Member, Madeline Swinden
Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to announce
that Mrs. Madeline Swinden has accepted an invitation to serve on
the Board of Directors of the Mission Preservation Foundation.
Mrs. Swinden is a long-time supporter of Orange
County's only mission, serving as co-founder of the Friends of
the Mission in 1997. She was also a founding chair with Mrs.
Joan Irvine Smith, her mother-in-law, of the annual Mission Benefit
Tony Moiso, president of the Board, remarked,
"Madeline has volunteered her time and talent for so many years
at the Mission, it makes good sense to invite her to serve as a
board member. It is obvious that she has a special place in her
heart for the Mission because she is a dedicated Mission volunteer,
committed to its preservation and understands that it takes everyone
to save the Mission. I'm happy to have the opportunity to work alongside
her on the Board to make the Mission an even better place."
Mrs. Swinden commented, "I am honored by the
invitation to join the Mission's Board of Directors. The Mission
is an important monument of our Spanish heritage and it is imperative
that we preserve it for future generations."
Mrs. Swinden is President Emeritus and a board
member of Research Associates at the University of California, Irvine.
She has chaired many events at UCI, as well as assisted with many
other charitable organizations in Southern California. She serves
on the Board of Kidworks in Santa Ana and the Crystal Cove Alliance
in Laguna Beach. She heads the Community Outreach Advisory Board
for the Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation and public
outreach for The Irvine Museum.
A native Californian, Mrs. Swinden attended the
University of Southern California. As a graduate of the Gemological
Institute of America, she pursued a jewelry career spanning 35 years,
much of it at Tiffany & Company. An expert in fine gems, she enjoys
designing jewelry, a passion she now shares with private clients
as well as family and friends.
Mrs. Swinden resides with James Irvine Swinden,
her husband, and their 16-year-old son in Laguna Beach. They enjoy
family time, playing tennis, skiing and traveling.
Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, the Mission's Executive
Director, remarked, "Our Foundation board is growing during these
difficult times and willing to take on new ideas and programming
to ensure the Mission stands strong for generations to come. The
addition of Madeline Swinden is a great opportunity and recognizes
her efforts to already make the Mission the best possible historic
site in Orange County. I am looking forward to working closely with
her as we realize the goals of the Mission Preservation Foundation."