About Us

Board Members

    • co-Chair – Lyle Forcum
    • co-Chair – Julie-Ann Forcum
    • Available – President
    • Available – Vice President
    • Daniel Levine – CFO
    • Donna Wanser – Legal Director
    • John Harper III, M.D. – Medical Director
    • Stephen Blum – Fundraising and Public Relations Director
    • Leah Looman – Secretary
    • Brett A. Hartvigson  – Chief Marketing and Communication Officer
    • Available – Media and Development Director

 

Advisory Council

Ambassador Board

  • Atiba Clarke – Ambassador of Goodwill
  • Angela Irick – Heels With Wheels
  • Margalit Strum Francus
  • Hank Falstad AIA – Access Technologies
  • Angela Ruzick – Wendy on Wheels

Volunteers

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lyle Forcum

co-Chair & Founder

What Lyle brings to the foundation is unique and will help position it to grow quickly to help as many as possible in the years to come. He served our country in various ways through the Marine Corp. including but certainly not limited to: Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, in the 1st Marine Logistics Group; Executive Officer, Security Battalion at MCB Camp Pendleton; Commanding Officer, Support Detachment, MAG – 13; and by being honored with the position of Lt. Colonel, the title to which he still holds today in his retirement from the Marine Corp. His liaison services to Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation will especially help to utilize our efforts in granting wishes to injured military service people and the many military families who have young children who are disabled.
Lyle has a wealth of knowledge that he brings to the foundation from his career life which includes security management, anti-terrorism force, naval security managers training, military justice training, humanitarian response training, and a BS in Business from the University of Arizona. He is currently the Executive Director of Building Operations & Loss Prevention for Panda Restaurant Group Inc. He also volunteers through the Panda Group’s community events as yet another way to pay it forward with joy.

He has enjoyed his many volunteer positions as well including being a Boy Scout leader, Big Brother mentor, and soccer coach to youth. He loves animals, children, and is an upstanding family man. Lyle is dedicated to his family and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as playing basketball and working out with his son. Riding motorbikes has been a long time passion as well.

He is married to the visionary of Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation, Julie Ann, and together they have raised two teenagers along with fostering children that have run into hardships. They have impacted numerous people for good in life and continue to press on in that mission together.

Julie Ann Forcum

co-Chair (non-active), Visionary & Original Founder

Retired
Julie-Ann Forcum Co-Chair & Visionary Founder
The Grant Angel Wishes and Travel Foundation, Inc. ® is the inspiration of Julie-Ann Forcum whose determination, was, and remains to create a nonprofit that serves the terminally ill community and their friends & families. This spirit is echoed in the motto of the foundation …dreams don’t end at 17

A cancer survivor, wheelchair user and hearing impaired by Meniere’s disease since 2007, Julie-Ann’s inspiration for the Foundation’s mission in creating Travel Wishes stems from her own personal loss of family and friends.

In conclusion, the foundation is committed to helping terminal individuals and their families create family vacation memories that will last a life time.

Daniel Levine, Attorney

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel is the newest member on the Board of Directors at Grant Angel Wishes and Travel®. His business career has spanned more than 25 years. He has a Law Degree and Masters in Taxation, and has run the corporate tax departments at a variety of large companies in the greater Los Angeles area, with business interests ranging from automotive parts manufacturing to video game development to hospitality. Dan has also been an active member in the Los Angeles chapter of Tax Executives Institute for many years, serving in capacities as board member and officer, including President.
Dan balances his career interests with his passion for the ocean, and has been scuba diving since 1974 and is a licensed scuba instructor. Giving back is of high importance to Dan, and he his a proud volunteer diver at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, where he has been volunteering for the past 10 years.
Dan and his wife Leanne reside in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in La Crescenta, California, and they are the proud parents of their blended family of three sons and two daughters, ranging in age from eight to twenty-four.

 

Donna Wanser, Attorney

Legal Director

Donna Wanser has been with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Panda”) since 2000 and is the Vice President of Legal. In addition to assisting with legal counsel on transactional and employment and labor issues, she has been instrumental in bringing Panda’s legal services to a heightened level of proficiency. She currently has a team of 24 including six attorneys and has been an integral part of the Senior Management Team.

Donna brings legal, organizational and leadership skills as a board member of CPH. Donna is a graduate from the University of Maryland, holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Dowling College and a Juris Doctorate from Touro Law School with a specialization in Real Estate. She is currently a Doctorate candidate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. Her dissertation research involves the study of the emotional intelligence of lawyer leaders and its correlation to effectively leading the new up-coming millennium.
She has been on the board of the Girl Scouts, USA, President of her home owner association and is currently on the board of the Grant Angel Wishes and Travel.

