Women Supporting Women

Beauty In Grace is a women’s giving circle in south Orange County created to support women at Saddleback Medical Center. Our members demonstrate the beauty of philanthropy and carry themselves with grace to improve the health of women in our community.

List of Women's Health Services and Programs

Why Join

We’re seeking outstanding women who share our vision and understand the power women have when we stand with each other for causes we are passionate about. We understand that as a group, we can be stronger and make a bigger impact. Together we can also build a diverse network, ranging from professionals to stay-at-home mothers, who lift each other up.

The Cause

In just four years, Beauty In Grace has made a significant impact on women’s services at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. We have raised more than $284,000 to make important purchases for our hospital.

In our inaugural year, this women’s giving circle helped fund breast MRI equipment for diagnostic screening and biopsies. In 2018, we purchased NicView video streaming equipment for the NICU, so parents of preemies could see their babies on a smartphone or tablet when they couldn’t be at bedside. In 2019, we funded cryoablation equipment and a blanket warmer for the Breast Center, which freezes fibroadenomas and early-stage tumors. 

Last year, we purchased bilirubin testing units and a cardiac monitor/defibrillator for Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Postpartum (LDRP) unit. We are so pleased that his equipment is already being utilized by our staff. 

In seeking ways to support women in 2021, we were reminded that heart disease is the number one killer of women over the age of 25 in the United States.

In light of this, we plan to support the hospital’s renovation of one of our cardiac catheterization (cath) labs. This project will update the unit with the latest technology and advanced equipment, critical for heart and stroke patients. The patient volume in the cath lab is increasing each year, so we are pleased to contribute to this important endeavor.

The Commitment

We are asking all members to make an annual gift of $1,000. By pooling gifts of this size, the group can more substantially impact the women’s issues relevant to them.

The Luncheon

Members gather annually at a beautiful luncheon to hear how membership gifts are touching women's lives at Saddleback Medical Center. Next year’s appreciation luncheon will take place on March 23, 2021, at Montage Laguna Beach. If needed, the event will be moved outdoors. 

Founding Circle 2020

Beauty In Grace Founding Circle (L-R): Ginger Geidt; Cecilia Belew, Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President; Norene Norris-Walsh, M.D.; Diane Libertella; Cathy Han, M.D., Beauty In Grace Chair; Barbara Victor, M.D.; Wende Ludas; Nora Evans, M.D.; Mary O'Toole, M.D.; and Jane Frederick, M.D. 

Beauty In Grace Members 2020*

Ada Baker
Anouchka Balog
Lisa Becht, MD
Cecilia Belew
Sandy M. Benson
Joni Boranian
Tammie Brailsford
Melissa Bush, MD
Brandi Cassingham
Melissa Centeno
Linda W. Chan, MD
Lily Chen, MD
Rena Chin
Meghan Clem
Donna Clervi
Sarah Cleveland
Amy Cosper
Heidi Cough, MD
Shawn Cunningham
Karen Deck
Lisa Dow
Nora Evans, MD
Resa Evans
Michelle Fajardo, DO
Julie Featherstone
Pam Fortmuller
Penny Fosheim
Jane Frederick, MD
Ginger Geidt
Michelle Giardini
Anita Glasser
Patty Glover
Catherine Y. Han, MD
Young H. Han, MD
Christine Huff
Erica Hutchison
Jan M. Johnson, MD
Sara S. Kim, MD
Jenny Klein
Christy Koperek
Debbie Lambert
Cindy Latin
Joan Lautenschleger
Dawn Levine
Diane Libertella
Laurie Louie
Gayle Luciano
Wende Ludas
Carol J. Lullmann
Marcia Manker
Susan Masaki
Kim Massoudi
Vivian Mendoza, MD
Susan K. Munden, MD
Molly Naglie
Ruth E. Niebuhr
Norene Norris-Walsh, MD
Colleen M. O'Connor
Mary O'Toole, MD
Pam Pellizzon
Pat Perkowski
Ann Marie Raffo, MD
Susie Roof
Diana V. Schlesinger
Bebe Shaddock
Catherine H. Shitara
Heidi Stoops
Rita E. Tayenaka
Merry L. Tetef, MD
Nita Tewari, PhD
Elaine Tiber
Grace Todd
Michelle L. Tom, MD
Georgia Tunstill, MD
Saghi Valencia
Barbara Victor, MD
Ellies Watanabe
Mary Ann Wilkinson, MD

*As of January 23, 2020
For more information, please call (949) 452-3724.