Executive Leadership

Over the decades, Rancho Mission Viejo has often been recognized throughout the state and across the nation as a leader in the planning and development of successful large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities as well as in its ranching, farming and other land use and lease operations. The basis of this success and recognition is the family’s commitment to the same values and beliefs which have guided them since 1882. Today, the senior members of the Ranch family are joined by a management team consisting of proven experts in their respective fields. Together, the long-term dedication of the Ranch family combined with the multi-disciplined and highly integrated experience, knowledge and integrity of each Rancho Mission Viejo management team member creates a company which is focused, prepared and motivated to, once again, achieve great success.

Meet the members of the Rancho Mission Viejo Executive Leadership Team:

Anthony R. Moiso, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Anthony R. MoisoAnthony R. Moiso is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Rancho Mission Viejo. He is responsible for the ranching, farming, planning, development, and financial management of Rancho Mission Viejo. Rancho Mission Viejo manages all activities and operations of the various Rancho Mission Viejo business enterprises.

In 1965, after serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Moiso joined Mission Viejo Company and began his 45-year career as a rancher and developer of large-scale master planned communities. Mr. Moiso was an officer, director, and shareholder of Mission Viejo Company which planned and developed the 10,000-acre community of Mission Viejo. In 1972, when Mission Viejo Company was sold, Mr. Moiso became President of the then-42,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo.

In 1983, Mr. Moiso established Santa Margarita Company to manage, plan, and continue the development of Rancho Mission Viejo. From 1983 until 1996, Santa Margarita Company was responsible for the master planning and development of the 5,000-acre urban village of Rancho Santa Margarita and the 1,000-acre planned community of Las Flores.

In 1996, Mr. Moiso founded Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC to plan and to develop the 4,000-acre community of Ladera Ranch and to continue managing, planning, and developing Rancho Mission Viejo’s remaining 23,000-acres.

Mr. Moiso’s personal involvements down through the years have been many. Presently, he is trustee of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Foundation. Moreover, he and his wife, Melinda, continue their thirty-six year commitment to support the work of the Sisters Devoted to the Sacred Heart and the operations of the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in south Santa Ana.

A member of the California Building Industry Hall of Fame, Mr. Moiso is a graduate of Stanford University. He and his wife, Melinda, live in Laguna Beach. The Moisos have four married daughters and thirteen grandchildren.

Donald L. Vodra, President and Chief Operating Officer

Don L. VodraDonald L. Vodra is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC, a fully integrated real estate development and management operation where he is responsible for managing all financial, operational, development, and strategic planning requirements for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC and its affiliates.

Mr. Vodra’s extensive real estate experience has been established over 40 years of executive management, lending and investment experience within the real estate and banking industries.

    Mr. Vodra’s career includes tenures with:

  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. – Senior Vice President and Deputy Group Head, Real Estate Industries Group
  • Crocker National Bank, N.A. – Executive Vice President and Group Head, Real Estate Industries Group; President and Chief Executive Officer, Crocker Mortgage Company
  • Bracton Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Midland Bank, Plc, London; President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director
  • Security Pacific National Bank, N.A. – Executive Vice President, Special Assets Group
  • Western National Group – Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Vodra’s professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha National Honorary Real Estate Land Use Society, and Policy Advisory Board Member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkley. In addition, Mr. Vodra has served as Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Orange County, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Laura’s House, a Director of the United Way of Orange County, and Chairman of the March of Dimes of Southern California.

Mr. Vodra is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Gilbert G. Aguirre, Executive Vice President/Ranch Operations

Gilbert G. AguirreGilbert G. Aguirre is responsible for all ranching, farming, agricultural and industrial lease operations as well as the daily management of all Ranch-related ranching interests. Mr. Aguirre joined the Ranch family in March, 1967.

A native of Tucson, AZ, Mr. Aguirre is widely recognized as a leader in the ranching industry. Mr. Aguirre has been the Managing Partner of the North Fork Cattle Company for four decades during which he also was an owner and General Manager of the historic PX Ranch in North Fork, NV for three decades.

A member of the National Cattlemen’s Association and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Mr. Aguirre is a member, Past Officer and Past Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the California Cattlemen’s Association. He also is a Past President of the Producers Livestock Marketing Association of Salt Lake City, UT, Past Director of the Board of the Producers Livestock Loan Corporation in Salt Lake City, UT, Past Director of National Livestock Marketing in Denver, CO, Past Director of the National Livestock and Meat Board in Chicago, IL, and a former member of the California Beef Council. Mr. Aguirre is a Board Member of Rancheros Visitadores and is affiliated with the Western Heritage Association.

