Meet Our Executive Team

Diana Dernehl

Executive Director

Diana has been with South Coast Mission for over ten years, first as the Program Director and then in 2016 she took over as Executive Director. She is also a marriage counselor and is trained and certified in the precise techniques of Scientology technology.

“I am passionate about helping people take back control of their lives so they can have happier, more satisfying lives without anything them holding them back. I love seeing our programs rid people of the negative attitudes and experiences.

“I chose to work at South Coast Mission because I could see that its programs provided actual and effective relief and solutions for so many issues in life. Anywhere from someone experiencing tremendous loss or anxiety to an entrepreneur being able to achieve his goals.

“The most important thing for me is that people can feel comfortable and relaxed in our center. You'll find our staff are friendly and caring and that they have your personal happiness as their primary goal.”

Diana - Executive Director

Hali Stokes

Program Director

Hali is our Program Director, in charge of guiding people to the right programs to help them in their lives, and helping them through their programs. She is dedicated to working with you directly to ensure you get the most out of every program we offer.

“I started at South Coast Mission when I was going through a very difficult time in my life. When I came in, I was immediately cared for as if I were family. I started a personalized program, and after just a few short weeks, my entire life and mindset had turned around and for the first time in my life since I was a little girl, I was truly happy and excited about life and my future.

“Once I finished my program, I knew that I wanted to work at South Coast Mission and help people find the help and answers they needed to have a happy life. It has been the greatest passion of my life to see people come in who are experiencing difficulties, and then in such a short amount of time, see them blossom and become happy and do well in life.

If you have any questions about your program, or would you like more information about a program, Hali can be reached at hali@southcoastmission.com or 949-652-8200.

Hali - program director

Felix Lange

Organization Executive Secretary

Felix supervises the delivery of our programs and courses. There are exact procedures in Dianetics and Scientology that provide life-changing results, and Felix makes sure that these are delivered at the highest standard. He is himself a highly trained Dianetics and Scientology auditor. Felix also helps people with any questions they have, and he is always available to lend an ear.

“I had such life-changing benefits from the technology of Dianetics and Scientology that I decided I would like to help others get the same results. I became a staff member at South Coast Mission over a decade ago. It has been the most rewarding career I could have chosen: every day I see people becoming happier, more capable and getting closer to achieving their goals.”

Felix - Counseling and Course Director

Keith & Deborah Gilleard

South Coast Mission Owners

South Coast Mission owners, Keith and Deborah Gilleard, have worked with the technologies of Dianetics and Scientology for many years, and have been strong supporters of nonprofit humanitarian programs, including the Foundation for a Drug Free World and United for Human Rights. They are also local business owners.

“We were asked to step on as owners in 2019, and we were delighted to become part of the South Coast Mission team. Our family have used their services, and we always enjoyed the classes they offer. We love the people who work at the Mission, they have always been friendly, upbeat and nonjudgmental. They make it easy for people to get the help they need. Most of all, we like seeing the results South Coast Mission gets. The technology South Coast Mission uses is very workable and people can change things in their lives quickly and permanently. We are very happy for the opportunity to give back to the community.”

Keith and Deborah - owners