No Ordinary Moments was created in 1996 by Luis (Lou) Pena. Lou serves as the C.E.O. of No Ordinary Moments and as the Director of both the Supported Living and the Crisis Team divisions. Lou began his career with the developmentally disabled in 1973. His expertise in working with those that are the most difficult and the most challenging is what led him to begin his own supported living program in 1996. Shortly after beginning the supported living program Lou was was asked to secure the role of serving as the Mobile Intervention Team for the Regional Center of Orange County. In his 40+ years in the field he has worked in every type of setting that serves the developmentally disabled/mentally ill (large residential facilities, schools, group homes, job sites, hospitals, psychiatric units, etc.). Lou has been described as being one of the most skilled “crisis” workers in the state. Lou has been an MAB, PART, CPI and Pro-Act Instructor over the years as well as an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid instructor for many years. Lou received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Regional Center of Orange County in 2006 along with other awards along the way.
Anita S., B.S., Vice-President, has been with No Ordinary Moments since 1997. Prior to joining our team Anita had worked in a variety of settings with adolescents and adults with severe behavioral and/or mental health issues.
Matthew Pena, Director of Client Services, has worked for No Ordinary Moments since 1999. He worked as a Behavior Interventionist for several years with some of our most difficult consumers in our supported living program before being promoted to Program Coordinator and then to his current position. Matthew has also been a certified Pro-ACT instructor.
Michelle Wagoner, Program Director, has been with No Ordinary Moments since 2001. Michelle served as a Behavioral Interventionist for several years before acquiring the Program Director position. Michelle has been a certified American Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor as well as a certified CPI instructor.
Frances Pena, B.S., Benefits Specialist, has been with No Ordinary Moments for 7 years. She has served as a Personal Attendant, an administrative intern and Program Coordinator prior to becoming Benefits Specialist. Frances is an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid instructor.
Meri Gyetvay, MS, is our Chief Operating Officer. Meri has been working with the developmentally disabled for more than 30 years. Meri has worked in a variety of settings that serve our population including extensive Regional Center experience. Meri plans on completing her work to become a BCBA early next year. Her expertise in Applied Behavioral Analysis will further No Ordinary Moments’ ability to serve our consumers and staff in a more comprehensive manner.
Raynetta W., Human Resources Director, has been with No Ordinary Moments since 2013. Raynetta has worked in the human resources field for more than 20 years.
Alex Ramirez, Associate Director of Crisis Services, has been with No Ordinary Moments since 2003. Alex served as a Behavior Interventionist for years working with some of the most challenging consumers before being promoted to a Program Coordinator and then to his current position. Alex is a certified Pro-Act instructor.
Steve Ybarra, Director of Training, has been with No Ordinary Moments since the beginning (1996). Steve held the position of Behavior Interventionist and then Personal Attendant for many years prior to his becoming a Program Coordinator and now Training Director. Steve is a Pro-Act instructor and an American Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor.
Bea D. is our Vice-President’s Administrative Assistant. She has been with us since 2008.
Kim C. is our Office Manager responsible for everything office related. Kim has been with us since 2004. Prior to becoming office manager Kim served as a behavior Interventionist/Personal Attendant for several years.
Milton Gomez, Robert Bustamante and Damien Pena are responsible for the scheduling of more than 600 shifts per day that No Ordinary Moments must provide to ensure that every consumer we serve is staffed. Milton is also a CPR/First Aid instructor and Damien is also a Pro-Act instructor.
Juven Valle, Bryan Wills, Frank Velasquez, Darius Bell, Anthony Jackson, Abraham Salazar, Avonos Ommanney, Randy Rutledge and Robert Herrera all serve as Program Coordinators. Each has a minimum of 5 years experience in the developmentally disabled/mental health field and all have worked as Behavior Interventionists/Personal Attendants before being promoted to their current position. Juven, Avonos, Tiffany (not shown) and Randy have been with us 15+ years. Juven and Randy were CPI instructors in the past.
Ruben Almodovar, Yazmin Ruiz, Divine Luna, Ashley Meyer, Alex Beaubien and Joey Noriega all play important roles in keeping No Ordinary Moments functioning on a day to day basis.
All of us above and more than 650 Personal Attendants are all here for the same reason: To serve whoever is unable to be served by other agencies in southern California. Our sole purpose is to provide these individuals with the opportunity to live safely and to thrive in his/her own residential setting.