In addition, Mr. Aguirre serves as President of the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, acclaimed as “the richest two-day rodeo in America.” In 2008, Mr. Aguirre was elected to the California Rodeo Hall of Fame. Locally, Mr. Aguirre is Past President of the Donna and Richard O’Neill Conservancy, a Board member of the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, and a Founder-Director of Capital Bank, both in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

A graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Mr. Aguirre resides at Rancho Mission Viejo’s historic Cow Camp.

Elise Millington, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Elise MillingtonElise Millington is responsible for the financing, financial planning, accounting and reporting, and the property and income tax management of various Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC real estate development and operating entities.

Prior to joining Rancho Mission Viejo in 2004, Ms. Millington served in various financial management capacities for the Irvine Company where she led the Corporate Finance and Accounting department as well as served as a Divisional Controller for the Land Development Group. Since joining Rancho Mission Viejo, Ms. Millington has led the Real Estate Finance and Accounting group primarily responsible for the financial planning and reporting, budgeting, analysis, and financing for real estate development projects and operating properties.

A native of Southern California, she also serves as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley. She received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Millington resides in Ladera Ranch.

Richard Broming, Sr. Vice President/Planning and Entitlement

Richard BromingMr. Broming is responsible for the planning and processing of all new development projects for Rancho Mission Viejo specifically focusing on issues resolution throughout the entitlement process and addressing all environmental issues at the local, state and federal levels, including securing agreements with key state and federal resource agencies. Mr. Broming has been a member of the Rancho Mission Viejo management team since 1986.

Within his current capacity, Mr. Broming was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive planning and entitlement process which comprises 130,000 acres within Southern Orange County. This effort led to the formation of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Mr. Broming also was involved in the creation of the first privately held and run conservancy in Southern California, the Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy, which is now part of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. He also is responsible for the planning and implementation of all major transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure across the Rancho Mission Viejo lands.

Prior to joining Rancho Mission Viejo, Mr. Broming was a consultant; and before that he served as a Planner for the City of Irvine.

Mr. Broming is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute, is a Past President of the Coalition for Habitat Conservation, and is a Past Chairman of the Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

Mr. Broming received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from California State University, Long Beach.

Lissa Freese, Sr. Vice President/Operations

Melissa M. FreeseLissa Freese is responsible for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC’s day-to-day operations, insurance, staffing and multiple agency interaction for Rancho Mission Viejo’s related commercial lease, ranching and for-sale agricultural activities.

A native of Tucson, AZ, Ms. Freese has been a member of the Ranch family since 1967. She sits on the Board of Directors and serves as an Officer of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and is a member of the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Committee. Ms. Freese also is a member of the Orange County Sherriff’s Advisory Council and volunteers at the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Ms. Freese is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Paul Johnson, Sr. Vice President/Community Development

Paul Johnson, Sr.Paul Johnson is responsible for the design and implementation of master-planned communities on Rancho Mission Viejo. Currently, Johnson is focused on the final development of the 4,000-acre Ladera Ranch community and the planning of the community of Rancho Mission Viejo. Specifically, he is overseeing and managing the first village on Rancho Mission Viejo including its urban design, development, marketing, builder land sales and administration and the master maintenance corporation. Specific to these areas of responsibility are the project’s scheduling, budgets, land design, working drawings, builder coordination, land sales, and operation of the master maintenance corporation.

Prior to joining Rancho Mission Viejo, Mr. Johnson was a project manager for the Fieldstone Company’s Newport Beach office in Orange County where he was responsible for the coordination and completion of all aspects of various homebuilding projects including land acquisition, entitlement, product development, construction and homebuyer warranty.

Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Engineering from California State University at Northridge and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from California State College, San Bernardino. He also holds a B-1 general building contractor’s license from the State of California. He is a Past President of the Orange County Home Builders Council and Past President of the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association. Mr. Johnson currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Building Industry Association of Southern California.

Dan Kelly, Sr. Vice President/Governmental Relations and Corporate Communications

Dan KellyDan Kelly is responsible for interfacing with various local and regional jurisdictions and other pertinent groups which have authority over or interests in Rancho Mission Viejo, including the Ranch’s planned communities of Rancho Santa Margarita (5,000 acres), Las Flores (1,000 acres) and Ladera Ranch (4,000 acres). Mr. Kelly also is responsible for the master planning of major community infrastructure including schools, libraries, technology, and other vital facilities and services. In addition, he oversees Rancho Mission Viejo’s community marketing, public affairs, governmental relations, and community outreach programs.

Prior to joining Rancho Mission Viejo, Mr. Kelly was Director/Environmental Planning for Michael Brandman & Associates in Costa Mesa. Mr. Kelly also served as the Senior Environmental Planner for Mission Viejo Company.

Mr. Kelly’s involvements in a variety of professional and community efforts include the Urban Land Institute, Board Member of the Orange County Business Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center Foundation.

A native of Chicago, IL, Mr. Kelly was educated at Columbia College in Chicago, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications.

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