Meet The Noble Path Foundation Family
Cindi Juncal is the President and Founder of TNPF and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in Special Education. A life-long child advocate, she was the fundraising chairperson for North San Diego County Special Olympics and a founding board member for the Vista del Mar Educational Foundation in San Clemente, CA.
Prior to raising a family, she was Chief Operations Officer of a retail corporation and then Merchandising Manager of a large, active clothing brand. As a fitness enthusiast, she held numerous championship titles in the martial arts and has trained individuals of all ages and abilities, from aspiring athletes to NFL and PGA Tour professionals. Most recently she was a fitness coach and kickboxing instructor at So Cal Boot Camp but has since devoted all of her spare time promoting awareness on childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices via sound nutrition, exercise and substance abuse prevention.
Through the foundation’s annual HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS event, she helps unite the exercise community into an integrated “fitfam”, where local gyms participate and compete against each other, but with the common cause of raising the funds that keep the TNPF programs free to the communities of south Orange County and beyond. Her past civic duties have included serving the City of San Clemente on the Human Affairs Committee and her current favorite activities include pretty much anything outdoors, especially if it’s running with her pup on the beach trail or hitting tennis balls with her husband, Don.
Don Juncal is the President and owner of OBEY Clothing, a contemporary sportswear brand based on the artwork of Shepard Fairey and distributed in over 40 countries. A staunch philanthropist, his company bi-annually does charitable projects through his OBEY Awareness Program, donating 100% of the profits they raise to notable charities such as H.O.P.E, Adopt a Pet, The Surfrider Foundation and Feeding America, in some cases raising as much as $250,000 for a single charity.
In addition to being the Vice President of The Noble Path Foundation, Don is also the President and senior partner of retail companies Store Front E, and Loser Machine Co. Inc. Prior to Obey Clothing, he was the Global Sales Manager for Redsand Sportswear, another internationally recognized clothing brand. Don is a lifelong surfer, martial artist, golf and tennis fanatic and avid sports enthusiast. His proudest achievement however, is being a father to two amazing and accomplished children who never cease to amaze and impress him.
Shelley Murphy is the Secretary for The Noble Path Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a Magazine Option at California State University Long Beach. Her professional achievements include joining The San Clemente Times shortly after its inception in 2006. At The San Clemente Times, she writes feature stories, profiles and living pieces. In 2009 she launched her column “Life’s A Beach,” which continues to run monthly in the “magapaper.” She has published print articles in theSan Clemente Journal, South County Magazine, The Capistrano Dispatch, The Dana Point Times, and South Orange County Bridal Guide and online at More magazine.
She is an active member of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the Society of Professional Journalists. She has lived in San Clemente for the past 16 years where she founded the Vista del Mar Educational Foundation and served as its inaugural President. She has served as a board member of the San Clemente Little League, the Parent Teacher Student Association, the San Clemente High School Educational Foundation, and Senior Grad Nite. At San Clemente High School she is chairperson of its annual academic registration of 3,000 students and chairs fundraisers for its tennis program. She is an avid runner, a yoga enthusiast and practices Transcendental Meditation. Currently she is enrolled in classes to become a certificated grant writer, and she is a member of the American Grant Writers’ Association.
Annette Moraga Drake is a board member for The Noble Path Foundation. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business and also earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. After many years of working in the Market Research industry for J.D. Power and Associates, she decided to become a Realtor, where she was able to successfully combine her love of photography and architecture with working with people.
Ever the adventurer, Annette’s fondness for traveling and experiencing different cultures also explains her passion for foreign films. Having grown up along the border of Southern Arizona, she is fluent in both English and Spanish, and even a little Italian. She relocated to Southern California in 1990 and currently resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband Jeff, and daughters Giselle and Cosette. When she isn’t out walking her two large rescue pups, Oakley and Luna, you can find her running around on the tennis courts or sailing the high seas and enjoying the views in the family’s sailboat, Magena.
Ross Whitaker is a Photographer/Director who specializes in shooting commissioned photos of humans (lots of kids) for advertising, catalogs, books, and editorial publications. Raised in Studio City, photography struck a chord and Ross attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, majoring in advertising. A move to Madison Avenue was a career must, but after 30 plus rewarding years in NYC, it was time to return to the left coast. Ross is now based in Palm Springs with a desert view of Mt. San Jacinto, palms, and Joshua trees… perfect.
A short list of the folks that have kept him busy include American Girl, Cheerios, Kool-Aid, Colgate, Quaker Oats, John Deere, Nabisco, Beechnut, Gerber, Enfamile, Dannon, Playtex, Oragel, Triaminic, GE, Fisher Price, Sesame Street, Samsung, Evenflo, Merck, and Disney.
