Cathy Hemphill was born and raised in Detroit, then moved to California for college and most of the rest of her life. She graduated from California State University at Long Beach in 1967 with a BS in Business. She received her MBA in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1978.
Cathy spent her professional career working for the Internal Revenue Service in Long Beach, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Along the way she worked in Bonn, Manila and Toronto. She was an auditor, Appeals Officer, Chief of Appeals Audit, Associate Chief of Appeals and Chief of the Appeals Office in San Diego. Cathy taught many tax and management classes for the IRS, as well as tax classes at Los Angeles City College and UCLA Extension. She retired in 1995.
She is a life-long volunteer, starting with the Peace Corps. She was a volunteer in Thailand from 1967-1969, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). Since retiring she has spent several days a week volunteering for The LGBT Community Center, San Diego Pride, Councilmember Toni Atkins, The United States Police and Fire Games, and Volunteer with Cheli, where she is a Board Member. Along the way, Cathy has been a board member of the San Diego Peace Corps Association and San Diego Front Runners & Walkers.
With much appreciation and respect for the contributions you brought forth to ensure that Volunteer with Cheli thrived!
Member at Large
Denice Cordova, a native Californian, started working for the Xerox Corporation after high school as a service clerk and remained there for 14 years. Denice has been with Cooley LLP for the past 23 years, first starting out working in the mailroom and copy center; currently a legal assistant.
Denice began volunteering with Volunteer with Cheli in 2013, coordinating and managing many events in San Diego and Palm Springs. She is on the Board of Directors for Volunteer with Cheli and serves as their Secretary. Denice loves being outside enjoying her path of life and making a difference in people’s lives wherever she can.
Cynthia (Cindy) Uybungco is a native San Diegan and an Army veteran. In 1995, Cindy opened her own business, Uybungco Grafix & Signs, where she is known as the “Sign Girl.” Cindy is able to share her many creative talents to the community in the form of banners, business cards and stationery, postcards, and promotional items.
Cindy has enjoyed volunteering since 1991 and is most proud of her volunteer work and the impact that volunteering has had on her. She has enjoyed working with San Diego Pride, Habitat for Humanity, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, the LGBT Community Center, Imperial Court de San Diego, Volunteer with Cheli, and many more well-known organizations and businesses in San Diego.
Ben Orgovan-Lee was born and bred in Chula Vista. He graduated with honors at Southwestern College with an Associate’s degree in Science/Computer Information Systems with emphasis on Application Programming. Ben is a Special Projects Manager with the California Police Athletic Federation where he handles logistics for national and international sport events, manages grant applications and submittals, and other activities. He has held positions at San Diego LGBT Pride, and ResortCom International.
Ben’s love for volunteering was really awakened during his time at San Diego Pride where he saw how volunteering makes a positive impact on the quality of life around us. Ben continues to make major contributions in volunteering, especially with Volunteer with Cheli as its Co-Chair!
After 34 years, Jonathan McMullen retired in 2007 from his Federal career having held positions with the FBI, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Jonathan likes to say that he graduated from the University of Life Experiences; starting out as a clerk and retiring as a Director at the Ex-Im Bank.
In 2014, Jonathan and his partner relocated from Washington DC to San Diego, California, where they enjoy living their platinum retirement years. Both are heavily involved in their community volunteering at the San Diego Museum of Art, The LGBT Community Center of San Diego, and Volunteer with Cheli. They enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling here at home and abroad; enjoy tending to their many rock, cacti, and flower gardens. Volunteering is their way of giving back to their community for the wonderful lives they have been blessed with; in hopes of making a positive difference in the world.
Susan L. Hartman
December 2018- November 2019
December 2018 - June 2019
Member at Large