Allyson W. Sonenshine, JD is the Founding Project Director and 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 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.
Dena J. Rubin, MPH is the Project Manager and brings over 25 years of experience managing health and human service programs throughout the State of California, including multi-agency collaborative efforts to address health disparities and health issues impacting women and children. Most recently, she coordinated projects for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and acted as a Planning Consultant for the county-wide Bridges Maternal Child Health Network that serves at-risk children 0-5 years of age on behalf of Orangewood Children’s Foundation and the Hospital Association of Southern California. In addition, Dena has overseen efforts to fund and expand Family Resource Centers in Orange County, managed contracts for Santa Barbara Health Care Services, completed a strategic analysis of community health needs and resources for United Way Orange County, and supported capacity building, fund development, health education, and strategic planning for a variety of other initiatives. Dena's work has been recognized by the Santa Barbara County Health Care Services, Santa Barbara County Tobacco Coalition, and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services - AIDS Program Office. She earned her MPH from UCLA and attended State University College at Oneonta, New York.
Dennis Chamberland is the Development Manager and comes to us with 23 + years of direct involvement in virtually all aspects of development work ranging from the creation of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to assembling and managing entire development departments. He has played key roles at the highest levels of fundraising administration, donor development and nonprofit infrastructure creation in both academic and non-academic settings. Dennis has personally raised millions of dollars over the years and has taught others to do the same.
Sydney Minchin is the Project Assistant and 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. She earned her BA in Psychology from Colorado College.