Board of Directors

Jennifer is the CEO and Mission Director of each surgical mission. She also manages all of the grant-writing, fundraising efforts, surgical supply inventories, donations, travel logistics, volunteer staff, as well as the day-today operations on each surgical mission. She works closely with the Embassies of each country, as well as, the respective governments and private citizens. Jennifer was named People magazine’s “Hero Among Us” on CNN’s All Star Hero Tribute, Thanksgiving night, 2008, after bringing to the United States, a young boy, Beloved, needing complex surgery after a land mine blew off the lower portion of his face. She received a “Well Done Award” by Kingdom Assignment and was named by Metro magazine as “OC Top 25 Business People”, in 2009. In 2012, another young boy, Blessing was given the gift of surgery after a land-mine destroyed his lower face. Partnering with SHARP Hospital, in San Diego, Blessing’s complex surgeries are now complete and he is attending college in Idaho. His inspiring story has been featured on ABC The Doctors Show and winner of the “Independent International” and “My Hero” film festivals.  Jennifer is proud to be Blessing’s “American Mom”.

Jennifer’s previous career spanned more than 20 years in the corporate field; as a consultant to a Fortune 10 company, a flight attendant/trainer, and a corporate trainer. She holds a Masters in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and was honored as Pepperdine University’s 2009 “Distinguished Alumna” as well as, “Distinguished Alumna of the Year 2009″ from Azusa Pacific University. She and her husband, Ted have one daughter, Mari Mora.  Mari’s been a volunteer on more than fourteen missions and is a graduate of George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Jennifer is available for speaking engagements. She was a featured speaker at such events as the Harvard University, Sundance, Women’s Leadership Conference, Commencement speaker at Pepperdine University, Azusa Pacific University, Community Presbyterian Church, West Covina and MOPS organizations. She has been featured on SIRRUS radio, CNN and KABC. If interested in having her share the story of Operation of Hope and please contact her directly at jtrubenbach@cox.net or 949 463-1795.

Stephen Clawson, Vice President Bio PicStephen Clawson is the Vice President for Operation of Hope. With a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree from the University of Oregon, Stephen has over 20 years of marketing and business development experience with a client base that included Nike, adidas, Hilton Hotels, The Bronx Zoo, The California Academy of Sciences, Woolrich, Columbia Sportswear and Patagonia. Stephen creates, manages and produces all marketing material as it relates to Operation of Hope’s fundraising and media needs and is also a key officer on Operation of Hope’s development team, raising the funds needed for current and future surgical missions. Stephen lives in Portland, Oregon.
debby-lenhartDebbie is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Ana, California. She received her bachelors degree from Cal State University Fullerton and a Masters degree from Hope International University. Debbie enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and jogging and is an avid sports fan. Debbie was married to the late Gary Lenhart, a former Operation of Hope Board member and in 2011 participated in an Operation of Hope mission to Zimbabwe.
Ted Trubenbach, a licensed Marriage, Family, Child Therapist has had a private practice in Santa Ana, California for the past 24 years. He has a Masters in Psychology from Chapman University and is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University. An avid road bike rider, Ted enjoys participating in various bike events throughout California including the annual “Tour de Hope” Road Bike ride that raises thousands of dollars for OOH and he has volunteered in Zimbabwe, Africa as a member of the Operation of Hope team.
Ms. Atha is a highly experienced Pharmaceutical Executive with a 24 year history of outstanding sales and marketing leadership in a series of Senior Management roles. She currently is the Vice President of Managed Markets and Trade with Depomed Inc. overseeing Managed Care Sales and Marketing, Pricing, Contracting, Trade, and Distribution. Previously, she was the Vice President of Managed Markets for Amylin Pharmaceuticals which was eventually acquired by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. While at Amylin, her team was twice recognized for “Best Marketing Programs and People” for a small manufacturer and also achieved the 2012 DIANA Award for best new product introduction. Ms. Atha began her pharmaceutical career in field sales with Merck & Co. and then moved to AstraZeneca where she advanced into Senior Sales Leadership. She was the recipient of more than 16 sales awards for exceptional individual and group performance and AstraZeneca’s highly prestigious “Leadership Excellence Award.” She helped bring over 14 new pharmaceutical products to market. Early in her career, she was recognized by several key healthcare clients as the best account representative in the industry. She gained formative experience as an Account Executive with Scientific Technologies, promoting the sale of research and medical equipment to leading biotechnology companies and medical centers. She was named to 2009-2010 Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs.

Ms. Atha received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her husband William reside in La Jolla, CA. She is Past Chairman of Public Relations and Marketing for the California Federation of Republican Women.

Mari Mora, is a graduate of George Washington University. Currently attending the Chicago School of Psychology, she has been an active volunteer on surgical missions since 2003. 
From the youngest Director of Publicity at one of the world’s largest and most reputable publishing houses, King left the British firm of George Allen & Unwin for a 6,000 mile journey to Los Angeles. Upon arrival in LA, King utilized her writing and journalistic skills at Hill & Knowlton working on such accounts as FTD, Nissan Motors, and Acapulco Los Arcos Restaurants.

Hired by Pacific Holdings, Inc. to work for David Murdock, King became Director of Public Relations responsible for a number of the firm’s holdings including, Murdock Management, Murdock Development, Murdock Construction, The Regency Club and Pacific Holdings, Inc. Responsibilities included the initiation and implementation of marketing, advertising, public relations and media campaigns and programs for the company’s national needs.

King founded TMG in l980 to specifically offer a multi-level, fully faceted firm offering integrated marketing services to a number of diversified clients. Since forming TMG International and TMG Productions in Los Angeles, King has opened offices in Miami and London. TMG boasts an impressive list of leading clients in various fields including, health & beauty, jewelry, fashion, fitness, real estate, automotive and luxury goods.King is a member of The Regency Club and The British American Chamber of Commerce. Board of Director positions served and currently serving include: The Society of Singers

University of California, Davis Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Travis Tollefson, a native from Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, his post-graduate degree in Neuroscience and a Medical Degree, from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. A General Surgery Internship was completed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a Medical Residency, at the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He has joined the Operation of Hope team in 1996. Currently, Dr. Tollefson is the Assistant Professor of Otolarynogology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of California, Davis. www.drtravistollefson.com

Dr. Clawson, 84 years old, founded Operacion Esperanza in 1988 and after 23 years of service with Operation of Hope, Dr. Clawson has stepped down from an active role with Operation of Hope.
In Memory

  • Gina Jefeti, Beloved’s mother April 2012
  • Gary Lenhart, Operation of Hope Board member