Rancho Mission Viejo Announces New Senior Leadership Team 

Rancho Mission Viejo today announced the appointment of Donald L. Vodra as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the promotions of Jeremy Laster and Elise Millington to the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, for this family-owned, fully integrated land ownership and management company. 

Jeremy Laster

“Over the past few years, we have been working hard to identify and transition to the next generation of Ranch leadership,” said Tony Moiso, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rancho Mission Viejo. “Jeremy has gleaned 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 lead us into the future. He will be one of Orange County’s great business leaders for decades to come.”

Moiso added, “Elise’s breadth and depth of knowledge, business acumen, leadership traits and ability to work constructively with people inside and outside of our team, has proven to always produce the very best results. She is an outstanding professional executive.”

“I am very pleased that Don has agreed to serve as Vice Chairman of our Board,” noted Moiso. “He has been a valuable and strong leader and mentor for our team, and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to utilize his expertise. We have endured the twists and turns of the last 27 years together, and his experience and guidance will prove vital in this new role. Today’s announcements position us for greatness for the next 25 years and beyond, and allows us to continue to stay true to the values and traditions that have come to define The Ranch.” 

Vodra will transition from President of Rancho Mission Viejo to the newly-created Vice-Chairman role after twenty-seven years of service to the company. As Vice-Chairman, he will continue to provide counsel during the transition as well as guide strategic planning, investment management and risk management at the Board level.

“I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to mentor and manage this talented team of executives, and look forward to all they will accomplish at The Ranch,” said Vodra. “I look forward to continue to support them in every way.”

Elise Millington

Laster will be responsible for the daily management of all Rancho Mission Viejo enterprises, including larger scale master-planned community development, land management (The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo), ranching and farming, commercial properties and investments. Laster joined Rancho Mission Viejo in 2001 as a Project Manager.

“Rancho Mission Viejo has such a rich history,” said Laster. “More than a century of family ownership has taught each generation to embrace the recognition that the blessings of land ownership bring the responsibility to be a good neighbor. It’s an honor and a privilege to lead The Ranch team and continue to foster a company and community-wide ‘Culture of Care.’”

Millington joined the Rancho Mission Viejo leadership team in 2004, as Vice President of Finance. She was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2014, and Executive Vice President in 2019. Millington will continue to serve as CFO in addition to her new daily responsibilities as COO. 

“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. 

In addition to the transition planning at the senior executive leadership level, the following executive 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 Builder In-Tract Infrastructure

– Jim Holas, Vice President, Community Development

– Stephanie Walker, Vice President, Marketing

“I’m proud of what we have accomplished over the last 50-plus years,” noted Moiso. “Through the decades, we have done our best to help establish communities that enrich the lives of Ranch residents by providing a diversity of housing opportunities, hundreds of acres of parks and sports fields, miles of trails and roads, new schools, fire stations and other public facilities, local employment and retail centers, as well as thousands of acres of protected open space. I am confident this new leadership team is perfectly suited to take The Ranch to new heights as we look to the future.”

The Ranch was recently honored as ‘2022’s Best New Home Community in Orange County’ by the Orange County Register, part of the Southern California News Group. The first phase of the new Village of Rienda opened in April. The success of new home sales and homebuyer interest spurred The Ranch to announce the neighborhood homebuilders for the next phase, expected to open in early 2023. 

Rancho Mission Viejo hosted its 20th Annual Rodeo on August 27 and 28 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Overflow crowds attended both days, and the event raised more than $150,000 to support the Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley. 

Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC., is responsible for the ranching, farming, planning, real estate development and financial operations of the 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo in unincorporated South Orange County, CA. Since 1882, members of the O’Neill/Moiso/Avery family have owned and managed the historic Rancho Mission Viejo, which is the last working ranch in Orange County. Under the leadership of Tony Moiso and his family, portions of Rancho Mission Viejo now include the family-developed cities and communities of Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. 

Today, nearly 75% of the remaining 23,000 acres of The Ranch are being preserved as open space through The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Approximately 25% of The Ranch is being developed into multiple inter-generational mixed-use villages within the award-winning community of Rancho Mission Viejo. 

At build-out, Rancho Mission Viejo is expected to provide approximately 14,000 homes (including up to 6,000 homes for 55-plus residents), approximately five-million square feet of non-residential uses including shopping, dining and employment centers, as well as numerous sites for clubhouses, community farms, parks, schools, civic uses, child care centers and places of worship. 

About Rancho Mission Viejo

Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC is a privately held, family-owned and -operated company responsible for the ranching, farming, planning, development, and financial management of the remaining 23,000 acres of Rancho Mission Viejo, situated in unincorporated South Orange County, Calif. Since 1882, members of the O’Neill/Moiso/Avery family have owned and managed The Ranch which once exceeded 200,000 acres and now includes the family-developed cities and communities of Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita as well as such iconic places as Caspers Wilderness Regional Park, the Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary, O’Neill Regional Park and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Development on The Ranch is a partnership between Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC (managing partner) and DMB Associates, an Arizona-based, diversified real estate company with commercial property/resort/recreational/primary home community holdings throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah.

To learn more, visit http://www.RanchoMissionViejo.com.