SOURCE: Churm Media

March 15, 2007 10:00 ET

Churm Media Continues Its Commitment to the Orange County Business Community by Honoring "20 Women to Watch" for 2007

OC METRO Magazine Profiles 20 Influential Women in the O.C.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- When Orange County media powerhouse Churm Media identifies "20 Women to Watch," Orange County pays attention. The women on this year's list are some of the most dynamic and interesting in the county, coming from areas as diverse as business, government, education and healthcare.

All 20 were recognized at a private luncheon today hosted by Churm Media to coincide with the publication's 20 Women to Watch issue available today throughout Orange County. Written and visual portraits of each woman were included in today's issue, as well as online at; each was selected for her role in making a difference in Orange County's business community and in people's lives.

Selecting women to watch isn't new for Churm Media -- the company has been doing this for 16 years. But this year has a different spin, according to Churm Media Publisher Steve Churm.

"This year we decided to feature 20, instead of 10 women, on our list, because there are many amazing women making a difference in Orange County," said Churm Media President and OC METRO Publisher Steve Churm. "This is one of the most widely read issues we publish each year."

He added, "Connecting women of influence with each other helps further advance all of the important sectors in our community."

Though the women are all very different, representing the worlds of business, non-profit, government, healthcare, education and law, they all have one common trait -- they are innovative, forward-thinking women of empowerment, who know how to make a difference in their communities. The 2007 "20 Women to Watch" are as follows:

--  Shirlene Lopez, President, Del Taco
--  Jessica Svoboda, Founder, Svoboda
--  Suzanne Frindt, Co-Founder and Principal, 2130 Partners
--  Michele Martinez, Santa Ana City Councilwoman
--  Debra Richardson, Dean, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer
    Sciences at UC Irvine
--  Sandra Sellani, Vice President of Marketing, Sperry Van Ness
--  Sandra Robbie, Diversity Speaker & Filmmaker
--  Loretta Sanchez, Congresswoman
--  Tina Christiansen, Redevelopment Department Director & Director of the
    Community Land Trust for the city of Irvine
--  Lucy Dunn, CEO & President, Orange County Business Council
--  Dr. Kristi Koenig, Director of Public Health Preparedness & Professor
    of Clinical Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine School of Medicine
--  Zov Karamardian, Chef & Proprietor, Zov's Bistro
--  Jane Russo, Superintendent, Santa Ana Unified School District
--  Shaila Rao Mistry, President, Jayco MMI
--  Lorraine Quintanar, Founder & Publisher,
--  Cynthia Stamper Graff, President, Lindora Medical Clinics, Inc.
--  Lily Chow, Founding Partner, Picker, Chow & Freisleben LLP
--  Brenda Springer, Public Relations Group Manager, Sole Technology
--  Cindi Walters, President & Co-Founder, Chapman Walters Intercoastal
--  Pamela Pimentel, CEO, Maternal Outreach Management Systems (MOMS)

Churm Media and OC METRO publish a variety of lists throughout the year, including the annual Hot 25 List each October, which is accompanied by a popular awards-style event.

"Like each of these 20 women, Churm Media is a progressive leader in the local business community," said Churm. "OC METRO, as a leading business and lifestyle publication, is designed to recognize and showcase the community's most interesting people and companies throughout the year."


Since 1990 OC METRO Magazine has been a major source of business news and information in Orange County. With a readership of over 200,000 professionals and executives, OC METRO is widely respected for its in-depth reporting and stylish writing. Every two weeks, at more than 1,100 quality locations, OC METRO delivers the news active Orange County business people need to be successful in this ever-changing marketplace. OC METRO Magazine is one of seven titles Churm Media publishes, along with seven interactive websites, custom publishing and production of special events.

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