New senior leadership rises to help lead Rancho Mission Viejo

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Donald L. Vodra has been named Vice Chairman of the Board of Rancho Mission Viejo, while Jeremy Laster and Elise Millington have been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, respectively.

RMV announced the new leadership roles in a press release last month.

“Over the past few years, we have worked hard to identify and transition to the next generation of Ranch leaders,” said Tony Moiso, president and CEO of Rancho Mission Viejo. “Jeremy has gained a lot of experience during his time with us, learning all aspects of our many and varied businesses. His attention to detail and gift for instilling and fostering teamwork at all levels make him the right person to guide us into the future.He will be one of Orange County’s great business leaders for decades to come.

Elise Millington will continue to serve Rancho Mission Viejo, now in her new role as Chief Operating Officer. Photo: Courtesy of Rancho Mission Viejo

Laster will oversee the day-to-day management of all businesses in Rancho Mission Viejo, including larger-scale planned community development, management of lands such as the nature preserve, and ranching and agriculture, among other duties. Laster joined RMV in 2001 as a project manager.

“Rancho Mission Viejo has such a rich history,” Laster said. “More than a century of homesteading has taught each generation to accept the recognition that with the benefits of land ownership come the responsibility of being a good neighbour. It is an honor and a privilege to lead the Ranch team and continue to foster a company-wide and community-wide “Culture of Care”. ”

Millington’s “breadth and depth of knowledge”, along with other attributes, were praised by Moiso.

Millington joined the Rancho Mission Viejo leadership team in 2004 as Vice President of Finance and was later promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2014. She rose further through the ranks to become Executive Vice President in 2019.

“We have a very dedicated and talented team, and I look forward to working together to continue to provide the unique and wonderful lifestyle that we all enjoy at the Ranch,” said Millington.

Millington will continue to serve as chief financial officer in addition to her new day-to-day responsibilities as chief operating officer, the press release said.

Moiso further stated that Vodra was a “valuable and strong leader and mentor to our team” and was someone with whom RMV “enduring the twists and turns of the past 27 years together”. In her new role, Vodra will lead strategic planning, investment management and risk management at the board level.

“I have always appreciated the opportunity to mentor and manage this talented executive team and look forward to all they will accomplish at the Ranch,” Vodra said. “I look forward to continuing to support them in every way.”

Other leadership promotions were also announced: Brian Clarke—senior vice president, family office finance; Laura Eisenberg—senior vice president, regulatory compliance and open space management; Todd Kurtz—senior vice president, track infrastructure builder; Jim Holas—vice president, community development; and Stephanie Walker, vice president of marketing.

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