 

John Harper, III M.D.

Medical Director

John comes to the foundation with a medical degree, a lot of personal experience, and a desire to serve others. His background in military medicine has prepared him to look at not only the medical aspect but the logistical aspect of planning to grant Wishes and all Travel requests.

He was born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in western New York. He did not take the standard “straight through school” route to his degree and career. Instead, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in southern California. During his enlistment, he attained the rank of Sergeant before he was honorably discharged. After his enlistment, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of California, San Diego. He then earned his Medical Degree from Penn State University College of Medicine. He began his medical career in the U.S. Navy serving the active duty Marines of 1st Marine Division. He is currently the medical director and managing physician for US Health Works in Carlsbad California.

John is a devoted husband and father of five. He has a 24 year old son and is currently raising three boys ages 12, 7, 5, and a 2 year old girl with his wife. He enjoys nothing more than spending time with his children and they keep him quite busy. He has volunteered as a little league coach and tries to keep his children involved in sports year round. They enjoy many outdoor activities from the beaches to the mountains. He also enjoys classic cars and has two current restoration projects, a 1969 Mustang and a 1967 Firebird.

 

Brett Hartvigson

Chief Marketing and Communications Director


Brett A. Hartvigson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Private Wealth Management.

Mr. Hartvigson has over 20 years of industry experience and is a second-generation wealth counselor and investment consultant and has spent 100% of those two decades collaborating with and being trained to collaborate with high-net worth clients to determine appropriate investment policy, tactical asset allocation strategy, and practical application of financial planning principals.

Mr. Hartvigson spent his formative years “on the inside” of the financial industry being mentored by his father, working in his Seattle-based insurance agency. Brett graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Finance from Pacific Lutheran University in 1992, and then began his advisory career. From 1992-2004 he was a Financial Consultant for Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500® company, where he received numerous industry awards and recognitions and corporate achievements as he built successful financial-service practices in the Seattle and San Diego areas.

Mr. Hartvigson was an in-demand speaker across the country during his time at Thrivent Financial, known for conducting cutting-edge workshops that addressed emotional and complex planning issues and delivered manageable solutions via dynamic group presentations for associates and their clients nationwide.

In 2005 he founded Phoenix Private Wealth Management, a firm designed to provide a world-class total wealth management experience to a limited number of private and elite clients. The firm currently manages over $60,000,000 of assets for approximately 85 high-net worth families across the country.

Brett is an avid reader and traveler who is passionate about fitness, mentoring youth, art, and ESPN. He is actively involved in supporting the San Diego State University Honors Program and serves on the board of Students Taking Action Against Recklessness (STAAR), a San Diego-based youth program. He enjoys spending time with his five daughters.

 

Stephen Blum

Fundraising and Public Relations Director

 

Steve has been engaged in retail real estate development and leasing for nearly 20 years, and in fact was an Au Bon Pain employee in 1998 and 1999 before departing with Panera. Steve went on to lead Panera’s real estate department through 2007. Since Panera, Steve has been a key development leader at Panda as that brand has successfully expanded from its West Coast roots across the country including in several non-traditional venues such as universities, airports and malls.

Steve is currently Chief Development Officer at Au Bon Pain in Boston. He currently oversees the development of new Au Bon Pain restaurants around the United States. Steve has been involved with the creation of more than 1,000 restaurants throughout his career.

Steve lives in Sharon, Massachusetts with his Wife, Ellen, and two children, Hannah and David. When he’s not focusing his efforts on new restaurant development, he spends time with his family and balancing several interests including playing tennis, running, and playing guitar.

Steve took his love of running six years ago and leveraged that love to help raise money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute through a Half-marathon in Boston. Since that first experience with fund-raising, Steve has been involved with Dana Farber through different fundraising programs alone and with his family. Efforts include canning drives within movie theaters and most recently, Steve ran the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge.

 

Leah Looman

Secretary


Leah is has been a cosmetologist in the Temecula Valley since 2001. She has organized “Locks of Love” events; A non-profit organization that provides wigs to cancer patients 21 years of age and younger. She is also a pledged member of the “CUT IT OUT” organization. CUT IT OUT builds awareness of domestic abuse and trains salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to local resources. Additionally, as a Davines colorist, she participates in the national and global Sustainable Beauty Day coordinated by Davines. It is a day where salon professionals and clients come together to improve the environment as well as the community. Leah is the proud mother of two children who keep her busy and entertained. She also enjoys being the team mom for her daughters Volleyball team and as a family they are involved in a local small church and youth group.