Marla Noel's Story
Marla Noel has a long and distinguished business history. Trained as a CPA, Marla began her career as an accountant aiming to run her own firm. She shifted gears, though, and ended up pursuing audit work in corporate America, working for May Co., Seely Wolf, and finally Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary where she rose to the President’s position.
During these years she continued her personal growth gaining an MBA from Chapman University, was active with Vistage and Women’s President Organization, and learned firsthand how strategic planning could help organizations. She also became active in the local Chamber of Commerce as well as Toastmasters.
Her business acumen was recognized as she joined the boards of OCARC, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County; Woman Sage, and ICCFA. Marla served as President of the Santa Ana Rotary Club and was responsible for Santa Ana Rotary Club’s involvement in the Interact Club at Saddleback High School, Rebuilding Together and Corazon de Vida. Marla currently is a member of the Irvine Rotary Club.
Marla’s long range, forward thinking lead to Fairhaven being acquired by a larger firm in 2015, creating significant wealth for the owners and key employees of the company. She stayed on after the acquisition closed to ensure a smooth management and employee transition, but knew she would need new challenges for the years ahead. Her search for a new direction ended with the establishment of Noel Foundation Solutions, which serves foundations by helping them achieve greater giving impact as well as non-profit organizations by helping them implement best business practices as they work toward their missions.
Marla’s second half focus is to help more people live life with joy and to enjoy what they’re doing with their lives. She’ll continue her work with Noel Foundation Solutions and may branch into peer group work as well. She is enjoying the challenges that come from using her skills and experience in new ways to make an impact on the community and continues her own growth.