With an eclectic background including 14 years as a middle school English teacher and coach, creating an event planning company with 200+ events in her portfolio, and then spending a few years corralling a team of creative engineers in unconventional commercial real estate, Ellen is now the Vice President of the Irvine Health Foundation, a foundation focused on technology-enabled healthy living focusing on the populations of older adults and military veterans. As Ellen has been piloting new programs throughout her career, she is always looking for innovative and creative opportunities. In addition to her role at IHF, Ellen is also the Director of Chapters and Community Engagement at Aging2.0 as well as the founder and ambassador of the Orange County Chapter. Ellen is a two-time cancer survivor, with a dedicated mission to optimizing health and wellness. In her free time, she enjoys painting, writing, and being outdoors. Ellen resides in Orange County, California with her husband and two kids - a human baby boy and a barking 4-legged girl.