Ross is currently the Associate Photography Director for HeartsApart.org., which is a nation wide program dedicated to keeping military families closer by providing high quality pre deployment family photos at no charge. Through his long relationships with children of all ages, TNPF is the opportunity for him to tell the story of how our kids can learn lifelong fitness and vitality.
Paulina Avendaño, MD, FAAP is the medical specialist for The Noble Path Foundation Advisory Board. Dr. Avendaño is a highly experienced general pediatrician who has been in practice for more than 25 years and is currently seeing patients at South Orange County Pediatric Associates in San Clemente. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior and child and adolescent mental health. Highly regarded by her patients, Dr. Avendaño was listed by the Orange County Medical Association as a Physician of Excellence in 2021 and she is consistently rated over 90% on the CHOC patient experience survey.
Dr. Avendaño serves as a pediatric specialist for the Refugee Health Alliance, providing health care for children in the asylum shelters in Tijuana and also served as a pediatrician for the US DHHS refugee children clinic in Long Beach. As an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UCLA School of Nursing, she precepts and provides mentorship to nurse practitioner students.
Dr. Avendaño received her BS from UCI, her MD at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and completed general pediatric residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. She is board-certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Growing up in Chile, Canada, and the US, Dr. Avendaño is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Outside of work, she enjoys tennis, yoga, pilates, and walking her two doodles, Athena and Iris. She is married to another pediatrician and they have raised three children in San Clemente, two of whom completed the CUSD two-way Spanish immersion program and are in college, and their youngest still in the program at San Juan Hills HS.
The Noble Path Foundation is proud and excited to welcome MELISSA MATHES, MPH, RD, CSSD to our Advisory Board as our Registered Dietician Nutritionist. As an expert in sports nutrition and medical nutrition therapy, Melissa has counseled athletes and patients with medical nutrition therapy needs for the last 15 years. Her accomplishments include published articles in the local OC Parents magazine, a monthly nutrition article for Laguna Orthopedic Rehabilitation clinic, a local cycling and triathlon club as well as WeROCK (running group for adolescents) and GoForward Racing, which is a local race series in South Orange County. She has authored a weight management section for athletes in her professional association’s peer online resource called Sports Nutrition Care Manual for registered dietitian professionals (RD’s) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. She also presents sports nutrition information to many different athletic groups and teams in the South Orange county area.
Her extensive educational background combines a Masters degree in Public Health (2010) from Loma Linda University and a Certification Specialization in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) in June 2010. She received her bachelors of science in nutritional science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1995) and interned at University of Nevada Reno with an RD in 1997.
It should be noted that the CSSD certification she holds is highly regarded by the United States Olympic Committee and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As of 2012, only 40 of the 3,800 active RD’s in California had attained this certification. In addition, she has a level II certificate in Obesity and Weight Management and specializes in sports nutrition for all ages and sport, in conjunction with medical nutrition therapy counseling, including; weight loss, weight gain, pediatrics-geriatrics (stage of life nutrition), food preferences (vegan, gluten free, etc.) and diseases like: cardiovascular, diabetes, gastrointestinal (e.g., Crohn’s disease, Colitis, Celiac), renal, liver, neurological disorders (e.g., multiple scoliosis, Parkinson’s), immunological conditions, (e.g., Lupus, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis).
When she’s not working, she can be found spending time with her husband, three children and adorable dog. Her favorite athletic hobbies are endurance trail running/racing and surfing. Did we mention how excited we are to have her on our Advisory Board as our Nutrition Specialist? Look for her nutrition tips, articles and answers to some FAQs on our website and Fb page!
Katie Mann is the Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW) for The Noble Path Foundation’s Advisory Board. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach and specializes in children, adolescent and family counseling.
Katie has a private practice in San Clemente and has over 30 years of experience in the field. She is well-known and beloved in our community, having been an academic advisor at San Clemente High school while also serving as a mentor for the Cool to be Kind Club from 2008-2012. In addition, she was also instrumental in bringing “Blue Ribbon Week” to San Clemente.
Katie is a mom to Molly (27) and Joe (24) and has been married to her husband Tim for 35 years. She enjoys anything to do with the ocean and walking her dog Rosie on the beach trail. We are excited and honored to have her on our Noble Path Foundation team.
