About Us

MISSION

Imagination Now empowers youth and adults to believe their ideas are important and use creative thinking to achieve success in their personal and professional lives. We are committed to be a valued resource for interactive education, advocacy, and acknowledgment of creative genius for both individuals and businesses.

WHO WE ARE

Cheryl Russell—Founder & Executive Director
A marketing communications professional with more than 35 years experience, Cheryl has nearly 15 years as a successful development director for three nonprofits in Orange County—UCPA/OC, Girls Inc. and OC Human Relations. She is a published author of four books, a monthly columnist for a regional edition of the Orange County Register, and an accomplished keynote speaker.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
Shelly Bennecke is a professional with 20 plus years’ experience in the global automotive industry, currently she is a Director at Cox Automotive’ s Autotrader. She has established professional associations, one with over 1,700 members from nearly every continent, and an emerging women's group focused on assisting in the matchmaking of automotive experts with upcoming auto industry events. Founder and chief executive officer of an incubator firm, Laguna Ventures LLC, she has consulted, hosted, and has helped lead the development of business and funding projects within the film, music and medical verticals. Shelly resides in Laguna Beach.

Vice President/Treasurer
Bob Harvey was a successful small business owner for more than four decades, as well as a real estate investor. Before that, he was in banking, financial planning, and consumer finance. He lives in Tustin with his wife Marilyn, to whom he has been happily and proudly married for over 50 years.

Secretary
Linda Wright is a retired primary grade teacher with 35 years experience in Southern California’s public school system. Special interest in creative learning, engaging children to confidently and actively express their ideas. Currently resides in Laguna Woods, enjoying the opportunities there to participate in artistic pursuits.