberly Goll was appointed President/Chief Executive Officer of First 5 Orange County in May 2016, after serving as the Director of Strategy and Operations since 2002. With a wealth of experience and understanding of First 5 operations, Goll is transforming the organization from a funding resource to a data-driven organization that focuses on building a system-wide infrastructure to support early childhood development. She relies on data collected through the Early Development Index (EDI) that measures child development and school readiness, to inform investments to improve health, education and wellness for young children and families. She is elevating the profile of First 5 among national and state organizations, and encouraging private and public sectors to prioritize early childhood development. Goll serves on the statewide First 5 Association Executive Committee as Vice-President. She holds a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from University of California, Davis. Goll lives in Aliso Viejo with her husband and three school-aged children.
Phone: (714) 567-0152
Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs
Tiffany Alva serves as the Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs at First 5 Orange County. In her role as Director of Partnerships and Government Affairs, Alva executes the organization’s vision through an intentional focus on partnerships, integration, and communication. She also takes initiative to develop and nurture relationships with cross-sector stakeholders, providing First 5 Orange County with a platform to educate community leadership and advance buy-in to the importance of investing in early childhood systems of care. Prior to joining First 5 Orange County, Alva served as the Early Learning Director at THINK Together and has extensive knowledge and expertise in program development and management. She serves on leadership committees for both the national and state associations for the education of young children. Alva holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and a Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential in Early Learning.
Phone: (714) 567-0109
Senior Program Manager
Michael Anderson serves as the Senior Program Manager at First 5 Orange County. His key responsibilities include program development, implementation, management, collaboration and integration with First 5 Orange County partners. He supports the agency’s School Readiness Initiative, Prenatal to Three programs and Homeless Prevention Initiative, as well as coordinating the COVID-19 response. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of Real Options for City Kids in San Francisco and the Senior Director of Community Wellness at the YMCA of Silicon Valley. He brings extensive strategic and operational experience in programs to the First 5 Orange County team. Anderson holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University and a Bachelor of Psychology from Clemson University. He lives in Long Beach with his partner and their dog, Kona.
Phone: (714) 567-0163
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration and as a key member of the Finance and Administration team, Jennifer Berthon provides support services for the implementation of the finance, contracts, and administrative functions for First 5 Orange County. Her former work experience includes working for the Disneyland Resort as an accountant for the Disney Travel Company.
Phone: (714) 567-0166
Vice President of Learning and Integration
Lisa Burke serves as the Vice President of Learning and Integration at First 5 Orange County. In her role, Burke focuses on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, advancing the vision of First 5 Orange County through an intentional emphasis on evaluation, partnerships and communication. She promotes a culture of continuous learning and improvement, and supports staff members to perform at their highest capacity. Prior to accepting the vice president of learning and integration position, Burke served as a principal consultant for First 5 Orange County for more than two decades. She supported the organization in the implementation of its strategic plan, communications and outreach efforts, project facilitation and management, and grantee management. Burke holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Infrastructure Planning Management from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics also from Stanford University.
Phone: (714) 567-0183
Assistant to Executive Director / Office Manager
Rhonda Esera has been part of First 5 Orange County’s administrative staff since 2001. She provides overall administrative support for management, and is responsible for assisting grantees in accessing First 5 Orange County’s online data reporting system, including password resets, changes and questions. She also manages documentation of grantee compliance with insurance requirements. Prior to joining First 5 Orange County, she worked at Ingram Micro as an IBM and Hewlett Packard product authorization specialists.
Phone: (714) 567-0191
Director of Finance and Administration
As Director of Finance and Administration, Michael Garcell is responsible for First 5 Orange County’s budget, long-term financial plan, contract administration and compliance, and the development of regularly scheduled and ad hoc reports. He provides leadership over the day-to-day accounting, finance, contracts, human resources, and information technology operations for the organization while also responsible for being First 5 Orange County’s primary link to the County finance and budget departments. Garcell is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). He has annually received the GFOA award for Excellence in Financial Reporting since 2009. Garcell received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida.
Phone: (714) 567-0160
Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration
Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration and as a key member of the Finance and Administration team, Lucy Lin is responsible for the development and administration of First 5 Orange County contracts with the Commission’s funded partners and consultants. She also manages a minimum of two direct reports and demonstrates commitment to the team’s and organization’s success. Prior to joining First 5 Orange County in 2015, Lin was a Lead Program Officer at First 5 LA managing a portfolio of large public health programs. In addition, Lin has extensive experience as a litigation attorney. Lin earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2000.
Phone: (714) 567-0157
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration and as a key member of the Finance and Administration team, Janette Medrano is responsible for providing support to the Senior Manager, Contracts and Administration and the Contracts Administrator on tasks related to invoice processing, payroll, IT, and other administration functions as needed. Medrano is detail oriented, self-motivated, proficient in office operations, and bilingual in English and Spanish. In July 2017, she brought her store management experience to the position, which is a transferable skill for the Administrative Analyst duties. She completed her general education at Riverside Community College.
Phone: (714) 567-0138
Andrew Montejo serves as Data Analyst for First 5 Orange County and is responsible for the data collection, quality assurance and database administration for the CalWORKs Home Visitation Program. Before joining First 5 Orange County in 2020, Andrew was a Data and Evaluation Manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where he developed internal database systems and collaborated on program development for homeless youth. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicano/a Studies from California State University Northridge.
Senior Finance Analyst
Nicole Preciado is the Senior Finance Analyst for First 5 Orange County and is responsible for state and federal contract compliance, budget analysis and reporting, providing support on finance audits, and executing other general finance activities. She also lends expertise to the administration of contracts to funded partners. Before joining First 5 Orange County in 2002, Preciado was a Product Management Analyst for Ingram Micro, where she maintained monthly budgets and reported analysis of the percentage of business done by the configuration team. She earned an Associate’s degree in accounting from Santa Ana College.
Phone: (714) 567-0168