The OCIB Board of Directors is a working board that meets quarterly in north San Diego (in-person, via telephone or web conference) with its various committees meeting as needed. All members are voting members except for the Executive Director. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Board of Directors
President, Founder – Cindy Chan
“Even though I grew up in San Diego, a city famous for its military bases, I never felt a close connection to the military community. In the summer of 2009, I read an article about three women who had returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. They spoke of how while off-duty they would sometimes put on a little eyeliner or wear stilettos for just a moment to remind them of who they are and of home. I realized how much I had taken these amazing people for granted. It’s easy for our society to forget or overlook these women in uniform, these women whom are trailblazers and sacrifice so much for our community, country and planet.
Not finding any organization that takes products for these women, I was inspired to start a community project to put together female-oriented care packages. In November 2009, we officially launched Operation Courage Is Beautiful, and it has grown tremendously since, providing free care packages to our deployed servicewomen.”
For the past ten years, Cindy has contributed her management, operations, marketing, and consumer insights expertise to Operation Courage Is Beautiful and other non-profit organizations and grassroots activism. Cindy has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, marketing and product management in the consumer goods, healthcare, retail and food/beverage industries. Cindy holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Secretary – Jonathan Ley
Jonathan began his involvement with Operation Courage is Beautiful in 2010 as a Volunteer. He now serves as a member of the Board of Directors. “It truly is an honor being able to assist and support all women in our armed forces. I am a true believer that the role and work that women do in our military are what defines and sets an example to all other military forces around the world. I recently moved back to the US after spending over 15 years overseas building businesses in multi-cultural and geo-political settings. The core mission that Operation Courage represents to all of us as individuals is one of the most noble ones I’ve seen. I have great expectations and a very positive outlook on the involvement and impact that Operation Courage will continue to have with our servicewomen. I aim to be able to help Operation Courage reach every US military woman in every corner of the world.”
B.S. Business Administration, Marshall School of Business. Minor in East Asian Languages, Minor in Philosophy, University of Southern California
B.A. Chinese Literature, Peking University
M.B.A. Peking University
Treasurer – Ina Masten
Ina began her involvement with Operation Courage is Beautiful in 2016 as a board member.
“I have a passion for working with non profits and have served on several boards over the past ten years. It is an honor to give back to organizations that truly make a difference in people’s lives. OCIB is one that provides a unique opportunity to let those deployed service women know we support and are so grateful for their service. Being away from family and home in tough and challenging areas of the world without access to anything but the most basic of supplies for long periods of time can leave anyone wishing for a small connection to home. OCIB boxes bring an opportunity to provide much needed personal supplies that can make a big impact both in needed products and a moral support boost to those deployed service women. I look forward to the organization to the continue to grow and be able to reach many more of our service women.”
B.S. Accounting, National University, San Diego Campus
M.B.A. Computer Information Science, University of Phoenix,
San Diego Campus
“I have great respect for all those who volunteer to be the defenders of our country. The heroes who stand tall in the defense of our freedom and protect our most basic human rights deserve our reverence, admiration and appreciation. It gives me immense pleasure when I hear people say “Thank you for your service” to military men and women.
I’m a person who believes that actions speak louder than words. When I discovered OCIB, it compelled me to take action and gave me a purpose to support the words “Thank you for your service.” As a woman and mother of 2 daughters, Operation Courage allows me to touch the lives of women warfighters in a more direct and tangible way.
My goal is to bring comfort and a touch of home to military women who are far away from their families and friends in defense of this great nation.
Mascara, shampoo and a magazine may not seem life changing, but when you’re in the middle of a war zone on the opposite side of the world, they have the power to make you feel like a brand new woman.
This is my way of serving the brave women who serve for us. I am thrilled to be welcomed as a board member of Operation Courage is Beautiful.”
“I have great admiration for the men and women serving our country in the armed forces and have actively sought out opportunities to give back whenever possible. In 2013 I decided to pursue a degree focused on the specific needs of the military community which led to my Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Military specific issues. I appreciate the strength and sacrifice it takes to serve our country and was thrilled to discover OCIB and its unique perspective providing support to the often-overlooked necessities of women who serve. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program helping to fulfill the organizations mandate of bringing a bit of comfort and normalcy to those women serving on deployments far from home.”
Master of Social Work, 2015, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
- USC Military and Diversity Student Liaison
- Military Social Work Caucus
B.A. Political Science, 1997, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
American Bar Association Paralegal Program, 1992, UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Financial documents available here.
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