The Beacon of Light team, collectively, has many talents and passions, but one goal unites us, to see young people thrive. When we discovered Check the Facts and met it's creator, Jeanette Fanconi, it was undeniable that we were on an identical mission. Now, we forge on together, combining our strengths and encouraging each other to do great work on behalf of the students, who deserve a clear and bold message of truth and wisdom.
Beacon of Light continues to carry the torch of our founder, Fran Tracy, who pioneered prevention education in her community in Orange County over 20 years ago. She saw a void in the young people around her, an emptiness from making big life decisions without the facts they needed to navigate toward the flourishing future they desired. At Beacon of Light, we offer a life-changing message, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more students, educators, youth groups, and families.
Amber started her career in medical sales with a startup company at the age of 19. Over a ten year span, she helped grow the company from 4 to 200 employees and saw revenue increase to over $15 million a year. In 2014, Amber found her passion for helping teens and young women in crisis. Starting as a volunteer and teen coach at local nonprofits, she quickly moved into permanent positions, honoring her expertise in fundraising, marketing, donor relations, community outreach, recovery, education, and prevention programs. She joined Beacon of Light in 2016 with a laser-focused mission, a love for young people, and a keen eye for the prevention education.
Chairman of the Board
Christian became Board Chairman in 2019. As a professional management consultant, strategist and C-Level Executive for over 25 years, Chris brings a balanced, thoughtful and strategic leadership style to our board. He was a founding member of Horizon Pregnancy Clinic going back to 2005. In that capacity he has served as an active board member, advisory board member, volunteer and donor. His specialties include business planning, organization, mission and vision development, as well as board advisory, by-laws, and financial management. When not working or serving, Chris can be found in the field training both of his black labradors.
Ann is the longest-serving Board member of Beacon of Light, having joined over 16 years ago and serving as a corporate officer, and currently as President. Ann has served at local school sites as Girl Scout leader and art teacher, and as camp staff for community and foster care children. For the past 10 years Ann has been a partner of Impact Giving, a women’s collective giving group, and served on the Board as Grants Chair. Ann is a proud graduate of Orange Coast College and Laguna College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting. She is dedicated to preserving what makes her community unique and believes everyone can be empowered to make a difference with their own specific gifts and talents.
Gretchen is an active member in her community having served in a variety of leadership roles including School Site Council, Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Board, PTA, YMCA, local committees/support groups, and non-profits. Her professional training from Cal State University, Fullerton is in graphic design, which has allowed her opportunities to enhance the overall impact of many of the organizations she's served with. Gretchen has a passion for helping others thrive through teaching and mentoring, and for equipping others with intentional ways to simplify, beautify, and enrich life.
Deborah holds a teaching degree from Dallas Baptist University. For over 30 years, Deborah has utilized her gifts teaching and training teachers worldwide. She has had the privilege of serving at Child Evangelism Fellowship, in a variety of roles: summer administration coordinator, missions planning and participation, serving on the local chapter board and currently resides on the state board. In addition, Deborah worked as the Kids Director for her local church, serving 5 states and impacting over 3,000 children. She is assists with grant writing, planning, and decision making for Beacon of Light.
Author of Check the Facts
Jeanette authored Check the Facts, and is a credentialed teacher with a Master's Degree in Education. She believes in educating, equipping, and empowering young people so that they can make life-affirming choices as they develop and become who they are meant to be in order to pursue their life goals. Jeanette began developing the Check the Facts curriculum in January 2013 after working with a local high school district to form a teen parenting program. Jeanette is honored to now combine her efforts with Beacon of Light to further equip young people throughout the nation to make educated, healthy decisions that will not only improve their own lives but the state of our communities as well.