Founding Director

Allyson Sonenshine has 20 years of nonprofit, legal, and volunteer experience in women’s health and reproductive justice. She conceived the vision and mission, successfully engaged over 50 stakeholders to get involved, created the annual Policy Summit, launched three Task Forces, and led a funded, six-month planning process that developed a vision for a county-wide, integrated and collaborative Health & Domestic Violence System in Orange County. Prior to the OCWHP, Allyson worked as Special Projects Officer for the Merage Foundations, where she helped launch the nationally recognized SOS-El Sol Wellness Center at El Sol Academy in Santa Ana, and as an attorney with Bingham McCutchen in Los Angeles, where she specialized in employment and business litigation.

Allyson is the immediate past Board Chair for Essential Access Health (formerly California Family Health Council), and she formerly served as Board Chair for Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties and on the Support Council for The Rape Foundation in Los Angeles. Under her leadership the OCWHP was recently honored by Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties for its commitment to comprehensive sex education. Her honors include Orange County Register 100 Most Influential (2016), Health Advocate of the Year (YWCA of North OC), the inaugural Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award (NWPC - OC), Women to Watch (OC Metro), Woman of the Year - Community Service (Women of Temple Bat Yahm), and recognition by the Los Angeles County Bar Association for her pro bono legal work. Allyson graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree at the University of Southern California Law School.

Program Manager

Dena Rubin has over 30 years of experience developing and managing health and human service programs in California.  As Program Manager for the Orange County Women’s Health Project, she supports the development, coordination, evaluation, and sustainability of a Health and Domestic Violence System Integration Project in partnership with an array of organizations in Orange County.  As a private consultant, Dena assisted with development of the Families and Communities Together (FaCT) Program, a county-wide system for funding, expanding and supporting Family Resource Centers (FRCs) and the development Orange County’s Strong Families, Strong Children program to support military connected families. Her work in Orange County has included the development and management of the Prop 10 funded community based health access initiative, coordination of a comprehensive Child Abuse Prevention Plan, administration of the county-wide Bridges Maternal Child Health Network, planning and feasibility reports for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, and a strategic health analysis for Orange County United Way.  Since 1997, prior to working in Orange County, Dena's public health work was recognized by both the Santa Barbara County Health Care Services and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services - AIDS Program Office.  Dena earned her Master’s in Public Health from UCLA. 

Mental Health Specialist 

Gail Dratch has spent most of her career with the County of Orange Health Care Agency in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health directing case management programs for pregnant and parenting adolescents (AFLP and Cal-Learn). In this role, she served as the Southern Region representative on a State-wide board tasked with developing protocols, reviewing program data, and recommending improvements throughout the State. She has also worked with the MHSA-funded Prevention and Early Intervention programs, participating in the selection, over-sight and support of community agencies providing contracted services focused on decreasing the incidence and severity of mental illness in Orange County. Most recently, she has been an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, teaching undergraduate social work classes. Gail earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Program and Events Coordinator 

Sydney Minchin brings a background in psychology and non-profit experience.  Her non-profit experience includes child advocacy work where she worked for the Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), the Head Start organization of Colorado Springs, and Safe Passage, the Children’s Advocacy Center for El Paso and Teller Counties in Colorado.  Sydney serves on the MOMS Orange County Junior Board as the Communications Officer.  Sydney earned her BA in Psychology from Colorado College.