2023 Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree

Published: March 23, 2023

Honoree’s Name: Kate Phelan

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Kate began her career in the banking and financial services industry in 2015. Prior to joining U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, Kate worked as an estate planning attorney. Her professional background includes designing and implementing wealth transfer strategies, including multi-generational estate plans, philanthropic plans involving foundations, charitable trusts, and donor-advised funds; assisting clients with planning related to education and retirement funding; and planning regarding California and Federal taxation. Kate is a dedicated and active member of her community. She serves as Board Chair at Girls Inc. of Orange County and is the Vice President of the Board at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach. Kate is also a member of the Investment Committee for the Public Counsel in Los Angeles. Kate also participates in Emerging Leaders of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Kate resides in Costa Mesa, California with her husband. When she is not at work, she enjoys travel, college basketball and writing.

Honoree’s Name: Joanna Pamaran

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Joanna Pamaran is an Assistant Vice President-Branch Manager for U.S. Bank at the Los Alamitos, Katella Office. Joanna’s career at U.S. Bank started in 2008 as Branch Manager for the Huntington Beach Office. With over 32 years of experience in the financial industry she has held numerous roles in both retail and business banking. These roles helped diversify Joanna’s knowledge and experience that she applies in her current role. Joanna’s dedication for community service, helping individuals both in retail and business is something that she is passionate about. She is very active in the community and has held several positions in multiple non-profit organizations. Currently she is involved with the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, Asian Business of Orange County and Small Business Diversity Network. Joanna has been married to her husband Ferdie Pamaran for 26 years. They have twin girls Paige and Gabby who are 20 years old.