Jaclyn “Jax” Kuluris received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. She has a Pre-Physical Therapy Certification and an additional BS degree in Speech Language Pathology from Portland State University. She has garnered extensive work experience with the Neuro population from her positions at Casa Colina Hospital, Goodwill Fitness Center, and United Cerebral Palsy, and specializes in Functional Range Conditioning concepts (FRC) and Neuro Development Technique (NDT) for both adults and children. The knowledge she has gleaned from her post-op and hospital rehabilitation experience enables her to improve the mobility, strength, and balance of her clients at Highest Potential Training (a company which she founded), as well as aiding in their injury prevention and/or rehabilitation.
Jax enjoys exploring the outdoors hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and snowboarding. She enjoys challenging her movement with learning new skills and always seems to be starting new hobbies. She loves when she can help her clients gain enough strength and/or mobility to explore new hobbies as well. She believes expanding one’s movement can expand one’s life.
Samantha Blakenburg is the Training Director and Youth Sports Specialist for TNPF in addition to being a Training Manager at So Cal Boot Camp. She has a BS in Sports Medicine and a concentration in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine. She was a strength and conditioning coach at Velocity Sports Performance in San Diego and has trained athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional level. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains her CPR and AED certifications.
An accomplished athlete herself, Samantha represented the state of Maine nationally in Alpine skiing, served as Captain for three out of four seasons on her college field hockey team, played field hockey semi-professionally in Italy and Switzerland and has finished multiple half and full marathons.
Born and raised in Carlsbad, San Diego, Ry was a D1 collegiate athlete in football. He began training in 2004 after making a full recovery from a serious back injury suffered while fighting fire. Since moving to San Clemente in 2011, Ry has owned and managed multiple gyms in our community. He has worked with the majority of the San Clemente community in one form or another – from top professional action sports athletes to the amazing average Joes.
From day one, Ry has had a passion for health, athletic performance, community development, and recovery. He uses functional and natural movement as his primary training style. Ry’s philosophy on life and fitness is one and the same, “Stay true, Stay consistent, and Stay active.” And he is excited to utilize these foundational elements in helping the Noble Path Foundation grow and progress into the future.
Creative professional with more than fourteen years of experience in multimedia fields including web design, graphic design, branding, advertising, web development, website management, video production, photography and IT services.
He has designed and managed countless websites on many different platforms throughout his career. With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, Jordan has been formally trained to design in a way that captures any given target audience. He is savvy yet versatile in both web development and graphic design producing a well-rounded and skilled designer.
Luke Giannelli is Programs Manager at The Noble Path Foundation who has an affinity for creating fun, exciting programs that resonate with the local youth in San Clemente. Luke started his career in program management in 2017, and has been able to help empower and educate countless young adults in his continued path to help our community’s kids discover their best selves. His passion for activities that surprise and delight has been integral to the continuation of programs such as TGIF and Project Pandemic Override.
As a native of San Clemente, Luke strives to keep his hometown healthy and aiming high. In addition to developing and promoting activities for Noble Path Foundation, like creating activities for the upcoming Aim High series while continuing to grow and promote our TGIF series of fun and healthy Friday night activities – Luke also teaches/runs some of the programs like improv and guitar lessons. He is incredibly active in the growing music scene in the area and integrates that passion into his work as the guitar teacher hosting open mic nights.
Ryan Phillips is the Lead Guitar Instructor for The Noble Path Foundation. Before connecting with The Noble Path Foundation, his life has had its twists and turns, and they have led him on an incredible journey. The willingness to never say “I can’t do that” has allowed him a life path from Hawaii and outrigger canoes – to working in restaurants and nightclubs, a business degree from USC at 30 years old, and ultimately to starting his own business, Compass Property Management, in 2004. A family man with a wife and four kids; a private pilot who also loves his Harley when not playing guitar – he’s been all over the place. Even a high school teacher for seven years!
He has learned a few things along the way that have brought him back full circle to help youth in our community find inspiration and perseverance in their difficult lives. He looks forward to sharing his experience with The Noble Path Foundation and hopes it will empower the students to take control of their passions and make their dreams a reality.
Holly Grupe, is the Facilitator for the AIM High series. As a seasoned professional with a Bachelor’s in Child Development and a Master’s in Counseling, she is passionate about creating a space for youth to feel supported and empowered. As an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and founder of Balance Growth Counseling in San Clemente, she specializes in guiding empaths toward strengthening their sense of self.
Holly’s dedication extends beyond her practice, as she has spent the last year volunteering at The Noble Path Foundation and helping facilitate the AIM High series. When not working or volunteering, Holly enjoys quality time with her cats, reading, cooking, and making memories with friends.