About Us

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council is the precursor to a local incorporated government which provides input to the Orange County governing boards as the Ladera Ranch civic representation. The Council serves Ladera in a capacity to encourage and gather public comment on a range of topics affecting the community.  The board members represent the interests of Ladera Ranch residents as their Civic Council. Meeting discussions provide input on:

  • Planning / Land Use
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works
  • Governance
  • Business Development
  • Other Municipal Related Services

The current Council includes:

  • J Ocana – Chair
  • Adam Henningsen – Vice Chair
  • Kevin Martin – Treasurer
  • Melissa Snow – Secretary
  • Rebecca McKenna – Councilmember
  • Brandon Willnecker – Councilmember
  • John Gresko – Councilmember

A copy of the LRCC Bylaws can be found here – Ladera Ranch Civic Council Bylaws

J. Ocana – Chair (Elected 2020) 

Term expires 2022


J. Ocana grew up in Orange County, California where he attended Westminster High School. He attended the University of Southern California where he graduated with a BS in Business while working full time thru school. He would go on to earn his Executive MBA while working as a Sales Director for a major corporation.  He has worked for global companies in sales and executive management such as General Electric, Nokia, and AT&T and successful venture backed startups in high tech as a Director and VP of Sales. He has been involved in multiple startups in Orange County, and most recently is the Co-founder, President & COO of Reaction Audio Visual, an event solutions and virtual broadcast company for large scale events, trade shows, and conventions. Combined he has over 30 years of management and executive experience in the business world working in Fortune 100 companies, with VC funded start-ups, and starting his own businesses along with a solid business education. He currently lives in Ladera Ranch with his wife Jennifer and they have four children.

Adam Henningsen- Vice Chair  (Elected 2020)

Term expires 2022


Adam Henningsen was elected to a 2-year term on the Council in September 2020.  Adam and his wife Camille, moved to Ladera Ranch in 2016 before starting their family of four, including a son and a daughter.

Adam grew up in northern Nevada and attended University of Nevada, Reno graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He went on to work in various industries in engineering management including Anheuser-Busch and The Walt Disney Company before his current role as Sr. Program Manager focused on cost improvement initiatives within the consumer products industry.

In his free time, Adam enjoys camping, hiking, making wine, innovating and spending time with his family traveling.

Adam has always had a passion for serving his community.  He currently enjoys volunteering in his local church and previously enjoyed serving with Active 20-30 and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Adam is proud to serve Ladera Ranch and looks forward to upholding and pushing forward the high standards set by previous leaders within the community.

John Gresko (Elected 2021)
Term expires 2022


Brandon Willnecker (Elected 2021)

Term expires 2023


Brandon has been a resident of Ladera Ranch since 2004 and was elected to serve a 2-year term on the Council in September, 2021.  Brandon lives close to the water park and is married with two kids and two dogs.

Brandon is a professionally licensed civil engineer in multiple states and is the Director of Water Resources at Tetra Tech’s Irvine office.  Over the course of his career he has been involved in land development and stormwater related projects throughout California and various areas in the United States and Mexico.  He is currently working with multiple municipalities and county public works departments to deliver water quality projects and promotes sustainable infrastructure in the Southland.

As a graduate of the University of Dayton and Midwest upbringing, Brandon has enjoyed blending the west coast lifestyle with his midwest roots.  In his free time Brandon enjoys the outdoors, fishing, gun smithing, church, and spending time with his family.

Kevin Martin – Treasurer (Elected 2021)

Term expires 2023


Kevin Martin moved to Ladera Ranch in 2020 and was elected to serve his 2-year term on the Civic Council in September 2021. Kevin lives in the Terramor community with his wife and dog.

Kevin works in Real Estate Development and has worked on projects from San Diego to the Bay Area as well as Northern and Southern Nevada. Kevin studied Finance at San Diego State and has a Master Degree from the Public Policy School of the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Real Estate Development.

Kevin grew up locally and holds longstanding relationships in the community. In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling with his wife, and playing soccer in local men’s leagues.

Melissa Snow (Appointed 2021)

Term expires 2023


Melissa Snow was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She is a descendent of the Angel of Goliad, who is considered a Texas Hero for saving 19 lives during the Texas Revolution. Melissa attended Pacific Coast College and worked in the medical field as a Medical Assistant, an in-office Surgical Technician and Limited X-Ray Technician.
In 2001 Melissa became one of Ladera Ranch’s original residents when she bought her first home in the Township Village. Melissa raised three beautiful children in Ladera Ranch with her children attending Chaparral Elementary School, Ladera Ranch Middle School and San Juan Hills High School. Melissa devoted her time as a stay-at-home mother for eighteen years. During that time, she served on  committees for various charities near and dear to her heart. One was Kindervision Foundation, a non-profit community service organization whose primary purpose is to educate children, teens, families and communities regarding personal safety issues aimed at preventing abduction, sexual exploitation and molestation prevention through education.  Special Olympics is another charity that Melissa became deeply involved with. During this time, she also became immersed in local and national politics. Melissa established relationships with local politicians and became involved to support policies that secure our Freedoms.
 Melissa is looking forward to giving back to a community that has given so much to her family, she is honored to serve on the Civic Council of Ladera Ranch.

Rebecca McKenna –  (Elected 2021)

Term expires 2023


Rebecca McKenna hails from Orange, California, a graduate of Orange High School.  Volleyball came second, being the setter for her club team, playing throughout Southern California.  After graduating from Chapman University, Rebecca interned with Trent Lott, Senator on the Hill in Washington D.C., thereafter becoming Legal Assistant with Chris Cox, Congressman, also serving in Washington D.C. for several years before moving home to Orange County to work for Congressman Cox here in Newport Beach. The mortgage industry became her home before her new employment as Mom to Gavin.  Currently, her aspirations include a Ph.D. from Claremont University in Public Policy and her second major, Public Health.  She is looking forward to serving her home of Ladera Ranch on City Council.