Eddy Newton – Founder of Eddy Unmasked
ASTONISHED!! The words from Eddy’s childhood Doctors. Eddy wasn’t predicted to live past the early stages of childhood, after being diagnosed with the most infamous genetic disorder known as Neurofibromatosis at the age of 3 years old. A few years later, Eddy’s father abandon the family, which included a younger brother and sister.
Eddy’s biggest surgery was at the young age of 8, where the talented team of Doctors removed a 7 ½ pound tumor. As Eddy shares when he talks to the youth, he suggests: “the next time you go to the grocery store, hold up a small watermelon. Try to imagine how that can come from an 8-year-old neck”
Through his years of school. Being in Elementary, both Jr High and High school Eddy was be a witness and victim and of the bullying epidemic we have in this Country, but Eddy kept his stride. In his young adult life, Eddy was dating a young woman and found love in the wrong place. She used him and from that Eddy did something that children always threaten their parent with, Eddy joined a traveling circus as a side-show freak. The circus was ‘the greatest show on earth.” Only 9 months later Eddy was able to remove himself from the abyss of the defeatism that he was feeling. The circus was ‘the greatest show on earth.” Only 9 months later Eddy was able to remove himself from the abyss of the defeatism that he was feeling.
Today Eddy shares his story to help children and teens cope with self-esteem and bullying issues.
Cindy Fracasso Day – President
Cindy Day is co-founder, and a member of the Eddy Unmasked Board of Directors. Cindy is an interior designer and the owner of the design firm Embellishing by Design. I’ve known Eddy for 24 years and worked with Lily Of The Valley Orphanage for 20 years.
She has been involved in his mission to help teens through speaking and special events since 2001. Cindy also has been an active supporter of Lily of the Valley Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, for almost 20 years, having contributed to its renovation and construction and the daily needs of the orphans. She resides in Laguna Niguel with her husband Stephen, and has two adult children and six grandchildren.
Jim Sabetello – Vice President
Jim has 33 years of experience in the construction industry. Before working in the flooring industry, Jim served in the US Army Aviation Division and was the recipient of the ARCOM Medal.
Jim started in the construction industry in 1986 managing two flooring companies. He established Inland Flooring Contractors, Inc. in 1992. He has experience in all aspects of the flooring industry as well as working in tandem with other general contractors, project managers, insurance adjusters and various government agencies. He is responsible for managing daily operations, project scheduling and completion, ensuring employees are properly trained and working safely, producing estimates, tracking job progress, and building customer relationships.
In addition, Jim in the past has giving back to his community by volunteering as the head of the Architectural Committee and Board Member of the Marina Hills Planned Community Association and has hosted multiple charity events and continues to find ways to contribute to his community whenever possible.
Donald D. Dickerson – Treasurer
Mr. Dickerson is a founder, officer Treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors of Eddy Unmasked. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California and a retired business litigator with the international law firm Morrison & Foerster. Mr. Dickerson has served as an officer and director of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, including JSerra Catholic High School, of which he was co-founder.
He has received myriad awards for his legal and charitable work, including the Orange County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award for his work representing homeless in criminal and civil proceedings. He resides in Laguna Hills with his wife, Colleen, and has two adult daughters, Lauren and Kelli.
Kathy Jorgensen – Secretary
Ms. Jorgensen is a current board member of Eddy Unmasked, serving as Secretary. She is a licensed private investigator in the State of California since 1990. Kathy has worked as an insurance fraud investigator for various insurance carriers in the Southern California area since 1983 specializing in auto insurance fraud. Ms. Jorgensen has had the honor to speak on the topic of insurance fraud at the California District Attorney’s Association Symposium and the Combined Claims Conference. She currently holds a position on the board of the International Association of Special Investigations Units, Southern Chapter. Kathy and her husband live in Palm Desert, CA.