No Ordinary Moments was created in 1996 by Luis (Lou) Pena. Lou serves as the C.E.O. and Director of both the Supported Living and the Crisis Team programs. Lou began his career with the developmentally disabled in 1973. His expertise is working with those that are the most difficult and challenging. In his 40+ years in the field he has worked in every type of setting (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 American Red Cross instructor since 1983 and a PART (now known as Pro-ACT) instructor since 1983. Lou received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Regional Center of Orange County in 2006 along with other awards along the way.
Anita Soler, B.S., has been the Vice-President since 1997. Anita has worked in a variety of settings with adolescents and adults with severe behavioral challenges and/or psychiatric issues. Prior to joining the No Ordinary Moments team she was responsible for all financial aspects of a large manufacturing company.
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 is a certified Pro-ACT instructor.
Michelle Wagoner, Program Director, has been with No Ordinary Moments since 2003. Michelle served as a Behavioral Interventionist for several years before acquiring the Program Director position. Michelle is a certified American Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor as well as a certified CPI instructor.
Jason Martinez, Director of Medical Services, has been with No Ordinary Moments since 2003. Jason served as a Behavior Interventionist prior to his current position. Jason received the Frontline Award from the Regional Center of Orange County for being the most outstanding direct care staff in Orange County in 2006. Jason is a certified American Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor. He is also a certified CPI instructor.
Randy Rutledge, Juven Valle and Tiffany Mooney serve as Program Coordinators. All have a minimum of 10 years experience in the developmentally disabled / mentally ill field and all have worked as Behavior Interventionists/Personal Attendants before being promoted to their current position. Randy and Juven are certified Pro-ACT instructors.
Donald C., pictured above, was our first consumer. Donald works at our administrative office Monday-Friday.
All of our Personal Attendants (both programs) are initially interviewed by one of our administrators, has his/her references checked and is required to undergo Live Scan, a Department of Justice fingerprint check for criminal backgrounds. A thorough orientation to the developmentally disabled system and the No Ordinary Moments method of operating are required before beginning to work in the field. Initial and then yearly CPR and First Aid training is required for all staff and Pro-ACT is offered to those who will be working in an environment that might include violence. There also is a monthly training session for all staff.